by Teri Polen


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ISBN-13: 9781612967912
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication date: 11/28/2016
Pages: 190
Sales rank: 1,291,941
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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Sarah 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't been this pulled into a book since I read girl from the well and the sequel the suffering. I was immediately pulled in and read the whole book in one day which is rare for me now. Definitely worth the read. Can't wait to recommend it to my friends
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We should all have a best friend as loyal as Finn and a pet as brave as Eby. Great read. I'm not sure that I will turn off the lights when I sleep tonight.
BCarol More than 1 year ago
Sarah brings back your fears as a child that have been repressed and perhaps forgotten, it makes them real again and chills you to the bone. Sarah is very well written and worthy of consideration as a movie plot. I noticed that the author left open the possibility of a sequel and look forward to reading it.
ScifiandScary More than 1 year ago
Teri Polen's Sarah is a pleasingly creepy young adult horror. Fans of Supernatural will be delighted with this book. If you've ever watched any of those typical high-school rom-coms/dramas where guys make a bet to trick a girl, and boo'd at the screen, you'll enjoy Sarah. It's a twisted take on a classic plot that will make horror fans cheer. This is the version they were waiting on. Cain and his best friend Finn are good kids that both have their heads screwed on straight. Cain took on a lot of responsibility after his dad's death, and that definitely made him grow up a bit. Finn, too, has had his share of problems. They could be the male version of Mary-Sues, if Polen hadn't written in some believable flaws. But they're not perfect, and that makes all the difference. Quick tempers, wicked tongues, and Finn's desire to needle every one around him means that at any given time, someone's probably thinking about punching him. Or Cain. Or both. The rest of the characters are appropriately likable or detestable. Except for Lindsay. She's a bit of a non-entity. I liked that the author made a few salient points in Sarah about the mindset towards sexual assault. There was more than one conversation or interaction when I just sat back in my chair and sighed after reading it. It was utterly realistic. Teenagers are, as a rule of thumb, very selfish individuals, and it seems like jocks in particular excel in this. They think they can get away with anything, and/or that the world revolves around them. It's behavior that's either never corrected, or not corrected until it's too late. Hasn't recent events proven that if a boy can score several touchdowns per game, who cares how many girls he assaults, right? We all know they were asking for it anyways. Or if adult males make enough money, they can do anything they want to girls, because they believe they are more important than the girls are. And these types of beliefs are constantly getting reinforced in today's society. It's disturbing and disgusting and Teri Polen shows the reader a path to douchehood that hundreds of young men start down every day. I did, however, have one huge problem with Sarah. Sarah, herself. Well, her dialogue to be specific. For the most part, I liked her. I liked seeing the change. I puzzled over what, exactly, was going on with her. Yes, I thought she was vengeance-crazed ghost thing, but she was a fun vengeance-crazed ghost thing. Until she opened her mouth. Pretty much every time she started talking, it was like someone just hit the 'off' button on my interest in the story. I understand that her background means that we could expect a certain amount of dialogue that seemed unusual for her age range. I was fully willing to accept that. But Sarah presented with lines that went between disturbingly formal and super-villain monologue. Luckily, her talkative scenes appear in bursts, so for most of the story it's really not an issue. Sarah is a book that takes a bit to get going, but overall it's an easy, enjoyably creepy read. I was definitely hooked fairly early on, and read the book in two bursts over two days. It comes in at just under 200 pages, so it's not something that demands a lot of your time. If you like horror, but don't like it too gory or scary, this will probably be a great choice. Teri Polen did a pretty solid job. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.
StephSMI More than 1 year ago
I prefer horror stories of the creepy variety, and that’s exactly what Teri Polen has given us with Sarah. The novel gets creepier and creepier as Sarah’s ghost gains power, morphing from shadowy victim to gruesome and merciless avenger. At first Sarah uses Cain to gain strength. Then, after she starts exacting her revenge, she forces him to bear witness both to what happened to her and how she makes each of her murderers pay. But there’s more to the novel than the creep factor. Sarah also contains a lot of humor and a lot of heart. Cain has a realistic narrative voice, with an endearing, self-deprecating sense of humor. His friendship with Finn reads true—from their smack-talking dialogue to their almost brotherly commitment to one another: “I got your back, you got mine, right?” And both boys are equally committed to Cain’s seven-year-old sister Maddie. Cain loves reading to her at night, and both he and Finn would protect her with their lives. The story also has an element of romance. Cain is drawn to sweet, smart Lindsey, who shares his love of horror movies, but in order to date her, he has to overcome his inability to break up with popular, self-centered Erin. Sarah’s ghost plays a surprising role here. In some ways, Sarah is a morality tale about the consequences of our actions, the dangers of thoughtless selfishness, the monsters we create when we fail to treat others with empathy, and the way evil grows, creating more evil in its wake. Sarah is a well-written, entertaining read that I recommend to horror fans and YA fans alike. Even if you aren’t sure horror is your thing but like mystery and suspense, give this book a try. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and look forward to future work from Teri Polen. I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
jonereb More than 1 year ago
Cain is a typical teen with a loyal friend named Finn and a fashionista girlfriend named Erin whom he’d like to ditch if he could only find the courage. Life in mom’s new house is a bed of roses except for the fact that the door to the attic, accessed through his bedroom, keeps swinging open in the middle of the night without reason. Or maybe there is a reason. A strategically placed camcorder captures a haunting figure in his bedroom as he sleeps. Is this the ghost of a girl killed while the house was under construction? Mom is a realtor and knows the story of the girl, but doesn’t believe in ghosts. After a soccer incident leaves Cain hospitalized with a concussion, he tries to return to normal activities, but nothing seems normal anymore. That’s good and bad. Out with the fashionista. In with Lindsey. She’s more Cain’s type. Enjoys horror movies. Isn’t a loudmouth shopaholic. Pushes all the right buttons. Strange things begin happening to Cain. He verbally attacks Erin in a crowded hallway at school; he ‘spies’ on the football team as they practice—but he doesn’t remember any of this. It’s as if someone is controlling his body against his will. Fortunately, Lindsey’s Aunt Mona, has spiritual powers and… Well, I’ll not say too much more for fear of revealing the plot, but suffice it to say that Sarah is a good old fashioned ghost story with contemporary characters, events, and surroundings. It’s billed as a YA, but this 50-something year old male liked it too. I love author Teri Polen’s writing style. She reminds me of John Saul—only better. In fact, I’ve already added her to my ‘favorite authors’ list. Even when the story reaches a pivotal storm, her sentences flow like a breeze and tell the tale without wasted verbiage. From cover to cover, the dialog is natural, unstilted. I can actually hear Cain and Finn engaging in conversation, see Cain’s face grimace at Finn’s stinging humor and cover my ears at Erin’s shrill voice. I think I went to high school with these kids. If you’ve ever seen a movie called The Ring, you’ll enjoy this novel. It’s just as creepy and every bit as haunting because you get to experience Sarah up close and personal. Sleep well. Occasionally in life, we get lucky. One glorious day in October, I happened to be in the right place at the right time and received a complimentary advance copy of Sarah in exchange for my honest opinion. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I LOVED this book! It was right up my alley. If you like ghost stories, you’ll LOVE Sarah.
DarqueDreamer More than 1 year ago
Sarah was a refreshing take on YA and ghost stories. With an emotional story line, and strong characters, it was gripping from the beginning! It was creepy and hard hitting, and definitely stuck with me. I knew the moment I saw the cover, and read the synopsis, that I had to check out Sarah! I was not disappointed. It had a nice mix of creepiness to go along with the strong plot line, and very well-developed characters. It was refreshing to read a young adult book from the perspective of a teenager boy that cared so much about his family and friends. Cain was definitely not the typical hormone driven male. He had a lot of character and added depth to the story. I loved getting the story line about Sarah and her death. It almost made her quest for vengeance feel a touch justified for what she went through. It was definitely interesting, and a bit creepy, to get the haunting and possession bits, and I thought it was unique to get the interaction between her and Cain. I also really loved getting to know Cain’s cat, Eby, and his little sister, Maddie. Both of those characters added a little extra to the story. Maddie added a layer of innocence and curiosity, and Eby added a layer of realism with his behaviors and mannerisms, and reactions to Sarah (plus I adore cats). Overall, it was a satisfying read. Though it could have used a little more horror, and a little polishing, it was engaging and creepy, and kept me entertained. There was a little predictability to it, but the shocking moments made up for that. And, that ending! Whew! 3.5 stars.
Patrick Sapp More than 1 year ago
It was fun. The characters were the best part. Finn reminds me of myself, at any age.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Cain is just a normal teen boy until he comes to realize that he is being haunted. He finds out from his mom that some unsavory things had happened in their new house while it was being built. Now his questions are being answered when the ghost of Sarah Butler begins to show herself to him in different ways. She turns from a ghost needing help to one that is out for revenge. She becomes dangerous. Now it is up to Cain to save his family, friends, and himself. This book was really really good. It was very spooky and kept me on the edge of my seat. I am all for a good ghost story and this one was a great one. The story was very detailed and was so real that I felt like I was watching it play out on a big screen. Honestly, this book would make a great horror movie. The characters and story line were so detailed and intriguing that I hated to put this book down. Sarah is a ghost that not only haunts you but can scare you. This was definitely the best ghost story I have read in a long time. I loved Cain and Finn and the great brotherly type friendship they share. Finn made this book funny at times. He was a great character. Now the ending was a big shocker! It was one I did not see coming, but left this reader on the edge of my seat and hiding under my covers :) This was the first book I have ever read by this author, but I promise it will not be the last!