Author: Micol Ostow
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Amity, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A deliciously creepy, gory horror story sure to give even the bravest readers chills and thrills, Amity delivers--an amazing, spine-tingling debut worthy of even Stephen King alumni!
This book was given to me by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Meet Amity: A creepy, broken-down house that Connor's and Gwen's family bought cheaply in town. But Amity doesn't seem to be just a house: It seems to be a being. Connor's dreams are haunted by blood, murder, and darkness. And the most disturbing thing is that he kind of likes it. And Gwen, ten years later, can feel the spirit living inside her house. Doors slamming, lights flickering, and worse still, her brother, Luke, is acting strange. As the house fights back, struggling to claim them all, Gwen realizes that she alone is all that stands between the worst kind of vengeful spirit, and her loved ones..
What I enjoyed:
-The pacing of this novel was insane, I couldn't put it down, especially when the creepy stuff started happening
-I loved the creepy, moody setting of the house of Amity, giving me Hollywood worthy chills
-I also enjoyed the alternating times and points of view--it was more than enough to ratchet up the creepy factor of this amazing book
-Connor, the boy who ends up too close for comfort to his own demons, and to Amity herself
-Gwen, the girl who just wants to be normal--for me, what made this book so scary was hers and Connor's inevitable, frightening slide into madness
-I loved the way the author used documents to add to the history of the characters and the house itself
-Amity herself, the frightening, creepy house full of restless, vengeful spirits who are out for blood
-I loved the way the author kept ratcheting up the creepy factor--by the time the end came, I couldn't remain still in my seat
-Jules, the girl who inevitably saves Gwen's family from Amity's dark clutches
-The ending--I honestly can't wait until the next book in this series comes out!
What could've been better:
-This book was by no means perfect
-I wish more had been said about Gwen's psychotic break
-I didn't really like either of Connor's parents
Overall, I absolutely loved Amity--a creepy, utterly delightful thrill ride! Next on deck: Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh!