Welcome to the Dark House (Dark House #1) by Laurie Faria Stolarz

welcometothedarkhousePublished on: July 22nd 2014
Genre: Young Adult | Horror

What’s your worst nightmare?

For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.

By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run



Reading this book reminded me of Ten by Gretchen McNeil and And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. But this book is much different from those two. I love reading and watching movies where the characters are “accidentally” trapped in an unknown place. I love the idea of Welcome To The Dark House!

Welcome to the Dark House is more like a reality horror show. It’s like Saw but with a much more twisted and sinister scare. This book is about teens who received an e-mail from a “supposedly” acclaimed director of a horror movie franchise. The gits is they have to send an essay about their nightmares and the winners will get a chance to meet and see the director and get a behind the scenes look on his next movie! Yay!

The book started with Ivy and her nightmare. Ivy is a survivor of a crime committed by a serial killer. Sadly, her parents were killed but what’s more creepy about Ivy’s story is that the killer was copying scenes from horror movies! Yikes. There’s nothing much about Ivy’s character and also to the other characters. This is my problem about this book, this book has 7 pov’s and that’s actually good because you can see what’s happening around the horror house from different perspectives. Sure, the themes that surrounds their personalities varied from PTSD and body issues. But I had a hard time distinguishing their personalities. The only thing I can think of and remember while reading their stories are their nightmares.

It was actually entertaining when they got to the amusement park and have no other choice but to face their fears. This book reminds me of an episode of Criminal Minds whereas the counselor kills his clients based on their phobias.

Welcome to the Dark House left me a lot of questions. Who is the person behind all of the things that happened in the dark house? What’s her/his reason? How did Taylor (the one character who got away immediately) got away? It’s so suspicious that person behind all of these just let her get away easily, right?

The horror vibe is my favourite part of this book and I also loved reading the stories about the horror franchise. 3 stars because of that. Hoping for a much better characters in the sequel. Hopefully, Laurie Faria Stolarz doesn’t lose her power in creating this vibe that Welcome to the Dark House brought.



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