Thursday, July 30, 2015

The House on 211 - L. A. Maldonado

A seriously, haunted story of demons and ghosts galore is rated at FIVE STARS for being a real, chilling page turner that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

Schwartz Synopsis

Will has spent his past years working hard in New York City, and the time has finally come for change. A change from the big and busy city life to the quiet country life of Meadows, Texas. Breaking the news to his family, they pack up and make the long drive to their new home. This new life of theirs will be different. This is their dream home, but will it be their dream life? Only time will tell, the question is: Will they have enough time to figure it out?

Laying there, Benjy shouts over to his cousin, “A-Are you seeing this?”
“I really wish I wasn’t,” Nathan answers, his voice quivers.

Schwartz Thoughts

It has been a while since I have read a horror novel. Like, a long time. So when I was approached by L. A. Maldonado to read The House on 211, I jumped at the opportunity to sink my teeth into a good scare. I was not disappointed. I found the beginning well written, so well in fact that it truly will suck you in. So, this book will hook you in, but will it keep you reading you ask…Why, yes of course! Almost every chapter ends with quite the hook that you just have to keep turning the pages. You need to find out what is going on even if you are two steps away from throwing the book in the freezer for the night…(I didn’t do that…really…)

It is written in third person, which originally, I was not a fan of. However, after reading a few chapters I began to enjoy it a whole lot more. Third person allowed the author to dive deeper into the story, grab more haunting lines, and deliver a chilling story. Another thing I wanted to mention was the romance, every book has it, but in this one, it was minimal. You knew what was happening (wink wink) but the author chose not to rub your face in the naughty parts…Which was quite refreshing.

Description. We all know how touchy description is with me. This book actually did it perfectly, my opinion of course. It wasn’t over done to the point that it bores the reader, but it wasn’t under done either. The author found that thin line and walked upon it, telling his story beautifully (well, a bit gorily, but it’s a horror story!)

Characters were super well done. I fell in love with a few, rooting them on. Others I hated, like thoroughly hated. However, it was a good hate, an acceptable hate. Not an ‘I hate this authors character’ hate, but rather a ‘this author created such a great hateable character’ hate. That makes sense, right?
Ok, so you know how when you watch scary movies and the dumb blonde is heading up the stairs and you’re sat there screaming away at your television telling her to run outside already? That totally happens in this book! I mean, not the dumb blonde heading up the stairs bit, but the reader being sat there screaming at the book characters! Don’t do that! Do this! Oh my God! RUN! I got right into this book. I got snappy at one of the characters, I gasped at the scary parts. Basically, it garnered an actual audible reaction from me several times (You may not want to read around others…). However, any book that can get a reaction from you like that, well that’s a good book in my opinion.

Very freaky beginning, completely creepy middle, and a horrific ending. Pick it up and read it…Just make sure you have some room in your freezer ;)

“Don’t tell your little sister to ‘shut up’,” his mother scolds him, threatening the boy with a knife.


Do you love horror? What about haunting's? Scary page-turners with a hook around every corner? Seriously, read this book!

About the Author

L.A. MALDONADO was born and raised in Pompano Beach, Florida. At the age of 17, he moved to West Texas for the next 16 years. In 2010 he thought it would be a good idea to head back to his roots in home state.

Maldonado now lives in Lehigh Acres, Florida, with his small family and two dogs, Esme and Sammy. He's a fan of most things geeky (think: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Once Upon A Time, The Walking Dead, all kind of books like Beautiful Creatures, The Vampire Chronicles, Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games, Fear Street, Harry Potter...). He has been in love with books since he was given his first novel on his 8th birthday called "I Know What You Did Last Summer" by Lois Duncan, way before Hollywood ever thought of making a Blockbuster movie out of it.

Everyone who knew him in school says that he is caring, giving, and the brave one out of the group of friends. Every time you see Maldonado, he always has a book in his hand reading. While he was in high school he wrote poems and short stories and had a number of them published in the school newspaper.

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