The Haunted (The Haunted, #1) by Danielle Vega

The Haunted (The Haunted, #1)

From Danielle Vega, YA’s answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is new in town, and she’s bringing baggage with her. With a dark and wild past, Hendricks doesn’t think the small town her parents moved her to has much to offer her in terms of excitement. She plans on laying lo...

Details The Haunted (The Haunted, #1)

TitleThe Haunted (The Haunted, #1)
Release DateJun 4th, 2019
GenreHorror, Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Mystery

Reviews The Haunted (The Haunted, #1)

  • Kimberly Antill
    I'm afraid I really don't know what to say because for me this story was pretty forgettable. The author introduces the main character as someone who once waged a war against cliches, which is kind of strange since the entire book was one giant cliche. I didn't mind the author's writing style but I didn't care for the story itself, especially the ending. Also, there was a violent event involving a toddler. I assume the author was merely trying to ...
  • JenacideByBibliophile
    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Razorbill – Penguin Random House, via Goodreads Giveaway for an honest review. Opinion: Grab your salt and sage, kids.There’s a haunting in our midst. After a traumatic experience involving her ex-boyfriend, Hendricks and her family have just moved from Philadelphia to a small-town in New York, in the hopes of starting fresh. But with a new school and new friends comes questions about her...
  • Ellen Gail
    "Why are you doing this? What do you want?""We already told you. We want one more." A haunted house.A haunted past.Which one is more dangerous?Logically it's a 4, but my heart gives it a 5. And honestly, after a little distance from it, it's 4. My heart still unashamedly loves it, but logically, it has to be a 4.Anyway, on to the part of my review where I do more than dither over numbers! Or at least attempt to do more.The Haunted is my first Dan...
  • Shaina
    Really good story... totally better than some of the last in The Merciless series ! RTC On to the next in the pile !Edit :***** The review : I’m rating this alongside OTHER WORKS of this author’s in the past. If I do so then this is a solid four. The consistency was much better and so was the story and the ratio of someone getting hurt to real life .... eh... pain ratio? Those that have read will understand. Example : someone getting their he...
  • Cillian
    Final buddy read of the year, sis! (Well, technically, maybe not. Maybe 2018 will be a doll and stretch itself out a wee bit so we can squeeze one more read...)Whichever, happy reading and happy closing of buddy reads for 2018.
  • Mandy
    Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of a giveaway from Bookish First. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.Well, um, I wanted a ghostie book. And I did get a ghostie book. It just wasn't the ghostie book that I wanted. It's not the ghostie book we all deserved. It was just, um, yeah. It wasn...
  • Amanda
    I had hoped to like this book more than I ended up liking it. One of the reasons for this was that it is classified as a horror story but it felt more like a contemporary with spooky vibes. One of my biggest problems with the story was that the main character, Hendricks, experienced unexplainable and unsettling happenings in her new home day 1. But instead of telling her parents or her new friends, she keeps her experiences all bottled up. Her ju...
  • Kristen
    I won a free copy of this book from Bookish First in exchange for an honest review.Okay, so before this turns into a big, long rant, I want to say that the first half of this book was amazing! The writing is truly great. The pacing is fast and exciting. The horror aspect is refreshingly different for the YA genre. I was truly enjoying myself and hoped to be writing a review about a 5 star book in the end.However, that's not exactly what ended up ...
  • Susan
    This was a really fun haunted house story! It was suitably creepy and more than a little gory. There is some animal death so be aware if you are sensitive to that topic. It's more of a mention and not graphic or detailed violence to an animal. There is a lot of suspense and tension while you wait to see what horrible thing will happen next. It made me want to keep listening into the night. The characters I liked didn't get the ending I had hoped ...
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    3.0 StarsVideo Review: a huge of The Merciless, I was eager to check out the newest novel by Danielle Vega. I didn't expect to love this one as much as The Merciless, because I prefer exorcisms over haunted house. Yet, even with tempered expectations, I was still disappointed by this one. This is a young adult horror novel that unfortunately suffered from all the tropes of the genre. Despite being classified as horr...
  • Patty (IheartYA)
    Will write review later as 2 members of the Litsy Mark Up Postal Book Club haven't read it yet.
  • OutlawPoet
    So honestly, I'm constantly surprised by the comparisons between Vega and King. I don't really get it, except...they both write horror?This is a good, clean, YA novel. You have a girl who is a bit of an outsider with a past who moves to a small town and this town has secrets...secrets that lead back to the house her parents just bought.The story is highly suspenseful (never scary) and only gets the tiniest bit gruesome toward the end. You do have...
  • Mridu aka Storypals
    This story is cute and fun! Reminded me of my childhood days when I used to read Goosebumps :P
  • Deb✨
    3.5 stars. I loved this book...until the ending. It was great and it would have been 5 stars all the way, except for the ending was just not right. It was a great haunting story, and for the most part I was really enjoying everything about it until the last 2-3 chapters. Vega is a great writer and her style makes it a fun read. Unfortunately at the end it was like she just decided to rush and throw together some crazy, unbelievable ending to tie ...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "She looked away from the tub for a fraction of a second, and when she looked back, there was a boy standing in the tub, watching her with wide black eyes, her razor clutched in one hand. He tilted his head, his upper lip twitching."Danielle Vega always knows how to make me uncomfortable while reading her books and I love it. This one is no different than the others, it creeped me out in the best way possible. Some scenes were just your typical Y...
  • andrea caro
    It's Danielle Vega, so naturally I love it.This book is about a girl named Hendricks who moves into a house where a young girl was murdered. It doesn't take long before spooky shit starts happening - creepy disembodied voices, meowing from a cat that she doesn't have, the smell of her abusive ex-boyfriend's cologne, and a steak knife through her door.This book has dark family secrets, ghosts, a delicious mystery and Danielle Vega's incredible voi...
  • Amanda Mae
    That ending was a HOT. MESS.
  • thi
    2.25/5- miss Vega where’d my campy horror queen go - don’t get me wrong this book is creepy .. but it’s nothing like her other horror books which are INSANE and violent (in a fun way imo) and I LOVE them - When it was creepy it was creepy otherwise it was boring .. idk - Also the 2 boys with insta-crushes, pass - I could dig a little deeper and see how the hauntings were an allegory of the after effects of hendrick’s past abusive relation...
  • Tracy (Cornerfolds)
    Read more of my reviews at!I am a huge fan of The Merciless series! I read them as they were released and really enjoyed every one. I was constantly impressed with Vega's ability to write truly scary horror novels for a YA audience and was excited to pick up The Haunted. I was able to trade for a copy with a friend and was eager to dive into this new, hopefully terrifying story.This book revolves around Hendricks and her family af...
  • Mehsi
    A girl moves to a new home... only to find out that she and her family aren't the only ones living there.This my very first Danielle Vega book that I finished and liked. Wow. I kind of had given up this writer, I have tried all her books (at least the first books if it is a series) and I dropped them all somewhere while reading. But since I was in the mood for a creepy-crawly and spooky book I decided to just try it one more time. One more shot. ...
  • Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
    I liked it, whatever.Spoilers below:Saggy Maggie never got punished for literally killing and torturing three boys. Her kids got punished for her, which I think is awful! They didn't deserve to die, but they did because of th their awful mother.
  • Julie
    I... just- what? Like what was that ending? I'm just at a loss for words tbh.This honestly isn't Danielle Vega's best work. The ending bumped it up or lessened it depending on how you look at it. Lmao that ending was sooo dumb. I'm astounded. I both hated and loved it. This book bounces between being slightly creepy and then super cheesy. I did get slight "It" vibes in the beginning which is I guess where the Stephen King comparisons come from. I...
  • Jessica Peace
    4.5 Stars rounded down because I Am SALTY over the ending. This was the first book that I have read by Danielle under the Vega name. I have read others that are under Rollins and I was still super intrigued and interested the entire time. Danielle just has a way with writing and this book was no exception. I am really excited to dive into Survive the Night and the Merciless Series now! Still super salty over the ending though, and no one can chan...
  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz I was super excited when I learned about The Haunted and couldn't wait for it to be published so I can finally get my hands on it to read it. Though I enjoyed The Haunted I did have issues with it. The Haunted is creepy, there we so many scenes that gave me goose bumps. It also was a book that I shouldn't have been reading at 3a.m. but it's the witching hour, so it is actually perfect timing! ...
  • Laura Thomas
    I’m a sucker for fixer upper stories. Especially haunted ones. This one had some hair raising moments and some fun surprises.Hendrick’s is uprooted and moved to a new town and new school. She quickly makes friends and starts to adjust to her new life. But things start happening at her new house and she learns of it’s dark past. Her parents aren’t buying what she’s selling when she turns to them about strange and frightening things that ...
  • Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
    Not much of a ghost story at all. At least, not the scary kind I enjoy.
  • Leona Carstairs
    The Haunted by Danielle Vega is one big cliché. Not to say that it's unenjoyable, it was entertaining enough.But it's definitely NOT "YA's answer to Stephen King." What the actual-WHO CAME UP WITH THAT STATEMENT. Tis a lie.
  • Daocor
    This book was very great.
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    I have seen Vega's Merciless series in the book stores so often that I've almost... ALMOST... bought one. I'm not sure why I was hesitant.. maybe it's because I figured YA horror couldn't possibly be frightening... but these days I'm finding that I'm quite enjoying this mixed genre and Vega is making that belief a hardened one.Haunted house and ghost/paranormal stories are a bit hit or miss for me. Sometimes they downright freak me the f*** out a...