The Fade
We don't want to disappear. We want to be found. Something terrible happened in her basement. Haley can feel it. Four girls went missing several years ago, and the police never solved the case. But Haley know the missing girls were murdered. How else can she explain the hostile presence in her house? The ghostly girls need something from her. And unless Haley can figure out what they want...she might be next.

The Fade Details

TitleThe Fade
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 11th, 2018
PublisherDelacorte Press
ISBN-139781524766337
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal, Ghosts

The Fade Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    The Fade by Demitria Lunetta is a young adult mystery mixed with paranormal fantasy. The main character in the story is only fifteen and may even feel a tad younger so this one is a good creepy ghost story that fits the younger crowd although there is some violence.Haley and her family have moved into a new home in a new town leaving behind their lives in Chicago. While exploring the home Haley and her sister find things left behind from the previous owners and shortly after strange things begin The Fade by Demitria Lunetta is a young adult mystery mixed with paranormal fantasy. The main character in the story is only fifteen and may even feel a tad younger so this one is a good creepy ghost story that fits the younger crowd although there is some violence.Haley and her family have moved into a new home in a new town leaving behind their lives in Chicago. While exploring the home Haley and her sister find things left behind from the previous owners and shortly after strange things begin happening in the home.As Haley gets out and meets a few of the kids in her new town she begins hearing the stories of what happened there before they moved in. Four of the local girls in the area had disappeared without a trace with there still being no answers to finding any of them and it’s then that Haley realizes she is sharing her home with their ghosts.I personally thought The Fade was a wonderfully creepy tale and perfect to read this time of year. As I mentioned it does have a younger feel to it then a lot of young adult but a bit too graphic really for middle grade. The story had plenty of twists to it but probably could have been a bit longer as the end felt a tad rushed but overall I enjoyed this one and would recommend checking it out.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    Girl and her family moves into a spooky new house. Strange things start to happen. I was on board and in the mood for something spooky and suspenseful, but this book just never grabbed me in the way that you hope a scary book will. I read at least a third and the premise as far as I could tell was that the main character had died briefly and then been resuscitated and after that could sense/see dead people, and/or communicate with them. Then (I'm guessing based on what I read + synopsis) she is Girl and her family moves into a spooky new house. Strange things start to happen. I was on board and in the mood for something spooky and suspenseful, but this book just never grabbed me in the way that you hope a scary book will. I read at least a third and the premise as far as I could tell was that the main character had died briefly and then been resuscitated and after that could sense/see dead people, and/or communicate with them. Then (I'm guessing based on what I read + synopsis) she is the only one who can find four missing girls. (Who are, I guess ... dead?) There could be more to it than that - I was feeling the potential for some sort of Shyamalan-esque twist coming. I usually love stuff like that but just wasn't feeling this book.idk, for me this was missing something. Maybe it gets better later on??Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds!Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    So let's meet Haley... she has a sixth sense and feels a prescence in her basement about 4 girls that went missing. Haley know that somehow these girls were murdered and needs to help solve the crime that the police never could.On one hand this had a spooky and creepy feel to it but it took so long to actually get to the good stuff. It was overly slow until maybe the last 30 percent of the book which took off like lightning. It was a quick read but was missing the oomph to the core. The entire i So let's meet Haley... she has a sixth sense and feels a prescence in her basement about 4 girls that went missing. Haley know that somehow these girls were murdered and needs to help solve the crime that the police never could.On one hand this had a spooky and creepy feel to it but it took so long to actually get to the good stuff. It was overly slow until maybe the last 30 percent of the book which took off like lightning. It was a quick read but was missing the oomph to the core. The entire idea behind "The Fade" was a tad bit cliche in my opinion and the ending just felt extremely flat and rushed in my opinion. It was like we were getting nowhere and than all of a sudden everything was jumbled together of finding out what happened to the girls, Haley, and the back story behind Coop. I flew through this story but the plot seemed forced to me if that makes sense? I think the author was trying too hard and nothing was coming together nicely for her. The author had multiple twists but again those twists were disappointing upon the ending of the book.3 stars on this one for me.Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Children's Publishing for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest thoughts.Pub date: 12/11/18Published to GR: 10/15/18
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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    If you want to be afraid to go to sleep. If you want to be afraid during the day. This is the novel for you. Haley’s family moves to a run down house in Wisconsin and she immediately senses things are not right. She meets her spooky little neighbor Chris, his older brother Coop and a host of others as she tries to determine what happened in her house. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me this scare fest in exchange for my honest review. Holy wow! It’s great!
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  • Tammie
    January 1, 1970
    We don't want to disappear.We want to be found. Something terrible happened in her basement. Haley can feel it.Four girls went missing several years ago, and the police never solved the case. But Haley knows the missing girls were murdered. How else can she explain the hostile presence in her house? Since it's October I've been wanting to read something creepy. The Fade is a stand-alone ghost story that I thought would be perfect for reading around Halloween. Unfortunately it wasn't as creepy We don't want to disappear.We want to be found. Something terrible happened in her basement. Haley can feel it.Four girls went missing several years ago, and the police never solved the case. But Haley knows the missing girls were murdered. How else can she explain the hostile presence in her house? Since it's October I've been wanting to read something creepy. The Fade is a stand-alone ghost story that I thought would be perfect for reading around Halloween. Unfortunately it wasn't as creepy as I would have liked. The story is a slow burn, and I would have liked more happening earlier on in the book. When the twist came I did find myself surprised by it to an extent, but not completely, because of the book description. I don't want to spoil anything so I'm not going to say anything else about the plot. If you want to be completely surprised about this book then I would avoid reading the full description as it compares this book to a couple of other stories that would be a dead giveaway -no pun intended there. I will say that after the twist I found myself going back and rereading part of the book with that new perspective in mind. This is a short book, so it didn't really take that long to read even with the back tracking. I can't say I completely liked the way things turned out in this book, especially the last revelation about a certain someone, but it was good enough to give 3 stars. Thanks to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for providing me with an ARC of this book. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This book follows Haley, a girl who just moved in with her family in what seems like a haunted house. From the beginning, she feels there is something off about it and it's not just because she moved away from Chicago against her will. Haley meets the local teenagers and she learns that four girls have been missing for a while now and nobody knows what happened to them. The police and FBI stopped looking and now Haley has to live with ghosts that doesn't want to leave her alone. This was a creep This book follows Haley, a girl who just moved in with her family in what seems like a haunted house. From the beginning, she feels there is something off about it and it's not just because she moved away from Chicago against her will. Haley meets the local teenagers and she learns that four girls have been missing for a while now and nobody knows what happened to them. The police and FBI stopped looking and now Haley has to live with ghosts that doesn't want to leave her alone. This was a creepy tale and a quick read. It was okay, I didn't particularly care about the characters but I don't have anything bad to say about this book either. Maybe ghosts stories are not my favorites to read. However, if you think this might be something you will enjoy, go for it! :)(I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley)
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  • OutlawPoet
    January 1, 1970
    It takes a long time to get to the good in this book. Up until that point, it’s the basic. Basic heroine. Basic ghost story. Basic boy. Basic.If you can get past Basic Becky and the slow haunting, you finally get to something that’s different. It was a nice surprise and, honestly, moved this from 2 stars to 3.But…I didn’t like the ending. Not to spoil it - I’ll just say that our heroine must be some kind of idiot to allow the ending to happen as it does.So, I didn’t love this one. I did like the It takes a long time to get to the good in this book. Up until that point, it’s the basic. Basic heroine. Basic ghost story. Basic boy. Basic.If you can get past Basic Becky and the slow haunting, you finally get to something that’s different. It was a nice surprise and, honestly, moved this from 2 stars to 3.But…I didn’t like the ending. Not to spoil it - I’ll just say that our heroine must be some kind of idiot to allow the ending to happen as it does.So, I didn’t love this one. I did like the surprise, but it was a long haul getting there.*ARC Provided via Net Galley
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley, Demitria Lunetta, and one of my favorite publishers, Random House, for the opportunity tor read this book in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. The writing style is simple and easy to read/follow, and the story itself is rather simple as well. While the beginning is pretty basic, similar to a number of teen books with the whole, new girl moves to town, boy-meets-girl thing, this book later deviates with an unexpected twist, and Thank you NetGalley, Demitria Lunetta, and one of my favorite publishers, Random House, for the opportunity tor read this book in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. The writing style is simple and easy to read/follow, and the story itself is rather simple as well. While the beginning is pretty basic, similar to a number of teen books with the whole, new girl moves to town, boy-meets-girl thing, this book later deviates with an unexpected twist, and I was blown away. At first the twist was so sudden and really threw me off, but I ended up really liking it as well as the ending. There is a love-hate relationship between myself as a reader and the last chapter or two of this book.So what's the premise? Where are the ghosts the title of this review promises? Well, when Haley, her sister Shannon, and their mom and dad move, they end up on a street known to the town as the Bermuda Triangle, because four girls went missing there. Haley's family lives in one of the houses rumored to be haunted, and when she and her sister pilfer some jewelry left in the basement, the ghosts seem to be reaching out; but only Haley can see them, and the two neighbor boys, of which their sister was one of the disappeared victims. The bodies were never found, so Coop's family (the neighbor boy) still had hope. Haley's connection to the ghosts brings her to seek out help from two of her new friends. The ghosts need to pass over, and finding their killer just might be the key to helping them. She's on the right track, until a terrible accident happens. But it might just be luck that this accident brings Haley even closer to being able to solve the mysterious disappearance of the four girls five years ago, but she might not be able to help! She can only do what she can.The cover is gorgeous and ever-so-slightly creepy. I never noticed the hand sort of grabbing/reaching out to the flower, and it almost appears frozen. I like how it has that faded look to it to match the title. The title is obviously significant and a bit bland, but relates to ghosts fading away before they can cross over to the light.This is the first book I have read by Demitria Lunetta, and I am definitely satisfied. I looked up some of her other books, and both Bad Blood and In The After look very enticing! Some reviews I has seen so far are saying this might be too scary, but I don't think so. Some of the imagery, especially at the end, is very vivid and graphic, painting a rather horrifying image, but that just shows the author's prowess with the use of imagery. I find this book haunting enough to be both creepy and scary, but not too much so to, well, keep from having in my middle or high school classroom. I highly recommend this book for 9-12th grade and a select few middle graders who might enjoy this genre, as well as anyone who enjoys a mysterious ghost story!
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  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    January 1, 1970
    The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz This review is going to be styled a little differently then other reviews I have written for the pure fact that I don't have much to say about this book:- The idea behind The Fade was interesting but also cliche.-It is slow until about the 50% mark.-The story behind the missing girls was interesting and it gets you invested in the story.One moments Haley is alive and the next she is dead. I feel like it was very abrupt and didn't fit into whe The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz This review is going to be styled a little differently then other reviews I have written for the pure fact that I don't have much to say about this book:- The idea behind The Fade was interesting but also cliche.-It is slow until about the 50% mark.-The story behind the missing girls was interesting and it gets you invested in the story.One moments Haley is alive and the next she is dead. I feel like it was very abrupt and didn't fit into where the story was at. -The romance wasn't rushed, but I didn't seem based on much. I wish there was more development. The last several chapters of the book moved super quickly and was where the story picked up. We suddenly learn who the murderer is, Haley's dismay at it being her sister's boyfriend, and Coops sudden death. -After how Coop behaved through out the entirety of the novel and the fact that his actions caused Haley's death, I think it was extremely stupid for her to save him from the darkness that awaited by letting him look over her family and her going into the light. I hate being nit-picky in books that I read, but I am super crossed on how I feel about this book. On one hand it was a quick read that did have a creepiness factor, but that was about it. I really hoped I was going to like this one since I have really enjoyed Lunetta's other YA titles.
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  • Bookworm LLC
    January 1, 1970
    People who like a good ghost story may love this book. I gave it 3*** only because I am not much of a ghost person. Having said that The Fade reads exactly like it title says. You will be reading along and it will "Fade" into something you may not expect.It's a good story I just couldn't get past the ghost aspect.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    This book was given to me by netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.I have been very impressed with Lunetta as a writer. I absolutely adored her "In the After" duology and jumped at the opportunity to read more from her. I read this all in one sitting, (didn't have much choice, I was reading it while getting tattooed xD) and boy, was this book really good. I honestly didn't see two of the twisty bits coming and i was stunned and saddened. There wasn't much depth to s This book was given to me by netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.I have been very impressed with Lunetta as a writer. I absolutely adored her "In the After" duology and jumped at the opportunity to read more from her. I read this all in one sitting, (didn't have much choice, I was reading it while getting tattooed xD) and boy, was this book really good. I honestly didn't see two of the twisty bits coming and i was stunned and saddened. There wasn't much depth to some of the background characters, which wasn't a huge deal to me, but might be to others.Haley moves into a house that just "feels" wrong to her, soon after she meets a little boy that seems even more off. She befriends him and others around the town, and together they begin to look into the odd happenings around her house, and just what happened to those 4 girls. Now - on to my small gripes with the book. The murders were a bit unrealistic, i know i know, I'm complaining about realism in a book full of ghosts; but, the fact that the FBI and the local police force couldn't find a SINGLE clue as to the girls whereabouts is completely impossible imo. And here's why I think so - (view spoiler)[ Kaitlyns body was in the freaking wall. Any cop dog worth its salt would have been able to sniff her out. Jeremy even said in the book that the cops NEVER looked in the basement. Why in the hell wouldn't you look in the basement? Everyone knows that you always look in the darn basement. SMH. Not to mention the kid was sloppy as all get out with the murder of Kaitlyn, he would have left behind quite a bit of evidence. I'm sorry, its just way too far fetched that he managed to kill FOUR girls and get away scott free. (hide spoiler)]Even with that, the book was highly entertaining and kept me thoroughly engrossed. I would definitely recommend this to any and all of my friends.
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  • Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    I love creepy ghost stories and it's been awhile since I've read one. THE FADE showed up at my door randomly and while it had a lot of promise, it ended up falling flat for me. Haley and her family have recently moved from Chicago to the middle-of-no-where-Wisconsin. Unfortunately, their new town was where four girls went missing just a few years prior. Haley's parents and older sister are not too concerned about what happened and think that enough time has passed for the danger to be gone. Unfo I love creepy ghost stories and it's been awhile since I've read one. THE FADE showed up at my door randomly and while it had a lot of promise, it ended up falling flat for me. Haley and her family have recently moved from Chicago to the middle-of-no-where-Wisconsin. Unfortunately, their new town was where four girls went missing just a few years prior. Haley's parents and older sister are not too concerned about what happened and think that enough time has passed for the danger to be gone. Unfortunately, this may not be the case and Haley alone realizes that something is not right in their new house. THE FADE is incredibly fast-paced and I flew through it. There were a lot of things that happened that I did not predict and the story was packed full of surprising twists and turns. The main issues for me came with not really connecting to Haley or the other characters and the fact that some of the plot points seemed forced or not fully fleshed out. Since so much of THE FADE relies on surprising the reader, I won't give too much away. I will say that I was more creeped out in the beginning with the mysterious neighbors and slight disturbances, before all of the twists came to a rather disappointing conclusion. The premise of THE FADE was thrilling and definitely creepy, but I need something more than that to fully enjoy a book. Ghost stories are perfect for the fall and I wish I would have enjoyed this one more.
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  • PaleHorsemen
    January 1, 1970
    It was interesting but I really didn't like the end
  • Resch Reads
    January 1, 1970
    *Book Received in Exchange for Honest Opinion/Review*So I just finished the last page of this book and all I can say is this book was weird, and I'm not even sure if it's a good weird. I don't think so because the more I reflect, the more I realize I am not satisfied at the end of the story. Things just didn't fluidly flow for this story and it resulted in confusing plots, unanswered questions, abrupt twists and overall, it was not the delightful mystery I was hoping for.I am going to attempt to *Book Received in Exchange for Honest Opinion/Review*So I just finished the last page of this book and all I can say is this book was weird, and I'm not even sure if it's a good weird. I don't think so because the more I reflect, the more I realize I am not satisfied at the end of the story. Things just didn't fluidly flow for this story and it resulted in confusing plots, unanswered questions, abrupt twists and overall, it was not the delightful mystery I was hoping for.I am going to attempt to explain this without spoiling the plot. So around 50-60% into the story, Haley has a self-discovery/major change happen, and upon this giant revelation the book went topsy-turvy for me. I actually paused and was like, "wait, what?!". It kind of threw my entire reading experience off, because not only did it take away from the four girl mystery, but it added a whole slew of questions and well, it was a weird plot twist. It felt unnecessary and misplaced in the story line.Also, there isn't really an HEA in this book, at least in my opinion. So we have a book surrounding murders and when everything is done, I am not happy. I don't have the warm fuzzy book feels or even the closure I usually experience. The story ends very abruptly and you're truly left wondering what happens to Haley and Coop. What about Chris, Shannon, literally every character that was a massive part of the story and I am left wondering how the heck that all plays out because no information is provided!It was just a dreary read, that's the best way to describe it. No good happened in this book, it was plagued by sadness and gruesome murders. And honestly, there was nothing to balance out the story. I think that is the biggest flaw here. It's an everything is downhill type of read and there is no balance. No tender moments, no sweet whispers, no light-hearted laughs, and surely something could have been done to balance this black-cloud of a read.
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  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    Warnings: descriptions of assault, domestic abuse, suicideThe Fade is a part-mystery, part-horror novel. When Haley is moved to a small town, she doesn't know that the moldy basement would be the least of her problems. Because of her NDE, she is able to sense the restless spirits in the house she now lives in, who want to use her to seek justice for themselves. Wary at first, and then wanting to put the spirits to rest, she takes on the cold cases but as the communications between the spirits an Warnings: descriptions of assault, domestic abuse, suicideThe Fade is a part-mystery, part-horror novel. When Haley is moved to a small town, she doesn't know that the moldy basement would be the least of her problems. Because of her NDE, she is able to sense the restless spirits in the house she now lives in, who want to use her to seek justice for themselves. Wary at first, and then wanting to put the spirits to rest, she takes on the cold cases but as the communications between the spirits and her start getting more intense, with possession and creepy drawings coming to play, we start to sense that she is becoming an unreliable narrator. The mystery aspect of the book blends well into the horror part, but I felt it also overwhelmed the latter; certainly the atmosphere set up is more of the former than the latter. The horror part is not really scary, and it doesn't really feel like a thriller, which is what I came into this book for. Also, the investigation stalls somewhere mid-way through the book, as an unnecessary romance sub-plot gains prominence, and then there is the whole red herring scenario. Also when a twist comes in the second half, I got so confused I had to go and read over nearly a third of the book to see what had actually happened - it leaves all the answers for the end, so the impact feels lessened somehow. Overall, it works as a mystery but it's not spooky. Is it diverse? It has a biracial (Vietnamese descent) protagonist.Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Delacorte Press, via Netgalley.
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    The Fadeby Demitria Lunetta What an interesting twist on the haunted house story. A young girl moves to a new town because of financial hardships that happen to her previously strong middle class family. In hopes of continued unity of her family they choose a to move to a small town closer to her older sisters new college. The housing market in the town has hit a slump, allowing the family to afford a new house. But this windfall comes with more than the family bargained for. Their youngest daug The Fadeby Demitria Lunetta What an interesting twist on the haunted house story. A young girl moves to a new town because of financial hardships that happen to her previously strong middle class family. In hopes of continued unity of her family they choose a to move to a small town closer to her older sisters new college. The housing market in the town has hit a slump, allowing the family to afford a new house. But this windfall comes with more than the family bargained for. Their youngest daughter immediately notices a problem with her new house. Her internal argument that she does not like the house because she did not want to move and what she is seeing before her eyes. The author takes the reader on a crazy tale of haunting, serial murder and mystery, with the twist at the end bringing the reader to a shocking revelation. Demitria Luneatta has created the Halloween classic for the young readers of the day.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    The Fade starts out pretty straight forward, when a girl moves into the house of one of four girls who went missing ~five years ago and begins to see and feel ghosts with a connection to her basement that need help getting their story told. While the first two thirds of the book were used to build up characters and atmosphere, after a surprising set of twists the last third was surprisingly unique, fast paced and really got to me emotionally. I found Haley and her family to be easy to relate to The Fade starts out pretty straight forward, when a girl moves into the house of one of four girls who went missing ~five years ago and begins to see and feel ghosts with a connection to her basement that need help getting their story told. While the first two thirds of the book were used to build up characters and atmosphere, after a surprising set of twists the last third was surprisingly unique, fast paced and really got to me emotionally. I found Haley and her family to be easy to relate to and likeable, which allowed me to easily connect to the story. Overall, this was a very quick, well written read that left me emotionally rung out by the end.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a free copy of this book for my review.
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  • Stem & Sequins
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was a perfect creepy story for middle grade. I read it at night and was even spooked out a little. There was a plot twist and I want to go back and re-read the book now that I know about it.The characters are likable. I think a few of them could have been developed a little more maybe? Depending on the age of the reader though they may not really care about that. I think if I had read this when I was a kid I would have loved it and I'm going to get the book when it comes out for m I thought this was a perfect creepy story for middle grade. I read it at night and was even spooked out a little. There was a plot twist and I want to go back and re-read the book now that I know about it.The characters are likable. I think a few of them could have been developed a little more maybe? Depending on the age of the reader though they may not really care about that. I think if I had read this when I was a kid I would have loved it and I'm going to get the book when it comes out for my daughter (I have the ebook).The ending is where I have mixed feelings on this book. I can't really explain it without spoiling anything and maybe it is just how it needed to end to make this book but I wasn't expecting it at all and one person in particulars actions.
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  • The Kawaii Slartibartfast
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley And the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This book is strange. The first half is a slow burn creepiness which I did not mind at all. Then the last fourt of the book is at breakneck speed and really confusing.So. Plot. Haunted house. Dead girls. Creepy small child. Angty guy with past.I liked the writing although the main character Haley seemed to be written about twelve instead of fifteen and that was...odd.Also I really really hated the en I received a copy of this book from Netgalley And the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This book is strange. The first half is a slow burn creepiness which I did not mind at all. Then the last fourt of the book is at breakneck speed and really confusing.So. Plot. Haunted house. Dead girls. Creepy small child. Angty guy with past.I liked the writing although the main character Haley seemed to be written about twelve instead of fifteen and that was...odd.Also I really really hated the ending. I'll fully admit that that's a me thing though and has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the writing.
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  • Salena Moffat
    January 1, 1970
    🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸 out of 5 🌸s#TheFade by #DemetriaLunettaThis book is incredible. I devoured it in one sitting. It's a ghost story on top of a ghost story on top of a ghost story, and is jammed full of delicious twists. I loved this book.#bookstagram #librarylabellove
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    It was suitably creepy and because I just let myself enjoy a seasonal read and didn't overthink it or try to figure things out I think I enjoyed it that much more.
  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Crazy. Spooky. Downright terrifying at times. HUGE plot twists that'll catch you so off guard you'll not even believe itsee my full review on my blog at my link text 3.5 starstook me 4 days to read
  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.Demitria Lunetta’s The Fade sounded like the perfect read! A creepy ghost story that evolved into a murder mystery when our heroine Haley starts to experience strange happenings in her new home. This book, short that it is, had its ups and downs. I was determined to read through it all after a long bout of DNFing, but sadly, this book just wasn’t what I thought it wo I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.Demitria Lunetta’s The Fade sounded like the perfect read! A creepy ghost story that evolved into a murder mystery when our heroine Haley starts to experience strange happenings in her new home. This book, short that it is, had its ups and downs. I was determined to read through it all after a long bout of DNFing, but sadly, this book just wasn’t what I thought it would be in the end. It still had its positive merits, but in the end, I just felt very underwhelmed.Haley is a fifteen-year-old girl who just moved with her family into a new home in Wisconsin that she soon learns is the house of one of the four missing girls in town. It was five years ago when the first girl went missing and three of her friends soon followed and the mystery remains unsolved to this day. Haley has a hard time adapting to her new surroundings and life; she misses her friends and her home in Chicago. It’s while she’s unpacking her things, the strange things begin. She and her sister discover a secret room in the basement with a trunk filled with random items and it’s when Haley is going back upstairs, strange noises begin.Haley soon learns about the mystery of the town and the four girls who went missing five years ago. There were no clues or evidence to what happened despite all the investigation. Haley isn’t quite trying to play detective where the real police had failed, she’s just trying to figure things out with the ghosts that are haunting her and are trying to tell her something.And of course, there’s a boy involved! Coop is her next door neighbor and actually, the brother of one of the missing girls. While there’s no immediate connection between them, there is definitely something there.I love ghost books and I love murder mysteries that involve ghosts as well! So this book should’ve been perfect for me and yet sadly, it just wasn’t. It’s not my first Lunetta book; in fact I still have to finish her first duology that I’ve had for a while. I’m not even sure where to start with this one. I know Haley is fifteen but I swear sometimes it felt like she was thirteen or fourteen. She just felt more childish to me than a teenager would. I know fifteen is still considered a younger teen and I did keep all this in mind but yet, I just didn’t really connect with her like I do with other teen protagonists in the past.The book is set in the current day, or at least I assume it is, as a year is never really given. But I swear I felt like I was in the 90s at times. And of course I love the 90s but since I suspect that this is current day, it felt weird to see some of the characters talking in what felt like 90s slang at times. I was a little put off with that as well.The pacing was a little slow as well, I tend to expect that to some extent with mysteries but this one just felt off. And then time seemed to lose all sense of its meaning and we eventually get back on track. But for a while I was left wondering when and where were we again? Things made no sense, it was like an M. Night Shyamalan movie where you don’t really see the big picture until the end…though things get clearer before those final words!The mystery element was probably the strongest point for me with this book and really only the first mystery, as another one soon develops and while struggling to find resolution in that, it literally comes together in the last few sentence and then that’s it. The End. Having that second mystery rushed to a conclusion at the end didn’t feel as satisfying as you would’ve hoped for. In fact, I’m left with some doubts about that one and all the remained behind when the end did come about. It was just too quick to be satisfying.Overall The Fade was just okay for me. The mystery was good, I wished there was a little more ghostly encountering going on instead of just the small bits that we received, which were still creepy as expected! There just wasn’t a whole lot of clarity in this one and at times it felt like there were just shocking revelations made just for shock factor. While this wasn’t a favorite read of mine, it has in no way turned me against trying more of this author’s work.Overall Rating 2.5/5 starsThe Fade releases December 11, 2018
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  • Further.Books
    January 1, 1970
    I received this copy as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I’ve been a fan of Demitria Lunetta since I’ve read her saga “In the after”, so when I saw that she was releasing a new novel by the end of the year, I did not wait long and ask an ARC to the publisher (Thanks again Delacorte Press).The summary was extremely intriguing, being a fan of haunted houses, I was pretty sure that this story would be great. Verdict: I was clearly not disappointed, I literally devoured it and I was able to f I received this copy as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I’ve been a fan of Demitria Lunetta since I’ve read her saga “In the after”, so when I saw that she was releasing a new novel by the end of the year, I did not wait long and ask an ARC to the publisher (Thanks again Delacorte Press).The summary was extremely intriguing, being a fan of haunted houses, I was pretty sure that this story would be great. Verdict: I was clearly not disappointed, I literally devoured it and I was able to find the writing style of the author that I enjoyed so much beforehand.In this book, we will follow Haley and her family, all freshly arrived in a small town in Wisconsin. To the great despair of Haley who, through the fault of this move, has lost his friends and all his bearings. The story begins as the family moves into their new home. A house that immediately scared Haley.The first pages bring us into the part of the house that is so thrilling: the basement… (Who is not afraid of basements ?!?) Briefly, a lot of weird and scary things will happen, the author immerses us directly into this nerve-racking atmosphere and I loved it!We quickly learn that 5 years ago a tragedy took place in this small town lost in the middle of nowhere, where nothing ever happens normally: 4 girls are missing, and still not found…Of course, the past and the present will mingle. Haley will try to dig out a little more about this case. Does this have a direct connection to the disturbing facts / supernatural events taking place in her new house? Is there anything to be scared of?As I said above, I still love the writer’s style of Demitria Lunetta: fluid, engaging, captivating, you never get bored. And although the story may seem simple, I had a great time reading it. Few twists punctuate the story, and for one of them, I was really really surprised!“The Fade” is a very good book if you like haunted houses! But do not worry, the story is not really scary and will not prevent you from sleeping at night, there is the right dose of “scary/creepy” things to make the story breathless and intriguing, but that’s it!
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  • Azzurra Nox
    January 1, 1970
    Creepy haunted house in a small town? Check. Missing girls that are possibly dead and haunting said house? Check. Creepy little boy that sees dead people? Check. Basically, this book has all the things that a good ghost story murder mystery should have. I liked that the book started right off the bat with creepy events, it wasn't a slow burn. And I like that some of the minor characters were right on board with the belief of ghosts, cause sometimes it gets kinda taxing to have characters go back Creepy haunted house in a small town? Check. Missing girls that are possibly dead and haunting said house? Check. Creepy little boy that sees dead people? Check. Basically, this book has all the things that a good ghost story murder mystery should have. I liked that the book started right off the bat with creepy events, it wasn't a slow burn. And I like that some of the minor characters were right on board with the belief of ghosts, cause sometimes it gets kinda taxing to have characters go back and forth about whether or not the existence of ghosts is possible. The mystery of what happened to the missing girls is what had me hooked, to be honest. I really wanted to know what happened to the girls, how they were murdered, where, and why. I also wanted to know who had murdered them. That mystery was the most interesting aspect of the book. I also enjoyed that the book didn't try to force romantic relationships, or rather they were more casual, rather than insta-love. There are some events that take you by surprise, so it isn't one of those predictable books, instead it keeps you wanting to read because I really had no idea where it was going to take me. But it was a fun, yet creepy ride!The writing flowed very well, and if you're a fan of YA and ghost stories, then this book will be right up your alley.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    This is a well written book that I think kids would enjoy. It was creepy and held my attention till the end. If you like a creepy story you will love this book. Thank you Random House Children's Delacorte Press via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book.
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  • Great Books
    January 1, 1970
    reviewer #25
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