Thank you NetGalley and Atria/Keywords Press for providing an e-Arc in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: When Amethyst stumbles upon the house of her dreams, she can’t help but be enchanted by it, even if there’s something a little…off about the place.
It’s everything she’s ever wanted in a home, so when the Blooms invite her to stay the night to avoid an impending storm, she instantly accepts.
Yet when she awakens the next morning, alone and unable to bring herself to leave, Amethyst comes face-to-face with unexpected twists and turns–like Alfred, the creepy gardener; Avery, the handsome but secretive neighbor, and a little girl who keeps appearing and vanishing within the house.
As Amethyst searches for the Blooms and tries to unravel the truth, her connection to the house only grows stronger. Will she be able to break free of the house’s allure, or will its secrets keep her trapped forever?
I hadn’t heard of Marzia Bisognin aka CutiePieMarzia, previously but apparently she’s a huge YouTube sensation with over 6 million subscribers. Dream House is her first foray into writing and to be perfectly honest it’s so jaw-droppingly awful that I will never, EVER pick up anything written by her again!
Amethyst not only has no personality, but makes such incredibly stupid decisions that it’s absolutely impossible to care about her or what she’s going through. For example: she’s staying in this house after the couple who own it disappear, and despite having multiple terrifying encounters, doesn’t leave. For the most part, she doesn’t seem to question what’s going on, she just keeps raving about how wonderful the house is and how much she loves it.
I spent most of the book wondering if she was that stupid or just deranged. There is no character or story development and there aren’t just plot holes, they’re huge gaping chasms. Basically it’s a ghost story that goes absolutely nowhere. I don’t understand how this ever made it past the editor. It’s just so appallingly bad I can’t even rate it. It’s only 224 pages, so ordinarily this would be where I’d shrug and say “Eh. At least it was short”. But you know what? I want my two hours back! If you want a good ghost story written by a YouTube celebrity check out The Awakening of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa Sheinmel. That is a tautly woven ghost story that will keep you up at night…in a good way. This, this is just nonsensical drivel and if I ever hear that Marzia Bisognin is writing another book I’m going to feel like doing this: