The Lost Girl ★★✰☆☆

cover69767-mediumI’m not really sure how to feel about R.L. Stine’s The Lost Girl. I grew up on Goosebumps books, my favorites being the choose your own adventure stories (like Return to Terror Tower).

I liked the plot:

Lizzy Palmer, the new girl, is the hot topic at Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper make friends with her, but as they get closer the stranger she is… and more attractive–at least for Michael.

After a snowmobile accident Michael’s friends start getting murdered. Pepper is convinced that Lizzy is the murderer but Michael doesn’t believe her.

Tragic Story.

Unthinkable betrayal.

Over 60 years ago.

Or 70 years ago. Because that’s kind of up in the air.

Haunted ★★✰☆☆

Haunted-Lynn CarthageThe Arnaud Manor is creepy, unwelcoming, and perfect for Phoebe, who did something so horrible her family was forced to leave the country and move into her step-father’s old family home. Problem is, she doesn’t remember what she did. She’d ask her parents if they didn’t ignore her.

A big house might have made her feel empty, or lonely, but Phoebe gets the feeling that it isn’t entirely vacated. In fact, she’s pretty sure whoever–or whatever–is still around wants to hurt her family–especially her little sister Tabby.

Phobic ★★★★☆

cover58686-mediumFifteen-year-old Piper Crenshaw knows her house is strange. It’s never needed repairs since it was built in the 1800s, and the lights flicker in response to things she says. As if those things aren’t creepy enough, it’s also the place where her mother committed murder.

To prove she’s not afraid of where she lives, Piper opens a forbidden door, which hides a staircase that leads to the ceiling. That’s when the flashbacks of the original residents from 1875 start, including a love affair between two young servants. Each vision pulls Piper deeper into not only their story, but also her house. Piper confides in her best friend, Todd, whom she’s gradually falling for, but even he doesn’t believe her…

Piper realizes her house isn’t haunted—it’s alive. To sever her link to it, she must unravel the clues in the flashbacks and uncover the truth about her mother’s crime, before she becomes part of her house for good.

-Back Copy

I haven’t been this afraid of a house since Rose Red. Cortney Pearson did a great, suspenseful job of keeping me on my toes throughout the novel.

The book opens by immersing us in Piper Crenshaw’s life as a teenage outcast. Her house is weird, she has one friend, the popular girls at school bully her relentlessly–on top of which both of her parents are gone: her father is recently deceased and her mother is in jail for murder. Oh yeah, and her house is haunted and overprotective.

I wasn’t afraid of the house until Piper gave me reasons to be. The flicking lights and TV set are nothing in comparison to an axe in the side, literally.

I could not put this book down! Once I started reading I was absolutely hooked into the story! You can purchase your copy on Amazon.com.

I received my copy free through NetGalley.com in exchange for this review.
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