Book reviews Fantasy Horror

Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton and Faith McClaren

Horror Hotel- Cover

About the Book

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. 

Underlined is a line of totally addictive romance, thriller, and horror paperback original titles coming to you fast and furious each month. Enjoy everything you want to read the way you want to read it

Goodreads Page

“Sometime they like to show me how they died. I don’t know why, maybe it makes them feel less alone, less isolated. Maybe they just want someone to know, to witness it, so it gives their short life a meaning. Usually they show me and then vanish.” 

Quote from Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton and Faith McClaren

Our Review of Horror Hotel

Maybe this book was not for me as I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. There was something off about the book which made me not fully on board with it. I am not exactly sure what exactly the trouble was but yes definitely there were a few areas I had trouble with. Multiple character narration is a lot harder to pull off without everybody seeming to sound and behave like the same person and I think one of the major reasons why I couldn’t fully enjoy was because of these blurred narrations. 

There is a lot of backstory and prelude to something happening but in truth, nothing is happening. Or whatever “major” is to happen does so quick that all the hype is what is left in the end and not the actual thing for which all the build-up was being made. A major chunk of the book is all about the dynamics and relationship between these group of friends who take up a daring challenge for their Youtube channel. So where the actual plot is happening as a side track, the book hovers around what each friend is “feeling” about others and what is happening.

I feel that there was a mystery element somewhere in the plot but since all the effort and space went into the building of the ambience and “horror” of the plot, somehow that mystery element didn’t get the treatment it deserved. Since the main strength of the plot was its mystery and underplaying it meant, the book couldn’t fully perform to its potential. 


In conclusion, I felt that the book is 80% the build-up to something that will happen but when “IT” happens you hardly notice it as you are expecting something grand. Also, there is a lot of push and pull between tracks in the book that may have been not that important. The book to me felt like a horror movie where there is that eerie background music and things popping out at random intervals and somebody screaming at intervals but overall there is nothing much happening that is not expected.

Squirrel Rating

Squirrel Rating- 2 Stars

You may also like...