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The Boo Hag Paperback – March 31, 2012
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David Morgan is more an idea than an actual person. Created in a sterilized 1980s laboratory with gleaming white walls, he was marked for greatness, bound to be a beacon in the sea of humanity, leading the masses to an everlasting epoch of unequaled love and prosperity. Under the flickering glow of a long fluorescent tube, he was taken pain-staking care of by a classified team of anonymous doctors, who watched, if not lovingly, at very least proudly, as he grew from idea, to germ, to bouncing baby boy. Nourished on the best things money can’t buy and taught at the feet of the greatest philosophers yet to be born, David Morgan grew into a man. And became a writer. And the doctors were all canned. Or David Morgan was born in California, but only lived there for a short time before being whisked away to spend his formative years in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He played a lot of soccer, but only when he wasn’t parading around the neighborhood with his brother. He excelled in school right up to the point when he realized that the world would, in fact, not end if he didn’t complete his homework, and then he did okay. Above all he was nice. Or so he would have you believe. But what he won’t tell you, is that he once sent a friend hurtling down a dirt path on a bike, instructing him that on this part of the trail you have to go as fast as you can, and then David watched in delight as said friend jumped the edge of a small cliff and ended up hanging inches above a dirty creek, only separated from the stinking water by a dense patch of foliage. He won’t tell you about that. David lives with his wife and daughters in a house. He is severely outnumbered at home in the gender department, but he thinks that’s pretty cool. David writes from the warm tropical beaches of his mind, but looks forward to a day when he can write from the warm tropical beaches of Hawaii’s reality. If you can’t get enough of David—and who can?—there’s more available here: http://writerunsolicited.blogspot.com/ http://twitter.com/davemorganbooks http://www.facebook.com/davemorganbooks You can also contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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I did not feel as connected to the characters as much as I wanted to. I feel that the choice of writing the story in 3rd person felt a little off to me and the repetition of the characters names on one page was distracting and noticeable for me. I confess that repetition is just a personal peeve of mine. I know that it's common for 3rd person to be used in books, but I rarely if ever noticed that a story is written in 3rd person, but this stood out to me.
As far as the plot and storyline go this book has a great one. I liked the idea of the Boo Hag coming in and adding that addition of fear and mystery to the story, but when she does make appearances she disappears way to fast.
As a whole I liked the idea of the story, I was hoping to get pulled into it more and my favorite parts were when they had to confront the Boo Hag, but they went by so fast I ended up missing her when she was not around.
I will be recommending it to my friends that like similar reads. If you like a softer take on thriller/horror stories you would enjoy this book. Great for younger teens who are interested in the horror genre.
Here is just one example from the beginning of chapter 3.
Lenny guided her shiny, yellow 1968 Volkswagen Beetle into the driveway. The girls had stayed a little late at school to complete the lab. When first period ended with the pair of tantalizingly close to finishing, they plead their case to Ms. Miller, who gave in, as, she noted, Lenny had no control over her intestines. But Anna was happy to have Lenny on her side; she could easily imagine the biology teacher coming to another decision if her best student hadn't been involved. Lenny got a lot of leeway, especially from Ms. Miller, because of her stellar academic record. After School the girls made a quick stop at Anna's house to pick up some essentials, and then made their way to Lenny's to investigate in the bedroom.
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Ok, I know what you're thinking after reading the first paragraph of the blurb...gross! Absolutely, that's what lured me in. I wanted to read something creepy. Well you sir did an amazing job with this story. In the beginning my nerves started winding and winding as the anticipation was building. It was creeptastic. I love a book that can keep you on edge the entire story. There was always a sense of no one is safe or to be trusted. Never before hearing of Boo Hag I had to go do some research. Wikipedia is a fount of info. *shudders*
So I really liked Lenny's character. Not sure I totally could relate to her when I was a teen. I wasn't as OCD then as I am now. But I think I could have been friends with her. Brian, yeah didn't like him. Not at all. There were times I thought `ok, he can be a really nice guy' only to be a total douche in the next breathe. I think dude has alone issues, I really do. Katie was a fun character that had me laughing at her and with her. Girl is so stuck on her self it was funny. But she also has some funny, witty remarks. But she is one of those people you love to hate.
So Morgan...I think you have yourself a winner. Loved it! You brought the idea of something sinister and scary and made it into a book. But dude...what is up with that cryptic/cliff hanger/leaving you dumbfounded/ending you gave us? And how long must we wait for book 2??
The Boo Hag is a great read for anyone looking for a good creepy read.
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