I’ve literally read this book on and off for two years now. Wait—what? Yes. Two. Years. I bought it right after its release in February, 2010. I’d sta...moreI’ve literally read this book on and off for two years now. Wait—what? Yes. Two. Years. I bought it right after its release in February, 2010. I’d start it, get bored, and then pick up another book to read. I skimmed through my Kindle a couple of weeks ago and realized half of it was read. I still remembered a decent amount of the plot, so I thought, why not? The more I read, however, the more I realized why I paused and picked it up again so many times before.
I loved Wake and Fade. In my opinion, when Wake was first released, it was like a breath of fresh air. Something new. Something different. The prose read like verse, but it wasn’t. The idea of a girl falling into people’s dreams was so out there, it blew my psyche into tiny bits, and I never really got them back. Suffice to say, it was unlike other paranormal books at the time.
But this? I’m shaking my head. The entire story is about Janie finding out her father has always been close by, and that she’ll never really have a chance to speak to him in person because he’s in a coma. So the only chance she has of saying anything at all is via his dreams, where he screams in agony and rips out his hair. Sound boring? That’s because it is.
I understand Janie really wanted a father figure in her life (since her mother is too royally effed up to care), but from the moment the call was received, Janie’s entire existence revolved around her father. She wanted to give up school, her job with Captain at the police station, Cabe—and for what? Either way, you’re going to be miserable with this curse/disease/whatever you want to call it.
Overall, while I still enjoyed the originality of McMann’s writing style, the story was lacking. I really would’ve liked to have seen a deeper explanation for why Janie is the way she is, why her father has this ability, too, where the ability originated from, etc. None of this is explained, of course. It just is, and we’ll never know, I guess. (less)
Cute and short. It's about two kids--Debbie and Jeff--who have heard creepy stories of the house on Hackman's Hill, and that there's a $10,000 reward...moreCute and short. It's about two kids--Debbie and Jeff--who have heard creepy stories of the house on Hackman's Hill, and that there's a $10,000 reward out for anyone who can find the mummy inside. So they're determined to find the mummy and collect the money.
The original owner was a collector of Egyptian artifacts, who suddenly disappeared. The police and other investigators searched the home, but never found the mummy or the doctor. After Jeff and Debbie listen to their neighbor's horrifying story about how he came to live in the house, they remember specific details as to where everything is located to make their hunt easier.
(view spoiler)[Jeff and Debbie ultimately find the mummy, but are on the run from Anubus, the ghost-like spirit who stalks anyone who enters the home. They aren't able to fit the mummy through the trapdoor they escape from, so they have to leave it. Help arrives in the form of their grandpa and the neighbor (Mr. Karsten), and Anubus burns down the house. (hide spoiler)]
Reading this book reminded me of my R.L. Stine days.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)