I was extremely excited to read this book! I mean, creepy dolls made in the 1800s that haunt their owners? That sounds perfect to me!
Shame it’s a really terrible book though.
Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity . . .
Honestly, how can you read this synopsis and NOT get excited? I started it but was completely let down by it. The writing is horrible, the story is really boring, the “”” romance””” is forced and completely unnecessary and it’s just an overall really boring book. It was creepy at times, I have to give it that, but I am an extreme wuss and get nightmares from whales, so I don’t know, I don’t think an average child would find this creepy. Honestly, I should’ve guessed I wouldn’t like this book, because I really disliked Holly Black’s other books as a child as well.
If you want to read a creepy kid’s book, there are waaaaaay better ones out there, like Coraline, the Fear Street books and just basically everything else that is NOT written by Holly Black.