The Brown House

Rated 4.69/5 based on 15 reviews
Brylee Branson has no choice but to seek help to unlock the secrets of the place she now calls home. But some secrets should never be revealed. Can the teens find a way to release the spirits imprisoned within the walls of her new home? Or will the curse claim them, too?
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Published by Anchor Group
Words: 78,360
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476078908

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Review by: Kristi Fortenberry on June 14, 2013 :
Oh.... My.... Goodness!!!!! I could not put this book down!!! I literally read this book in a few hours, because I was so intrigued by the story line and had to figure out what happened to Brylee and her friends!! The Brown House has teen love, suspense, and had me questioning the dark!

Brylee's parents move her from sunny California to New Jersey. She is trying to adapt to a new place, make new friends, and deal with some interesting events taking place in her new home. She quickly learns that the people that live in her new town believe her house to be haunted and that the ghosts have run all of the other buyers away! Brylee makes it her mission to solve the riddle of are there really ghosts in her home or is the house just old and creepy. She soon makes new friends, falls in love, and has the adventure of a lifetime while trying to uncover the secrets of the Brown house.

I give The Brown House 4 stars on the knock my socks off scale! I devoured this book, could not put it down, and scared myself thinking I was hearing noises in my own house! I cannot wait for The Crimson Key to see where the secrets of the Brown house take Brylee, Ephraim, and Lyn!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Andrea Coventry on Feb. 01, 2013 :
This was a delicious ghost story. It had so many of the elements I love: spooky noises, things that go bump in the night, a little bit of love, and a wicked secret history that doesn't let spirits lie. Even better, rumor has it that this story is based on some real-life events. That always helps a story to ring true and definitely adds to the creepy factor.

Characters grow in their relationships as secrets are slowly revealed. Brylee is attempting to reinvent herself in her new school and discovers she has a creepy talent. Her two neighbors and two other closest friends also go through tremendous transformations as their truths come to light. The conflicts start to resolve themselves and the story looks to be over. It could be over. This book could stand on its own. The way it ends, however, allows for the possibility for another installment. More secrets are still hidden and more souls need to be saved. The characters are going to be able to further challenge themselves. I would definitely read another book in this series and look forward to more works by Christy Sloat.

This is not the kind of book that you read during the bright daylight. To get the full effect, you need to read it at night, preferably during a thunderstorm, in an old house, by yourself. That's what I did.

I received an eARC in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Emily Fogle on Jan. 30, 2013 :
The Brown House is a fast, good read. The story is a modern day, teen centered, mix between Sixth Sense and Pet Sematary (without the gory horror -for me, anyway), and I found it very entertaining. The characters jump off the page and pull you in. I found myself carring about what happens to them and routing them on, which always speaks for the author's talents as a writer. Without saying too much and potentially spoiling the novel for someone who hasn't yet read it, I loved the twists the book took and the detail put into the history of the Brown family. My favorite character was 'the blue haired girl'. Her story touched my heart and I hope she makes an appearance in the second book. I can't wait for the story to continue.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Emily Fogle on Jan. 30, 2013 : (no rating)
The Brown House is a fast, good read. The story is a modern day, teen centered, mix between Sixth Sense and Pet Sematary (without the gory horror -for me, anyway), and I found it very entertaining. The characters jump off the page and pull you in. I found myself carring about what happens to them and routing them on, which always speaks for the author's talents as a writer. Without saying too much and potentially spoiling the novel for someone who hasn't yet read it, I loved the twists the book took and the detail put into the history of the Brown family. My favorite character was 'the blue haired girl'. Her story touched my heart and I hope she makes an appearance in the second book. I can't wait for the story to continue.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dara Brown on Jan. 29, 2013 : (no rating)
This book was great! From the start to the finish, I was enthralled; couldn't put the book down. It is well written, and the characters come to life! I felt like I was transported into the book, and was a character in the book watching the story unfold. The descriptions were very vivid, and I could easily picture the scenes as if I were there! This is a book I will read again!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: m Williams on Jan. 26, 2013 :
This book starts with a family moving across the country, from California to New Jersey! They had to leave love ones to get a fresh start since the dad lost his job and everything was going downhill. The daughter, Brylee, hated leaving but was trying to have a good attitude about it. They got to their new home, mom, dad & Brylee, but Brylee was not at all impressed. It was a big old house. It was a 3 story house with a weird floor plan. Parts had no lighting, like one flight of stairs & one door did not open, to a corner bedroom on the second floor. Her dad said that many locksmiths had tried to open it with no avail. Her parents took the whole third floor, so she had her choice of rooms on the second. She tried 2 rooms, but was scared out of one when she woke and heard a door slam in the pitch black of night. Many things started to happen in that house that made Brylee scared. She met her neighbor, Lynley, who told her that there were scary stories about her house, The Brown House. Come to find out, her house was built and owned by the Brown family many years ago. They weren't physically around anymore, but a curse was put on their family and people did not ho near the house in case the Brown relatives ghosts were there. Brylee tried not to worry. Lynley took her over to her house and Brylee met her brother, Ephraim, who was a senior. Brylee almost immediately fell for him. They all became great friends and Ephraim asked her to the Fall Dance. Of course she said yes. Somany things were happening in her house that Brylee needed to tell someone. She thought she could trust Ephraim, so she told him. They worked together to find out the mysteries of the house and Brylee found out a special ability she had.
The book was well written. It was scary at times, but the high school romance and happenings really made it a great read! Some things were foreshadowed which worked well with the story! Other things took me by surprise, a great ending to the story with a HUGE cliffhanger!!! I recommend this book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ann wilson on Jan. 25, 2013 :
This book grabbed my interest from the very beginning and did not let me out of its grasp until the very end. But still left me wanting more. I was not sure if I was going to like Brylee, the main character, or not. But she tends to grow on you through out the book. Her growing relationship with her neighbor, Ephraim, added just enough romance to the story as well. And Kayla, well... who would not want a friend like Kayla? Want to know why? Then pick up this book and find out for yourself!

If you like a book with suspense, just a hint of romance, a haunted house feel, and twists, then "The Brown House" is the book for you. I get freaked out easily, so I did not read this book right before bed! There were some parts that made me jump, but I could not stop reading.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: m Williams on Jan. 23, 2013 :
I was given this book to read for an honest review.

This book starts with a family moving across the country, from California to New Jersey! They had to leave love ones to get a fresh start since the dad lost his job and everything was going downhill. The daughter, Brylee, hated leaving but was trying to have a good attitude about it. They got to their new home, mom, dad & Brylee, but Brylee was not at all impressed. It was a big old house. It was a 3 story house with a weird floor plan. Parts had no lighting, like one flight of stairs & one door did not open, to a corner bedroom on the second floor. Her dad said that many locksmiths had tried to open it with no avail. Her parents took the whole third floor, so she had her choice of rooms on the second. She tried 2 rooms, but was scared out of one when she woke and heard a door slam in the pitch black of night. Many things started to happen in that house that made Brylee scared. She met her neighbor, Lynley, who told her that there were scary stories about her house, The Brown House. Come to find out, her house was built and owned by the Brown family many years ago. They weren't physically around anymore, but a curse was put on their family and people did not ho near the house in case the Brown relatives ghosts were there. Brylee tried not to worry. Lynley took her over to her house and Brylee met her brother, Ephraim, who was a senior. Brylee almost immediately fell for him. They all became great friends and Ephraim asked her to the Fall Dance. Of course she said yes. Somany things were happening in her house that Brylee needed to tell someone. She thought she could trust Ephraim, so she told him. They worked together to find out the mysteries of the house and Brylee found out a special ability she had.
The book was well written. It was scary at times, but the high school romance and happenings really made it a great read! Some things were foreshadowed which worked well with the story! Other things took me by surprise, a great ending to the story with a HUGE cliffhanger!!! I recommend this book
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kristin Scearce on Jan. 14, 2013 :
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely love scary stories, ones that keep you on your toes, trying to figure out what's going on, and this one definitely has the creepy factor. Christy has said the house used to be her husband's home growing up, and some of the experiences described in the book happened to him and his family. Whoa!!!

I couldn't help but get engrossed in the story, especially the developing relationship between Ephraim and Brylee, as well as her friendship with Lynley. Then there would be parts that made me just want to scream at the book, throw it across the room, something, because that's how drawn into it I was. Oh, and I read it in one day, because I just couldn't put it down, THAT'S how great it is. Although, because of the ending, I'm on pins and needles waiting for more. I'm so glad my book club read this one this month, so awesome!! I'd highly recommend to anyone who likes supernatural stories, ghost stories, haunted houses, and the like. Fantastic!!

5 stars =)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Noreen Walsh on Jan. 10, 2013 :
loved the book cant wait to read the next one
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Katherine Eccleston on Jan. 09, 2013 :
I really enjoyed The Brown House by Christy Sloat. The atmosphere Ms. Sloat developed and the suspense she built in the book were wonderful. And there were definitely parts in the story that gave me chills.
The main character, Brylee, was well developed and easy to relate to. Brylee's reaction to the move cross country from California to New Jersey and the feelings she experienced being the "new kid" in school were very realistic. And I loved seeing her friendships develop with Ephraim, Lyn, and Kayla.
I didn't love the ending - maybe because I didn't want it to end...lol. But I am anxiously waiting for the next book in the series to be released so that I can continue on this journey with the characters.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: shona lawrence on Jan. 09, 2013 :
This book started out slowly, but it soon built into an enjoyable comfortable read.

After her father loses his job Brylee finds her life uprooted when she has to leave her home and travel across country to her new house. She has an instant dislike to the house, but soon warms to it when she gets to know the neighbours, even when she finds out the house is haunted.

The story was well written and it did grab me (after the first few chapters) but I felt it needed a little more ghost involvement. I was always waiting for something to happen, then being a little disappointed when nothing did.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: melissa mcgrath on Jan. 07, 2013 :
I starting reading this book not sure what to expect, but then once I started I couldn't stop. It was awesome. I am totally into ghost stories and believe in hauntings so for me this book was so exciting. I wanted to be there right by their sides helping them out. Someday I would love to visit this house to see it for myself.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: jaime cross on Aug. 02, 2012 :
A very well written ghost story. Brylee isn't happy about moving from California to New Jersey. Especially when things start happening in to old brown house they have moved to. Unable to explain the events going on the house, Brylee and her new friends start to unravel the secrets of the house and the "others" living there. Wanting to protect her family and friends, she overcomes her fears and tries to help the spirits that have been visiting her to move on.

This was story has twists, turns, a few surprises and much more. If you like ghost stories, you will definitely want to pick this one up!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: amy Bowling on July 29, 2012 :
Review:
Suspenseful, well written and a truly updated ghost story that fits modern times.
In her second novel, Ms. Sloat, once again delvers an excellent read. Her main characters are well developed and plot line is excellent. The story was well revealed and the side characters were well written. They drew out her characters and plot, without overshadowing the main point.
Ms. Sloat’s themes were eloquently woven together and she finished them off in an elegant bow. I look forward t more from Ms. Sloat and highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great ghost story to read over the summer.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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