You were supposed to go somewhere else — some place where this would have all made sense to you, but you didn’t. Now you don’t get older, you don’t get sick. You don’t have to go to school or do chores. You’re here, but people don’t know you’re here. Toys in the Attic
Genres: YA, Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery Page Count: 336
Author: Lori Allison
Summer has arrived in Lucas, Texas. Drew Stone and his friends are looking forward to lazy days of swimming, bike riding and video games. But an unexpected stay at his grandfather’s farm and a surprising encounter with a long-dead relative set Drew on a different path. With help from his friends and some of Lucas’s quirky citizens, Drew will have to uncover secrets the town has kept buried for more than 50 years.
I had the pleasure of reading this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I also got to talk a little bit to the author when I was inquiring about her book. She was very nice and considerate! You can buy her Kindle book on Amazon for $0.99.
Her book surprised me, somehow. When I read the summary and found out it was a story about ghosts, I thought it would mostly be a thriller built around one or two key aspects like most thrillers I’ve read. I thought it would be darker too. But I was very wrong. This was a very innocent, good-natured story and very clean. I have a rating system on my blog but I’ll just tell you right now, there was no cussing, no violence and nothing sexual in it. I haven’t seen a book like that in a long time.
Don’t get me wrong though, the story was still a bit thrilling but just not in the dark way that I thought it would be. What it reminded me of the most was a mystery novel. Actually, it reminded me a lot of the Nancy Drew books I used to read when I was younger. It was an easy, casual, first person read that had an excellent connection to the main character. I liked most of the characters, especially Cassie. When she was first described as a librarian that was easily agitated, my first thought of her was an old woman (the cliche librarian) but I was pleasantly surprised to learn she was a fourteen year-old girl with a spunky personality.
It took me a little while to read this book. There were some moments that were a little slow. In my opinion, there were way too many times where the main character explained his small–town life, what he ate, what he did with his friends and what chores his grandfather had him do before he could get back to the plot of the story. I also got frustrated that he took awhile to tell anyone about his encounters with a ghost, just because I’ve seen that done in so many books and movies and find it unlikely. Otherwise, I have no complaints. This really was an easy read and a good-natured story.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘seriously?’)
I wouldn’t say there was any romance in this story. The protagonist has a huge crush on a girl but he never acted on it.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘constant cussing’.)
There’s no cussing.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘graphic violence’.)
A man explains a story about burying a little boy he accidentally killed but I wouldn’t say consider it violence at all.
Drinking, drugs or smoking: 0-10
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 ‘for seriously’
There was none.
No Homosexuals or Mention