The world he creates is completely emersive and you almost absorb his words rather than read them, you care deeply about his “good” characters and hate deeply, at least initially his “bad” ones. Why the quote marks, around “bad” and “good”? well you really need to read the books to know why, without me spoiling it, but suffice it to say, the line between good and bad is down to your point of view.
Girls and Monsters, is a wonderfully dark collection of tales and while it isn’t as ‘uplifting’ as promised, some of the stories do have hopeful moments, but there are many more moments of despair, and not all the stories end happily for the main characters, and I think in the end the collection is all the better for it. There can be hope in the darkness, but it would have felt false for them all to end in sunshine and roses.
The plot while not amazing, did serve to keep the pages turning, mostly helped because I quite liked the three main characters, and I did want to know more about their individual stories, and seeing how they wove together.
The Book of Doom, is the second book in Barry Hutchison’s Afterworlds series. The books stand-alone and feature different characters and stories in each book, although some of characters will be popping up in other books for cameo appearances. I enjoyed The 13th Horseman greatly…
Her fourteenth birthday was the last normal birthday Jennifer Scales ever had. Tied to the power of the crescent moon, she is forced as she comes of age to change into something powerful and dangerous. With the help of her father and grandfather, Jennifer must learn to cope with her new reality. But who will help when unfriendly eyes begin to notice what monster lies within her?