Thank you so much TBR Beyond and Tours and Beyond Tours for having me on the Blog Tour! From the moment I read the synopsis I knew I really wanted to read this! I’ve always loved horror movies and especially where a group goes to a haunted place and creepy things happen. Grave Encounters is one of my favourites for this. Just not the sequel
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Title: Horror Hotel
Authors: Victoria Fulton and Faith McClaren
Year Published: 2022
Publisher: Underlined Publishing (Imprint of Penguin Random House)
Cover Art/Designer: David Seidman
Genre: Young Adult ~ Horror ~ Paranormal ~ LGBTQ+ characters
This addictive YA horror about a group of teen ghost hunters who spend the night in a haunted LA hotel is The Blair Witch Project for the TikTok generation.
When the YouTube-famous Ghost Gang—Chrissy, Chase, Emma, and Kiki—visit a haunted LA hotel notorious for tragedy to secretly film after dark, they expect it to be just like their previous paranormal huntings. Spooky enough to attract subscribers—and ultimately harmless.
But when they stumble upon something unexpected in the former room of a gruesome serial killer, they quickly realize that they’re in over their heads.
Sometimes, it’s the dead who need our help—and the living we should fear.
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This was really good! I didn’t realise that it was so short – 224 pages! A good thing is that it didn’t feel like I was missing out by it not being over 300 pages. The pace was exactly what I want in a horror book. And another reason why I liked the book so much was because it felt a lot like a horror movie would – and I love it when books feel like that.
I did guess the one plot twist, but it didn’t bother me much when I read it. Then there was another plot twist that I definitely didn’t see coming, which was really cool to see. Normally I can figure out plot twists (thank you years of watching crime shows). All in all, the plot is really good, reads easily, and it’s enough to get you to finish the book in one setting!
I really enjoyed the characters. Chrissy was a strong character and she definitely sees most of the action – she is psychic anyway, so it would make sense that she does. I didn’t really like Chase – I felt him very annoying when it came to Chrissy. Emma and Kiki were cute, I did like reading their chapters.
Chase, I don’t want to go into detail because I don’t want to spoil anything, but he was definitely my least favourite of the Ghost Gang. He seemed to want the fame and everything that came with the Ghost Gang more than wanting to find out the truth. Maybe he changes after this, who knows.
There was also another minor character by the name of Bram and Chase doesn’t like him at all for reasons I won’t go into. I didn’t appreciate that of Chase. It felt too much like girl-on-girl hate for me (except they were guys).
Unfortunately, there was the issue of trying to figure out whose chapter was whose (as it’s a multi-pov book. I didn’t feel like their voices were strong enough to tell them apart – which is a shame as it’s such a short book.
I recommend this book if you like ghost stories, true crime series. Maybe you like multi-pov. Or a lot of real-life references in your books! Definitely recommend this to you!
Are you a horror movie fan like me? Have you seen this book around? Maybe you’ll add it to your tbr after seeing the cool cover! Answer any of the questions (or maybe even all of them) down below in the comments!
About the Author: Victoria Fulton and Faith McClaren are an award-winning coauthor duo who write edgy rom-coms and frightening horror with plenty of smooching, friendship and movie references. Originally hailing from Ohio and Texas, respectively, they met in an online writing workshop where their friendship quickly blossomed into a partnership demanding they live in the same state. Now they both work and write in too-sunny Los Angeles, CA. Victoria lives with her fiancé and their two cat children and co-runs a PR agency with her other best friend in her spare time. Faith eats home baked goods made by her husband, raises a wolf-loving son, and wrangles two scruffy dogs, while also working as a book coach and developmental editor, and writing YA and women’s fiction under her real name Rebekah Faubion.