by Nancy Gray
Age category: Middle Grade
Release Date: October 26, 2018
“You will face a difficult task in the future. The card is reminding you that every person has a part of themselves they like to hide. Even when times are hard, you must not lose yourself.”
Ian frowned as Mrs. Marcas read his fortune. The school Halloween carnival was supposed to be the highlight of Halloween, but something about the card he picked seemed ominous. As he headed for the storyteller, things quickly took a turn for the worst when the school bullies chased him into an abandoned house. Inside, the children with EMPTY EYES decided to make Ian their friend. A black living mass twisted and coiled in his chest and closed in on his heart. Time was ticking away with every infected beat, and if Ian didn’t act quickly he really would lose himself forever.
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My review: Every year, Ian looked forward to the Halloween Carnival. It was just another night of eating candy and playing games until his mom picked him up. In the end, he didn’t expect to be chased down by bullies, forcing him to hide out in what appeared to be an old, abandoned house. That’s where he meets the kids with the black eyes, eyes that looked almost empty. They wanted Ian to be their friend. But evidently they did something to his heart, because there was a black mark on his chest and it looked like it was…moving. What’s going on here? Was Ian having a heart attack?
But then Ian was realizing that he was changing, growing more sinister. And his eyes—they were turning black! He didn’t want to be a monster. What could he do?
I thought this was a pretty good read. I liked the gremlin effect in the boy and I think the story could’ve done more mischief with it. Some kind of reckless chaos. That would’ve been fun. It just seemed that Ian was pondering a lot over what he was turning into. But it’s still a good read.
My rating: 4 stars
About the Author:
Nancy Gray has published a number of works including her young adult fantasy series Blood Rain. Her short story “Chosen” appeared in Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Author Quest: a Penguin Special from Grosset & Dunlap. Her work also appears in various anthologies.
Nancy Gray has been writing for over ten years. Gray lives in South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys books, video games, anime, manga, and horror.
Other Works by Nancy Gray:
Spine Chillers: The Scarecrow
Spine Chillers: Big Bad Wolf
Spine Chillers: The Beast of Black Pond
Spine Chillers: Empty Eyes
Spine Chillers: The Firefly
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