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From the blurb this seems like a standard story we've seen a lot of. However, it has its own path that I found original and interesting. There are some spooky moments and it builds to the end. I found the ending a little abrupt, but not a disappointment. The narration is good and engaging.
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Would you try another book written by Michelle Muto or narrated by Tavia Gilbert?
The narration was fine, but the book was just not very good. Implausible plot devices, over-emotional teenagers and a very weak sense of logic as to thy certain things happened just left me cold, and irritated. I forced myself to listen to the end, just in case, but I really wish I hadn't bothered.
If you could sum up The Haunting Season in three words, what would they be?
Addictive, creepy, fun!
Who was your favorite character and why?
Gage. He is a wonderful combination of snarkiness, intelligence, and bravery (and okay, the fact that he s gorgeous doesn't hurt either! Lol;)
Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, I have not.
If you could rename The Haunting Season, what would you call it?
Anything I can think of might give something away, so I will have to pass rather than include potential spoliers. Sorry!
Any additional comments?
I absolutely love this book! I bought it in print first and, since it's one I kept with the intention of reading again, I thought it would be fun to have it on audio as well. Although this is technically a YA book, fans of horror will enjoy it as well. I am not a horror fan in general, however this is a very well crafted book that has a perfect combination of mystery, creepiness, snarky humor, and romance. It kept me riveted (and had me downright scared in parts!) It is very descriptive with well developed characters, a solid plotline (devoid of cliches and "eye-rolling moments" I am happy to say!;) and a creepy ambiance that was just spooky enough to be enjoyably scary, and did not cause me to throw the book across the room and need to sleep with the light on for a week!
The author delivers a thrilling adventure ride with plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing and in suspense (without resorting to gorey shock-fests or worn out formulas.)
The book ended perfectly with a satisfying conclusion that was both shocking and appropriate. I found myself completely immersed in the story and could visualize it in my head as if it was a movie ( and it would make a great one!:) I can't think of anything I didn't like except that it left me wanting more, not because it lacked closure, but it was a such a fun, thrilling ride of a book that I didn't want to end. If you love creepy, paranormal reads, give this one a try. I highly recommend it.:)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
It is seldom that I give a book only 2 stars but this one was so cliché. It did have a few creepy moments. The young adult crowd may enjoy this book. At the age of 38 and having read/listened to my share of haunted house stories, I found it predictable and too filled with too much nonsense and gooey puppy love for my taste.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful