Wednesday, September 30, 2015

REVIEW: The House by Christina Lauren

Gavin tells Delilah he’s hers—completely—but whatever lives inside that house with him disagrees.

After seven years tucked away at an East coast boarding school, Delilah Blue returns to her small Kansas hometown to find that not much has changed. Her parents are still uptight and disinterested, her bedroom is exactly the way she left it, and the outcast Gavin Timothy still looks like he’s crawled out of one of her dark, twisted drawings.

Delilah is instantly smitten.

Gavin has always lived in the strange house: an odd building isolated in a stand of trees where the town gives in to mild wilderness. The house is an irresistible lure for Delilah, but the tall fence surrounding it exists for good reason, and Gavin urges Delilah to be careful. Whatever lives with him there isn’t human, and isn’t afraid of hurting her to keep her away.  BUY IT: Amazon


I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this. Other than Anne Rice's Vampire series, I'm completely new to anything like this. Court is this paranormal? (I'm such a newbie). I don't know ..I don't have the right vocabulary for this, so why am I reading it? Well, I love when writers change things up and knowing Christina Lauren from their other books, I thought I'd check this one out and guess what? It was so different and unique that I couldn't put it down. I pushed aside the things I needed to do, papers I needed to grade, sleep I needed to have because as the tension built, I absolutely had to know how Gavin and Delilah were going to handle the increasing violent actions of the house (see the synopsis if you're perplexed by this statement). 

As I read I kept trying to search for a way to envision what was going on and the first thing I came up with was children's animated films...things like Alice in Wonderland or Beauty and the Beast where inanimate objects had a life and a mind of their own. And you know what? At first that idea worked but as the house became nastier and more hateful, those innocent films were no longer a sufficient frame of reference and I began to think of darker more sinister feeling ones. All of that to say that the writing was so vivid and the scenes so surreal that my head was filled with visions and colors and lots of sensations as I thought about House. Let me stop here to repeat this: THIS BOOK IS SO COOL. How do people even think up these things? So neat.


Outside of all the neat and weird and scary things that had to do with House, Gavin and Delilah were so sweet. I loved how Gavin seemed almost bemused by Delilah and how Delilah was like a moth to a flame, when it came to him--she couldn't resist getting to know him. I loved their loyalty and protectiveness and the love they shared and felt with each other. Their love story was such a nice foil to the chaos and possessiveness of House. 

By the end, I had a ton of questions--questions not really meant to be answered--but mainly, by the end, I felt like I wanted to talk to my students and tell them to grab a copy. I think many of them would love this book and with the release near October, it's the perfect book for this Halloween season. What a fantastically creepy, sweet, and interesting paranormal romance (that is the right term, right Court?); I hope you pick it up and enjoy it as much as we did.

Happy Reading~~

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced eleven New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 23+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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