REVIEW: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

The Dead HouseThe Dead House
ISBN:
1780622347
Published: 6th August 2015
Paperback, 439 pages
Genre: YA Horror, Paranormal, Mystery, Thriller, Mental Health
Rating: 10/10
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This was such a good novel! It reminded me a little of Carrie in the way that it was set out. The mystery and paranormal elements were great and really made the creepiness of the novel all that more intense. I loved it!

Three students were killed, twenty injured and one, Carly Johnson, disappeared during a fire at Elmbridge High School twenty-five years ago. When new evidence is uncovered about the ‘Johnson Incident’ the truth may now be revealed. Carly and Kaitlyn Johnson are not normal sisters, they share the same body. Carly gets the day and Kaitlyn has the night. They are told that Kaitlyn is the product of a Dissociative Identity Disorder but they know that what the doctor say’s is not true.

“Yesternight, upon the stair,
I met a girl who wasn’t there
She wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish she’d…

…Carly”

This is one of the best YA horror books I have ever read. My mind is still trying to piece together everything that happened and to find out what was real and what I should believe. I never wanted to put this down it was so unique and had me gripped from the very first word. There were so many twists and turns it kept me guessing right till the very end. I loved all the characters especially Kaitlyn as I was never certain on whether she was crazy or if she was telling the truth.

I was speechless when I finished this book and I still am slightly. I don’t know what else to say apart from go buy it and read it! I hope it makes you as confused and worried about my own sanity as me.

REVIEW: Chewy Noh and the Fall of the Mu-Dang by Tim Learn

Chewy NohChewy Noh and the Fall of the Mu-Dang
ISBN: 1505814804
Published: 8th September 2014
Paperback, 280 pages
Genre: YA, Middle Grade, Mystery, Paranormal
Rating: 7/10
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Thanks to the author Tim Learn for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!

Chewy Noh was never very good at school until he took his grandfather’s advice to go see a Mu-Dang. instead of receiving help he gives it and with this earns the right to a power of his choice. Chewy soon moves to America but becomes the target of the school bully and many rumors.

“The seed of the tree may do all the growing, but if it lands in a desert no one expects a future rich with wood.”

This was a pleasant read about a young boy trying to come to terms with many big changes in his life. It had a nicely paced plot with flashbacks to the past working alongside the present. I did feel that some of these flashbacks were slightly confusing as I didn’t know who was who.

I really liked the range of characters from Chewy himself, his new friend Clint and the school bullies Kent and Tom Grumbly to the more Korean characters like his mother and grandparents.

This is a nice quick read that I would recommend to anyone!

REVIEW: The Mansion’s Twins by Rose. M Channing

The mansion's twinsThe Mansion’s Twins
ISBN: 1500310298
Published: 23rd July 2014
Paperback, 430 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy, Magic, Adventure
Rating: 7/10
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Thanks to the author Rose M. Channing for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Ellie and Savannah Senka meet by chance after running away from their unhappy homes. Soon after they find themselves in another world, one with magic that has been disrupted greatly after a magical storm. Ellie and Savannah discover their destiny to save this new magical world but can they?

“Leaving all fear behind, she threw herself into the fight, taking strength from the memories of her family. I will find you again. Whatever happens, I will find a way.

I really enjoyed this novel, in particular I found the twins discovering themselves very amusing, especially Ellie. The plot moved along at a good pace however some parts did feel a bit rushed. I really liked reading how they journeyed to the center of magic and how obstacles on the way affected them.

I was very happy when I realised the twins had separate personalities and were not carbon copies of each other. Ellie was my favourite as she was more outspoken than Savannah but I felt like I could connect with Savannah more because she was more like me. Another character I liked was June however I just had this feeling throughout the book that she couldn’t be trusted.