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Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours, Chuck Wendig, Netgalley, and Little, Brown Books for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
Wendig is a king of horror, and that was honestly one of the reasons why I was a little afraid to read this one. Sure, it’s “middle grade”, like that’s supposed to mean it’s not that scary. I don’t care what age range a book can be, they can get pretty darn scary. (I’m looking at you, Tia Lugo Speaks No Evil).
Luckily for me, I was not as afraid as I could have been. Actually, there were a lot of times where I found myself chuckling because of the humor I got to experience. Wendig is a great author, and while I don’t know if I’m going to get into the horror genre completely, this was a good taste of his writing without the nightmares.
- Sibling rivalry is always fun.
- Monster mortuary?
- I think I could get behind that.
- Losing both parents is difficult though, even if they didn’t get to meet one another growing up.
- I wonder how much of a strain that’s going to put in their relationship.
- I’ve never read The Graveyard Book.
- But I have read Miss Peregrine.
- I guess I can see some of the similarities.
- I’m not discounting Molly being 13 and all, but are you sure you want to already own a mortuary?
- Shoot, I don’t think I wanted to own any kind of business at 13.
- Good on you, Molly.
- I think Molly and Dustin somehow need to get along.
- And I’m not sure about this uncle character but fine.
- Annnnddd that was an interesting book.
Dust & Grim
by Chuck Wendig
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Genre: MG Fantasy
Length: 384 pages
Miss Peregrine meets The Graveyard Book in this middle grade adventure about rival siblings running a monster mortuary—written by bestselling author Chuck Wendig.
Thirteen-year-old Molly doesn’t know how she got the short end of the stick—being raised by her neglectful father—while Dustin, the older brother she’s never met, got their mother and the keys to the family estate. But now the siblings are both orphaned, she’s come home for her inheritance, and if Dustin won’t welcome her into the family business, then she’ll happily take her half in cash.
There’s just one problem: the family business is a mortuary for monsters, and Molly’s not sure she’s ready to deal with mysterious doors, talking wolves, a rogue devourer of magic, and a secret cemetery. It’s going to take all of Dustin’s stuffy supernatural knowledge and Molly’s most heroic cosplay (plus a little help from non-human friends) for the siblings to figure it out and save the day… if only they can get along for five minutes.
Bestselling author Chuck Wendig’s middle grade debut is equal parts spooky, funny, and heartfelt—perfect for Halloween and year-round reading!
Chuck Wendig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, Zer0es/Invasive, Wanderers, and the upcoming Book of Accidents (July 2021). He’s also worked in a variety of other formats, including comics, games, film, and television. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the cowriter of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his books about writing. He lives in Pennsyltucky with his family.
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