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Today, we're proud to join the book tour for The Haunting of Falcon House. Rockstar Book Tours has put together a great group of bloggers to share why you should read this book!
Read on for my thoughts + an excellent giveaway!
Author: Eugene Yelchin
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks
A long undisturbed bedroom. A startling likeness. A mysterious friend.
When twelve-year-old Prince Lev Lvov goes to live with his aunt at Falcon House, he takes his rightful place as heir to the Lvov family estate. Prince Lev dreams of becoming a hero of Russia like his great ancestors. But he'll discover that dark secrets haunt this house. Prince Lev is the only one who can set them free-will he be the hero his family needs?
Thus, when I herd about The Haunting of Falcon House, I was immediately smitten. Author Eugene Yelchin has written an eerie middle grade tale of Prince Lev, who goes to live with his aunt at Falcon House. However, like many other young intrepid heroes, he quickly discovers that not everything is what it seems...
Ah, guys. There are so many things to love about this book, beginning with Yelchin's decision to frame the book as a "translator" of the text, who came across the documents composing of the book, as a child. Because we go into the text knowing that "Eugene Yelchin the translator" is basically piecing this text together, we're immediately on a narrative edge, hoping that the book won't cut off at inopportune times, just as things are getting explained/getting scary.
(It's a bit hard to explain, but you'll immediately understand what I mean after reading the prologue/translator note.)
Once readers dig into Prince Lev's story, it's quickly evident that this can be viewed as traditional ghost story in many ways, without any of the blood/gore/scares that we associate with ghost stories nowadays. Without giving spoilers away, Prince Lev encounters a ghost that is not only symptomatic of his own circumstances, but also appropriately sympathetic to the ongoing issues of Russia as a greater whole.
Readers will leave the book with a sweet sense of empathy for Prince Lev's situation, but also curiosity for his setting as result. It's a win/win for readers, educators and parents.
My one minor issue with The Haunting of Falcon House was that I felt like the illustrations didn't necessarily match the tone of the book.
While the style of the drawings served a narrative purpose, they reminded me too strongly of the illustrations in the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series, which felt a bit off. However, appreciation for art is subjective and it didn't impact the overall enjoyment of the book for me. As always, would love to hear what you guys think!
Bottom line: The Haunting of Falcon House is a magnificent middle-grade tale, which is just the right amount of good scare, history and wonderful writing. This is a book that deserves ALL the recognition, and I'm dying for all of you to read it. Highly recommend, full stop. Seriously. Stop reading this review and go get the book already.
Check out the rest of the tour!
10/28/2016- The Reading Nook Reviews- - Review
10/29/2016- BookHounds YA- Interview
10/30/2016- Mundie Moms/Mundie Kids- Excerpt
10/31/2016- Page Turners Blog- Review
About the author:
Eugene Yelchin is a Russian born author and illustrator of children’s books.
In 2012, Breaking Stalin’s Nose, a middle grade novel that he had written and illustrated received a Newbery Honor award. Horn Book magazine called Breaking Stalin’s Nose one of the Best Books of 2011. In 2010, the picture book Rooster Prince of Breslov that he illustrated received the National Jewish Book Award. In 2006, he received a Tomie de Paola award. His other books received starred reviews, and were on Children’s Choice and the Independent Booksellers lists.
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