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Every day, thirteen year old Henry Bats has his usual bowl of Sugar Slugs, helps tend Cobalt Sidewinders at Frank's Peculiar Pets, and keeps to himself with his comic book collection. Just your typical day in Grimworld, where the sky is always dark and shadows lurk in the streets. What's not typical is a suspicious Nightspook luring Henry into a cemetery in the middle of t ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by Our Street Books
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Amy Imogene Reads
3.5 stars!

What cute, bizarre, and dark middle grade. This book desperately needs a stop-motion movie adaptation a la Tim Burton.

Concept: ★★★★
Visuals: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★

I'm not kidding—Grimworld needs to be adapted by Tim Burton.

The entire time I was reading this surprisingly quaint middle grade novel, I kept thinking to myself that it felt like the perfect mix of The Corpse Bride's color scheme, Frankenweenie's age range, and The Nightmare Before Christmas' sense of the macabre.

Grimworld is a sh
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Alexandra
Henry Bats lives in a world that is clearly not our own, but one that is similar enough young people should find it easy to understand. Kids go to school, there are shops, comic books, telephones.

But there's certainly a twist. People, places, candy, pets, all tend to have names that are dark, weird, or spooky. Similar to world in The Screaming Staircase, ghostly entities floating around is a common experience, although some seem completely harmless. Everything about this world is a bit off-kilte
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
How I read this: Free ebook copy received from publisher

I have to say, Grimworld has a definite aesthetic! It’s really hard to tell you exactly what I mean, but the cover does convey it a bit. Imagine if you took The Addams Family, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and a lot of other Tim Burton’s stuff and mashed it all together into a book. That’s pretty much it! I’m not saying it’s exactly like that – no, Grimworld retains its originality, but there’s a definitel
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Bookishrealm
Update! Here's my full review: https://bookishrealmreviews.blogspot....

I thought this was a pretty okay book. Very atmospheric but it definitely needed more world building. My full review will be up by tomorrow on my blog.
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Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

Rating: ★★★★✬ (4.5/5 Stars)
Title: Grimworld
Author(s): Avery Moray
Character(s):
Henry Bats: 13 years old
Setting: Grimworld
Tag(s): Fantasy, Middle grade
Content Rating: PG
POV: Third Person
Smexy Level: Subtle
Favorite Quote(s):
― "The hungry creepers awaken from sleep, Not with light, but flies and meat To reveal their fruit from the earthy deep."
Overall Opinion:
Great early to middle grade books are a rare find and I'm glad I have stumbled upon Avery Moray's "Grimworld: Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock". The
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amanda
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Don’t come back to haunt me.”

How can I even begin to describe this book? It was like reading a mashup of Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I could perfectly envision the telltale creepy stop animation in my mind of the ever dark Halloween esque town of Grimworld. Simply put, I loved this. It’s clever and original and genuinely creeped me out. For a children’s/middle grade book it did a fantastic job at being age appropriate yet suitably creepy.

The gist of the story is that Henry Bats
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Heather
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
(This review will be on my blog All the Ups and Downs soon.)
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Lately, I've been reading more Middle Grade books. There's just something refreshing about them. When the opportunity to read Grimworld by Avery Moray arose, I just couldn't say no. I love Middle Grade books as I've just said, and I love books that have a creepy, spooky factor. Grimworld checked both of those boxes. I will say that I enjoyed this short read for sure.

Thirteen year old Henry Bats lives in an eccentric world where all so
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Pop Bop
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
An Engaging Ghost Tale for an Early or Middle Grade Reader

The premise here is that our hero, Henry, is tricked by a ghost, (the "Vytiper"), into giving away the remaining years of his lifespan. The arcane "symbol" of the deal is a pocket watch that shows how much of his lifetime Henry has left. Henry has to undo the deal by tricking or somehow forcing the ghost to give back the hands of the watch so that Henry can restore his life time. That's not a bad tale at all, and you can see how the story
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Becca
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This is my stop during the blog tour for Grimworld by Avery Moray. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Grimworld is basically Tim Burton meets Lemony Snicket. Which, let’s be real, those are two very powerful names. I absolutely loved the atmosphere of Grimworld; it was dark & gloomy, which is exactly how I like my middle-grade reads.

There’s a scene at a grocer where the two protagonists, Henry Bats & Langley Skullfield (cute names, amiright?), witness someone named Alfreda stockin
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Candyce Kirk
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Grimworld sounded like the perfect Halloween read and it definitely had some spooky elements. Our main character Henry is tricked by a Vytiper (a kind of ghost) and this causes him to lose some of his life. According to the pocket watch he is now unable to remove, he only has 10 years to live.

Henry lives in Grimworld and it seems like a darker world with different creatures/ghosts. I know this is a shorter middle grade for a more younger reader, but I would've loved just a little bit mo
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Dasha Slepenkina
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-reads
A big thank-you to NetGalley, the author, and publisher for giving me a copy of this book for an unbiased review.

3.5/5 - Liked it quite a bit!

This is a delightful Halloween treat of a story. Reading it felt like watching one of those spooky stop motion films (many have already observed that the aesthetic is in the realm of The Addams Family, Tim Burton, Coraline, and Nightmare Before Christmas). The story is set in a perpetually autumnal town full of ghouls and Nightspooks, porcelain dolls with
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Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-in-2019
I loved this book! This was such a great read, and I will definitely pass it along to my 10 year old son as I really think he will love it. The characters and world building that Moray has portrayed really gave it a Tim Burton feel to it, and I would love to see this on the screen. Grimworld is the perfect book for kids to read that is spooky but not too scary, and with our main characters being around the 13 year old mark and the world building this is easily a book that will stretch any kids i ...more
Oliver Clarke
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this, but it completely failed to engage me. It feels a bit like a Tim Burton produced animation, the tale of young people in a dark fantasy world who are battling spirits who are sapping their lives. It’s likeable and imaginative, but the pages just washed over me with none of it really sinking in. Others may enjoy it more, but for me it was a bit of a non event
Teresa Grabs
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Moray's book is a fantastic Middle Grade book that will enthrall fans of Coraline, Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Halloween Tree. When he is cheated out of a few years of his life, Henry sets out to get them back. Suitable for all ages over 8, this book will certainly entertain for years.

Thank you NetGalley and John Hunt Publishing for the opportunity to read an advance reader copy.
Ea
This was sufficiently creepy to give me the heebies, but not so much it made me uncomfortable. That perfect blend of "oh no this is not good" and "all will be well, these kids are on top of things" and it was just delightful.

Henry Bats, a young lad living in the Grimworld where everything is a tad creepy, has part of his lifespan stolen by a Vytiper, a creature made of dumb and evil who, well, steals lifespans. In return, he gets a pocket watch strapped around his neck, counting down the time h
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Samantha
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun, clever, and sweet, perfect for middle grade readers but still enjoyable for an adult audience.

This felt like a mashup of early Harry Potter and The Nightmare Before Christmas, perhaps with a dash of Coraline thrown in. It’s also a unique and charming story in its own right, and not too scary for a younger audience.

It does contain a few elements that are awfully similar to plot points we’ve seen before (the Pampuzzle Club entrance, for example, is very, very similar to the Chamber of Secre
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Savannah Worman (Sav’s Review)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a world where ghosts and ghouls were the norm? Where you could run into a ghast walking home from school? If you are like me and have often wondered what a world filled with creatures of the night might be like then Grimworld is definitely for you!

This book is about a boy named Henry who becomes the victim of a Vytiper, a dark being that steals years off of your life for their own gain through the use of a cursed pocket watch. Henry ends up
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Mrs Susan
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grimworld is a Dark place, where Ghouls, Ghosts, and Mythic entities that are both Monstrous and real. It is coloured by the eccentricities of the human population, some of whom are having such a blast living their best life they don’t know when to let go! Enter a dolls tea party loving Vityper and the comic loving Henry Bott. A deal is made , a deal is reneged and Henry finds out first hand that if something seems too good to be true it usually is. Henry gains a pocket watch he can’t remove and ...more
Jasmine
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grimworld is a fun, unique middle-grade fantasy novel that will have kids (and adults) hooked from the very first page.

We, the readers, follow thirteen year old Henry Bats as he lives his normal, every-day life. He enjoys eating sugary cereal, watching cartoons, and being annoyed by his sister. But one fateful night, everything changes. Now Henry is fighting for his life (and his friend's). But will he succeed in saving them both?

Grimworld has a very Tim Burton-esque vibe to it. I could totally
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Brandy Mulder
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a bit unusual and reminds me of the town in a nightmare before Christmas, but the citizens are human. It’s creepy, but not scary creepy. I would say it is a good book for early teen and up.
Henry lives with his parents and sister and likes to collect comics. He is tricked and ends up with a pocket watch that is ticking down to his early death. He teams up with another boy with a pocket watch to try to find a way to remove the watches that are now stuck around their necks. When they
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Vidya Tiru
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts
A world of grays, blacks, purples and some whites too, with pops of reds, dingy yellows and the like. A world where that lamp in the sky is a myth. A world where mysterious, magical creatures like the Nightsnoop are the norm. That is Grimworld. You will love exploring this fantastical world and its creatures as you go on an adventure with Henry Bats and his hodge-podge team to claim their time back, literally!

While I truly enjoyed the tale, and the pace keeps the reader on the run, I
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Tamera
Grimworld by Avery Moray is set in an alternate universe full of macabre parallels that my spooky heart found absolutely delightful! Though it's aimed at young readers, I really enjoyed it as an adult and devoured it like the GrimMan is one afternoon.

The story follows Henry and Lang as they unwind a mystery that is literally stealing their lives. We follow them on an adventure peppered with Grimworld variants on familiar aspects of our world as they find strength in newfound friendships and batt
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Mangeuse de Livres
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Short review ahead because you’ve already read like ten reviews and you are already convinced this is a perfect book that deserves your attention. Look out for a Grimworld fandom, it’s comming !
Okay, I’m not going to lie, the fact that this book is so good had me really pleasantly surprised. I mean most books available for Online Book Tours are rated 3 stars on Goodreads, so to me, this awesome book is an alien. I have reviewed a book for an Oline Book Tour that I really liked (Destroy All Monse
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Christine Kelly
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quirky tale set in a weirdly wonderful dark world filled with ghosts, shadows and other strange things. Henry Bats Is lured into a cemetery by a Nightspook and has a chunk of his life stolen. His search for answers leads him to another boy who has also been tricked, but only has weeks left. They band together & with help from another new friend set out to find and confront the beings that stole their lives.

The world building is magnificent, the back drop & descriptions put you in the midst of
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Carol
Disclaimer: I have voluntarily reviewed this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Grimworld promised a story with a wonderful, spooky and atmospheric concept and in the end, the concept was one of the few things I liked about it. The gloomy town where everything is kind of dark and gothic in this Addams Family way sounded delightful and stealing lifespan with the use of pocket watches seemed like a great idea for a plot.

Sadly the rest was just really disa
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Cat
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was sooo fun. I agree with other reviewers that Tim Burton needs to get his hands on this and work his magic! I know it's only a middle grade fiction work, but, really, so was Nightmare Before Christmas! Everyone LOVED that one! This is perfect story to be made into a film, like Nightmare Before Christmas. Kids are going to to love this dark tale. It has great characters, a mystery and Nightspooks! The Nightspooks from the graveyard, are stealing time from Grimworld peoples lives! Henry's r ...more
Helen (pagesandpeaches)
*3.25
- i received an ARC from the publisher to review -
i had such a hard time rating this book because the story was so intriguing, but the ending wrapped up so quickly that i felt like it didn't tie together all the loose ends. maybe this is going to be a series where we figure out what happens with Persi and discover more about the Vytipers. other than that, i thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the descriptive elements of the world that Moray created. i just wanted more of them!
Stephanie A.
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This was okay. The pacing was just too fast and a lot of plot points were too convenient. It kind of felt like I was reading a Disney channel original movie from the 90s. I liked the vibe, it was very halloweentown/Tim Burton/Addams family but just kind of weak in the full story. Henry was also kind of selfish in the task of constantly going for Jacoby when he had more time than Lang did, all efforts should have been placed on saving him first and they just weren’t. Meh it was okay.
Laura Danks
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The paranormal essence of this creepy story is the element that makes this book a five stars reading! Even if the plot can be summarised as the classic battle between good and evil this novel was fresh and intriguing till the end. the emotions were jumping out of the pages to capture the reader's attention. Definitely recommended to people who enjoyed Coraline and Tim Burton's settings.
Sharon S
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: octpubdate
Creepy, adventurous, easy-to-read, memorable.

What a delightful story! The names of the characters are cute and unique. The main character Henry Bat has some challenges with a scary night monster. The pet store was an entertaining side story. Great story for kids and a fun one for adults to indulge in enjoying the wonderment of childhood.
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Avery Moray is a storyteller who specializes in middle grade and young adult fantasy. She lives in a land with tall mountains and wide plains with her two furry sidekicks and one non-furry accomplice. She likes sweets, cats, Halloween, and loves creating all kind of things, stories being one of them.

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