Today I’m pleased to welcome you to my stop on the ultimate blog tour for Dread Wood a brilliant middle grade horror!  This book is amazing, I couldn’t put it down, you can see more of my thoughts on it below, but first I’d just like to thank The Write Reads and the publisher Farshore for a free copy of this book and the chance to be a part of this tour.  Now let’s see why this book is so good!…

Title: Dread Wood
Author: Jennifer Killick
Illustrator: Tom Clohosy Cole
Publisher: Farshore
Genre: Older children’s/middle grade fiction, Horror
Book format: Pre-publication proof copy
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Description:  Turn the lights on. Lock the door. Things are about to get SERIOUSLY SCARY!
It’s basically the worst school detention ever. When classmates (but not mate-mates) Hallie, Angelo, Gustav and Naira are forced to come to school on a SATURDAY, they think things can’t get much worse. But they’re wrong. Things are about to get seriously scary.
What has dragged their teacher underground? Why do the creepy caretakers keeping humming the tune to Itsy Bitsy Spider? And what horrors lurk in the shadows, getting stronger and meaner every minute…? Cut off from help and in danger each time they touch the ground, the gang’s only hope is to work together. But it’s no coincidence that they’re all there on detention. Someone has been watching and plotting and is out for revenge…

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  Oh wow how amazing and creepy this story is!  Angelo, Hallie, Naira and Gus all end up spending their Saturday in detention at Dread Wood High.  The teacher supervising them takes their phones and wants them to do some physical work, but soon they hear a strange sound and spot something strange on the ground.  Something isn’t right on the school grounds, and the four kids soon realise they are in danger from something sinister.

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This is such a brilliant and creepy tale and just perfect for anyone who likes a little horror! The story is narrated by Angelo, and from the start we get to know the four kids and what they are like.  I like Angelo’s character from the start, as well as some of the others.  All four characters are very different and interesting and I like how there’s a good dose of humour in this story, especially from the things that Gus says or does.  Dread Wood High is an interesting school which is eerily similar to the secondary school I went to!  The school is made up of lots of different buildings, new and old and I like how the main area doesn’t just full of building but has a field and woods too. (like my old school – which is why this book felt extra creepy to me! 😮 )

Things are creepy from the start, the atmosphere around the school is eerie and I like how this book is filled with twists and surprises from the start.  After some creepy goings on the teacher supervising them goes missing and I love how eerie the whole story becomes.  Something is lurking in the area of the school, underneath, and you feel the creepiness of it in ever chapter.  The book is fast paced and I like how scary and creepy things are.  I have to admit to enjoying horror since I was young, especially the non-gory kind, and I just love how spooky this story is!  The story is fast paced and keeps leading to some interesting twists where you’re not sure what is happening but have in inkling.  You don’t discover quite what is lurking under the school until a while into the story.

A lot happens in the story and it never slows down.  I like how this book kept me glued to its pages, I just couldn’t put it down.  I have to say that it’s got a lot of good funny moments which lighten the horror, but it’s still so creepy, that even though this is a children’s/middle grade novel, the creepy things that lurks in the story made me a little creeped out in my own home, I kept looking around to make sure there was nothing there! Lol .  The ending is really good, I like what happens and what is discovered.  I have to admit to half guessing correctly something about one character before it was mentioned but this didn’t stop my enjoyment of the story and there were plenty of moments where I didn’t know what was going to happen.

Overall this is a really brilliant and exciting story.  It’s perfect for any fans of horror who want something that will creep you out a little, but without it being too scary.   The story is good, fast paced and with some brilliant twists and funny moments too!  There are great chapter headings in the proof copy I got too which I’ve shown a picture of above.   It’s been such a great read for me that it’s definitely made me a fan of the author and I can’t wait to read more of her work and definitely a book I’d recommend!

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About the Author

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Jennifer Killick is the author of Crater Lake, the Alex Sparrow series, and middle-grade sci-fi adventure Mo, Lottie and the Junkers. She regularly visits schools and festivals, and her books have three times been selected for The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge. She lives in Uxbridge, in a house full of children, animals and Lego. When she isn’t busy mothering or step-mothering (which isn’t often) she loves to read, write and run, as fast as she can.

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Thank you for joining me on my stop on the blog tour today.  Please do check out the other stops on the blog tour and do check out this book, it’s brilliant and I hear there’s a Dread Wood 2 coming in the future so I’m looking forward to that! 😮 😀

What do you think of this book?  Did you enjoy reading spooky horror like this as a child?  Let me know what you htink in the comments below 🙂