The Haunting Season

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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. Able to talk to ghosts, Jess quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects, who have their own “gifts.” One is possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart ...

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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. Able to talk to ghosts, Jess quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects, who have their own “gifts.” One is possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who 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. To escape, Jess and the others must open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that seeks to hold them in.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781477847930
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,430,964
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted February 16, 2013

    I fell in love with Michelle Muto¿s writing from the time I read

    I fell in love with Michelle Muto’s writing from the time I read the first chapter of The Book of Lost Souls, a fun YA paranormal book with a hint of romance, plenty of humor and a really nasty bad guy thrown into the mix. She broke my heart – almost literally – in her New YA paranormal book, Don’t Fear the Reaper, which begins when a grief stricken teen commits suicide. Neither book could have prepared me for The Haunting Season. It was terrifying, raw and gritty. I knew it was going to be scary, I had been warned, but this one still took me by surprise. In a very good, all be it very scary way. *shivers*
    There are several reasons why this book got to me. Not just because of the obvious horror supplied by the ghosts but more by the internal horror that each one of these young characters were dealing with. Lots of adults read a YA or New YA book and want to reach into the book and give the characters a ‘time out’. I’m the opposite. More often than not I find myself wanting to shake some sense into the adults. Let’s just say that The Haunting Season brought the ‘Mom’ out in me in a big way. I wanted to not only give the adults in this book a piece of my mind but I wanted to give each one of the kids in The Haunting Season a huge hug and try to erase all the hurt and doubt that had been laid on them. That’s nothing new though. Michelle Muto isn’t the only author who has brought out the protective ‘Mom’ gene in me, but I have to say she’s really, really good at it. In this case she was almost too good.
    Jess, Bryan, Allison and Gage were all gifted in their own way. Jess was the only one of the group that wasn’t terrified by that gift. She was actually upset that it had seemed to left her. Her reasoning was grief driven, but it was real. Bryan’s gift scares him because he doesn’t really understand it and it’s physically draining to use. Allison’s has tormented her in ways that she can’t explain or escape. Gage’s gift is as scary as it is heart breaking because the one time he really wanted to use it, it failed him. The really sad part is that none of these kids really have a support system. Their parents either deny their gifts, hold them over their head or in Allison’s case, just want her gone. They’re brought together to use their gifts as one to find out the secrets of the Siler house. It doesn’t take them long to figure out that the house has it’s own agenda and it’s not a good one.
    Beyond the horror, grief and pain the characters experience, the bond between them grew in the short time they were together. Granted, it wasn’t immediate, especially where Allison was concerned, but once they embraced it, there was no breaking it. Speaking of ‘bonds’ *blush* Michelle didn’t hold back in one particular scene between Gage and Jess. It was pretty much as intense as the rest of the experiences in The Haunting Season and I loved it.
    For all of the above reasons, including some pretty graphic violent moments, this book is not for younger teens. The kids in this book are 17 and older and that’s about as young as the audience should be. If you like horror with a twist of psychological terror, you’ll enjoy The Haunting Season. Just a suggestion – I’d read it with the lights on and if at all possible not in an 100+ year old house. And yes, this is the voice of experience. *shivers*

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    OH.MY.GOD I¿ve never been one to read scary books, watch movies

    OH.MY.GOD I’ve never been one to read scary books, watch movies or shows yes, but not books. Why you might ask, well I have a theory. My theory is no one, I mean NO ONE can scare you more than your own mind. Watching something there’s always clues when something is about jump out by the creepy music…when you read a book, at least when I do, my mind is already acting out the scene. I have to say Michelle Muto, BRAVO because I don’t get creeped out that easy especially when its ghost related, but you had me at the edge of my seat. I seriously could not put this book down and when I had to I got annoyed so everyone just left me alone. It is now midnight and I just finished it!!
    We all have our own beliefs on whether or not ghosts are real, but it doesn’t mean one is right or wrong. I am a believer based on experiences I’ve had dealing with the paranormal. Sometimes things happen that can’t be explained and I absolutely loved this book. I loved the characters even more. It flowed perfectly and can see myself re reading this book over and over. So what’s the story about?
    Well 4 teens are brought together for a ‘study’ on whether or not the house changes people and if they have supernatural abilities. Jess is the only one out of the four who truly wants to be there. She has hopes of seeing her father or grandmother’s spirits. Bryan has a different ability, one that I can say could come in handy in certain situations if it didn’t take a major toll on your body. Allison is a little different. You can’t help but feel bad for her because she practically lives in a nightmare. She comes off as insane at first but it turns out she’s the only one that’s been making the most sense. Then there’s Gage *swoons* his ability is mega creepy and I definitely wouldn’t want that. Jess and Bryan don’t mind being at the house, it interests them. Allison and Gage on the other hand, were forced to be there.
    “It was as though it harbored something she could only explain as an essence or soul.”
    What secretes does the house hold? Why is the government so interested in their abilities? Can a house really be alive? I don’t know about you guys but have you ever walked up to a building and get the creeps? It’s like it’s watching you so you look around trying to find the pair of eyes looking at you, but there’s no one there. It’s like those old time paintings where you feel like the eyes move when you do….CREEPTACULAR
    “I saw a man upon the stairs. I saw a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there
    again today, I wish the man would go away.”
    I love how Michelle wrote this book. It’s the perfect amount of suspense, creepy, and romance. That’s right there is romance in the book…well as romantic as it could get with it being dark and haunted. Sometimes LOVE knows no bounds and happens in the least expected place. Or maybe having a similar traumatic experience brings you closer…. Hell who am I kidding if Gage doesn’t make you swoon I don’t know what will! He definitely had me eating out the palm of his hand…
    “I told you I’d win your heart,”
    I hope there is more to this story. The ending was perfect and though I am perfectly ok with the way the story ended, I want to know what’s going on with the house now that it’s no longer vacant. I want to know if something follows the character’s home. I want to know if the government truly believes what they think happened or if their plotting…I mean after all it is the government. So Michelle Muto if you are reading this… I WANT MORE, kk thanks!
    Pick up your copy now! Like right now and then devour it and maybe possibly sleep with the lights on

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Great read!

    Four teenagers four different paranormal skills. They are brought together by a research group.Then taken to a haunted house for a month to study them. Things go wrong and now these young people are in the fight of their lives! This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and may keep you awake at night!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    I wish that they would list the number of Pages in the Book---ha

    I wish that they would list the number of Pages in the Book---have bought many that were less than 100 pages---if i am purchasing a book i want to get what i Paid for

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2013

    :-)

    :-)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    The Haunting Season is the second book I¿ve read by Michelle Mut

    The Haunting Season is the second book I’ve read by Michelle Muto. I really enjoyed the first book, Don’t Fear The Reaper, so I was eager to start reading this one. It’s not in the same series – The Haunting Season is a stand-alone.

    The plot is original, even though it vaguely reminded me of The Haunting. A bunch of teenagers are chosen as test subjects to live in a supposed haunted mansion for a month. In The Haunting, the premise was the same, but the execution is very different. Here we have teenagers, two boys and two girls, and each come with their unique sets of gifts. Now these gifts bothered me. I know it brought them together, but the ‘gifts’ in some cases weren’t gifts at all. Main character Jess can talk to ghosts. Or at least she could, before her Dad passed away. She’s desperate to talk to his ghost, but her gift fails her.

    Allison was once possessed by a demon and she’s frightened to let the demons in for another round. She was, by far, my favorite character. I wouldn’t have minded if the book was entirely about her, and Jess was a secondary character instead. Allison was, naturally, frightened at first, as she’s the only one who senses the truth about Siler House from the get-go. The others think she’s losing it, and Jess even gets angry at her once or twice, while I kept having this nagging feeling Allison was right and the rest of them were all big, BIG, fools. I didn’t like the way Jess treated Allison. Admittedly, she acts a little weird and probably a little creepy, but Jess was prone to overreacting and jumping to conclusions about her roommate.

    The two boys are mostly meh. Gage can raise the dead. Or at least, he could raise his brother’s dog from the dead, but he hasn’t been able to use his ability ever since. It didn’t work on his brother, and his parents will always blame him for that. The background story was interesting enough, but his character fell a little flat for me. Both boys did. They’re both interested in Jess because she looks ‘hot’ but never go beyond that. Bryan, the other guy, is convinced Gage will get her in the end because he looks better than Bryan does. All right, well, what’s with all the superficialness? I know teenage boys may tend to be a bit superficial, but I doubt that’s all there is about them. I enjoyed Gage as a seperate character, but not in a relationship with Jess. In my opinion, it didn’t work. Even Bryan would’ve been a better chocie. He seemed to fit better with her. Bryan can make things vanish. Once, he made his Dad disappear.

    While all characters have a background story defining them, and each had a distinct personality, I had trouble understanding some of their decisions. What I thought was great though was how Siler House had a personality of its own as well. The house was foreboding and threatening, even if the characters couldn’t see it, and it was a great example of a haunted house.

    I thought the story itself was great. It was scary, but not too scary because the group isn’t exactly defenseless against the ghosts. It did build up a bit fast though. It went from glimpse of a ghost to full-out scarefest. I like slower build ups in haunted house stories, but here it worked.

    I wouldn’t mind reading a prequel for this book, detailing Allison’s struggle with the demons. (Please, please, please?) I really liked her, and she was, in my opinion, the most interesting character.

    That said, there aren’t so many well-written haunted house stories for young adults out there. The Haunting Season is a great choice if you’re looking for a book in that genre, but also if you’re more into general paranormal thrillers, the book is an excellent read. I enjoyed it, and am looking forward to more books by the author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

    Are they cursed or gifted? Jess, Allison, Gage and Bryan posses

    Are they cursed or gifted?

    Jess, Allison, Gage and Bryan possess unique abilities which are incredible, terrifying and beyond anything natural or normal. Jess’s mother thinks she’s crazy. Allison’s entire family fears her. Gage’s parents resent that his gift wasn’t enough… And Bryan, well, he needs to be especially careful about what he wishes away.




    Unfortunately, for this crew, their family and friends aren’t the only ones who have taken notice to their exceptional paranormal aptitude. The four young men and women have been invited to participate in a study at the Siler House for an entire month during their summer break. What they come up against when they get there threatens to destroy them.  




    This book has everything for the serious ghost-hunter enthusiast.
    Ghosts….check!
    Demons….check!
    Spooky graveyard….check!
    A team of paranormal guinea pigs….check, check, check, check!!!!




    You get the picture, right?




    I visited the Sorrell-Weed House in Savannah, GA about a year ago as part of ghost tour. The house was old and cold and eerie and made my skin crawl even before the tour guide began filling us in on its spook-tacular history and frequent ghost sightings. The Haunting reminded me of this experience. I recalled how uncomfortable the environment made me feel and wondered how Jess, Allison, Gage and Bryan could have survived within the confines of Siler House for an entire month.




    Michelle Muto has done exceptional job in creating a suspenseful, action-packed plot and fantastic characterization. The characters in this story are some of the bravest, most selfless and persistent you will ever meet. Jess is my personal favorite. She's curious yet cautious. She has her own ghostly issues to iron out and doesn’t allow anyone stand in her way. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind even when her opinion may not be what others want to hear. She’s a risk-taker. Being a type-A personality myself, I identified with that part of her. 




    This paranormal tale of haunting ghosts and demons will leave you on the edge of your seat and peeking over your shoulder. It’s a thrilling and bone-chilling experience!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Great read. Enjoyed this one.

    Great read. Enjoyed this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    I wasn't expecting much for 99 cents

    But I enjoyed this one. Couldn't put it down after I got hooked and stayed up late to finish it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Ok

    A little long winded climax was slow and abrupt ending

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    A Haunting of Hill House wannabe, this book was extremely disapp

    A Haunting of Hill House wannabe, this book was extremely disappointing. The characters are all as developed and interesting as a cardboard cutout. The plot is derivative, and was really stretched out to fill a novel. It reminded me of how in the '90s, Saturday Night Live skits would be embellished and lengthened into full length movies with disastrous results. I seemed to be reading, and reading and reading and yet nothing was happening that couldn't have (and should have) been told in one fourth the time. If the characters were not so cliche and one-note maybe I could have gotten past that. The character of Allison was SO annoying it was truly difficult to continue the book, and at times I had to skip over her hysterical rantings. Spend your $2.99 on something else.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Great f Great read

    I cant wait to read he other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Really enjoyed it!

    I loved the pacing of this story and the writing painted a great picture for me to easily imagine this creepy setting. I thought the talents of each character were used well and it was an interesting/fun concept. If I had to critique anything as an opportunity for future books it would be character development. I didn't feel attached to what the characters were feeling 100% because I didnt know them well enough. I hope Michelle continues writing because ultimately I had a lot of fun reading this and will keep her future books on my list! - Vaughn

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

    I haven't read a great horror in forever, and this was one cree


    I haven't read a great horror in forever, and this was one creepy and terrifying read. The fact that I read this book during a thunderstorm, alone in the dark, only added to the scare factor, and I was constantly looking over my shoulder. It was brilliant.


    I'm a huge believer in the paranormal - ghosts, spirits, and the like, and Ghost Hunters is one of my favorite TV shows. This story was a chilling tale of the evil that lurks in the shadows, or in this case the mirrors. And even though this story was one of fiction, the fact that the things that took place in Siler House could happen in real life made it all the more terrifying. Anyone who has ever experienced anything supernatural will agree with me.


    The plotline was intriguing and quite similar to Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House; a group of strangers brought together for a paranormal experiment that quickly turns deadly. It was obvious from the beginning that something wasn’t quite right with Siler House, but I would have probably been as excited to explore it as Jess was, even with something sinister dwelling within its walls.


    I liked that the characters each had their own strange supernatural abilities, and it was exciting to watch them learn to harness their powers, although it was a little frightening along the way. The change in certain characters was subtle but still visible, and as the story developed, the darker it became. I could actually feel the shift as the wickedness of Siler House took over. Muto held nothing back. She allowed the darkness of this tale to seep into every page, every word, of her story, giving me everything I want and need from a great horror.

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

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    A great spooky story! I was totally CREEPED out!!!! 4 STARS Ful

    A great spooky story! I was totally CREEPED out!!!!
    4 STARS

    Full review on Books Unhinged Book Blog
    ~StacyHgg

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  • Posted October 26, 2013

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    Located in Savannah, Georgia, one of the most haunted cities in

    Located in Savannah, Georgia, one of the most haunted cities in the U.S., the fictitious Siler House provides an ideal setting for the scary, macabre story that unfolds in The Haunting Season.  Led by parapsychologist, Dr. Brandt, four teenagers, each with unusual paranormal abilities, participate in a paid study funded by a secret government organization by agreeing to stay in the infamous Siler House for one month to investigate the presence of supernatural entities haunting the mansion. Two of the participants want to stay in the house where they can test and enhance their abilities, one is there out of guilt, and another is forced to be there.  Jess, Allison, Bryan and Gage all have different motives for being at Siler House when they first arrive, but by the end, they are united in their efforts to survive and escape the evil that has imprisoned them. 

    I was engrossed throughout the entire book, not only by the tension-filled plot but also by the characters themselves. Each one has been touched by the supernatural and their backstories are sad, heartbreaking, and even shocking. When the house itself begins to exert its own powers, the characters begin to question themselves and each other as they become more and more suspicious about Dr. Brandt and the real reason for conducting the study. 

    The action centers around gruesome murders, malevolent spirits, séances, an antique Ouija board, and necromancy.  The story is fast-paced with lots of drama and a sensual romance between Jess and Gage that enhances the storyline but doesn’t overshadow the main plot. The intense outcome was not what I expected nor what I wanted but one I can accept. Muto does an excellent job with character development and, overall, wraps up the story well. However, I did want to know more about how some of the participants, especially Gage, resolved the conflicts with their families regarding the use of their supernatural gifts and am still not sure how family dynamics have changed since the characters have returned home. 

    I also think Muto leaves the ending open for a possible sequel. The characters have all been dramatically affected by their experience, and some of the conflicts don’t seem to be fully resolved.  Are these gifted young adults really free of this mysterious government organization that has been watching them?  

    With Halloween, approaching, The Haunting Season is a great read, especially this time of year. 

    I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review. 

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

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    I won this book in a contest, and at first was like, ok, cool. I

    I won this book in a contest, and at first was like, ok, cool. I like ghosts. But lately I haven’t read too many books that really center around them. I was somewhat expecting the run of the mill ghost story, no high expectations. I am so glad I won this book! Michelle Muto writes a great ghost story and I would love to have her come on a camping trip with my family if she can tell this kind of story around our campfire!
    The story is set in Savannah, in a big, old southern mansion with a sordid past. It has recently begun renovations, and strange things are happening. Dr Brandt offers 4 people the chance to stay at the house for a month to conduct an experiment. Of course there are 2 girls and 2 guys, as is the usual balance of characters. When everyone arrives at the Silar house, I was instantly drawn to all of the characters. I wanted to know everyone’s back story immediately. Of course, that would never happen in a good book. Each character has some sort of paranormal ability from seeing ghosts, to being able to raise the dead, and a few others in between. They all have some sort of traumatic event that happens in their past. I do wish there had been a little more detail given about each person’s abilities and personal stories, but there is enough given for you to get the point. For Jess, she sets out to prove to her family that ghosts are real, since they believe she just has mental issues. It was interesting to see the interaction between the characters evolve from the beginning until the end. In the beginning, Dr. Brandt is very interested in his subjects, writing notes at every possible chance. As the story goes on, his note taking is gradually reduced to nothing as the house begins to affect him. There is an underlying question as to who/what else is interested in the findings of this experiment, and their abilities, but I do think while it is touched on, there is not quite enough information or story to this part of the story line. There is a little bit of romance in the attraction of two characters, but it’s small part of the story, and is not overly graphic.
    Michelle Muto felt the need to include mirrors in this story. There is nothing scarier to me. Seriously. I am terrified of mirrors in the dark and I am always waiting for something to reach through and grab me. This element of the story really scared the crap out of me.
    They mysteries behind the house, and what happened there and to who are what kept me engrossed in this book from the beginning. I could not wait to see what was causing all the excitement. I want to say I couldn’t wait to finish it, but at the same time, I wanted the story to continue.
    I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good ghost story or mystery with easy to follow plot lines. I look forward to reading other books by Michelle Muto.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Amazingly creepy and fun!

    I had so much fun reading this book. The creepy scenes were spot on. Michelle painted the picture of the house so well, I felt like I was there. The characters were interesting and very real. I found the flirting to be charming and lots of fun. This was a great weekend read!

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

    Holy wow! What a thrill ride! I had to put it down at night beca

    Holy wow! What a thrill ride! I had to put it down at night because I had a mirror too close to where I tried reading lol. (after you read it, you'll never look at mirror's the same) This was a great YA thriller. Perfect suspense, amazing chemistry, the characters were so believable that I swore I was with them, and the plot was well thought through and flowed easily. You start off thinking ghosts could be sweet, but by the end, all ghosts/demons will scare the crud outta you ;)and I can't help but wonder where they "go" *shudder*.

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

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    The Haunting Season is a spin tingling tale about a group of you

    The Haunting Season is a spin tingling tale about a group of young adults who all have some affinity with the dead. The main character Jess, can talk to ghosts. The guy in the story, Gabe, can raise the dead. The group of four decide that they are going to stay in the old Siler House, but once they get in, the evil in the house does not want to let them go.

    Michelle Muto has written a truly suspenseful tale about death, the afterlife, and the inherent evil that exists in this world and the one beyond it. This gripping story will have you sleeping with the lights on and looking under your bead. With a whole lot of scary, a little romance, and things better left alone, The Haunting Season is a must read!

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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