Friday, August 8, 2014
Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz
The book opens up with the story of Ivy, a girl whose name and life has been changed to protect her from the serial killer who killed her parents and will most likely one day come back for her. Ivy is one of the main characters of the story, but she is not the only focus. Instead, this is an ensemble book about teens who enter a Justin Blake's (a famous horror movie maker) contest to share their worst nightmare, and win a chance to meet Blake and see his newest movie. Each teen enters for a different reason...and once the winners are brought together things start to go horribly wrong.
This book is the current YA lit form of an 80's teen slasher flick. The characters are relatively inter-changeable (it took me about 2/3 of the book before I could really figure out who was narrating each chapter), and there isn't much gore, but there is lots of teen hormones and fun scares. The nightmares that each teen encounters are interesting, and the Nightmare Elf (the star of Justin Blake's horror movies) reminds me of a mix of characters from Puppet Master, Leprechaun, and Dolls. The chills are there, and I really had fun with the book...until the end. I was a bit disappointed with how the book closed, and I am confused because it seems like there is going to be a sequel since there was no real resolution. That said I think that the fun of the rest of the book more than makes up for the mediocre ending.
I reviewed a digital ARC copy of this book from Netgalley. I received no compensation for my review.