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Curse of the Dead-Eyed Doll by Thomas Kingsley Troupe
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it was ok
bookshelves: netgalley-arcs

I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, I love that middle-grade horror is starting to take off and is getting the attention it deserves. Thomas Kingsley Troupe's Haunted States of America Series is a lovely idea and a fun resource for any middle-grade library. I quite enjoyed Trapped in Room 217 and had high hopes for this book. Sadly, Curse of the Dead-Eyed Doll left me wanting more.

I love the author's motivation for this Key West haunted doll story. Haunted dolls are creepy, unpredictable, and something anyone could encounter at any time. I wish this concept would've translated into his story. I was mostly bored and sometimes confused by the plot. The build-up to the main protagonist's agony was lacking. I enjoyed that Al didn't believe in the superstitions of this doll. I liked that he challenged the warnings and dismissed them as coincidence or superstitions. But when the creepy events started to compile I was expecting a slow progression from disbelief to horror to belief. That didn't happen in my opinion. But that is exactly what would've made me, as the reader, scared as well. I wanted to experience the dread with Al. I wanted to live his emotions but I couldn't because they weren't on the page.

I will check out the other books in the series in hopes that they are more like Trapped in Room 217 and less like this book.
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Reading Progress

August 27, 2019 – Started Reading
August 27, 2019 – Shelved
August 27, 2019 – Shelved as: netgalley-arcs
August 30, 2019 –
31.0%
August 31, 2019 –
50.0%
August 31, 2019 –
78.0%
September 1, 2019 – Finished Reading

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