Note: I read this last month and this review does contain spoilers.
Thirteen year-old Paige Parker and her mother have moved from Providence, Rhode Island, to the village of Heather Hollow. Living in a run-down house in the middle of nowhere doesn’t exactly make Paige happy.
But, Paige soon sees that Heather Hollow has more going on than she originally thought-Paranormal things going on, that is.
I first came across this book in 2009. I live in Pennsylvania not too far from Gettysburg. One night I was researching something about Devil’s Den in Gettysburg and this book came up in the search. Although it has nothing to do with Gettysburg, I know it came up because it has Devil’s Den in the title.
I bought the book a few years ago and have finally gotten around to reading it. I’ve started my Halloween reading in September this year and decided this would be one of the books I read. Let me just say that this book didn’t disappoint.
At first I didn’t know if I was going to like the book or not. When the means girls appeared on their pink scooters, I thought that this book was going to be things that had already been done too much. The mean girls didn’t play much of a role, thankfully, and I think this ended up being a really unique book.
It’s a ghost story, but more than that.
It is based around Mercy Brown, who was real and really exhumed as a vampire.
I like Paige. She is relatable and reacts the way I think any kid would that lost one of their parents, and on top of that, moving away from her home and friends. She’s thirteen, but not immature. She just has things she working through, too.
There were definitely some things that surprised me, like about Paige’s father. It’s nothing bad, but it is why I say this is more than just a ghost story.
I also found out the other day that the author reworked this series and now has released the three books with Paige as sixteen instead of thirteen. I did read some samples of the reworked series. They are almost alike except Paige is older and more into guys.
I’m sure the reworked series is good, but I think I’ll stick with the original. I love this book and think it is perfect.
It’s spooky and there are mysteries. Overall, a really, really great book. It’s unique and I think people of all ages will enjoy it.
Oh, and I don’t want to forget the illustrator. I think he did a wonderful job; the illustrations are great.
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