The Haunted

The Haunted

From Danielle Vega, YA’s answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is new in town, and she’s bringing baggage with her. With a dark and wild past, Hendricks doesn’t think the small town her parents moved her to h...

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The Haunted Reviews

  • andrea caro

    It's Danielle Vega, so naturally I love it.

    This book is about a girl named Hendricks who moves into a house where a young girl was murdered. It doesn't take long before spooky shit starts happening - creepy disembodied voices, meowing from a cat that she doesn't have, the smell of her abusive ex-boyfriend's cologne, and a steak knife through her door.

    This book has dark family secrets, ghosts, a delicious mystery and Danielle Vega's incredible voice for horror. As a fan of the Merciless series, i

    It's Danielle Vega, so naturally I love it.

    This book is about a girl named Hendricks who moves into a house where a young girl was murdered. It doesn't take long before spooky shit starts happening - creepy disembodied voices, meowing from a cat that she doesn't have, the smell of her abusive ex-boyfriend's cologne, and a steak knife through her door.

    This book has dark family secrets, ghosts, a delicious mystery and Danielle Vega's incredible voice for horror. As a fan of the Merciless series, it was a no-brainer for me to pick this book up. While I have a few things that I wish had been fleshed out more, I'll never rate someone down because I want more of a book.

    This is wonderful, perfect for fall/Halloween times (though it takes place in winter).

    Trigger warnings for animal death, harm to a child, and general torture/death.

  • Ellen Gail

    A haunted house.

    A haunted past.

    Which one is more dangerous?

    Logically it's a 4, but my heart gives it a 5. And honestly, after a little distance from it, it's 4. My heart still unashamedly loves it, but logically, it has to be a 4.

    Anyway, on to the part of my review where I do more than dither over numbers! Or at least attempt to do more.

    is my first Danielle Vega - I've heard mixed reviews over her se

    A haunted house.

    A haunted past.

    Which one is more dangerous?

    Logically it's a 4, but my heart gives it a 5. And honestly, after a little distance from it, it's 4. My heart still unashamedly loves it, but logically, it has to be a 4.

    Anyway, on to the part of my review where I do more than dither over numbers! Or at least attempt to do more.

    is my first Danielle Vega - I've heard mixed reviews over her series

    . The torture porn comparisons make me hesitant, but I did enjoy this one, so I don't want to cross it off the TBR just yet. We shall see.

    is the story of Hendricks Becker-O’Malley, the new kid in town. Her parents are house flippers, and they've decided to flip a rather

    fixer-upper. Oh and live there at the same time. A house riddled with rumors of death, ghosts, and horrors. Should be a pretty simple flip, right?

    Let's talk the good stuff first - great pacing, snappy writing, and realistic teenagers (for the most part.)

    When when I say realistic teenagers, I mean an awareness of teenage stereotypes, that both follows the rules and bends them. Hendricks makes friends pretty fast, and they're a self aware mix of high school cliches - the cheerleader with an artistic side, the jock with a heart of gold, the well meaning but tactless queen-bee.

    So who is Hendricks? How do you find identity when you aren't 'the girlfriend' anymore?

    Talking plot, the story grabs you right away - the prologue is creepy and oh so relatable for any soft-hearted animal lover. A mewing, trapped kitten? I would have gone into the basement too. I once literally wedged my body into a crevice to rescue a scared kitten.

    It worked. His name is Oliver and after a much needed bath, he found his forever home.

    So as an admittedly squishy marshmallow, when it comes to to horror novels and animals, I automatically cringe. So for fellow softies like me, there is very,

    mild animal violence. Details:

    BTW, there is a Veronica Mars reference in here and it made me smile.

    The scary parts of the story didn't break any new ground. Inexplicable noises, apparitions, bloody writing on the walls - if you're a horror junkie like me, you've read it before. But lack of innovation doesn't always equal a bad story. Much like it embraces teenage cliches, the story has fun with the horror elements. It's not new, but it brings the creeps.

    Let's talk about what didn't work for me.

    I wasn't swooning over the love elements - some of the stuff going on in the background was sweet, like Portia's crush she's aching to turn into more, and Connor just being a genuinely good dude with an open heart. And Hendricks' past felt very authentic.

    But the Eddie thing...

    And there were definite insta-love vibes. And they play a good sized part in the story, particularly in the last 1/3.

    And speaking of the ending, I'll keep it mostly spoiler free. Like, these are barely spoilers, but I'm going to tag it anyway. Just in case.

    The ending wasn't awful, but there were missed opportunities for catharsis.

    Despite the fact that I highlighted several problems in

    , my overall enjoyment was still pretty high. It was easy to fall right into the story and stay fallen. It's not flawless, but I like it and that's all that counts.

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  • JenacideByBibliophile

    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Razorbill – Penguin Random House, via Goodreads Giveaway for an honest review.

    Opinion:

    Grab your salt and sage, kids.

    There’s a haunting in our midst.

    After a traumatic experience involving her ex-boyfriend, Hendricks and her family have just moved from Philadelphia to a small-town in New York, in the hopes of starting fresh. But with a new school and new friends comes questions about her past, and Hendricks isn’t quite ready to share what h

    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Razorbill – Penguin Random House, via Goodreads Giveaway for an honest review.

    Opinion:

    Grab your salt and sage, kids.

    There’s a haunting in our midst.

    After a traumatic experience involving her ex-boyfriend, Hendricks and her family have just moved from Philadelphia to a small-town in New York, in the hopes of starting fresh. But with a new school and new friends comes questions about her past, and Hendricks isn’t quite ready to share what happened in Philly. As she tries to fit into the small-town atmosphere, Hendricks learns the history of the house her parents purchased to fix-up and flip. Steel House is haunted, a little girl was murdered there a few years ago, and rumors say that it was the brother that did it. But when Hendricks starts to hear male voices in the house and things start moving on their own, she wonders if the rumors are true. That Steel house is haunted, and that it wants revenge.

    You’ll know Danielle Vega from her hugely popular series called The Merciless.

    If you don’t…well.

    What are you even doing?

    If you have read the series (or even if you haven’t, I guess), you know that she LOVES to freak her readers the f*** out with demented scenes brought to life by truly evil, yet charismatic, characters. So naturally when I saw THIS little gem, I knew I had to have it! I, like the next darkness seducer and lover of loners and creepers, have an affinity for spiking my anxiety levels to ghastly rates so I can never feel safe again.

    But can I say The Haunted was on the same level of creepiness and horror The Merciless is on? Did it make my skin crawl? Make my stomach twist into knots? Did I feel as if I could never close my eyes again for fear that I’d be transported into Steel House and forever haunted by sadistic ghosts and a cat that goes “mew” “Mew” “MEW”?!?!!?

    No.

    But it was good.

    If there’s one way to get me hooked into a book, it’s to introduce a protagonist with a trauma that is kept hidden until halfway into the book. What happened with her ex-boyfriend? Did he dump her? Did he “Carrie-fy” her with a bucket of blood at prom?! Did he ASSAULT her?! Well, I’m obviously not giving those precious little details up. But that is definitely what spiked my curiosity and got me hooked.

    The book as a whole, however, is a little lacking. Don’t get me wrong! It was enjoyable, an easy/quick read and definitely had the spooky vibes I was looking for. But there’s nothing that really sets it apart from EVERY OTHER haunted house tale. It felt a bit rushed, especially near the end, and I wish the author would have made the book longer so the suspense and horror could REALLY build up!

    Though the ending was rushed, I am left feeling pleasantly annoyed with the author. Danielle Vega really likes to build me up and then set my heart on fire. At first, I thought “oh, just a little gasoline on my aching heart. No problem, it’ll be doused later.” But then I got to the end where, instead of putting out the fire on my heart, SHE ADDED MORE GASOLINE.

    *Le Sigh*

    The characters are well-developed, the plot and history surrounding the house was molded well, and the book doesn’t get boring at all. BUT! By the end, I am left feeling like some things weren’t cleared up as much as I would have liked. I wanted more insight into the aftermath. What happened with Hendricks’s friends outside? What happened with popular smiley guy? What did her parents say?! Due to these little things not being addressed, I can see why other readers are miffed about the ending. Instead of the book gradually wrapping up, it just smacked us across the face with an ending and said bye.

    That said, the book is good. I’d recommend it. I’d probably even read it again. It’s definitely for the reader that doesn’t read a lot of horror – because it is only MILDLY SCARY. If you want to dip your toes into the “scary stories” world, definitely start with this. You can’t go wrong!

  • Susan

    This was a really fun haunted house story! It was suitably creepy and more than a little gory. There is some animal death so be aware if you are sensitive to that topic. It's more of a mention and not graphic or detailed violence to an animal. There is a lot of suspense and tension while you wait to see what horrible thing will happen next. It made me want to keep listening into the night. The characters I liked didn't get the ending I had hoped for but it made sense for the story. The last bit

    This was a really fun haunted house story! It was suitably creepy and more than a little gory. There is some animal death so be aware if you are sensitive to that topic. It's more of a mention and not graphic or detailed violence to an animal. There is a lot of suspense and tension while you wait to see what horrible thing will happen next. It made me want to keep listening into the night. The characters I liked didn't get the ending I had hoped for but it made sense for the story. The last bit became very much like a horror movie and had a touch of camp, but I think the best horror is able to mock itself a little.

    I listened to the audiobook and the narration was excellent. Each character sounded different and I loved her voice for the cat meowing and the creepy doll. Listening made this a lot creepier!

  • OutlawPoet

    So honestly, I'm constantly surprised by the comparisons between Vega and King. I don't really get it, except...they both write horror?

    This is a good, clean, YA novel. You have a girl who is a bit of an outsider with a past who moves to a small town and this town has secrets...secrets that lead back to the house her parents just bought.

    The story is highly suspenseful (never scary) and only gets the tiniest bit gruesome toward the end. You do have a love triangle (sigh) and a bad boy (a different

    So honestly, I'm constantly surprised by the comparisons between Vega and King. I don't really get it, except...they both write horror?

    This is a good, clean, YA novel. You have a girl who is a bit of an outsider with a past who moves to a small town and this town has secrets...secrets that lead back to the house her parents just bought.

    The story is highly suspenseful (never scary) and only gets the tiniest bit gruesome toward the end. You do have a love triangle (sigh) and a bad boy (a different kind of sigh). I did like our characters very much, but did not love our ending.

    Overall, a good book that will likely please people who like their stories a little bit spooky without ever getting scary.

  • Cillian

    Final buddy read of the year, sis! (Well,

    , maybe not. Maybe 2018 will be a doll and stretch itself out a wee bit so we can squeeze one more read...)

    Whichever, happy reading and happy closing of buddy reads for 2018.

  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    As a huge of The Merciless, I was eager to check out the newest novel by Danielle Vega. I didn't expect to love this one as much as The Merciless, because I prefer exorcisms over haunted house. Yet, even with tempered expectations, I was still disappointed by this one.

    This is a young adult horror novel that unfortunately suffered from all the tropes of the genre. Despite being classified as horror, the majority of this novel read like a contemporary story. The main character was more w

    As a huge of The Merciless, I was eager to check out the newest novel by Danielle Vega. I didn't expect to love this one as much as The Merciless, because I prefer exorcisms over haunted house. Yet, even with tempered expectations, I was still disappointed by this one.

    This is a young adult horror novel that unfortunately suffered from all the tropes of the genre. Despite being classified as horror, the majority of this novel read like a contemporary story. The main character was more worried about making friends and fitting in than the strange occurrences happening in her own home. The romance , which included a dreaded love triangle, just felt unnecessary.

    Otherwise, this was a decent novel with a couple of good gory scenes. I appreciate that Vega is willing to "go there" in her stories even though she writes for a younger audience.

    So if you are looking to read something by this author, I would personally recommend reading her backlist title, The Merciless, because it actually broke out of the young adult box. However, if you normally enjoy most young adult horror novels with all cliches, you will likely enjoy this one more than I did.

  • Kristen

    Okay, so before this turns into a big, long rant, I want to say that the first half of this book was amazing! The writing is truly great. The pacing is fast and exciting. The horror aspect is refreshingly different for the YA genre. I was truly enjoying myself and hoped to be writing a review about a 5 star book in the end.

    However, that's not exactly what ended up happening. I'm not going to spoil anything for you

    Okay, so before this turns into a big, long rant, I want to say that the first half of this book was amazing! The writing is truly great. The pacing is fast and exciting. The horror aspect is refreshingly different for the YA genre. I was truly enjoying myself and hoped to be writing a review about a 5 star book in the end.

    However, that's not exactly what ended up happening. I'm not going to spoil anything for you, because I'm not about that lifestyle, but just trust me on this one, the ending is trash. You will get mad. You may even laugh. I don't know. Depends on what kind of person you are and how you get your jollies, I suppose. The point is, that ending made me lose all respect for this book immediately.

    Anywho, a minor issue I had with this book was that none of the characters, possibly excluding Eddie (omg poor Eddie lol), were likeable. Like, at all. They were very accurate portrayals of modern teenagers, I'll give you that. But as I'm sure most of you already know, a lot of modern teenagers kinda suck. Even so, I don't think that really took too much away from the story, because the characters sucked, but it was kind of in a fun, campy way, if you know what I mean. Kinda like how Mean Girls portrayed teens. Like that.

    Now for the big RANT portion of my review!

    You CANNOT. I repeat, you CAN NOT, fall in love with someone after hanging out with them for like a total of 5 hours, over the course of a few days. I don't care how hot the guy is! I don't care if he is dreamier than a freaking ice cream sundae with all the fudge and toppings, real LOVE does not happen like that. It takes time to develop. All of the feelings that come before real LOVE, is called LIKE. Stay with me now. I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out. Having a CRUSH, is not the same thing as being in LOVE. I swear to Goooosh if I read one more YA book where the teens think they are seriously in LOVE after 45 seconds I am going to rip out the pages and chew and swallow them and poop them out so that they end up in the toilet where they belong.

    Thank you.

    That is all.

    Have a wonderful day.

  • Tracy (Cornerfolds)

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    I am a huge fan of The Merciless series! I read them as they were released and really enjoyed every one. I was constantly impressed with Vega's ability to write truly scary horror novels for a YA audience and was excited to pick up The Haunted. I was able to trade for a copy with a friend and was eager to dive into this new, hopefully terrifying story.

    This book revolves around Hendricks and her family after a move to a small town where they buy an old h

    Read more of my reviews at

    !

    I am a huge fan of The Merciless series! I read them as they were released and really enjoyed every one. I was constantly impressed with Vega's ability to write truly scary horror novels for a YA audience and was excited to pick up The Haunted. I was able to trade for a copy with a friend and was eager to dive into this new, hopefully terrifying story.

    This book revolves around Hendricks and her family after a move to a small town where they buy an old house with a bad reputation. The house the family chooses to renovate has a history of murder and suicide and is rumored to be haunted, so of course strange things start happening almost immediately after the family moves in. Unfortunately, that's almost the extent of the horror in this "horror" novel.

    While Hendricks is okay as a character, I just got way more information about her than I ever would have needed. I don't need tons of character development, romance, or backstory in my horror novels, but this one was primarily about a girl's experience as a student at a new high school than it was about a haunted house. This book had a love triangle, high school clique drama, a crazy ex boyfriend, and a handful of creepy scenes. As much as I hate YA contemporary romance, that's really what I got with this new Vega book and I am disappointed.

    The horror aspects of the book were pretty well done, but they were way too few and far between. I loved The Merciless for genuinely creeping me out, and there were a couple of creepy scenes in The Haunted, but not nearly enough to warrant the title. I did really enjoy the mystery of the house and why it was haunted, though. The ghosts had interesting stories and the resolution was satisfying.

    If you're like me, looking for a super scary horror book, this isn't going to be it. If, however, you're new to YA or prefer more tame spookiness in a book that mainly focuses on the YA contemporary romance aspects of the story, you'll probably love this! It was an okay story, but ultimately wasn't what I was hoping for. I recently picked up Survive the Night by the same author and I'm really hoping that's more my speed!

    2.5 stars

  • Patty (IheartYA)

    Will write review later as 2 members of the Litsy Mark Up Postal Book Club haven't read it yet.

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