Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Book Review: The Doll Maker by Majanka Verstraete (Weirdville #1)

Blurb: Derek’s little sister wants one of those creepy-looking dolls, staring at him from the strange new doll shop in town, and what his sister wants, she gets. Now they’re stuck with a doll that looks so human, it gives Derek the creeps.

When Derek tells his friends, Martin and Jamie, about the new shop with creepy human-like dolls, they want to see for themselves. That has “bad idea” written all over it, but he takes his friends there anyway.

They meet the mysterious doll maker, who reminds Derek of Dr. Frankenstein, and who brainwashes Martin into buying one of those scary dolls. Derek and Jamie push and pull Martin out of the shop, but something isn’t right with their friend. He’s shivering all over, and he has no memory of what happened in the shop.

Martin’s condition worsens every day, and Derek’s sister grows more and more obsessed with her new doll. Derek and Jamie have to find out what’s going on, and fast, because...

...the doll maker seems linked to a bunch of mysterious disappearances, and the last thing Derek wants is his sister, or his friend, being next on the doll maker’s list.

My Thoughts: I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I have read The Doll Maker for myself, but am currently reading it for my (almost) 7 year old son.

As an adult, this book wasn’t scary, but an amazingly good read. The plot was different, the building of the story, using the small boys POV to tell the story, the villain… everything was masterly done for me.

To my son? He loves it. This book holds many of the things he likes; it’s scary, there are BOYS in it, they have a mystery to solve (yes, he loves Scooby Doo –so does my daughter, and she’s turning 3), and he is so hooked into the story, he’s begging me to keep reading, because he wants to know what happens! (I have NOOO idea where he gets that from!! *whistles*)

So, if you like a good book to read as an adult, or you have a kid that likes to read, or like to hear scary bedtimes stories – make sure to check out The Doll Maker. Loved it!!

About Majanka:
I'm an avid book reader and author. My interests include young adult, paranormal romance, fantasy, horror, thrillers, historical fiction and young adult contemporary romance. I'm a big fan of true haunting stories as well.

My debut novel, FRACTURED, will be published by InkSpell Publishing in September 2013. My picture book, Valentina and The Haunted Mansion, will be published by Evolved Publishing on May 21st 2013.
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