Beautifully Written

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This book was written so beautifully. It was seriously like reading poetry sometimes. The imagery was both horrific and wonderful all at once.

I heard the MMC, Elwood, described in this book was a Disney Prince and I would agree with that. He's soft and kind and has a horrible family and, oh yeah, some strange connection to nature.

The mismatched group of friends was a lot of fun. I initially thought it was going to be only Elwood and Wil fighting off the cult, but adding in the three side character friends was a great choice by Arndt and made this feel more Stranger Things or something.

As well, I loved that every character was a little messy and volatile. Wil was brash, aggressive, and was not really a traditionally attractive character. And all of the friends had their quirks and personality traits that made them imperfect and messy. I really liked that.

This book was actually funnier than I thought. I figure it would be pretty serious the whole time, but there were moment of reprieve. Some light in the darkness.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I read it in about a day and a half and have no regrets. If you enjoy teenagers taking down adults, towns with dark pasts, and a soft boy caught in the middle of it all, you'll like this one!

Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.