Book Review: Doll Bones by Holly Black (via Netgalley)

Doll Bones

Twelve-year-old Zach is too old to play with toys. Or at least, that’s  what his father thinks.

 But even though he stops hanging out with Poppy and Alice, stops  playing with his action figures, it’s no good. There’s one toy that still  wants to play with him. A doll that’s made from the bones of a dead  girl.

The only way to end the game is to lay the doll to rest for ever. It’s time  for a journey to Spring Grove cemetery. It’s time to grow up.

 

 

 

 

Book Description

Kindle

    • File Size: 2832 KB
    • Print Length: 258 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0552568112
    • Publisher: RHCP Digital (9 May 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00BUB5CPG

Paperback

  • 256 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552568112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552568111

 

Author Biography

Holly Black

  Holly Black spent her early years in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed   her a steady diet of ghost stories and faerie tales. An avid collector of rare folklore             volumes and spooky dolls, she lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband,             Theo. For more information, visit www.blackholly.com.

 

 

 

Review

I want to start this review by thanking Holly Black the Author and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book. I gave the book 5 stars out of five because I loved the premiss of the story and felt that I connected with the three main characters.

Holly’s writing was fantastic and the development of the characters made the story really immersive. I found the fact that the doll was possessed by the spirit of a dead girl from the 1800’s who just wanted to be put to rest by being buried in her home town.

The three main characters, children 2 girls and the a boy, were really believable and I connected with all of them in different way but particularly with one of the girls. I loved the fact that the kids although they were in middle school were still playing with dolls and action figures which they were using to make up quest based games. It was great that this was actually transferred in to their real life when they travelled to the home town of the doll girl to lay her to rest.

This is a book that I will read again as well as recommend it to others and buy it as a gift for people.