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Hoping to get her life back on track, seventeen-year-old Abby plans to find out what happened when her mother, a co-host of a ghost hunting reality show, who disappeared five years ago in a "haunted" cave in Arizona.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781481466332
Branch Call Number: LEVEEN
Characteristics: 297 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Hell world


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Apr 07, 2017

Tom Leveen’s HELLWORLD is a magnificent combinations of myth, horror, monsters, and young adult fiction. I loved how Leveen was able to bring in real world aspects into a horror novel to make it feel believable. He described the monsters in such a way that made it feel like an old horror movie where you never really get to fully see what you are afraid of, which makes it all the more terrifying.

The main character, Abby, has had a troubled past of her mother going missing after leaving to a haunted cave in Arizona with the crew of a ghost-debunking show. Her father falls apart and Abby has to pretty much raise herself and take care of her dad. She then finds a book that she believes will help answer what happened to the crew that went missing and with the help of some old childhood friends, she decides to see this cave for herself.

I loved Abby and was able to identify with her. She is strong, smart, and is someone you wish something would go right for a change. You want to root for her which is always a good thing for a main character. I also like the secondary characters and feel they all play an important role in the novel.

Lastly, I really liked how Leveen tied science and religion and myth together. It made it very believable and enjoyable for me as I love learning about myths and how they connect to real life and history.

All in all I give this novel a 5/5 and definitely recommend it to anyone who likes YA and horror!

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