Sunday, October 28, 2018

Great YA Halloween Read - The Collector by K.R. Alexander

Josie always liked visiting her grandmother in the countryside. But when her mother loses her job in the city and they're forced to relocate along with Josie's sister, Annie, she realizes she doesn't like the country that much. Especially because Grandma Jeannie has some strange rules: Don't bring any dolls into the house. And never, ever go near the house in the woods behind their yard. Soon though, Josie manages to make friends with the most popular girl in the sixth grade, Vanessa. When Vanessa eventually invites Josie back to her house to hang out, Josie doesn't question it. Not even when Vanessa takes her into the woods, and down an old dirt road, toward the very house Grandma Jeannie had warned her about.

The 411:

I loved everything about this book from the cover to the age appropriate horror. This is the perfect horror start for ages 10-14.

Josie, her mom and her sister are moving in with grandma but grandma has some rules.

Never leave your window open after dark!
No dolls are allowed in the house!
Do not go near the house in the woods!

They seem simple enough but when Josie meets a new friend named Vanessa who gives her sister a doll things start getting weird. Not only that but grandma seems further away than ever and that house in the woods is where Vanessa lives.

Creepy yes but nothing over the top. If I was a kid there is a scene where all the dolls in Vanessa's house are turned toward the wall which would have creeped me an adult that creeped me out but this is  because K.R is a really good writer who is very descriptive. I could see the scene playing out.

All in all...I think kids who love this genre will enjoy this book.

Someone please make this a movie!

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