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!Read Epub ⛅ Haunted ⚢ Moving to my stepfather s English country mansion sounded so promising But the Arnaud Manor is neglected and unwelcoming, and I get the feeling it isn t exactly uninhabited Something wants to hurt us especially my litter sister, TabbyOkay, so I might be a little sensitive lately My parents act oblivious to me, my old life is far away in San Francisco, and the gorgeous guy I just met tells me terrible stories about the infamous Madame Arnaud who lived here long ago, and about missing children and vengeful spirits The kind of stories that are impossible to believe until you re living in one of them, fighting to protect everyone you love Note I was kindly sent a digital review copy of this book by the publisher.For fans of Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Haunted is an epic YA paranormal thriller set in contemporary times, but with a twist that might just leave you up at night This book introduces a new genre of YA all by itself, bringing mystery, romance, action, and lots of paranormal elements to the table Meanwhile, earning itself a four star review It plays with your head It m Note I was kindly sent a digital review copy of this book by the publisher.For fans of Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Haunted is an epic YA paranormal thriller set in contemporary times, but with a twist that might just leave you up at night This book introduces a new genre of YA all by itself, bringing mystery, romance, action, and lots of paranormal elements to the table Meanwhile, earning itself a four star review It plays with your head It messes with your emotions.But be warned You re left with false hope when you go into Haunted thinking that you ll come out the same Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalleyHer right index finger had decomposed so much that just one long bone stuck out at the end That bone was still resting on the organ key she had played about an hour agoThis was an okay ghost story, but I found it a bit predictable.I did feel sorry for Phoebe at first Having to leave her home and friends to move to England must have been really hard, and her paren Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalleyHer right index finger had decomposed so much that just one long bone stuck out at the end That bone was still resting on the organ key she had played about an hour agoThis was an okay ghost story, but I found it a bit predictable.I did feel sorry for Phoebe at first Having to leave her home and friends to move to England must have been really hard, and her parents seemed to ignore her a lot Not to mention that she was living in a haunted houseMy family doesn t seem to listen to me any A big silence fell They re punishing me for something that happened back in California, before we moved, I said Punishing you by ignoring youThe storyline in this was okay, and it was easy to imagine what the big haunted mansion looked like, and what the creepy ghost looked like My main problem with this book was that I guessed what was going on really early on in the book, by the 22% mark I had figured out what wouldn t actually be revealed in the book until the 57% mark, which ruined the book for me really Whether this was why I then found the pace to be slow I don t know, but I felt like I was waiting for the revelation that I had already guessedMy parents do it, too, he said.I looked bleakly into his beautiful sapphire eyes, the same colour as a ring I d begged Mom for unsuccessfully when I turned sixteen What the hell I protested weakly How could you do that to your own kidThere was some romance in this book, and Miles and Phoebe did come across as made for each otherHe pulled me to him and kissed me It felt incredible the best thing I d felt in seemingly yearsThe ending to this was the best part for me, but I was also left with some unanswered questions, over what would happen to Phoebe in the future.Overall okay ghost story, but a little predictable for me,6 out of 10 I d tried to push Madame Arnaud away, and my hands were made of air Please leave her alone, I d pleaded.Madame Arnaud had simply laughed I think not, She d said. 3,5Phoebe is moving with her stepfather,mother and little sister from california to england to live at her stepfathers ancestral home Its all because Phoebe did something horribleBut what She cant remember exactly.Then there is her little sister who she loves deeply but she cant help but be resentful of how all her stepfather and mothers attention has shifted to revolve completely aroundTabby Phoebe is being ignored and feel hurt even if she tries to be mature about it.And now they are in 3,5Phoebe is moving with her stepfather,mother and little sister from california to england to live at her stepfathers ancestral home Its all because Phoebe did something horribleBut what She cant remember exactly.Then there is her little sister who she loves deeply but she cant help but be resentful of how all her stepfather and mothers attention has shifted to revolve completely aroundTabby Phoebe is being ignored and feel hurt even if she tries to be mature about it.And now they are in this rundown house to make a fresh start but Phoebe feels something is waiting for them.A presence.She gets some clarity from Miles ,a boy she meet while swimming that the locals believe the mansion was inhabited by Madame Arnaud a 18th century noblewoman who feeds on the blood of infants And she still lives in the house centuries later.After an unsettling encounter in the unused part of the house she cant help but start to believe in the stories But that doesnt explain other things that are happening to her.What is happening Is she going crazy Even if she isshe wont allow her little sister to be harmed by the dark force in the house.Is it one thing I love its a good gothic Sinister old houses and the heroines who step over their tresholds thats what I am into So I was very happy when I was approved to view the ARC of Haunted by Lynn CarthageI liked Phoebes character she had her strong and weak sides with enough sass to make her interesting without being annoying Not being a sporty person myself I did wonder if I would be able to relate to the fact that she was on the swim team But it was mellowed out with the fact that she was also aspiring writer I fully approved of her dream of becoming a literary mermaid lolI started to suspect what was going on with Phoebe about p 88.But I was not sure Maybe it WAS all in her mind This book had some beautiful phrasing and writing but stopping just before it became too flowery.It makes sense that Phoebe would describe things in that way because she was a writer One thing that I did have a problem with was that I felt Phoebe trusted Miles too easily after only meeting him once she tells him everything that has happened.Mind you it was only the second time they met.Truth be told ,and I say this like someone who appreciates a bit of romance in my read I think the book wouldnt have suffered much if his character were to have been cut out of the story completelyHe was not a bad guy but he didnt have a very exciting personality.I just couldnt get over thinking about him as the token hot love interest and and a way for the author to enable that Phobe have someone to confide in and give her a nudge in the right direction when she hesitated.Some of the chapters just ended abruptly I dont know if this was editing gone wrong or a way for the author to transfer the feeling of disorientation Phoebe was feeling to the author.If that was the case it worked I felt as confused as our heroine.I also noticed a slight spelling mistake leathern instead of leathery The small snippets of newspaper notices at the start of every chapter helped build the atmosphere of the book and added some backstory to the Arnauds and their house.I have to admit there were some anacronishms like a servant from the Victorian era knowing who Elizabeth Bathory was but I decided I could overlook that.The ending was very emotional I felt my eyes get moistmust have gotten something in them.The villain was the epitome evil and while I would have liked to have known something about her origins at the same I think it made hermysterious and unpredictable not to know I knew enough about her to Think that She did deserve what she got in the end.But this book actually has two antagonists.The second is less obvious and maybe evenmalevolent but I hope and expect it will be exploredin the sequel.To conclude this is a solid addition to the gothic genre and a good starting point for the reader be who is curious about it.If you like this you might also like The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall Haunted made me laugh, gave me the chills, andimportantly, made me question my own sanity, haha I managed to fall into the story so easily that I forgot I was even reading Haunted is a quick read, if you re looking for something fun to read Maybe you can read it on the train Or between books Within the first 30 pages of reading, I had laughed quite a few times After that though, Haunted had taken a serious tone And then a while after that, it seemed like Phoebe s thoughts were so sc Haunted made me laugh, gave me the chills, andimportantly, made me question my own sanity, haha I managed to fall into the story so easily that I forgot I was even reading Haunted is a quick read, if you re looking for something fun to read Maybe you can read it on the train Or between books Within the first 30 pages of reading, I had laughed quite a few times After that though, Haunted had taken a serious tone And then a while after that, it seemed like Phoebe s thoughts were so scattered The plot was thickening so quickly, yet there were so many questions to be asked The type of questions you have but you don t ask, you know The type of questions where you want to ask them, but you already know the answer to.Haunted managed to surprise me which doesn t happen often Even if I did know the big surprise , it was still shocking to read it And slightly heartbreaking as well I didn t think I would be as affected as I was by hearing the news Nonetheless though, Phoebe seems to take this news in stride, and becomes a stronger person right then and there Which is honestly genuinely weird I d expect Phoebe to freak the hell out, but she didn t And maybe she knew all along We the readers though, are given little hints at what had happened to Phoebe.This book This freaking book Mystery novels always do this to me Haunted made me question my sanity, people With almost every revelation that either Phoebe or myself had, I questioned whether or not it had actually happened Mystery novels I m surprised that I didn t just rage quit this one as I usually do with other mystery books that I ve read.Overall the story is pretty well written I like the detail that Carthage wrote in Haunted Sometimes the detail was even spooky and creeped me out Everything fits really nicely I also liked those little passages at the beginning of every chapter They just made the story seemreal, and in that sense, I guess that was Carthage s way of giving the reader a little of the stories history I had hoped that Haunted would be a standalone Even though it isn t, you can treat Haunted very easily as a standalone view spoiler There s one thing that I didn t expect happening, and that s the beginnings of a love triangle You can tell that one character doesn t expect, or want to like this character, but you can just tell that it s going to happen.I found that Phoebe was a really needy character Yeah, she s in her teens and she s at the age where she both needs her mom, and needs to separate herself from her parents I just didn t like how that was all played out When you read the book though, you d totally understand why this happened, and why she acts like a typical teenager Other than that Phoebe has some strong values She loves and will protect her sister at any cost That s for sure Phoebe loves her little sister Tabby Phoebe doesn t have that whole hero complex where she has to save the whole planet Phoebe just wants to protect her family And Phoebe matures really quickly as well It s pretty steady, but I also felt that she pretty much matured at the flip of a page.Miles is actually described in parts and not all at once Which I guess was all right Phoebe didn t fawn over him the whole time, and that alone is great Anyway, we see a lot of Miles, but not enough to actually get to know him as a character We know what happened to him, and we re made to feel sorry for him I didn t though, and I m just really glad about that He s a good kid and has some great intentions I can just tell though that he has some ulterior motives Those will probably show up in the next book If I do read the next book, I m seriously hoping that Miles doesn t turn out to be a huge asshole.Eleanor is another character We meet her about halfway though reading Haunted And Eleanor is seriously Haunted When we first meet her she s all woe is me, for good reason though I want to like Eleanor I do I really do I just can t like her as much as I want to If I were in the story though, I would just want to hold her an arms length away She s a pretty good character too She wants to do what is best, and wants to succeed at what she tried to do a long time ago.I just want to give a huge Thank You to both Netgalley, and Kensington Books for allowing me to read an ARC of Haunted hide spoiler