Welcome back to another The Write Reads blog tour post. I love these tours! Thanks Dave for including me again, and thanks Farshore Books for providing a review eARC! Today’s post is about Dread Wood by Jennifer Killick!
It’s basically the worst school detention ever. When classmates (but not mate-mates) Hallie, Angelo, Gustav and Naira are forced to come to school on a SATURDAY, they think things can’t get much worse. But they’re wrong. Things are about to get seriously scary.
What has dragged their teacher underground? Why do the creepy caretakers keeping humming the tune to Itsy Bitsy Spider? And what horrors lurk in the shadows, getting stronger and meaner every minute…? Cut off from help and in danger each time they touch the ground, the gang’s only hope is to work together. But it’s no coincidence that they’re all there on detention. Someone has been watching and plotting and is out for revenge…
Well this was a fun read! I really enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced, fun, and creepy in parts, and I didn’t guess what was happening. The characters were great to read. I loved seeing how their relationships evolved from page 1 to the end, and how they overcame the events of the book. I think that Angelo was a great main protagonist, and I liked that we didn’t know the full reason as to why the characters ended up in detention in the first place. I loved seeing such different personalities working together so well throughout this book. All 4 classmates were so different to each other, but all had elements in common. I think this really helped them seem more realistic!
I enjoyed the setting of this book. The school itself seemed really cool: I love the idea of having loads of animals in school, I wish we’d had that when I was in school! The school grounds were huge, and I could really picture the characters running from place to place. My favourite part of the book was seeing what genius ways the characters got out of different situations, using whatever they had to hand to do so.
Overall I gave this book 3.5/5 stars, and would recommend it if you enjoyed the Goosebumps series when you were younger. It was a really fun read with lots of twists – an excellent middle-grade story!