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Published by Simon and Schuster on April 5th 2016
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From YouTube sensation Marzia “CutiePieMarzia” Bisognin comes a debut young adult paranormal thriller about a girl whose dream house quickly becomes a nightmare.
When Amethyst stumbles upon the house of her dreams, she can’t help but be enchanted by it, even if there’s something a little…off about the place.
It’s everything she’s ever wanted in a home, so when the Blooms invite her to stay the night to avoid an impending storm, she instantly accepts.
Yet when she awakes the next morning, alone and unable to bring herself to leave, Amethyst comes face-to-face with unexpected twists and turns—like Alfred, the creepy gardener; Avery, the handsome but secretive neighbor, and a little girl who keeps appearing and vanishing within the house.
As Amethyst searches for the Blooms and tries to unravel the truth, her connection to the house only grows stronger. Will she be able to break free of the house’s allure, or will its secrets keep her trapped forever?
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Audiobook Review: 4,5 stars
This audiobook was awesome!! Terror isn’t my usual genre to read—I’m a chicken, especially when it comes to ghosts—but the enticing cover and synopsis were enough to made me listen to this amazing audio.
My first impression when I hit play was: Oh, the narrator has a British accent! YES! I know I will love it. Fiona Hardingham captivating voice, soft and young, made my interest about this audiobook increase. And then, the story started and I was hooked. The great plot, along with well developed and enigmatic characters made this horror story more interesting by the moment. And of course, Marzia Bisognin writing style was flawless and fluent. The whole package was perfect.
Dream House is the story of Amethyst. She found herself standing in front of a beautiful house wondering who would live there and then, she was invited to come inside by an elderly couple who were very gentle and very kind with her. And here is when the weird things started happening. Who in her right mind would invite a complete stranger to stay the night? And who would accept such invitation? Well, The Blooms and Amathyst did. Then, the second stranger thing happened: They weren’t in the house the next day when she woke up!—Creepy right?—, but they left clothes and food for her and she felt the need to thank them for their hospitality and she waited, and waited and waited for them. She spent a month in the house. She met the gardener, the neighbor—grins, this was my dose of romance in this book, thank god—, a weird old lady and a little girl. All these people were weirder and spookier and everything yelled to her: GET OUT OF THAT HOUSE! But she didn’t leave—if I was there, I would have never gone inside the house, thank God I’m not a character in a horror book or movie, because I’d ruin everything *chuckles*.
Anyway, she found out about so many awesome but strange things every day she spent in her Dream House. Every chapter in this book is each day she spends in the house, and I felt drawn to this story with every minute I listened to this audiobook. And despite my fear, I kept going, amazed with every discovery of Amathyst and just like in a good horror movie, halfway through I thought the mystery of it all was solved, but NO, NO, NO. There was more to add to the story and I loved it all. I even cried in the last chapter. It had the best ending ever.
Interesting note: This has nothing to do with the book, but go check Marzia’s Youtube Channel CutiePieMarzia, it’s really interesting.