Friday, January 27, 2017

The Doll's Eye by Marina Cohen

Hadley doesn't like the house they've moved to, doesn't like the fact that her mother has remarried and doesn't like her new little brother or father.  There's nothing wrong with them.  She just liked her friends at home and having her mother all to herself.  She wishes it could go back to that.

Roaring Brook Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 28th.

What Hadley doesn't know is that her house has a kobold.  The housekeeper tells her the story of such a house demon and says if you catch it, you can ask for a wish.  The problem is that you will have to pay for it in an undetermined way.  There's also the catch that you have to wish in just the right way or you might get what you wished for but not what you wanted.  If you don't believe that, just read this story.

When she wishes half of the family away, she wants them back.  But she doesn't know how to get them back.

With a mix of fantasy and legend, the author taunts you with horror.  I wished for many things when I was young and I'm glad I didn't get them.  This poor girl got her wish and couldn't unwish it.  You won't forget this one easily if you read it.  Don't let a child who has nightmares read it.  It'll make it worse.

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