on December 21, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Ghosts, Mystery, New Adult, Paranormal
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Be careful what you let in…
Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead.
The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all.
The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto is about 4 people who come to Siler House for an experimental test of their supposed paranormal abilities.
There are 2 guys and 2 gals and one Dr. Brandt. Jess Perry is the lead heroine who can see ghosts. Her leading man is Gage who can bring things back to life. Well not things animals, Pet Sementary anyone? Then we have Allison who was possessed at some point and freed after an exorcism. Last buy not least Bryan, he can make things disappear.
I never got a clear picture on Dr. Brandt or who/whom he worked for. There was a consensus that it was government funded however, never confirmed one way or the other. So the reasons why they were all there were never made clear. I don’t know why this bothered me but it did. What they did know was they were there to see what if anything their individual abilities could do while they resided in the haunted Siler House.
As for the characters in the story, I didn’t really connect to any of them. Possibly Allison was my favorite and the only one with any personality. She carried herself like someone possessed and was the only one that was there against her will. Her entire family was terrified of her and rightly so after reading her story. To me she played the role perfectly. Jess and Gage bothered me a lot. A whole lot. They had this attraction that I didn’t really feel. They kept talking about how the house affected them all differently and made them feel emotions more. To me that felt like an excuse to have sexy times. But why didn’t Bryan and Allison feel those extreme emotions? Then there’s Bryan who I found to be extremely creepy. It was like he knew what people were thinking or feeling and I would have been fine with that if it had been confirmed by the author. But it’s never confirmed so instead he comes across creepy. He would have a conversation with Allison or Gage and in the middle of the conversation tell one of them that they should hook up with the other. It was almost pushy and I don’t know it was just weird.
Yes the house is definitely haunted. Yes there are some great stories as to why. There are some strange moments, creepy feelings, and all around spooky feeling to the house. But it doesn’t necessarily read that way. Maybe it’s me and I’m just hard to please. I’ve read other books that literally make the hair stand on end. This story just felt like something a teenager would watch. There are many loose ends and tons of unfinished business if you ask me.
I was waiting the entire time for a climax to the story but we don’t get one. The epilogue isn’t really an epilogue as it doesn’t answer anything it just gives you an update on where everyone is. Maybe the author is planning a second book and just sort of left things this way for a reason. I don’t know but this was just okay for me.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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