Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Call by Peadar O'Guilin Book Review

3 minutes and 4 seconds.
The length of time every teenager is 'Called', from the moment they vanish to the moment they reappear.
9 out of 10 children return dead.
Even the survivors are changed.
The nation must survive.
Nessa, Megan and Anto are at a training school - to give them some chance to fight back. Their enemy is brutal and unforgiving. But Nessa is determined to come back alive. Determined to prove that her polio-twisted legs won't get her killed.
But her enemies don't just live in the Grey Land. There are people closer to home who will go to any length to see her, and the nation, fail...

Three Out of Five Stars
*A special thanks to the publisher for this review copy*
This review can also be found on Young Adults Books Central here!

This is one of the more stranger books I've read, but it was unique in every way. Think Miss Peregrine's Home for Pecuilar Children meets anything Tim Burton can come up with--in a weird dystopian world. Got that? Okay good. :)

The Call is not for the tame or the faint-hearted. At times it got quite gruesome, and quite often stepped outside of reality.

In The Call, there are several POV's--for the most part the transition between POV's were seamless--but at times, it wasn't causing me to stumble in my reading a bit.  

But, this was a unique book with a unique premise and even more unique characters.

In fact it is the "uniqueness" of this novel that is its strong suit. It's definitely unlike anything I've ever read, and I think those of you who enjoy all things strange will revel in this book--and it's other worldliness. 

It's absolutely otherworldly.

To be honest, my thoughts are a little jumbled on this one. On the one hand, this was interesting, and unique book. On the other, I am completely weirded out and couldn't explain this book if I tried.

It's one of those books you have to read to understand--but be warned it's a scary place to be. 

If I had to say, I'd say it's worth reading if you really enjoy horror, and don't mind a little blood. Pretty perfect for the upcoming holiday--Halloween, of course. *insert evil laugh here.*


  1. Okay, your imagery left me all confused and awed at the same time. I don't think it's ever been pulled before. Lol. You got me hella curious, though.

    1. Lol. I kind of didn't know what to say or how to say it.

  2. Okay those two combined would have to create something crazy. ;) This does sound rather unique.

  3. you had me at gruesome and seamless multiple POVs. Now I'm interested on this one.

  4. I recently read this one and I enjoyed it way more than I expected to, but I agree it's quite difficult to explain the plot!

  5. Miss Peregrine's + anything Tim Burton... uh, crazy!!! I like crazy but I have to sort of get my mind ready if I'm going to be reading some craziness. I will keep this one in mind if I ever feel the need to!

  6. "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children meets anything Tim Burton can come up with" <-----That definitely sounds interesting!!!

  7. This does sound unique. I'm not sure if it would be for me or not, but I'm curious!

  8. Between the synopsis and your description I am sold. I have to give this one a try and just put in on hold at my library. I'm not even particularly a fan of horror but this premise is just grabbing me. And the fact that if left you confused and almost speechless has me even more interested. LOL

  9. Great review -- this sounds very different and unique! I like darker books sometimes so I may have to give this a try!