The Dead House Review

The Dead House Review

The dead houseThe Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Released: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400
Source: Borrowed

Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . .

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?

Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you’ve finished reading.

| My thoughts |

Rating: 5/5 stars.

I don’t even know how to start this review. There is not a single thing that I can think of that I didn’t like about this book. Even reading other’s review of this book gives me no ideas about things that I didn’t like.

This book. If you don’t like creepy things, this book is not for you. This is the book I was most looking forward to during the month of October and boy, did it deliver! There are some scenes that straight up gave me goosebumps and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I never felt like I couldn’t read this at night, but it definitely gave me that giddy adrenaline rush that I love scary movies so much for. I don’t want to give anything away here, but some scenes…. Read more about The Dead House Review

Writing Tips: How to Write Amazing Characters!

Writing Tips: How to Write Amazing Characters!

Writing a novel is hard.

There’s just no way around that. You’re building an entire world that, hopefully, someone doesn’t mind getting lost in. If you’re really lucky (and work hard) people might love to get lost in your novel. That, right there, is my dream.

A huge, HUGE part to writing your novel is nailing down your characters. Without a doubt, this is by far my favorite part of the writing process. I have little dates with my characters, listen to their problems, and sandman their dreams. “Umm, Vivien, that’s really creepy.”

I know, it’s so much fun!

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Writing Tips: How to Outline Your Novel

Writing Tips: How to Outline Your Novel

Getting ready for NaNo? Do you get stuck with your writing sometimes? My second episode for Writerly Wednesdays deals with outlining!

Everything that I do as part of my outlining process should be changed to suit your individual needs. Now, this probably isn’t something you want to hear. Don’t fret! I, just like most people, wanted a magic formula to getting my story on paper. One single method that would be the answer to all my prayers.

I didn’t find it.

Or, rather, I found it in a way I didn’t expect.

I’m not sure how many books on the writing craft that I’ve read, because I’ve been reading them since I was a teenager (and I didn’t have Goodreads back then to keep track). But there was one common thing I found among all of the books that I read:

No two methods are the same.

Granted, there are a lot that are very similar. What this epiphany did for me was to make me realize that my method won’t be like any one of theirs.

You need to adapt. Your method has to be just that, your method. Trial and error may suck, and reading books on outlining will definitely give you a better idea of what you need to do, but one size does not fit all. And this is a good thing. What if every book in the world were written in the same structured outline (oh but Vivien, that’s the three-act structure…I know, just go with it okay!)? We would get tired of that repetitive pacing. We wouldn’t like reading about the same five basic characters in every story. Read more about Writing Tips: How to Outline Your Novel

Winner Announcement for Blood and Salt!

Winner Announcement for Blood and Salt!

Yay!! Without further ado…drumroll please! The winner of the Blood and Salt giveaway is…Jess from the United States! Her beautiful book should be on it’s way tomorrow! Thank you so much to everyone who participated, if you opted in for my e-mails, then you’ll receive a notification when my next giveaway goes live!

Blood and Salt Review + GIVEAWAY!

Blood and Salt Review + GIVEAWAY!

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Details for the giveaway are at the end of this post – I’m sorry I know it’s long!

First off, let me start by saying I read this book within a 24 hour period. Let me also say that I haven’t done that since my teen years…AKA a really ridiculously long time ago.

Why did I read this book within a day?

Because it was ssoooo gooooooddd!

I feel for my boyfriend (and you should too) because he had to put up with me literally whining around the house the rest of the day until we went to bed. I needed extra cuddles to get over this book and honestly, I’m still not over it. I’ll have a book hangover from this one for a while. Read more about Blood and Salt Review + GIVEAWAY!

NaNoWriMo-Inspired Travel Mug on Sale Now!!

NaNoWriMo-Inspired Travel Mug on Sale Now!!

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A travel mug inspired by the super-writer in all of us! I’m going to have one of these babies right next to me while I reach my NaNo goals every day. Mine is actually on it’s way to me right now and I can’t wait for it to get here!

This travel mug is on sale until midnight tonight PT!! $5 OFF + FREE SHIPPING

>> You HAVE to use THIS link to use this discount! <<

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