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The Wrong Girl (The 1st Freak House Trilogy) by [Archer, C.J.]
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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT C.J. ARCHER
"C.J. has done it again." ~ Amazon reviewer Richard Bird in a review of POSSESSION

"I have to admire CJ Archer's creative mind to have produced such an enjoyable series." ~ Amazon reviewer outspoken1 in a review of EVERMORE

"Thank you, C.J.Archer. Please keep writing." ~ Amazon reviewer Senior Citizen #8 in a review of THE MEDIUM

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It's customary for Gothic romance novels to include a mysterious girl locked in the attic. Hannah Smith just wishes she wasn't that girl. As a narcoleptic and the companion to an earl's daughter with a strange affliction of her own, Hannah knows she's lucky to have a roof over her head and food in her belly when so many orphans starve on the streets. Yet freedom is something Hannah longs for. She did not, however, want her freedom to arrive in the form of kidnapping.

Taken by handsome Jack Langley to a place known as Freak House, she finds herself under the same roof as a mad scientist, his niece, a mute servant and Jack, a fire starter with a mysterious past. They assure Hannah she is not a prisoner and that they want to help her. The problem is, they think she's the earl's daughter. What will they do when they discover they took the wrong girl?

ORDER OF BOOKS IN THE 1st FREAK HOUSE TRILOGY:
#1 The Wrong Girl
#2 Playing With Fire
#3 Heart Burn

NOTE: This ebook is included in a 3-book bundle with the other books in the trilogy. You can purchase the 3-book complete set of The 1st Freak House Trilogy at a cheaper price than buying the ebooks individually.

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  • Print Length: 219 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D1SQC50
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,183 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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I found it to be an easy read. I had no issues with the un-answered questions as in the next book it starts to address them, so all good I guess. For me the story flowed just fine, as a matter of fact, read the whole book in a day with little effort, it read that well (again, for me).
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By Cassandra TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 October 2014
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Im sorry, I got a couple of chapters in and just couldnt get into the book and it didnt grab me, I found the first few chapters boring and couldn't continue. For all I know it could be wonderful trilogy.
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Tried this one cause of CJ Archer's Ministry books, but was very disappointed. Very much for a young audience.
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Liked it enough to buy the whole series and i will buy the next follow on series
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting 27 May 2014
By Paliden - Published on Amazon.com
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The Wrong Girl starts off……strange. There are two girls. One is an orphan (from a servant, supposedly) and one is the daughter of an earl. They have spent their whole lives sequestered in an attic. The reason? The Earl’s daughter, Violet, can apparently start fires with her hands. Like, from her fingertips. Weird, right? And the orphan girl, Hannah, is a narcoleptic which means that she has unexplained bouts of unconsciousness. So, one day Hannah gets kidnapped right out of the Earl’s garden (they are allowed on supervised walks). Only, the kidnappers think that she is Violet. Hannah is very protective of Violet and so she decides to play along until she figures out what these people want with Vi. And now, it gets really weird. Her two kidnappers are Jack and Sylvia Langley. Jack is a fire starter like Violet. And apparently, they kidnapper her to “save” her from her life as a prisoner and teach her to control her fire starting tendencies. But Jack and Sylvia live and work with their Uncle August, who seems to have more sinister purposes. To further complicate matters, Hannah is starting to develop feelings for Jack, but Jack thinks she is a fire starter like him. And then, we get an even stranger twist. I won't go into it because it's kind of a spoiler but suffice it say that I didn't see that one coming.

Okay, this story was really hard for me to get into. The first half of the book was really, really slow. The second half is much better but then in the end, we really don't resolve anything, instead we are just left with more questions. Obviously, that is because there are two more books in this series (or trilogy rather). Still, I really don't like it when I end a book and I don't feel much further than when I started it. So this story was ok, but not something I would read again. That being said, I'm sure that it will appeal to a certain genre of readers. Probably the YA paranormal type. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it myself.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like gothic novels 5 September 2015
By Dani - Published on Amazon.com
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2.5 stars.

Like gothic novels? Well, meet Hannah Smith. She and her superhuman, fire-starting mistress/betstie, Violet, are literally the gothic secret that’s hidden in the attic. Until one day in a case of mistaken identity, Hannah is kidnapped instead of Violet and is whisked away to an even more gothic mansion with even more gothicky secrets by people of unknown and possibly nefarious motives. Determined to keep Violet safe, Hannah plays along hoping to discover her kidnapper’s intentions, but she might just end up discovering more about herself instead.

The best way to describe this novel is X-Men meets Jane Eyre… which actually sounds like a pretty awesome concept. Unfortunately, while it started out pretty strong with an interesting premise and decent build up, the story began to unravel a bit for me around around the halfway mark. Confusing bits of plot, underdeveloped characters, and an unsatisfying resolution all contributed. Also the insta-love romance fell a bit flat for me as well. Jack is one dimensional, and his cageyness and temper… well, red flags. Let’s just say I wouldn’t be pursuing that if I were Hannah.

Overall, interesting and entertaining, but it didn’t quite deliver.
4.0 out of 5 stars Same flavor as The Ministry of Curiosities 7 May 2017
By EmptySea - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been reading C.J. Archer's The Ministry of Curiosities series and decided to pick this up since I've been enjoying that series and this one seemed similar. They are actually very similar and I'm pretty sure that they are supposed to be taking place in the same world around the same time in a supernatural Victorian London. In fact, I do believe that another of Archer's series, the Emily Chambers Spirit Medium trilogy, is referenced in this book. So, if you like either of those series, read this one, or if you like this one, be sure two pick up those other two!

Hannah Smith is the mad woman in the attic. Well, not exactly. She's not really mad, just narcoleptic, and she's only living in an attic because she's been chosen as a companion to Lady Violet, a girl who has the power to create fire. The two have been prisoners in the attic practically their whole lives, and while the forlorn Violet seems to have accepted her fate, Hannah isn't ready to give up the fight. Hannah asserts herself through small acts of rebellion, and probably only really stays trapped because she can't bear to abandon her timid friend Violet. One day, while being allowed out for a little exercise around the grounds, a storm kicks up and the girls find shelter in the gardener's storehouse. While the storm rages, Hannah is ripped away from her friend by a kidnapper, and it doesn't take long for Hannah to realize that the real intended target was her friend Violet; the kidnappers had taken the wrong girl. Can Violet protect her friend Violet from whatever the kidnappers have in store? Will she ever find out how her narcolepsy is tied to Violet's fire starting? And will Hannah ever be able to trust Jack, the hansom kidnapper who knows more about the supernatural than a normal man should?

It's a fun, quick read. I think it drags a tiny bit here and there, and it is very predictable, but it's still a good book and I'm excited to continue the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Muddled beginning to yet another heroine trilogy 30 September 2015
By JKom - Published on Amazon.com
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Another series where it's best to wait until all the books are out, then buy them together. Especially this one, as not much happens in the first book and what does happen, outside of mistaken identity, is nothing you haven't read before, if you're an adult who likes to read the occasional YA novel. Archer seems to be trying to set a dark, mysterious mood, especially by invoking the name of Charles Dickens, but with the usual 'today's spunky heroine' as centerpiece.

Instead, it comes off heavy-handed and slow. I made it about 3/4 of the way through until I finally wanted to slap Hannah so badly, I had to stop. 'Spunky' should not mean 'stubborn and stupid'. There are great, interesting, YA heroines in the fantasy genre...but this isn't one of them, for me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy magic meets BBC period drama 5 January 2017
By Gypsy M - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved everything about this story! From the period setting reminding me of the shows on PBS Masterpiece (some of the more Gothic stories), to the seemless blending with paranormal bits and pieces (and, yes, the time period felt authentic the entire way through, without feeling modern in a place it shouldn’t. Though it did feel rather cliché in certain points). (I should probably mention that, yes, I am a fan of both BBC period dramas, as well as fantasy, especially anything with magic in it). So many stories feel too heavy on the paranormal, while others feel too light. This one felt just right, with plenty of mystery and unanswered questions to keep the reader guessing. In fact, even though this installment did reach a conclusion, there are still enough unanswered questions that I’m dying to get my hands on the next installment of the trilogy. And yes, I did adore the budding romance as well as the very progressive, headstrong heroine, and all of the intriguing side characters. There was no one I thought came off as too one-dimensional (save for maybe the villainous character toward the ending and the street kids). This would appeal to fans of Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series. Though it doesn’t have the action and fighting of Cassandra Clare’s series, it does have magic, secret organizations, the trappings of the time period, and on the verge of familiar characters (Olivia reminded me a lot of Jessamine, Hannah reminded me of Tessa, and even Jack reminded me a bit of Will).

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