The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Book Description:

Published: 1959

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

Review –

I have seen the movie The Haunting of Hill House many times as it is one of my favorites and when the audio version was offered free I just couldn’t resist.

I was hoping that the book was very similar and I was surprised to find that the movie was indeed very close to the book. The screenplay writer did an excellent job.

Loved it.

Check it out for Halloween.

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The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

Book Description

September 3, 2013
Tana lives in a world where walled cities calledColdtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in adecadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass throughColdtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.
Review –
Even though this book was written as a stand-alone, I wish the author, Holly Black, would consider writing a sequel. (It is sooo good)
Though this is “another” vampire story, it is unlike any you may have read so far. There are Coldtowns across the country to keep vampires and those infected with vampirism separate from the rest of the population. Sounds simple, but those aren’t the only people drawn to a Coldtown. Those who, for no other reason than they just want to be a vampire, arrive daily with the hopes of being turned into a vampire and live forever. They soon find out that it’s not that simple and Coldtown is not as it is depicted in the media.
My favorite character is Gavriel, who is a very old vampire and is saved by Tana in the beginning  and together(plus others) go to a Coldtown.  Besides being blood thirty he is a romantic and has a wonderful accent.(I had the audio version).
If you’re looking forward an unusual vampire story – this is the one for you.
I rated it 5 stars *****
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