Monday, July 14, 2014
Purchase Link: The Dyerville Tales
My Rating: 4/5 stars
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!
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.
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.
NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!!!
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.
Want to win? Just leave me a comment telling me one of your favorite middle grade reads.
-Ends July 25th, 2014
-Winner will be chosen by Random.org
-Must be 13 or older to enter.
-US only. (sorry international folks...postage is so high!)