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Friday, January 25, 2019

Be on the lookout for... WATCH HOLLOW by Gregory Funaro!

Hi there.
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.  Thanks for stopping by and continuing to hold the faith, while I find my way back to the bloggy world through all this chaos and mayhem.  Good news, as previously stated, I AM READING...and it feels much like welcoming an old friend after a long absence.  Grant it, it's not as voraciously as before, but still...I'm getting there, one day/page at a time.  Anywho, let's get to the focus of the day...

It's a COMING SOON Middle Grade title via HarperCollins from author Gregory Funaro.  Recognize the name?  Does Alistair Grim ring a bell?  Yep...that'd be another work of this talented fellow, and the title in the spotlight today is his latest SPOOKY fun story slated to release NEXT MONTH (February 12, 2019 as of this post).  So, if you're ready, let's slip between the pages of today's book of choice....

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Tinkers are a family that's been through the mill, what with them falling on hard times, and the loss of one of their one, if a world could be shades of grey, theirs would be fading to black. One day, an offer that's SO GOOD it can't possibly be hiding anything dark or sinister (yeah, right, and my name is George Washington) is laid at the feet of their father. He's a kind, loving man, who just wants to see his family out of debt, while somehow rediscovering their joy of life, of togetherness, despite the cloud of sadness they remain cloaked in. Accepting the "gift" fate has granted him, he takes on the task of fixing a massive clock (with abilities much beyond that of telling time!) in a mysterious old house, in the mysterious (and perhaps enchanted?) dark woods of Watch Hollow. What could go wrong... *-*

Right from the start, I felt for Lucy and Oliver. No, I've not had the sadness of my heart breaking in the same way as theirs, but I definitely feel their pain in my own way. They were finding their way through the dark days that absence created and while getting on each other's nerves, they were also constantly on the look out for the other. It was utterly endearing and played an integral part throughout the story, including the DANGEROUS and SUSPENSE FILLED END. Though Oliver liked to reason his way through things, being close to teen-dom, he wasn't always thinking clearly...add in a dose of morose to the heart, and it's easy to see how the wool was pulled over his eyes, and yet I can't find room in my heart to totally write him off as a "bad guy" for his choices. Lucy is an equally lovable character, though prickly in her own right. Worried about worrying everyone else, she kept too many things to herself, but her heart was ever so much in the right place. Her kindness, her caring, her utter desire to do the right thing even when it was the hard thing to do, kept her shining in my eyes, even when her own self-esteem faltered.

All in all, it was DARK, and ENCHANTING, filled with HOPE and with DESTRUCTION, but in the end, it reminds us to love the ones we're with, try not to regret the past but most certainly learn from it, and always spare a bit of kindness for a stranger...just, you know, don't invite the darkness in.

**ecopy received for review


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Special thanks to author Gregory Funaro for the invite to read and share this forthcoming release.  (THANKS!)  Feel free to click through the links to discover more about the author, the work, or the publisher.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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