An abandoned mansion, deep in the woods. A dollhouse, filled with life-sized toys. A doorway into other realms. And girls who keep disappearing... When Cassie’s best friend, Aisha, vanishes during a school hike, Cassie sets off with Aisha's boyfriend and their friend Lacey, determined to find her. Instead, the three teens fall into a carefully-laid trap—deep into the surreal nightmare and dark secrets of the Dollhouse. Now, Cassie must uncover the mysteries of the Dollhouse…
Well wow!! This book was creepy & delicious for sure. I haven't read a book with this "creep out" level since Katie Alendar's Series.
In the beginning of this books it seemed just like a search and research book with a little romance...something like a contemperary..but about halfway through you learn that there is sooo much more going on: ghosts, circus paraphernalia and creepy weird people...and of course dolls and toys. I know, scary as crap right. lol
As far as characters, My fave would have to be Lacey. I think i can relate to her the most. She seems the most sensible to me. I like Cassie & Missouri next because they are strong. Id have to say that i like Aisha the least. She just seems whiny and childish to me and i dont like it. I am not sure yet about Jessamine or Ethan. They both have a shroud over them and its really hard to tell if they can be trusted or not. I certainly don't like Henry...Frreeeaak. All the characters were written very well. They were deep, unique and well defined.
As far as world building and setting, i think the author did an awesome job. She is very descriptive in the writing without the "info dump" feeling. I could clearly see most of the scenery pretty easily in my head. I was pretty scared on some parts, but awesome none the less. I'm not sure if this is the author's first book, but it is very well written.
Overall, i would def recommend this book to anyone who enjoys creepy books. It's an awesome books and i found no flaws at all. It's pretty safe for all YA ages since it only contains very vague references to sex, drugs, drinking, but nothing direct.
I'm an avid reader and love most all books, but my favorite genres tend to be mystery, adventure, science fiction and classics. Genres I tend to shy away from include romance, contemporary fiction and chick lit. If I’m not actually reading books, I’m probably at work shelving them at my local library.