Friday, March 30, 2012

Review: Legend of the Pumpkin Thief, YA Novel by Charles Day

As I read this novel, I found myself becoming more and more engrossed with each turn of the page. As an adult I didn't know if this was a book I would really "get into," but the writing style of Charles Day had me hooked from page one. Flashes of my own childhood Halloweens, bullies, creepy old folk and teenage awkwardness slithered out of the deepest regions of my memories and came back to haunt, scare and entertain me.
The main character, Nick, is a likable young fellow still well endowed with childlike imagination, and aspirations. With his many teenage dramas, he manages to mature and evolve by the end of the story - without losing his dreams.
Every time I thought I knew where the story was leading, I found myself in awe of the many twists and turns, never leading to where I thought.
Legend of the Pumpkin Thief took me on an emotional journey of fear, anxiety, curiosity and hope that connected me with many of the book's characters.
I highly recommend this book to adults and YA alike!

Jo-Anne Russell
Author of The Nightmare Project

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