Book Review: Hansel and Gretel (Neil Gaiman)

Details:

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Pages: 56
Release Date: December 11th 2014


Summary (From Goodreads):

The enduring story of the children, the breadcrumb trail and the gingerbread house is brought to life by master storyteller, Neil Gaiman. Who better to retell the Brothers Grimm’s greatest, and perhaps darkest, fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel? Coupled with breathtakingly haunting illustrations from Lorenzo Mattotti, you will be enticed into the world and into the woods . . . so beware.

Review:

This is a lovely telling of the classic story of Hansel and Gretel. I’ve received a lot of fairytale books lately (including the complete works of the Brothers Grimm) and am really interested in the different tellings and they way they change over the years/author-author.

This story is classic Gaiman, beautifully told with dark undertones and some very creepy illustrations by Lorenzo Mattotti. I did enjoy the illustrations: they reminded me a little of those in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. The style is similar, black and white, very dark and ‘messy’ looking (not in a bad way, it’s just the only word I can think to describe it – I’m not good with arty things!)

The reason I’ve only given three stars is because I was expecting something a little more. It really was just the story of Hansel and Gretel with no added darkness or twists, as I was expecting. It’s still a lovely story and I’ll be looking out for more of his fairytales, but I think with slightly lower expectations this time. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a well told fairy tale, but maybe look elsewhere if you’re after a more twisted tale.

(As a side note, there was also a page at the back with explained some of the origins of the story, which I found really interesting, as apparently during wartime people would sometimes be forced to eat other people or ‘lose’ children so there were less mouths to feed.)

My Verdict:
3

Book Review: The Maze Runner (James Dashner)

Details:

Publisher: Chicken House
Pages: 384
Release Date: January 1st 2009
 

Summary (From Goodreads):

 If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

Review:


This one has been on my radar for a while (I mean, who hasn’t heard of it?) but it’s taken me a long time to get round to it. It says right on the cover that it’s for fans of The Hunger Games (which I am one of) but I didn’t go in expecting too much. Probably the opposite actually, as I tend to be a bit sceptical of the really hyped of books *cough* Twilight *cough*.

It took me over a week to read, which is unusual for me. I just found it really hard to get into, but I couldn’t put my finger on why that was. It should have been really gripping and exciting with all the crazy stuff that was going on but it just didn’t grab me.

One reason I think was the constant use of their own made up slang words. I imagine it was to add some character to the boys and show how they’ve formed their own kind of society by living in the Glade on their own for so long (although two years isn’t really that long…) but it was really confusing to start off with, and then annoying once I got the hang of it. A few words would have given a nice picture of the world but some of them just seemed silly, especially when they knew the real words for them (just say ‘graveyard’ instead of ‘deadheads’, fools).

The characters were okay for the most part, although the main guy was a bit of a Gary Stu. He comes up with the amazing way to defeat the Grievers (literally just dodging them, it’s not really rocket science). He’s a bit too ‘Chosen One’ for me and while there is some explanation of why that is, it still didn’t do it for me.

I’m still not convinced by the whole Maze being a test and some kind of zombie like disease going round, but I guess we’ll hear more about that in later books. Despite everything I’ve said, it’s not a bad read, action packed for certain and already a hit with loads of people. If I was expecting something a little more Lord of the Flies then that’s my fault, but I’d still say it’s enjoyable and I’ll see what the next books have to offer.

 

My Verdict:
3

Book Review: Unspeakable (Abbie Rushton)

Details:

Publisher: Atom
Pages: 279
Release Date: February 5th 2015
 

Summary (From Goodreads):

 Megan doesn’t speak. She hasn’t spoken in months.

Pushing away the people she cares about is just a small price to pay. Because there are things locked inside Megan’s head – things that are screaming to be heard – that she cannot, must not, let out.

Then Jasmine starts at school: bubbly, beautiful, talkative Jasmine. And for reasons Megan can’t quite understand, life starts to look a bit brighter.

Megan would love to speak again, and it seems like Jasmine might be the answer. But if she finds her voice, will she lose everything else?

Review:

This is the second book I’ve read this week about someone being unable to speak due to a traumatic event (the other being If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch). Both were very different but enjoyable.

I enjoyed the slow build of this book. While I can’t claim to have exactly guessed the ending, I had a pretty clear idea of why Megan wasn’t talking, but that didn’t bother me. It was an enjoyable ride to see the friendship with Jasmine blossom and be teased with the hints of the events that led to Megan’s silence.

The thing I like the most about this book was the fact that, while it contained an LGBT relationship, it wasn’t solely what the book was about. While I do think it”s important and helpful to have books that focus on someone coming out or exploring their sexuality, I love it when it’s just a natural part of a book. Because why shouldn’t it be?

This was another book where the little details really added up to create a beautiful, clear picture of characters and settings. I felt that Megan living on the scummier side of an otherwise lovely village added to the isolation that her muteness caused. Megan’s mum was a really well fleshed out character with all the signs of a mother putting her foot in it even as she tries to help and do what’s best for her daughter. Jasmine as a character may seem a little larger than life, but as a drama type myself (though not quite such a chattery, flamboyant one) I’ve come across Jasmines in real life before and know what a breath of fresh air they can be. Their relationship might seem like a convenient one (the chatterbox and the mute) but it grew organically and they felt suited to grow close as friends and more.

This is a slow burner that I didn’t want to put down, and one that I would have loved to read as a teen (and one I’ll be passing on to my younger sister to read). I’m trying to read more diversely this year and this book the first, enjoyable step in that direction.

My Verdict:
 4

Book Review: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (Paige McKenzie)

*I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Details:

Publisher: Weinstein Books

Pages: 304

Release Date: 24th March 2015

Summary (From Goodreads):

Based on the wildly popular YouTube channel, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as “Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age.” YA fans new and old will learn the secrets behind Sunshine—the adorkable girl living in a haunted house—a story that is much bigger, and runs much deeper, than even the most devoted viewer can imagine…

Review:

As a pretty big horror film fan, I’ve read surprisingly few horror novels (not including a massive amount of Goosebumps books in my younger days). So I was pretty excited when I read about this book, even though I’ve not seen any of the videos from YouTube.

Sunshine Girl reads like a classic modern horror film with plenty of suspense to keep you guessing all the way through and give you a chill as you read. I might not always think of classic modern horror as a particularly interesting one to watch (these days plot lines and twists are pretty generic and a bit tiresome) but reading it was a different matter.

Sunshine is a likeable character and her strong relationship with her mom makes the breakdown even harder to bear. There are some really unsettling interactions with her that make you feel genuinely disturbed: when her mom drinks coffee that Sunshine can see is still bubbling it’s so hot, or when she eats raw chicken. As the mom’s possession increased I felt tense every time Sunshine had to go home and be alone with her, knowing that something awful was probably about to happen.

For horror fans like me the plot could feel a little predictable – move to a new creepy house, hear ghosts and such, investigate and find an expert to help, eventually defeat the ghosts – but there’s so much more to the book that this that I didn’t care if it felt like I knew where it was going. It had enough personal touches and quirks to make it a thoroughly enjoyable read and one that I’d recommend to anyone who loves to be creeped out. I’ll definitely look out for more in the series.

As a side note: I read this at the bus stop one day and was feeling pretty unnerved and then I realised someone was standing very close behind me and I nearly screamed. This book gets you on edge!

My Verdict:

4

Book Review: The Token: A Breed Apart (Natasha Rogue)

 *I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
 
Details:

Publisher: Fido Publishing
Pages: 301
Release Date: 2nd December 2014
 

Summary (From Goodreads):

Callie Michaels isn’t pretty or popular, but her singing more than makes up for all she lacks. And as long as she focuses on what’s really important, she can survive high school. But how can she focus with all the drama? Between her best friend’s odd issues and a daily dose of weirdness from the social elite, she’s starting to wonder if she’s the only normal one around.

Just as her life begins spiralling out of control, the answer comes to her in a dream. In exchange for a token of blood, a demon will give her everything she desires. She says “yes.” From that point on, she finds herself changing, becoming something far from normal. Something dangerous.

No one is what they seem—least of all her. While the supernatural creatures around her struggle to maintain their humanity, Callie slowly loses hers. She doesn’t even know what’s important anymore. Friendship, the future, love? And is there anyone who can make her care?


Review:

I started off really enjoying this book: the writing is strong, the characterisation is excellent and I really felt connected to Callie, the main character as she approached old friend and long time crush James. Sadly though, I found the book started off a lot stronger than it ended and I lost interest in the plot fairly quickly.

This book has everything from demons to magi to (were)panthers (apparently the were implies half human, which they are not. Although they spend most of their time as human…) I’m not opposed to the idea of werepanthers – I’ve watched a lot of True Blood and I loved their werepanther story line – but this one just irritated me more than anything. It felt too much like another weird paranormal romance where people from different species can love each other despite their differences, and I’m just not interested.

The Breed – the not-so-humans who turn into giant cats and such – are far too careless when they talk and give themselves away so easily I’m surprised Callie’s never guessed their true nature before. And they are constantly fighting for dominance and staking their claims over girls, which also really irritated me. I understood the animal mentality of it but it felt a bit too close to the kind of 50 Shades of Grey/dominance thing that’s in a lot of terrible romance/erotica novels these days (harsh comparison I know, but that’s what springs to mind).

The ‘bad guy’ in the book is constantly changing – James, Amy, Nick, Tammy – and while this could have been a good move to keep things exciting it just didn’t work. Somehow through all of it I knew the point was that the demon was the evil one, not anyone else and that just got rid of any tension that should have been building.

While I didn’t enjoy the plot, as I said, the writing was very good and I did make it to the end of the book. It might not be for me but I can see it being right up someone else’s street, hence the rating below.

My Verdict:

3

UKYA Extravaganza Blog Tour: Interview with Rachel Ward

The UKYA Extravaganza is a (sold out) event at Birmingham High Street Waterstones, organised by Kerry Drewery and Emma Pass. Today is my turn on the UKYA Extravanganza Blog Tour, which has been going since the start of February and will be ending next week, after the event itself.

On my blog today we have Rachel Ward, author of the Numbers trilogy and The Drowning and Water Born which we’ll talk a little about below.

So without further ado, here we go:


Hi Rachel, it’s great to have you hear on my blog today. You’re my first ever author interview and it’s even more special because it’s for the UKYA Extravaganza blog tour! I’m going to kick off by asking what you think is so important about UKYA?


Thanks so much for having me on your blog – I’m honoured to be your first author interview! When I started out ‘YA’ wasn’t really a thing, or at least it was just a thing in the USA. Over the last couple of years UKYA has definitely become a force to be reckoned with. It feels like a real community of writers, readers, bloggers, librarians and publishers and it’s a lovely thing to be part of. Writing in the UK is really strong and the UKYA label helps to promote that.

 

What are you most looking forward to about the UKYA Extravaganza event?


I’m ridiculously excited about the Extravaganza! It’s a chance to catch up with some old friends and to meet a lot of people – writers, bloggers, readers – that I’ve only ‘met’ on Twitter or Facebook. I think it’s going to be intense, fun and exhausting!

 

If you had to pick a book/series to encourage someone new to read UKYA, what would you choose and why?


Ooh, that’s so tricky. There are so many to choose from. The only YA (if that’s what it is) book I read before writing Numbers was Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. I’d recommend the His Dark Materials series to anyone. I’d also recommend anything by Kevin Brooks.

 

I recently read and reviewed your books The Drowning and Water Born, which both have water playing a rather sinister part in the story. What’s your relationship like with water?


Well, I used to be a keen swimmer, but I haven’t been to the local pool since I started writing Water Born! I only realised very recently that my relationship with water is probably clouded by falling backwards into a paddling pool and almost drowning when I was a tot. It’s one of my earliest memories. However I love swimming, so I should really get back to the pool …

 

There’s a big time gap between the events in The Drowning and Water Born. What made you want to write about Carl and Neisha again much later in their life, and why did you choose to do it from their daughter’s point of view?


I love writing sequels which skip to the next generation. It allows me to explore an idea from a different character’s perspective and I love finding out how life has worked out for my teenage characters as they become adults. I picked Nic for Water Born as I always have a teenager as my central character, and I was interested to see her view of her parents.

 

Is Water Born the end of Carl and Rob’s story, or can we expect to see a third book in the series?


Water Born is the end of the line for Carl and Rob.


If not can you say anything about what you’re working on at the moment?


I’m working on a detective story/thriller in space at the moment. I’m very excited about it. It’s got potential to be a really cracking story. I hope I can do it justice. I’ve done the first draft and now I’m playing with the plot and characters in a second draft.


Did you always want to be a writer or were there any other ambitions you harboured when you were younger?


Not at all. When I was younger I wanted to be a farmer or an estate agent. I only started writing in my mid-thirties on a whim really, to see if I could do it.


Do you find it easy when you’re writing a story or do you have to discipline yourself to get it all out on paper (or the screen, I guess)?


I’ve been a full-time writer for three years, and, to be honest, writing was easier when I had a day job. Although I was much more stressed and unpleasant to live with, I didn’t have any trouble settling down to write. I used to do 45 minutes every morning before waking everyone else up and going to work. Now that I’ve got more time, I have to set myself word targets e.g. 1000 words a day, in order to make progress. It’s also not easy translating the ideas in my head onto paper. The process of putting something into words is surprisingly frustrating, but fascinating.



I know you probably get this one a lot, but what advice would you give to an aspiring author?
A book takes a long time to write, so you’ve got to write about something you’re really interested in and with characters that you care about. Try and write every day. Have a notebook with you or make notes on your phone and write down descriptions of people or scenes you see when you are out and about. You never know when they’ll come in handy. Don’t be too obsessed about writing – have other things in your life too – and enjoy it!


And a few quick fire questions to round off with:

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m reading ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’ by Chris Hadfield partly as research for my book and also because I saw him speak last year and he was awesome. Before that I read ‘Five Children on the Western Front’ by Kate Saunders which I thought was wonderful.

Favourite book as a child?

I didn’t read as a mid-late teen, but my favourite book before I stopped reading was ‘Fly-by-night’ by K.M. Peyton. As a little child, I loved the Noggin the Nog books and ‘The Land of Green Ginger’.

Favourite writing drink and snack?

Coffee (either decaf or half and half) from my lovely coffee machine in the morning. Maybe a chocolaty treat to go with. Diet Coke in the afternoon with a sneaky Popchip or two. I was vegan for January and swapped chocolate for almonds and carrot sticks. I should probably do that again.


5 desert island books?
 
This is the hardest question! Why are you torturing me like this? Okay.
1. The notebook I kept as a sort of diary when my children were little, which records cute/horrific things they did or said, plus first words, etc.
2. The Collins Cobuild English Language Dictionary because I could learn new words or use random words as a starter for stories, plus one of the compilers was my sister and I’m very proud of her
3. The complete works of Shakespeare. I’ve never got on with Shakespeare, but I suspect I’m missing out. Being on a desert island might give me the time to study him and try and appreciate him more.
4. A compendium of detective stories 5. Another compendium of great UKYA!

Favourite place to read?

I read in bed before I go to sleep. I’m very good at falling asleep, although I have the annoying habit of waking super-early, so sometimes it takes me a long time to get through a book. The sign that I’m really gripped by a book is when I find time to read during the day, curled up on the sofa with my dog or tucked into bed with a microwavable owl.

Any hidden talents?

Well, it’s not very hidden because I keep telling people about it, but I started painting last year and I’m really enjoying it. I also take lots of photographs of Bath when I’m out and about with my dog, Misty, and tweet them (@RachelWardbooks).

What fictional world would you love to live in?

 

I’d be very happy to live on the island in ‘The Summer Book’ by Tove Jansson for a while. I’m also fond (at least in theory) of cold, snowy places, so I’d like to spend time in the world of ‘The Tenderness of Wolves’ or ‘The Snow Child’ although I think the reality would be pretty harsh.
Thank you so much to Rachel for being here today, and to Kerry Drewery and Emma Pass for organising the UKYA Extravaganza. I can’t wait to see everyone at the event next week!
 
If you’d like to follow the blog tour or catch up on any posts you might have missed, all the bloggers and authors can be found in the picture below.
 
 

Book Review: If You Find Me (Emily Murdoch)

Publisher: Indigo

Pages: 314

Release Date: March 26th 2013

Summary (From Goodreads):

Carey is keeping a terrible secret. If she tells, it could destroy her future. If she doesn’t, will she ever be free?

For almost as long as she can remember, Carey has lived in the heart of the woods with her drug-addicted mother and six-year-old sister, Jenessa.

Their mother routinely disappears for weeks at a time, leaving the girls to cope alone.

Survival is Carey’s only priority – until strangers arrive and everything changes…

Review:

Man I seem to be on a role with good books lately. This one was just beautiful and I raced through it: it actually made me get up in the morning just so I could get on the bus to work and read some more. This book was a Christmas present, but it had been on my wish list because of its beautiful cover.

The characters in this book just sang to me. The characterisation was perfect, especially Jenessa, who managed to be highly expressive (and completely adorable) whilst barely saying a thing. Carey was a strong narrator, and while she sounded older than her years, it’s very understandable given the circumstances of her upbringing. Carey’s voice in the first chapter showed a lot about her character but I was glad that she decided to try and speak properly once in civilised company, as it could have gotten tiresome after a while (lots of dropping ‘g’s and such).

The little details in the book were the ones that brought it really to life for me. The Joseph, Patron Saint of Beans was mentioned often and was a great little addition that captured their whole life in the woods. The story flowed wonderfully, even though I did think that once they were found in the woods (very early on) there would be little story to tell. There is more to it than just them settling into a ‘normal’ life as it slowly builds towards revealing the secret that left Jenessa without her voice. But I found I didn’t necessarily need the drama: I was happy enough to watch them settle down and I was rooting for them so much. My heart sank a little when I realised the step sister was going to make life difficult for them because I felt they deserved a happy ending more than anyone else I’d read about.

I’ve seen a few people saying the story lacks credibility, as the social services procedures wouldn’t really go like that (the children should have been interviewed extensively about what happened to them, they wouldn’t have gone to live with the Dad straight away, especially as he’s not Jenessa’s father) but I think that’s a little pedantic. I didn’t want to read about that kind of process in great detail and I was perfectly happy to suspend my disbelief because the writing and characters were so worth it.

There are some dark issues in this book that, while aren’t described in too much detail, are hinted about enough for you to get the idea of the awful things that the girls have been through. Their bond as sisters is amazing (they would have been in my list of Top Five Sisters if I’d read it sooner) and I can’t remember a time when I wished so hard for a happy ending. Emily Murdoch weaves a beautiful, complex set of characters and is definitely one to look out for in the future.

My Verdict:

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Book Review: A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness)

Details:

Publisher: Walker Books
Pages: 215
Release Date: 1st January 2011
 
Summary (From Goodreads):

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

Review:

Ah this book hurt my heart so much. I knew early on where it was going to end but I didn’t think it would upset me so much. I must stop making the mistake of reading these sad books on my way to work. No one likes a bus crier.

The combination of words and pictures in this book is just magical. I really admired the art style and loved the way the simple black and white drawings contained so much detail. They really brought the story to life, especially the monster: he looked fearsome but also sometimes comical, crouched down in Conor’s Gran’s living room.

But, even without the pictures, the story is easily brought to life by Ness’ deft descriptions and flowing prose. I have a real love for his writing and this book was no exception. The monster’s stories intrigued me and I loved the debate they provoked with Conor: they read like fairytales but also like real life, as it was never clear who was a ‘good guy’ or a ‘bad guy’, or who was right and wrong, something I’ve found in Ness’ books before and which intrigues me, as all too often in books things are black and white, rather than the different shades that occur in reality.

It’s easy to sympathise with Conor’s situation initially as it’s one many people have experienced, and all others dread. But, as the book progresses and the secret that lives in his nightmares is revealed, I found a whole new level of sympathy and understanding. It may not be something others are familiar with, but I am experiencing a similar situation myself. Horrible as it is, sometimes you do just wish everything could end. You know you’ll grieve and things will be awful for a while, but at least you’re not exhaustively clinging on to every last hope. It was refreshing to read about and did help me feel a bit better about my own situation, because the guilt that comes with those kinds of feelings can be overwhelming.

Ness has taken an original idea from Siobhan Dowd and added his own original touch and captivating language to create a story that will stay with you long after you’ve read it.

My Verdict:
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Top Five… Book Titles

I’ve spoken a fair bit about buying books because I love their covers, so this week’s Top Five is books I’ve bought because of their titles. Along with the cover, the title is often one of the first things we see of a book, and a grabbing title can make the difference between picking a book up or moving on to the next one.
 
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The Knife of Never Letting Go
(Patrick Ness)
This immediately makes me ask ‘Why can’t you let go of the knife?’ Although it turned out to be far from what I thought it would be (I was guessing it was some kind of magical, possessing knife and I was very wrong) but the story was amazing and lived up to it’s interesting title.
 
4.

Memoirs of a Dangerous Alien

 

Memoirs of a Dangerous Alien
(Maggie Prince)
This is a golden oldie and has always been a favourite of mine. Again, it didn’t go how I expected it to (apparently I like that in my titles) but it was still a title that made me stop and think ‘I want to read that’ and add it to my wishlist.

 

3.
John Dies at the End
(David Wong)
This is moving away from my usual YA a little – I borrowed this one from my boyfriend – but as soon as I heard the title I knew I wanted to read it. Who gives away a major plot point and spoiler in their title? A genius, that’s who (a little gushing, I know, but it’s a very grabbing title).
2.
 

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 
(Ransom Riggs)
I’ll admit to being intrigued by the cover and the use of the strange photographs, but I just love the title for this book as well. It instantly says intrigue and makes me want to read it. I admit, the story didn’t go how I expected it to, but I still loved it.
And the winner is…
 

 

 


 
1.
 

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
(Catherynne M Valente)
I don’t think anything can top that title.
This popped up on Amazon when I was buying something else and I added it to my basket immediately: it deserved that for being so epically titled. The others in the series are similarly named but this was the first that caught my eye. It also happens to be a very good book, so check it out 😉
I’d love to hear any other awesomely titled books that you’d recommend!

Book Review: Frozen Charlotte (Alex Bell)

 

Details:

Publisher: Stripes Publishing

Pages: 368

Release Date: 5th January 2015

Summary (From Goodreads):

We’re waiting for you to come and play.

Dunvegan School for Girls has been closed for many years. Converted into a family home, the teachers and students are long gone. But they left something behind…

Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins. Brooding Cameron with his scarred hand, strange Lilias with a fear of bones and Piper, who seems just a bit too good to be true. And then there’s her other cousin. The girl with a room full of antique dolls. The girl that shouldn’t be there. The girl that died.

Review:

I read this book in two sittings and absolutely loved it. It draws you in with a creepy prologue that sets up the events perfectly and then launches straight into the story: there’s no hanging around here, it’s pretty much suspense and weird happenings all the way through and it’s perfect.Sophie was a perfect narrator to guide you through the story. Her reactions to the events were very realistic, which I think can be hard to do when writing a modern ghost story. It’s so easy to be skeptical of events and a narrator who believed them too quickly would be jarring, but Sophie had just the right amount of denial and then slow realisation of the reality of her situation.

I loved each of the cousins for their unique characterisation and really enjoyed not knowing who to trust. I found Piper a little flat at first: she seemed to be a bit of writer’s convenience at first as she explained a lot of back story and mythology but she soon fleshed out and became one of my favourite characters.

And then the Frozen Charlotte dolls themselves. They are creepy as hell and the fact that they’re real made them all the more spooky. I love the idea of the author turning the old song and Victorian dolls into this wonderfully scary story. They were amazing villains and I actually felt afraid to leave my room when I finished reading late at night. I could almost feel their tiny cold hands on me and I was terrified of what they’d do to me in my sleep.

I’d thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys horror stories or is looking to try something a little different. It’s a thrilling journey with a fast pace and a lot of twists that will keep you guessing right until the end. Just don’t read it in an empty house in the dark as I did!

My Verdict:

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If you liked this, you might also enjoy The Haunting of Sunshine Girl