When Alexis's little sister Kasey becomes obsessed with an antique doll, Alexis thinks she is just being her usual weird self. Things get weirder, though, when their house starts changing. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner blasts cold air. Kasey is changing, too. Her blue eyes go green, she starts using old-fashioned language, and she forgets chunks of time.
In Alender's character-driven debut, outsider Alexis who dyes her hair exotic colors, hates cheerleaders and sees the world through the lens of her camera first suspects something's amiss when she and her younger sister, Kasey, notice light emanating from their antiquated house. Tension builds slowly as doll-obsessed Kasey starts acting more strangely than normal, the girls' father is hospitalized after a car accident and the house itself becomes increasingly temperamental (the air-conditioner seems determined to freeze them to death, and the girls are strangely drawn to the creepy basement). Meanwhile, Alexis's social life takes an unexpected turn via a budding romance with the class vice-president and a new confidante: a cheerleader with a clairvoyant bent. As Alexis's stubborn stereotypes disintegrate, so does her unwillingness to accept the possibility of unseen forces, and she addresses the change with wry humor ( What was this, Challenge Alexis's Long-Held Assumptions Day? ). While the true scares are relegated to a few ephemeral moments during the buildup of the haunting, and the ghost's vengeful motivations feel undernourished, fans of classic young adult ghost stories should welcome this solid offering. Ages 12 up.
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This is a great book!
It's kind of spooky, and a bit weird, but it keeps you glued to the pages. Ghosts freak me out a lot, but this book isn't insanely scary. It's a great story, really exciting! If you like books with suspense, you'll love this one. :)
I wouldn't recommend reading this before bed cuz I ended screaming in the middle of the night but I get scared easily but it is an amazing series
This book is great I wanna read it again