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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Wow, easily one of the best novels I have read from the teen section. It is the perfect mix of horror and love that puts Twilight to shame. I would recommend this book to any and all of my friends and cannot wait to see what else this amazing author has to share with the world of novel enthusiasts
To be honest, I've never been much of a reader. I've read the Harry Potter series and Percy Jackson and things like that but I've never be persistent with my reading. Being the 13 year old I am I was watching Zendaya and Bella Thorne videos when I came across this book series. I saved money and bought it. I haven't been able to put down these books and I just finished the 3rd. The first book may seem kind of boring at first but trust me if you stick with it, it will be worth it!
Weird but good
I actually have this book and it's one of my favorites. Yeah it's a little weird (semi confusing at first) but i like it :)