Author: C.J. Archer
Release Date: June 2013 (originally May 25th, 2013)
Publisher: C.J. Archer
Pages: 218 (ebook & paperback)
Genre: Paranormal | Young Adult | Gothic
Series: Freak House #1
Read: from July 21 to 22, 2013
Source & Shelf: NetGalley | Kobo
ISBN: 9780987489937 (Paperback)
It’s customary for Gothic romance novels to include a mysterious girl locked in the attic. Hannah Smith just wishes she wasn’t that girl. As a narcoleptic and the companion to an earl’s daughter with a strange affliction of her own, Hannah knows she’s lucky to have a roof over her head and food in her belly when so many orphans starve on the streets. Yet freedom is something Hannah longs for. She did not, however, want her freedom to arrive in the form of kidnapping.
Taken by handsome Jack Langley to a place known as Freak House, she finds herself under the same roof as a mad scientist, his niece, a mute servant and Jack, a fire starter with a mysterious past. They assure Hannah she is not a prisoner and that they want to help her. The problem is, they think she’s the earl’s daughter. What will they do when they discover they took the wrong girl?
My Mini Opinion:
Disclaimer: I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Wrong Girl by C.J. Archer was a surprisingly good book. I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Neither was I expecting to be wanting the second one as much as I am. This was a nice introduction to a brand new paranormal/gothic series.
Orphan Hannah Smith has lived her whole life trapped in an attic with Lady Violet. It is said that both girls have some sort of special and wicked ability, hence being trapped where no-one can see them. While Hannah is a narcoleptic, Lady Violet can set things on fire. One day the two girls take a stroll outside the confinements of the house and the unthinkable happens: Hannah is kidnapped in Lady Violet’s place.
She’s taken to a place called Freak House and Hannah plays the role of Violet until she’s sure her kidnappers wish her no harm. Jack Langley, who kidnapped her, Sylvia Langley and August Langley wish to help her with her fire ability.
The book was small but the story was extensive. It’s set in Late Victorian London which gave the story a gothic twist that made it even more interesting. The paranormal bit was exciting as well as the characters that felt solid and real.
Sure there are a lot of questions still unanswered but then again this is the first book in a future series. I hope to have all my doubts answered in the next book.
It was a small book but a nice introduction to a new YA gothic/paranormal series that can be massive. I only hope the author to be faithful to the original premise and not lose track of the originality of her writing.