Dead Voices (Small Spaces #2) by Katherine Arden
ARC received from the publisher for an honest review and Blog Tour participation.
Publish Date: August 27, 2019
First of all, thank you to the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book and join in on all the fun of this unique and spooky Blog Tour!! And Thank you to all who have stopped by here to check out my contribution to this Blog Tour!
Blog Tour Schedule
August 19 – The Midnight Society – Inspiration Collage
August 20 – Fangirl Fury – Review + Inspired by the Book: Baking Recipe
August 21 – Teachers Who Read – Reviews + Author Guest Post: Why spooky for middle grade readers?
August 22 – Bookishgals – Creative Instagram Picture
August 23 – Liezel and Angie’s Book Blog – Review
August 26 – Word Spelunking – Inspired by the Book: Baking Project
August 27 – By Hook or By Book – Review
August 28 – Vicariously & Voraciously – Spooky Summer Reads
August 29 – The Book Deviant – Review
Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.
Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls pleading for help. Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the hauntings at Hemlock Lodge. Ollie, Coco, and Brian want to trust him, but Ollie’s watch, which once saved them from the smiling man, has a new cautionary message: BEWARE.
With Mr. Voland’s help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock. Maybe the ghosts need their help–or maybe not all ghosts can or should be trusted.
Dead Voices is a terrifying follow-up to Small Spaces with thrills and chills galore and the captive foreboding of a classic ghost story.
I’ll admit, I originally did not know that Katherine Arden had these amazingly spooky and fun middle grade books on the market, so when asked if I would like to participate in the Blog Tour for Dead Voices, I took one look at Arden’s name on the book cover and immediately said YES! I fell in love with her writing in The Bear and the Nightingale series so I knew that this would be perfect for a little ghostly summer fun read. And I wasn’t disappointed! I immediately bought the first book on my kindle and devoured it in a single day to prepare myself for Dead Voices, which was a perfect continuation of the first book Small Spaces. These books bring back that scary campfire story vibe that I loved as a kid, and still enjoy to this day. There’s something about believing in the unknown as a child, that ghosts and spooks are real and that imagination and belief tends to become more skeptical as an adult. These bring out that inner kid and take me right back to all the crazy adventures I would get involved in when I was younger.
Dead Voices starts off with a touch of Stephen King’s The Shining as we rejoin our beloved characters as they go on a winter trip to a hotel in the mountains. Anyone wondering if there will be an ax-wielding murder scene? Well luckily that’s not the case, but don’t let your guard down yet. Arden doesn’t fail in providing plenty of creepy and spooky scenes to keep you up at night and your whole body securely hidden under the covers for fear of a foot hanging off the edge of the bed. You never know who’s hand you might be holding in the dark or what’s on the other side of the mirror! And as if that’s not enough, beware for the haunted taxidermy as well!!! This book was fantastic and I honestly can’t wait for the rest of this series. Arden is a wonderful author and this proves that she can write to just about any age group and genre. Happy Reading!
Spooky Summer Reads
Below are some spooky summer reads that I think would pair perfectly with Small Spaces and Dead Voices. Hope you Enjoy!!
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
When Coraline explores her new home, she steps through a door and into another house just like her own… except that it’s different. It’s a marvelous adventure until Coraline discovers that there’s also another mother and another father in the house. They want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to keep her forever!
Coraline must use all of her wits and every ounce of courage in order to save herself and return home.
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.
When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice.
But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity . . .
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts.
There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.
The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter by Caroline Flarity
Sixteen-year-old Anna sees things from another world, the spiritual world, a skill that isn’t exactly useful in high school. It’s bad enough that her mother, possessed by a demon, took her own life when Anna was a child, a loss she remains tortured by. Now her father makes his living “clearing” haunted objects, and Anna’s job as his assistant makes her a social misfit. Most kids in her suburban New Jersey town refer to her just as “Goblin Girl.”
Only Freddy and Dor remain loyal friends. But Anna’s so focused on her own problems, she’s missed that her connection with Freddy is moving beyond the friend zone and that Dor is in crisis.
As junior year approaches, a rare solar storm lights up the night skies and the citizens of Bloomtown begin to act strangely: Anna’s teachers lash out, her best friends withdraw, and the school bullies go from mean to murderous. When Anna realizes she can harness this evil power, she sets out to save Bloomtown and the only family she has left.
But to do so, she must keep her own increasingly dark urges at bay.
Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent a year of high school in Rennes, France. Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrollment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature. After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crepes to guiding horse trips. Currently, she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know.
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