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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

REVIEW: Fountain Dead by Theresa Braun @tbraun_author @UnnervingMag

Fountain Dead
by Theresa Braun

Thank you to the author for this copy for review.


Publisher: Unnerving
Publish Date: November 20, 2018
Kindle Edition
187 Pages
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, YA

Mark is uprooted from his home and high school in the Twin Cities and forced to move with his family into a Victorian in Nowhere-ville. Busy with the relocation and fitting in, Mark’s parents don’t see what’s unfolding around them—the way rooms and left behind objects seem alive with a haunted past. 

Of course, Mark keeps his ghostly encounters to himself, all the while sinking deeper into the house's dark, alluring, and ultimately terrifying history. As romantic entanglements intensify, the paranormal activity escalates. Past and present come together. Everything is connected—from the bricks in the walls to the hearts beating in their chests, all the secrets of Fountain Dead are finally unearthed. 

My Review:

Teen angst. Check. Old Victorian mansion.  Check. Ghosts. Check. Two timelines. Check check!
I love YA novel and I love horror - combine the two and YAY for me!

I really enjoyed the two timelines.  I may have even enjoyed Emma's timeline best as she's a feisty woman going against the grain and basically being a bad ass.  Mark is living in teen angst - moving away from his best friend, who he has a crush on and is still discovering his sexuality.  I actually wish we had explored this a little bit more as I wanted to see where Mark went in his discovery.. but I'm also glad we didn't get too far into any type of romance in this paranormal story so... where's the happy middle ground here??  Ha. For this read that's under 200 pages, the author manages to get us in enough to feel for Mark and Emma and what their characters go through in their respective years.  However, I think things moved a bit quickly and I got a tad bit confused in a couple of areas but I think that has more to do with my own brain than to do with the writing.  

I definitely feel this is on the more mature side of YA novels, which I absolutely appreciate.  While the ending is a tad bit predictable, I do like how the two separate stories meld together and become cohesive.  Old houses are beautiful and I love the gothic feel... but dang do they creep me out and this story didn't help to alleviate any creepy feelings I have for them.

If you like YA, horror and paranormal, this is a good read to pick up.  I look forward to more from this author.


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