[ARC Review] Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Title: Ghost House
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Series: The Ghost House Saga #1
Genre: YA Ghost Story
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Release Date: August 26th 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: ARC provided from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.

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.

I wanted to read this book because of the author. So many people have loved her Halo series and I was really interested to see how she would do with ghosts, since that is a very big departure from angels. And i will say that I was quite impressed with this story and how it differed from her original series.

I loved ghost stories (on paper NOT in the movies) and i was really looking forward to this book. I will admit that I was bit disappointed in some aspects of this book. one was the pacing. I felt like it was quite slow throughout and I kept waiting for something to happen. There were many great scenes, especially the ones with a particular ghost. She was a great character and I really liked the mystery that surrounded her and the reason why she was haunting the house our main character, Chloe was staying in. There were some pretty gruesome scenes and I thought that the author did a very good job of describing them to us because I could picture them with no problem whatsoever. I think those parts were my absolute favourite.

Insta-love is something I really don't like in YA, and there was this kind of relationship in this book. I hated it. I did not understand her obsession with this boy when she knew nothing could happen because he was A ghost! I think my biggest issue with this book was this love story because to me in made no sense and the way she was describing how much she feels for him after only a few days made me question her as a character and how reliable she really was.

The end. What can I say about the ending without spoiling anything...well it wasn't my favorite. I felt like the resolution to Chloe's problems were too simple and I wanted more of a fight i think? I just felt like it all ended quite quickly and it wasn't satisfying for me. Overall this book was a very interesting read, but sadly it left me wanting more than I got.

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  1. Bad endings and insta-love definitely ruin a book for me too. Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy this one as much as you'd hoped. But, great review! :)

    -Emily @ Books & Cleverness