Friday, July 18, 2014

Coldhearted by Melanie Matthews Review

Title: Coldhearted
Author: Melanie Matthews
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Horror
Series: Coldhearted, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A deliciously creepy, spooky ghost story perfect for a rainy night, I simply loved Coldhearted--I'm looking forward to more from Melanie Matthews!

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Edie St. John has just moved to the cold, wintery town of Grimsby after the untimely death of her beloved parents. Distraught and still missing them, trying to get used to her new home, Edie gets lost and somehow finds a way into haunted Lockhart Manor.. And she comes out with a wicked ghost attached. Tristan Lockhart is determined to make poor Edie's life a living hell, especially when she falls in love with a boy named Mason.. And it just might be the death of them, if they can't find a way to get rid of him..

What I enjoyed:
-I loved the cold, creepy, Gothic setting of Grimsby--it was the absolute perfect place for a ghost to haunt!
-The pacing of this novel was absolutely breakneck--I couldn't put it down, even if I had tried
-Edie, the poor, sweet girl who ends up with an evil ghost looking over her shoulder, quite literally, who falls in love with Mason Fenwick--I really, really enjoyed her and I sympathized with her a lot as a character
-Tristan, the truly evil, bitter ghost that attaches himself to Edie--this wasn't just some benign specter, because Tristan was a real villain who continually had me getting chills
-Mason, the boy who falls for Edie despite Tristan--I really liked him, too, despite the instalove that surrounded the couple
-Russell, the handsome teacher who ends up falling for Edie as well
-I also loved the quirky cast of characters surrounding Edie, particularly Jules, Quinn, and of course Uncle Landon
-I loved the way I never saw anything coming--this was a heart-racing horror novel that I loved every minute of living in
-I loved the ending and the way it was open-ended--I'm crossing my fingers for the sequel!

What could've been better:
-I felt like Edie and Mason's relationship materialized out of nowhere and I don't think it was realistic, but other than that, there was absolutely nothing I didn't love about this wonderfully spooky debut! More, please!

I loved, loved, loved Coldhearted--a ghost story with substance! Definitely one for the all-time favorites shelf! Next on deck: The Girl and the Raven by Pauline Gruber!

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