Arrow Review #72 – The Haunting Season

The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto
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Rating: 3/5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 296 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]
Synopsis:
Be careful what you let in…

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. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really 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. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all

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The Haunting Season was pretty good and fun to read for Halloween. What can get better than a story involving ghosts and a past full of secrets? In the story, a group of young adults are put togethers for a “study” in an old house that is rumored to be haunted. Jess can see ghosts while the others can see demons, resurrect the dead, and make things disappear. When things start taking a turn to the odd side, the group gets together to solve the history behind the else and who or what is exactly behind the weird happenings inside the house.

I am always for something paranormal. Movie, TV shows, and even books. I do not think I have read many paranormal stories and The Haunting Season seems like a quick and easy to read to start with. While it was interesting, I just wished there were more paranormal stuff. I understand that in most stories, the beginning of any paranormal story wouldn’t usually have a lot happening. When weird things started happening, it sometimes felt like a long time before something else suddenly happened. It seemed like the story was more about getting to know the the young adults and understanding there abilities. The ending was really where we got all the good paranormal stuff.

I do have to mention there was an insta-love in this story between Jess and one of the guys in the story and the relationship was just weird. They see each other and they immediately think each other are hot. The two both state at each other all the time and have minimal conversation. It wasn’t the best relationship, but it wasn’t the worse either. However, we all know how we feel towards insta-love. It always need to be better.

One thing I did like in the story was the origins of the house and the history behind some of the spirits. The story felt like every paranormal story. It started with the normal “the house was built by..” and the “something terribly happens and a death occurred” resulting in that person’s spirit trapped at the house. As the story continues, more information are revealed about the house and spirits I do have to admit, there was one piece of information that was shocking, but that was all.

Even the ending of the story was just bizarre. It had an ending, but left you no clue what actually happened. In most stories you know, either the place was saved, spirits are gone, or the people left the house and are now much better off. In this story, trying to make sense of the ending was somewhat impossible. I believe the ending could have been flushed out more, focusing more on the story, other than being confusing.

It had the spooks, the weird origins and happenings, but it definitely could have been better. The Haunting Season was a fine read to enjoy for Halloween, but I do not see much for it for anything else.

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