Review: The Haunting Season

January 21, 2013 Review 8 ★★★★½

The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto by Michelle Muto
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I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Publisher: Dreamscapes
Source: Author Provided
Pages: 303(eBook)
Genre: Paranormal
Series: Standalone

Release Date: December 2012
Be careful what you let in…

Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead.

The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all.

 
alise
 Would you spend an entire month in a haunted house?
As a part of a group that can see-and attract- ghosts and demons like magnets?
What if you knew something worse than spirits lurked in the house?

…and the house and its inhabitants would never let you leave?

Well the group of teens staying stuck in the Siler House experience all of this. The question you should be asking is, do they all get out alive?
THE HAUNTING SEASON is an excellently crafted, spine-tingling paranormal novel. I don’t give praises out lightly, but this is definitely one of the few “scary” novels that actually made me afraid.
Now. Prepare yourselves. I’m going to talk about religion. You might want to skip on if this would offend you. Get ready.
I am a Catholic. I believe that ghosts and such do exist.
Done. Alright? Everyone okay? Still there?
Anyway, this topic hits home with me and I am somewhat versed in what goes on in this novel: EMF detectors, ritualistic burials, etc. However, you don’t need to be a certain religion or have prior knowledge of anything going into this. You will enjoy this novel for the simple fact that you will feel the character’s sheer terror, hear the whispers they hear, and see the things that are described that you otherwise would never have imagined could exist. You don’t have to even be a believer, really. It could be just a good scary story with a great plot, if that was what you wanted to get out of it.
This is New Adult but I see no problem with teens reading it, other than the content is actually pretty frightening. It was most likely scary for me because I believe stuff like this actually happens.
About the actual novel, it tells the story Jess and Gage. Alternating viewpoints, but still in third person. I didn’t mind this at all, it was actual really interesting and I think it added even more to the story. They are part of this group of “special” individuals who go to the Siler House in hopes to find people like them and learn that they are not crazy, what they see does exist.
I was a little iffy on this part of the plot because it seems like it had been done a lot, but THE HAUNTING SEASON really makes it work. It loses all similarity to any other novel I’ve read as soon as Jess steps in the front door of Siler House.
Jess just wants to connect with her deceased grandmother and father, who left her abruptly. Her innocent motives have sinister consequences, attracting a pretty nasty spirit who is hell-bent on claiming her, body and soul.
The group of four all have different reasons for being there, but in the end they all want one thing-to get out. But it proves to be harder than they expected, and the spirits like their new house-guests a litte too much to let them go.
Creepy, thrilling, and a litte romantic, THE HAUNTING SEASON delivers a scary story that I have definitely been waiting to read.
Rating Report
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Overall: 4.5

8 Responses to “Review: The Haunting Season”

  1. Gellie

    Oh um, horror books *hides under the blanket like the coward she is* Despite me saying that I am still very much interested in this book. Gosh, maybe I am masochistic!

    I too am Catholic but I- and this is only my opinion- think that there is a possibility that ghosts and the like exist. Which includes aliens. Then again, I am not very religious…

    Lovely review! Thank you for sharing, Alise!

  2. TheBookGazer.Blogspot.com

    Sounds amazing! I’m not a real fan of Horror novels, mainly because they scare the living daylights out of me. And a lack of sleep is not something I can afford in high-school.
    I’m sure many horror fans would enjoy this though!

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