Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics-- YA Horror to get you in that Halloween mood

Lucy Acosta lives in her family's estate with her father, her aunt, and cousin.  Since her mother died, her aunt has been her rock.... and when she wanders into the woods without returning, even that's been taken away from her.  When Margaret (the cousin) starts acting weird, Lucy starts to believe there is more going on than what anyone is telling her.

Through it all her father insists on hosting events with the "country club" that uses the house as their headquarters.  When she starts hearing voices in the walls, Lucy knows the house might take her sanity for good.  Will she be able to figure out the history and secrets this house is hiding?

I don't read a ton of horror, but to me THIS is what I want from YA Horror- atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere.  I want creepiness, history, paranormal elements, and SURPRISES.  That stuff was all there.  I don't think this is going to be something I'll be remembering forever, but it was super entertaining while I was reading it.

Lucy is growing up in a huge, creepy, old house.  She lives there, gets tutored there, attends parties there.  Everything happens in the house to the point where she's totally isolated from the outside.  Her whole world is her aunt (who is more like a mom to her) and her cousin/best friend.  One day, her aunt walks into the woods and doesn't come back.  Everything changes from there.  Margaret starts acting crazy, and her father is carrying on business as usual-- as if his commitments to the "club" are more important than their family.

There were moments that were a tad graphic.  Maybe I'm a baby (maybe that's why I don't read a lot of horror??), but I have limits on what I can take when it comes to blood and guts.  This didn't cross that line, but it came close.

I was wishing that the characters were a bit more developed.  There's a cook and her daughter that move into the house at one point, and I really thought the daughter was going to become a bigger part of the story.  This was just one of the many missed opportunities to really take this book to the next level.

I love an ending that doesn't tie every last thing together, but this ending had me turning the last page and looking around like "that's it??!!".  I was really engulfed in the story and felt some type of way about the way the ending rushed along.  There were THINGS about the house and it's history that could have been explored and explained.  There were THINGS about the Acosta family that could have been looked into.  The story started to go that way and then BOOM, here's the grand finale.

OVERALL: I feel like this book IS YA Horror.  Is it the most memorable book in the world?  No.  Does it go as deep as I would like it to?  No.  But it's creepy and addicting and truly embodies the genre it represents.  I definitely recommend reading this in anticipation of Halloween, or just for a fun creep-out.

Date Published: 9/27/2016
How I got this book: BEA- Thanks to Harlequin Teen for allowing me to read and honestly review this book.
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Add it to your To-Read List!!

This Book Contains:
  • NO Romance... seriously, NONE!
  • Paranormal elements
  • Creepy house/estate
  • Creepy woods & cemetery
  • Some graphic/gruesome descriptions
  • Mental health issues- cutting
  • Family

My Rating: 4/5

Character: Lucy Acosta
Book: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

  • The town that Ruby and Chloe come from reminds me of the estate that Lucy lives on.  It wants to grab hold of you and never let you go.

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  1. Sounds very interesting, it's going on my to-read list anyway. I do love a good creepy novel!

  2. Oooo, I like a good creepy and atmospheric story. It's been awhile since I've read one. Sounds like I need to add this to my TBR!

  3. Yey! I'm glad you liked this one. I really want to read this one since I love creepy books. :)

  4. I love YA horror. There doesn't seem to be enough so I'll be picking this one up for sure.

  5. Great review! I don't even know if I've read any YA horror. Well, that's not true because, back in the day, I LOVED RL Stine, Christopher Pike and Lois Duncan. So let me say, I don't think I've read any recent YA horror. THis one sounds pretty great, though, and I am intrigued.