Friday, August 9, 2013

Will the Real Monster Please Stand Up?

The Boo Hag by David Morgan

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review. 

Summary: Lenny Petrakas is worried about her skin. Not the way you're thinking. Not like that at all. While most people spend time concerned about dirt and elasticity, temperature and moisture, Lenny has a more pressing problem. Something is after her. Something evil that won't stop until it has peeled every last inch of skin from the teen's body. And then, it may end her misery quickly, or it may dump her body in the woods. Let infection and dehydration run its course.

Lenny is just your normal sixteen-year-old girl. Was. Was just your normal sixteen-year-old girl. Quiet and polite. Petite. Introspective, but not to the point of isolation. Loyal? Fiercely so. Outstanding? Noteworthy? Different? No, no, and no. Or so she thought. What started as an eerie feeling, a certainty that someone had been in her room while she slept, has spiraled into something far worse. Something was in her room. Something that finds her highly different, extremely noteworthy, and intensely outstanding.

Game over? Wrong. Lenny's a fighter, and she isn't about to lie down and take what's coming to her. Enlisting the help of her best friend, a not-so-secret admirer, the hottest guy in school, one odious cheerleader, and a paranormalist teacher, Lenny is facing her fears head on, in a battle she knows can only end in death.

Review: A story of how teenagers deal with the threat of a supernatural monster.

This book is called The Boo Hag, but it was surprising how little the boo hag actually showed up. A boo hag is certainly not a monster that is popular in supernatural fiction right now. Even when authors try to use less popular monsters (such as gargoyles and banshees), boo hags never seem to come up. So I was very interested to read this book. It starts out strong and the boo hag is very creepy. Then the story progresses and the boo hag only shows up a few times. Even the ending didn't have much of the boo hag.

What this book really seems to focus on is Lenny, Anna, their relationship, and how they deal with the boo hag. Lenny is competent, smart, and doesn't back down when times get tough. The character I really felt bad for was Anna. She was a good friend to Lenny, but had fallen hard for Brian who only has interest in Katie whom I hated. Katie was your stereotypical cheerleader who only cared about herself and how hot she was. The book ends on a cliffhanger although it's an intriguing cliffhanger.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those interested in supernatural stories that feature unusual monsters.

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