Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: The Stone Child

Happy Monday, dearlings!

Today is a review for another of Dan Poblocki's spooktacular books "The Stone Child".  I love Mr. Poblocki's work! I actually read this a while ago and never put up any kind of review, which I can't believe because it was so good.



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Now, that being said... here's a review for you!

The Stone Child
by Dan Poblocki
Title:  The Stone Child
Author:  Dan Poblocki
Genre: Middlegrade Paranormal
Publication: August 25, 2009
Pages:   288


What if the monsters from your favorite horror books were real?

Eddie Fennicks has always been a loner, content to lose himself in a mystery novel by his favorite author, Nathaniel Olmstead. That’s why moving to the small town of Gatesweed becomes a dream come true when Eddie discovers that Olmstead lived there before mysteriously disappearing thirteen years ago. Even better, Eddie finds a handwritten, never-before-seen Nathaniel Olmstead book printed in code and befriends Harris, who’s as much an Olmsteady as he is. But then the frightening creatures of Olmstead’s books begin to show up in real life, and Eddie’s dream turns into a nightmare. Eddie, Harris, and their new friend, Maggie, must break Olmstead’s code, banish all gremlins and monster lake-dogs from the town of Gatesweed, and solve the mystery of the missing author, all before Eddie’s mom finished writing her own tale of terror and brings to life the scariest creature of all

This book was... phenomenal.

Truly, I was so impressed with this work. Poblocki is, in my opinion, a master horror writer for young adults. He tells a fantastic story full of adventure, life lessons, and REALLY FRIGHTENING moments that even kept ME up wondering what was creeping around in the shadows. 

Okay okay... so I have an overactive imagination in genral but regardless... he writes really creepy books!

Eddie, Harris, and Maggie are three REALLY BRAVE kids... but they kind of have to be. It's either that or let the world be overrun by evil creatures from the dimension of darkness... and we're talking REALLY awful things, here folks. Forget all of the newfangled horror shows that you're familiar with... this is plain, good, old fashioned bump-in-the-night stuff that makes you keep your nightlight on.

Aside from all of the creepy stuff we're looking at a book with a message here. Poblocki's books consider the bravery and multi-layers of the character's young psyche. The dark side of human nature... and the potential for darkness in all human beings are considered here. The fight for what's right and good for everyone against all odds. Considering others before considering yourself. 

This book reminds me of the saying "Bravery is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it." Young and old readers alike will enjoy this spine tingling, yet feel-good story about overcoming all of life's obstacles... even when they seem too surmountable to consider. 

Technically speaking... Poblocki's writing style is engaging and forward moving. You're in the hands of a master story teller with this author and he makes it feel as though his stories are actually melinia old legends passed down through the generations of tale spinners.

The mystery aspect of this book is plenty suspenseful enough and there are moments when you actually figure out what's going on before the characters do and you're on the edge of your seat trying to warn the characters by talking through the pages. "No! Don't open that door! OMG YOU DID!"

Very talented author. Very great book. 

I recommend this book for Adults and young readers who enjoy frightening stories, but probably not for young readers who are very easily spooked or who might be kept up all night. If your readers aren't likely to read a "SCARY STORIES" compilation then this book isn't for them.  This isn't "Goosebumps fright" here, folks, you know, spooky with a twist of quirky... the content is straight up creepy. 
That being said....

Read Read Read! 

Until Next Blog,

Read On!


1 comment:

  1. I loved the review and I would rather not think about monsters from horror books comeing true.