Review – Charlotte Says

35005611Title: Charlotte Says
Author:
 Alex Bell
Published by: Stripes Publishing
Publication date:  7th September 2017
Pages:  352, paperback
Genre:
 young adult, horror, paranormal, historical

The much-anticipated prequel to the bestselling FROZEN CHARLOTTE, a Zoella Book Club title in Autumn 2016.
Following the death of her mother in a terrible fire, Jemima flees to the remote Isle of Skye, to take up a job at a school for girls. There she finds herself tormented by the mystery of what really happened that night.
Then Jemima receives a box of Frozen Charlotte dolls from a mystery sender and she begins to remember – a séance with the dolls, a violent argument with her step-father and the inferno that destroyed their home. And when it seems that the dolls are triggering a series of accidents at the school, Jemima realizes she must stop the demonic spirits possessing the dolls – whatever it takes.

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I remember reading Frozen Charlotte back in 2015 – it was one of the first YA horror novels I’d read, and I absolutely loved it! I was delighted to hear that a prequel was being released, and was lucky enough to receive a copy at YALC this year; I read Charlotte Says in October, and ended up reading it in one sitting. Once I’d started, I knew I would not sleep until I finished, so I kept going until the early hours of the morning.

I’ve seen a few other readers comment that they didn’t find this book overly frightening, however as the type of person who has to peek through their fingers throughout horror films, I often found myself genuinely scared. I largely attributed this to the fact that the story is quite fast paced, with various horrors occurring at regular intervals. I was kept in suspense for the entire novel, and as a result of reading this book, my fear of creepy-looking dolls has increased significantly.

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YALC Haul | 2017

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This time one week ago YALC 2017 was just beginning (meaning that we are one week closer to YALC 2018, yay), and I have finally managed to put together a haul of all the beautiful books I acquired over those three magical days. The first couple of days were mostly ARCs from various giveaways and competitions, and then on Sunday, after having ogled all the books throughout the weekend, I finally bought some!

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