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U is for Unthinkable


Author: Shirley Duke
Release: October 2010
Genre: Fiction, YA, Horror, Thriller
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3/5

Descrption: Omar Phillips is Bridgewater High's favorite local teen author. His Facebook fans can't wait for his next horror story. But lately Omar's imagination has turned against him. Horrifying visions of death and destruction come over him with wide-screen intensity. The only way to stop the visions is to write them down. Until they start coming true... Enter Sophie Minax, the mysterious Goth girl who's been following Omar at school. "I'm one of you," Sophie says. She tells Omar how to end the visionsbut the only thing worse than Sophie's cure may be what happens if he ignores it.

Review: Omar dreams of becoming a published horror writer. Until that day comes, he's satisfied with using his Facebook page to share his writings. What his fans don't know is, Omar's stories come from his dreams. As soon as he has them, he's compelled to write it down. But when his stories become reality, police zero in on Omar is a possible suspect. Realizing what's happening, Omar tries to find ways to fight the urge to write his dreams down. All seems lost until he meets Sophie, a Goth girl who claims to be just like him. The problem is, Sophie may not be who she says she is...

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
  • The story was too short. The book is just under 100 pages and it felt rushed.

  • Because the book was short, the characters were not developed properly. Had Ms. Duke made the book longer, the characters would've had more depth.

WHAT I DID LIKE

  • Despite the fact that it felt rushed, it was a fast read. There wasn't a moment of boredom while I read it and I finished it in one reading. It caught my attention from the beginning and held it til the end.

  • It had an awesome creepy feeling to it...had horror without being gory

If you're into good horror stories, Ms. Duke's, Unthinkable, is the story for you.

 

3 comments:

Thomasina said...

Making sure the story isn't rushed is one thing I worry about in my writing. I've never read a horror novel partly because I don't want to be scared lol.

Shellie said...

Okay, you have two really good U words here while I had trouble coming up with one--show off. Nice job, Rea.

Rae said...

@ Thomasina, I was kinda hesitant, but this one was horror without being too scary.

@ Shellie, Thanks. Actually, I made a mistake in the title. It's supposed to say, "U is for Unithinkable." Oopsies! LOL!