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Description: Doll Bones : Paperback : Penguin Random House Children's UK : 9780552568111 : 0552568112 : 27 Feb 2014 : My name is Eleanor Kerchner. You can call me the Queen. I died in 1895. Now it's time to play. A chilling ghost story by the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black. Recipient of a Newbery Honor Award. A School Library Journal Best Book. The Book Depository Doll Bones by Holly Black - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Review: I’ve had this book on my shelf for the past 3 years (originally purchased in 2014) and I’m honestly not sure why I have never got around to it before now. After finishing it, I’m still not sure. It reminded me of a more innocent time in my life, happily playing my Ken & Barbie, Ariel and Prince Eric, and making them swap partners (OK ...). Or getting up at stupid o clock in the morning to play some more, because I couldn’t sleep, and promptly getting told to go back to bed! But it also made me think of when I put my dolls down and turned my attention to more grown up things. The three children in this are 12 and are at that stage in their lives where they are starting to become more worldly but at the same time need a good spanking from the adults, to remind them that they’re still children. The whole hint at romance between Zach and Alice was just plain silly in my opinion, but then I couldn’t help but relate it to my own experiences (first kiss at 17). While it never goes any further than “my mate fancies you”, it was a little awkward and off putting. This book is aimed at kids much the same age, but I felt like reading it as an adult, it really didn’t know who its target audience was. The writing was quite confused - the romance hint could have been left out and it would not have affected the story in the slightest. The parents/grandparents storyline, was also unnecessary, as I found myself wanting to find out more about Zach’s parents and Alice’s grandmother. But did they really add anything to the storyline? No. I also thought the ending was a bit rushed, with the author cramming so many ideas into the book, but not really knowing how to end it. At one point, I did think she was going to completely cop out and leave the readers with an unsatisfying and lack lustre ending, but she managed to turn it around. But it did fall a little flat and left me more annoyed than anything else. Holly Black was not an author I’d read before picking up this, and I don’t think I would be rushing out to buy any more of her books. I did enjoy the book, and I thought the main strand of the storyline with the creepy doll was good - but she’s no Chucky.

 

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