Friday, October 16, 2009

Review: All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

Book: All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

Genre: MG paranormal

Rating: B+

For: RIP IV (even though it wasn't on my original list!)

This is the third Mary Downing Hahn book I've read, and though it was good and fun, I still liked the other two better. The Old Willis Place is still my favorite, with Deep and Dark and Dangerous second place.

This one started out pretty creepy with a couple of kids who have come to spend the summer at their grandma's supposedly haunted inn. They don't believe in that stuff, but decide to have fun pretending to be ghosts and freaking out all the guests.

It got creepy when they started sensing something else going on, something that they weren't creating themselves. A cold, evil feeling, a rustling in the woods, a sinister presence.

Well, of course you know, it turns out there really ARE ghosts, and they have quite the story to tell. Quite the sad story. It reminded me of a ghost walk I took when I was in York, England, and the guy told us some pretty gut-wrenching stories. The inn in this book has very similar stories.

So, it was good, and like all Mary Downing Hahn books, just creepy enough to keep the kids reading, but not so scary that they can't sleep. I love that.

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  1. sounds like a good book series. Looks like you are doing well with the RIP challenge

  2. I loved Mary Downing Hahn when I was a kid. One of my favorites was Time for Andrew. I bet if I looked around, I'd find that I still have a copy around here, the cover art is sooo cheesy, but the story is sooo good. I'll have to check out this and the others you mentioned!



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