by Michelle Muto
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.
Recommended Ages: 17+
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author/blog tour host in exchange for an honest review and participation in a blog tour.
The Haunting Season was a phenomenal haunted house horror story! It had action, horror, paranormal elements, different group dynamics, and even a little bit of romance. It was written in third person, but the majority of the story was from the perspective of Jess and other parts were from Gage’s point of view.
Jess, Allison, Gage, and Bryan were all offered a substantial amount of money to participate in the paranormal study at Siler House. They each had their own paranormal talents and their own backstories. Jess could connect with ghosts, Allison communicated with demons and evil spirits, Gage could resurrect the dead, and Bryan could make anything disappear, from people to tiny items. Jess’s experiences were mostly positive, but that wasn’t necessarily true for the rest of the group. Allison seemed to have the most trouble adjusting and didn’t want to be there. Everything about the house freaked her out and the other characters seemed to think she was severely overreacting. I enjoyed how different the characters were and how they had to interact with each other and figure each other out.
Siler House was full of mystery and intrigue and was the perfect setting for a haunted house story. Each character viewed the house differently, but all of them were drawn to it in some way. They all had a goal as part of the study, but as things progressed, the study took a backseat to more pressing issues involving the house. The Haunting Season had me on the edge of my seat.
While reading a particularly horrifying scene, my husband happened to notice the look on my face. He was talking to his parents via Skype and actually paused his conversation to get them to look at me and laugh at how engrossed I was in my book. Everything felt so heightened in the book, from the character’s emotions and fear to the actual moments of terror. I was so connected to the characters. The horror plot was definitely interesting. Instead of being a run of the mill haunting with previous residents, the backstory of Siler House was unique, the haunting was a little different, and the abilities of the characters changed things up a bit and made it relatively unpredictable.
The Georgia setting was spooky due to the well known history of Savannah. I loved that it took place in the summer instead of the fall or winter like many horror stories, too. I definitely recommend The Haunting Season to anyone who enjoys a good YA horror novel. It was delightfully creepy, descriptive, and I connected with the characters well. I loved the added element of romance to the plot, too, because it made the characters a little more real and relatable. It is a standalone novel, which is always a plus, but Michelle Muto has a few other YA horror novels that are definitely on my to-read list now!
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As an adult, Michelle traded her love of writing for the corporate life where she was an IT professional. Today, she’s doing what she loves best – writing and storytelling.
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Tour Wide Author Interview:
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
It’s a adult dark fantasy novel with action, castles, and gargoyles. It’ll be out early this summer.
Harry Potter’s wand or maybe Dean Winchester. He’d be a formidable weapon against zombies, right?
the inspiration for Siler House in The Haunting Season
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