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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

The Haunting Season Blog Tour with 5* review, excerpt & giveaway

Title: The Haunting Season
Author: Michelle Muto
Genre: New Adult Horror
Release Date: October 31, 2013
Tour event organised by Inkslinger PR

The Haunting Season Synopsis:
Be careful what you let in…
Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead. 

The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all. 
Buy Links: Itunes | Amazon US | B&N

Review by Simone
*ARC given in return for an honest review
This is the first book I have read by Michelle Muto, but after reading The Haunting Series I am looking forward to hiding under my pillow again reading the next. I seriously could not put this book down, only to check to see if someone was watching me from some dark corner of my house or through a mirror!! (Seriously, I was that freaked out in some scenes, I had to wait for someone to come home before I started it again) I mean anyone of the human form that is!!

We both sense him. We both know he's there. Ghost or demon?
Or maybe a little of both?

So back to the story in hand, When ghosts stop visiting Jess, she signs up for an experiment in the haunted Siler House, hoping this house will bring back her abilities to see ghosts again. She's desperate to see one ghost in particular, which is her deceased father.

  We are then introduced to the other subjects that all have awesome abilities different from each other, and  have also signed up for this very hush-hush experiment,  run by Dr. Brandt.  We have Allison who has been visited from others too, but these are the evil kind and her experiences are a whole lot more terrifying, darker than anything Jess has experienced.  Alison did not sign up for this so there's nothing she wants more than to run for the hills to get away from the evil that lurks behind  the walls of Siler house. Next up is Gage who is all kindsa hot and hard in all the right places!! (Get my drift?) *swooning*  While he is sexy, he is all just so sweet, sensitive and ooooh so protective. Last but not least we have the class joker Bryan, who always made me giggle at his wise cracks he made to lighten the mood when things got too intense (and in this book, boy do you need it).

...He cut off their heads with a carving knife, have you ever seen such a sight in your life?

So we are now lead reluctantly into Siler House, but with a strange feeling of not wanting to turn back, but to just keep reading on. Now what's not a haunted house without a sinister housekeeper? In walks Mrs Hirsch who is damn right creepy, and this house is going to have a whole lot of terrifying, blood thirsty history RIGHT?? Well this story definitely gives you  that with extra CHILLS chucked in to get your hairs standing on end and the feeling you are NOT ALONE!! There are twists and turns, which are not always in the direction you, or the character's want them to go in, that keep you gripped never the less!! This story, like the house, pulls you straight in from the first page and not wanting to let you go till the last!! (Wow, what an intense and frightening experience).

It's the house. Allison is right-it's doing something to us.
It can't. You're not in the house, Don't blame it for what you want to know. you can do this. You've come this far, It's just dirt. Dirt! Just sticks, leaves and Georgia clay, You've let ghosts touch you and you can't even touch a patch of dirt?

I will not give you any spoilers but I can tell you that if you love spine-chilling stories with ghosts, demons and the un-dead, this story is for you!! But make sure you read during the day and NOT ALONE and maybe, like me, with a big pillow to read underneath away from any mirrors!!!!
Simone's rating of ...


Allison?” she called out. She checked the bathroom. No Allison there, either. She must have already gone downstairs without her. Jess turned and walked back into their room.
“You shouldn’t be here,” said the little girl standing in front of the dresser.
Startled, Jess took an involuntary step back. She thought she’d be used to the way ghosts appeared and disappeared by now, but she wasn’t. Probably would never get used to it. The girl wore a pretty white dress and black shoes. The dress was tied around the middle with a red bow that matched the one in her curly, dark hair.
She’s a ghost. She’s the ghost of either Gracie or Emma Siler, Jess thought, aware of her quickening heartbeat. Finally! Her first ghost sighting in months! The girl looked young and sweet, so why did she feel so jumpy? Probably because her roommate would have her believe the small girl sporting dimples and curls was Satan in disguise.
Damn you, Allison!
Her face didn’t look anything like Jess would have expected of a child who had been murdered. The girl’s complexion was healthy, with a glow like that of a living ten-year-old. Not one who had been dead for well over a hundred years. But, ghosts were like that—appearing how they wanted you to see them, or so she believed. Or, maybe it was how they saw themselves. Jess had never thought to ask.
She could still see ghosts, which meant there was hope—hope of seeing Grams again and her father, too! Jess’s unease began to fade.
The girl waited patiently for her to do or say something.
“Hello,” Jess said softly.
“Hi,” the girl replied.
“I’m Jess. Are you Emma or Gracie?”
The girl smiled. “I know who you are. I’m Gracie.”

Michelle Muto Bio 
Michelle has always loved storytelling. When she was a child, her favorite stories were of monsters and things that lurked in the dark. Telling stories often frightened her classmates and got her into a lot of trouble with her teachers. They had no sense of humor.
As an adult, Michelle traded her love of writing for the corporate life where she was an IT professional. Today, she's doing what she loves best - writing and storytelling.
Michelle grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in NE Georgia with her husband and their two dogs. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, chocolate, dogs, and changes of season.
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