Title: House on the Hill
Author: Gwen Selix
Genre: Paranormal/Coming of Age
Release Date: February 28, 2016
*Trigger warnings* Though young adult this book is recommended for 16+ This book deals with suicide attempts and tough home lives.
To the outside world, Rebecca seems like any other teenager; she has a simple home life, two parents, average grades in school, and doesn’t have many friends. Rebecca learned at a young age how to hide everything with a smile; smile and no one asks questions. But her home isn’t as the world sees it… at home; she lives in her own personal Hell. Every day she has to face the Monster, as she calls him, he rules her house, taking the abuse every day until one night she make a mistake that will keep her from returning home. She finds the house, the boy, and the possibility of a better future. Will she take the chance at a better life? Or will she return to the Monster?
Rating: 4 Stars ✰✰✰✰
House on the Hill by Gwen Selix is stand alone novel about a group of troubled kids who are drawn to a house and together start a new family as they come to terms with the things that happen to them in their past.
Rebecca lives in an abusive home. Her Father hates her and her mother is indifferent. It seems like the only use she has for them is to clean the house and run the errands. One night her father sends her out to the store only she can’t get what he needs. She is too scared to go home and instead finds herself wandering around at night in the rain. Until she sees the house on the hill. It calls to her and she has no choice but to answer.
This was an interesting story. Each of the kids that live in the house have a sad story. They are each lost in their own way. The house calls to them so that they can come to terms with what has happened to them and move on from it.
There is a twist though. When they battle their demons, they ascend and become guardians.
I have never read a book quite like this one. At first it seems like your typical story of a runaway who finds a group of kids like herself where she belongs. But then there is a supernatural twist to it. And then that twist even takes a twist. It definitely kept me guessing and continuing to read.
There is instalove in it as well but it was done tastefully and is very PG rated. There is adult content though that could cause problems if you have sensitivities to certain content. Like I said, the children in this story all have troubled pasts.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read!
About Gwen Selix:
I am a 29 year old lady from the United States, but dreams of living in London, Paris, or NYC.
I have been dreaming of being a writer since I was a small child. I picked up my first novel when I was 3 years old and I have been reading since. I knew from time I read my first Boxcar Children book that I wanted to be a writer. I wrote Poetry in High School and on several occasions had it published. When I was a Senior I told my parents I wanted to be a writer, but I was told it was dying art and that I should just give up and pick something more practical. I went to college and studied ASL *American Sign Language.*, It wasn’t until 2011 when my Grandmother got sick that I started writing again. I started off with a Harry Potter Fanfiction and I wrote under Gwen Malfoy. It was after a lot of support from my Husband and best friend that I started writing again. Once I did I knew I was picking the right choice for my life.