The Haunting Season Paperback – 16 Jan 2013
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had not heard of this author before, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I will check out his other work.Published 15 months ago by pixiestix
I didn't realise that this was a novel for young adults when I bought it, but to be fair, that did not hamper my enjoyment of this novel. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Di
This book was so hard to put down. The characters were believable, the plot was exciting and scary. Very well written.Published 16 months ago by Amanda Barnes
Concentrating on a small number of characters you defiantly get to know each one individually. I do not read a lot of "horror/thriller" books as I have found in the past... Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2014 by Hannah Davison
A very creepy tale could not put it down. If you like a good ghost story this is one to read. Loved it.Published on 16 April 2014 by chick
Couldn't put it down...good spooky story with a decent storyline. And at the price it was on Kindle - a good buyPublished on 6 April 2014 by Amazon Customer
Very good read attention to detail. Scary at times not knowing who trust. Also interesting end. Would recommend to friendsPublished on 16 Jan. 2014 by C. L. Jukes
I don't scare easy but this book had even me looking over my shoulder, well written. A good story that grips from start to finish!Published on 11 Dec. 2013 by kell