Friday, July 17, 2015

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Delia's new house isn't just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up "troubled" young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play--and it doesn't want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere. So the house kills her.Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house's history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house's next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?
Wow. That is basically the best word that I can find to describe this book. I'm always in the mood to find a great book with some horror elements and this was perfect. It was a little scary for me but not over the top and after Delia becomes a ghost its not scary at all. I really enjoyed it.
I read this author's other series a couple years ago and really enjoyed it so when I went into this one I had VERY high expectations. It did not disappoint at all. The plot moved the perfect pace and I felt it was thought out really well.
I was okay with most of the characters except Delia's so called "best friend" and her ex. It might make me a bad person but I was sort of happy when Delia got her revenge on them. I would be extremely mad if I was in Delia's place and I found out that my BEST FRIEND was dating my ex boyfriend, even if I was dead. I'm sorry but that's sort of crossing some sort of weird line. That was honestly the only part of the story that made me really mad at the characters, except for when Delia's parents locked her in her room the night she died. I felt that was a really stupid move on their part.
My favorite character was Maria. I felt so sorry for her; her death was so sad and then even as a ghost she was treated horribly. I also really liked Eliza and Theo. There was a little bit of ghost romance, but it was barely any and it leaves an open ending. Overall it was so little romance it could even be considered an older middle grade novel.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a horror-ish YA book.
***I received an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. The book is available to buy August 25th, 2015.***
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