The Haunting Season
by Michelle Muto
Summary: 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.
Recommended Ages: 17+
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author/blog tour host in exchange for an honest review and participation in a blog tour.
The Haunting Season was a phenomenal haunted house horror story! It had action, horror, paranormal elements, different group dynamics, and even a little bit of romance. It was written in third person, but the majority of the story was from the perspective of Jess and other parts were from Gage’s point of view.
Jess, Allison, Gage, and Bryan were all offered a substantial amount of money to participate in the paranormal study at Siler House. They each had their own paranormal talents and their own backstories. Jess could connect with ghosts, Allison communicated with demons and evil spirits, Gage could resurrect the dead, and Bryan could make anything disappear, from people to tiny items. Jess’s experiences were mostly positive, but that wasn’t necessarily true for the rest of the group. Allison seemed to have the most trouble adjusting and didn’t want to be there. Everything about the house freaked her out and the other characters seemed to think she was severely overreacting. I enjoyed how different the characters were and how they had to interact with each other and figure each other out.
Siler House was full of mystery and intrigue and was the perfect setting for a haunted house story. Each character viewed the house differently, but all of them were drawn to it in some way. They all had a goal as part of the study, but as things progressed, the study took a backseat to more pressing issues involving the house. The Haunting Season had me on the edge of my seat.
While reading a particularly horrifying scene, my husband happened to notice the look on my face. He was talking to his parents via Skype and actually paused his conversation to get them to look at me and laugh at how engrossed I was in my book. Everything felt so heightened in the book, from the character’s emotions and fear to the actual moments of terror. I was so connected to the characters. The horror plot was definitely interesting. Instead of being a run of the mill haunting with previous residents, the backstory of Siler House was unique, the haunting was a little different, and the abilities of the characters changed things up a bit and made it relatively unpredictable.
The Georgia setting was spooky due to the well known history of Savannah. I loved that it took place in the summer instead of the fall or winter like many horror stories, too. I definitely recommend The Haunting Season to anyone who enjoys a good YA horror novel. It was delightfully creepy, descriptive, and I connected with the characters well. I loved the added element of romance to the plot, too, because it made the characters a little more real and relatable. It is a standalone novel, which is always a plus, but Michelle Muto has a few other YA horror novels that are definitely on my to-read list now!
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About the Author
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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Tour Wide Author Interview:
How did you come up
with the idea for your book?
During a trip to Savannah, I visited the Sorrel-Weed house,
which is reported to be Savannah’s most haunted house.
What is different
about this book compared to others you’ve written?
For starters, The Haunting Season is New Adult. Secondly,
the main characters are not supernatural beings.
Most unique or
unusual research you’ve ever done for The Haunting Season?
Besides visiting the Sorrel-Weed house? Asking a former
mortician about embalming methods in the early to mid 1900’s and how embalming
and burial procedures have changed and why. It’s both fascinating and a bit
What is the hardest
part about writing?
Keeping my butt in the chair for as many hours as I need to
per day. Resisting the urge to jump on the internet when I’m having difficulty
with a scene.
If you could meet any
author who is no longer living, who would it be?
Tough call. Edgar Allan Poe, probably. But I’d also like to
meet Rod Serling and Alfred Hitchcock.
Can you tell us a
little about your next project?
It’s a adult dark fantasy novel with action, castles, and
gargoyles. It’ll be out early this
If you could do one
thing over again in regards to writing, what would it be?
Food you like the
most? The least?
I tend to like Italian food the most. I can’t stand brussel
sprouts or peas.
What weapon would you
choose in the zombie apocalypse?
Harry Potter’s wand or maybe Dean Winchester. He’d be a
formidable weapon against zombies, right?
What scares you?
Humanity. The way people treat others, animals, or the
Read an Excerpt from The Haunting Season:
It was only when the crickets and frogs stopped that Jess
awoke. She blinked, trying to adjust her eyes to the dark. She turned back
over, expecting Allison to be either still sitting up, or asleep. But her bed
was empty and Allison stood in front of the dresser, hands at her sides,
staring at the mirror. Alarmed, Jess sat upright.
“It’s happening again,” Allison said.
“The spirits. They’re back. I can see them.”
Jess rubbed her eyes as a spark of uncertainty and a
moment’s worth of fear rustled somewhere deep inside her. “They’re there, in
Jess got out of bed and tentatively stood next to Allison.
She looked at the mirror, then behind her. Nothing. Uncertainty gave way to
disappointment. The mirror cast back only the shadowy figures of Allison and
herself, their faces made pale by the moonlight streaming into the room. They
were alone, as far as Jess could tell.
Damn it! Why couldn’t she
see the ghosts? Were they here? Disappointment gave way to a pang of envy.
“You don’t seem as upset as you were before,” Jess said. “If
they’re back, aren’t you afraid they’ll take over? Possess you?” She wasn’t
making fun of Allison. Something horrible had
happened to her, and she was probably more sensitive to the supernatural than
“Yes, I’m afraid,” Allison replied calmly.
The way Allison spoke seemed at odds with her words. The
hairs on Jess’s arms tingled, but not because of any ghosts she couldn’t see.
Right now, the only thing creepy in the room was Allison. The girl had been possessed,
Allison turned her head to look at Jess, her expression
unreadable in the shadows, even this close up. “He collects souls.”
Jess peered harder into the mirror, trying not to show
Allison she was indeed afraid. “He? Who are you talking about?”
“He’s looking at you. I can’t make out what he’s saying. But
see?” she pointed to the mirror. “He wrote his name.”
Fear and a healthy dose of agitation rose inside Jess. Fear,
because someone staring at them from inside a mirror was downright scary.
Agitated, because she couldn’t see anything, and Allison’s continual freak-outs
were wearing on her. After a long day getting here, she was exhausted and just
wanted to sleep.
“Allison, I don’t see anything! He? Who are you talking about?”
Allison stood just as still as she had upon Jess’s wakening.
“He lives here. With the others.”
“Others?” Jess stepped closer to the mirror, leaning against
the dresser to get a better look. Her breath fogged it enough to reveal a
single name, written backward: Riley.
Inside the Sorrel Weed House
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