Book Review: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich is told through the use of diary entries, film footage transcripts, interview transcripts and medical notes. Twenty five years prior to the start of the book, Elmbridge High School burned down killing three students and leaving another student, Carly missing. Now, the case has been reopened after finding Carly’s twin sister Kaitlin’s diary in the ruins of the school, but Carly didn’t have a twin…

I absolutely loved this book. I wasn’t sure what I would think about it because of the way the story was told. I’ve read a couple of books that were told through letters or emails and they just didn’t work for me but this was not one of those books. 

I thought the story was told in a way that made it feel like I was reading a typical novel and not like I was missing half the story, which is what it can feel like sometimes when a novel is written in an unconventional way.

I also really enjoyed the characters. Each of them brought something to the story and had one of them not been included I don’t think it would have been as strong of a story. I loved the dynamic duo of Carly and Kaitlin. I loved the seemingly good versus evil twin scenerio. 

As for the story itself, I loved it. Carly has the day and Kaitlin has the night.  They write each other notes but have no recollection of what the other does when it’s their turn to “live”. It was fun to see the transformation. One second you would be having a conversation with Carly and the next you would be talking with Kaitlin. I loved the way the story went and how everything came together in the end. I can’t say much about the story itself because it would give way too much away but it’s definitely worth the read to find out what happens.

So that’s as much as I can share for this review without spoiling anything big so definitely check it out. I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads.

Keep reading…Lola

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Halloween Book Haul

These are the Halloween inspired books I got this month.

Also there are a lot of books so I’m not going to give a summary for each. Most of them are mysteries and thrillers and I’m sure that I’ll have lots of reviews.

Fang Girl by Helen Keeble

To Catch A Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

The Killing Lessons by Saul Black

After Anna by Alex Lake

All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda 

Survive The Night by Danielle Vega

The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner

Christine by Stephen King

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Fear by R.L. Stine and others

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Nightmares by Jason Seger and Kirsten Miller

Nightmares: The Sleepwalker Tonic by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Nightmares: The Lost Lullaby by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz 

More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz 

Scart Stories More Tales To Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz

This is a limited edition anniversary tin that I got from Amazon and it includes the tin and 5 Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine.

The Haunted Mask

One Day At Horror land

Night Of The Living Dummy

Say Cheese And Die

Welcome To Dead House

This is the second anniversary tin that I got.

Monster Blook

A Night In Terror Tower

Legend Of The Lost Legend

Why I’m Afraid Of Bees

The Beast From The East

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Zombies Adult Coloring Book by Juscelino Neco

Serial Killer Adult Coloring Book by M. Cryptkeeper

That’s my Halloween book haul. Part two coming soon with the rest of the books I got this month.

Keep reading…Lola

Spooky Would You Rather?

I’ve seen this going around BookTube and thought it was perfect for this time of year. This tag was originated by The Book Pusher on YouTube.


1. Thrillers or Supernaturals? Thrillers. I love reading books that have the potential to scare me and keep me up late at night.
2. Ghosts or Zombies? Zombies because right now I’m obsessed with Z Nation!

3. Vampires or Werewolves? Vampires. I’ve always loved a good vampire read.

4. Witches or Demons? I love both but demons have the biggest chance of scaring me so demons.

5. Read a book with 13 chapters or a book with a black cat on the cover? I’m not superstitious of either of these but I love the number 13 so a book with 13 chapters.

6. Read a book in the dark with only a candle for light or be by yourself in a bright, locked room reading the same scary book? Be in the dark with only a candle for light because I don’t want to be locked in a room.

7. Face your worst fears or be trapped in the mind of a killer? Be trapped in the mind of a killer because I think that would be fascinating.

8. Watch a scary movie or read a scary book? I love both but if I had to pick I think I’d watch a scary movie only because I can see something happen and be scared out of my mind, whereas a book I’m imaging what’s going on so it might not be as scary.

9. Read spooky books during the fall or all year round? All year round.

10. Read 10 spooky books all in October or 10 spooky books throughout the entire year? If I can only read 10 then probably 10 spooky books throughout the year.

That’s the spooky would you rather tag. I tag everyone that wants to do it.

Keep reading…Lola

 

Spookathon TBR

These are the books I’ve chosen for the Spookathon.

1. Read a thriller. I’m going to read Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin. This is about a girl who is found close to death in a bed of black-eyed susans,  she sends the man to prison but years later she finds some black-eyed susans by her bedroom window in the dead of winter and wonders if she sent the right man to prison. 

2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. I think the word dead is spooky. This is about the murder of three high school students and the disappearance of another. When a journal is found in the burned down school, they find out that the missing girl may also be the one responsible for the murders.

3. Read a book based on a childhood fear. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz. I was so scared of these stories as a kid I wouldn’t sleep without a light on.

4. Read a book with orange on the cover. The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine. I’m so excited to read this book, the movie is one of my favorites.

5. Read a book that has a spooky setting. One Day At Horrorland by R.L. Stine. What’s more spooky than an amusement park where weird things happen?!

I can’t wait for the Spookathon. Have fun! 

Keep reading…Lola

Spookathon 2017


I have decided to participate in this year’s BookTube Spookathon Readathon.

This spooky readathon is hosted by BooksandLala, Bookerly and Paige’s Pages on BookTube and goes from October 16 until October 22.

There will be Twitter sprints and Instagram photo challenges as well I believe. The Instagram photo challege is going for the whole month of October.

These are the reading challenges for the Spookathon…

1. Read a thriller.

2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title. (The word can be anything you consider spooky)

3. Read a book based on a childhood fear.

4. Read a book with orange on the cover.

5. Read a book that has a spooky setting. (Again this is anything that is spooky to you)

There is also a read along book which is A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena. I am not participating in the read along because I just read this book in July but I did love it and have a spoiler free review posted if you are interested.

I hope you all join the Sppokathon. It sounds like fun.

Keep reading…Lola

The Spooktacular Book Tag

Today’s post is a Halloween inspired book tag and I’m only using Halloween feeling books for my answers. This tag was originated by A Thousand Lives on BookTube.

1. Trick ‘R Treat- A book or series that you consider a treat.


The Vampire Kisses series by Ellen Schreiber.  This is such a good series. The books are all quick reads and the romance is so cute. Raven is a goth teenager who dreams of being a vampire and then she meets the boy of her dreams and finds out that he really is one.

2. Favorite Paranormal read.


The Miss Peregrine series by Ransom Riggs. I loved this series so much and think it’s an amazing series for Halloween time. The covers and photos inside are so creepy and it’s just perfect. 

3. A book with orange on the cover.


Bloody Bones by Laurel K. Hamilton. I don’t have many orange books that are Halloween type reads but this is part of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series and these are perfect October reads. This series has everything…zombies, vampires, werewolves oh my…

4. Pick a book with a creepy or mysterious cover.


The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. This cover is so creepy and dark and I can’t wait the read it.

5. What do you think your favorite book character would dress up as for Halloween?


I have a sick sense of humor sometimes and I thought it would ironic if Quincy dressed up as Jason from Friday The 13th.

That was The Spooktacular Book Tag. I tag everyone who wants to do it.

Keep reading…Lola

October/Halloween TBR

These are the books I’m hoping to read in October. I only have a few because I am participating in BookTube’s Spookathon from the 16th until the 22nd. Check out BooksandLala on YouTube. She’s one of the hosts and I love her videos.


Murder On the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I have never read an Agatha Christie book but I have been wanting to for a while now. I keep hearing about this one so I decided to pick it up. I want to go into it kind of blind so the only thing I know is that a murder takes place on a train.

Misery by Stephen King. I’ve been trying to read two Stephen King books in October for the last couple years and this year I wanted to read Misery. I love the movie and can’t wait to compare the two. I hope Annie is just as crazy!!!

The Shining by Stephen King. This is another one that I can’t wait to read. I’ve always loved the movie but have never picked up the book. It’s pretty long so I’m hoping it’s going to be so good that I can’t put it down.

Those are the books I want to read. I can’t wait for October. I love this month for reading so much. It’s all horror, mystery and thriller all month long! 

Keep reading…Lola