PJV Quickie: I am very freaked out by dolls. This book had creepy dolls. I was thoroughly creeped out and it is a Middle Grade. There were some issues with the book, but if you are looking for something different, check it out.

Review: This is a period tale about a girl named Triss. Not too hip on the Triss name, kept of thinking she was going to join a faction or something. But, that is just my personal taste. I wouldn’t have liked her named Bella either. Okay, back to the story, Triss wakes up after she’s been injured. She’s really hungry and her family is scared of her. The family she really can’t remember.

Her sister is the worst, she doesn’t even believe it is Triss anymore, after she supposedly fell in the Grimmer, the younger sister doesn’t believe it is her anymore, but a fake. That should give you some idea of where this story is going. Yes, paranormal and creepy, but also the story about a family and a sisterly bond. The author could have just wrote about the sisters and this book would have been great.

I did have a few issues with the book, it was very slow and hard to get into. The book has a lot of nuances that I enjoyed, but I don’t think a younger reader will get though. For the 9 – 12 age range this is geared toward, I think it might go over their head. Am I discounting these young minds? Maybe, but it takes a mature reader to pick out the subtleties of a great story. They’ll like the creep, very LEMONY SNICKETS, but I don’t think they will get the draw and family dynamics.

Recommendations: For fans of the LEMONY SNICKET series and younger readers, you should enjoy. If you prefer Nightmare Before Christmas over Frosty the Snowman – go for it.


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Cuckoo’s Song by Frances Hardinge

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

Published by Pan Macmillan UK on May 15th 2014
Genres: General, Young Adult
Pages: 300
3.5 Stars

When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry, her sister seems scared of her, and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out. Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest to find the truth she must travel into the terrifying underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family—before it's too late . . .

Set in England after World War I, this is a brilliantly creepy but ultimately loving story of the relationship between two sisters who have to band together against a world where nothing is as it seems.

About the Author

About Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge is a writer who wears a black hat. Notoriously unphotographable, she is rumoured to be made entirely out of velvet. Sources close to Frances who prefer not to be named suggest that she has an Evil Twin who wears white and is hatless. This cannot be confirmed.