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Burn, Do Not Read Paperback – December 16, 2015
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The house is desolate, lonely, creepy, and (I don't care what anyone else says) totally freaking haunted. Once Jack has moved, his life seems to jump from livable and almost carefree to a nightmare in his own home, due to the strange sounds and loss of lights... not to mention the constantly-howling coyotes and the scary stories he's heard about the previous occupants of his little house in the woods. I don't want to give away the story in its entirety, but I will say that I read on the edge of my seat quite often, and found myself wondering what would happen next, even while out taking a walk on my own. I was eager to read more, and the plight of Jack being torn between the enticing "sanity" that could be brought back to him by alcohol or the fight with whatever demonic figure was possessing his house was one I could not wait to finish.
Alas, the book does end. I was on the edge of my seat up until the second-to-last chapter, when the nail-biting terror suddenly stops. I have to say that the ending was terribly anticlimactic. So much build-up... it was frustrating to read. I felt like the story had no tangible resolution, and we are left to wonder what actually happened in the creepy house in the dark woods.
Still, the rest of the book is totally worth the read. And if you are of a religious tendency, perhaps you can make your own meaning from the end of the story. If I could give this book 4 1/2 stars, I think that would be my best choice.