I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Keep in a Cold, Dark Place by Michael F. Stewart
Genres: Middle Grade, Horror
Published by The Publishing House on May 18th, 2017
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Reaching for her dream, Limpy unleashes a cute, fluffy, NIGHTMARE ...
Keep in a cold, dark place. That’s what’s written like some ancient law on every bag of potatoes the family farms. And it’s where Limpy fears she will always remain.
It’s also carved on a box of spheres she discovers in the cellar. Spheres that hatch.
Cute at first, the creatures begin to grow. Then the chickens disappear. The cat is hunted. And something sets the barn ablaze. To survive, Limpy will need to face her greatest fear. The whole family will. Or they may end up in a cold, dark place indeed.
In Flesherton’s tiny school library, Limpy O’Malley sewed a tapestry made of old potato bags.
Here is what I thought
This one my first novel by this author but I will certainly be checking out more as this was a fun MG horror story.
Limpy wants nothing more than to leave her home on the potato farm and her answer to that is through her art and winning a scholarship if she can get her entry done in time and get her dad to approve. That would be the hardest part. One day when doing chores she finds a weird box in the ground with some funny writing on it. Curiosity gets the best of her so she opens it and finds some weird eggs, one starts to hatch and out comes this cute little critter.
Limpy puts the others in a safe place and takes the cute little thing up to her room. She thinks it’s the cutest thing but has no clue what it is, but what she finds out soon is that they might be cute but they are naughty. The others hatch and soon she has three of them and the more they eat the more they grow. One of them doesn’t hatch right away so she doesn’t know what happens to him when he does hatch and he is kind of a rogue one.
By the time Limpy finds out what they are things have gotten out of hand and she doesn’t know what to do. They are growing constantly and peoples animals are going missing. The critters get her into trouble at school and things are just not going well for Limpy.
The monsters remind me of a cross between the monsters in the movies Gremlins and Critters. They way they have to get rid of them is really cool and family oriented. This story really is about family and facing ones fears of the unknown. It’s a great scary read for young readers but there are a few slightly scary parts towards the end so just make sure you know your young ones level of scary and it will be a great read for them.
I really loved the ending and how these monsters really brought the family together as they had to fight them off. Fear is what you make of it, some times it can start out cute and cuddly then get really fierce and ugly and that was my take on it. 🙂
Recommend if you like
Middle Grade horror, monster books and just a nice family story tucked in among the scary. 🙂