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8 Souls

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  47 reviews
All her life, seventeen-year-old Chessie has had recurring dreams about a little white farmhouse. Quaint? Not quite. The house is the site of the unsolved murders of Villisca, Iowa, where eight people were slaughtered in 1912. With her parents on the verge of divorce, Chessie is stuck spending the summer with her grandparents in Villisca—right across the street from the ax ...more
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Published May 6th 2019 by Entangled Publishing LLC (Teen)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

Geez, I wasn’t expecting this book to take the turn it did, totally caught me off guard.

Chessie has had scary dreams for years and I mean scary! And she is sent to spend some time with her grandparents. Wellllll... ye olde grandparents live across the street from a house where a family was murdered! Hooray! Not!

Chessie starts having freaking worse nightmares and daymares <— yeah, that sucks too. Things happen and she gets the help of some boys in the town, Mateo and David. And then the cray be
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
8 Souls by Rachel Rust is a young adult read that is a paranormal fantasy with a bit of horror and a little romance. This fictional read is actually based on a real life tragedy that took place in Villisca, Iowa on the evening of June 10, 1912. Six members of a family and two guests staying with them were murdered in the Moore home.


Chessie has spent her whole life having a reoccurring dream of an old farm house and learned early on in life not to let on to those around her or be forced back into
Schizanthus Nerd
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Seventeen year old Chessie dreams about the old farmhouse every night. She learned to keep her mouth shut about her dream house when she was young; it turns out that telling people you have a recurring dream about a house where eight people were murdered can land you in a psychiatrist’s office.

Chessie is spending the summer with her grandparents in Villisca, Iowa. They live directly across from the Axe Murder House, the farmhouse in Chessie’s dreams.
Villisca is known for murder.
But other than
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
8 Souls, a horror book, was a solid 3.5 stars. The book centers around main character Chessie-a 17 year old girl who is spending the summer with her grandparents in Villisca, Iowa.
Villisca is a small town-the kind of place where everyone knows everyone and people have big dreams about escaping small town living. Villisca is known for one big thing-a horrific (unsolved) incident in 1912, where 8 people were hacked to death in a family home. A home that’s right across the street from her grandpar
Evie Drae
Welcome to another Off Theme Review, my lovelies! This week’s read was an utterly fantastic Young Adult ghost story from Entangled Teen by one of my Speilburg Literary Agency sisters in arms! As many of you know, YA reads are a bit of a struggle for me. However, Rachel Rust’s 8 Souls was superbly handled. The characters were believable for their age—not overly adult or painfully young—and their interactions and relationships felt true to the high school age group.

I was, to be quite honest, blown
Sue Wallace
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
8 souls by Rachel Rust.
All her life, seventeen-year-old Chessie has had recurring dreams about a little white farmhouse. Quaint? Not quite. The house is the site of the unsolved murders of Villisca, Iowa, where eight people were slaughtered in 1912. With her parents on the verge of divorce, Chessie is stuck spending the summer with her grandparents in Villisca—right across the street from the axe murder house.

She’s soon hearing voices calling out for help and begins unraveling a link between h
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am behind on feedback for things, but it is definitely past time for me to talk about how much I enjoyed this book. 8 Souls had a premise that I haven't seen in a story before, and I think that's probably what made me love this the most. See, Chessie has been having dreams about an old house for years, and now they're progressing to the point that she can't ignore them anymore. This book is a little bit horror, a little bit thriller, and a whole lot of mystery. The fact that there's a swoon-wo ...more
Taylor Fenner
COVER: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This cover is awesome. You usually associate pink as a happy color, right? Well, I'm loving that more creepy books are getting pink/hot pink covers. I love the blurred typography of the title and the large 8 in the center of the cover that looks like someone painted it on but was running out of paint. Behind that we see a silhouette of a girl standing in what appears to be a field, which definitely fits the small Iowa farm town setting.

Summary/Tagline: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 “Death isn't always fina
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characters: 3/5
pacing: 4/4
actual substance of the story: 5/5
romance and/or significant friendships: 3/5
the writing: 3/4
creativity: 2/2

- 3 points I just didn't enjoy it that much.
- 1 point because the main character be acting stupid.
- 1 point because some thinGS JUST AREN'T MAKING SENSE.

15/25 | 3.0 STARS

In this book we follow Chessie, a 17-year-girl staying in her grandparents' house in Villisca, Iowa for the summer. Her parents needed to sort out their divorce issues, so she's stuck in some smal
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
When I saw a book about the murder house in Villisca, Iowa, I knew I had to request it.  If you don't already know, I am a bit obsessed with murder mysteries and paranormal.  I've actually looked at doing an overnight at the house, but I'm not sure I can stay there.  A bit more about the house later.

This was a really neat book and I enjoyed a lot of it.  Chessie has to go stay with her grandparents in the summer because her parents are getting divorced.  Her dad's parents live in a very small to
Patty (IheartYA)
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: won-net-galley
Definitely an original, entertaining and mysterious story. I liked the character development and atmosphere but I always struggle with first person point of view. I was surprised at who ended up being the killer. The way the pieces of the mystery fell together and the ending were satisfyling. A unique, quick and easy read. Thank you to netgalley for giving me a copy to review. #netgalley
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this creepy ghost story and enjoyed the plot twist even more!! I won’t say too much to give anything away, but I’m impressed!! 5 stars!

I loved the characters, the setting, suspense and creep factor. Thank you for the ARC, Netgalley!!

*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal
*Rating* 3.5-4


8 Souls, by author Rachel Rust, tells the story of 17-year old Francesca (Chessie) Carpenter. Chessie has had recurring dreams about a little white farmhouse. Quaint? Not quite. The house is the site of the unsolved murders of Villisca, Iowa, where eight people were slaughtered in 1912. 6 of those who were murdered belonged to the Moore family, while 2 other were the Stillinger sisters who unfortunately, picked the wrong ni
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
This was a nice change of pace for me. I really liked the story, it was short, easy to follow along with and safe for younger readers. The paranormal aspect to it was gripping and suspenseful and the light romance was cute. Normally not into hauntings (I’m a scaredy-cat, what can I say) but this one worked for me. It gave just enough of a scary vibe to keep things interesting but not OTT that it turned me off reading it.

Quick Summary: Chessie is spending her summer before senior year with h
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Spoilers are hidden.

This was an okay read.

I think this would either be a good summer read, or a good early fall/pre-Halloween read.

I don’t pick up many YA/Mystery/Thrillers, but it seems to have some cliché tendencies to it. This is the first book I’ve read that features the paranormal. I didn’t hate it, it definitely made for an interesting story, so I’ll probably pick up more paranormal type stories in the future. It also some fantastical elements in it, as well.

We follow the POV of Chessie
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2020
8 Souls is exactly the type of YA supernatural story that I would have loved reading when I was a teen. Don't get me wrong, as an adult, I did enjoy it, but this is the type of book I was craving in high school.

In 8 Souls we follow Chessie (don't call her Francesca) as she stays with her grandparents for the summer while her parents are going through a divorce. She begins to experience waking dreams and a ghostly presence in her closet. She finally gives in and asks for help from two local boys
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wish this book was longer. The concept and all the bones of the story are incredibly interesting. I'm all-in on the spookiness and romance. The author does the best she can within the confines of the book, but some of these things are so complex and either get wrapped up too quickly and neatly or don't get the in-depth time I wished they had. Samantha and Mateo are both characters whose relationships with Chessie and the story as a whole I would have liked to seen more of. Rachel Rust does a g ...more
Jennifer Shanahan
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-giveaways
I really loved this book. Chessie is a 17 yo almost senior in high school. For her entire life she has dreamed of a big white farm house where 8 people were murdered by an ax-weilding maniac in 1912. The house is located across the street from her grandparents house in a small town in Iowa. Chessie lives in Minnesota with her parents but has spent some time over the summers at her grandparents so she knows the house well but doesn't understand why she has had these dreams her entire life. This s ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once this story got started it was pretty good. Chessie has always had nightmares of the murders that take place in the same unknown house. Over and Over she dreams and now keeps them to herself in fear that her parents will again send her to a therapist. A trip to stay with her grandparents to Villisca Iowa; reveals that this haunting house is right across the street. Some interesting events happen when she calls GHOST911 and answers are revealed. Twists and turns, spirits, and a race to save l ...more
Erika Sarutobi
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I read from this genre and I really enjoyed it more than I expected! When I saw that there'd be romance, I was worried that it would the whole plot. But I'm glad it was more of a subplot and most of the focus was on the mystery.

I loved the pacing of the story and the writing style. I felt like the author knew that she was being repetitive sometimes and tried to minimize it.

The first half of the book focused on the paranormal mystery and I enjoyed it a lot while the second
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this mystery with a bit of paranormal thrown in. Chessie and David's relationship was just right for the story. Story line was woven together with the town's legend and Chessie's lifetime of dreaming the same dream. Ending was well done with good closure. Hard to say too much without giving anything away but I will say, go and get this one!
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Advanced copy received to review from Netgalley which in no way affected my options!!!

My Fabulous Opinion #YAHorror

I really enjoyed this book! It started off by Chessie’s telling us about the reoccurring nightmare that she has had all her life, about a house where all the inhabitants were murdered by an axe wielding maniac!

So is this some random house?...... Duh duh duuuuuhhhh (start the creepy music) No this house is across the road from her grandparents where she is being sent to stay for the
Amber Lefevre
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Paranormal is definitely my favorite horror sub-genre! I was worried because the publisher included a note about the book being a romance and that was not what I signed up for with this, but I'm happy to say that it was a pretty minor factor! The characters were believable, the descriptions were A+, and the twists completly caught me off guard. While not terribly frightening, the early scenes of b
Kendra Burns
Mar 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2019
The story would be good if I could get past Chessie's annoying descriptions of Iowa. Being an Iowan and living two hours away from Villisca, I was excited to read this book. It's rare to find a book that takes place in Iowa, let alone a paranormal book. The way Ms. Rust wrote the book felt like she didn't do all that much research about the murders, the house itself, or the location. Everything felt very stereotypical and forced. Like she was trying to make something work that just wasn't. The b ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
8 SOULS is a creepy thriller-esque fantasy that follows Francesca (Chessie), a seventeen-year-old girl whose parents are about to get divorced. In the process, her parents have decided that it would be best if she spent the summer with her grandparents in the middle of nowhere in Iowa. A city girl at heart, Chessie is not happy about going to such a small town. There are also her concerns about the house across the street.

Across from her grandparents is an old, abandoned house where eight people
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quick, engrossing story that revolves around an axe murder house that will send chills down your spine and keep you from turning the lights off at night. I was pleasantly surprised with Rust's book that took me for a wild, creepy ride that shocked me and was full of secrets and twists.

I am one who has a weird fascination with the strange, creepy and macabre. Mainly it consists of watching horror movies , haunted houses, or going exploring in the middle of the night. I love the exhilaration th
Stephanie Ward
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'8 Souls' is a creepy and fantastic young adult horror novel that fans of the genre will devour. I'm a huge fan of YA horror and I'm also usually complaining that there isn't enough of it. When I read the description of this book, I was so excited and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. It didn't disappoint in the least. I don't do spoilers in my reviews, so I can't really go into the plot much more than what the description says. Let's just say that things go from eerie to creepy to downright ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Read my full review here.

I would like to give NetGalley and the publisher a massive thank you for providing me with an eARC of 8 Souls in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I quickly was drawn to this novel, the cover really appealed to me. It looks interesting and I was curious by the title and what it meant by “DEATH ISN’T ALWAYS FINAL”. So I requested it and soon, I started reading it.

I was hooked
Katherine Paschal
The plot overall took a surprising turn that I didn't see coming when I began the book and even better, I was completely wrong about the person who I suspected about the misdeeds (I actually love being wrong about book theories because that means the author did a great job with misdirection). I went into 8 Souls anticipating a ghost/horror story, and while there were terrifying elements and some ghostly activity, I feel like this was more a paranormal mystery with some romance thrown in for flav ...more
A haunting that just won't stop!
Thanks to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review 8 Souls by Rachel Rust!
Spooky and ominous from the beginning; I was instantly hooked! Mysterious and recurring dreams about a house haunt Chessie; they have since she was little. These dreams were part of her life, to the point that she drew the house for her elementary teacher after she gave the students the assignment of drawing their dream house. Little does she know that Chessie drea
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Rachel Rust is an author of young adult books. In both reading and writing, she loves all things mysterious, romantic, and thrilling. If it's a whodunit, she's all about it. When not making up stories, Rachel can usually be found with her family and two dogs -- a pug and a chug (chihuahua/pug).

Rachel is represented by Eva Scalzo at Speilburg Literary Agency.

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