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Billy Lovecraft Saves the World

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The last thing Billy Lovecraft's parents sent him before the crash was a photo of something on the wing of their plane.

Now he's stuck with a horrible and heart-breaking mystery: What was that awful creature, and why were his parents targeted?

It's up to Billy to gather a team of like-minded kids and lead them through a dark new reality where the monsters are real, not every
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Published November 13th 2014 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published November 12th 2014)
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Jeff Soyer
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Cthulhu Mythos are real! Ostensibly written for the “young adult” market, Billy Lovecraft Saves the World, by Billy Lovecraft, Curiosity Quills Press (Amazon link coming soon) is wonderful fun. I’m 60-years old, and as a long time H.P. Lovecraft fan, I loved this book. Well written, endearing characters, scary, but with a big-sized dollop of humor thrown in, I believe that you will get a kick out of this story, too.

Billy Lovecraft is 12-years old. His parents are killed in a plane crash caus
Pop Bop
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Much, Much More Than Expected

From the cover, blurbs and summaries I expected this to be just an H.P. Lovecraft "tribute" aimed at middle graders and featuring a crowd of reluctant geek/nerd adventurers racketing around chasing and being chased by monsters with Lovecraftian names and descriptions. While I guess that's technically true, this book is so much better conceived, crafted, cast and written that that ends up being an unfairly dismissive and incomplete description.

The conceit here is that
Marlene Moss
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Billy Lovecraft Saves the World and expect most kids and a good number of adults will too.

Billy is, of course, still traumatized by his parents death, as much because he doesn’t understand the message they sent him before their deaths and what he’s supposed to do about it, as to the fact that he now lives alone. Alone in a rather scary, museum-type fortress of a house dedicated to studying dangers they’ve never explained to him.

Billy is a bit reactionary at this time in his life and en
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given the opportunity to read this book as part of the Blog Tour, and I had a strong suspicion that it would be a fun read. I was delighted to find that I wasn't wrong.

Billy Lovecraft is a 12 year old boy with an awful secret and a dangerous legacy left behind by his parents after their untimely demise. Armed with a warning and a gruesome, frightening photo of what possibly killed his parents (a nod to the Twilight Zone?), Billy approaches a group of his fellow students with a proposition
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2015 seems to be the year of weird books, because I keep repeating myself but this was also a very weird read for me.

A middle grade book filled with lots of references to Lovecraft, I'm sure (but I didn't get them as I never read anything by him). Perhaps it was that I wasn't the intended audience for the book but I never felt that click, although the story it self had a lot of potential and was quite nice. Unfortunately I lost my notes
I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Recently orphaned Billy Lovecraft is convinced the plane crash in which his parents were killed was no accident. His conviction might have something to do with the photo his parents sent him just before the crash. It depicts a weird, unearthly creature on the wing of their airplane. Billy is dead set on finding out more about this creature and why it was on his parent’s plane just before it crashed. He gathers
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I know bits and pieces about the Lovecraft stories, even though I’ve never actually read any of the books. Still, I felt that this book was really interesting and engaging. It’s nice to read books with children as the main characters who actually end up doing things to save the world.

I did feel like there was a bit of ‘listing’ of the characters and their personalities when I didn’t really feel that
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

It's kind of difficult forme to rate this book higher, though I hoped (and wanted) to. In general, it was a light, fun read, and I did enjoy it. The style was a bit too juvenile to my liking, but for a middle-grade audience, this would be quite all right. And, anyway, Lovecraftian mythos for the win. Especially if you have played the Call of Cthulhu pen and paper RPG, you just can't help remember those sanity rolls, those poor In
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Billy Lovecraft has lost his parents in a terrible airplane crash. He knows that it wasn’t just an ill-fated accident, though, as they sent him text messages of photos as the plane was crashing. These photos showed a horrible alien creature destroying the plane and he knows they intended for him to discover what happened and solve the mystery. While he was never closely involved with his parents work, he knows they were researchers of seriously creepy stuff and that they put some of this serious ...more
 Reading Reindeer Emigrates To Pluto
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this. It was as if the great H. P. Lovecraft had returned to life, formed a partnership with John Bellairs, and then brought in Stephen Coonts as a collaborator, for technical knowledge. It's that good. Recently orphaned Billy lives alone in an ultra-secure Victorian, but he can't solve the mystery of his parents demise, nor battle Otherworldly incursions, alone. So, taking a clue from the RPG his parents created, Billy recruits five knowledgeable nerdy schoolmates ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Received a complimentary copy to read and review. It's very interesting. I couldn't put it down. Love the characters that have been created. It has some great twists and turns. It's a great read for those who like middle-grade paranormal stories with some horror thrown into the mix. It will grab the reader's interest from the very first page. Add it to your TBR list you won't be disappointed. I look forward to reading of Billy's books.
Bruce Gargoyle
Full review at http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress... (November 12)

I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Ten Second Synopsis:
Billy's parents die in a plane crash that is apparently caused by a bizarre alien monster. Billy now has to figure out how to live up to the Lovecraft name before bizarre alien monsters destroy more than just a plane.

Right off the bat I can say that this book will be every early-teen male sci-fi/horror/adventure enthu
Margaret Schoen
Jan 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
(This is a review of an ARC from NetGalley)

Billy Lovecraft's parents, inventors of the role-playing/board game Detectives of Cthulhu, have vanished, leaving him with only a mysterious message and picture of a monster as a clue to their whereabouts. Billy recruits a group of game-players at his school to help him track down what happenned and possibly stop the destruction of our world.

This book wants to be Percy Jackson for Lovecraft, but it's just not anywhere near good enough. The story is conf
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that I would have raved about on Twitter if I could have stopped myself from reading it long enough to do so. Instead, I plowed through the pages as if they were going to be erased from my Kindle before I could finish. I had so much fun reading Billy Lovecraft Saves the World that I'm beginning to think I enjoy Middle-Grade Fantasy and Horror above all other genres and subgenres.

I also sort of wish I had saved this book for October. It's the perfect read for that time
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Lovecraft Legacy

This is a stand alone as far as I know though it could easily develop into a series.

Billy is pretty much alone in the world ( unless you count his fake grandfather, his cop friend and his lawyer) now that his parents were murdered by monsters from outer space. How I'll he move forward and avenge his parents? How will he save the human race for that matter? He is only ten after all ... And that is crazy young to become an adult and the savior of all humanity! But he has a plan
Melissa Mcavoy
On the upside there is a group of 10-12 year old kids, including one girl, rallying around a boy whose game creating, monster fighting parents have been killed. Turns out all the monsters in the role playing game the parents created are real, so their son befriends the geeks in school who are intimately familiar with the games various monsters, legends and lore. I agree the plot will hold the interest of kid readers: lots of tentacles and wise cracking and a potent male tween hero. I did like th ...more
Jan 25, 2015 marked it as never-finished  ·  review of another edition
I don't know I just can't get into this im 25 percent in and don't even know whats going on
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Billy Lovecraft is the young leader of the Cthulhu Detective Squad, which he formed after the death of his parents when he was twelve. He is a writer, scientist, occult scholar, and frequent savior of the world. The things in his basement will give you nightmares.

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