Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Doll Bones, by Holly Black
A few days later, Zach gets an urgent message from the girls to join them. They have been nagging him so much that he figures that it's a trick to recruit him back to playing their games. However, this time, the adventure is actually real! A haunted doll, a quest, and a life-changing journey awaits.
What is billed as creepy and scary turns out to actually be a decent road-trip story, with plenty of real-life adventure and some risky behavior (at least two cases of theft, an incident of breaking-and-entering, and a number of other bad decisions play a prominent role). There are intimations of magic and the supernatural, but it is all easily explained if necessary. Instead, Black focuses on the way that real-life journeys can be just as interesting as mythic ones.