Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The DNF journals: Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

Release Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA / Horror
Source: Copy provided for honest review

When Paige moves from LA to Idaho with her mom and little brother after her parents’ high-profile divorce, she expects to completely hate her new life, and the small town doesn’t disappoint. Worse yet, the drafty old mansion they’ve rented is infested with flies, spiders, and other pests Paige doesn’t want to think about.

She chalks it up to her rural surroundings, but it’s harder to ignore the strange things happening around the house, from one can of ravioli becoming a dozen, to unreadable words appearing in the walls. Soon Paige’s little brother begins roaming the house at all hours of the night, and there’s something not right about the downstairs neighbor, who knows a lot more than he’s letting on. 

Things only get creepier when she learns about the sinister cult that conducted experimental rituals in the house almost a hundred years earlier.
The more Paige investigates, and the deeper she digs, the clearer it all becomes: whatever is in the house, whatever is causing all the strange occurrences, has no intention of backing down without a fight.

Found in the aftermath, Diary of a Haunting collects the journal entries, letters, and photographs Paige left behind.

There has always been something about ghost stories that fascinate me. Ghosts are one of my few fears in life and I've had personal experiences that started at about the same age as the main character of Diary of a Haunting.

That what was initially appealed to me about this title.

However, I struggled with the first 10%. The next few percent convinced me that this just is not the title for me.

I understand Paige is a teenager and teens can be fairly oblivious. But to move into a house and not notice that there are basement windows, with no basement...was questionable.  Then, to have a friend point out that you can see windows from the outside of the house that are boarded up, but you never saw them yourself? You live there. It was too much.  I couldn't buy into any of it.

Also, even though there were creepy things about the house...validly creepy...she seemed all too focused on the presence of mere spiders.

I don't believe I am the right audience for this book. Sadly.

Sidenote: The cover is pretty damn awesome.

DNF at 12%

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