Monday, July 14, 2014

The Dyerville Tales by M.P. Kozlowsky(WITH GIVEAWAY!!!!!)

Purchase Link: The Dyerville Tales

My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Thoughts:

I'm just left with so many questions with this book!

Vince is an orphan, living in an orphanage. He tells the other children stories to add a little excitement to their lonely days. When Vince learns of his grandfather's death, he's also given a book filled with the exciting adventure of his grandfather's life. Vince decides that no matter what it takes, he must get to his grandfather's funeral, and put the missing pieces of his dad's disappearance together. Along the way, he reads his grandfather's story, The Dyerville Tales.

Within The Dyerville Tales, there are two stories happening. We see Vince's adventure unfolding, but during his "quiet" moments, we also watch how his grandfather's story unfolded years ago. There's been quite the battle happening in my mind after finishing this book. I've said this recently about another book, so I'm hesitant to say it again, but I think this would make an excellent book club pick. I want to TALK to somebody about it! I can't decide what I believe, or what's real within this book's pages. There's so many loose strings, I'm left somewhat to myself to tie them together. (Does anyone know if there will be a sequel? That might quiet some of the questions fighting around in my brain if there were to be another one, though I don't expect there to be one.)

The Dyerville Tales will definitely test your brain muscles, if you think deeply enough into the story. I almost want to re-read it right away just to see if I could tie up a few strings.

*A word of warning for parents: I'd label this book as middle grade horror. There are scenes, especially one, that are pretty violent/disturbing. I don't recommend it as a reading option for children that scare easily or are prone to nightmares. While I did find some of it disturbing, I managed to escape it without nightmares, so far, and as I've mentioned several times, I'm a wimp!

****SPOILER DETAILS!!!!!****

The worst scene involves a creepy, faceless, tall man that sits under a tree. His victims, which are many it seems, are hung on the limbs of the tree. It describes how rotted their bodies are. When he returns to his tree after the pursuit of another victim, he pops a chunk of one of the bodies into his mouth. It was super disturbing! There's also a scene involving a giant getting stabbed by needles and cut by razors, and it's a bloody scene. There's a witch that eats bodies. It describes how they are cooked in the oven. There's also a scene where a man is burned alive in a car, and mentions his screaming. There's a creepy group of people, and one of the women keeps saying, "Yummy" as see searching out her next victim. I think that's it, though.

****End SPOILERS****

Despite those warnings, I DO still think this book has lots of value, so I hope, if you think you can handle it, you'll still give it a try.



I won a pretty new signed hardcover of this book, but I was sent an ARC by accident. The wonderful people of Walden Pond Press sent the correct book so quickly that I actually got it first. (Have I ever mentioned on here how very much I love Walden Pond Press?)

That means I have an ARC of The Dyerville Tales to pass on to one of you.

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  1. One of my favorite middle school reads is Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool--It also involves a story within a story. I also really enjoyed Three Times Lucky--Miss Moses Malone is a heroine full of spunk and sass. I could go on all day...but I will stop with two.

    1. I just checked and my library has both books, so hopefully I can read them soon! :D (I'd never heard of Moon Over Manifest, but I have wanted to read Three Times Lucky for awhile.)

  2. I have not read too many middle grade reads, unless you count the Harry Potter earlier books. Those I LOVE!

    1. It's been a long time since I've read them, but I absolutely loved them when I read them!

  3. After reading this book, I had to put it somewhere I couldn't see it for a while. The very last scene was just so... unsettling. It fit the story, which was beautifully done, but I just - I don't know, it's hard to talk about without giving away any spoilers.

    1. Exactly! I felt the same way. It IS really hard to talk about without giving anything away. The confusion about certain parts are driving my brain insane, though.