Guest Review: Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

October 29, 2014 4.5 stars, Book Review 12 ★★★★½

Guest Review: Ghost House by Alexandra AdornettoGhost House by Alexandra Adornetto
Series: The Ghost House Saga #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on August 26, 2014
Genres: Gothic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.

Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto is the perfect Halloween read!  I was really searching for a good book to put me in the Halloween spirit, and this one did it for me with all the phantom spirits and murder, as well as the creepy old house.  Can’t forget the creepy old house!  What kind of ghost story would be complete without one?

I saw a lot of mixed reviews about Ghost House before reading it, that made me wonder how good it was going to be.  That doubt was quickly erased as soon as I started reading it though.  Since a young age, Chloe has always seen ghosts that no one else could. The book had a fast start and dived right into the whole ghost-scenario-situation (yep I think I just made that phrase up) that the main character Chloe was dealing with.  I liked that the book took off right away, because I’ve read so many ghost stories in the past that took half the book to reveal one of the characters was a ghost, or seeing a ghost.  Let’s be honest.  Anyone who reads a lot is bound to figure this out pretty quickly, and if the first 10 chapters are all leading up to what I like to call the big ghost reveal, then it’s going to get boring pretty fast for the reader.

I loved the main setting of the book, which was Chloe’s grandmother’s old estate in England.  Alexandra does a great job of describing the house, so that you can picture everything from the creepy lake, to the horse stables that Joe works in.

One thing that irritated me at first was the constant mentioning of Chloe’s mom, who dies at the start of the book (don’t worry guys this isn’t a spoiler, the first chapter starts off with them attending her funeral).  The only reason it bothered me, was because she was mentioned in almost every chapter, and I couldn’t understand why Alexandra wanted to talk about her so much, when she wasn’t playing a crucial part in the book.  Boy was I wrong though!  Her mom actually has a really important role in the book; one that I didn’t see coming whatsoever.  I loved this part of the book, because it really surprised me, which doesn’t happen too often!  The more you read, the more predictable things can get in books sometimes.  Another reason I really enjoyed Alexandra Adornetto’s writing, because she doesn’t give too much away and has plenty of surprise elements lined up in the plot!

The only reason I gave this 4.5 instead of a 5, was the ending.  I’m going to sound like I just got out of a bad relationship saying this, but I NEEDED some closure! And the last two sentences of the book leave you with such a cliff hanger that it almost felt like there’s going to be a second book.  Am I the only one who thought this?

For being such a young writer, I was really impressed by Alexandra Adornetto!  Truly goes to show that anyone can write a great book!  Ghost House left me craving more spooky reads, so if you have any good suggestions, let me know in the comments below!


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Reviewed by the lovely Emily!


My name’s Emily and I’m a 21 year old college student. I’m studying business and english, with the hopes of getting into editing and publishing when I graduate. I live in Wisconsin and when I’m not busy cramming for exams or working, I’m reading books at an alarming rate, or writing. I also enjoy photography and camping with my family. I love reading all types of books, but my favorite is fantasy! She recently started co-blogging at

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12 Responses to “Guest Review: Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto”

  1. Melliane

    Oh yes it’s nice to find a book like that while Halloween is almost here. I should do that but I confess that I usually don’t. I didn’t know a lot about the book but I’m happy to see you had a good time! I’ll have to check this one out.
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  2. Molly Mortensen

    Ghost stories always have a creepy old house. That must come from the strange sounds these houses make, either that or they’re all haunted. *looks around*

    I like that the ghosts come out quickly in the book. It’s always nice when the book starts right away. (does that make sense?)

    I hate it when books don’t wrap things up properly!

    Nice to meet you Emily! I like the whole not letting good arcs go to waste idea! 🙂
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    • Emily Alfano

      yes i know what you mean! I hate when the book starts off slow, because it’s hard to stay interested in it! nice to meet you too! thanks for reading my review!!

    • Emily Alfano

      i’m not typically either, but i got pretty attached to this book, so i was really upset at the ending because I REALLY wanted to know what happened! i want there to be a sequel so badly! thanks for checking out my review! i hope you give the book a chance and read it one of these days!

  3. Kirsty-Marie

    Haha, yeah, can’t forget the creepy old house, it’s a must. Hear you though, I’ve read tons of ghost stories (when I was going through that phase) and ugh the got old and repetitive fast, there’s still some out there that’s pretty unique and original but yup, if the big reveal is that so-and-so character is a ghost zzzzzzzzzzzz. Glad this had a few tricks up it’s sleeve, but yeah, that ending probably would annoy me though, booo. 🙁 Glad you really enjoyed it otherwise!
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    • Emily Alfano

      I really like ghost stories, but as you mentioned, some of them are VERY similiar in plot and what not. so it tends to get old, but this one was extremely good! my other favorite ghost stories are “The Haunted” and the Hollowed by Jessica Verday. It’s a trilogy; have you read them before? I can’t recall the name of the third book. thanks for reading my review!
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