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In the terrifying sequel to The Haunted, Hendricks discovers that even though Steele House is gone, the hauntings in Drearfield are far from over — and it’s up to her to stop them. Following the devastating blaze at Steele House, Hendricks and her friends are trying to return to normal. Prom is coming up and the school is in full preparation mode. Hendricks tries to pitch i In the terrifying sequel to The Haunted, Hendricks discovers that even though Steele House is gone, the hauntings in Drearfield are far from over — and it’s up to her to stop them. Following the devastating blaze at Steele House, Hendricks and her friends are trying to return to normal. Prom is coming up and the school is in full preparation mode. Hendricks tries to pitch in, to mimic Portia’s enthusiasm, but the events of the last few months still haunt her. Steele House. Raven. Eddie. Hendricks believes Eddie is still out there. She just has to find a way to reach him. Together with her friends, she forms a circle of seven and attempts to summon his spirit. Suddenly things start happening again. Flickering lights in the school library. Mysterious girls roaming the halls. The same song playing on a loop wherever she goes. It all culminates in a violent attack and Hendricks realizes what they summoned may not be Eddie at all. The one thing she does know is that Steele House was only the beginning. And whatever they’ve unleashed is more dangerous than anything they’ve ever seen before.


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In the terrifying sequel to The Haunted, Hendricks discovers that even though Steele House is gone, the hauntings in Drearfield are far from over — and it’s up to her to stop them. Following the devastating blaze at Steele House, Hendricks and her friends are trying to return to normal. Prom is coming up and the school is in full preparation mode. Hendricks tries to pitch i In the terrifying sequel to The Haunted, Hendricks discovers that even though Steele House is gone, the hauntings in Drearfield are far from over — and it’s up to her to stop them. Following the devastating blaze at Steele House, Hendricks and her friends are trying to return to normal. Prom is coming up and the school is in full preparation mode. Hendricks tries to pitch in, to mimic Portia’s enthusiasm, but the events of the last few months still haunt her. Steele House. Raven. Eddie. Hendricks believes Eddie is still out there. She just has to find a way to reach him. Together with her friends, she forms a circle of seven and attempts to summon his spirit. Suddenly things start happening again. Flickering lights in the school library. Mysterious girls roaming the halls. The same song playing on a loop wherever she goes. It all culminates in a violent attack and Hendricks realizes what they summoned may not be Eddie at all. The one thing she does know is that Steele House was only the beginning. And whatever they’ve unleashed is more dangerous than anything they’ve ever seen before.

30 review for The Unleashed

  1. 5 out of 5

    Angela Staudt

    Thank you Penguin Teen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Danielle Vega has done it again; she has made a thrilling book from start to the finish. Full of twists and chilling moments. I love how this takes place with the same characters from the first book, and we basically start right where it ended in The Haunted. I didn’t find this one as scary as The Haunted, but while this one lacks a bit of gore and horror, Vega makes up for it with a spectacular plotline! The Unleashed still take Thank you Penguin Teen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Danielle Vega has done it again; she has made a thrilling book from start to the finish. Full of twists and chilling moments. I love how this takes place with the same characters from the first book, and we basically start right where it ended in The Haunted. I didn’t find this one as scary as The Haunted, but while this one lacks a bit of gore and horror, Vega makes up for it with a spectacular plotline! The Unleashed still takes place with the Steele house and we get to know a lot more of its history. I think that in this book we get to see more character development, especially with Hendricks and her friends. I have to admit I had some “goosebumps all over my body moments” in her first book, but didn’t have that in this book. What I can say is that the ending was phenomenal. I was blown away and the epilogue made my jaw completely drop. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Danielle Vega’s books and I am so glad that this one lived up to my high expectations.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    This was soooo good!!! I loved the first book and was so excited to read this book and see what happened next with Hendricks & all her new friends. And I have to say this did not disappoint. This was just as good as the first book. These were the first books I have read by Vega but they will not be my last. I have a strong feeling she will quickly be one of my new fav authors. If you’re into teen/YA horror then please do yourself a favor and read these books!!!! This was soooo good!!! I loved the first book and was so excited to read this book and see what happened next with Hendricks & all her new friends. And I have to say this did not disappoint. This was just as good as the first book. These were the first books I have read by Vega but they will not be my last. I have a strong feeling she will quickly be one of my new fav authors. If you’re into teen/YA horror then please do yourself a favor and read these books!!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Fetters

    "A cold finger touched the back of her neck and traced down her spine. Hendricks yelped and spun around, one hand grasping for her neck. Who’s there? she shouted.... And then in her ear, the same raspy voice she’d heard in her room last night: He’ll be back for you." *Actual rating is 3.5 but rounded up.* Would you hold a séance to communicate with a dead loved one? Even though it could bring evil up from the ground? Danielle Vega brings fear to life as it gets overrun by evil spirits of the undea "A cold finger touched the back of her neck and traced down her spine. Hendricks yelped and spun around, one hand grasping for her neck. Who’s there? she shouted.... And then in her ear, the same raspy voice she’d heard in her room last night: He’ll be back for you." *Actual rating is 3.5 but rounded up.* Would you hold a séance to communicate with a dead loved one? Even though it could bring evil up from the ground? Danielle Vega brings fear to life as it gets overrun by evil spirits of the undead. Hendricks and her little gang of weirdos are back for round two. They just want everything to return to normal and move on but the darker side of life has other things in store for them. Hendricks just can't let go of Eddie. She believes that his spirit is still out there and wants to communicate with her. Instead of letting the past go, she gathers six friends to hold a séance to talk with Eddie one last time. But those things never go as planned. What she thought was going to happen, didn't and she brought forth a spirit that is out to get revenge. Violent attacks start to happen to not only her but her friends as well. Steele House was just the beginning of all of her haunted issues but now things get more dangerous. Will Hendricks and her friends stop this evil entity before it destroys them? This book was good but not as good as the first one. The Haunted made my skin crawl and made me feel uneasy inside of my own house. I just didn't feel that with this one. The spirits were darker and more violent in this one but that's not what I really wanted from a haunting book. I want that creep factor where I have to sleep with the lights on. And is it just me, or was Hendricks even more annoying with her puppy love attitude? The Unleashed was a good book and it left it way open for a third book. The ending had me wide-eyed with my jaw on the floor. Now I really need the third book because I have answers! If you're looking for a good spooky read for the season, this would be a great start. Just prepare yourself mentally before you hop on in because the water is cold.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    I loved The Haunted but this book is so badly in need of a good editor that I simply gave up.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Books on Stereo

    The Unleashed is the sequel to the The Haunted. After finishing the Haunted, I was a bit apprehensive about a sequel to a seemingly standalone book and I was correct in my apprehension. The Haunted does nothing to improve on the weak world building and character work while creating more questions than answers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    misskaelyn14

    So this wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be and definitely an improvement from The Haunted. Somethings that happened in the book was weird and dumb, but there was also a good amount of spooks towards the end. Overall 3.5/5 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    “Steele House was being rebuilt.” Trigger warning: This book contains mentions and insinuations of rape. Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is still reeling from the unfortunate events that happened 3 months ago at Steele House. Her friend Raven is in a coma and Eddie sacrificed himself for her. How is a girl supposed to go on and resume life as normal when that’s happened? Portia is talking to her again and Connor is willing to be just her friend, but she can’t get over Eddie’s death. So she does what an “Steele House was being rebuilt.” Trigger warning: This book contains mentions and insinuations of rape. Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is still reeling from the unfortunate events that happened 3 months ago at Steele House. Her friend Raven is in a coma and Eddie sacrificed himself for her. How is a girl supposed to go on and resume life as normal when that’s happened? Portia is talking to her again and Connor is willing to be just her friend, but she can’t get over Eddie’s death. So she does what any girl would do. She conducts a seance with the help of Connor, Portia, Ilana, and 3 of her classmates. But what they bring back isn’t Eddie. Eddie wouldn’t attack Portia, and he certainly wouldn’t contact Portia instead of Hendricks. Now, Hendricks has to figure out how to prove it wasn’t Eddie, figure out who--or what-- this creature is, and send it back to the other side. I have to be honest, I’m not a huge sequel fan usually. But this book made me reevaluate that. I love that it didn’t immediately pick off where the first book ended. While this doesn’t have as many gruesome scenes as the first book did, this book was filled with scares and creepiness. Recently, I’ve found it hard to read YA because I occasionally find it hard to identify with the characters, but I really like Hendricks and Portia. I also love that there’s LGBTQIA+ representation without making it be the main focus of those characters (just like in real life)! Danielle Vega is an amazing author and this book did not disappoint.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Bush

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I totally loved this sequel!! . Hendricks and her friends are trying to deal with the aftermath of the last book.. Eddie died, and Raven is left in a Coma. Hendricks has been trying to contact Eddie with no luck.. When she decides to try a seance to contact Eddie, something Evil comes forward instead.. When this thing starts attacking Portia and she thinks it Eddie, it really puts a strain on Hendricks and Portias friendship.. . Now the only way to stop this Evil spirit is to close the portal that I totally loved this sequel!! . Hendricks and her friends are trying to deal with the aftermath of the last book.. Eddie died, and Raven is left in a Coma. Hendricks has been trying to contact Eddie with no luck.. When she decides to try a seance to contact Eddie, something Evil comes forward instead.. When this thing starts attacking Portia and she thinks it Eddie, it really puts a strain on Hendricks and Portias friendship.. . Now the only way to stop this Evil spirit is to close the portal thats located underneath whats left of steel house.. Hendricks will need her friends to help her, but will it be too late? . . The way this ended way great! I really hope we will get more in this series!! Before I read Haunted the first book in this series I hadn't read anything buy this author. Now I definitely want to check out her back list 😁

  9. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Hunted was enough. The Unleashed - “ shivered me to death,, hearing owls and really didn’t give the promise of being hunted.” The promise of a wonderful book but very anticlimactic at the end. I do want to know, how to Vi get up when she wasn’t moving and I thought Hendricks wrist was broken or at least sprained? Finally why is Eddie Ruiz coming back and we can see him; I’m assuming he is getting power from Hendricks now but I thought it was closed off.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    4.5/5 Stars This was a great read! It dived deeper into the back story of Steele House, and I loved how the past directly connected to Hendricks in the present. I also loved all of the witchcraft that we saw in this book; as soon as she pulled out the tarot deck and crystals, I was all in haha! The only reason this didn't get a 5 stars is because of the prom scene. I just wanted more horror. Overall, this was a great book, and I will continue to read whatever Vega writes! * * *

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paige Hettinger

    UPDATE: mini-reviews up now!!! https://yabooksdaily.wordpress.com/20... mini-reviews coming so soon—will update when they post on friday!!! UPDATE: mini-reviews up now!!! https://yabooksdaily.wordpress.com/20... mini-reviews coming so soon—will update when they post on friday!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marlee

    A profoundly beautiful and effective sequel. It's been a while since I've been so affected by YA angst. Even though I love these characters, I hope there aren't any more in the series, because this is the perfect place to end things.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (Samsara Parchment)

    Goddess in the Machine, by Lora Beth Johnson, follows a young woman named Andra (short for Andromeda—badass, I know), who goes into a cryogenic sleep in order to travel with her family and other “colonists” to a new planet where they will set up a home away from Earth. But when she is woken, she is alone, in a foreign land, and it’s 1000 years later than when she was supposed to wake up. The current residents of the planet she’s on—who seem to have undergone a technological regression or a “dark Goddess in the Machine, by Lora Beth Johnson, follows a young woman named Andra (short for Andromeda—badass, I know), who goes into a cryogenic sleep in order to travel with her family and other “colonists” to a new planet where they will set up a home away from Earth. But when she is woken, she is alone, in a foreign land, and it’s 1000 years later than when she was supposed to wake up. The current residents of the planet she’s on—who seem to have undergone a technological regression or a “dark age” of sorts—don’t understand what cryogenic sleep is and think she’s a goddess. The teenager, who up until this point thought she was ordinary, finds herself plunged into an existence that couldn’t be more different from her former life—along with a bastard prince named Zhade, who makes her his reluctant companion in trying to buy his way back into his kingdom and save his people. If you’re a fan of YA fantasy novels, you’ll probably like this one—even if you’re not usually a huge fan of sci-fi. It reads a lot like a young adult fantasy. It may not be a lost princess story, but it’s a lost princess story. In this case, Andra is a goddess, but at its heart of hearts, it’s classic lost princess: she doesn’t know who she is, she comes to find out as the story goes on, she doesn’t know her own power, and it’s up to her to save the people. And of course, we’ve got a somewhat arrogant male companion in one of everyone’s favorite tropes—hate to love. Or at the very least, reluctant cooperation to love. Zhade actually reminds me of a more futuristic, more royal Jace Wayland/Herondale/Morgenstern from TMI (which means, of course, I liked him). Once Andra and Zhade make it to Eerensed, Zhade’s city inside a biodome, it also reads like a YA fantasy in a lot of ways as they spend their time in the palace with the current prince (who is called a “guv” in this rendition of our classic tale) and servants, and make their way through hidden tunnels under the city. It’s like a princess-y fantasy with touches of sci-fi as they incorporate futuristic technology and talk about space travel and AI. Toward the end of the book, it gets more heavily into the sci-fi and feels more like straight sci-fi, but throughout the novel, it’s definitely a sci-fi/fantasy blend. Andra as a main character is very likable. She’s relatable and feels super real, especially because she talks about her body and her own insecurities about it when she’s woken up naked and drowning in her cryo tank by a boy she doesn’t know and yet has seen every inch of her very exposed. It’s nice to see a YA heroine who isn’t described as flawlessly beautiful (though of course she doesn’t know it) and stick skinny and perfect, but is instead a real person like you or I with a real young woman’s body. Although the blurb makes it sound like it’s entirely Andra’s story, we actually get a lot from her companion, Zhade, as it alternates POVs to show us his thoughts and what he’s going through as someone who has been awake, and as the person who woke the Goddess in the first place. He knows Andra is in danger if she admits what she knows—that she’s not a goddess but a teenage girl—and needs to protect her not just for her own good, but for his intentions and goals, as well. And Zhade’s chapters are…well, interesting. Which leads me to my next point… The language of the novel. Johnson actually developed her own new and unique language for this book, which is a vision of what the English language might look like thousands of years down the road as it has developed and changed over time, as words get shortened or even entirely repurposed. I want to be clear, I think a lot of people are going to go crazy for this aspect of the book and will absolutely love it. For some, it will probably be their favorite thing about it. And also to be clear, I 100% respect the sheer amount of work and ambition that went into inventing this futuristic language for the author. I can definitely see why she did it—it’s natural to assume that as time goes on, language will continue to develop and alter, just like it did over the past centuries up until now. But I didn’t like it. I really found the newly invented language more distracting than helpful. It’s easy enough to get used to and after a little bit of it, you slip right into it, and despite the fact that it’s a very, very clunky language, you can easily discern (for the most part) how the words are being used and what the characters are talking about. But I found it distracting because my brain would get too busy dissecting the language to pay attention to what was actually going on. I’d find myself wondering why the language would have developed in exactly that way, or why they would use the word in that way, pondering the etymology behind it. I’d wonder why some words were shortened (like “certz” for “certain”) but others somehow became longer and more awkward (like “boyo” for “boy”), and then I’d have to reread the section because I got so wrapped up in that, that I missed what was happening. Some of it sounded like the characters were speaking out loud in lazy teen Internet slang (or at least someone’s interpretation of lazy teen Internet slang), which resulted in making the characters sound a little silly. I’d also find myself wondering why some areas of text were more heavily developed into the language, and others remained the same. Zhade’s chapters are entirely in the new language (not just his dialogue), but some sentences still slipped back into modern syntax, and then I’d wonder why that particular choice was made. Again, I definitely think other people are going to love this aspect of the novel and I respect the work that went into it—but it was not my cup of tea. What was my cup of tea was the fact that this novel is full of twists and turns that you will probably not see coming. Especially in the third act of the novel, things really pick up and there are so many twists and new discoveries and surprising moments, and I could not put it down because I had to know what would happen next! Overall, I’d give this one four out of five stars. The language took away from it for me, and it’s a bit of a slow starter, but overall, it’s interesting, it’s got a good plot, its main character is sassy and relatable, it has a cute love story, and I loved the more sci-fi, futuristic technology aspects of it that hearken back to old favorites like Alien or Star Wars. Despite its minor drawbacks, it’s definitely set up to have a sequel, and yeah, I’ll definitely be reading that one, too. This book is perfect (and I mean perfect) for fans of The 100 and The Final Six (me) for its sci-fi aspects and efforts to save humanity through technology and space travel, and also for fans of Cinder and The Lunar Chronicles series. In fact, it reminded me of Cinder in a lot of ways! (And has an equally beautiful purple-themed cover.) Definitely check it out if you’re into any of those books, or if you’re just looking for a fun read, or if you are looking for a good entry point into YA sci-fi—this would be an excellent place to start.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I have so many thoughts and feelings and none of them are positive LOL. I knew that I would feel this way after reading this book's predecessor, The Haunted, but here we are gang!  Hendricks is still reeling from the death of her boyfriend of 1 month, Eddie Ruiz, and is having the hardest time moving on from him for some reason. She decides that she's going to attempt to bring him back from the dead by performing a seance with her friends, and instead brings back a malevolent force hell bent on h I have so many thoughts and feelings and none of them are positive LOL. I knew that I would feel this way after reading this book's predecessor, The Haunted, but here we are gang!  Hendricks is still reeling from the death of her boyfriend of 1 month, Eddie Ruiz, and is having the hardest time moving on from him for some reason. She decides that she's going to attempt to bring him back from the dead by performing a seance with her friends, and instead brings back a malevolent force hell bent on hurting her and, in particular, her best friend Portia. Can Hendricks get over herself in time to stop the ghost? GODDAMN THIS BOOK. Knowing what I know about the first book, Vega is really asking me to suspend my disbelief that ANYONE would do this. I'm sorry, but if I have only known you for 1 month and we kissed and maybe banged once, I would NOT feel compelled to bring your ass back from the dead. Sorry! This would have made so much more sense had their relationship spanned a year or two, and we can get some character development, but no. Also we have desperate good boy Connor who is so in love with Hendricks and her non-personality it makes my head spin.  The big reveal at the end and the whole mystery of the ghost they bring back is so out of left field and not played out well at all. It just left me being like "wait what?" and "who?" and "why did that even matter in the grand scheme of the story?". The pieces that the story needed to make that make sense were not introduced soon enough, so it seemed like a cheap cop-out with a battle scene that made me honestly almost fall asleep from boredom. AND SHE ENDS THIS BOOK FOR SETTING UP FOR A THIRD BOOK HOLY CRAP. Here's another problem: why do main characters who are women not wear makeup? Why can't they? Why can't main characters who are women enjoy makeup? Is it because that would make them like other girls? Because we must remember that Hendricks is #notlikeothergirls. The mere mention of that pissed me off so much because it is CLICHED AS HELL! I hope you enjoyed my ranting and raving, I'll be reading the 3rd so I can rant and rave some more!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maxwell Ochman

    I loved almost every second of this book! There was a definite hole in my heart for something extremely gory and creepy, and Danielle Vega filled that so nicely! I had so much fun reading this book! Vega’s writing never disappoints when it comes to unapologetically bringing on the horror. If you’re looking for an author that will GO THERE with their horror, read anything Vega related. She is not afraid to make your stomach squirm! That being said, I did have two minor issues with this book. The I loved almost every second of this book! There was a definite hole in my heart for something extremely gory and creepy, and Danielle Vega filled that so nicely! I had so much fun reading this book! Vega’s writing never disappoints when it comes to unapologetically bringing on the horror. If you’re looking for an author that will GO THERE with their horror, read anything Vega related. She is not afraid to make your stomach squirm! That being said, I did have two minor issues with this book. The first one can be because I read an arc so maybe that’s why...? But every single chapter had anywhere from one to six editing mistakes (Sentences would be missing a word, have an extra word, words that were supposed to end in -ed were ended in -ing, that sort of thing). Usually I gloss over those types of things but they were so frequent in this book it became impossible. They might’ve been corrected in the finished copy, but this is just what I read so that’s all I have to go on. The second thing is something I noticed in the first Haunted book. There are a few occasions where characters say the cringiest, cliche lines that make me want to roll my eyes.Though since they’re only one liners and only about two or three of them that I noticed, and they didn’t really take away from the story so not that big of a deal. I honestly had a blast reading this despite those things. All in all, a wonderful, dark, gritty, gory romp of a novel! Great sequel to The Haunted showcasing the aftermath of Steele House and it’s affect on the characters. Loved that Vega was able to create a new threat in this book while tying in Steele House. We also get to see a slight bit more of Drearford high, though I would’ve appreciated if we got to see more of the creepy town itself, but I digress. A great read and another fun, horrifying time from one of my favorite authors! Fingers crossed for a book three🤞

  16. 5 out of 5

    Blu Enom publishing house

    Hey there, we have just launched our 1st gothic fiction on our own publishing house. name of the book : The Journey to Immortalism Language : English A book about sea adventures, bravery, friendship and the importance of forgiveness. About book : The plot concerns the quest of Philip Vanderdecken of Terneuzen in the Netherlands to save his father - who has been doomed to sail for eternity as the Captain of the Bewitched Immortalism Ship, after he made a rash oath to heaven and slew one of the crew whi Hey there, we have just launched our 1st gothic fiction on our own publishing house. name of the book : The Journey to Immortalism Language : English A book about sea adventures, bravery, friendship and the importance of forgiveness. About book : The plot concerns the quest of Philip Vanderdecken of Terneuzen in the Netherlands to save his father - who has been doomed to sail for eternity as the Captain of the Bewitched Immortalism Ship, after he made a rash oath to heaven and slew one of the crew whilst attempting to sail round the Cape of Good Hope. Vanderdecken learns upon his mother's death that there exists a way by which his father's disturbed spirit may be laid to rest, and vows to live at sea until he has spoken with his father face to face and accomplished this purpose. Vanderdecken sails around the world in a number of ships, in the employ of the Dutch East India Company, so that he can redeem his father by presenting him with the relic of the Holy Cross he wears round his neck. His quest, however, brings him into conflict with earthly and unearthly powers as the sight of the Flying Dutchman brings doom to all who encounter her. We are glad to inform you that we are doing One book review contest for it. About the benefits that you gain... @ If you want to tack part in contest send us reply of this message at Goodreads. @ You will get 90% off on book's purchase. @ Book's price is 2.59$ but if you will go through Contest you will get the coupon for 90% off (Available in all currency) so it'll just around 0.2$ only. @ After You read the book you have to do is Review at Goodreads. For more information Send us mail or message at Goodreads. Our site : https://www.bluenompublication.com/ Book's direct link : https://www.bluenompublication.com/pr... if you are interested just reply us as soon as Because limited readers can join. reply at :https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicole (FearYourEx)

    4/5 Stars Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC I tend to really enjoy Danielle Vega's books, I haven't read any under her Danielle Rollins name. But aside from Survive the Night (which I actually threw across the room because I was mad at the ending) I've liked them all and read them quickly. They're all really quick reads which is how I tend to prefer my thrillers and horror books. I just cannot read Stephen King style books. The Unleashed is the sequel to The Haunted and picks 4/5 Stars Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC I tend to really enjoy Danielle Vega's books, I haven't read any under her Danielle Rollins name. But aside from Survive the Night (which I actually threw across the room because I was mad at the ending) I've liked them all and read them quickly. They're all really quick reads which is how I tend to prefer my thrillers and horror books. I just cannot read Stephen King style books. The Unleashed is the sequel to The Haunted and picks up where The Haunted ends. Steele House makes a return and Hendricks and the rest of her friends have to deal with more paranormal happenings. I like how the story continued and the little twists that the author added.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This review is based on an ARC of this novel. Well let me just start by saying that this second book offered literally ZERO answers I’ve had since I read the ARC of the first book. This was a totally different storyline and I’m not sure I liked that. I wanted at least a little bit more. More addressing things from the first book, more solid backstory for this plot, more delving into Hendricks and her role in the story/town...just more. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked it and Vega is still a go This review is based on an ARC of this novel. Well let me just start by saying that this second book offered literally ZERO answers I’ve had since I read the ARC of the first book. This was a totally different storyline and I’m not sure I liked that. I wanted at least a little bit more. More addressing things from the first book, more solid backstory for this plot, more delving into Hendricks and her role in the story/town...just more. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked it and Vega is still a go to for cheesy paranormal thrillers. If this is all there is to the series I’m going to be seriously disappointed!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brandi Aga

    Vega, I love you so. Please don’t ever stop writing young adult horror. It’s my favorite! Vega’s take on paranormal is always so fascinating to me. You know it could never happen (I mean, maybe, never say never) but nonetheless I still turn those pages like they’re gonna disappear if I don’t read them fast enough. And that is why I will always grab her books! This book is the second in the series. You will definitely need to read the first, though these two books gave off totally different vibes Vega, I love you so. Please don’t ever stop writing young adult horror. It’s my favorite! Vega’s take on paranormal is always so fascinating to me. You know it could never happen (I mean, maybe, never say never) but nonetheless I still turn those pages like they’re gonna disappear if I don’t read them fast enough. And that is why I will always grab her books! This book is the second in the series. You will definitely need to read the first, though these two books gave off totally different vibes for me. The first one was more scary while this one gave me more.... Carrie vibes. Still great. Still want more. More Eddie. Please?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Felicia Allen

    I loved this one as much as the first, and it left me hoping for a book three in the future. Danielle Vega did it again, she has been the only author to scare me in over 13 years! In the aftermath of book one, Hendrix is trying to figure out if Eddie's ghost is still around. Her friendship with Conner and Portia is rocky at best, and Raven is in a coma. Hendrix gets everyone to help her perform a seance to try to contact Eddie and unleashed something evil. Amid ghost attacks and trying to figure I loved this one as much as the first, and it left me hoping for a book three in the future. Danielle Vega did it again, she has been the only author to scare me in over 13 years! In the aftermath of book one, Hendrix is trying to figure out if Eddie's ghost is still around. Her friendship with Conner and Portia is rocky at best, and Raven is in a coma. Hendrix gets everyone to help her perform a seance to try to contact Eddie and unleashed something evil. Amid ghost attacks and trying to figure out who or what was summoned, there is also prom. Something every normal high school looks forward to. What should be the perfect night turns into a nightmare real quick.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Heil

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Loved this book! I thought it was a great squeal to the original and defiantly scared me sometimes. But it did leave me with one question that I can't figure out. -Warning Spoiler- So in the prologue it starts with Samantha dying because she was running away from Justin's ghost. But we're then told the seance was preformed three months later. So I'm a little confused, was Justin's ghost already in the mortal world and the seance just made it official or was Samantha really just seeing things and Loved this book! I thought it was a great squeal to the original and defiantly scared me sometimes. But it did leave me with one question that I can't figure out. -Warning Spoiler- So in the prologue it starts with Samantha dying because she was running away from Justin's ghost. But we're then told the seance was preformed three months later. So I'm a little confused, was Justin's ghost already in the mortal world and the seance just made it official or was Samantha really just seeing things and he wasn't there yet? I can't remember if this was touched on in the book so I'm just wondering if other people knew the answer. Thanks!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lynndell

    Creepy and more complex than The Haunted! Hendricks is trying to get past the loss of Eddie with the help of her friends. She thinks that Steele House is destroyed and when strange things start to happen again, she hopes that it’s Eddie trying to contact her. An evil has been set loose in Drearford that connects the murders that have occurred in town over the past several decades. New terror builds on top of what Hendricks has already uncovered, creating a complex string of horrible events. Suspe Creepy and more complex than The Haunted! Hendricks is trying to get past the loss of Eddie with the help of her friends. She thinks that Steele House is destroyed and when strange things start to happen again, she hopes that it’s Eddie trying to contact her. An evil has been set loose in Drearford that connects the murders that have occurred in town over the past several decades. New terror builds on top of what Hendricks has already uncovered, creating a complex string of horrible events. Suspense, hold your breath terror and an unexpected ending, 5 stars!

  23. 5 out of 5

    The_Books_Music_Life

    Rating: 3 1/2 stars. I didn't even know this was going to be a series, and it had been a long, long time since I read the first book so I forgot a lot of what happened. I think I would have enjoyed the story more and not been as confused if I'd reread The Haunted first. But overall it was a good book. I didn't think the first book needed a sequel but here we are. Don't take it as I didn't like the book I did enjoy it, it just isn't one of my favorites.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lillian

    Thank you to Danielle vega for writing one of my favourite books. Everything about this book was perfect, and I’m so glad she decided to write a sequel. The ending had me in tears, and I’m overwhelmed with emotion. I genuinely have no words to describe my love for this book. I’m absolutely obsessed and hope that there’s a third one on its way ❤️

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angela Cuéllar

    We read the first book for the YA book club I'm in and now it's spooky season again so we're reading the sequel but omg I don't know what's wrong with me (though it's a definite plus for the author) but these books freak me out hahaha I'm only marking it as a DNF because it just gave me the chills and I'm not in the headspace for that stuff right now despite it being October lol!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    The story was pretty good, but the editing was bad. I was pulled out of the story many times from poor editing. What took the cake was during the a climax part Hendricks did one thing but then on the next page she wasn't even though it was vital to the story that she was still doing the thing. It pulled me out of it so strongly that I had to put the book down for a bit.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Michaels

    Listen. I wanted to love this because I will buy anything Danielle Vega publishes but honestly... I’m a little disappointed. I think back to how terrifying and unique The Merciless was and then I read this and it just feels half assed. Like, the writing actually kind of got worse. I’m bummed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Leaving some content warnings here so hopefully someone might see and be prepared, because I wasn’t: mental health and animal cruelty, animal death. The thing with the rabbit was really unexpected and upsetting and I cried when I read it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nikki McDorman

    Slow to start, but it picked up around the middle. Some good surprises. Just like the 1st one though, the final major twist was a little confusing; I had a hard time visualizing what was happening. Overall, not bad.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Wow. Terrifying from start to finish. I didn’t give The Haunted a good rating. But I was still curious to read the sequel. Dang. This was something. I couldn’t put it down. Just literally terrifying.

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