By: Melanie | October 28, 2014 | (48) Comments

Review: Ghost House by Alexandra AdornettoGhost House by Alexandra Adornetto
Series: Ghost House Saga, #1
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.

*In no way am I trying to criticize the author. I am simply giving my honest opinion on a novel and I just happened to no enjoy it.*
I moved schools at the start of this year. When I moved schools, I found out the most exciting news: Alexandra Adornetto was a past student from my current school. In fact, she had the same English teacher as me. I CANNOT STRESS THIS AWESOMENESS. So, despite the fact that her Halo series was not all that promising, I decided to read Ghost House hoping to expect something…well, different. Unfortunately, I had my breath held for nothing.

My first issue was how whiny the main character, Chloe, was. Her mother recently died and ever since she’s been seeing ghosts again. Her grandmother decides to take Chloe and her brother away from America to England for the holidays and Chloe is not happy.

“But I don’t want to go!” It came out more petulant than I intended.

At this point, I understood Chloe’s situation; she wanted to stay in a familiar place and have some time to breathe because her mother passed away. But, her whining goes on pages and pages. She even starts criticising English people and the language.

“But our whole lives are here! We don’t need a holiday and I think you mean vacation.

She has this very serious grudge against British people, apparently.

Grandma Fee gripped my hand, the only sign of emotion she allowed herself to show in public. Don’t get me wrong; she wasn’t unfeeling. She was just British.

I don’t get it.

“Only five thousand miles,” Gran said briskly. Was that a British attempt at humor?

I mean, gee. I was expecting better from a 17 year old. But of course, by the time Chloe arrives at England and meets this crazy beautiful guy, Alex, all is forgotten.

He was tall and broad shouldered, with dark gold hair tousled by the wind and a slender body.

And, because we must emphasize on his beauty, every time he enters a scene, we must have a good description of him.

He looked different than anyone I’d ever seen before. He was handsome, but not in the run-of-the-mill, captain-of-the-football-team kind of way. He had a more gut-wrenching beauty, with his straight, fine features, pale skin and full lips. He looked like a prince from some faraway land you might find in a book. But his eyes were most startling, the clearest shade of cornflower blue, with just a hint of sadness that couldn’t be concealed.

Well hello, Mr. Perfect.

I could just make out the bold sweep of golden hair that accentuated his fine-featured profile.

Quiiiiite sure I get that he’s got gold hair and a fabulous figure. Can we move on with the plot now? Oh wait…what plot? WHAT IS PLOT!? IT EXISTS!? Well, I never.

Aside from the fact that this book is bloated with constant descriptions of Alex and his beauty, the plot is barely even in this book for majority of the book. Things only really start happening much later on, but by then, it was just too late for me. I had already started skimming.

Here’s just a few more reasons why I started skimming. The instant-love.

When our eyes met, the connection was inexplicable, overwhelming and impossible to ignore. It felt like there were currents swirling in the air, binding us together. Although we barely knew each other and came from opposing dimensions, I felt strangely comfortable with him.


As I drank in the details of his face, I could feel the distance between us closing. It might be imprudent and it might be irrational, but something was happening here, even if I couldn’t find a label for it. Time and space dissolved around me, and I felt as though I’d been waiting all my life for Alexander Reade to show up.


The first thing  saw was Alex’s face, so radiantly beautiful, it was hard not to feel like the wind had been knocked out of me all over again.

*rips eyeballs out* THE CLICHES. I CANNOT BEAR IT. I swear, I felt like I was reading a novel where all the most cliche and over-used lines were all put together into one book.

“You know something,” he replied thoughtfully, “I believed my connection with Isobel to be something that happens only once in a lifetime, an experience never to be replicated.” I felt my heart sink into my stomach, but I nodded anyway. “Until you showed up.” His words hung in the air like a magic spell.

With a nice serving of melodrama and cheesiness, too, of course. *gags*

You know what else pissed me off? The love-triangle. Introducing…dude-who’s-name-I’ve-already-forgotten:

I noticed that his tousled hair was the colour of milk chocolate and his smile was contagious. He was tall and loose limbed with broad shoulders, the sort of guy who was comfortable in his own skin.

I’m seriously having a hard time imagining a loose limbed person, here. Also, another perfect guy. IS THERE NOT A SINGLE CHARACTER HERE WHO IS ACTUALLY REALISTIC?

This book only seemed to revolve around one female character, and that was Chloe. She’s special and is therefore superior to everyone else.

He nodded. “You clearly have a gift.”

Is that gift called idiocy and annoyingness? BECAUSE I AGREE.

“I’ve never encountered a girl like you, Chloe,” he said. “You’re quite remarkable.”

*shakes fist*

Oh, but we do have other girls in this book. Chloe’s got two friends in America. Here’s what Alex has to say about them.

“Good God.” His eyes widened. “Why do you carry images of harlots on your person?”

NO. YOU DID NOT JUST. The slut-shaming. And Chloe doesn’t even go to defend them. What a friend. *slow claps*

WAIT. We haven’t admired the writing yet!

“Her skin is the color of moonstones and the nails on her long fingers are polished gems.”


I’m done here.

~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~

1 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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48 Responses to Review: Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

  1. Yeah… I wasn’t planning on reading this because I didn’t like the Halo books from this author but now I’m definitely not picking this up. XD
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  2. Glass says:

    LOL; I can see how much you were annoyed by this.
    I tried to read her first book a long time ago, but it was epic fail, so I gave up on her work.

    Great and honest (highly appreciated!) review.
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    • Melanie says:

      Thanks, Glass. Was the book you read Halo or The Shadow Thief? I haven’t read TST, but I have no intention after having so much bad luck with her YA novels lel

  3. Yeah…I wasn’t planning on picking this one up ever (a YOUNG YOUNG YOUNG me had a terrible experience with her MG. I wasn’t going to move onto the YA) but just had to click because I had a feeling that a hilarious review was ensue. And you delivered, Mel! I have no need for slutshaming, over-described hottie Mchotties and insta!love. I definitely dogged a bullet. Sorry you took it though :'( BUT fantastic review! <33 x
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  4. Amelia K says:

    Omg lol I can pratically hear your dislike for this book–it definitely doesn’t sound like any good at all. Slut shaming and books where there’s love triangles? Not for me at all. It’s awesome that the author used to go to your school though 😀 Lovely review Melanie

  5. Hahaha Mel. I’m no fan of Adornetto’s Halo series and your review has cemented the fact that I am never going to be touching this book. I cannot believe there is slut-shaming. Ugh, this sounds like Halo, except with ghosts instead.

    Thanks for the very helpful review!

  6. Bennari H. says:

    I’m gagging too, Melanie. Those quotes definitely don’t make this book sound like any good. I think I’ll pass on this one!

  7. Ugh.

    I’m so glad I resisted the urge to buy this book. Like you, I didn’t have a great time reading Halo but I was willing to give her another chance.

    Thanks for this review!
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  8. Honestly, I’ve seen nothing but AWFUL reviews of this book from literally every blogger. And I’m so pissed because I want more Halloween reads and now this has been crossed off my list (LOL).

    Also: what is the obsession with people have gold hair, or chocolate hair or flaming brimstone hair or WHATEVER? Dude. It’s blonde, brown, red. Why can’t we stick with that?
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    • Melanie says:

      yes, same here Allie! Even people on GR–I’ve seen like 1 positive review? Lol. EXACTLY. It’s like authors think they sound like better writers if they say chocolate hair or something. I really hate it when they use food to describe a person’s features. ITS JUST SO UNNATURAL.

  9. I knew this book wouldn’t be for me from the very start, but it’s such a shame that it disappointed you, Melanie. I can definitely see why though.
    It’s still cool that the author went to your school!! 🙂
    Lovely review!
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  10. Amber Elise says:

    Bwahaha I’m assuming the author is American, no? It’s a pretty bad stereotype over here that Brits eat flavorless food, are sophisticated and posh, and despise showing any sort of affection.

    And the MC sounds like a 13 year old. o.O

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  11. I skipped this one because I read lacklster reviews for her Halo series. I can’t believe she practically describes both guys the same… the whole tousled hair thing… Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one, hopefully your next read is better.
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  12. Kelly says:

    Oh gawd, this sounds like a dogs breakfast. I actually bought this one, but shelved it after hearing about an altercation with the author, and being too big for her boots. What’s the deal with every little peeve she has being down to someone or other being ‘British’?

    I honestly don’t know how you survived this. And I’m not just being overly dramatic as usual. I tried to read the halo series and had the same reaction. Great review Mel, hopefully your next read is much, MUCH better than this one was <3
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    • Melanie says:

      Kelly, it’s worse than dogs breakfast :O WAIT WHY DID YOU BUY IT NOOOO YOU COULD HAVE SAVED THAT GOOD MONEY ON SOME OTHER BOOKS. I lost half my mind while reading this, so maybe not so much survived ;P

  13. Veronika says:

    Oh god this sounds horrific. I was planning to read this book but then came all the negative reviews. Then I saw on my bloglovin feed that there’s a review of it – that was yours – and decided to check it out as a last attempt. Yep, you might guessed that I won’t be reading it. I absolutely hate whiny heroines, country stereotypes, slut-shaming and fake friends more so if these issues aren’t talked about.
    Lovely review. 🙂
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  14. Hilary says:

    I was planning on picking up this book but now that I am reading those quotes…and the outpour of clichéd romance…never mind.

    I’ll read your review of this book any day though ^^, I laughed so much.
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  15. I was definitely a bit hesitant on this one because of all the negative hype surrounding her Halo trilogy, but it sounds like my gut was right here because this definitely sounds like something I should avoid. Cliched romances (or cliched anything really!) always makes me hesitant and annoyed because I don’t like reading the same old thing every. single. time, you know? Anyhow, thanks for sharing and, as always, fantastic review! I’m definitely taking your advice and giving this a miss.
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  16. Laura says:

    This sounds terrible! Ugh, I didn’t really like the Halo series but this sounds a thousand times worse! I was tempted at the beginning of your review to pick it up just so I could read all this for myself but when I got to the end… well.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks
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  17. I’ve seen other negative reviews for this one too. Sorry you weren’t a fan, but you’re definitely not alone. Hope you enjoy your next read more! 🙂
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  18. manda says:

    Yep. Another negative review of Ghost House, definitely crossing this one out of my Halloween reads. Oh God and those quotes! Hahahaha, melodrama just makes my eyes roll. Great review!
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  19. Alise says:

    “Alexandra Adornetto was a past student from my current school. In fact, she had the same English teacher as me.” Whoa, that’s pretty cool! I’d be excited too.
    And I’m laughing SO hard about the British quotes, seriously, I don’t get it either xD Oh man, the rest of the quotes are no prize either. I’m definitely going to be avoiding this one. Nice review though 🙂

  20. I sense your annoyance five thousand miles from here. That’s my attempt to humour. 😛 I am betting that I won’t enjoy this book at all. The constant reminder of how Alex is the perfect guy would annoy me to pieces. And the plotless plot. Pointless. I was expecting that, based on the title, the book would creep you out, but it just became a book that you didn’t enjoy.
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  21. Umm yeah I marked this one as do-not-touch after another review like this one. I won’t be wasting my time!
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  22. Yeah this doesn’t sound like my kind of book at all even though the description was promising. I hate whiny heroines and when they have to over emphasize how good looking the guy is. Oh and it has instant love and a love triangle too, no thanks. I’m sorry you had such a bad read, but thanks for saving the rest of us!
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  23. Melliane says:

    Oh no it started so perfectly with you and the author in the same school. It’s so cool! But well at the end I understand why it annoyed you too… it’s really too bad because I’m a fan of the cover.
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  24. AWWWW, that sucks. That is cool that she was a student of your school though.
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