The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín | Review

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The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror
Release Date: August 30th 2016 by David Fickling Books
Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Find it here: Goodreads || Book Depository

I kept wavering between a three and a four when thinking about how many stars to rate this, but in the end I decided on a 3.5 that’s a little more 3 than 4.

I loved the idea behind this book. Potentially getting transported to the land of the fae at any given moment, totally naked, alone, and easily killed the moment you’re tracked down by the killer Sidhe who hate everything about you? That’s just plain terrifying. And then, when they do get you, the things they do to you? Yeah, I cringed at the imagery more than once, it was not a pretty picture, and it was never meant to be.

My biggest fault with this was that it wasn’t quite what I was expecting and that the prose wasn’t really my cuppa. It wasn’t badly written by any means, but I think I just personally conflicted with the storytelling. I had some trouble figuring out what was going on at times and confusion to who we were in the mind of, though Nessa was the main character. This was especially prevalent near the end, where I had to reread to understand what the sweet heck was going on because shit was really going down and I was reading faster than my mind could comprehend the reading.

It was definitely a good pick to read for Halloween, though, which is when I myself had picked it up to try. I ended up finishing it the day before, and it set the scene nicely, considering how horrific quite a few of the scenes I was given were. I wish there had been a bit more of an epilogue, though, I was kind of confused on what happened in that last chapter regarding the Sidhe. I’ll sic down some other reviews to see if they can explain it for me.


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