Author: Terry Griggs
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewer program
Who I Told I’d Read It: LibraryThing
Weird things have been happening lately. Some of them, Nieve doesn't mind so much, like her parents getting more work as professional weepers. But some things, like the sudden uptick in the number of spiders, the creepy new apothecaries in town, and the nasty candy that the new substitute gives to the whole class, are just worrisome.
Before long, Nieve and her strange new friend Lias are off to the Black City, and it's there she'll discover what's really going on, and what she has to do with it.
This book started out as interestingly weird and quickly spiraled down into totally horrific. It's marked 10-15, but I wouldn't give this to anybody under 12, and even then only if they have a strong tolerance for disturbing stuff. What else can you call scenes of people being twisted into furniture?
A lot of the things seemed to be random details instead of feeding back into the story, too. Certain creepy characters that loom up at the beginning are never explained or positioned within the rest of the narrative, and the motivations of the Big Bad are fuzzy at best. Of course, this is the first book in a trilogy, but I got the feeling that it really didn't have to be.