Monday, November 9, 2015

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: The House, by Christina Lauren {ends 11/17}

Delilah's breath grew trapped in her throat, and the old protective fire flickered to life between her ribs.

He was the same, but not. His shirt was black, jeans were black, and shaggy black hair fell into his eyes. He was so tall he must have been pulled like taffy. When he looked up at Delilah as he passed, the same eyes she remembered from all those years ago - dark and stormy and shadowed with bluish circles - seemed to flicker to life for a moment.

Just long enough for her to lose her breath.

He looked as if he knew every one of her secrets. Who would have guessed that after six years Gavin Timothy would still seem so perfectly dangerous?

Apparently, Delilah was still smitten.

From the passage above, you might guess that this book is a love story - and in a way, it is - but it's more about a house that literally comes to life, and is angry that its son that it raised, Gavin, now has a girlfriend, and some day might not live there anymore.

Official synopsis:
Gavin tells Delilah he’s hers—completely—but whatever lives inside that house with him disagrees.

After seven years tucked away at an East coast boarding school, Delilah Blue returns to her small Kansas hometown to find that not much has changed. Her parents are still uptight and disinterested, her bedroom is exactly the way she left it, and the outcast Gavin Timothy still looks like he’s crawled out of one of her dark, twisted drawings.

Delilah is instantly smitten.

Gavin has always lived in the strange house: an odd building isolated in a stand of trees where the town gives in to mild wilderness. The house is an irresistible lure for Delilah, but the tall fence surrounding it exists for good reason, and Gavin urges Delilah to be careful. Whatever lives with him there isn’t human, and isn’t afraid of hurting her to keep her away.


When I think of Christina Lauren, I mostly think of their (its two authors, with one pen name) erotica novels, most of which I've reviewed and enjoyed. In The House, however, they turn their talents to the supernatural, focusing on a "smart house" of sorts (anyone else remember that Disney Channel movie??) that essentially raised its tenant, Gavin, since his mom left when he was little. 

House has always taken care of Gavin - it provides him with money, hot meals, electricity and a warm bed - but when Gavin starts dating Delilah, who recently moved back to town, he starts to realize that House might not have his best interests in mind ... and that House definitely doesn't like him having a girlfriend.

Christina Lauren has written one other supernatural book, Sublime, but that was more of a ghost story, and this was more "horror lite," if that makes sense. It was also a mystery story, as I was trying to figure out exactly how much House could do, and also what happened to Gavin's mom, and why she abandoned him as a little boy; he only has hazy memories of her. 

I'd recommend this book for anyone who likes a good supernatural read with a bit of teen romance mixed in, as well as anyone who likes a good thriller. 

4.5 stars out of 5.
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*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

GIVEAWAY:

I have five - yes, FIVE! - hardcover copies of this book to give away to some of my lucky readers.

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Tuesday, November 17th, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be emailed the next day, and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner(s) will be chosen.

U.S. residents only, please.

Good luck!

The House hardcovers

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