The Brown House: Visitors Series Book One

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Some secrets should never be revealed...

Brylee Branson begrudgingly made the excruciating move with her family from the warm sandy beaches of California to small town living in New Jersey. As if she wasn't miserable enough, they've moved into a creepy old house that everyone in the area claims is haunted. Brylee dismisses the idea of ghosts and hauntings, until she begins to see and hear things that can't be explained...

Brylee has no choice ...

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Overview

Some secrets should never be revealed...

Brylee Branson begrudgingly made the excruciating move with her family from the warm sandy beaches of California to small town living in New Jersey. As if she wasn't miserable enough, they've moved into a creepy old house that everyone in the area claims is haunted. Brylee dismisses the idea of ghosts and hauntings, until she begins to see and hear things that can't be explained...

Brylee has no choice but to seek the help of new friends to unlock the secrets of this place she now calls home. But some secrets should never be revealed. Can the teens find a way to release the spirits imprisoned within the walls? Or will the curse claim them, too?

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  • ISBN-13: 9780985538545
  • Publisher: Anchor Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Posted October 19, 2014

    I starting reading this book not sure what to expect, but then o

    I starting reading this book not sure what to expect, but then once I started I couldn't stop. It was awesome. I am totally into ghost stories and believe in hauntings so for me this book was so exciting. I wanted to be there right by their sides helping them out. Someday I would love to visit this house to see it for myself.

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    The Brown House is a new twist on the trendy ghost story genre.

    The Brown House is a new twist on the trendy ghost story genre. It adds mystery and suspense, instead of gore and mayhem. It helps that the reader can connect to the main character. The story opens with Brylee Branson and her family falling on hard times due to the recent struggling economy. The family is forced to make some tough decisions and in doing so decides to move from warm, sunny California to New Jersey. The Branson’s find a steal of a deal on a home in Wilson, New Jersey. As is the case with most too good to be true deals, the Brown House is not what it appears to be and comes with quite a history. At first Brylee dismisses the gossip that her new home is haunted. But soon strange occurrences make it impossible to deny. With the help of her friends; Kayla, Lynley and Ephraim, Brylee sets out on a quest to unlock the secrets of the Brown House.

    This is the first book in The Visitor’s Series and it sets the tone for this spine tingling, edge of your seat ghost story. You won’t be able to put this book down. You may even want to sleep with the light on!

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  • Posted September 24, 2013

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    Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite What if you foun

    Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite

    What if you found yourself moving to a new town only to have everyone tell you that the house you are living in is haunted? Well, that's just what happens to Brylee Branson. Brylee's father has been out of work for over a year and when he finally lands a job in New Jersey it means that Brylee and her family will have to leave California and move to New Jersey. The Brown House is their new home, but it seems that something or someone doesn't want them there. In the beginning, only Brylee has the experiences, but as things escalate even her parents become aware that something otherworldly is occurring. Brylee is determined to get to the bottom of what is going on, but what she unleashes is more than she ever imagined!

    To say that I loved this book is totally an understatement. The descriptions of the things that Brylee experienced were spooky and gave me more than a few cold chills. The house itself became a character, with its locked room, and a chilling past that kept long buried souls trapped there. As the author slowly reveals what had happened in the past, I had to read even faster to find out if things could be reversed. The story line was so smoothly written that I found myself totally drawn in from the beginning. The character of Brylee fits her role perfectly. Her character had a positive self image, something that being popular had nothing to do with. I thought the positive messages of peer pressure and being content in your own skin were totally great. If you're looking for a great scary read, with a fast-paced, visually stimulating plot that will have your heart pounding and even the hair on the back of your neck standing up just a bit, then pick up The Brown House by Christy Sloat.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

     Brylee and her family moved from California to New Jersey, and

     Brylee and her family moved from California to New Jersey, and Brylee isn’t as happy about it as her parents. She finds her new house to be a little spooky and soon starts finding out that her house is haunted, plus has a curse, which has people terrified of it. But on the bright side she meets her next door neighbor Lynley and her totally hot brother Ephraim. As she starts to learn more about her house and the horrors it holds, the more determined she becomes to get to the bottom of it all. Soon she starts seeing and hearing more ghostly happenings, leading her to realize she has a gift she never wanted. 
     There is so much to like about this story, you really need to get this book to appreciate the whole thing. I loved the fact that the Brown House is very real, which only makes the book that much more intriguing, even as I understand this is the author’s own tale about it. I recommend this book to anyone liking scary stories; from teens on up, they will all love this book. I always love a story that keeps you in suspense, slightly scared, you are waiting……and BOO! Kudos to Christy Sloat on a well written, wonderfully told story that will never get old for me. I give it 5 stars.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Christy has captured this scenario. The characters come to life,

    Christy has captured this scenario. The characters come to life, the chills feel real, the house is something I long to visit and discover, the loss-the heartache-the pain, and most importantly...the connection... This book leaves me waiting and wanting more. You must feel how Brylee feels and capture her innocence and discover. How it must feel to be yanked from all you ever knew and dropped into something so mysterious and....frightful.This is not your over-written love story or vampire tail gone array! It is very much something new...something mysterious-frightful-chilling and I highly recommend it as a MUST READ!!!!! And to tell the truth...I might have a book crush on Ephraim Mayhew!

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    If you believe in ghosts or just wish that you believed in ghost

    If you believe in ghosts or just wish that you believed in ghosts then this is the book for you. When Bryley grudgingly moves from California to New Jersey with her family she discovers that she has a gift that is one that she never would have asked for. The Brown house, that her parents have purchased, has a reputation in the area for being cursed. Almost immediately after they move in strange things begin to happen around Bryley, slamming doors, falling pots. Scarey. Fortunately when Bryley meets Lynley and Ephraim, who live next door, she finds that she does not have to deal with all that is going on alone. As they try to help Violet, Pearl and all of the Brown family, they find themselves drawn further and further into the mystery of the curse. This is a book that you won't want to put down. There is a sweet romance, mystery and things that aren't what they appear to be. Now I just can't wait for the second book.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    Excellent Young Adult book!! It was emotional, mysterious and fu

    Excellent Young Adult book!! It was emotional, mysterious and funny! the characters act like teens they go through teen problems as you expect. Brylee is a teen that finds out shes special when she moves to a new town and old house! Her life makes a 360 degree turn. she never thought she would deal with the undead and a scary corner room with a mysterious curse. she sees ghose meets new friends falls in love. She has a big heart and helps a little girl and at the same time curses her friends! Hopefully on the second book we find a way to free her friends and put Kayla to rest. Congratulations on the book Christy!! I cant wait for the second installment!!

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

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    I was given this book to read for an honest review. I read this

    I was given this book to read for an honest review. I read this book in a day... I really didn't want to put it down more than I had to. Needless to say it was a great opening book to the series. Brylee is the typical Cali beach girl, beautiful, tan, tall blonde and green eyes. I love how she would speak her mind even though she was afraid or embarrassed. She thought very highly of herself, I know that that bothers a lot of people, but I found it refreshing. When life doesn't go your way (as it normally doesn't) it is so easy to get caught up feeling sorry for yourself. Brylee was a spoiled, selfish well off kid in a models body... at least until she had a reality check from Grandma. Brylee is a very charismatic character to grow fond of either because she reminds you of yourself, or friends or the girl you grew up jealous of. I loved the interaction between her and Ephraim (I am always a sucker for a sweet love story) He is very adoring and sweet, not to mention handsome. After Brylee moves into THE BROWN HOUSE, strange things start happening. Her parents don't believe her, in fact she's not sure if she really understands anything anymore. With the help of her friends Ephraim, Lynley, Kayla she must learn what curses her home before it's too late. I was glad to find out that there will be another book, too much was still going on to just end it. I recommend this book to those who love a good paranormal read... packed with friendship, romance and teen drama. Good job Christy, I look forward to reading what happens next!

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    I tend to stay away from spooky stories and books because it see

    I tend to stay away from spooky stories and books because it seems the new fad is to gross people out by how gory you can be. Not at all appealing. The Brown House, however, was a refreshingly nice little ghost story that was more mystery and suspense than horror. There were just enough thrills and chills to make the story exciting and the background of the Brown house, it's inhabitants, and its haunting past were so intriguing. There were plenty of twists and surprise reveals to keep the story going, and some very likeable characters. I especially liked Brylee's love interest, Ephraim and her blue-haired friend Kayla.

    This is my second read by Christy Sloat and one thing I admire about her characters is that there is always some kind of growth. By the end of this book the typical teenagers grow, mature and learn and are not the same people they were when the book started. I'll admit I wasn't fond of Brylee at first, but as she grew as a person, she grew on me and that was one of the best parts of the book.

    The ending was great! It tied up a lot of loose ends, but also left some new ones unraveled for a sequel, one I can't wait to read! I have to know what's going to happen to Brylee and the gang, particularly Ephraim and Kayla (I have a feeling our blue-haired friend's story is not yet complete).

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  • Posted November 16, 2012

    This book had me at page one. I just love Brylee. I loved her at

    This book had me at page one. I just love Brylee. I loved her attitude and how well she adpted to her life. I kept thinking as i was reading this book man what is she going to come up with next.
    This book was hard for me to put down it was one of those that i started reading and by the time i knew it it was almost 3am and i was done. i can not wait for the next book. I have to know how this plays out. Christy Sloat is now one of my top 10 authors!

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  • Posted October 7, 2012

    Amazing Gripping Read

    The Brown House is so much more than a ghost story; it combines an endearing romance, a young woman's coming of age and marvels at the wonders of family and friendship.

    Christy Sloat's writing style is simplistically beautiful. It manages to capture the protagonist's inner turmoil and personality as she (Brylee) ventures through a journey of self-discovery and mystery. There is a powerful atmospheric charge throughout the entire novel that effectively keeps the reader gripped and wanting Brylee to succeed in her many endeavours. The narrative is superbly paced with the build-up tension successfully created, so much so, no doubt the reader will be listening out to creaks in their house and searching for a blanket to read under.

    The mysterious events and blossoming relationships evident in the book all come together satisfactorily, with a few significant twists along the way that will keep the reader second guessing. What was particularly successfully created was the ending. Christy Sloat certainly knows how to keep her readers on the edge of their seats and desperately waiting for more. An engaging and thoroughly entertaining read.

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

    Before we even go there I have a confession to make.. I am a wus

    Before we even go there I have a confession to make.. I am a wussy a super huge super sensitive wussy.. I DO NOT like ghosts and ghost stories.. Oddly enough though UFOS scare me more than ghost.. thanks grandma and unsolved mysteries!

    The worst thing EVER (at least for now) is moving from SoCal to Jersey.. But what can you do when your dad looses his job.. the bank takes your house and your uncle gets your dad a job on the east coast.. i guess you could runaway but thats not the this story.. Nope in this story Brylee just deals with it.. They move into the super creepy brown house.. But when its cheap and available you deal.. Plus she gets the run of the second floor.. On the first night Brylee notices eerie things and they dont stop.. music turning on.. door slamming.. apparitions.. When people find out she lives in the brown house they politely back away.. Despite that she made a few friends REALLY good friends.. Lynley and her shockingly handsome brother Ephraim.. sidenote dont you just love that the love interests has a uncommon name. im so tired or Ethans.. Marcs.. Todds.. and my least favorite guy name EVER Greg.. YUCKs! anyways.. Shes also befriended a blue haired trouble maker Kayla.. Separately and together they begin to solve the mystery of the curse.. In the process Brylee and Ephriam start dating and falling in love Awwww...


    So many times while reading i had to pull myself away mainly because the real world kept gettin in the way.. Despite being a wuss i did super well with the ghosts.. i did almost wet myself once but i blame my full bladder, a sneeze, my 4 children, and okay i blame the book a little for being so friggen good i had to hold it.. i defenitely cant wait to find out more about Brylee and Ephraims future..

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

    This book was very unpredictable and a complete page-turner. I e

    This book was very unpredictable and a complete page-turner. I enjoy a
    good ghost story, especially one that has a young adult theme going on
    with a splash romance thrown into the mix. From the very first moment I
    began to read through the beginning of the first chapter I was instantly
    drawn to the main characters. Brylee is very easy to understand and I
    found myself connecting to her right away. She’s sweet and stands tall
    no matter what happens. When she moves into the Brown house and has to
    contend with different scenarios that would probably drive a less
    spirited person insane, she decides to face her fears head on. That is
    something I found to be very courageous about her, aside from the fact
    that she’s not so quick to judge others by what they are not. The Brown
    House is thrilling and full of mysteries and I found myself completely
    engulfed in the story from page to page. I mean, between Brylee’s new
    life in a another state, an unconventional friend who has the whole
    disappearing act mastered down, a few unfriendly guests who don’t seem
    the least bit welcoming, and a serious crush on the next door neighbor,
    how can you not read on in order to find out what happens next. My
    biggest and only disappointment with this story was the ending (not
    because it was a bad one) but because it ends in a cliffhanger.
    Fortunately, all I have to do is wait for the next book in the series to
    come out and that disappointment will vanish : ) I truly enjoyed this
    book and look forward to the next one.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    [This review also appears on Andi's Young Adult Books.] This wa

    [This review also appears on Andi's Young Adult Books.] This was a
    delicious ghost story. It had so many of the elements I love: spooky
    noises, things that go bump in the night, a little bit of love, and a
    wicked secret history that doesn't let spirits lie. Even better, rumor
    has it that this story is based on some real-life events. That always
    helps a story to ring true and definitely adds to the creepy factor.
    Characters grow in their relationships as secrets are slowly revealed.
    Brylee is attempting to reinvent herself in her new school and discovers
    she has a creepy talent. Her two neighbors and two other closest friends
    also go through tremendous transformations as their truths come to
    light. The conflicts start to resolve themselves and the story looks to
    be over. It could be over. This book could stand on its own. The way it
    ends, however, allows for the possibility for another installment. More
    secrets are still hidden and more souls need to be saved. The characters
    are going to be able to further challenge themselves. I would definitely
    read another book in this series and look forward to more works by
    Christy Sloat. This is not the kind of book that you read during the
    bright daylight. To get the full effect, you need to read it at night,
    preferably during a thunderstorm, in an old house, by yourself. That's
    what I did. I received an eARC in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

    Most of us can relate to this book. We have moved away from fam

    Most of us can relate to this book.

    We have moved away from family and friends due to either hard times or a better future. No matter what the situation it is always hard and The Brown House voiced those feeling very well. Love the relationships that play out in this book. So excited for the next book to come out so I can see where the story line goes!

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

    This is a fantastic book. I loved reading it from page one to th

    This is a fantastic book. I loved reading it from page one to the very last page. Couldn't put it down. Christy Sloat is now one of my favorite authors and can't wait for another one of her books to be released.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    The Brown House by Christy Sloat is a good read. I enjoyed it. T

    The Brown House by Christy Sloat is a good read. I enjoyed it. The plot was well thought out and the characters are believable. The book started out slow for me. After the first few chapters, I was pulled in and wasn't let go until the end. I did find some places hard to read due to the usage of wrong words or the sentence flow was a bit hard to read.

    Brylee has the ability to talk to the ghosts within her home and they have the ability to manipulate the objects around the house causing it to scare Brylee and her family. In addition to figuring out what to do about the ghosts, Brylee has to deal with the death of a good friend and falling in love all at the same time.

    Once I got into this book, I couldn't put it down. I stayed up until the early morning hours saying, "Oh one more chapter." Before I knew it, the adventure was over. I'm now waiting to see what happens once I get to read book two. I think Christy Sloat did a great job. I give this book four **** stars.

    *I received a copy of this book for free in return for an honest review*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    This book was phenominal. Everything from the family background

    This book was phenominal. Everything from the family background to the brave main character! The love story between Brylee and Ephraim is so true and heartfelt. I can't wait for more.

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    The Brown House ,by author Christy Sloat .is a novel that cannot

    The Brown House ,by author Christy Sloat .is a novel that cannot be put down. We encounter Brylee, our main character, who is a young woman going through family changes and being uprooted from California to New Jersey, being as supportive to her family as any high school student could be. Soon we find ourselves immersed in her world, meeting new friends, realizing crushes and coming in close proximity with those who connect with her from beyond. Our heroine and her cohorts draw us in as we go through the ups,
    downs and thrills the Brown House presents.
    Not since the Twilight saga books have I been so interested in a story line and the aspects of “what happens next”. It is with great confidence and baited breath for a next installment ,that I undeniably recommend The Brown House to any Twi-hard fan or any voracious reader interested in a good book, that leaves you wanting more.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

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    Brylee is a brave and strong character. I know that I could neve

    Brylee is a brave and strong character. I know that I could never go through what she has to face when she moves to The Brown House. She's not stupid or unconcerned with her own welfare. She is afraid when former residents of the house visit her in spirit form, but her concern with helping them move on and to protect her family and friends overrides the scariness and she embarks on a quest to help the ghosts of the brown house. I was drawn into the story even though I am not a big fan of horror/ghost stories. I think anyone could read this book and would like it. I was surprised by the end of the book. I felt slightly unhappy and worried for Ephraim, but kind of happy that the events in the end will carry this story into another book and maybe more. Great job, Christy Sloat!

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