Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Review Tour & Giveaway: The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

Book Blurb:

Lucy Acosta's mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They're inseparable—a family.

When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she's ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother's voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin's sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.

Pub. Date: September 27, 2016

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Pages: 496

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Ghosts, Mystery, Scary, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen, Witches--

First Lucy found the beloved cook after he hung himself, and then her aunt went for a walk in the forest never to return. Then her cousin started to act strange and withdrawn, saying that she had never been closer to her mother than now, when she could hear her speaking to her from the walls. Lucy has no idea what is going on, but fears that she too will spiral into the madness surrounding her house.

I can honestly say I had no idea what I was getting myself into with this book. One thing I new for certain, I was 100% convinced about did not happen, and it totally threw me. I feel so confused towards what I read, I am uncertain if I even liked the book per se, but it was original, kept me on my toes, and was incredibly creepy and at times horrifying. Books are more real to me than watching a movie, and this one caught me in it's grasp and would not let me go. Even when not reading the story, I would be thinking about, which caused me to terrify myself and have high levels of paranoia, so well done to the author for that. This was a hard book for me to try and rate, because some parts I absolutely loved and others made me want to throw the book on the ground and not pick it back up.

The best part about the book was the ambiance. The setting and the small details are what created the whole terrifying aspect of the book. The author used sounds as well as imagery to create this all encompassing story of terror. This was one of those slow building books, where you are not sure if it is a spirit or just internal madness, until a big reveal near the end. The story was pretty graphic and gory with the violence and death, sparing no details for the feint of heart.

What stumped me the most about the story was the ending. There was so much left unsaid, I feel like I was just left hanging, and I didn't really care for that aspect of the book. I had so many questions, but no. It seems like every scary movie I have seen in the last year has ended the same as this book, completely abrupt with no resolution. Maybe this is the new thing, but my curiosity needs more drawn out answers (because otherwise I stew about the story, which may be what the author wants anyway). I did have a few questions about the country club thing (which I felt like needed more info or answers or something...notice a theme with my complaints?), and really the whole purpose of everything associated with the house, but alas, I got nothing.

This was my first book by this author and I would love to read more in future. The book had slow steady pacing but kept my interest the whole time. The only time I stopped reading was because I was at home by myself in the dark. With Halloween right around the corner, I highly recommend this if you are looking for a scare.

I received this title in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

Ever since she was little, Amy was especially intrigued by horror books and movies. Raised in a small mountain town in Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books before discovering Stephen King in her mother's bookshelf.

Amy lives with her husband, their two precious squidlings, and an old gentleman cat by the name of Frodo. When she isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms.

You can find her on her website, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Wattpad

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Full Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/19/2016- The Cover Contessa- Interview

9/20/2016- Emily Reads Everything- Review

9/21/2016- Curling Up With A Good Book- Guest Post

9/22/2016- RhiReading- Excerpt

9/23/2016- A Gingerly Review- Excerpt

Week Two:

9/26/2016- Ohana Reads- Review

9/27/2016- Bibliobibuli YA- Guest Post

9/28/2016- Smada's Book Smack- Review

9/29/2016- A Dream Within A Dream- Interview

9/30/2016- BookCrushin- Review

Blog Tour provided by Rockstar Book Tours

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