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The Haunting Season | [Michelle Muto]

The Haunting Season

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. Able to talk to ghosts, Jess quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects, who have their own “gifts.” One is possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead.
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Publisher's Summary

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. Able to talk to ghosts, Jess quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects, who have their own “gifts.” One is possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who 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. To escape, Jess and the others must open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that seeks to hold them in.

©2012 Michelle Muto (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Heather COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 02-19-14
    Heather COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my favorite YA reads of ALL time!"
    If you could sum up The Haunting Season in three words, what would they be?

    Addictive, creepy, fun!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gage. He is a wonderful combination of snarkiness, intelligence, and bravery (and okay, the fact that he s gorgeous doesn't hurt either! Lol;)


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not.


    If you could rename The Haunting Season, what would you call it?

    Anything I can think of might give something away, so I will have to pass rather than include potential spoliers. Sorry!


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely love this book! I bought it in print first and, since it's one I kept with the intention of reading again, I thought it would be fun to have it on audio as well. Although this is technically a YA book, fans of horror will enjoy it as well. I am not a horror fan in general, however this is a very well crafted book that has a perfect combination of mystery, creepiness, snarky humor, and romance. It kept me riveted (and had me downright scared in parts!) It is very descriptive with well developed characters, a solid plotline (devoid of cliches and "eye-rolling moments" I am happy to say!;) and a creepy ambiance that was just spooky enough to be enjoyably scary, and did not cause me to throw the book across the room and need to sleep with the light on for a week!

    The author delivers a thrilling adventure ride with plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing and in suspense (without resorting to gorey shock-fests or worn out formulas.)
    The book ended perfectly with a satisfying conclusion that was both shocking and appropriate. I found myself completely immersed in the story and could visualize it in my head as if it was a movie ( and it would make a great one!:) I can't think of anything I didn't like except that it left me wanting more, not because it lacked closure, but it was a such a fun, thrilling ride of a book that I didn't want to end. If you love creepy, paranormal reads, give this one a try. I highly recommend it.:)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia K. Russell 02-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Horror - No... Young Adult - Maybe"

    It is seldom that I give a book only 2 stars but this one was so cliché. It did have a few creepy moments. The young adult crowd may enjoy this book. At the age of 38 and having read/listened to my share of haunted house stories, I found it predictable and too filled with too much nonsense and gooey puppy love for my taste.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Keefe France 05-17-15
    Susan Keefe France 05-17-15
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    "Good story..."
    If you could sum up The Haunting Season in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting ghost story.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the story was good however although the narrator had a wonderful range of voices, it grated on me, however this is just a personal opinion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book over several sittings and enjoyed the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 02-23-15
    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 02-23-15 Member Since 2014

    Rene

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    "Great story, disturbing"
    Where does The Haunting Season rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not bad, interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way the characters interacted to the house in their own way.


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but this book was pretty good. I liked her southern inflection to the voice of each character.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Haunting Season and why?

    Jess because she was very "real" in the story. Her story came to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought Allison's voice was too intense and sounded like she was on the verge of panic with every sentence. Her character would have annoyed me had this been a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    s SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 08-29-14
    s SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 08-29-14

    sdyer

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    "Silly Characters"

    While some people's guilty pleasure books are romance novels, mine are creepy stories. I downloaded this one fully aware that it would be a light read with a mediocre story. That turned out to be accurate, so I can't say that I was disappointed with my listening experience. However, the characters are pretty silly, and the narrator does a great job of giving them goofy voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Celina woodstock, ON, Canada 08-21-14
    Celina woodstock, ON, Canada 08-21-14
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    "Hard to follow"
    Would you try another book from Michelle Muto and/or Tavia Gilbert?

    No, the story seemed incomplete and they make twists that dont seem organic to the situations occurring.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I tend to only stick to haunting books. So i will be re-listening to the demonologist!


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was okay but you could sense through the narrator she was having a hard time with the story line.


    What character would you cut from The Haunting Season?

    Both Boys


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like this book might be for some. I would defiantly say if your an experienced ghost book listener dont waste your credit on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy 05-09-14
    Judy 05-09-14

    I love a good supernatural story with good content, especially from authors that don't feel the need to add smut.

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    "I thought I was reading a teenagers diary"

    I din't realize this was a YA novel when I purchased it but I decided to give it a chance anyway. This story is about a group of young people, each with a supernatural ability, brought together for some type of experiment.

    The ghost story wasn't bad but the teenaged hormones were just plain bad. "He's so sexy" was bad enough the first time it was used so by the time we got around to the fifth time or so, I was ready to throw my iPhone across the room.

    There was also a very poorly written sex scene that really had no place in the book, not to mention the fact that my daughter is almost that age and that's not how I want to picture a young woman my daughter's age.

    This book was very juvenile. It could have been a decent short story if Ms. Muto had a better editor.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 04-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting to a point"
    Where does The Haunting Season rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    around the middle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None of them--couldn't really engage.


    Any additional comments?

    sort of 'meh' The reader tried too hard and it intruded on the book itself, at times. The story was fairly interesting, but I doubt I'll listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margo & Jim Kapinos 04-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A good story, but"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This story would be better if the author would have taken a cold shower before it was written. The constant sexual theme distracted from an other wise enjoyable read.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michelle Muto before, how does this one compare?

    I don't intend to read any more of these books unless he gets off the sex thing.


    Could you see The Haunting Season being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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