Gavin tells Delilah he’s hers—completely—but whatever lives inside that house with him disagrees.
After seven years tucked away at an East coast boarding school, Delilah Blue returns to her small Kansas hometown to find that not much has changed. Her parents are still uptight and disinterested, her bedroom is exactly the way she left it, and the outcast Gavin Timothy still looks like he’s crawled out of one of her dark, twisted drawings.
Delilah is instantly smitten.
Gavin has always lived in the strange house: an odd building isolated in a stand of trees where the town gives in to mild wilderness. The house is an irresistible lure for Delilah, but the tall fence surrounding it exists for good reason, and Gavin urges Delilah to be careful. Whatever lives with him there isn’t human, and isn’t afraid of hurting her to keep her away.
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one! There is nothing like a unique and twisted book that leaves you in awe! I mean, really. This book wasn't what I expected. After reading the blurb, not only did I know I needed this book, but I anticipated some heebie jeebies. I sure got more than I bargained for!
The blurb lead me to believe that someone creepy and dangerous lived inside this house that everyone was afraid of. I didn't expect for the house itself to be the creepy and dangerous being. Yes, THE HOUSE. It's alive. It's self-sufficient. It even had feelings and mood swings. Say what? Yes, you read that right. It's almost like the house edition of Mad Max. The original one. Some of you reading this review might be a bit young to know what I am talking about, but anyhow...
This isn't just a story about a house who is alive. It's about two teenagers who fall for one another, but can't be together... because of house. Okay, so the story really is more about the house than anything. The house is protective. The house is jealous. The house is angry. The house will stop at nothing to keep Gavin in it forever.
Gavin's mother has been MIA since he could remember. He has never known anything but the house. It takes care of him. It feeds him. It keeps him safe. It calms him when he is upset. It takes care of him when he is sick. Now enters this new female in his life and house is not happy. House will do anything to scare her off; to keep Gavin as its own.
This story is all kinds of unique and goosebumps. I really enjoyed reading this book. I couldn't seem to put it down. It had all of the feels of eeriness and chills, but still not too spooky that my young teenagers wouldn't be able to read. I really like coming across books that both me and my children can enjoy equally.
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced eleven New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 23+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)