This is one of those books, that hadn't a trusted friend of mine read it, and praised it to the heavens, I probably, wouldn't have read it.
I admit. The combination of the tags, middle grade (are you nuts?) and horror, would have pretty much kept me away from this..
What can i say?
Things that are bound to end up gory, pretty much bore me...or scare me (depending on the amount)!
And then i normally consider myself too old for stories in which the lead characters are under the eighteen year old flag.
Yes, i know, i'm an idiot...especially because Victoria and her merry (not quite) gang are more mature than a vast assortment of new adult or even full grown up characters that have been plaguing (a little like cockroaches, yes!) the literary market our days, with their: Oh, woe is on me....
And that not reading this would have been a shame, because this is one of those gems that a reader occasionally is lucky enough to find!
The writing is absolutely superb!!
The characters are complex and interesting.. well, Victoria especially, is just bigger than life! In a planet kind of way...(.but don't tell her i said THAT!!)
She's probably the most intelligent and rational twelve year old that i've ever "met"!!
Of course she's also bossy, manipulative, and a control freak!
She doesn't take it easy on us readers: She is the way she is. Take it, or leave it!
The mystery was just downright scary! And....ugh
So be prepared...do not trust the whole "middle grade" tag...reading this, (no matter how old you are....well, unless you're a psychopath) will leave you absolutely terrified...