Rating: 4 stars
Twelve-year-old Zach is too old to play with toys. Or at least, that’s what his father thinks.
But even though he stops hanging out with Poppy and Alice, stops playing with his action figures, it’s no good. There’s one toy that still wants to play with him. A doll that’s made from the bones of a dead girl.
The only way to end the game is to lay the doll to rest forever. It’s time for a journey to Spring Grove cemetery. It’s time to grow up.
A chilling ghost story by the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black.
Doll Bones by Holly Black is a delightful story about the wonders of growing up. With a fabulous trio of protagonists, Doll Bones is an enticing adventure that was intriguing until the last page.
Dolls are so creepy to begin with in my opinion, and paired with the history Holly Black has given them? Even creepier. The dreams that the characters have and the pieces of history behind the doll were the creepiest part of the story, but I was hoping for a little more creep throughout the rest of the book. Doll Bones approached the line I was hoping for, but never quite crossed it.
Zach, Poppy, and Alice all bring something different to the table – I loved the contrast between their personalities. The trio is at an age that is so crucial, so seeing the bonds of their friendship tested makes such a great story. As they go through their quest, their friendship has its trials, but really it comes out strengthened in the end.
There are a handful of illustrations throughout the book and I loved them. The ones featuring the doll were particularly well done, as I think they really added to the creep factor of the book.
I also must add that the fact that Zach’s cat is named The Party was one of the best things ever.
Anyone looking for a good quest story that puts friendship at the forefront should pick up Doll Bones. It was unique and very good. It’s a fast paced read that I read in about an hour and a half.