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Creepshow: The Taker by Elley Cooper [book review]

Creepshow: The Taker

Book: Creepshow: The Taker

Author: Elley Cooper

Published: September 15, 2020

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Genre: YA Horror

Pages: 224

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Creepshow: The Taker summary:

With Creepshow, there are two stories within one book. One is called The Taker and the Second is called Pretty Polly. The Taker follows Bea as she and her family move to a new home. She has a younger brother and they are both starting a new school soon. Bea soon realizes that she has a ghost living in her bedroom. At first, things are fine and they become friends, but Bea soon realizes the ghost is more than she bargained for.

Pretty Polly follows Casey who lives with his mother in a small apartment complex. His mother and father just recently got a divorce and his father doesn’t have a lot to do with him since he’s not exactly “the son” he wanted. Soon his mother gets him a companion that Casey has always wanted. They couldn’t really afford it but the bird was free, so why not give Casey the bird he’s always wanted. At first, things are great and Casey is teaching him all sorts of things. But soon Casey and his mother start noticing that the bird is a lot more intelligent than it should be. If that’s the case then should they be worried?

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I thought of  Creepshow: The Taker

I picked this book up from Books A Million not realizing that I already had the advanced copy of the second book. So I’m thankful that I picked this book up. If you decide you want to read the review for the second book you can find that here.

So, the perks of Creepshow: The Taker is that the book is fairly short. It’s a book that you can pretty much read in a day. At least that’s what I did. Both stories are pretty entertaining too!

I think I actually did enjoy the first story a little more than I did the second. The only thing with the first story is that I find a plot hole. The ghost that Bea befriends isn’t able to leave her room so I’m kind of curious how she was able to get her brother’s playing cards. Other than that the story is really creepy and kept my attention. Unfortunately, I didn’t think that the second book was as creepy as the first even though it was good. On top of that I kind of wish we would have gotten a little more background on the bird because it’s pretty cool.

The only downside is that I’m not sure if I would target this for YA. I guess I get why it is because technically the main characters are teens, but this book is borderline YA and middle grade. It also reads more like a middle grade than an actually YA novel. On the plus side I would compare the book to the Goosebumps series.

Have any of you guys read this book yet?

If you enjoyed this post then check out my list of YA horror books.

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