Welcome To The Dark House by Laurie Faria StolarzWelcome To The Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Welcome To The Dark House

byLaurie Faria Stolarz

Hardcover | July 22, 2014

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What's your worst nightmare?

For Ivy Jensen, it's the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it's bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it's their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake's latest, confidential project.Ivy doesn't even like scary movies, but she's ready to face her real-world fears. Parker's sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It's bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere withthisgroup-the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; "Mister Sensitive"; and the one who's too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.
By the time Ivy and Parker realize what'sreallyat stake, it's too late to wake up and run.
Laurie Faria Stolarz(www.LaurieStolarz.com) is the author ofDeadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games,Deadly Little Voices, andDeadly Little Lessons, as well asProject 17;Bleed; and the highly popularBlue Is for Nightmares;White Is for Magic;Silver Is for Secrets;Red Is for Remembrance; andBlack Is for Beginnings. B...
Title:Welcome To The Dark HouseFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.12 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 6 × 1.12 inPublished:July 22, 2014Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423181727

ISBN - 13:9781423181729

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Teen Read Although I am not a teen, and didn't realize this was a teen book when I took the ebook out from my library, I loved this book! I asked for the sequel for Christmas. I can't imagine having to face my worst fears like these teens had to in this story.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read This book wasn't quite what I was expecting but it was still a good book. Although it wasn't very scary.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enchanted Book Nook Review My Review: What is your worst nightmare? Ivy, Parker, Garth, Natalie, Shayla, Taylor, and Frankie sent in essays to the Nightmare Elf in hopes of meeting the great horror director Justin Blake. But first, they must face their worst nightmares, and things become deadly. This was an okay book. It I don’t know I expected when I started reading it, but this wasn’t it. The entire book read like a horror movie (which I love those don’t get me wrong), but everything seemed so impersonal. You don’t get to know any of the characters at all or see any type of back story or growth (which you actually do get from some horror movies). Ivy, is the only character you get to know on some level, she’s almost the main character if you will. But there’s so much mystery surrounding her and everyone else, I didn’t feel as if I connected at all to even her. Once the characters died, that was it, nothing more is heard from them. Then, the flow of the book just didn’t seem right. Typically, I’m a fan of books that switch to different POV’s with each chapter. However, with this book, it didn’t feel right. None of the chapters seemed to follow a pattern, like Ivy, Parker, Frankie, Shayla, Garth, Natalie, in the same order each and every time. Instead, the order would change up, maybe it’s my OCD that didn’t care for it. But it was very difficult to remember who was who with all the different POVs and none of them following an order. I give props that this book touched on subjects such as body image issues, self harm, etc. Unfortunately, nothing that addresses those subjects ends well. I’m undecided if I actually want to continue this series. On the one hand, I am curious to find out more about the man who murdered Ivy’s parents (if it is who I think it could be), and to get Taylor involved, and have some questions (hopefully) answered there. But then again, I could really take it or leave it. The story was not so compelling that I have to get my hands on the next book. Plus, I really hate to waste more money on this series if I’m not totally in love with it. Positive Elements: Ivy is on a quest to heal herself, and learn from horror movie fans. Negative Elements: Natalie and her brother Harris are the result of an affair, an their parents treat Natalie terrible. Natalie up and left without telling anyone were she was, prompting everyone in her family to be extremely mad with her. Garth has an extremely dark personality, he’s super obsessed with blood e.g. he loves to sniff and-or touch people and tell them what blood type they are (this could disturb certain readers), or when he asks his roommate what color blood is, and asks him if he’s ever cut himself just to watch it bleed (again can be disturbing to some readers). Garth asks his roommate if he (Garth) can cut his roommate open to see what color his blood is. Garth has killed animals in the past, and is very proud of that. Garth and Shayla, and Ivy Parker spend the night together, although not much happens. You have your swear words such as a**, s***. Spiritual Elements: Ivy’s foster parents used to be hippies and have named all of their children after something found in nature. It was mentioned that Natalie volunteers at her local church. Harris says a prayer of Natalie. Shayla is haunted by her deceased best friend . God’s name is misused throughout the book. Other Thoughts: Ivy’s parent’s killer, plays musical scores from famous horror movies such as Halloween, that’s pretty awesome it’s my favorite horror film, and it was nice to see a nod to it.
Date published: 2015-06-27

Editorial Reviews

"A funny, yet poignant book. The author demonstrates the ability to identify with today's teen experience, portraying the accompanying behavior and language realistically."-School Library Journal