Mystery begets mystery as Pete's world takes a shadowy shape. As the intriguing story unfolds, the atmosphere works nicely with the protagonist's search for answers. The author, A.A. Allsop, has a descriptive and mysterious writing style that really draws the reader in from the very start. I love the way the book is written and how the author so eloquently conveys words. The simple sentences are haunting and beautiful. Everything about this book is enjoyable.
Enthralling, magical, spooky and wonderful, [The Unliving Chronicles] is one of the most creative and captivating books I have read in a very long time. Read this book today!!
5 out of 5 stars for Reading Nut
A perfect blend of mystery, monsters, and magic and of course the undead
Let me just tell you: absolutely fabulous! It had me on the edge of my seat from the very first sentence. A perfect blend of mystery, monsters, magic, and, of course, the undead Stories full of rich history and details that contribute to character depth behind the main story plot (and it didn't even take away from the main story). And that ending! What a perfect little bow tie to wrap that whole thing up while still maintaining the hint of endless possibilities. A good read and I will definitely recommend it to anyone who thoroughly enjoys mystery, magic, monsters, a strong character, and an ACTUAL history behind things. The government is there (plus the under-government called The Community), the teachers with ACTUAL lives (that don't just consist of making childrens' lives torture), even the school history is even in it. Not one plot hole! What a miracle nowadays, am I right? I will definitely be coming back for the sequels.
4 out of 5 stars for Guy Wheatley
This is a fun and imaginative read
This is a fun and imaginative read. A. A. Allsop places a mystery in an after-life filled with fun monsters and other mystical creatures. We start with a teenage boy who awakens in the afterlife dressed only in striped pajamas and a silk tie. He has no memories but harbors an overwhelming conviction that somebody he loves is in danger.
We follow Pete as he finds his bearings and his place at the Dead Orphanage. It's a coming of age story of personal growth and accomplishment. He meets friends and adversaries as he works his way through the mystery of who he is, how he died, who the young girl is who needs his help. But the entire setting is the best Halloween party you've ever been to. Allsop fills this world with wonderful and interesting creatures, but her characters are equally as compelling.
This is a book that readers from older children through adults can enjoy.