Book Review + Giveaway: The Brown House

Title: The Brown House

Author: Christy Sloat

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Some secrets should never be revealed…
Brylee Branson begrudgingly made the excruciating move with her family from the warm sandy beaches of California to small town living in New Jersey. As if she wasn’t miserable enough, they’ve moved into a creepy old house that everyone in the area claims is haunted. Brylee dismisses the idea of ghosts and hauntings, until she begins to see and hear things that can’t be explained…

Brylee has no choice but to seek the help of new friends to unlock the secrets of this place she now calls home. But some secrets should never be revealed. Can the teens find a way to release the spirits imprisoned within the walls? Or will the curse claim them, too?

My Review: I gotta say, I really enjoyed this novel. From the dark curses, evil witches and angry ghosts to the honest friendship, budding romance and the inherent good in the characters.

Sloat weaves a great story of a girl who’s family lose everything and get a chance to start over. The protagonist, Brylee doesn’t want to move but she wants to see her family happy and understands the importance of the move. She plays nice and doesn’t complain although her parents know she doesn’t want to move. So when she finally comes forward about experiencing some paranormal activity in her new home, her mom screams at her thinking that it’s some ploy to return to California. Needless to say that the house really is haunted. I love how Sloat presents the paranormal activities to the reader. I feel as if she eases us into the creepy factor of it. From the get-go its creepy but on a minimal scale. Yet towards the end of the novel I was seriously creeped out and testing my hubby’s patience. All the lights on and becoming his shadow until the goosebumps faded.

I loved Brylee’s strength. She is someone who knows who she is and who she wants to be and she sticks to her guns. She has a lot of spirit and is a character I really came to love. She is strong and honest and very relatable. I loved her inner struggle in remembering who she was and remaining who she wants to be. I loved the honest friendship portrayed in this novel, the budding romance and how realistic the marriage of her parents is. In speaking of marriage, from the very beginning Sloat tugged at my heart strings. She has one of the most beautiful dedications I have ever read in a novel . “For Joe. You have showed me that this is where I want to spend my life. Forever in your arms and by your side. Family is forever.” The romance in this novel is just as sweet and beautiful as this dedication.

The Brown House is a great novel with lots of intrigue and suspense. Sloat revels the story to the reader a little at a time. It mostly leaves you in a state of suspense until the entire story is revealed. She does this in a great way. This book demands your attention: it’s a novel that will keep you reading and thinking about it when you’re not. Again, it is a great read and one I truly enjoyed.

*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review

Now, for the fun part, Sloat is generously going to giveaway one paperback copy of this novel. For a chance to win a copy of The Brown House fill out the form below. The giveaway ends November 22, 2012. However, a couple disclaimers must be out into place first. 1. This giveaway is limited to the US and Canada. 2. As this is a physical book and giving your mailing address will be necessary, be sure you ask your parent/guardian for permission before entering if you are under 18. Good luck!


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