September 06, 2018

#BookReview: The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers 
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Horror 
About the Book:

A horror story about friendship, growing up, and finding a place in the world: Gremlins meets The Breakfast Club by way of Stephen King and Stranger Things.

1982, the summer before seventh grade. Five kids with nothing in common--Sep, Arkle, Hadley, Lamb, and Mack--become instant friends. On the last day of summer, they find a stone box buried in the forest, and each places an object inside to seal their friendship. And they make rules:

Never come to the box alone. 
Never open it after dark. 
Never take back your sacrifice.

1986, the summer before eleventh grade. The five haven't spoken since that day in 1982. Sep has gone through the past four years alone and plans to escape to boarding school. But strange things are happening--mirrors are breaking unexpectedly, electricity is flickering in and out, and people are coming down with inexplicable physical ailments.

Someone has broken the rules. And it seems the five committed more than objects to the box's ancient stone--they gave it their deepest secrets and darkest fears, and now these are being returned in a flood of shambling corpses, murderous toys, and undead pets. The gang must reunite in an attempt to discover the secrets of the sacrifice box--and Sep might be the only one who can stem its tide of evil before it's too late.

About the Author: 
Martin Stewart has previously worked as an English teacher, university lecturer, barman, recycling technician, and golf caddy. A native of Glasgow, he now lives on Scotland’s west coast with his wife, baby daughter, and a very big dog. He enjoys cooking with eggs, running on the beach, re-watching his favourite films, and buying books to feed his to-be-read pile. Follow him on Twitter @martinjstewart and Instagram @martin_j_stewart.


Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: I thought this was going to be something like the movie/book It etc. But that is not what happened. It was really disappointing. 

Do I Recommend this book? It was really meh for the most part so not really one I would recommend. 

Notes and Opinions: What I thought what I was getting and what I got were two different things.  This one I thought was going to be something like It or even the Goonies or another one of those amazing stories from the 80's man even Stranger Things!  But what I got were some very graphic scenes and even animal cruelty which I just couldn't handle.  

The characters I couldn't say if I really liked anyone for the fact that we don't really spend a lot of time with one character vs. another. All of the characters felt like they weren't fully formed as they were very underdeveloped.  I didn't even know why these kids were all connected.  

All of this book seemed underdeveloped.  The plot felt like it was going everywhere and the characters were just not really there.  So thats my take on this horror book it just didn't seem like they did anything to polish this rerelease. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Rerelease, Underdeveloped Plot and Characters

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