[eARC Review] The Fall by Bethany Griffin

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Title: The Fall
Author: Bethany Griffin
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Horror, Retelling
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Release Date: October 7th 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.

I really do not know how to review this book, because the more I say about it, the more I will ruined it for those that want to read it later. Well first off let me tell you that this book is capital C Creepy. While I was reading it I think I had a permanent weirded out look on my face that my husband questioned on an hourly basis. This creepy factor was the best part of the book because it kept you guessing from beginning to end. At time I had no idea what was going on and I felt like i was watching one of the horror movies I seriously hate because they scare the crap out of me!

My favorite part of the book were the characters. Of course we have our usually characters. the Family itself, but there was another character that I loved even more. The house. Throughout the book it became its own kind of character and I love that. It added another part of the mystery and it became something we dreaded as readers because every time the house was mad, something horrible would happen. This was the best part of the whole reading experience because this character was the most unpredictable of them all. We had no idea what was going to happen and it was that unknown that made this book as creepy as it was. The mystery element of the curse upon the Usher family and what that means for Madeline and her twin brother. This mystery curse kept me reading until the end because I wanted to why it effected every generation of Usher so strongly.

The writing style in this book was one of the things that took me out of the story on more than one occasion. I was not a fan of the flow of the book because I found it hard to follow at times. It was very disconnected and all over the place at tomes and n the end it left me feeling quote distracted. I usually love Bethany's writing but this time I was a bit disappointed. I wanted more from the story itself and in the end the writing style is the reason I gave the book threatening I did.

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  1. I love Griffin's books and just got this from edelweiss, and i am plain and simple your review has interested me. Lets hope I like it.

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

  2. I absolutely love the fact that this book is loosely based on the Poe novel. What a great way to get kids interested in the classics! I'm adding it to my TBR list.
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