Haunted Week: Beware of Book Review (Book Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman)

{This Girl Reads}
To finish off a week of spook-tastic fun, review a scary story of your choice!

 Synopsis (from Amazon.com): In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only it's different. At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

My Review: I don't really read a lot of scary books exactly, but the scariest (more like creepiest) book I've read in a while was Coraline. 

This book was brilliant. It was very visual, and painted excellent pictures without being too wordy. The characters were extremely well written, especially Coraline and her "Other Mother". Everything was beautiful, dreamlike, and creepy sort of all at the same time. My favorite thing about this book was definitely the "other" world. The change from the ideal world to a nightmare was perfectly done. And the button eyes. Because of this book, I can't do button eyes. ;)

This is a fairly short book, and though I often find myself wanting more after a particularly good book, the end of this one was another thing that was perfectly done. It didn't leave me hanging, and it was left with a sense of completeness, but not necessarily finality. If that makes any sense. 

I loved this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good, creepy read!

So that's all for Haunted Week! I hope you all enjoyed it, and I can't wait to do it again next year! You can see all my other Haunted Week posts here, and if you click on the button at the top of this post, it will take you to a list of the other participants. 
Thanks for reading!

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