Giveaway: Help for the Haunted

I have a brand new copy of Help for the Haunted by John Searles that is just waiting to live in one of your home libraries! If you would like to enter my giveaway contest, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what is the worst book you have ever read. (Please don't read into that question as a reflection on Help for the Haunted - seriously, I am trying to start a collection of bad books to read.) I will pick a winner at random from all the entrants (which book you "recommend" does not affect your chance of winning) and once I have a winner, I will let them know.

You don't have to pay for shipping or anything. You will, however, need to provide me with an address to which I can send you your new book! (I will arrange this with the winner - I don't think anyone wants to post their address on a public website. :) )

Want a quick, spoiler-free review before you enter?

My thoughts: 3 stars. Possibly 3.5. I liked the main character quite a bit. The book is 1st person POV and Sylvie has some really interesting insights. The flow of the story worked fairly well, once I got into the groove of the more conversational, flowing-thought narrative Sylvie often presented. I laughed at the Dot incident and have officially decided I will never name a child Penny because it is now entirely too creepy. Overall the book felt like it was trying to be a mystery while wrapped up in a coming-of-age story about Sylvie, which would have been great except that it didn't quite deliver. Still, the ending was good - it was just something I literally could not have figured out based on the rest of the book, which defeats the "mystery" aspect, I think. I'd pin this as part coming-of-age, part thriller narrative.

I hope you give me good "worst books ever" and that you all enjoy Help for the Haunted - looking forward to mailing this straight-from-the-printing-press copy to someone! :) And if you don't win, there may still be time to enter the sweepstakes giveaway on Searles' website.


As always, I receive no compensation from author or publisher for any reviews, publications, etc. related to any ARCs. My opinions are wholly my own.



Trivia Corner:

“It was all imaginary, anyway – not real. It was only in the fairy tales that people were called upon to be so brave, to die for one another.” - Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. I read this book in grade school and loved it. It's a children's story, told by a young girl living in Denmark, during WWII. I've read and re-read this book numerous times - I know it was the best assignment I can ever remember.

Next up: "The building was on fire, and it wasn't my fault."