All her life, seventeen-year-old Chessie has had recurring dreams about a little white farmhouse. Quaint? Not quite. The house is the site of the unsolved murders of Villisca, Iowa, where eight people were slaughtered in 1912. With her parents on the verge of divorce, Chessie is stuck spending the summer with her grandparents in Villisca—right across the street from the axe murder house.
She’s soon hearing voices calling out for help and begins unraveling a link between herself and the town’s bloody history. And when she falls for a cute boy harboring a big secret, the pieces fall into place as she at last discovers the truth of Villisca's gruesome past…
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All her life, seventeen-year-old Chessie has had recurring dreams about a little white farmhouse. Quaint? Not quite. The house is the site of the unsolved murders of Villisca, Iowa, where eight people were slaughtered in 1912. With her parents on the verge of divorce, Chessie is stuck spending the summer with her grandparents in Villisca—right across the street from the axe murder house. She’s soon hearing voices calling out for help and begins unraveling a link between herself and the town’s bloody history. And when she falls for a cute boy harboring a big secret, the pieces fall into place as she at last discovers the truth of Villisca's gruesome past… This was a very enjoyable read. I was curious at what was going on. I wanted to find out what it was. I liked Chessie and David and Mateo. The way the blood and bodies and smell are written its like I'm there with Chessie. I loved the ending to.
i love everything about the way this story plays out. the paranormal aspects and the romance, it's creepy and swoony all in one go. there were moments where i found myself beyond creeped out by the thought of that true crime in villisca. even as rachel fictionalizes the story, she puts forth a theory that seems so plausible and real that it's enough to still give me the shivers. and then there's this sweet and fantastic romance that springs up between chessie and david. and it's just so dreamy. the atmospheric writing that imbues this book just really resonates and chessie has a wonderful voice. unlike other ya protagonists, she sounds like a teenager. and there's something about the immediacy of this story that makes it all that much more poignant and scary..
Once this story got started it was pretty good. Chessie has always had nightmares of the murders that take place in the same unknown house. Over and Over she dreams and now keeps them to herself in fear that her parents will again send her to a therapist. A trip to stay with her grandparents to Villisca Iowa; reveals that this haunting house is right across the street. Some interesting events happen when she calls GHOST911 and answers are revealed. Twists and turns, spirits, and a race to save lives keeps reader possessed to the end. "A copy of this book was provided by Entangled via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." GREAT STORY LINE!!
8 SOULS is a creepy thriller-esque fantasy that follows Francesca (Chessie), a seventeen-year-old girl whose parents are about to get divorced. In the process, her parents have decided that it would be best if she spent the summer with her grandparents in the middle of nowhere in Iowa. A city girl at heart, Chessie is not happy about going to such a small town. There are also her concerns about the house across the street. Across from her grandparents is an old, abandoned house where eight people were killed brutally about a hundred years before. Chessie has been seeing it every night in her dreams ever since she can remember. She knows this isn’t normal, but she doesn’t know why she sees it. As she is staying with her grandparents, more and more supernatural things seem to be building up. Chessie isn’t sure who she can trust or how to get help as she tries to figure out her connection with the house. Things evolve in ways I did not expect, and the ending was definitely a surprise. I do not want to say too much to avoid spoiling it, because this book is definitely a pulse-pounding page-turner. However, the reason I am not giving it more stars is not for the excellent writing (because this adds to the suspense very well) but for the plot holes, mainly in terms of timelines and clear connections. A lot of things are waved away by ‘just knowing,’ and this felt like an easy way to dispel the concerns. The timeline for events does not seem quite clear and full explanations of why things happened the way they did (in terms of the paranormal elements) are never really clarified. I would have liked a bit more backstory and explanations to go with things. In terms of the romance, it felt very insta-love, and I did not fully buy it. With everything going on, it felt superfluous/was not needed to fill this otherwise creepy and engaging story. I would have liked to keep it as just a thriller type book with a more solid plot. Regardless, it was highly addicting as a read, so I would recommend for people who like mysteries and thriller-like supernatural plots. The first half of the book does creepy insanely well. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Seventeen year old Chessie dreams about the old farmhouse every night. She learned to keep her mouth shut about her dream house when she was young; it turns out that telling people you have a recurring dream about a house where eight people were murdered can land you in a psychiatrist’s office. Chessie is spending the summer with her grandparents in Villisca, Iowa. They live directly across from the Axe Murder House, the farmhouse in Chessie’s dreams. ‘Villisca is known for murder. But other than that, it’s a cute town.’ The 1912 murders remain unsolved and haunt this small community. The townspeople are also on edge because some young girls have recently been reported missing. Soon after Chessie arrives in town she hears someone calling her name and asking for help, which wouldn’t be as scary if she wasn’t alone in her bedroom at the time. During the summer Chessie gets to know David, who’s cute but has a secret, and Mateo, a wannabe Ghostbuster. Chessie hopes they will be able to help her discover out what her connection is to the farmhouse and whether there’s any connection between the 1912 murders and the girls that are currently missing. “People are afraid of the devil when they really should be afraid of each other.” I got into this book straight away and enjoyed trying to figure out what Chessie’s connection to the Axe Murder House was and the secret David was hiding. If I were Chessie I would have gone straight to the library to check out what the historical records could tell me about the 1912 murders but that could have taken some of the fun out of this read. After the first round of reveals I was able to figure out where the book was heading, so wasn’t surprised by any of the subsequent reveals. While I can find predictable elements annoying in some books I didn’t have a problem with them here as it meant what I’d hoped would happen did. I would have liked to have gotten to know Chessie’s grandparents more but was satisfied with learning the backstories of other characters. There wasn’t as much banter as I’m used to in books that have a romantic component but, given the characters are dealing with unsolved murders from the past and missing children, it wouldn’t have been overly appropriate. Since it happens so infrequently in books, I’m always thrilled when book characters actually use the bathroom, so this book won realism points from me each time Chessie took a bathroom break. Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing, LLC, for the opportunity to read this book. I’m interested in reading more books by this author.