August 3, 2012

Doll House Tour: Review

Doll House
Author: Anya Allen
Genre: YA Paranormal/Horror/Fantasy
Release Date: July 2012

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Book Blurb:

She searches the wild forests for the remains of a friend who vanished there on a hiking trip. What she discovers is the terrifying answer to what really happened to her friend. 

And now there's no way back and no way out.

For fifteen year old Cassie Claiborne, there's only one good thing about moving from steamy Miami to the wild inland forests of Australia--the even wilder Ethan McAllister. But Ethan already has a girlfriend--Aisha Damaj--the girl with a hundred different moods a minute.

When Aisha goes missing on a hiking trip in the local mountains--presumed dead--the whole town points a finger at Ethan.

Cassie defends Ethan fiercely. She's just about the only friend he has left. But is Cassie letting her feelings for Ethan cloud her judgment?

Does something dark lurk out there in the forests? Aisha isn't the first girl to vanish there in recent years.

There's only one way to find out--go back to the forests.

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Doll House is a fast paced young adult novel that revolves around the horrors that the book's main character Cassie finds buried deep within the forests of Australia. Her friend Aisha disappeared in these woods and no one has seen her since, so Cassie takes it upon herself to try to find her missing friend and to help clear her crush's name. What really happened to Aisha in the woods that day? What are the secrets lurking in the depths of the forest?

I found this novel to be interesting with a unique plot. The characters were written fairly well, but didn't seem to be very original in their personalities or other characteristics. I thought that the action and horror parts of the novel were very well written and fit perfectly with the feel of the story. The truth that Cassie finds in the woods threw me for such a huge loop. It was seriously messed up (in a great way!) and I couldn't stop reading it. It had slowed down a bit in the middle of the book, but once things picked back up - I literally had to finish the book without stopping. This was one of the creepiest, weirdest, thrilling books I've read ever. And I absolutely loved it. I'm so excited that this is just the first in a trilogy - I have really high hopes for the rest of the books and I am now eagerly awaiting the second installment. I highly recommend this for people who want a creepy thriller!

Author Bio:
Anya Allyn lives near the beach an hour north of Sydney, Australia. She loves anywhere outdoors that is natural and wild. Or anywhere indoors where Black Forest Cake is on offer. She has four amazing boys and enjoys their energy and happy-go-lucky spirit, and wishes she could plug into some of that energy on days when her 'get up and go' has packed up and gone! She is a former Features' Editor/Community Manager for a media organisation in Australia. The idea for Doll House was born after a trip to the beautiful Barrington Tops region of Australia--sparked by places there such as Devils Hole, Ladies Well and Thunderbolt's Way.


  1. I absolutely loved your review of Dollhouse, Stephanie, and it's great being featured here on the very gorgeous A Dream Within A Dream!!
    I notice you're planning to write your own books in the future - let me know when you do as I'd love to have a read!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog Anya! I really enjoyed Dollhouse and I can't wait to read the next book. Thank you for your compliments about the site! I will gladly send you my book(s) when I complete them - it would be so awesome to have you read them!!

    P.S. You totally made my day with your comment! :)