Book Review: The Hungry House

The Hungry House by Elizabeth Amelia Barrington is in a genre that I wouldn’t normally read. I am so glad I overlooked my normal barriers and sat down to read this fabulous tale. It has taught me a lesson that sometimes it is okay to travel outside your personal box by trying something new.

The primary characters are well developed, and the plot line was intriguing. I did find a few of the plot points to be predictable, but it wasn’t enough to detract from the overall story. The setting was well established by the supporting facts and intricate details related to Portland, which helped to set the scene and create a visual in my head.

The main character, Vicky Howell, was developed in a manner in which I could relate. She faced numerous struggles that began with the prologue, and continuing through to the end of the book. I found myself sympathizing with her situation, and pulling for her in the end. I think the reason I could relate so well was because I have had friends who have faced similar hardships. I have seen similar transformations as they struggle to deal with the losses, and it is painful to witness. I think this was what made her such a realistic character.

My favorite character in the book was the antagonist, Frank. He wasn’t my favorite because I could relate to him, or that I was pulling for him. Rather, he was my favorite because I truly despised him. I think Elizabeth did a wonderful job creating a true villain. The second we are introduced to Frank, and his lascivious nature, I developed a deep hatred for this man and I wanted to see him punished for his crimes.

Overall I enjoyed this book. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. Don’t let the 4 fool you. I would recommend this book to anyone. I am interested to see what else Elizabeth will have in store for us in future books


Book Review: The Ninth Orphan

The Ninth Orphan by Lance and James Morcan is a book that drew me in instantly.  From the introduction of the orphans as children, to the nail biting, how will it all end, ending, I was engrossed in this story.

The book begins with the twenty-three young orphans hiking through the woods with a single adult.  The young orphan number nine is called upon to shoot a deer the group stumbles upon.  He is handed the rifle and is tasked with ending the creature’s misery, but there is a problem.  He is unable to take the lethal shot as he empathizes with the pain the creature is feeling.

The story then jumps several years into the future and focuses on a now grown orphan number nine.  This is a story that has it all.  The pages fly by as the reader is submersed in a suspense filled story, with plenty of action and many surprises.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a quick read that will not disappoint.  This is the perfect introductory story in a trilogy, and I will soon be buying the other two.  I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars.  Well done, James and Lance.  Well done.