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!
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Youngsters Could Enjoy this One
I'm not sure how I came across this. It's not good enough to keep, but not necessarily something I would recall details about down the road.
I think that part that I found most disjointed was the ambiguous meaning of 'horrible' and 'adorable' and adjectives of the like. It seemed to mean that opposite, being that monsters thought something sinister was desirable and vice versa. However, synonyms of those two most words (which were most commonly used) seemed to mean exactly as we thought. It could have added to the world building if different - similar sounding words - were created to decrease any confusions.
As far as the story goes, it's pretty cookie cutter classic that Eve, the human girl living with a monster family, would have a great quest bestowed upon her. The world building in the monster world for the first two chapters of the book was easily forgotten, though, which made me ponder why the details and mentioning of her friends and characters, if they never popped up again? Young readers and listeners are oft quick to ask about missing characters.
It appears to be a very well plotted book, but another editorial review could add much value and depth to this.
Anne Gill was pleasant enough to listen to and follow along.
It's a worthy listen, but not a must-have.
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