2213661Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Published: 2008 by HarperCollins
312 pages
Source: Purchased
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Maria’s thoughts:
Bod Owens didn’t have the same upbringing as most children. The story begins with a retelling of the night of his parents murder. Bod had awaken to unsettling sounds coming from outside of his bedroom. Luckily, the boy had managed to climb out of his crib and escape his house before whoever it was had reached his bedroom. The killer, known as “the man Jack” throughout the novel, continues his search for the missing boy, for he is determined to finish his bloody job. That same night, Bod’s journey brings him inside of a graveyard, and there he meets a few very interesting ghosts. When Bod’s mother’s spirit appears, she asks the ghosts of the graveyard to take care of her son. They accept her offer and decide to raise him as their own. Bod receives “freedom of the graveyard” to protect him from the man Jack, whom will not rest until the child is dead.

I loved reading about Bod and watching him grow as a character. Always curious about both the real world and the ghost world, Bod was constantly asking questions and learning from his ghostly elders (and his mistakes). His adoptive parents were both caring and supportive, while his godfather was a good role model and friend. To be honest, I appreciated every single one of the characters that were brought to life in this story. Even the ghosts had felt very real, very alive, to me. The characters in The Graveyard Book were extremely well done. Each of them had a distinct personality and played an important part in the story. Gaimans characters blew me away, as they felt like they were going to step out of the pages at any given time.

Every chapter felt like a new adventure and each began with an illustration. I enjoyed that I was always learning about new characters, as well as learning more about the main characters, Bod and Jack. The pictures really added a certain oomph to the story and made it all the more original and fun to read.

I adored the descriptive writing style. Neil Gaiman painted a very detailed picture of The Graveyard Book in my mind. My reading experience was a lot like watching a movie. The story telling aspect was very memorable, appropriate for all ages and PERFECT for Halloween.

I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars and I definitely would recommend it! It really got me into the Halloween mood this year and i’m sure that I will be picking it up again in the future.

Mallory’s thoughts:
There is something about Neil Gaiman’s writing that brings me back to being a little girl, greedily devouring spooky stories about witches and monsters in the dark corners of my parents house. His writing and story telling ability is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before, but that I want to keep experiencing over and over again.

Bod Owens was just a tiny baby when his family was murdered. Luckily, Bod was able to escape his crib and made it out of the house before the killers got to him. He crawled his way down to the graveyard, where the ghosts there decided to raise and take care of him, and giving him the name Nobody Owens, or Bod for short. He is raised well with lots of love and protection from the killer who is still out there and wants to return to kill Bod and finish the job. He also gets constant education. They teach him how to do ghostly things like dream walking and fading, as well as educating him about the living world.

And in a world of only ghosts and roaming around a graveyard, what will Bod do when he meets Scarlett, a young girl visiting the graveyard? And what will happen when he finally comes face to face with the man that wants to end his life?

As I said before Neil Gaiman’s story telling is so extremely satisfying and perfect, and the artwork that accompanies the novel is absolutely brilliant and fits the theme so well. At times it felt like I myself was sitting in that graveyard with Bod, listening to the conversations between him and the ghosts. I get so drawn in to his stories that sometimes I forget his characters are not real people.

Bod was a great character to read about as we watch him grow not only in age but also through his developing personality. He was very curious and always wanting to learn more. For a young boy I found him so passionate. All around just a top notch protagonist to read about and follow through the story.

I’m sad that this isn’t a series. I would absolutely love to read more about Bod as he gets older.

This was my fourth Gaiman novel and it’s safe to say I now consider him one of my top favorite authors and I can’t wait to devour the rest of his work. I want to binge read the rest of them, but I am going to try and take them slow as I will be very sad the day I run out of his books to read.

An easy 5/5 star rating for me. This was perfect to read in the fall/Halloween time. A highly recommended novel that is suitable for all ages!



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I’m currently halfway through The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (click here to find it on Goodreads) and I am loving it. I’m reading this one with Maria and you can expect a review coming soon. I recently finished The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (click here to find it on Goodreads). I read this for book club and I liked it. And next up my most anticipated of the month The Merciless by Danielle Vega (click here to find it on Goodreads). This one was sent to me by Maria and I cannot wait to read and discuss this one with her!



It’s almost time for me to put my feet up and relax for the weekend. I don’t have much planned, hopefully going to see the new Maze Runner movie. Other than that I hope to just sit on my butt and relax and get a ton of reading and blog work done.

This weekend I am reading The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer. This is the second book in The Land of Stories series. It is a super fun and cute read and I should be finishing this within the next hour.
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After that I will be moving on to The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Super excited for this read!
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Let me know what you are reading this weekend!



I’m having a hard time believing it is my favorite time of year already. Where has this year gone? October is my absolute favorite, with the beautiful colors, the gorgeous weather, the yummy pumpkin treats and Halloween, what’s not to love?

September was probably my worst month of reading so far this year. I only ended up reading eight books when I usually try to get in the double digits. So here are the books I read in September.

1. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★
Not my favorite of the series but I am still loving every minute of these books. I will be very sad for the series to end. I am waiting to finish this series to do a full series review.

2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ★★★★★
Absolutely adored this book. Do not be fooled by the plot, this one has some pretty heavy content in it. Full review to come this month.

3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins ★★★★★
An absolute fabulous way to end out the series. I will forever love Stephanie Perkins and I hope she starts working on new books right away. Can’t get enough of her writing.

4. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica ★★★★
My book clubs choice for the month. I was very intrigued with this one and was blown away by the ending. A great thriller thrown in between the contemporary I was reading.

5. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp ★★★★
Not what I was expecting at all but still enjoyable. We did a group discussion on this one and you can find our thoughts here:

6. Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter ★★★
One of my monthly reads with Maria. We are still making our way through this series and we will have a full review of this one to come.

7. The Giver by Lois Lowry ★★★★
Another one of my reads with Maria. We have already reviewed this one and you can find that right here:

8. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman ★★★
Definitely not what I was expecting. As a dragon lover I had a hard time learning to love these dragons. But I have a full review of this one coming up next week and will let you know more of my thoughts then.


I’ve got a lot on my plate for October. We have received quite a few books for review, Maria and I have a ton of books to read together and I have lots of Halloween and horror posts planned for this month. So I’m going to try and not let myself get overwhelmed with all that. So here are the books I plan to read in October.

1. The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer. Currently reading this one and am halfway through.
2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Reading with Maria.
3. The Merciless by Danielle Vega. Reading with Maria.
4. Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter. Reading with Maria.
5. Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Reading with Maria, Marissa and Mackenzie.
6. Storm Siren by Mary Weber. Received from Netgalley and will be reviewing with Maria.
7. The Swallow by Charis Cotter. Received from Netgalley and will be reviewing with Maria.
8. When War Calls by Zy J. Rykoa. Making my way through this one and will be reviewing with Maria.
9. Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston. Received from Netgalley and will be reviewing with Maria.
10. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. My book clubs choice of the month.
11. Horns by Joe Hill. Was on my list last month but didn’t have time to get to it.

As you can see the two of us will have our hands full this month. But you can expect our blog to be very busy this month.

Hope you all have a great month of reading!