Review: Bottled by Stephanie Ellis


The house was his, an unwanted and unwelcome inheritance. As a child, Tyler Torrence spent many miserable hours beneath its roof, hating his grandfather and the man’s housekeeper, Mrs. Waites. His only escape during those visits had been via the impossible bottles created by his granddad; bottles holding miniature worlds in which he could lose himself for hours. Sometimes, however, he sensed something else living in the house and in the bottles and when he returned home, he took the nightmares with him.

Now an adult, Tyler decides one last visit can do no harm, allow him to finally shake off his nightmares. The bottles, however, are waiting—and so is Mrs. Waites. As both house and bottles gradually yield up their secrets, it is made clear to Tyler what is expected of him and what will happen should he fail. Is Tyler master or servant of the house?

Rating: 4-stars


Bottled by Stephanie Ellis has an interesting premise. It provided an eerie yet haunting vibe from the beginning. Tyler once a boy who was haunted by his grandfather’s house and its secrets. Tyler really does not want anything to do with the house and the bottles. His grandfather was a tough man. In fact, no one in Tyler’s youth and adult life is loving. His mom and ex-wife use him as much as possible. This only enhances sympathy for Tyler. The characters had more quirks than most characters had. Stephanie Ellis almost made this like the book series known as The Unfortunate Events. Both share the same sadness, mystery, chill, and adventure vibes. Never know what to expect from one moment to the next. Before, I read this novella, it made me think of R.L. Stine’s books. Overall, it was very entertaining.

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