Thursday, 6 November 2014

Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gayman

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family . . . 

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

   I picked up this book in mid-October needing something to put me in a more Halloween-ish mood and it definitely served its purpose! The Graveyard Book has the right amount of dark, suspense and is pretty spooky at times, with ghosts, murderers and a mixture of other night creatures to put you in the right mood for Halloween.
Although I did thoroughly enjoy this book, I admit it did take a while to really grab me as for the first 70 pages or so I didn’t found much about it really interesting and thought it was a bit boring at times. From then on, though, it really started picking up! I got to see many of Bod’s adventures and watch him grow through the years and feel his loneliness in the graveyard and his want to explore the world out of the Graveyard’s gates. He’s cleverness, also, surprised me at numerous times which made me like him even more!
Slowly I got to know more about the characters and connect with them more. Silas and Liza the witch became some of my favorite characters in this book!

 Overall, this book was exactly what I wanted it to be, a spooky story about the adventures of a young boy living in a graveyard!

Book info:
  • Paperback, 312 pages
  • Published, September 30th 2008
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal
  • Rating: 3.75/5

Horror: The Graveyard Book

1 comment:

  1. Great review. I've been tempted by this book a few times but then never actually picked it up. At least I'm more prepared now for the fact it takes a little while for the story to get interesting. Glad you enjoyed this one overall :)