Dream House: A Novel by CutiePieMarzia by Marzia Bisognin
Published by Atria/Keywords Press
Published on April 5th 2016
Genres: Ghosts, Paranormal, Young Adult
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From YouTube sensation Marzia “CutiePieMarzia” Bisognin comes a debut young adult paranormal thriller about a girl whose dream house quickly becomes a nightmare.
When Amethyst stumbles upon the house of her dreams, she can’t help but be enchanted by it, even if there’s something a little…off about the place.
It’s everything she’s ever wanted in a home, so when the Blooms invite her to stay the night to avoid an impending storm, she instantly accepts.
Yet when she awakes the next morning, alone and unable to bring herself to leave, Amethyst comes face-to-face with unexpected twists and turns—like Alfred, the creepy gardener; Avery, the handsome but secretive neighbor, and a little girl who keeps appearing and vanishing within the house.
As Amethyst searches for the Blooms and tries to unravel the truth, her connection to the house only grows stronger. Will she be able to break free of the house’s allure, or will its secrets keep her trapped forever?
Somehow, I gradually manage to calm myself down and force myself to accept that, even though the situation makes absolutely no sense -no sense at all- there isn’t any real reason for me to be afraid.
Unless, of course, you are afraid of boredom. It is so strange that that sentence, pulled straight from page 24, can actually be used to describe my feelings towards the book. Like, thanks for setting that up for me.
At first, I legitimately started to get kind of angry that it was so dull inside Amethyst’s head. I got so sick of only hearing her thoughts. I can’t stand her processes. I get that we spend most of the book with her on purpose, but the lack of dialogue and other characters made for a boring, annoying time. I didn’t like her. At all. But that is not even the worst thing about this book. What I hated the most was that I had it all figured out before I even made it 50 pages.
EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK WAS GLARINGLY OBVIOUS. Literally NOTHING surprised me. Has this ever happened to any of you guys? Do you know how hard it becomes to finish a book when you are supremely confident about what the outcome will be? As if I wasn’t bored enough with her already, I got even more bored when I forced myself to finish the book already knowing what would happen.
At times, I felt like she was trying to have this Edgar Allen Poe vibe thing going -with the narrator slowly losing their mind and what not- and if that was her goal, then she failed. It felt immature. It’s not simply because it is YA, because most of what I read is YA. Which bothers me because her and Avery are both supposed to be over 18, with Avery being 20. I have a lot more thoughts on this book, but I will save those for my Goodreads review (so if you are interested to hear my other thoughts that expand outside of the book, please find me there). So, to wrap this up, I will say that if you want to read a paranormal novel that is not actually scary or creepy, then go for it. For further explanation, please refer back to the quote at the top of the page.
ALSO, If I have to ready the word “pyjamas” one more time:
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