Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Dreamcast, Review + #Giveaway: The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto

Be careful what you let in…
Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead. 

The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all. 
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I always love finding out who would be the perfect fit for a character, in the author's mind.
Here's Michelle's Dreamcast for The Haunting Season! I couldn't have made better choices myself :)

Nina Dobrev.
I think she could portray Jess's independent nature and determination quite well. 
A young Jensen Ackles.
In my mind, Gage has always looked like this photo of Jensen. 



Dakota Fanning.
Just add wavy hair. I think Dakota would be fantastic as Allison. She's perfect for the role.
Beu Mirchoff.
Just make his hair a little longer, and slightly more blond. 

Mads Mikkelson.
Who better to play a creepy parapsychologist? 
Kathy Bates.
If you read The Haunting Season, you'll understand why she's my top choice.

I haven't read a great horror in forever, and this was one creepy and terrifying read. The fact that I read this book during a thunderstorm, alone in the dark, only added to the scare factor, and I was constantly looking over my shoulder. It was brilliant.

I'm a huge believer in the paranormal - ghosts, spirits, and the like, and Ghost Hunters is one of my favorite TV shows. This story was a chilling tale of the evil that lurks in the shadows, or in this case the mirrors. And even though this story was one of fiction, the fact that the things that took place in Siler House could happen in real life made it all the more terrifying. Anyone who has ever experienced anything supernatural will agree with me.

The plotline was intriguing and quite similar to Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House; a group of strangers brought together for a paranormal experiment that quickly turns deadly. It was obvious from the beginning that something wasn’t quite right with Siler House, but I would have probably been as excited to explore it as Jess was, even with something sinister dwelling within its walls.

I liked that the characters each had their own strange supernatural abilities, and it was exciting to watch them learn to harness their powers, although it was a little frightening along the way. The change in certain characters was subtle but still visible, and as the story developed, the darker it became. I could actually feel the shift as the wickedness of Siler House took over. Muto held nothing back. She allowed the darkness of this tale to seep into every page, every word, of her story, giving me everything I want and need from a great horror.

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Michelle has always loved storytelling. When she was a child, her favorite stories were of monsters and things that lurked in the dark. Telling stories often frightened her classmates and got her into a lot of trouble with her teachers. They had no sense of humor.
As an adult, Michelle traded her love of writing for the corporate life where she was an IT professional. Today, she's doing what she loves best - writing and storytelling.

Michelle grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in NE Georgia with her husband and their two dogs. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, chocolate, dogs, and changes of season.

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