Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Caragh Reviews - Doll Bones by Holly Black

Publisher -Doubleday Childrens
Published - 7th May 2013
Format - Kindle
Synopsis - Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity . . .

Doll Bones is the first book that i've read by Holly Black. 
I first saw this book in the local supermarket and it looked so wonderfully cute and disturbing, so when I got a copy to review I was extremely happy to find that it was exactly that.

Doll Bones started off very cutesy, a trio of friends love nothing more than playing with their toys and using their imagination to the fullest. It definitely reminded me of my childhood. My friends and family members would do exactly that - come up with great & grand ideas of what our toys had been doing (think Toy Story!). It wasn't long though before things started heading towards the creepy and I LOVED it.

The china doll that the book focuses on was another thing pulled right from my childhood. I had so many of those scary looking things and I adored them. It's only as I got older that I truly appreciated the creepiness of the realism. Doll Bones is an action packed adventure that anyone of any age can appreciate. Zach, Poppy and Alice are brave, courageous and determined as they set off for the biggest adventure they have ever had to face whilst being haunted both metaphorically and literally; by their secrets and the disturbing history of the Queen they are carrying around with them.

It was such a fun and quick read and the illustrations alongside the text were beautiful and really added atmosphere to the whole thing. A great little story for both young & old!

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