The Haunted by Danielle Vega

Published June 4, 2019

Hardcover, 304 pages


(Thanks to BOOKISHFIRST.COM & Razorbill, I received an ARC of this book)


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 has much to offer her in terms of excitement. She plans on laying low, but when she’s suddenly welcomed into the popular crowd at school, things don’t go as expected.

Hendricks learns from her new friends that the fixer-upper her parents are so excited about is notorious in town. Local legend says it’s haunted. Hendricks doesn’t believe it. Until she’s forced to. Blood-curdling screams erupt from the basement, her little brother wakes up covered in scratches, and something, or someone pushes her dad down the stairs. With help from the mysterious boy next door, Hendricks makes it her mission to take down the ghosts . . . if they don’t take her first.


For some reason going into this book I felt like I had already read something by this author. I didn’t, but I do own books by her so that’s some thing ha ha. I think this is a great place to start with this author for me because I’m really into reading books about haunted houses or people etc. Oddly enough at the time I was also reading another book about a haunted house that was an adult read, but I think that made me love this book even more.

I feel like there was just enough explanation behind the story of the house and description of the house without being overly wordy. I found myself a bit jumpy at some parts because I felt like I was actually in the house with the characters, which always makes for a good story. I definitely found myself fully immersed while reading and had an amazing experience.

Overall I feel like this was a very good book to read especially if you are not a huge fan of four. Well it gives you parts that are a bit jumpy I didn’t feel there was anything overly scary about the whole vibe of the book. I can’t wait to pick up more books by this author.


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