Monday, September 23, 2013

The Brown House by Christy Sloat ~ review

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Group (June 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985538546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985538545

This book is also available as an e-book.

Some secrets should never be revealed… Brylee Branson begrudgingly made the excruciating move with her family from the warm sandy beaches of California to small town living in New Jersey. As if she wasn’t miserable enough, they’ve moved into a creepy old house that everyone in the area claims is haunted. Brylee dismisses the idea of ghosts and hauntings, until she begins to see and hear things that can’t be explained… Brylee has no choice but to seek the help of new friends to unlock the secrets of this place she now calls home. But some secrets should never be revealed. Can the teens find a way to release the spirits imprisoned within the walls? Or will the curse claim them, too?

My take on this book:
What if you found yourself moving to a new town only to have everyone to tell you that the house you are living in is haunted? Well that's just what happens to Brylee Branson. Brylee's father has been out of work for over a year and when he finally lands a job in New Jersey it means that Brylee and her family will have to leave California and move to New Jersey. The Brown House is their new home, but it seems that something or someone doesn't want them there, thing is in the beginning it's only Brylee that has the experiences, but as things escalate even her parents become aware that something otherworldly is occurring. Brylee becomes determined to get to the bottom of what is going on, but what she unleashes is more than she ever imagined!

To say that I loved this book is totally an understatement. I read a lot of haunted house stories but this one really creeped me out.  The descriptions of the things that Brylee experienced were spooky and gave me more than a few cold chills. The house itself became a character, with its locked room, and a chilling past that kept long buried souls trapped there. As  the author slowly reveals what had happened in the past I had to read even faster to find out if things could be reversed ! There was one scene where Brylee and her friends go to open the locked room that I actually held my breath wondering what they would find inside, but what actually happened was such a shocker that it totally floored me!   The storyline was so smoothly written that I found myself totally drawn to the story from the beginning. The character of Brylee fits her role perfectly. She was a popular girl at her old school,  but being burned by those friends, she decides she doesn't want to be a part of that crowd when she moves. Her character had a positive self image, something that being popular had nothing to do with. I thought the positive messages of peer pressure and being content in your own skin was totally great. The friendship that developed between her and Lyn was totally believable , and the relationship that develops with Ephraim was oh so great!  I was totally shocked and saddened when we learn the truth about Kayla's character!  Anyone who enjoys a spooky good read with strong characters, a fast paced, visually stimulating plot that will have your heart pounding and even the hair on the back of your neck standing up just a bit should pick up "The Brown House." 

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Image of Christy SloatChristy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother's loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor's Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come.
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