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Review: Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

Ghost HouseTitle: Ghost House

Author: Alexandra Adornetto

Genre: YA Gothic Fantasy

Series: The Ghost House Saga (Book #1)

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0373211309 (Harlequin Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0373211302 (Harlequin Teen)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin

Synopsis

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother’s country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander’s past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever…and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.

Quick & Dirty: This novel was easy to read, with an unfortunate case of insta-love that marred my appreciation.

Opening Sentence: I sensed the ghost before I saw her.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

In Ghost House, Chloe is moving in for the summer to her grandmother’s old mansion in Europe, far away from the Los Angeles hubbub of noise and people that Chloe has come to expect. She’s always had a power to see people that others cannot, people who have passed, but no one has believed her in the past. Except for her mother. Unfortunately, after her mother passes away, the fragile defenses Chloe had built up to keep the ghosts at bay are starting to crumble. The ghosts are coming back, more powerful than before. Moving to Grange Hall isn’t helping her dilemma.

There are ghosts here, as well, in more gruesome forms of death than Chloe has ever experienced. And there is a story holding these ghosts together, one Chloe is determined to discover. It all centers around Alexander Reade, the mysterious, attractive ghost that Chloe just may be falling for, even though it’s a relationship doomed to end. Vicious Isobel will stop at nothing to destroy Chloe and get back Alex, and through pieces of the puzzle that are revealed one after another, a story of their lives starts to form. Can Chloe defeat the strong, destructive ghost determined to end her? Or will she and the people she cares about be laid to ruins?

All over the place people were falling in love with Chloe. It was incredibly annoying. She wasn’t a horrible main character, but at the same time, I couldn’t detect that special quality everyone else wanted. She had a gift to see ghosts. Good for her. Why does that mean that guys are falling for her all over the place? Insta-love, the bane of my existence, and you can trust that it’s pretty instant in Ghost House. She’s smart, I guess, and seems sensible enough. (Except for that falling-for-a-ghost bit.) Her appearance isn’t mentioned often, but she’s pretty. She’s not amazingly funny or compassionate or courageous though. There isn’t any strong quality that makes her different than many other human beings. And yet after days, you see Joe start to love her. And after a couple days with Alex, he’s admitting the strange chemistry that he’s only felt once before, something that alludes…To love.

Okay, so Alex is cool and all that, and I get that he’s had 150 years to figure it all out, but he was too perfect a character to seem realistic. There’s this one time that Chloe freaks out over something that he does, but honestly, I agreed with his decision. Their relationship was the only thing flawed about Alex. There’s this whole he’s a ghost, thing. You can’t be in a relationship with a ghost. One, he’s invisible to everyone else. Two, he’s not a corporeal form, and though she can touch him sometimes, he still isn’t real. To conclude this short list, it can’t happen. Another of my complaints is that she was ready to have sex after they talked a few times, and I’m not even sure if they had kissed at that point. For some reason they could touch each other then, and Chloe was ready to go all the way. Thankfully the dead guy had more sense than her and shut it down.

I did a lot of complaining in this review, but I didn’t hate the book. I thought it was enjoyable and I didn’t have much trouble reading it. The writing style was simple, easy to sink into. The world that was created was somewhat flawed, but overall, the descriptions of Grange Hall and the ghost were well done. I squirmed a couple times at the gruesome images planted in my hand of bloated bodies and rotting teeth. There was quite the unexpected plot twist at the end of the book that makes me think it could have a sequel, though it also could standalone. The twist made me smile. It was so out of the blue! It’s just an easy read. If you want a little ghostly action and aren’t bothered by insta-love, this might be the book for you.

Notable Scene:

“Are you staying at Grange Hall?” I asked, wanting to deflect attention from myself.

“I suppose you could say that.” I waited for him to elaborate, until it was clear he wasn’t going to.

“I’m Chloe Kennedy,” I said awkwardly. He gave a slight bow.

“Pleased to make your acquaintance, Miss Kennedy. I’m Alexander Reade.”

The Ghost House Saga:

1. Ghost House

2. Ghost Hour (TBA)

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FTC Advisory: Harlequin Teen provided me with a copy of Ghost House. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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