Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Stolarz

cover46564-mediumHow did I get the book? Netgalley, thank you Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Horror

What’s your worst nightmare?

For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.

By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.

200words (or less) review: This book ticks all the classic teen flick horror boxes, only instead of watching it on screen with a box of popcorn you’re reading it on the page. Advantage, your imagination isn’t hindered by a studio budget and my imagination went into overdrive. 🙂

A group of teenagers enter a contest to meet a big time horror movie director. The entry requirements were describing their worst nightmare, some of those nightmares would give me the heebie jeebies. The book is narrated in first person by all the characters, I think it was a fault in the formatting of my eGalley but you couldn’t always tell which chapter belonged to which character. I’m assuming the finished book with have chapter headings.

Welcome to the Dark House was fun to read, the tension increases during the second half of the book. I thought the setting of where their nightmares came true was vivid and Laurie Stolarz made sure you kept turning the pages. The ending of the book just makes me want to read more.

Recommend it?



Expected publication:
July 22nd 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
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