Thursday, 28 August 2014

Ghost House (Untitled #1) by Alexandra Adornetto

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and NetGalley.
Ghost House (Untitled, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.

Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

Ghost House (Untitled, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and NetGalley.)
17-year-old Chloe is devastated when her mother dies unexpectedly, and then angry when her Grandmother wants her to go and live with her in England for a while whilst she grieves.
Once Chloe arrives at her Grandmother’s stately home, which doubles as a bed-and-breakfast, she is surprised to find that her ability to see ghosts may come in handy with the number of ghosts floating around the property, and even finds herself attracted to the boy called Alex.
What painful past caused the ghosts to be so unsettled? And can Chloe really help?

This was an interesting ghost story, and even though it did have a rough patch, I ended up really enjoying it.

I really liked Chloe, and I liked how she changed throughout the book. I really couldn’t stand her at the beginning, she behaved like such a brat, she was selfish, and mean, and mocked British people! I was so glad that during the story she changed, growing up, realising what was important and what wasn’t, and having the strength to do what needed to be done, even if she didn’t want to.
The storyline was quite good, although it did have a rough patch. At 47% I didn’t think I was going to like this book, especially because of one of the ghosts who seemed to be telling Chloe that he was in love with her! I was really not impressed by that!
Thankfully the story picked up after this though, and even expanded, turning this story from a story about a girl and a ghost, to a story about a girl with the strength to save people she loved, and to put tortured ghosts to rest.

There was some romance, and funnily enough, I was kind-of glad when this turned into a love triangle. I really was not loving the whole ‘a ghost is in love with me’ thing, and so the arrival of a real live human boy to the mix was a bit of a relief!

The ending was good, and I liked the way things were resolved. The very last chapter left us with a bit of a cliff-hanger though, and I really want to read the next book in the series now to find out what is going on!
Overall; good ghost story,
7.5 out of 10

1 comment:

  1. Ghost stories ? I am totally gonna try and read this one !
    Great review by the way :)