The Creeping Review

Spoiler free, as always I will warn you before if any should arise! 

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy follows Stella, a girl who is about to enter her senior year of high school. She is also the girl who came out of the woods following the disappearance of her friend Jeanie. At the age of six Stella, Jeanie and her friends live in the small town of Savage. The play games and hunt monsters in the woods behind Jeanies house, until Jeanie disappears and Stella returns with no memeory of what happened. Jumping forward to the present in the story, Stella has made new friends and is popular in school. Just like a normal teenager, until another little girl is found dead at a party. We follow as Stella and her friends try to uncover whether the deaths of Jeanie and Jane Doe are the work or human sickos or something supernatural living in the forest, preying on little red-headed girls. 

I love the concept of this story! I like the idea of the monster living in the woods and all that supernatural junk. I was racking my brain the entire time trying to make the murders the work of a human, while the author tries to convince you otherwise. The pace of the story was smooth, never slow or too quickly. This is great for mystery stories like this, it gives you time to assemble your own theories. 

My one problem with this was the characters. The characters were aweful. Stella was an ok main character, she was annoying at times because of how wishy-washy she is. I feel like she can never make up her mind. I will say that about half way through the book Stella had some fabulous character development and growth and I found her less annoying after this. Zoey I did not like at all. Her attitude was rude and her personality was frustrating. She is the high school girl who is too worried about boys and popularity and her overly large breasts. At times she was very unlike a best friend towards Stella. She had some character development towards the end and she became more loyal but other than that, nothing. I did however like Sam, Sam was a great side character! Loyal, supportive, and at times stubborn. He wasn’t over bearing and he showed up at the right times. Stella’s dad bugged me. I don’t understand this character at all. How on Earth do you pay so little attention to daughter who was involved in a previous disappearance of a six year old child when another body shows up so similar to her case? He literally isn’t there for anything! As a parent, when something like this happens and your child becomes so involved, you should be more concerned with their safety than with anything else and he was absent or didn’t care. 

I was a little disappointed by the ending nothing major just because I was holding out hope that this creature who snatches little kids was found at the end. I wanted it to exist so much for the creepy factor, but the ending was satisfying and a bit shocking because it wasn’t what I was hoping for. Surprisin none the less. 

I gave this book a 3/5 stars because I couldn’t get over the characters. If it was one particular character I could put it aside but it was several. The story was great and the concept was wonderful. But with so many character issues, I couldn’t let that go.  As always, thanks for reading my rambles and until next time,

Tiffany

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Disaster Falls Review

As always, I will try to avoid spoilers but will alert you if they should arise. 

Disaster Falls by Stephane Gerson is heart breaking. It took me a decent amount of time to read this book (which is roughly 250 pages long) because of how hard this hits the heart. 

We follow a father who has just lost his son, Owen, on a family trip to Disaster Falls. The family goes rafting and the youngest son, who is eight, dies on the rapids. The fact that this book follows the death of a child makes it difficult to read. Then on top of that you are reading from the view point of the father who feels like he is responsible for his sons death. Every other page strikes emotion into the reader. As someone who does not have children this hit me in a different way than if someone who has children were to read this story. But regardless of that matter, you are still able to feel empathy for this family. There were moments when I had to stop and put the book down because I couldn’t stop crying. 

The story begins with the father explaining how others have reacted towards Owens death. He explains how and why the family hid from the world to grieve. He also speaks a bit about the funeral and his concerns for his wife, as it is easier for him to worry about her well being rather than his own at this time. Another point he hits is his inattention to his other son Julian. This is another point that really got my emotions spinning because it’s not something that I noticed until it was pointed out. It made me feel awful and I wondered if this occurs in families who have experienced a loss of another child. Most of the beginning is what you would expect to read on the topic but the way it is written makes it difficult and on top of that you remember at times throughout that this is this boys father telling you all this. 

As the story progresses, slowly Owens father begins to share his belief that the death is his fault and the reader can really see how hard it is for him to see otherwise. You can feel him struggling to explain at times. Dad also compares his grief to his wife’s and how they handle it. Dad is baffled at how open his wife is with dealing with the loss of her baby, where he goes out of his way to avoid mention of it. 

There was a quote in the story that really sat with me as I read, “…while those who have lost a parent are called orphans, there is no word for those who have lost a child.” The reason this was on the forefront of my mind while I was reading is because often times, orphans are referred to as abandoned. But while reading I noticed that this father felt abandoned, not only by himself and other around him, but by his physical and mental strength during the accident. His feeling of failure is evident and that leads him to abandon himself at times. 

One thing I really liked about the setup of the book is that at the beginning of each chapter there is a message from someone regarding Owens death. For me this really put an emphasis on the weight that the outside world unknowingly places on the family as they try to adjust to this new life without their son. 

Overall I have this book a 4/5 stars. I did not give it a full five because at times I feel like there was not enough detail in some of the descriptions and I am a detail person, super picky about details. But with that being the only thing, this was a wonderfully heartbreaking story with a slap in the face at the last 50 or so pages. Stephane Gerson is a brave soul to share such a story with the world. Thank you for reading my rambles and until next time,

Tiffany

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I have received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.