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Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks Paperback – November 8, 2011
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About the Author
Robert Gray is a writer. If that job description doesn't impress you, how about fantasy writer? Too general? Well, he doesn't get insulted if you call him a horror writer. If horror's not your thing, then scratch out horror and replace it with suspense. And for the kiddies, you can slap on a YA or MG in front of that title. Gray lives in Bushkill, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.
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You can see why this is such a great premise. It subverts and reverses the more standard plots and it allows poor Eve to be a fish out of water who's now out of water again. It captures the heart of the hot mess that is an early teen girl and plays around with every teen angst convention. (New town, new school, new friends, clueless parents, fashion disasters, secret crush, leaving the old bff's). And, it adds a mystery/adventure/supernatural angle. And you get the diverting antics of the parents wildly misunderstanding the human world, which allows for a lot of sly commentary on the current state of that world.
This only works if the jokes aren't too dopey, (they go right up to the edge), the misunderstandings aren't too Amelia Bedelia inane, (they go right up to the edge), the puns aren't too insistent, (they go right up to the edge), and the plot isn't too convoluted, (it goes right up to the edge).
But the reader forgives all of that because Eve is a delightful heroine. She isn't whiny or overly dramatic. She's level-headed, but full of energy, good humor, and forgiveness regarding her family's foibles. She is fond of and loyal to her family and her monster heritage. She's not a pushover and she is vulnerable, but she's tough when it's called for and brave and courageous when in a tight spot. She is an all-around engaging heroine, which keeps everything else upbeat and entertaining. It helps that her posse of new school buddies is also appealing. Eve is also complemented by the general good humor of the tale. It seems to me that the more outrageous the premise the lighter the author has to be and the zippier the action needs to be get past the bumpier plot points. That's what you have here.
So, you can view this as a very clever reimagining of books about the immigrant experience, or a new approach to teen girl comedy/drama. However you frame it, it's fun, the heroine is appealing, the jokes are plentiful, and there are some subtle insights underneath the silliness. That's a nice package.
Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
Although some of Gravesville's inhabitants still look at her with a wary eye, Eve loves nothing more than surfing the grave fog and drinking her hot pumpkin drink. So when she learns she and her family have to leave this paradise for the human world, Eve is nothing more than distraught. Monsters are being killed. And her family may be next. They must escape to the human world for some answers. Answers that could save all of monsterdom.
I really enjoyed this book, although I will say I wish we could've stayed in Gravesville a little longer. I loved the whole world, and wanted to stay there as long as possible. I hope in book two we will be visiting it more often, because I will be reading book two. This book is appropriate for all ages, has a fun environment, a plot that will keep people turning pages and hints to help the young and young at heart glimpse into what may happen in the future. But beware, you may not be right.
I liked Eve a lot. She has spunk to her, and I really felt like the story was coming from a 14-year-old girl. In so many MG/YA books, they are told from a younger persons point of view, but it always sounds or feels older. It's not the case in this book. The author did a great job at establishing her voice and it stayed that way through the whole book. The supporting characters in this book vary greatly. It is nice to have such a wide variety of characters, but it isn't done in a way that it is overwhelming.
This book is able to be enjoyed from anyone ages 8 and up. The situations are funny at times, suspenseful in others - but not so much that a younger child wouldn't be able to handle it. One of the things I liked about this book is that it is told in a way that you can make it as over the top as you want, or tone it down. Nothing is too graphic, but enough details are presented that anyone with a good imagination can envision quite a bit. Kudos to the author, he did a great job with this book.
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