You’re at the second stop for the blog tour promoting E.K. Seaver’s debut, The House That Didn’t End! I’m so excited for Emily, and I’m thrilled to be reviewing her novella today!
- The description. This was one of my favorite parts of the story. Throughout the novella, I felt like I was in the creepy old house, like I could reach out and touch the scenery. From the wall color to the room descriptions to the winding staircases, everything was vivid. The setting perfectly complemented the plot; a mix of setting, plot, and character powered the scenes.
- The pacing. The plot moved smoothly and quickly without feeling rushed or forced. The whole story kept me intrigued, and the ending tied everything up nicely while leaving a few open ends.
- The dialogue. Conversations felt natural rather than forced, and each character’s personality felt distinct and memorable through their speech. Ly was entertaining, and she added some hilarious spice to the dialogue. That ties into the fact that I enjoyed…
- The character interactions and humor. Ly calling Jackson any other “J” name remains one of my favorite things, as well as the “cursing in candy.”
- Basically, the writing in general was excellent.
- The explanation of why the villains were villains. It’s possible that I missed something in the explanation. However, it bothered me that Jackson continually generalized and said “all” the gwyllion were “like that.” There were references to how the gwyllion became dark fae, and Jackson referenced interactions with them. But it still bothered me. Jackson was planning to kill ALL of them, and it wasn’t super clear exactly why they were evil and why they were ALL dangerous for humans. While the villains should be sympathetic in stories to some degree, Hecate made a lot of good points and caused me to wonder exactly how Jackson could justify his actions. The explanation just felt lacking to me.
- This is largely a personal preference, but…the romance. For one thing, it’s between two teenagers (it usually takes a lot for me to enjoy a teenage romance). For another, they only knew each other for a DAY. A novella that has a timeline of a few hours is usually much too short to portray an effective romance, and it annoyed me that Jackson kissed Ly after knowing her only a couple hours. (It’s convenient that Jackson’s fae blood caused him to fall in love so quickly, but it was still way too fast in my opinion.)
There’s some violence, a couple kisses, and magic (including a character being “possessed” by another character).
Also, Ly mentions that she lied to her parents about her whereabouts. It just…really bothers me when stories portray teenagers doing that. I do not think the author is promoting that behavior, but I believe that authors, especially Christian authors, should come up with more ethical reasons for their characters to get where they need to be.
Would I Recommend It?
I like this book. Some of the story elements aren’t my personal preferences, but it’s a fun, well-written novella. My personal rating is three stars (or, in this case, three key emojis), and I’d say it’s appropriate for ages 12 or 13 and up.
If you like snarky female protagonists, mysterious fae, scavenger hunts with creepy undertones, and short but intriguing reads, The House That Didn’t End is right up your alley!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
To find an E. K. Seaver, you must set a trap. The best option is to lure her in using chocolate, blankets, and a typewriter, but if none of those are on hand, spare books and Broadway music can be easily substituted. She prefers to be wild and free, though. Whether it includes adventuring through the Rocky Mountains or curled up at a local bookshop, she uses her freedom to produce art. From books to scarves to paintings, Ms. Seaver strives to honor her King in every aspect of her creative works. She desires her stories to hold a meaning beyond the tale and attempts to follow in the footsteps of storytellers who came before her. You can find her and her wild adventures at ekseaver.wordpress.com or on Instagram @ekseaver.author.
Also, as you can see in the handy little graphic below, the blog tour for The House That Didn’t End runs all through September. Make sure to visit these other lovely people on the days they’re posting!
Congratulations on your debut, Emily! And have a lovely week, everyone!
Have you read The House That Didn’t End? If not, does it interest you? Have you read any stellar indie books recently? I’d love to talk with you in the comments!