Book Review: The Graveyard Book and May’s Release
Hello and welcome back to Amy’s book club!
I hope you all enjoyed this month’s book, I most definitely did. So, as like last month I will begin this with my book review of April’s book, this will then be followed by the reveal of next months book!
April’s Book Review: The Graveyard Book
This month’s book was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. As I have said before Neil Gaiman is one of my most favourite authors, and he did not disappoint me with this gem!
Brief Plot Summary
This book follows the main character ‘Nobody Owens’ who is a young boy that has grown up in a graveyard, raised by the ghostly occupants, after the murder of his family. We follow Nobody, or ‘Bod’ as he is known, as he grows up through the years in this strange and unusual world, and how being human in a population of ghosts affects him. Each chapter is a snippet into a new year in Bod’s life and we follow him on many strange adventures, with witch friends, an encounter with ghouls and a macabre dance. But among all this fun adventure is the never-ending worry about the man ‘Jack’ who murdered Bod’s family, and the potential danger that he holds in the world outside of the graveyard.
This book, although a ‘children’s’ fiction, is perfect for people of all ages, its light-hearted, fun and exciting with a twist of the supernatural which I am particularly a fan of (hint hint: look out for season 1 of A Killer Podcast where me and my co-host Freya talk supernatural true crime!). Bod’s character is a great perspective to be reading from as he is only a child himself does make some mistakes that put him into some very peculiar situations where you just want to shout, ‘No Bod that’s not a good idea!’, but we just follow along and enjoy the ride with him.
I particularly liked the book being set throughout his childhood, as we really get a sense of what growing up is like for him, the way he thinks and feels about the world become more matured and curious, and this works well. We meet so many great characters, and there is a lot of mystery and suspense built where I found myself constantly asking questions of ‘What is that?’ ‘What’s going to happen next?’ and this made me read the book in quick time! I was sad to finish this book, and I would love to be able to experience more of Bod’s life.
There is only really one negative I have for this book, and this is that sometimes I felt the chapters weren’t long enough or detailed enough. There is one chapter about a macabre dance which was very interesting and full of wonder and mystery, but it seemed to end quickly, and nothing more came of this, and I would have liked to have known more! But, as I said we are reading this book from a child’s point of view, so we only learn what Bod himself learns.
My Rating: 5/5
May’s Book Release: Skyward
This is a book I received in a subscription box for Christmas from FairyLoot, and it has the most beautiful sprayed pages (Check out our Instagram for a picture)! Personally, I have never really read any Sci-Fi novels, so I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to try out new genres and I can share with you guys my thoughts. I’m looking forward to reading Brandon Sanderson’s tale of Skyward, and I hope you are too.
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