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Friday, November 8, 2013

Review and Epic Giveaway: Eve Hallows and the Book of Shivers by Robert Gray

I'm so excited to not only share my review of Eve Hallows and the Book of Shivers today, but to host the awesome giveaway courtesy of Robert Gray! There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs, so check out my review then enter below...

Eve Hallows and the Book of Shivers
(The Nightmare Series #3)
by Robert Gray

So far, Eve's summer vacation has been uneventful, but when her grandparents—traveling all the way from the monster world known as Gravesville—appear at her doorstep, she learns that the URNS Director has gone missing. Worse, a new director, bent on destroying humans, has taken over URNS.

Eve and her family are no longer safe in the human world, and as they race to escape this new threat, Eve stumbles into a trap, which forces her back to Gravesville along with her family and friends. But once there, everything goes adorably wrong, and her best chance to get out of this mess is to seek out The Book of Shivers and the elusive author Sedrick Creach—the only creature who knows the secrets of the Nightmare Books. Unfortunately for Eve, searching for Sedrick and the next book in the series will reveal uncomfortable details about her own murky past.

Once again, Eve and her friends find themselves on an incredible adventure—one that involves underground battles with bloodthirsty creatures, a lightning-fueled train, and some unexpected new allies.

Hilarious and bone-chilling, this third book continues the story of an unlikely hero trying to save not one, but two worlds … This time around, though, Eve's not sure she can even save herself.

Find the book: Goodreads / Amazon 

*I received an eARC of this title in exchange for my honest review*

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of The Nightmare Series, and am always SO thrilled when a new one comes out, so I’m happy to report that author Robert Gray has done it again! He’s added a spooktacularly fun and thrilling new volume to his already awesome series. Eve Hallows and the Book of Shivers, book three in this series, joins books one and two as some of my favorite middle-grade reads!

In book three, we find the horrible (which really means awesome) Eve Hallows in some unbelievably adorable (which means awful) situations. On the run from The Source, with her three best human friends, reluctant heroine Eve must locate the Book of Shivers to save both her beloved Gravesville and the human world that's growing on her. Along the way she ends up in some pretty unexpected places and discovers some info that rocks both her worlds!

The Nightmare Series continues to have EVERYTHING I love in my middle-grade reads: fantastic world-building, unforgettable characters, stellar storytelling, and an imaginative story. Like books one and two, Eve Hallows and the Book of Shivers is a captivating and entertaining mix of laugh-out-loud humor, a whimsical macabre atmosphere, creepy fun, and clever writing. Gray expands both his Gravesville and the human world, introduces some kooky cool new characters, and takes Eve and readers on a wild ride (literally!).

I love the whimsically dark atmosphere of these books! Gray creates a setting and tone that are deliciously eerie and unexpected, with enough thrills and chills to keep readers in spine-tingling shivers, but always appropriate for its intended audience. Eve Hallows and the Book of Shivers is bursting with monster-y goodness of the classic kind (vampires, mummies, witches, and ghosts, oh my!) and the imaginative and weird kind (werebies, zompires, barf twins). We get to explore more of Gravesville in all its horrible, swampy glory (sign me up for a timeshare!) and we end up in the only place in the human world that is just as weird, strange, and outrageous as Gravesville: Hollywood!

All my fave characters from books one and two are back in Eve Hallows and the Book of Shivers, while we meet some new creeptastic friends. Eve Hallows, with her pitch-perfect teen sarcasm; unique perspective; and all around horribly awesome personality, continues to be so lovable and relatable! I love being inside her head and seeing the story unfold through her eyes and wry, honest observations. Eve’s three human BFF’s, Steve; Lucy; and Carly Beth really shine in this book and this quirky foursome friendship is one of the most genuine and fun ones in middle-grade.

A Frankentrain, with lightning and all, takes Eve and her friends on an unforgettable and crazy trip in search of the mysterious Sedrick Creach. Eve ends up discovering things about her past that will have readers exclaiming “Oh. My. Jack!”. And that ending?! Let’s just say I’m DYING for the next book!

MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Simply put, I LoveAdoreAmCrazyAbout this series! Robert Gray continues to craft wildly imaginative, wickedly fun, and highly entertaining books, and Eve Hallows and the Book of Shivers is no exception. A must read book in a must read series for both young and older readers!


Robert Gray

Win signed copies of The Nightmare Series books and an Amazon Gift Card!
Robert Gray is offering up some awesome prizes in this giveaway and which prizes the winner gets all depends on how many total entries the giveaway receives Here's the rundown:

Prize 1: Autographed copy of Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks (1-300 entries)
Prize 2: Autographed copy of Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows (301-600 entries)
Prize 3: Autographed copy of Eve Hallows and the Book of Shivers (601-1000 entries)
Prize 4: $50 Amazon gift card (1000+ entries)

So the more entries, the more prizes the winner will get! Awesome, right?! There is only one required entry (don't worry, it's a free entry) and a ton of ways to earn bonus points (like reviewing the books, adding on Goodreads, spreading the word).
-US only
-will end 12/1
-one free entry per person, must be 13+
-the winner will be emailed and must claim prize within 48 hours
-Word Spelunking is NOT responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen prizes
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Unknown said...

This was a great review that left me disappointed I hadn't read the first books in the series. I now know a great series to begin with my children. Thanks for another great review.

Unknown said...

Awesome giveaway! I love the concept of how the prize depends on the entries (:

Liliana said...

I love this series! I have the Book of Shivers ready to read and I am excited to get a start on it!

steve weber said...

just finished book 2.. can't wait for book 3!