DNF Journal: The House by Christina Lauren

DNF Journal: The House by Christina LaurenThe House by Christina Lauren
Published by Simon & Schuster October 6, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Horror
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Beautiful Secret
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Gavin tells Delilah he’s hers—completely—but whatever lives inside that house with him disagrees.

After seven years tucked away at an East coast boarding school, Delilah Blue returns to her small Kansas hometown to find that not much has changed. Her parents are still uptight and disinterested, her bedroom is exactly the way she left it, and the outcast Gavin Timothy still looks like he’s crawled out of one of her dark, twisted drawings.

Delilah is instantly smitten.

Gavin has always lived in the strange house: an odd building isolated in a stand of trees where the town gives in to mild wilderness. The house is an irresistible lure for Delilah, but the tall fence surrounding it exists for good reason, and Gavin urges Delilah to be careful. Whatever lives with him there isn’t human, and isn’t afraid of hurting her to keep her away.


It truly, truly pains me to do this. I’ve really enjoyed every title I’ve read by the fun and fab duo that is Christina Lauren. Until now.

I made it to just shy of the half way mark in The House, but I struggled up to that point.

The characters, like all Christina Lauren characters, were fun and quirky. They were not my problem.  My problem was the house itself.

At first, it just seemed a little silly. It certainly wasn’t scary or even mildly creepy.  What the house does in regards to Gavin (I’m being vague, as to not give anything away) was over the top, for me. It felt almost middle-grade.

That was were my biggest problem came about. Having an element in the story that was so very young, coupled with a developing relationship between Gavin and Delilah that was quite mature…was a miss for me.  I didn’t get it.  You have two seventeen year old characters, each making suggestive comments and thoughts that are very much in line with how most teens of that age would act, yet they are thrown into this world that didn’t fit. 

I mean, I just can’t go from a character thinking about his girlfriend naked and waiting for him in his bed to the character asking said bed to grow bigger for him…and it doing it, like and enchanted item in Beauty and Beast’s castle.

My brain just doesn’t function the way it needed to in order to enjoy The House. *insert huge sad face here* I was really excited for this one and am, unfortunately, disappointed it didn’t work out. 

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About Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced eleven New York Times bestselling novels including Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Player, Sweet Filthy Boy and Dirty Rowdy Thing. Their books have been translated into 25+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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