Thursday, August 20, 2015

Blog Tour: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender | REVIEW + Giveaway!

Hello fellow book nerds! 
Welcome to the BLOG TOUR for The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender! 
Today is my stop on the tour and I am excited to be sharing with you all my review for this OUTSTANDING new novel by one of my very favorite authors! I've read and loved all of Katie's books. She's a brillant author and you can find out how much I loved her book from my review below. I even included a poem I wrote as part of my review. I hope everyone will enjoy this post! Be sure to enter in the giveaway below where you can win a print copy of your very own. :)

 photo d0d1f216-11ed-4267-a193-92f9c78c92e2_zpstclg4caw.jpgTitle: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall
Author: Katie Alender
Hardcover, 336 pages
Pub. Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: YA - Horror/Thriller > Ghosts
Source: Print ARC via publisher

Asylum meets Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family, from master of suspense Katie Alender.

Delia's new house isn't just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up "troubled" young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play--and it doesn't want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.

So the house kills her.

Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house's history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house's next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?
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Kirkus (starred review): "This superior ghost story keeps the creep factor high… A really scary and original ghost story, well told. Read it with the lights on."

School Library Journal: "Alender has created a chilling tale of forgotten tragedies and family secrets. A great choice for fans of horror or suspense novels."

I lurk in the dark, but cannot be seen.
Where the smell of death is often keen.
Not alive, but still around. In the shadows I can be found. 
I know secrets I cannot tell.
Must find a way to escape this HELL!
If I fail to break this ancient hex
You too will be NEXT!
written by Beckie (me)

While pondering my words of what to say about this amazing book, this poem popped into my head, so I thought I would share it with you all since it's about the book. Now I dabble with writing poetry, and not often at that but for some reason this poem began to form in my mind. I like it quite well, don't you? It's written as if Delia is the author. Delia, our main character in the story was once alive but now is dead. At the beginning of the book Delia comes to inherit a rather large home from her recently deceased great-great Aunt Cordelia. Delia, her parents and her little sister Janie arrive at the home only to find out it's much more than a house, but a former insane asylum used to house troubled girls properly named, Hysteria Hall. 

On the first night inside Hysteria Hall things are already starting to get weird. Delia is hearing things in the night and seeing things from the corner of her eye. Screams come from down the hall from her sister Janie where she is found bound to her bed with straps. Delia wants to leave, like yesterday but is denied by her parents who feel she is just making things up. Little do they know things are about to get a LOT worse because something or someone is not about to let Delia leave. 

Waking up the next morning Delia feels something is off. She hears screams from her family and goes to find out what has happened. She gets the shock of her life when she sees a dead body in a broken heap on the ground outside the house. A body she knows all too well...her own. Now devastated, scared and feeling lost Delia will have to rely on the other inhabitants who haunt the halls of Hysteria. Delia learns something very powerful and very evil has been killing residents of Hysteria Hall and if she is not careful her family will be next. She will need to unlock the mystery of the asylum before it's too late. Who can Delia trust and who is not who they appear to be? 

You'll need to read the book to find out what lies next. 

I am and forever will be a huge fan of the horror genre, not only in books but in movies as well. I love to be scared. I love the uncertainty of what will happen next. There's just something so fun and thrilling out being frightened. Katie Alender is my go-to author when I need a good scary read. The first books I read by her were the "Bad Girls Don't Die" series and let me tell you I was on the edge of my seat throughout the series. All three books I proudly own and have re-read. Katie is the QUEEN of Horror and knows how to masterfully craft her stories into something darkly haunting and originally frightening. Without a shadow of a doubt, The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall is my all time new favorite horror novel. It thrilled me, it gave me chills and at the end had me in tears. 

This unforgettable read is one I highly recommend to anyone who loves a good scare, exquisite world-building, and a story that will leave you breathless. 

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall is one not to may be "sorry" you did. *evil laugh*

Totally EPIC! One of the best books I have read. A MUST read!!

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Katie Alender is the author of The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, Famous Last Words, Marie Antoinette: Serial Killer, and the Bad Girls Don’t Die series. She is a graduate of the Florida State University Film School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. When she’s not writing novels, she can usually be found quilting, reading, eating delicious high-calorie foods, and hanging out with her friends (on very special occasions, she manages to do all of those things at once).

Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL. US Only.
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I would love to hear your thoughts on my poem or review. Writing a poem as part of my review is something I've never done before so I am kind of worried people won't like it. Anyhoo, leave me a comment. I don't bite. ;)


  1. Hello Katie, your book The Dead Girls if Hysteria Hall sounds great, I would love to read it. Thank you

  2. This book looks like a book I will enjoy reading. I also love the cover!!!

  3. I haven't read a good horror novel in forever! Def getting into the Halloween spirit early! :D
    Mary G Loki


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