Monday, July 13, 2020

Review: THE HOUSE by Christina Lauren

Rating: 4/5 stars

I remember buying this book five years ago because the premise said something about a dark, mysterious boy and a house that’s not what it seems. I bought it before I even knew who Christina Lauren was.

I’m glad I decided to finally read it instead of getting rid of it or something because it was a lot of fun.

Even though this story is pretty much a teen romance disguised as a horror story, there is actually more depth to it than that.

Gavin lives in a house that’s alive, and it can get pretty creepy inside. Delilah has liked him for years and doesn’t care that he’s the weird kid who lives in the weird house at the edge of town. They reconnect when Delilah returns to town after years away at a boarding school, and they immediately begin a relationship together. Delilah becomes the first person to enter Gavin’s house beside himself.

At first, the house is wonderful and alive and gives them everything they want. But then things start getting uncomfortable and strange. Is Delilah paranoid or is the house actually more sinister than it seems?

What I loved about this book is that there is an underlying tone of eeriness throughout the whole story, a constant feeling that something’s not right. While the story isn’t exactly a horror story (it’s not scary), it is definitely creepy at times.

I was pleasantly surprised by The House and I ended up liking it more than I expected to. I really like Christina Lauren’s writing style, and I already have a ton more books by them on my list. This one deviates a bit from their usual pure-romance style, but it was great nonetheless.

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