G is for Graveyard
This year I’m taking a break from Faerie and doing an A to Z of my TBR (to be read) list instead. Each letter will have books starting with that letter on my list, a book I’ve read and reviewed (with the review!) and one of my books matching the letter with a link about more info about the book. I’ve decided not to include words like “A”, “The” and “An” during this challenge.
About the Book I’ve Read
I’ve had this book on my TBR forever. I’ve finally got around to reading it for this challenge.
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a perfectly normal boy. Well, he would be perfectly normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the world of the dead.
There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard: the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer; a gravestone entrance to a desert that leads to the city of ghouls; friendship with a witch, and so much more.
But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks, for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.
A deliciously dark masterwork by bestselling author Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by award-winning Dave McKean.
Check it out on Goodreads.
Creepy. Thrilling. Imaginative.
Spanning over a decade, the story of Bod and those who dwell in the graveyard keeps the reader captivated. Breaking all rules, this story is told from various perspectives, almost like a movie, yet keeps the reader involved in Bod’s tale.
I enjoyed the various creatures: ghouls, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches and knaves.
I found it interesting how Bod, Nobody Owens, grew up and had all the feelings appropriate with his age and yet the solemnity and wisdom from growing up in the graveyard with his ghost family. I also liked that he is fond of reading.
Liza and Miss Lupescu are my favourite of Bod’s teachers. I also liked Silas, though I think the witch and the werewolf taught him more about their world and surviving it than the vampire did.
When Bod leaves the graveyard, I wonder if he’ll remember how to use magic and everything else he was taught growing up or if he’ll lose that as well as being able to see and converse with the dead.
I liked the scene where Bod finally avenges his family. So cool!
I’m not sure if this is a book meant for everyone: some of this can be quite scary. So if you got nightmares from reading the Goosebumps books, don’t read this one until you’re older. And definitely don’t read this before bed…
Trigger warnings: murder, ghosts, monsters, bullies.
Blaze of Glory
I hope you enjoyed this. For more books I’ve read and reviewed, check out either my Pinterest board about reviews or my Goodreads profile. Alternatively, you can check out my reviews on BookBub. Have you read any of the books? Loved or hated any of them?
*FYI, my reviews are my honest opinion and if something bothers me, I tell it straight. How else will anything change? My opinions are based on being a voracious reader and book buyer, not an attack on the author.*
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