Dollhouse (The Dark Carousel, #1)

Dollhouse (The Dark Carousel, #1)

by Anya Allyn

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"Something happens to you when you read this. You will be changed. It's. Just. That. Amazing." -Nancy Holder, NYTimes Best-selling Author of BUFFY: THE MAKING OF A SLAYER

The DARK CAROUSEL series is a heart-stopping saga, a mix of the chill of American Horror Story and the fantastical elements of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

A dark presence is collecting girls, deep in the forest. Two girls have vanished, and now a third. Cassie and her friends desperately search the forest for their friend, who went missing on a hike. When they find vintage dolls hanging from strings on branches, they should have turned back.
But they didn't.

The dolls lead to a crumbling mansion. Beneath the mansion lies a macabre, life-sized dollhouse that is controlled by a terrifying being. In the dollhouse, you must dance until your feet bleed, sit on the toy shelf if you're bad, and if you've been very bad, you are sent to the toy box - a pitch-dark cavern that contains beings beyond nightmares.
And now there is no escape.
A Dark, Ghostly Gothic Horror for Ages 14 to Adult.

MUSIC BOX - Book 4 (Final)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156585540
Publisher: Anya Allyn
Publication date: 05/02/2019
Series: The Dark Carousel
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,521
File size: 533 KB

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Doll House 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Heinzypop More than 1 year ago
OMG this book freaked the fudge right out of me. Seriously I couldn't read it at night I have such a phobia about clowns and the Australian Bush. I mean I grew up hearing terrible and horrific real life true stories about people missing and murdered out in the bush and I can't get those damn images out of my head. So when I agreed to read this book I really didn't think I would have such a reaction to it. I mean I can handle a lot, for the love of God Supernatural is my favourite TV show LOL but this book felt too eerily close to home, considering I live near the Bush LOL *shudders and shivers to think!* But what I will give Anya Allyn, who graciously provided me with an ARC, is that her story is very original and well told. It's set in Barrington Tops in NSW, Australia, where Cassie, who migrated from Miami, Florida with her mother, finds herself in the Bush with Lacey, Aisha and Ethan on a school assignment. They are researching and collecting data when Aisha suddenly goes missing. Blame is pointed towards Ethan, who was her boyfriend and the time and last one to see her. Cassie, who secretly had a crush on Ethan, would do anything to help him solve her disappearance. She convinces Lacey to help her and they track Ethan down back at the very site that Aisha went missing. Their aim was to find out what happened to Aisha, and hopefully find her as well. But what they soon discovered was completely and utterly the last thing in the world to think of. Enter, un underground theme park, with dark underground rooms, large size dolls that move on their own, creepy clowns, missing girls and a whole lot of weirdness going on..OMG help me!! My head spun and I really didn't want to read on. I was totally spooked and wanted to run for the hills. What they hell was going on? But like a trooper I soldiered on and wanted answers. Anya Allyn really knows how to knock you off your feet and make you think twice about going anywhere near the Bush or around Dolls for that matter. Thank God I only have boys because I don't think I can look at a doll the same again. I shivered, I shuddered and I creeped the fudge out. Bravo Anya you really did a number on me LOL.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting but bleak. There is nothing in the description to alert you that it is not a complete story, its not a series so much as parts of a whole. The story is far fetched with contrived explanations and the characters are thin. But the writing is pretty good. I didnt like it well enough to buy the sequel. Maybe something else by the author.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Dollhouse is unique, thrilling, well-written, and one of the most original novels I’ve read in ages. Not recommended to people who are terrified of dolls or clowns, but to everyone else – this book is amazing! If only the ending wasn’t such a cliffhanger, and if some parts of it weren’t so completely and utterly confusing – seriously, I had to reread some paragraph three or four times – then this would’ve been my favorite book ever. But as it stands now, it’s still pretty good, and highly original, just not as spellbinding as it could’ve been. Anyway, the story starts out pretty simple. Cassie, and three of her friends, have gone on a trip across the nearby mountain for a school project, when they find a dilipidated mansion, in the middle of nowhere. Aisha goes missing, and the police quickly suspects Ethan, Aisha’s boyfriend and Cassie’s secret crush. When Ethan goes up the mountain to try and find Aisha, Cassie and Lacey follow him, trying to help. But once they venture inside the mansion, they find something so twisted and messed up, they never could’ve imagined it. This book is scary, even if it doesn’t try to be. Some of the imagery is so well-described, and so twisted, that it scared me to the bone. It’s gothic horror at its finest, never gross, never grotesque, but atmospheric and creepy all the same. The plot is so original – I don’t want to spoil it, so I won’t saying anything else, except, well, be prepared for an amazing plot that’ll leave you jealous, and wishing you’d come up with something like that yourself. The writing is great, the characters all seem very real, and I never knew what to expect next. This is gothic horror the way it’s spposed to be. I can’t wait to read the sequel. As soon as it’s on Netgalley, I’m getting my hands on that book. I need to know what happens next. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Cassie and her mother move from Miami to Australia to be with Cassie's mother's new man. Too bad he turns out to be a real creep and ditches them. Cassie is not particularly happy to be in Australia, but when she begins school she meets, much to her shock, a popular girl that is actually nice. Aisha takes Cassie under her wing and introduces her around... and then Cassie sees Ethan and falls head over heels for him. Suddenly Ethan goes from potential boyfriend material to off-limits when he and Aisha begin dating. While on a school field trip up in the mountains, Aisha, Cassie, Lacey, and Ethan are teamed up to complete their assignment - rather like a scavenger hunt for all kinds of different things found in nature. It turns out the area they are in has had at least four girls disappear - one each year. And when Aisha and Ethan get into a fight, Aisha takes off running. After hours of searching no one can find her. Ethan sends the girls back down the mountain and stays to keep looking. Months of searching turns up nothing - other than lots of fingers pointing at Ethan and his grandfather. Ethan stops by Cassie's house one night and crashes there before he takes off to live on the mountain and keep searching before they can arrest him. Then Lacey, the police detective in charge of the case, tells Cassie that she copied her dad's files. The two decide to go look for Aisha themselves, but know that they must lie about where they are headed if they are going to do it. The two girls run into Ethan on the mountain and the three tentatively join forces, with Cassie being the glue that holds them together. They decide to search the really creepy house out in the middle of the forest, once the scary owner takes his dogs and leaves for a bit. There they discover a hidden tunnel, and in the entrance is the cover to Aisha's cell phone. At this point they decide to look further instead of going back for the police. Rather than spoil the story I'll stop here, but I will say the storyline is very original and compelling, with characters that pull you in from the beginning of the book. And there are some very interesting plot twists that are unexpected and surprising. As soon as I finished this book I immediately began reading (and finished) the second book in the series. Now I am eagerly awaiting the release of the third book. I am hoping that the third book will be a bit more like the first than the second, but that isn't to say the second was in any way badly written. I simply was more strongly drawn into the first book.
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Anonymous 23 days ago
What a thriller. A nightmare and a half. Would make a good motion picture. I couldn't stop reading this book. WOW
Anonymous 3 months ago
A bit repetitive.
Anonymous 4 months ago
great read .
Anonymous 4 months ago
So glad I took a chance on this book, wow I just could not put it down. The intensity of the story, characters that were very well developed, and gripped me to the very end! Just WOW....highly recommend.
Anonymous 5 months ago
A little twisted, and tragic. But I couldn’t stop reading. Leaves you wanting to continue the series!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Very convoluted. Lots of twists
Anonymous 6 months ago
many twists and turns, keeps your attention. you never realize ahead of time what will happen as you turn the page. scarey.
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Loved it! Could not put it down!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strange eerie story! Too unreal for my taste!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book very very very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
See the review 2 before this... excellent description...It will keep you engrossed and leave you so MUST buy the next one in the series....
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
I loved this!  It is not often I come across a really well-written, suspenseful, thrilling horror novel written for the young adult demographic.  There is no sex, no drugs, no extreme language... just thrilling, creepy horror that satisfies even my creepy taste as an adult!  I also enjoyed the fact that this book can be just as easily enjoyed by guys.  My 16yo son has read this book, too, and is as big a horror fan as I am and he loved it. I have a true fondness for thrilling, suspenseful horror and this book fed that need.  I will admit that I approached this book cautiously, especially after reading the author's disclaimer about the lack of sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll.  I generally find books that eliminate those things at any level are hard to get into, not generally realistic.  The prose of this book was truly impressive, creating characters that were realistic and not "goody two shoes" types that I can't stand.  Every one of my senses was involved in reading this book, the author creating a plot and a world that was so vivid that I felt as if I were there.   It is dark, creepy, scary, and totally thrilling.  I don't want to talk much about the plot because I feel like that would both creep near the spoiler edge and ruin the experience of reading this for yourself.  There were so many twists and turns and it completely kept me guessing. Things to love about Dollhouse...   --The depth of the world.  It had a fairly limited group of settings but it was full and rich and easily imaginable.   --The characters.  Whether I liked them or was terrified by them, I was intrigued.   --The fear factor.  Excellent horror level, especially since this is a YA novel! My recommendation:  If you like suspenseful horror and gothic mystique, you will enjoy this book!
Andrea_C More than 1 year ago
[This review also appears on Andi's Young Adult Books. I received a complimentary ebook in exchange for my honest review.] This was one of the creepiest stories I have read in a long time. I mean creepy in a good way, and not quite scary. The first third of the book seemed okay and did go by quickly. The friends were out and about, trying to find their missing friend. Suddenly, they are swept into a dark and macabre world that is absolutely horrifying. What's real? What isn't? Your head spins like the dizzying hands on the clock as you try to figure out what is going on and how they can get out of this. I was absolutely riveted for the rest of the book and sad when it ended. This is just the first book in a trilogy, though, so there will be more to read. I even want to reread this book, to see if I can pick up on more clues, now that I know the truth about what was going on. The whole time I was reading the book, I could easily picture it all in my head as if I was watching a movie unfold. I think it would make a great horror flick. I can guarantee you will never look at your Raggedy Ann doll nor a carousel in the same way again.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Doll House' is a fast paced young adult novel that revolves around the horrors that the book's main character Cassie finds buried deep within the forests of Australia. Her friend Aisha disappeared in these woods and no one has seen her since, so Cassie takes it upon herself to try to find her missing friend and to help clear her crush's name. What really happened to Aisha in the woods that day? What are the secrets lurking in the depths of the forest? I found this novel to be interesting with a unique plot. The characters were written fairly well, but didn't seem to be very original in their personalities or other characteristics. I thought that the action and horror parts of the novel were very well written and fit perfectly with the feel of the story. The truth that Cassie finds in the woods threw me for such a huge loop. It was seriously messed up (in a great way!) and I couldn't stop reading it. It had slowed down a bit in the middle of the book, but once things picked back up - I literally had to finish the book without stopping. This was one of the creepiest, weirdest, thrilling books I've read ever. And I absolutely loved it. I'm so excited that this is just the first in a trilogy - I have really high hopes for the rest of the books and I am now eagerly awaiting the second installment. I highly recommend this for people who want a creepy thriller! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Looking forward to following the story.
Ken00 More than 1 year ago
I would have given this book 5 stars but first half was a freaky Twilight zone type story and in mid-book, went off the "deep end" almost as if one writer started it, didn't know how to end it, and another writer figured out how to finish the story. Very detailed & fluid at first but transitioned into Fairy-tailed-like ending. Very enjoyable though!