It has come to that time where I bid adieu to reviewing books as a 16 year old. Why have I come to this life-altering decision after seven years of blogging????
Because it’s my birthday and I am now 17!
What better way to celebrate entering my 18th year than with books??? I’ve already received a beautifully bound copy of the original Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern as a birthday present from my parents!
Now I am going to tell you about a book that I was pleasantly surprised about!
Beyond the Doors
By David Neilsen
370 pages – ages 9+
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on August 1, 2017
Synopsis from Publisher- “When a family disaster forces the four Rothbaum children to live with their aunt Gladys, they immediately know there is something strange about their new home. The crazy, circular house looks like it stepped out of a scary movie. The front entrance is a four-story-tall drawbridge. And the only food in Aunt Gladys’s kitchen is an endless supply of Honey Nut Oat Blast Ring-a-Dings cereal.
Strangest of all are the doors—there are none. Every doorway is a wide-open passageway—even the bathroom! Who lives in a house with no doors?
Their unease only grows when Aunt Gladys disappears for long stretches of time, leaving them alone to explore the strange house. When they discover just what Aunt Gladys has been doing with all her doors, the shocked siblings embark on an adventure that changes everything they believe about their family and the world.”
What I Thought- This book caught me by surprise – I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. Neilsen is excellent, blending terror, suspense and action into one terrific, kid-friendly adventure. The book is not at a lack for zany characters, with veritably insane (but well-meaning) relatives and caretakers, and even the four kids have their quirks, making for one out-of-this-world time trying to figure out what is going on. The idea of the doors, and what they can accomplish, is both horrifying and exhilarating. All-around, this was a well-done book, a perfect tickle-your-scary-bone book. Kids will appreciate the characters’ and setting’s realistic features blown into exaggerated proportions, as it makes the scary things seem more distant, while we feel for the characters even more. I would recommend this book to kids looking for an R.L. Stine-type book, but with lighter edges. I would definitely read other books by Neilsen, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!
I give this book five out of five bookworms!
Categories: Age 9+