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Grimworld: Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B07YLB6RFF
- Publisher : Our Street Books (October 25, 2019)
- Publication date : October 25, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 587 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 155 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1789041570
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,477,707 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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From the start I was hooked on this story and intrigued by the world that Harry Bats lives in. The was an interesting read and held my attention throughout and I loved all the characters that came into play as it went along, and there was a whole host of colourful characters in this book. There is mild threat in the book with the pocket watches ticking down the lifespan of the wearer and we are left feeling a moment of dread at one point towards the end, but it call turns out just fine.
Avery Moray has done a wonderful job with this book I really hope we get to see more of what Grimworld and Harry has to offer in the future.
The narrative is stripped down and fast paced. Everything happens quickly and the tale is told in short, direct sentences. There are lots of clever and engaging throwaway bits of background, scene setting, adventure, distractions, and deadpan humor, but the focus is always on moving the story along at speed. Sometimes it feels more like a campfire tale being recounted than it does a fully realized novel, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Henry is an appealing no-nonsense main character, and as he picks up allies along the way, (another kid who was also tricked, Henry's sister Hattie, yet another kid who was tricked), the story takes on the aspect of a friendship sort of tale, which is a nice bonus and in some ways the real heart of the story. The book could have been more tightly edited, and there are a number of clauses and modifiers that were left out to dangle where a comma or two and some rearranging could have been helpful, but they were more minor annoyances than deal killers.
So, this was fun and inventive and good natured; it struck me as a fine ghost tale/adventure for an early reader who didn't need anything too scary, and just twisty and action packed enough to also grab an older kid. (Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
I have to say, Grimworld has a definite aesthetic! It’s really hard to tell you exactly what I mean, but the cover does convey it a bit. Imagine if you took The Addams Family, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and a lot of other Tim Burton’s stuff and mashed it all together into a book. That’s pretty much it! I’m not saying it’s exactly like that – no, Grimworld retains its originality, but there’s a definitely vibe to it that I loved so much. First of all, the world is all dark, there’s never any day – only night, so a lot of people use ghostly lights which strengthen this vibe. People also keep odd and somewhat creepy pets – sharks, spiders, worms or snakes, and that’s not all – there are at least a few completely imaginary and fantastical animals mentioned. The foods and the candy they eat are all Halloween-ish, and the color schemes of their clothes and their houses are all very fitting to the theme – purple, green, orange, black. The world is full of all sorts of ghasts – which is completely normal for Grimworld, by the way – they are explained only in passing, and that makes them seem even more normal. These details are why I felt so transported! I haven’t read such a cool middle grade for a while – it’s like getting transported into a sort-of-Halloween-town, but BETTER. I can’t even begin to explain! But Grimworld’s aesthetic totally got me. I LOVED IT.
Then there’s the vibe of the story as well! I really don’t know what it is about middle grade mysteries, but I can’t get enough of them. We all know that the adult world can be dangerous, but it’s the scary, actually chilling danger. Somehow the “middle grade book danger” is different – it’s kind of “safe” danger, if that makes any sense? The thing is, sometimes the kids are in real trouble, but with middle grade, you know they’re going to be alright. So the thrill is different (perhaps that’s why I’m fine with kids’ mysteries but can’t handle adult mystery books.)
Anyway, the kids in the Grimworld story are in a real situation too. Someone has stolen years off their lifetimes! And they’ve got to track the thieves down. What’s worse – nobody knows how to fix it, and to be honest, nobody really cares. The kids are on their own! I can’t really tell you too much without spoiling it, but I can say that it was a great plot and I loved it. I can only hope Grimworld will have some sort of sequel!
I can definitely recommend reading this. Even when it’s not Halloween! Trust me, this story will make Halloween come in any season.
I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy of the ebook in exchange to my honest review. This has not affected my opinion.