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For fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows, life can be summed up in one word-horrible. She has the most horrible friends. She lives in a horrible old castle. Even her family is a bunch of horrible monsters. However, in the monster-inhabited world of Gravesville-a world where messages are sent through Ouija boards, jack-o'-lanterns get facials to suit their moods, and the worst thi For fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows, life can be summed up in one word-horrible. She has the most horrible friends. She lives in a horrible old castle. Even her family is a bunch of horrible monsters. However, in the monster-inhabited world of Gravesville-a world where messages are sent through Ouija boards, jack-o'-lanterns get facials to suit their moods, and the worst thing Eve has to deal with are those annoying zombie tourists who overrun her favorite graveyard during the Halloween season-horrible means wonderful. And everything for Eve is perfectly horrible. But her life is about to go head over heels when a mysterious group known as The Source starts terrorizing Gravesville. Now she must move to the human world-where everything is opposite ... and for Eve, that's absolutely adorable!


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For fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows, life can be summed up in one word-horrible. She has the most horrible friends. She lives in a horrible old castle. Even her family is a bunch of horrible monsters. However, in the monster-inhabited world of Gravesville-a world where messages are sent through Ouija boards, jack-o'-lanterns get facials to suit their moods, and the worst thi For fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows, life can be summed up in one word-horrible. She has the most horrible friends. She lives in a horrible old castle. Even her family is a bunch of horrible monsters. However, in the monster-inhabited world of Gravesville-a world where messages are sent through Ouija boards, jack-o'-lanterns get facials to suit their moods, and the worst thing Eve has to deal with are those annoying zombie tourists who overrun her favorite graveyard during the Halloween season-horrible means wonderful. And everything for Eve is perfectly horrible. But her life is about to go head over heels when a mysterious group known as The Source starts terrorizing Gravesville. Now she must move to the human world-where everything is opposite ... and for Eve, that's absolutely adorable!

30 review for Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aeicha

    Read the original and complete review at Word Spelunking THREE FIVE WORDS: A Monster-load of creepy fun! MY REVIEW: Robert Gray’s Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks has everything I look for in a MG book- laugh-out-loud laughs, relatable young characters, pitch-perfect dialogue and a super fun story….oh, and pizza. Can’t forget the pizza! Fourteen year old Eve Hallows has lived in Gravesville, surrounded by monsters, her whole life and that’s absolutely horrible to her…of course, in Eve’s world h Read the original and complete review at Word Spelunking THREE FIVE WORDS: A Monster-load of creepy fun! MY REVIEW: Robert Gray’s Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks has everything I look for in a MG book- laugh-out-loud laughs, relatable young characters, pitch-perfect dialogue and a super fun story….oh, and pizza. Can’t forget the pizza! Fourteen year old Eve Hallows has lived in Gravesville, surrounded by monsters, her whole life and that’s absolutely horrible to her…of course, in Eve’s world horrible means awesome and adorable means awful. With a shapeshifter for a father, a gorgon for a mother, a ghoul for a brother, a werewolf for a grandpa and a vampire for a grandmother, you’d think Eve was something simply horrible. But she isn’t. Instead, she’s something utterly adorable- a human. Left by her human family 14 years ago, Eve has grown up in this monster inhabited world and wouldn’t have it any other way. But when a mysterious group known as The Source start to murder monsters, Eve’s parents pack up the family and move to the human world…where everything is absolutely, abominably, abysmally adorable! I loved every moment of reading this book and I read it in one sitting, simply unable to put it down! It can be a difficult thing to add the right amount of dark and creepy to a MG book and still keep it appropriate for its intended audience, but the author has done just. Robert Gray offers readers the perfect mix of the creepy, the funny and the “real” life; a mix that will delight young and older readers alike. The story is nicely paced- fast enough to keep young readers from getting bored, but slow enough to allow readers to really get to know this world and its characters. And this book’s world and characters are totally worth getting to know. The world Gray has crafted is so vivid, fantastical and layered that readers will have no problems believing that Gravesville and its monster inhabitants exist. With an awesome mix of the whimsical and the creepy, Gray’s world of monsters is exciting and enchanting. And the “real” world Gray places Eve in is very relatable. In the human world, Eve must deal with very real and hard things- mean girls, fitting in, crushing first crushes- and Gray explores these things in a way that younger readers will get and appreciate-with humor and honesty. The characters in Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks are just as wonderful as its settings. Eve is easy to love; she’s witty, sarcastic, and as over the top and dramatic as a fourteen year old should be. I think readers will love the rest of the Hallows family because they’re delightfully weird, yet oddly normal. Mr. and Mrs. Hallows may have monsterly abilities, and Mrs. Hallows isn’t above turning someone into stone, but they’re still very mom and dad-ish. Throw in a ghoulish brother; an invisible, pizza making man; a bunch of zombie pirates; some new human friends; a couple mean girls; a cute crush and a butthead of a principle and you have the rest of the zany and fabulous cast of characters in this book. Eve doesn’t just have the human world to contend with though, she, along with her new friends, must go up against The Source and its cronies, resulting in a thrilling adventure. Gray wraps up his book with a satisfying ending, but leaves room for plenty of more horrible fun…and Eve's adventures are set to continue Summer '12, and I will be the first in line for Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows! MY FINAL THOUGHTS: This is the perfect book to be read aloud, read at night under the covers or simply devoured in one sitting. Robert Gray’s Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks simply shines with all of its fun creepiness, compelling characters and stellar writing. A MUST read for any MG fan!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    WOW! What an absolutely horrible book (horrible meaning fantastic!) Think The Munster's from the viewpoint of Marilyn- remember her? The only strange and bizarre human in a family of perfect monsters! Well, Eve's life is somewhat like that. Mom is a Gorgon, Dad is a shapeshifter and brother Sam is a ghoul. Even the family pet Wolf is a werepig. This book was laugh out loud funny. I loved when Mom accidentally turned people to stone. Dad's crazy attempts at running a pizza store were just hysteric WOW! What an absolutely horrible book (horrible meaning fantastic!) Think The Munster's from the viewpoint of Marilyn- remember her? The only strange and bizarre human in a family of perfect monsters! Well, Eve's life is somewhat like that. Mom is a Gorgon, Dad is a shapeshifter and brother Sam is a ghoul. Even the family pet Wolf is a werepig. This book was laugh out loud funny. I loved when Mom accidentally turned people to stone. Dad's crazy attempts at running a pizza store were just hysterical. Trouble began when the mysterious SOURCE started killing monsters and trying to steal the BOOK OF SHRIEKS. Eve and her human friends had to help save the day. I don't think the adventures are over for Eve and her buddies. Looking forward to the next book in the series. A wonderful book and we both recommend it to kids who love Halloween and funny/ghoulish stories. My favorite laugh out loud quote from the book::: "Zombies are the rudest, most annoying creatures. And that whole brain-eating thing? I don't care where you live, that's just poor manners."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joy (joyous reads)

    Eve’s family is on the move; away from Gravesville, away from the comfort and familiarity of the life she’d ever known. Being the only human living among monsters, she predicted life in the human world would turn out ‘adorably’ wrong. When she found out the real reason why her family is in escrow, she reluctantly accepted that they didn’t have a choice. She only hopes that her gorgon of a mother could resist not turning anyone into stone, or her father wouldn’t have to shift too often into anoth Eve’s family is on the move; away from Gravesville, away from the comfort and familiarity of the life she’d ever known. Being the only human living among monsters, she predicted life in the human world would turn out ‘adorably’ wrong. When she found out the real reason why her family is in escrow, she reluctantly accepted that they didn’t have a choice. She only hopes that her gorgon of a mother could resist not turning anyone into stone, or her father wouldn’t have to shift too often into another life form. She also worried about her ghoul of a brother Sam, who has to learn to adapt to a cemetery devoid of other monsters he normally plays with. But above all things, her family’s biggest problem is finding the humans responsible for murdering vampire families. Little by little, Eve’s list of suspects starts to grow, clues started to manifest and at the crux of the mystery, the real motive why a group of humans called The Source, is determined to obtain the book shrieks - a powerful book that has the ability to create scary, evil monsters. This book was an absolutely delightful read! I’ve never really been much of an MG reader but I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. Is it wrong to say that I expected the onset of boredom when I first read the synopsis? It’s horrible, I know. I kid you not, once I got going, the pages flew in no time. The perfectly paced sequence of events made this book a fast read (a good indication that my kid will absolutely love this!). The author captured the voice of a fourteen year-old human girl mixed up in a family of monsters. There's a lot of matter-of-fact humor, which are sometimes not even supposed to be funny. The writing is very straight-forward, which I think had something to do with the author’s intent on giving Eve a genuine voice (trust me, he succeeded in spades). I love the family dynamics between the lone human and the monsters; it was cute and endearing. VERDICT: Eve Hallows is highly imaginative without being too complex for its target audience. Fall in love with Eve, her friends and her family of adorable monsters. Lose yourself in a light read that will remind you of those days when your English teacher just want you to read something, anything. This book is it. The one that you wish you read when you were in grade school. I for one, am pushing my daughter to read this and you know what? She didn't need much convincing once she saw me laughing at some of Eve's antics.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Liliana

    Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book So, lately, I've been in a terrible reading slump. I mean, I wanted to read, but I just felt no motivation to do so! So I went through all my unread books (that's 100+ both paperback and e-books) to see which one caught my attention and would hopefully help me out of this slump. And the winner? Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks!!! This is exactly what I needed! It was just sooo adorable (and not in the way that Eve uses the word, lol) and funny and sooo entertain Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book So, lately, I've been in a terrible reading slump. I mean, I wanted to read, but I just felt no motivation to do so! So I went through all my unread books (that's 100+ both paperback and e-books) to see which one caught my attention and would hopefully help me out of this slump. And the winner? Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks!!! This is exactly what I needed! It was just sooo adorable (and not in the way that Eve uses the word, lol) and funny and sooo entertaining that I could not put the book down! You see, Eve is the only human living in a world full of monsters. Her mom is a gorgon, her dad a shape-shifter, and her little brother a ghoul. After several monsters are murdered, her family decided to move from Gravesville to the human world for safety, but also to find out who the murderer is. They need to figure out who this killer is before Eve and her family become the next target. I absolutely loved the characters! The monsters were very amusing when in the human world. Even though Eve and her family were more than a bit out of place in the human world, Eve turned out to be a very strong and brave character! I like strong leading female characters :) Sure she got some help from her friends (both humans and monsters), but she was no damsel in distress. In fact, she was the one doing the saving! Pffft, damsels in distress are sooo last century! The story itself was awesome and kept me interested all the way through. I do love a good mystery ;) You just want to find out who the murderer is, and let me tell you, it was all very surprising at the end! And Warren...*sigh* I can't believe that happened...that's all I'm saying. Anyway, overall, I absolutely LOVED the world Robert Gray created! I am a huge fan of anything Halloween/monster related! In fact, Halloween is my fave holiday! I am very excited to see what Eve's next adventure has in store for her, and what new creatures we will meet. Yeah, more monsters!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy Eye

    Gravesville: wandering zombies, sea monsters, werewolves ghouls, gorgons... all blending together with one sore thumb, a human named Eve. You wouldn't think that a human would be a big deal, there are vampires roaming about, right? Wrong. Humans are pitchfork-wielding terrors who live under a sun that will melt your skin and eat disgusting things like bacon and eggs. Who can live off that stuff? Although some of Gravesville's inhabitants still look at her with a wary eye, Eve loves nothing more Gravesville: wandering zombies, sea monsters, werewolves ghouls, gorgons... all blending together with one sore thumb, a human named Eve. You wouldn't think that a human would be a big deal, there are vampires roaming about, right? Wrong. Humans are pitchfork-wielding terrors who live under a sun that will melt your skin and eat disgusting things like bacon and eggs. Who can live off that stuff? Although some of Gravesville's inhabitants still look at her with a wary eye, Eve loves nothing more than surfing the grave fog and drinking her hot pumpkin drink. So when she learns she and her family have to leave this paradise for the human world, Eve is nothing more than distraught. Monsters are being killed. And her family may be next. They must escape to the human world for some answers. Answers that could save all of monsterdom. I really enjoyed this book, although I will say I wish we could've stayed in Gravesville a little longer. I loved the whole world, and wanted to stay there as long as possible. I hope in book two we will be visiting it more often, because I will be reading book two. This book is appropriate for all ages, has a fun environment, a plot that will keep people turning pages and hints to help the young and young at heart glimpse into what may happen in the future. But beware, you may not be right. I liked Eve a lot. She has spunk to her, and I really felt like the story was coming from a 14-year-old girl. In so many MG/YA books, they are told from a younger persons point of view, but it always sounds or feels older. It's not the case in this book. The author did a great job at establishing her voice and it stayed that way through the whole book. The supporting characters in this book vary greatly. It is nice to have such a wide variety of characters, but it isn't done in a way that it is overwhelming.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    This was a book that would appeal to young readers as well as adults. It had the right amount of fantasy and mystery. I enjoyed how it kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I enjoyed the variety of monsters in the book and how it revolved around Halloween. My favorite character was mom and the snakes. I will definitely recommend this to my students.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Reading this to my daughter and we are enjoying it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Summer Paige

    Flips the norm This book does a fascinating job of changing the normal perspectives. The plot makes the reader want to continue, even if it means staying up late at night in a graveyard! I'm looking forward to reading more! Flips the norm This book does a fascinating job of changing the normal perspectives. The plot makes the reader want to continue, even if it means staying up late at night in a graveyard! I'm looking forward to reading more!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Schrecklich gute Unterhaltung und ein sehr süßer Serienauftakt. Wobei: Um es Eve recht zu machen, müsste ich ja fürchterlich sagen – also, fürchterlicher Serienauftakt! Me like.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pop Bop

    The Addams Family Goes Undercover Here's the setup. Eve, a human, was left at the doorstep of a monster family. Adopted by the family, she was raised as a monster, (Dad's a shapeshifter, Mom's a medusa, brother is a ghoul), in the family's graveyard-bordering manse in Graveside. Although it took a while, all of the monsters in Graveside have accepted Eve, and while she looks human she is one hundred percent monster at heart. But, monsters are being killed off, humans are suspected, and some famil The Addams Family Goes Undercover Here's the setup. Eve, a human, was left at the doorstep of a monster family. Adopted by the family, she was raised as a monster, (Dad's a shapeshifter, Mom's a medusa, brother is a ghoul), in the family's graveyard-bordering manse in Graveside. Although it took a while, all of the monsters in Graveside have accepted Eve, and while she looks human she is one hundred percent monster at heart. But, monsters are being killed off, humans are suspected, and some family needs to go undercover in the human world in order to figure out what's going on. Eve and her family are sent off to go undercover and to solve the murderous mystery. You can see why this is such a great premise. It subverts and reverses the more standard plots and it allows poor Eve to be a fish out of water who's now out of water again. It captures the heart of the hot mess that is an early teen girl and plays around with every teen angst convention. (New town, new school, new friends, clueless parents, fashion disasters, secret crush, leaving the old bff's). And, it adds a mystery/adventure/supernatural angle. And you get the diverting antics of the parents wildly misunderstanding the human world, which allows for a lot of sly commentary on the current state of that world. This only works if the jokes aren't too dopey, (they go right up to the edge), the misunderstandings aren't too Amelia Bedelia inane, (they go right up to the edge), the puns aren't too insistent, (they go right up to the edge), and the plot isn't too convoluted, (it goes right up to the edge). But the reader forgives all of that because Eve is a delightful heroine. She isn't whiny or overly dramatic. She's level-headed, but full of energy, good humor, and forgiveness regarding her family's foibles. She is fond of and loyal to her family and her monster heritage. She's not a pushover and she is vulnerable, but she's tough when it's called for and brave and courageous when in a tight spot. She is an all-around engaging heroine, which keeps everything else upbeat and entertaining. She is complemented by the general good humor of the tale. It seems to me that the more outrageous the premise the lighter the author has to be and the zippier the action needs to be get past the bumpier plot points. That's what you have here. So, you can view this as a very clever reimagining of books about the immigrant experience, or a new approach to teen girl comedy/drama. However you frame it, it's fun, the heroine is appealing, the jokes are plentiful, and there are some subtle insights underneath the silliness. That's a nice package. Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks was such a fun read. It has an easy flow and humorous story that I couldn't put down. The world building that Mr Gray created was fantastic and the characters all loveable. The unique zombies, pirates, werewolves, ghouls, vampires, gorgons and all other paranormal creatures imaginable were hilarious in their creation and so enjoyable. Where horrible means adorable and adorable means horrible, it is an adventure not to miss. Fourteen year old Eve Hallows was orp Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks was such a fun read. It has an easy flow and humorous story that I couldn't put down. The world building that Mr Gray created was fantastic and the characters all loveable. The unique zombies, pirates, werewolves, ghouls, vampires, gorgons and all other paranormal creatures imaginable were hilarious in their creation and so enjoyable. Where horrible means adorable and adorable means horrible, it is an adventure not to miss. Fourteen year old Eve Hallows was orphaned and taken in by a gorgon and a shapeshifer; her brother is a ghoul and they have a pet called wolf, which is a werepig. Living in Gravesville, a world where monsters are normal people and everyday appears to be Halloween. For breakfast Eve has chocolates and donuts and pumpkin juice. Going to school her lunch is chocolate and donuts and pumpkin juice. Halloween is like Christmas and the biggest celebration of the year. But before she could even get to celebrate, murders have been committed and in fear for their safety, her parents decide to move into the human world. Adapting in the human world and a human school is not what Eve expects. Her Mother takes her shopping and asks some teens dressed up walking down the street where they got their clothes from. It turns out they were attending a Halloween party and were wearing costumes, but Eve’s Mother didn't realise and they bought “horrible” clothes for school. Eve’s first day of school couldn't get any worse. Everybody is laughing, staring and pointing. The principle is not happy with her either; so her first day is disastrous. The mean girls turn up and almost fall over laughing at her because of the trick they played. Her Dad has to run a pizza shop and after school Eve has to help out at Ghoulicious Pizza. The murderer’s calling card was left at the pizza shop and now they are worried. Eve is determined to find out more about THE SOURCE somehow and gets the opportunity when she is suspended from school. Eve starts investigating and finds all sorts of things but can’t piece them all together. Will Eve work out who is behind the murders? Can she overcome the mean girls at school? Will she ever see her friends again at home in Gravesville? What is The Book of Shrieks and where can it be found? Follow Eve on her journey of self-discovery, new school cliques and social status, secret societies and betrayal. I really enjoyed this adventure story and can’t wait to get into book 2, Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ginny Lurcock

    I should never be allowed to review MG/YA titles. I cuss and think inappropriate thoughts and because I don’t have a filter those thoughts tend to sneak out without my permission or regard for the consequences. But I read them, so you’re getting a review. Especially since Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks was kind of amazing. I mean, sure, at first I wanted to punch Eve Hallows in the throat… but only because she was acting like a moody teenage girl. Turns out I’m still not found of teenage gir I should never be allowed to review MG/YA titles. I cuss and think inappropriate thoughts and because I don’t have a filter those thoughts tend to sneak out without my permission or regard for the consequences. But I read them, so you’re getting a review. Especially since Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks was kind of amazing. I mean, sure, at first I wanted to punch Eve Hallows in the throat… but only because she was acting like a moody teenage girl. Turns out I’m still not found of teenage girls. (Baby, if you’re reading this ten years in the future, know that I don’t mean you.) (Unless I do…) It doesn’t take long though before Eve becomes a pretty kick butt and take names kind of character. With humor and intelligence and a really skewed sense of what is horrible and/or adorable. (The words for bad and good are swapped in Monster Land, and when I was half asleep sometimes I’d forget. With hilarious results.) Add in a supporting cast of a shape shifter father, a gorgon mother, a ghoul older/younger brother, a were-pig, an invisible man, more zombies than you know what to do with, and some interesting humans and you’ve got a great book for tweens. So great that I’m buying a copy for my friend’s twelve year old for Halloween. Just don’t tell her, okay. It’s a surprise. So obviously I posted it on the internet. Idea: Anything with monsters is a good idea in my book. Especially ones adapting to the human world knowing nothing about it. And one teenage girl stuck desperately trying to fly under the radar AND go back home. Execution: There was one aspect of the story that left me going “a little sparse on the details dude” but then you find out that it’s sort of on purpose and totally makes sense. Leaving me with no complaints aside from “dang, he writes better than I do.” Content: It’s perfect for a tween. I don’t know if that’s MG or YA or NA or A:KSDL:AJSK or what… Acronyms confuse me. Genre: Halloween. Not like, the holiday itself, but like, the general atmosphere you get around people who truly love the holiday starting about nowish. Or in a good Halloween store. Is that a genre? It should be. Overall Rating: 4 stars. Like I said, I’m buying it as a gift I liked it so much. And I’m sort of a miser. This book was provided for a fair and honest review by Story Cartel

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth "Liza"

    Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks was a really good read! It reminded me of a mix of Adams Family and the old series The Munsters, what I mean by that is that they have the same ‘up-side-down’ take on everything. For example, this book was horrible (meaning fantastic)! Eve is a human that was raised by monsters in the town of Gravesville. The monster world is an alternate one and monsters can travel back and forth through portals. Eve is a pretty cool human; she is loyal to a fault, defensive o Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks was a really good read! It reminded me of a mix of Adams Family and the old series The Munsters, what I mean by that is that they have the same ‘up-side-down’ take on everything. For example, this book was horrible (meaning fantastic)! Eve is a human that was raised by monsters in the town of Gravesville. The monster world is an alternate one and monsters can travel back and forth through portals. Eve is a pretty cool human; she is loyal to a fault, defensive of her family and willing to be herself, even under pressure. Even though she was terrified of humans and the human world (and completely unprepared for it!), she thrived under the pressure. I really like Eve, and she showed a lot of maturity for only being 14. I love all other characters as well. Dad is a shape shifter and as such can blend better in the human world. However, Eve’s mom is a gorgon (like Medusa) which is a bit harder to camouflage. Eve’s little brother, Sam, is a ghoul and I felt bad that he had to stay cooped in the house all day. I did love that the family, although very different physically, was very close. Eve’s friends, Carly Beth, Lucy and Steve were all very nice to her and readily accepted her into their mist. It seems like Eve is pretty good in inspiring others to do well. The bad guys were, perfectly repulsive and we still have to solve the mystery of who (or what) The Source is. The plot was good, if a bit predictable, but enjoyable all the same. The writing is awesome, very funny, and quirky. I will definitely pass this one along to “B” to read, as I know he will enjoy it as well. Here are some quotes for you: “Dad rubbed at his chin, realizing, perhaps for the first time, all the chin real state he had to work with” “Are you sure you’ve never worked in a place like this?” I asked. “I was a waitress back in college. Turns out it’s like riding a bike”, Mrs. Reynolds said with a grin. “I didn’t know what riding a bike had to do with the pizza place, but I kept my mouth shut. Mrs. Reynolds was a smart lady, and if she thought waitressing and bike riding were similar, then who was I to argue?” - Eve This book was provided to me by the author for review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Veena

    I had received this book from story cartel for reviewing. And I must say I am not very pleased. Here is what I think Cover-page: could have been better. Characters: every character is unique which makes it interesting but need more refinement. each description is well achieved but the idea has not be well carried forward. Concept: very interesting. i have not really come across a book which depicts the relationship between humans and paranormal creatures. especially the side of non humans in a hil I had received this book from story cartel for reviewing. And I must say I am not very pleased. Here is what I think Cover-page: could have been better. Characters: every character is unique which makes it interesting but need more refinement. each description is well achieved but the idea has not be well carried forward. Concept: very interesting. i have not really come across a book which depicts the relationship between humans and paranormal creatures. especially the side of non humans in a hilarious plane. really liked the concept. Story line: it is a story of a fourteen yeas old girl who lives happily with her monster family in gravesville. she has got a ghoul brother, shapeshifter dad and a loving mom who has snakes for her hair. but they soon hear about the deaths that are happening in the town and they are forced to shift to human's town to be protected. the story line is interesting, but felt little kiddish. I mean even for teenagers. Oh and by the way the book cannot be a young adult. It is more appropriate for young readers. you know from age group of 7-10 years. Language: there are some funny elements in the book. But not very gripping. The author has tried very hard to be witty but fails somehow. There is nothing interesting in the language. Finally!! Good points: the book has started well with an interesting concept. I have not come across with the idea before. Therefore I was very impressed and started reading the book in the first place. The characters drawn are very interesting. Each one is interesting. Mother and three peets are my favorite. Steve is also fairy interesting. Not-so-good points: as I said I received the book from story cartel. And I found too many spelling and grammatical errors to let it pass. The book starts well but somehow fails to grip the readers. it is also placed in the wrong genre. Cover page could have been interesting. Overall: overall, the book was a so-so read. I would recommend it to parents who want to read goodnight stories to their kids! to see other book reviews kindly visit http://acupofcoffeeandafairytale.blog...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Compulsion Reads

    Eve Hallows is an adopted human living in the world of Gravesville, where monsters walk the streets and humans are mythic creatures whose goal in life is to hunt down the people she loves in mobs of torch wielding farmers. Then why would her shape shifter father, gorgon mother and ghoul brother decide to move to the human world? There are killers on the loose, and as a member of the Undead, Reanimated, and Nocturnal Service, or URNS for short, her father has volunteered his family for the task o Eve Hallows is an adopted human living in the world of Gravesville, where monsters walk the streets and humans are mythic creatures whose goal in life is to hunt down the people she loves in mobs of torch wielding farmers. Then why would her shape shifter father, gorgon mother and ghoul brother decide to move to the human world? There are killers on the loose, and as a member of the Undead, Reanimated, and Nocturnal Service, or URNS for short, her father has volunteered his family for the task of gathering information about the murders. Eve is about to meet her fellow humans and learn that friends can come in all shapes and forms as she tries to unravel the mystery of “The Source” so that she can go home. Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks is an entertaining read filled with clever characters like triplet zombie pirates, were-pigs and blood thirsty fairies. This delightful story will have you smiling until your cheeks hurt as you get into trouble with a human-fearing teenage girl who just wants to get back to the world that she knows and loves. Author Robert Gray hit the nail on the head by bringing up all the issues teenage girls face, from clothes to boys and the ever present mean girls. My one issue with the book, and this is minor, is the use of the word “adorable” to mean horrible. I understand the artistic reasoning behind it, but every time I came across the term I had to remind myself it wasn’t a typo and that what Gray meant was “horrible”. Towards the end of the book I barely noticed the hiccups any more. Overall, this book is an amusing ride in the life of a teenage girl, and I would highly recommend it to preteens, teens and anyone else who would rather not deal with the real world. Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks is sure to give you a great break and leave you begging for more. (This book was provided to Compulsion Reads for review by the author.)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy Lessard

    I love books that turn cliches upside down. What’s good is bad and what’s bad is good in this fun paranormal story. Eve is a human living in a world very similar to Halloween Town. She’s the only one of her kind, but it is the human world that scares her. When her family moves to New Jersey (hey, that is a pretty scary place – at least on the highways) Eve starts out determined to be miseable and hate every human she meets. What she learns instead is that it doesn’t matter if a person is human o I love books that turn cliches upside down. What’s good is bad and what’s bad is good in this fun paranormal story. Eve is a human living in a world very similar to Halloween Town. She’s the only one of her kind, but it is the human world that scares her. When her family moves to New Jersey (hey, that is a pretty scary place – at least on the highways) Eve starts out determined to be miseable and hate every human she meets. What she learns instead is that it doesn’t matter if a person is human or monster – its what’s inside that counts. This book is not only fun, but relevant Eve struggles to retain her own individuality despite the bullying and pressure to “fit in”. Her cultural differences (in that words “we” think are derogation are compliments where she grew up) play a huge role in the plot, instead of being a cute quirk. Not only that, but even the minor characters play recurring important roles in the book. There’s not one person who shows up as a filler and with all the colorful characters, its quite a feat to make each one uniquely important to the story. I like how Eve does her own thing. She’s not afraid of adults – which is a rare thing to find in books for this age group. She follows her head and her heart no matter how unorthodox her solutions to the problems that arise. Not only is the book fun, but the splashes of humor and mystery make it a non-stop read. Had I not been sick, I would of instantly picked up the sequel to read after finishing Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks. Since I love Halloween, monsters, and paranormal, I think that this book is my favorite MG of the year. I recommend it to kids, teens, and adults! (I received a copy of this book as part of a blog tour in exchange for my honest review.)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Moon Shine Art Spot ~ Lisa

    Google's rundown: Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks (The Nightmare #1) by Robert Gray (Goodreads Author) 4.16  ·  Rating Fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows lives in a monster-inhabited place where everything is horrible, which in her world means wonderful, but things are about to become wonderful (horrible) when she must move to the human world. Paperback, 252 pages Published November 8th 2011 by Createspace (first published November 7th 2011) My thoughts: 5 *'s Poor 14 year old Eve has to move from her Google's rundown: Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks (The Nightmare #1) by Robert Gray (Goodreads Author) 4.16  ·  Rating Fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows lives in a monster-inhabited place where everything is horrible, which in her world means wonderful, but things are about to become wonderful (horrible) when she must move to the human world. Paperback, 252 pages Published November 8th 2011 by Createspace (first published November 7th 2011) My thoughts: 5 *'s Poor 14 year old Eve has to move from her monster world to the human world with her monster family, and learn to fit in with humans to solve the mystery of murders that have happened in the monster town she grew up in. Eve starts right out making enemies of "mean teen girls" and getting on the principal's bad side. Her father, mother, and brother are all monsters in disguise and they all suffer some hilarious culture shock. The book was very funny as Eve finds herself in one fix after another with monsters and humans. The book was appropriate to be read by a teen. The descriptions of the characters and the opposing worlds are very imaginative and interesting and the mystery to be solved only adds to the book's lure. My 7 year old enjoyed hearing the story, and I found it enjoyable myself. I give the book a great 5 stars. I believe it is well written and well thought out and comes out a winner!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)

    This was actually a super cute read. I really enjoyed it. I wanted to wait until closer to Halloween to read the book, but I thought it would be a perfect quick summer read… and I was right. I’m glad to say that this will be a series. I really enjoyed the characters. Eve is a human that was adopted by a monster family. She has spent her entire childhood living in the monster realm, so she can relate to the monsters. In fact, she feels more monster than human. That is, until she has to move to th This was actually a super cute read. I really enjoyed it. I wanted to wait until closer to Halloween to read the book, but I thought it would be a perfect quick summer read… and I was right. I’m glad to say that this will be a series. I really enjoyed the characters. Eve is a human that was adopted by a monster family. She has spent her entire childhood living in the monster realm, so she can relate to the monsters. In fact, she feels more monster than human. That is, until she has to move to the human world. Once there, she finds herself having to overcome many stereotypes that she has held about humans while also trying to fit in at a middle school. The friends that Eve make along the way were also cute. I just got the warm fuzzies from them all. But I do have to admit, that my favorite character was Eve’s mom. She was from a line of Gorgons, so you can imagine the fun stuff she found herself getting into. The idea behind the story was unique. I am anxious to see what will develop in this mystery series as it continues. Eve has a new purpose in the mortal realm which will lead her on many adventures to come. I would suggest this book to 4th-6th grade readers

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received this book for review purposes as part of a blog tour on hosted by "I'm A Reader, Not a Writer" (http://www.iamareader.com/). I received no compensation for my review and this in no way influenced my honest review. This was such a cute and fun book! I think that any kid would enjoy this book, whether they are male or female. This series follows Eve Hallows, a human girl that was found on the door step of monsters and raised in the monster world. "The Source" is suspected of murdering I received this book for review purposes as part of a blog tour on hosted by "I'm A Reader, Not a Writer" (http://www.iamareader.com/). I received no compensation for my review and this in no way influenced my honest review. This was such a cute and fun book! I think that any kid would enjoy this book, whether they are male or female. This series follows Eve Hallows, a human girl that was found on the door step of monsters and raised in the monster world. "The Source" is suspected of murdering monsters and Eve's Dad is asked to investigate by moving his family to the human world. Eve now has to attend a human school when she has never even seen another human. This was an exciting and cute read that I would love to read again when I have kids of my own to read it with! I loved the plot and the characters. This is a great read for kids of all ages (even so called "adults). To see my review of the rest of the series and other great books, check out my blog on or after Jan. 22, 2014: http://bookreviewsfromachristiangal.b...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Coreena McBurnie

    This was a cute book with a fun premise. Eve Hallows is the only human living in the monster realm. When it becomes unsafe for them to stay there, her and her family move to the human realm, where only Eve (sort of) fits in. I loved the idea of turning everything on its head and having the human realm be the unusual one. Kids will like reading how Eve finds everyday things so strange, how horrible means good and adorable means bad. This is a fast paced book that will appeal to both girls and boys This was a cute book with a fun premise. Eve Hallows is the only human living in the monster realm. When it becomes unsafe for them to stay there, her and her family move to the human realm, where only Eve (sort of) fits in. I loved the idea of turning everything on its head and having the human realm be the unusual one. Kids will like reading how Eve finds everyday things so strange, how horrible means good and adorable means bad. This is a fast paced book that will appeal to both girls and boys. We get to watch Eve grow and become comfortable in her human skin, but also have adventures with zombie pirate triplets. I'm sure most kids will laugh when they read about how her and her family tries to fit into life as humans. Kids will like reading about the monsters from her world - zombies, gorgons, vampires, fairies, invisible men, and many others - but having them be approachable and even friendly (most of the time). There is a great mix of scary and humour.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Flora Smith

    I received a free copy of this book for my honest review. What a fun read! This has all the ingredients for a fun middle-grade age Halloween read: monsters and ghouls and pizza oh my! Eve is a 14 year old girl that has been raised by monsters her entire life. She sees herself as one of them instead of a scary human. When someone starts murdering monsters her and her family pack up and move to the human world where Eve has to not only fit in but solve the mystery so she can go back home. This is a I received a free copy of this book for my honest review. What a fun read! This has all the ingredients for a fun middle-grade age Halloween read: monsters and ghouls and pizza oh my! Eve is a 14 year old girl that has been raised by monsters her entire life. She sees herself as one of them instead of a scary human. When someone starts murdering monsters her and her family pack up and move to the human world where Eve has to not only fit in but solve the mystery so she can go back home. This is a great read for kids of all ages. Full of funny monsters, adventure, and mystery it keeps your attention til the very end. Eve is a great character. She stays strong even though she has to move to a new school and finds she is very different from the rest of the students there. Overall, a great, fun read perfect for any age.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jen (LOHF/Book Den)

    Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks is a really cute read. Eve is a human living in the monster world, but after a string of murders takes place, Eve's monster family has to move to our world. Eve has been taught humans are terrible, but now she has to figure out how to fit in with them. This is a great twist to the classic new girl at school trope. I'm not sure I would recommend this series to many adults, but I certainly recommend it to middle grade readers. It is full of humor, full of adventu Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks is a really cute read. Eve is a human living in the monster world, but after a string of murders takes place, Eve's monster family has to move to our world. Eve has been taught humans are terrible, but now she has to figure out how to fit in with them. This is a great twist to the classic new girl at school trope. I'm not sure I would recommend this series to many adults, but I certainly recommend it to middle grade readers. It is full of humor, full of adventuresome horrors, and full of friendship. If you have a middle grade reader in your life who loves ghoulish fun, Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks would make an excellent addition to their library.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    I read this aloud to my 8 year old. His verdict: amazing, awesome, and all the stars. I enjoyed it also and we both laughed out loud on multiple occasions. Very funny and unusual tale about a human girl raised by monsters who is called upon to help the survival of both human and monsterkind. Ending was slightly weak, mostly because it was prepping for book two, rather than a story resolution.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    I won the book on goodreads! As I was reading this book, I kept thinking how my middle school students would enjoy reading it. The book is written very well. I especially liked the characters' insights. The book has humor, inference, and mystery. I think that you would enjoy the book. I won the book on goodreads! As I was reading this book, I kept thinking how my middle school students would enjoy reading it. The book is written very well. I especially liked the characters' insights. The book has humor, inference, and mystery. I think that you would enjoy the book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    This book was SO good. I absolutely loved it! It's like a mix of the Munsters, Adams family and Colombo thrown in to the mix! It was an EPIC read for any age range starting at mgf on up. I'll be starting book 2 soon for sure. :) This book was SO good. I absolutely loved it! It's like a mix of the Munsters, Adams family and Colombo thrown in to the mix! It was an EPIC read for any age range starting at mgf on up. I'll be starting book 2 soon for sure. :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

    Monster-fully fantastic!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura Jerwood

    Ok - may have been written for Tweens, but I really enjoyed reading this!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book looks like it will be a GOODREAD from GOODREADS.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Molly Harbridge

    Quite delightful Although I was reminded of the Addams Family while reading this book, the story is fresh, humorous and engrossingly entertaining!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Manda

    Cute, like a middle-grade version of Bradbury's From the Dust Returned. Fun for Halloween. Cute, like a middle-grade version of Bradbury's From the Dust Returned. Fun for Halloween.

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