Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Early Review: Ghost House (The Ghost House Saga #1) by Alexandra Adornetto

Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Twitter

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.

It's readable, I finished it, and it might be a keeper if you're part of the under 18 crowd.
There. I was nice.

I didn't research the author or the book before I requested it from NetGalley, so I went into this with no preconceived notions.
As I was reading this, I assumed two things:
1) This was probably the author's first book.
2) This was probably a self-published novel.
So. Imagine my shock when I finished the book, and found out that neither of those things were true.
Not only that, but her Halo series?
It's the one that a couple of my friends have been trying to shove down my throat, for over a year now. One of my pals even gave me her copy, and it's sitting on my bookshelf right now!
I swear, I've been meaning to get to it, but it's a young adult romance about angels falling for humans or something... Not really my cuppa, if I'm totally honest.
Also, those guys are really into the House of Night series, so I have a hard time taking recommendations from them seriously.

Anyhoo. Ghost House is about a girl named Chloe who (Surprise!) can see Ghosts, and goes to live in a (Surprise!) haunted House.
And then she falls in love with a ghost. Not the Eeeevil one, mind you, the hot 'n sexy one.
Oh, you know, for all the usual reasons you fall for a ghost. He's got jewel-like eyes, nice hair, and he looks dashing riding around on his ghost-horse.
In other words, Insta-Lurve.
She sees him, and immediately knows he's speshul! More importantly, he stirs up feelings that she's never felt her ENTIRE life. 'Cause 18 years is a long freakin' time to go without finding your True Love!
*rolls eyes*
Side note: The author is super young. 'Nuff said.
It all culminates in a bigish battle with the hot ghost's evil ex-girlfriend. Chloe must learn to embrace her powers...or risk losing everything!

I was underwhelmed. The plot, dialogue, romance, character development...all of it.
Not truly awful, just not impressive.
I'm giving my friend her copy of Halo back tomorrow.


Charlene C said...

The cover and the premise sounded so promising! It's too bad this was such a disappointment. It does sound like a paint by numbers kind of paranormal romance story unfortunately. Thanks for your review!

Braine TS said...

Skip Halo or if you're planning to read it, stop at book 2, the 3rd was was horrible!

I'm disappointed over the reviews of this book 2, it's like her writing has gone downhill. So glad I didn't request this.

Addicted2Heroines said...

Um..did you say ghost horse?

Danielle Romero said...

I LOVED your review and as a House Of Night series hater (at least as soon as Zoey became such a hoe) I can totally see why you didn't take your friends rec seriously. Sorry you didn't like it but thanks for sharing so candidly!


Thanks, guys! Halo is off my list, Braine. Permanently.
And, yes, Cat. Ghost HORSE.
Danielle...HON haters unite! LOL!

Catatan Unik said...

I LOVED your review and as a House Of Night series hater (at least as soon as Zoey became such a hoe)

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