I was really excited to read this book. I have been a huge fan of Holly Black’s books (especially her Modern Fairy tale and Spiderwick series) and wasI was really excited to read this book. I have been a huge fan of Holly Black’s books (especially her Modern Fairy tale and Spiderwick series) and was excited to see what she came up with next. This was a good book and eerily creepy, it didn’t blow me away but it was entertaining.
Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever and love playing creative games of fantastical adventure with their action figures. However, as they grow up their friendship is being torn apart. When Zach’s father throws his action figures away it’s the last straw for Zach, he refuses to play. Poppy in a desperate maneuver to save their friendship takes a mysterious china doll (that they in their game they have dubbed The Queen) out of her box. However things take a dark turn when Poppy claims The Queen is haunting her. The Queen tells Poppy she will not rest until Poppy buries her in the grave of the girl whose bones were used to make The Queen’s china. So all three friends set off on a desperate adventure to put Queenie to rest.
This book is a well done and creepy story. It is about the creepy china doll, but even more it is about friendship and growing up. All of the kids have big issues with their families, and this final adventure helps them to grow up and understand the world a bit better.
Honestly I had some trouble engaging with these characters. This might be because this was such a short book and we hear from all three characters’ point of view. They came off as somewhat selfish to me. Poppy is very manipulative of her friends. Alice only goes on the adventure because she’s in love with Zach. Zach is pretty bitter (and a bit clueless about the girls) through the whole thing.
The story is very, very predictable. Things end exactly as you think they will. The adventure the kids go on is brief and honestly not all that magical. Mainly they spend time trudging through urban and suburban landscapes trying to find The Queen’s grave. As soon as I felt like I was starting to get engaged in the adventure...then it was over.
The Queen is very well done and extraordinarily creepy. If you are already creeped out by china dolls or dolls in general this book might totally freak you out. The Queen seems to move when no one is looking, destroys things when people are sleeping, and even takes over people’s minds a bit.
As I mentioned above this book is mostly about the pressures and expectations of growing up and how that can put stress on a friendship. It was a decent story and the idea was a good one, I just had trouble engaging in it.
Overall an okay creepy, adventure read. The Queen is really well done, but I had a lot of trouble engaging with the characters and the plot was very predictable. The story is really more about growing up and friendship than about creepy hauntings. I would recommend for middle grade and older kids because the story is about a young girl being murdered and the doll is super creepy. This was an okay book, but by no means my favorite Holly Black book. It was lacking in a lot of the wonderful description her books normally have. ...more
When I got a copy of this from NetGalley to review I was absolutely ecstatic. I love love love this graphic novel series. It is my absolute favorite gWhen I got a copy of this from NetGalley to review I was absolutely ecstatic. I love love love this graphic novel series. It is my absolute favorite graphic novel series and sadly this is the last book in it. This was an excellent close to the series, I really could not have asked for a more wonderful ending to the series.
Dodge has all of the keys and he is using them to drag the kids from the Locke house and their friends into the Demon Realm. Dodge wants to rule the world with the help of his demonic friends. To do this Dodge has possessed Bode’s body, displacing Bode to spirit form. Unfortunately getting everyone in one place is made incredibly easy because the after prom party is being held in the cave that holds the portal. The Locke kids will need all their wits about them if they are to vanquish this evil once and for all...and they will have to pay a steep cost to do so.
Whenever I pick up one of these books I forget how incredibly engaging they are. I am absolutely involved with all of these characters, they evoke such strong emotions. I have hated and loved all of these characters at one point of another. The story and the scenes are just so...visceral...I think that’s the right word to describe them. They are raw, evoke a lot of emotion and just grab you.
There are some truly awesome scenes in this book. Dodge has all of the keys...so Shadows are attacking people, Giants are roaming, and he is digging around in people’s heads. It is so truly terrifying, yet just...so...absolutely stunningly awesome.
As with all of these books lots of bad stuff happens, lots of scary stuff happens, and lots of truly disturbing things happen. But, unlike previous books, there is a lot of good stuff too. The Locke family is finally pulling together. Their mother is finally sober and things are starting to really look like maybe, just maybe, the whole family won’t end up in absolute disaster.
The authors did an absolutely fantastic job of wrapping things up. No portion of the story is left dangling, no character abandoned. It was a truly excellent ending. We see characters here be heroes that I never thought would step up to the challenge and they did.
As with previous installments the artwork is just beyond top notch. It is beautiful, full color, and adds a ton to the story. I am thrilled with this book, excited to know how everything turned out, and depressed that it is over.
Overall an absolutely stunning conclusion to this graphic novel series. I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down and now that I am done I want to read these all again. This graphic novel series is highly recommended to anyone (adult age) who loves graphic novels. It is definitely a horror graphic novel, but there are a lot of really neat fantasy and supernatural elements as well. The first book in this series was the weakest, but the series only got better and better from there on out.
Oh, how I loved this series and this final book was absolutely the icing on the cake!...more