Closer to 3.5 stars, but overall I did enjoy the book and I think my kids will like it. There were just some points that dragged.
Elijah is scared of e...moreCloser to 3.5 stars, but overall I did enjoy the book and I think my kids will like it. There were just some points that dragged.
Elijah is scared of everything. When he sees a strange man digging in the family cemetery, his practical father passes everything off as his fearful imagination. Not so his mother, but soon his strange aunts are visiting, his parents have been called off to help his Grandma, and Elijah has to stay with his aunts in their strange, creepy house. He meets a local girl whose sister has been bewitched and learns about his family's "gifts".
The pace was fairly good, and there were bits that I liked, especially once we meet Elijah's opposite, Dez. I also think this might be a standalone. This is good, because I don't know that my kids would want to read a whole series about Elijah.
He was a bit dull, and I kept wanting to scream at him to move. But he doesn't. This is the difficult part with having an overly fearful main character - they are constantly reacting but not ever really taking charge. I get the overall arc of the character, there were just some parts that made me want to skim rather than immerse myself in the tale.
Tween/Younger Middle Grade level, for those who are looking for longer chapter books.