Today I will be hosting the blog tour of Come sit by me by Thomas Hoobler. I am reviewing the book for the tour stop. I hope you enjoy reading my musings.
Author : Thomas Hoobler
Genre : Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery
Source : Free copy for an unbiased review
The boy who shot seven people in the school library is dead. But did his secrets die with him?
Something terrible happened at Hamilton High last year, and those who survived don't want to relive the past. But Paul has just arrived, and gets the same locker that the shooter used. He wants to know what really happened...and you know what curiosity did to the cat.
My Musings :
The first thing which literally grabbed my attention and didn't let go of me was the book cover. And then adding the first sentence of the blurb to it, it was a total have-to-read book. And the story did justice to the anticipation created on first impression.
The story was strong in my opinion. It's a mix of mystery and paranormal. It felt like Caleb's imprint was guiding Paul's actions at all points without being in the scenes. One crucial point was the assigning of Caleb's locker to Paul. If that hadn't happened, Paul wouldn't have been obsessed with the story behind the killings. The entire story's focus is on Paul and Caleb and there was nothing which would have diverted my attention from them. From the first page, the events unfolding held my focus and it kept on increasing my dread and my interest along with Paul's.
The way the book was divided into Paul's and Caleb's POV in sections added clarity and also being able to know the actions and reactions of both of them kept hold of my attention. Caleb's journal part alone was very interesting to read. The language used was realistic and the peek into his mind made me understand him more. And that led me to understand the identity of the antagonist. I think the author gave the secret away easily in the beginning part of Caleb's journal entries. After that, the only thing which kept me reading was how the ending would be brought about.
The ending didn't disappoint and it took a while to digest the finale for me because seriously it kind of stayed with me even after I started reading another book. It's rare which has that kind of psychological effect.
Overall, I would rate it a 4 star. The only negative being that it became a bit predictable in the near end part. Otherwise, it was a good paranormal mystery to get lost in during the nights!
My one line review : A good paranormal mystery to get lost in during the nights!
My rating : 4/5
My reread factor : 4/5
Meet the Author :
Thomas Hoobler has written many books for young people and adults, mostly in collaboration with his wife Dorothy. They won the Edgar Award for Best YA novel for their book, IN DARKNESS, DEATH. The Washington Post selected that book as one of the five Best Young Readers' Books of 2005. Their website is www.hooblerauthors.com