I received this book for free from Netgalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Eren by Simon P. Clark
Published by Constable & Robinson on September 18, 2014
Genres: Children's, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Format: E-Arc, Hardback
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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People are keeping secrets from Oli - about where his father is, and why he hasn't come to join them at his uncle's house in the country.
But Oli has secrets too.
He knows what lives in the attic. Eren - part monster, part dream, part myth. Eren who always seems so interested, who always wants to hear more about Oli's life. Eren, who needs to hear stories to live, and will take them from Oli, no matter the cost.
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At first I thought that I wasn’t going to like Eren, I couldn’t quite get into it, and then – bam – about 10% in I was hooked. After that I couldn’t stop reading until I reached the end. Or did I?
Eren is a surprising book. There was so many unexpected elements. For example I was quite surprised about how dark this book actually was. And while the interaction between Oli and Eren was magical, there was something creepy even sinister about Eren, something that could not be easily shook off.
The pictures in this book are fantastic and wonderful. While enabling the reader to visualise the surroundings in Eren more clearly, there is also something mysterious hidden within. Ending to the uncomfortable feeling that everything is not quite right, not what it seems that will follow you throughout the book.
Yet, despite this, the darkness is contrasted with the innocence of youth and the joy of a child’s adventure.
I loved the idea that stories are never-ending – that the ending of one story is the beginning of another. The way that Clark ended this book emphasised this point, the circular ending, being back at the beginning. It is unfinished, it is left to the reader to decide what happens next.
This book is the perfect blend of darkness and magic.
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