- File Size: 2044 KB
- Print Length: 90 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1 edition (November 26, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 26, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GO8IF36
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,107,172 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
House of Horrors (Weirdville Book 2) Kindle Edition
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|Length: 90 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Age Level: 7 - 11|
|Grade Level: 2 - 5|
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If you do, please know that I'm definitely not with you. When I went to the Alien Panic Place at Spaceworld last year (I blame my friend for dragging me and my family there), I basically kept my eyes on the ground the whole time. And I still screamed several times.
So you can imagine that I wouldn't want to be in the situation that Jacky, Cass and Ben are in. When Jacky and Ben drag a hesitant Cass to the House of Horrors, something goes wrong and their made to face their real fears - or never leave.
The scary part about this book are the fears that the children face. Those fears aren't strange fears (for example, the fear of long words, or hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia). They're normal fears, such as the fear of being invisible to others, the fear of the weird old woman down the street, etc. Most kids will definitely identify with at least one of these fears.
In fact, this book is very instrospective. All three kids are forced to examine themselves, and through that, they come to know themselves better. It was an unexpected, but welcome element in the book.
And the ending. The ending may be the scariest part. Majanka is really proving her ability to write books with a (scary) twist at the end. I found this book to be much scarier than The Doll Maker.
Scarier than the first book, if you liked The Doll Maker, you should pick this up.
Disclaimer: I got this book free as part of Enchanted blog tours in exchange for a free and honest review.
This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile: http://www.allsortsofbooks.blogspot.jp/2014/06/house-of-horrors-by-majanka-verstraete.html
First, it must be noted that these stories tap into some of the basic fears that both children and adults have, with that in mind, as a parent I would highly suggest that you read the book with your child or prior to them reading it alone. The Doll Maker had a definite element of chills that left me intrigued and even a tiny bit disturbed. The story had enough light-hearted moments though that I easily settled back and read this to my 8 year old nephew.
House of Horrors, got a little bit dark in my personal opinion. While an excellent story, as a writer in the adult horror genre, I felt this almost tipped into a level of fright that might be more than I would want a younger reader to aim for alone. I would recommend this for more the young teen reader, on content.
Character development, plot, and story flow were top notch, as I have come to expect from both Majanka and the Evolved Publishing Team. I do not hesitate to grab a copy of the books as I know that I will enjoy them. I would have liked to see some illustrations within the book, that may have helped alleviate the intensity of the fears presented, or I would gauge the book to a higher age group. The ending definitely was a shocker, I even jumped a little at that... which is a good sign.
Amazing VoiceOver by Miriam Blum. Her voice makes the story come to life. She makes you feel like a part of the story.