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The Unleashed

(The Haunted #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  52 reviews
In the terrifying sequel to The Haunted, Hendricks discovers that even though Steele House is gone, the hauntings in Drearfield are far from over — and it’s up to her to stop them.

Following the devastating blaze at Steele House, Hendricks and her friends are trying to return to normal. Prom is coming up and the school is in full preparation mode. Hendricks tries to pitch i
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Published July 7th 2020 by Razorbill
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Mar 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Recommended to megs_bookrack by: Jess

**Please note, as this is the second book in a series, some mild spoilers for the first book are contained within this review. Proceed with caution.**

After the devastating events of The Haunted, Hendricks and her friends are trying to return to life as normal. Not an easy task with Eddie gone and Raven still in a coma.

Hendricks, Portia and Connor, received intense group therapy after that tragic night and in some ways, it did help. However, Hendricks is still having a really hard ti
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was soooo good!!! I loved the first book and was so excited to read this book and see what happened next with Hendricks & all her new friends. And I have to say this did not disappoint. This was just as good as the first book. These were the first books I have read by Vega but they will not be my last. I have a strong feeling she will quickly be one of my new fav authors. If you’re into teen/YA horror then please do yourself a favor and read these books!!!!
Angela Staudt
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Penguin Teen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Danielle Vega has done it again; she has made a thrilling book from start to the finish. Full of twists and chilling moments. I love how this takes place with the same characters from the first book, and we basically start right where it ended in The Haunted.

I didn’t find this one as scary as The Haunted, but while this one lacks a bit of gore and horror, Vega makes up for it with a spectacular plotline! The Unleashed still take
Stay Fetters
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
"A cold finger touched the back of her neck and traced down her spine. Hendricks yelped and spun around, one hand grasping for her neck. Who’s there? she shouted.... And then in her ear, the same raspy voice she’d heard in her room last night: He’ll be back for you."

*Actual rating is 3.5 but rounded up.*

Would you hold a séance to communicate with a dead loved one? Even though it could bring evil up from the ground? Danielle Vega brings fear to life as it gets overrun by evil spirits of the undea
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I loved The Haunted but this book is so badly in need of a good editor that I simply gave up.
Books on Stereo
Jul 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
The Unleashed is the sequel to the The Haunted. After finishing the Haunted, I was a bit apprehensive about a sequel to a seemingly standalone book and I was correct in my apprehension. The Haunted does nothing to improve on the weak world building and character work while creating more questions than answers.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
So this wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be and definitely an improvement from The Haunted. Somethings that happened in the book was weird and dumb, but there was also a good amount of spooks towards the end. Overall 3.5/5 stars. ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Steele House was being rebuilt.”

Trigger warning: This book contains mentions and insinuations of rape.

Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is still reeling from the unfortunate events that happened 3 months ago at Steele House. Her friend Raven is in a coma and Eddie sacrificed himself for her. How is a girl supposed to go on and resume life as normal when that’s happened? Portia is talking to her again and Connor is willing to be just her friend, but she can’t get over Eddie’s death. So she does what an
Danielle Bush
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this installment. I didn’t even know they’re be a second novel! Growth development of unexpected proportions and dark twists to boot. I love Vega’s book and this ghosty tale has been a lot of fun.

Full Review:
Paige Hettinger
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
UPDATE: mini-reviews up now!!!

mini-reviews coming so soon—will update when they post on friday!!!
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A profoundly beautiful and effective sequel. It's been a while since I've been so affected by YA angst. Even though I love these characters, I hope there aren't any more in the series, because this is the perfect place to end things. ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Let me preface this by saying I've read her other books. The other books aren't shit. I actually really enjoyed her other books. This one is shit. Where the fuck was her editor? Was she on drugs when she wrote this? Did she hit her head? Is she okay? Someone go check on Vega, because this book was literal trash. It was a damn dumpster fire. I've written better stories in a couple of words with vegetable soup!

***Spoilers below***

Okay, so first off, the writing is subpar and the dialogue is even w
Samantha  (Samsara Parchment)
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Goddess in the Machine, by Lora Beth Johnson, follows a young woman named Andra (short for Andromeda—badass, I know), who goes into a cryogenic sleep in order to travel with her family and other “colonists” to a new planet where they will set up a home away from Earth. But when she is woken, she is alone, in a foreign land, and it’s 1000 years later than when she was supposed to wake up. The current residents of the planet she’s on—who seem to have undergone a technological regression or a “dark ...more
Paola A Calderón Sánchez
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I have so many thoughts and feelings and none of them are positive LOL. I knew that I would feel this way after reading this book's predecessor, The Haunted, but here we are gang! 

Hendricks is still reeling from the death of her boyfriend of 1 month, Eddie Ruiz, and is having the hardest time moving on from him for some reason. She decides that she's going to attempt to bring him back from the dead by performing a seance with her friends, and instead brings back a malevolent force hell bent on h
Maxwell Ochman
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved almost every second of this book! There was a definite hole in my heart for something extremely gory and creepy, and Danielle Vega filled that so nicely!

I had so much fun reading this book! Vega’s writing never disappoints when it comes to unapologetically bringing on the horror. If you’re looking for an author that will GO THERE with their horror, read anything Vega related. She is not afraid to make your stomach squirm!

That being said, I did have two minor issues with this book. The
Blu Enom publishing house
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hey there,

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name of the book : The Journey to Immortalism
Language : English
A book about sea adventures, bravery, friendship and the importance of forgiveness.

About book :

The plot concerns the quest of Philip Vanderdecken of Terneuzen in the Netherlands to save his father - who has been doomed to sail for eternity as the Captain of the Bewitched Immortalism Ship, after he made a rash oath to heaven and slew one of the crew whi
Heather Furnas
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I want to start off by saying how much I love Danielle Vega/Collins and the lengths she goes in her books, they are one of a kind!

This is the second book to The Haunted. The Haunted was actually one of my least favorite books out of all Vega's work. BUT I didn't hate it. The Haunted just wasn't as scary as her other books but the character development in the Haunted was great and I think that helped.

The Unleashed takes place after the Steele House has fallen and Eddie, the boy she loved died.
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Shannon Dahl
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a young adult novel, Vega hit all the boxes. As an adult reader, I enjoyed the book for simplicity sake....being a sucker for a combo supernatural/love plot, the novel pulled my literature string. thinking back to my youth and turning pages of R.L. Stine's Fear Street and L.M. Montgomery is Free Gables series, both Unleashed and its prequel The Haunted intertwine these two genres creating a dream pool of young adult goodness. What I appreciate about Vega is her courage not to conform to the n ...more
Nicole (FearYourEx)
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 Stars

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC

I tend to really enjoy Danielle Vega's books, I haven't read any under her Danielle Rollins name. But aside from Survive the Night (which I actually threw across the room because I was mad at the ending) I've liked them all and read them quickly.

They're all really quick reads which is how I tend to prefer my thrillers and horror books. I just cannot read Stephen King style books.

The Unleashed is the sequel to The Haunted and picks
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review is based on an ARC of this novel. Well let me just start by saying that this second book offered literally ZERO answers I’ve had since I read the ARC of the first book. This was a totally different storyline and I’m not sure I liked that. I wanted at least a little bit more. More addressing things from the first book, more solid backstory for this plot, more delving into Hendricks and her role in the story/town...just more. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked it and Vega is still a go ...more
Brandi Aga
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback
Vega, I love you so. Please don’t ever stop writing young adult horror. It’s my favorite!

Vega’s take on paranormal is always so fascinating to me. You know it could never happen (I mean, maybe, never say never) but nonetheless I still turn those pages like they’re gonna disappear if I don’t read them fast enough.

And that is why I will always grab her books!

This book is the second in the series. You will definitely need to read the first, though these two books gave off totally different vibes
Felicia Allen
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one as much as the first, and it left me hoping for a book three in the future.

Danielle Vega did it again, she has been the only author to scare me in over 13 years!

In the aftermath of book one, Hendrix is trying to figure out if Eddie's ghost is still around. Her friendship with Conner and Portia is rocky at best, and Raven is in a coma. Hendrix gets everyone to help her perform a seance to try to contact Eddie and unleashed something evil. Amid ghost attacks and trying to figure
Nicole Heil
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
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Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
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Creepy and more complex than The Haunted!
Hendricks is trying to get past the loss of Eddie with the help of her friends. She thinks that Steele House is destroyed and when strange things start to happen again, she hopes that it’s Eddie trying to contact her. An evil has been set loose in Drearford that connects the murders that have occurred in town over the past several decades. New terror builds on top of what Hendricks has already uncovered, creating a complex string of horrible events. Suspe
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This follow up to The Haunted was perfect!! I loved every second of it and I could not put it down!! I think that these people that these kids meet up with to learn about the Occult should be slapped. Being someone who had been in the occult for 20+ years some of what these kids were doing and how they were doing it should never have been done. But for the story it worked out well. I loved the characters and the story and I need more!! This one will knock your socks off and its perfect for the s ...more
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