Witches eating children's hair and an haunted house... Sounds interesting.
Meet Lake, she's been a bit off since her brother disappeared from his bedroom four years earlier. Always looking for a thrill, she, two friends and one potential love-interest decide to visit the alleged haunted house in the woods. These things are always in woods, aren't they? There have been a number of disappearances in the past in the region from people who visited the place. This of course only adds up to the fun they'll have. The real surprise is that they visit the wrong house, but Lake finds a real haunted house later where she's freaked out by something she didn't expect to find at all...
Although it started okay, it soon took a turn for the worse as it builds cliché on cliché, like splitting up for no particular, exposition via some random guy they conveniently meet, and oh, Lake is the girl from the cover: The Chosen One. (No surprises there I suppose). As soon as she's told it's her legacy she moves from being sceptical about hair eating witches (as any normal person would) to Buffy the Vampire Hair-Eating-Witch Slayer.
Even worse was the forced love triangle which I've never seen in YA before. </sarcasm> Somewhere along the way they pick up a 400 year old boy (magic!) and Lake decides her love life isn't interesting enough and for some reason she instaloves him. I mean, supposedly puritan boys who are 400 years old and keeper of a room of kind-of zombie children are irresistible of course, there's no denying that, but she hardly knows him!
Is this the end? you ask. Of me caring, it certainly is. It's an easy, quick read, and it reads like a not-so-good horror movie perhaps, but it's very important you don't start thinking, because a lot looks just like easy ways to solve plotholes in a not so good or original way. In a more literal way it's not the end either. It's so hard these days to find some YA (Dystopian or Fantasy) that isn't also the start of a new series, and this book unfortunately is no exception because the story certainly isn't over yet.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.