Published by Underlined on February 1, 2022
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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Horror Hotel is a standalone young adult horror novel by author duo Victoria Fulton & Faith McClaren. Horror Hotel is inspired by the real life Cecil Hotel in LA. The Cecil Hotel has a very colorful past, featuring many deaths (both suicide and suspicious) including the mysterious and famous case of 21-year old Elisa Lam. I have been fascinated by her case ever since I first heard about it, so when I saw the premise of this book, I was instantly reminded of the Cecil Hotel, and even more excited to see it was part of the inspiration. Even though this book is a standalone, I would love to revisit with this group of youtube ghost hunters as they visit other haunted locations (even more so if the locations draw inspiration from real life haunted spots, like with the Cecil Hotel!)
This group’s claim to fame is that they have a real life Ghost Detector (medium? Spiritualist?)- Chrissy can sense and see ghosts. Though that is totally cool, I do not envy her for a second. That is one gift or ability that I would not want to have in real life. Chrissy is constantly tormented with the ghosts around her, even if they don’t mean her any harm. I felt so bad for her, but it was a really intriguing concept as this group visited the hotel.
The authors did such a fantastic job crafting a perfectly timely ghost story featuring modern ghost hunter influencers, who go to the Cecil Hotel to make a youtube video of any paranormal activity they encounter. The story was spooky and a total page turner. I gobbled this book up so quickly, and I loved it! I think this book is perfect for seasoned fans of horror novels and new readers who are not quite sure about their horror novel comfort level. Horror Hotel was a great, quick read that I would recommend to everyone. It is definelty making me want to go back and watch some true crime youtube on Elisa
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Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)
This one is on my TBR! Glad to read this review which makes me even more eager to read it!