by Rick Yancey
Simon and Schuster
Suggested Ages: 14+ (Scary and extreme description of murdered victims)
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Description: These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for nearly ninety years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me. So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphan and assistant to a doctor with a most unusual specialty: monster hunting. In the short time he has lived with the doctor, Will has grown accustomed to his late night callers and dangerous business. But when one visitor comes with the body of a young girl and the monster that was feeding on her, Will's world is about to change forever. The doctor has discovered a baby Anthropophagi--a headless monster that feeds through the mouthfuls of teeth in its chest--and it signals a growing number of Anthropophagi. Now, Will and the doctor must face the horror threatening to overtake and consume our world before it is too late.
Mini Book Review: I won't lie to you, I had a really hard time with this one. There are a lot of rather gross and extremely descriptive passages about murdered victims - and some of them involved children, which is something I have a difficult time with it. After a while I just skipped over the parts and tried to enjoy the story. It is extremely well written, almost reminiscent of the Gothic stories of Lovecraft and Poe. The storyline is unique and fast paced and will really appeal to male YA readers. There is some fun dark humor which appealed to me and the characters are fascinating. But I can't say I really enjoyed it due to the very darkness of the storyline and the unpleasantness of one of the main characters. Will Henry himself, is a delightful character that I cheered for and will continue reading the series (with a lot of skipping of the overly descriptive parts) to find out what happens to him. This is a very dark read so I would not recommend it to the sensitive reader and this will not be one I keep for Jake.
I borrowed this through Inter-library loan from my local public library. I was given the 3rd book in the series to review by Simon and Schuster, so I am reading the first 2 books in order to give it a proper review
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