Sean lived a normal, teenage life in his normal, suburban hometown until his grandmother’s ghost appeared and told him he had to stop an evil horde of spirits from overtaking Shadytown. To help him succeed, she put an invisible Celtic Cross around his neck and for an extra layer of protection, she gave him a pet rattlesnake. As more and more evil spirits gathered, Sean needed more power to stop the destruction of not only his family but also his school and all of Shadytown. His grandmother promised help was coming, but she’s only a ghost stuck in a bog. Sean felt victory was impossible. And that's before he even knew there’s a demonic tree lurking in the field behind his house.
Ghosts, ghouls, and hilarity run amok in Mike Sherer’s Shadytown! Sean is your typical teen dealing with typical teenage things…until the ghost of his grandma shows up one day with a dire warning. Now Sean must battle a whole slew of evil creatures with little more than a Celtic Cross and a rattlesnake. Sherer strikes the perfect balance between goofy fun and depth, and I really liked Sean and was drawn into his plight! If you love classics like Percy Jackson, then definitely go do some monster hunting in Shadytown!
I enjoy reading YA fiction. Generally, stories establish quickly, action is well paced, and the characters are well developed and the reader gets the opportunity to care about them. I loved reading this book. Like other readers, I was not looking forward to finishing it as I had really engaged with the characters, their families, and the overall story. I was with Sean every inch of the tree. The writer played the long game by establishing early characters and occurrences that had relevance and impact down the timeline. Really looking forward to the sequel, Mike! I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for a genuine review, by Voracious Readers Only.
Sean is a young boy with a mission to protect his town from evil, according to the ghost of his grandma. Each section of the story is written like a short story, rendering it like a scary tell you’d tell to kids around a camp fire. It all started with a big yellow box and its eerie contents. A trip to a pumpkin patch turns monstrous. Some weird things happen in Shadytown. Follow a young boy as he and his friends battle evil forces.
Great, little tales that culminate into one interesting story!
When I got to the end of this book I was sorry to turn the last page, but happy to know there will be a sequel. It's very well written and the story pulled me in immediately. Another reviewer called it a kinder, gentler "Stranger Things," and that's a very good description. Although it's a YA novel, it has well drawn characters and a strong sense of place--it can hold its own in the paranormal fiction genre.
First I received this book from the author through Voracious Readers Only in return for an honest review.
I really enjoyed the combination of traditional Native American mythology anodern day life used in this book. It was easy to read and follow and held enough excitement that even as an adult I couldn't put it down. I can'tant wait to share this series with my nephews
The book for review today is "Shadytown” by Mike Sherer. It falls in the genre of action/adventure and supernatural.
Sean is your run of the mill normal but average boy. He lives with his sister and parents with the average ups and downs of a family.
One day changes it all when he sees a big yellow box on his way to school. It is so out of place and he is the only one that thinks it is a big deal. It is. It is just part of the danger his town, Shadytown, is in if nothing is done.
What kind of danger? That yellow box is fed pets by a dark figure. A farm that has a maze and pumpkins that is owned by a witch who is working to destroy the town. Let’s not forget mysterious crosses that are appearing all over town and a spirit world that is trying to come through to their side to join in the fun.
Thankfully on a vacation trip he comes across the ghost of his dead grandmother, who he has never met, who gives him a necklace with a Celtic cross as well as a magical snake. It is with these items and a group of amazing friends- Maeve, Tammy, Aaron, twins Sham and Sam and his sister- that Sean embarks on preventing what could be the end of all they know.
This is the right target audience for this book. It has the action and adventure sprinkled through the book that will interest the young ones as they root for characters inside this novel to save the day. It will make them turn the pages quickly wanting to know what will happen next. This is a good pick up for your child to read.