After moving back to her hometown after 6 years, Delilah
didn't expect to feel just as strongly, if not more, about
her childhood crush, Gavin. Something about him draws
Delilah completely in, and vice versa. As the two discover
how well matched they are, Delilah discovers that the
strange house Gavin lives in is more than a little spooky,
maybe even deadly.
Having love Christina Lauren's previous YA, SUBLIME, I was
excited for THE HOUSE. This novel completely lived up to my
love for their other YA book. The chilling atmosphere of the
story combined with the lush, sexy romance pulls you so far
into the story that you feel like you're in House as well.
The writing is absolutely beautiful in a dark, edgy fashion,
and I am loving Lauren's penchant for stories that are a
little weird and strange, in the best way.
Though the romance happens quickly, the chemistry is
undeniable with Delilah and Gavin. Readers who steer clear
from insta-love (as I sometimes do) shouldn't be worried.
While their connection is fast, the two openly discuss how
they still have much to learn about the other, and they
spend a great portion of the book doing just that, along
with having seriously scorch-worthy kisses. I can't imagine
not rooting for them the whole way through.
The House itself, referred to as House, is creepy and
exciting. I love the twists around it and how much
personality House has. However, though there is an
explanation for why the house is 'haunted,' I wish there was
more information on why the house loves Gavin so much.
I had a hunch after I finished SUBLIME that I would want to
grab every YA book Christina Lauren writes, and THE HOUSE
sealed the deal completely. The combination of the unique
atmosphere and the somewhat reckless but always powerful
romance make THE HOUSE a book I will always want in my own,
not haunted (hopefully), home.