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{The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall: Katie Alender}The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
Published by Scholastic Press on August 25, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Scholastic Press
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{Synopsis} – In this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the time…

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females—an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.

But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia gets trapped.

And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.

Ghost girls wander the halls in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia finds that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, as well, harbors shocking truths within its walls—truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.

But she’ll need to act quickly, before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.

From master of suspense Katie Alender comes a riveting tale of twisted memories and betrayals, and the meaning of madness.

{My Thoughts} – Delia is a sixteen year-old girl that inherits and Insane Asylum from her Great Great Aunt Cordelia. Delia also happens to be named for her Great Great Aunt Cordelia. It isn’t until they arrive at the property that her and her family begin to understand what the building had actually been used for when it was fully functioning.

The plan is for Delia and her parents and younger sister to spend three months fixing the place up so that they can sell it to perspective buyers. What happens instead was not what had been the plan, but what seemed to be fate in an odd twisted since of the word.

Delia senses something is wrong when they are to spend their first night there. She explores a bit, she gets incredibly spooked and then she begs her family to leave and leave now. That isn’t what happens though, they don’t they and the family pays a terrible price because of it.

Delia spends most of her time trying to find clues as to why her Aunt killed herself off of the property. She tries to find ways to cope with what has become her new reality. She tries to find ways to help herself understand why things had turned out the way in which they had turned out and what she can do to help improve the current situation instead of making it worse. She tries and tries and tries some more. Eventually as the story begins to unravel many questions are answered, many things will make sense, many things will leave you wanting to tear up because there are some incredible emotional scenes in the book.

This book in my opinion is incredibly well written and if you enjoy things on the paranormal, extremely light horror side I am certain that you will enjoy reading this book just as much as I did. I cannot wait until my children are old enough to read books like these because I am certain that they will enjoy them as much as I do.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.