Title: Doll Bones
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Children’s fiction, horror, mystery
Publisher: Random House Children’s Publishers UK (Doubleday Childrens)
Publication Date: 2014
My Rating: 5/5
Hi there friends,
As you may know, I’ve been getting a little bit addicted to downloading books from NetGalley lately. Guilty as charged. This is one of those books which caught my eye, especially when I saw who the author was. Holly Black you may recognise as the writer of the ever popular Spiderwick Chronicles. This made me particularly keen to download myself a copy of Doll Bones. It’s quite a short book, as you can imagine from a piece of children’s fiction and as a result it didn’t take me any longer than a day to read it.
I received a copy of Doll Bones from the books lovely publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Doll Bones is a marvellous piece of children’s fiction. It really encapsulates the feelings that you experience in the transition from childhood to teenage years and all the conflicting emotions which go alongside it! Three best friends: Alice, Poppy and Zach always play the same game, with extraordinary character which they’ve devised for themselves. One character, the Queen, is a porcelain doll who resides in a cupboard and rules over them all. When Zach no longer has the toys, things begin to get strange. Dreams, mystery, intrigue and midnight adventures change the lives of the three friends. But will they be able to complete their quests? You’ll just have to read to find out.
Black’s writing is impeccable in this book and it’s one of the best books I’ve had the pleasure of reading so far this year. Not only is this bone china doll terrifying, it’s a brilliant plot device and is used to great effect! The world which Black has created for these characters is lovely, if not a bit disturbing. Her characters are brilliant and well-rounded which all in all makes this a great read. If you don’t get really frustrated/passive aggressively angry towards Zach’s dad by the end of the book there’s something wrong. At times Poppy’s character can be controlling and has a great influence on her friends, she’s a bit like the Peter Pan of the story and is really reluctant to let any of them grow up.
A lovely enchanting story which has all the right ingredients to make you shiver and your skin crawl. It’s a great book to share with your children as it’s not that scary that they can’t sleep at night but hits all the right buttons.
I really enjoyed reading this book and if you have read the book too, let me know what you thought about it! My review has also been uploaded to my Goodreads account. If you too have an account, add me as a friend as I’d love to be kept up to date on the books you read too!
I rated this book ✮✮✮✮✮! If you want a copy of the book, it’s available here at Amazon UK.
Happy reading friends,