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The Haunted Featured
Young Adult Fiction 440
creepy and fun page-turner
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
THE HAUNTED is a really fascinating YA horror that follows Hendricks, a teenage girl, after she moves into a haunted house. Hendricks and her family have moved to this small town for a clean start after an event which is not fully described until later in the book. Hendricks has a mysterious seeming past, and this makes her a bit of an enigma to the popular kids at school.

Hendricks is making friends with them, one of whom wants to date- but owing to what happened with her former boyfriend, Grayson, Hendricks is not sure if she is ready to date again. Her new home, The Steel House, was the scene of a gruesome murder but has been haunted for longer. Hendricks needs to figure out how to rid the house of ghosts if she or her family is to be safe.

Hendricks's neighbor, Eddie, might be able to help her, and although he is clearly a social pariah, she feels drawn to him- when no one else is around. Together, they may be able to figure out how to rid the house of these evil spirits.

What I loved: This book is creepy in a horroresque way with heavy supernatural elements. I would not recommend reading when alone at night, but it wasn't too scary- great for the intended audience. I was completely fascinated by the story- it pulls you in right away with not only the mystery of the house but also the mystery of Hendricks. She really comes to life off the pages, and I liked seeing the world through her eyes. This is ultimately a quick and fast-paced read.

What left me wanting more: There is quite a bit of side plot trying to create a romantic triangle that I really was not feeling. It was hard to see Hendricks getting pulled in by both boys in the time period and without having so many connecting conversations. I would have liked to pick one and have it built more. Also, it seemed a bit strange that Hendricks's parents were frequently leaving her alone and/or alone with her baby brother over night, especially considering what had happened in the past. However, these are relatively small things.

Final verdict: Overall, this is a fast-paced and fascinating supernatural horror that kept me quickly turning pages to the end. While I did not love the ending, it was complete and tied it all together really well. I would definitely recommend for people who are looking for creepy YA paranormal horror.
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