SPOOK by Gabe McClure
Here’s what’s up: when you die, you get options. Some can choose Heaven, some Hell, and everyone has the option of staying out in the Real World and haunting their old stomping grounds or starting anew in Spook City – a town located on no map that I know of, filled to the brim with monsters of all sorts, all of which live normal everyday lives.
Thing is, I didn’t get to make a choice. I just wound up here in Spook and I have no idea why – the only thing special about me is that I can kind of sort of definitely read minds, but that’s not something I go bragging about.
But doggone it, I don’t have time to worry about my sudden appearance in this creature feature because some witch decided to cast a curse over Spook. And for some odd reason that I couldn’t tell ya for the afterlife of me, I’ve taken it upon myself to fix this mess. A task I’m completely and totally unprepared for, considering that I lived an embarrassingly uneventful life in my double-wide in Cromwell, Indiana. But hey, trying new things!
I’ve got help though – Chance L. Ford, the overworked cowboy, Harper Davenport, the ex-mean girl werewolf, and Ace Montgomery, the self-proclaimed “friendly neighborhood demon”.
Everyone disagrees with him on the “friendly” part except me. In fact, I’d keep “friendly” and add “cute and considerate” in there as well.
Ace says I have a spark, that I’m different, and he doesn’t know of my little superpower but I get the feeling that telepathy isn’t at all what he’s getting at.
This is the part where I usually discuss how much I spent to read the book. Well, I’m happy to share that a completed version of SPOOK is available to read for free on Wattpad. There is also a revised version that is being serialized with new chapters being posted about once a week, however this review will cover only the completed version.
The Good: Demons, ghosts, and werewolves – oh my! I loved the motley crew of characters assembled by the author. They’re quirky and they shouldn’t work as friends, but they do. The little town of Spook is charming, and I wish it were real so that I could pop in and hang out with those meddling kids and their hell hound, too!
My inner child squee’d with joy (not to be confused with peed with joy) as I kept on reading. The novel is like, The Southern Vampire Mysteries (aka the Sookie Stackhouse novels) meets Goosebumps meets Halloweentown, and it felt so good finding something that catered to my inner child and my paranormal loving adult self.
The author is consistently funny. I wish I could get into it more, but I’m afraid I couldn’t do that without giving away little bits and pieces of the story. You’ll just have to take my word for it. 😉
The Bad: The main baddies in the story were annoying. You literally could not wait for them to be defeated. (Although I suppose this isn’t really a bad thing, because you’re generally supposed to dislike the antagonist of the story.) I was also sad that we didn’t get to learn more about certain characters, like Blake Grimm, although it’s pretty obvious that this was because we’d learn more in the second novel, which I’m still waiting for. *impatiently taps watch*
Overall: SPOOK is fun, funny, and a very easy story to be pulled in to if you like awesome things. (Oooh, see what I did there? Now you have to like it, otherwise you’ll be admitting your tragic lack of awesome!) I’ve recommended it to my friends, and as with Velvet I would love to buy it as birthday and Christmas gifts… if only it were published. That’s right – the ball is in your court now, literary agents. *squint*