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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows by Robert Gray

I'm super excited to share my review of Eve Hallows and the Book Shadows (The Nightmare #2), with all of you today! Be sure to check out my review of the first book, Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks, as well. And I also have a fabulous prize pack giveaway to share beneath my review...

TITLE: Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows
SERIES: The Nightmare #2
AUTHOR: Robert Gray 
PUB DATE: 9/16/12
FORMAT: ebook
SOURCE: from author for review

Ever since encountering The Source and its minions on Halloween, Eve Hallows has found life surprisingly quiet … not to mention adorably boring! So when Dad receives a Ouija message that she must return to Gravesville, Eve couldn't be happier—at least until she discovers the Director of URNS, also known as the Grim Reaper, has a special job for Eve … one that will lead her to New York City and to the true identity of The Source. 

With The Book of Shrieks offering zero help and a new URNS agent driving the school boys—and Eve!—crazy, Eve's beginning to realize this whole saving-the-world nonsense isn't what it's cracked up to be. 

All this and she still has to find The Book of Shadows...

THREE WORDS: Spooktacular Fun & Laughs

MY REVIEW: Robert Gray's Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks (book one in The Nightmare series) was one of my favorite MG reads last year and I had been eagerly awaiting the release of the second book all summer. And it turns out Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows is even more awesome and fun than the first book!

After the events on Halloween, when Eve and her friends came face to face with The Source and his buggy minions, life has been rather boring in the human world. But then Eve is summoned back to Gravesville for a meeting with the Director of URNS, who happens to be Death himself, the Grim Reaper. Death gives a Eve a new job to find the Book of Shadows and a new annoyingly perfect URNS agent protector, Jasmine. The search for the book takes Eve and her friends all the way to New York City where they must battle The Source's creepy new mutations and even The Source himself. Life for Eve just got adorably, but kinda horribly, exciting!

Robert Gray's The Nightmare Series is definitely one of my favorite new MG series! Like the first book, Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows is full of such thrilling, wacky and creeptastic fun, absolutely horrible (remember, horrible means awesome) characters, all of which Gray captures with a perfect middle-grade voice.

Gray is a spectacular and spooktacular storyteller! The story he weaves in both book one and in Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows will captivate readers of all ages from beginning to end. The book is full of laugh-out-loud-make-you-gigglesnort funnies, with an awesome dose of sassy and sarcasm. I love how Gray manages to add the perfect mix of dark and whimsy to his story, creating an atmosphere and world that is charmingly creepy and enchantingly eerie. And best of all, the story is spooky and kooky, but still absolutely appropriate for all readers.

Full of wicked cool imagination, Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows is stuffed full of all things awesome, unusual and the supernatural...like a Sweet Transformation Party (think a Sweet 16 for a teenage werewolf), zambpires (zombie+vampire), werebies (werewolf+zombie), horribly unique Black Friday decorations, and an annoyingly perfect succubus who has ALL the boys under her spell. The fun and horrible weirdness never stops!

I just adore my horrible girl Eve! I love her spot on sarcastic, honest, and endearing teenage voice; her witty observations; and her courage, loyalty and thirst for adventure. Eve's three human friends, Carly Beth; Lucy; and Steve, really shine in this book and I just love the genuine and loyal friendship and love between this foursome. Death is such an intriguing, enamoring, and totally surprising character. Now, everyone knows I LOVE a great villain, and The Source is a fantastically chilling and entertaining villain.

Eve's search for the Book of Shadows takes her and her friends to NYC and on a fast-paced, adventure full of zampbires, werebies, and an OMGgasp-worthy climactic confrontation with The Source. Like me, readers will be riveted by all the thrills, chills, and scary moments. And the surprises keep coming all the way to the final page and I, for one, can't wait to find out what happens next.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I'm completely in love with this series and Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows is a fantastically and frightfully fun sequel! Readers of all ages looking for a spooktacular story full of awesome characters and stellar writing will definitely find what they're looking for in this series. A MUST read book in a MUST read series...perfect for some Halloween reading!

MY RATING

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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.





Win an awesome The Nightmare Series prize pack or ebook!!!
Robert has offered up some fantabulous prizes for an epic giveaway. There will be three prizes up for grabs: 1 US, 2 INT

US ONLY

1 autographed copy of EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHRIEKS
1 autographed copy of EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHADOWS
1 $15 iTunes gift card
Some Eve Hallows swag--bookmarks and stickers
A few small bags of Halloween candy
All of this will be placed inside a talking potions chest, which doubles as a nice Halloween decoration.
(Total prize package is worth about $70)

How awesome is that prize pack?! I'd totally enter to win if I could ;)

OPEN INT

2 winners will each win an ebook copy of Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows

DETAILS
-Will run from 10/10 - 10/20
-There will be three winners: 1 US only, 2 open INT
-One main entry per person
-Must be 13+ to enter
-Winners will be emailed and must claim prize within 48 hours
-I am NOT responsible for lost, damaged or stolen prizes 
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7 comments:

Elie said...

LOVE MG titles to share with my students! This sounds fabulous and perfect for Halloween!

Orchid said...

This sounds perfect like the perfect read to continue my MG kick. I love a good book were the main character has a great set of friends, and by your review it seems that she does.

Thanks for the great review. =)

Amy said...

I have the ebook of the first book and am hoping to get time to read it for Halloween!! It sounds so good. I'm glad to know that the second book is awesome too. Great review!!

Deranged Pegasus said...

I would really love to read these. Thank you for this chance.

Jennifer | Book Den said...

Fun! I have the first book, but I haven't read it yet. I'm definitely moving it to the top of the pile. :)

Liliana said...

I LOVE this series so far! Its just soo much fun to read and it makes me feel youger, in a way!

SacredmOOn said...

Squeeee! I have the first book on my tbr shelf as we speak! I'm excited the new sequel has released! Yay! I don't read a lot of mgf compared to other genres, but this series screamed AWESOME to me! Wonderful review! :D
Thank you for the chance to win this amazing giveaway chance!
DeAnna Schultz