Review: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

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Book info:

Release date: 8.25.15

In this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the time …

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females — an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.

But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia becomes trapped. And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.

Ghost girls wander the hallways in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia learns that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, too, harbors shocking truths within its walls — truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.

And she’ll need to act quickly — before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.

Katie Alender brings heart-pounding suspense, gorgeous writing, and a feminist twist to this tale of memories and madness.

My Thoughts:

Two things:

  1.      I adore Katie Alender’s books. They’re so fun and have just the right amount of creepy/scary going on. LOVE.
  2.     I’m ordering this for school and it will be my new go-to when students ask for a “scary book.” (But really…why are high school students asking for a “scary book”?)

I got this ARC back in July and took forever to finish it. Things are crazy with the beginning of a new school year. That doesn’t mean I didn’t love the book though. This may actually be my new favorite book from Alender!

I initially felt bad for Delia. Yeah, she made a mistake, but she wasn’t really a BAD girl. Then again, we learn that most all of the other inhabitants of the house were misunderstood as far as their behavior goes. However, as far as the storyline goes…despite my lack of TIME, I found that I was constantly wanting to know what the heck was going on with Delia. What was the story behind the house? Was there any way to fix the situation?

Fans of Alender, and thriller fans in general, are going to love this one. I, for once, can’t wait to get a copy in my library and get my students hooked on the story. They’re going to enjoy it so much!

4/5 stars!

-Melanie

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