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Friday, March 9, 2012

(M MG M) Review and Giveaway: Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks by Robert Gray

I want to thank Robert Gray for participating in March MG Madness and for the very generous giveaway below my review!

TITLE: Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks
SERIES: Eve Hallows #1
AUTHOR: Robert Gray              PUB DATE: 11/8/11
FORMAT: paperback, 252 pgs
SOURCE: from author in exchange for an honest review

For fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows, life can be summed up in one word—horrible. She has the most horrible friends. She lives in a horrible old castle. Even her family is a bunch of horrible monsters. 

However, in the monster-inhabited world of Gravesville—a world where messages are sent through Ouija boards, jack-o’-lanterns get facials to suit their moods, and the worst thing Eve has to deal with are those annoying zombie tourists who overrun her favorite graveyard during the Halloween season—horrible means wonderful. And everything for Eve is perfectly horrible. 

But her life is about to go head over heels when a mysterious group known as The Source starts terrorizing Gravesville. Now she must move to the human world—where everything is opposite ... and for Eve, that's absolutely adorable!

THREE FIVE WORDS: A Monster-load of creepy fun!

MY REVIEW: Robert Gray’s Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks has everything I look for in a MG book- laugh-out-loud laughs, relatable young characters, pitch-perfect dialogue and a super fun story….oh, and pizza. Can’t forget the pizza!

Fourteen year old Eve Hallows has lived in Gravesville, surrounded by monsters, her whole life and that’s absolutely horrible to her…of course, in Eve’s world horrible means awesome and adorable means awful. With a shapeshifter for a father, a gorgon for a mother, a ghoul for a brother, a werewolf for a grandpa and a vampire for a grandmother, you’d think Eve was something simply horrible. But she isn’t. Instead, she’s something utterly adorable- a human. Left by her human family 14 years ago, Eve has grown up in this monster inhabited world and wouldn’t have it any other way. But when a mysterious group known as The Source start to murder monsters, Eve’s parents pack up the family and move to the human world…where everything is absolutely, abominably, abysmally adorable!

I loved every moment of reading this book and I read it in one sitting, simply unable to put it down! It can be a difficult thing to add the right amount of dark and creepy to a MG book and still keep it appropriate for its intended audience, but the author has done just. Robert Gray offers readers the perfect mix of the creepy, the funny and the “real” life; a mix that will delight young and older readers alike.

The story is nicely paced- fast enough to keep young readers from getting bored, but slow enough to allow readers to really get to know this world and its characters. And this book’s world and characters are totally worth getting to know. The world Gray has crafted is so vivid, fantastical and layered that readers will have no problems believing that Gravesville and its monster inhabitants exist. With an awesome mix of the whimsical and the creepy, Gray’s world of monsters is exciting and enchanting.

 And the “real” world Gray places Eve in is very relatable. In the human world, Eve must deal with very real and hard things- mean girls, fitting in, crushing first crushes- and Gray explores these things in a way that younger readers will get and appreciate-with humor and honesty.

The characters in Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks are just as wonderful as its settings. Eve is easy to love; she’s witty, sarcastic, and as over the top and dramatic as a fourteen year old should be. I think readers will love the rest of the Hallows family because they’re delightfully weird, yet oddly normal. Mr. and Mrs. Hallows may have monsterly abilities, and Mrs. Hallows isn’t above turning someone into stone, but they’re still very mom and dad-ish. Throw in a ghoulish brother; an invisible, pizza making man; a bunch of zombie pirates; some new human friends; a couple mean girls; a cute crush and a butthead of a principle and you have the rest of the zany and fabulous cast of characters in this book.

Eve doesn’t just have the human world to contend with though, she, along with her new friends, must go up against The Source and its cronies, resulting in a thrilling adventure. Gray wraps up his book with a satisfying ending, but leaves room for plenty of more horrible fun…and Eve's adventures are set to continue Summer '12, and I will be the first in line for Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows!

MY FINAL THOUGHTS:  This is the perfect book to be read aloud, read at night under the covers or simply devoured in one sitting. Robert Gray’s Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks simply shines with all of its fun creepiness, compelling characters and stellar writing. A MUST read for any MG fan!
5/5 Cupcakes

Be sure to stop by the March MG Madness home post and enter the big month long giveaway to win a box of MG books and swag! You can earn extra entries in the big giveaway by commenting on this review...go HERE to enter

Find the author: Website / Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook
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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Unknown said...

The book sounds interesting..:)

Amy said...

This book sounds really fun. Zombie pirates, and invisible pizza makers. I'm sold!! Lol! Great review.

Natalie @ Book Lovers Life said...

This books sounds really good. My son would love it. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

SacredmOOn said...

OMG, this book sounds like such a fantastic read!! Almost an Adams Family feel to it in my opinion. I can't wait to read it! Awesome review! Thank you for the chance to win it!!!
DeAnna Schultz

Paige said...

This book sounds so good, I saw it on goodreads a couple of days ago. Awesome review

Katrina said...

I love spooky MG books...Seriously. Adult books are too scary sometimes, even if I am 23 years old. lol

Kaira said...

Sounds interesting. Cant wait to read!

franchie15 said...

Alright, the synopsis caught me. How can you truly call people friends when they're horrible? :o I'm really intrigued about this one. :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds interesting :)

Kayla Beck said...

This sounds like a great book to read aloud to my daughter. She loved Coraline, and I bet she'll enjoy this one as well. We're always looking for new books, so thanks for reviewing this!

koddabear said...

This sounds like a great book to read to my nephews and nieces

alicia marie said...

This sounds like a book I'd enjoy : ) It would be interesting to see everything how it is in her world, with things that are horrible being good and her being left to grow up as something awful (adorable) surrounded by monsters. Sounds like a very interesting read! Thanks for the great review!

Mo said...

This looks and sounds like something ala Neil Gaiman and I'm a huge Gaiman fan! I love the review. Can't wait to read!

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Sounds like one that me as a 14 year old would have loved!

In Julie's Opinion said...

What a great review! You've made the book sound like so much fun! I'd love to read it with my teenage son because I think we would both enjoy it! Thanks for the awesome review and giveaway :)

jwitt33 at live dot com

April Yedinak said...

Sounds like a really fun read.

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

Loved your review - what a fun book. I was actually hooked when I read that jack-o’-lanterns get facials. What a hoot!

Unknown said...

Thank you, Aeicha, for the awesome review. And thank you, everyone, for the wonderful comments. Good luck to all of you!

Joy Keeney said...

I think my nieces would love this one!

Kelly said...

I don't know what I would do as a human in a monster family. But as a younger person you may just be used to it!

Christina said...

Wow, that sounds pretty hilarious. There's so much going on in this one.

Evie said...

before I comment on the review let me just say: GAH! The author picture is just freaking hilarious!!! I already love the guy!!! Hahaha LMAO

Anyhoo~! Your excellent review made me realize that I really, really need to read more MG books, especially books like this one. Isn't the cover just so wonderful? And the main character is Eve (which is almost exactly my name!). I can't wait to read this! Thank you so much for your fab review. Sounds really cool!

Unknown said...

This looks like such a cute book! Great Review.

Sarahbotbonkers said...

Now I'm definitely intrigued with the pizza-thingy! Kidding aside, what a wonderful, glowing review. Now, I'll definitely add this to my ever-growing TBR pile. But since I'm looking for a good MG book, I think this is a very welcome addition. :)

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...

I really miss reading MG books, they had a certain kind of air about them that makes them unique. This one sounds like something I would have devoured when I was still reading this level all the time.

Sherina the Monster. said...

OMG! I love the concept of the story. Imagine you're living somewhere full of monsters and strange creatures! That's pretty awesome! :)

Farin said...

Great book to share with my younger cousin. Thanks

ChrissieB said...

Oh this book sounds so cool. Something my daughter and I could read together!