11 Feb


 This YA book is a bumpy ride through magical fantasy worlds of the gothic underground somewhere in England. It is mainly about three people: Willow, Valerian and Boy. We see this story through the eyes of Boy.

There is a Faustian bargain in the telling as the three protagonists set off on a gothic quest in search of the only thing that will save Valerian’s life: a certain book buried in a graveyard.

side-note: The Book of Dead Days takes place between Christmas and the New Year. These days, consistent with the ancient Egyptian calendar of 12-30 day months. The intervening 5 days were seen as a celebratory time to the Egyptians, but to the Aztecs, it was a different matter. They saw these 5 extra days, December 27 – 31, as a bad omen and referred to them as Dead Days.

Hence, the tone: creepy and dark. I imagine this book will appeal to any teen who loves to walk dark streets amid shadows; and explore graveyards at night.

There is a sequel, which explains the loose ends, and whilst this book was a fun departure for me, I probably will not read the sequel. Some YA tomes cross-over nicely into the comfort zone of the reading adult. This, however, does not. In my opinion, of course.


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