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Frozen Charlotte

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It was hard to believe or trust any of the characters due to the constant change in plot direction and a case of unreliable narrator syndrome. I don’t read much horror either (I’m more of a psychological thriller kinda girl) but I really enjoyed this one! creepy and scary as fuck little 'Charlotte' dolls, Ouija boards, eye removing, ghosts, hauntings, and an EVIL sibling that will make you have nightmares. This book has become one of my all time favourites and I’m crazy about it… If you are craving a honest to god, creepy, scary book read this. On the YA stuff, I do feel it’s very important that reading and enjoying fiction stays healthy and strong among young people.

Then Jemima receives a box of Frozen Charlotte dolls from a mystery sender and she begins to remember – a seance with the dolls, a violent argument with her step-father and the inferno that destroyed their home. I've read other reviews saying this was a young adult novel, but I found the premise (and those horrible dolls! I loved that the book didn’t shy away from modern day technologies and that when Sophie and Jay did an Ouija board it was through an app on Jay’s phone. A spoiler section is found at the bottom which explains the ending for anyone who needs clarification. Check out Sleepless by Lou Morgan, also from the Red Eye series - the nightmare begins when you're awake.These dolls then inspired Alex Bell to weave this macabre story and I really like it when books use real elements in their plot, I feel it gives a little nod of authenticity to the tale. However things take a turn for the worse when Sophie starts hearing voices, the appearance of creepy frozen charlotte dolls and the fact that Lillie claims that Sophie wasn't the only person to arrive at the house (that Sophie dead cousin has followed her to the house). There were a few scenes in the book where I did actually find myself lifting my feet from the floor so that I wouldn’t imagine a freezing cold hand reaching out to my ankle. This book has everything, ouija boards, creepy dolls, ghosts, murder and an old house with a disturbing past. You might be expecting me to say at least a few more bad points about this book but I honestly haven’t been able to find any.

I really went into this story thinking 'YA horror, probably going to be a bit tame' but my goodness it really wasn't! It has a Ouija board (app), a ghost, evil dolls that want you to come be bad with them, and people that are not to be trusted. I think if I'd read this before the age of like, fifteen or so, it would've been a 5-star read, as my taste and expectations weren't quite as developed then as they are now.

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. Following the sudden death of her best friend, Sophie hopes that spending the summer with family on a remote Scottish island will be just what she needs. I loved that the dolls ended up being so tiny - it really just added to the atmosphere the author had created.

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