Genre: YA Historical Horror
Publication: September 2015 by Harlequin Teen
Acquisition: Received a free ebook for review via NetGalley
When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn't right on the prairie. She's heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can't be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.(from Goodreads)
5 / 5 Stars
Did you look at that cover?!
Yeah, that's pretty much how the entire book feels.
Creepy and dark and like there is something just out of reach that you're not quite sure you want to be reaching for.
I pretty much loved every page.
It's a story that stays with you and it's a true horror story. Nothing sugar coated, no easy or neat answers and no happy endings.
One of the things that really drew me in is how enclosed the story is. It starts out as one family in one place. They move, meet new people but it's still them, they are still alone and even though they are far from their original home, they are still in the same place.
Also, it's suspenseful and not predictable, two features that are sometimes missing from horror, especially young adult horror in my opinion.
Great characters, great horror, and a story that stays with you long after you turn the last page = ALL the great things!