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Product details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (16 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481982893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481982894
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,717,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michelle Muto lives in northeast Georgia with her husband and two dogs. She is the author of The Book of Lost Souls, an eFestival of Words winner for Best Young Adult 2012, and Don’t Fear the Reaper, an LDS Women’s Book Review Top Ten Pick 2011. Michelle loves changes of season, dogs, and all things geeky. Currently, she’s hard at work on her next book.


Learn more about Michelle:
Web: www.michellemuto.wordpress.com
Twitter: MichWritesBooks
Facebook: Michelle Muto Author Page

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I don't spook very easily, all things considered, so that definitely says something about Michelle Muto's tale of a haunted house in Savannah and four teenagers' experiences with the paranormal during their time at Siler House.

Let me back up and explain a bit more about the teens, Jess, Gage, Bryan and Allison. They've all got special... gifts. (I don't like to say "powers" because that sounds way too superhero-ish.) Jess can see spirits, Allison can see (and be possessed by) demons, Gage is a necromancer of sorts and Bryan can make things vanish into the ether. They've all got interesting traits and backstories and they're all at Siler House for a reason. I won't ruin the plotline but let's just say it's pretty nefarious as is the facilitator for their trip, Dr Brandt.

I thought the attraction and relationship between Jess and Gage was a bit quick but then again, they're teens and they're in a confined space with scary stuff going on around them. I suppose you find comfort and distraction where you can and I honestly don't blame them!

I would liked to have seen more from Allison as each chapter is predominantly told from a slanted view from either Jess or Gage. I think Allison's perspective could have made the novel even creepier, as she's constantly alluding to seeing demons and that "they're not alone" and the like. Allison creeped me out in general so seeing things from her point of view could have been really interesting.

The gore was fantastic. I'm a huge fan of blood and guts (I adore cheesy slasher flicks, for goodness' sake) and "The Haunting Season" definitely delivered on that front. Riley's story was suitably gruesome and only got better with Jess's vision in the woods.
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02/05/16 Classic ghost story - A rundown mansion, neglected wood and small secluded graveyard provide the setting for scary story . Four people ,each with a unique talent are invited to take part in an experiment to contact 'the other side'. Allison finds demons are attracted to her.Jess can see ghosts, Gage can reanimate the dead, and Bryan can make objects or living things vanish,forever. With a researcher to guide them the group takes up residence in run down Siler House. A building with a sad history of its own with family members and staff allegedly meeting an untimely end.It's no surprise then that the group senses something not quite right , as if the house 'knows' where they are and what they do. Could it prevent them from leaving? Is it really an open conduit to the 'other' side?
Chilling stuff as our team meet a ghost or two, and experience true terror as demons and evil spirits combine to threaten their lives. Read this story and be prepared for some heart pounding moments, and I bet you'll never look in a mirror in the same way ever again , and certainly not with the lights out!
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The Haunting Season is an excellent fusion of the Young Adult and Horror genres. The scenario we know as a group of ghost-hunters enter a haunted house for a prolonged stay. The genius loci of Siler House is as much a character as those within its walls as it gradually progresses from taunting and teasing its occupants with sights and sounds to full-blown assaults that are physical, spiritual and mental. It is like a sweet-looking but spiteful child playing with insects before it tears off their limbs one by one. I think that Michelle Muto's greatest success in this novel is her mirroring of the house's behaviour with that of the main antagonist. It serves to create a real sense of a place having a personality, though in this case one that is wholly malignant.
If I were to name other haunted house stories that this reminded me of then I would pick The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff. This novel deserves to stand alongside them in terms of its evocation of southern gothic atmosphere and dread that lingers like a bad summer heat.
If I had a criticism, it would be that I would have liked to have found out about the inner workings of Mrs Hirsch and Dr Brandt some more and understood them to a greater degree. The focus is on the young adults in the story and these four characters are well-crafted and balanced as their roots are the stereotypes we know i.e. the jock, the outsider, the cool nerd, but Michelle Muto manages to put her own distinct twist on each one. With Mrs Hirsch and Dr Brandt, I feel like I would have liked just such a twist made to their characters as well. That aside, I recommend this novel to lovers of YA and Paranormal fans who like a bit of southern gothic flavour.
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Excellent writing. Will definately try another book, once i started reading I didn't want to put it down. Quite different to what i normally read. I will certainly be weary of looking in 'mirrors', but i really enjoyed it. One of the characters in the book came across very 'strong' to the point i wanted to shout at her to 'buck up'.(crazy i know). If your into this sort of thing then this book is for you.
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This is the first book I have read by Michelle Muto, but after reading The Haunting Series I am looking forward to hiding under my pillow again reading the next. I seriously could not put this book down, only to check to see if someone was watching me from some dark corner of my house or through a mirror!! (Seriously, I was that freaked out in some scenes, I had to wait for someone to come home before I started it again) I mean anyone of the human form that is!!

We both sense him. We both know he's there. Ghost or demon?
Or maybe a little of both?

So back to the story in hand, When ghosts stop visiting Jess, she signs up for an experiment in the haunted Siler House, hoping this house will bring back her abilities to see ghosts again. She's desperate to see one ghost in particular, which is her deceased father.

We are then introduced to the other subjects that all have awesome abilities different from each other, and have also signed up for this very hush-hush experiment, run by Dr. Brandt. We have Allison who has been visited from others too, but these are the evil kind and her experiences are a whole lot more terrifying, darker than anything Jess has experienced. Alison did not sign up for this so there's nothing she wants more than to run for the hills to get away from the evil that lurks behind the walls of Siler house. Next up is Gage who is all kindsa hot and hard in all the right places!! (Get my drift?) *swooning* While he is sexy, he is all just so sweet, sensitive and ooooh so protective. Last but not least we have the class joker Bryan, who always made me giggle at his wise cracks he made to lighten the mood when things got too intense (and in this book, boy do you need it).

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