I like to read. I really enjoy it. I will read books on how to do things, sometimes, but my passion in reading truly comes in fantasy and fiction. I had the opportunity to read Saving Hascal’s Horrors
as a member of Crossroads Media Hub. I was concerned at first because the cover of the book looks like a child drew it. It looked very primitive and it immediately set off my concern. But I made a promise that I would read it, and figure it could be a new author just starting out, so I dove right into reading it. It is written by Laura Smith. You can currently purchase the Kindle version for $1.99, Prime members can read it for Free.
Laura is also the author of the book The Stable House. It has the same primitive drawn cover, and I assume it is for two reasons.
1- Both books are about kids in their pre-teen years.
2- She is the illustrator.
The covers represent something about the main character and actually when you are done reading, you picture that cover as something the character drew. It fits. This was a true case of not judging a book by its cover. Though it is a young adult book, I couldn’t put it down. Most of my reading was done when I was traveling for #ENMNCon14. I will be honest, I read this book every chance I could. It held my attention. I read it going to sleep and when I woke up. I finished it the weekend I was gone, because I didn’t have 3 kids needing me.
The book was warm and had great character detail. I felt connected to the characters and found myself rooting for different things going on. They were warm and real. There was a lot of emotion conveyed in the story from several characters. There is a fantasy/scifi factor to it, but in a surprising way. I thought the story was going to go one way for most of the story, but then there was a twist. It was surprising and overwhelming for me. I was pleasantly surprised with the book. I liked how it closed out items and gave you further info about the characters future. I would recommend this book. It is a young adult reader. It is good for Pre-teens and teens. If you liked the Twilight saga, its a little less edgy than that, but a comparable easy read.
I would not let my first grader read it yet, but I would let her later in her elementary school years. It is a simple book with mostly easy words, and a concept that was mostly feasible. I would give it 2 stars and recommend allowing your child to read it.