I received this book for free from the publisher (William Morrow Books) in exchange for an honest review.
This was such a unique read!
The best part of this book was definitely the overall vibe and aesthetic. It had a slightly creepy and gothic feel that ran throughout the entire book, even the present day parts. There was also a fair amount of humor and satire that worked well with the gothic vibes and made for an interesting juxtaposition.
The structure of the book was very clever. The story within a story element was well done and very engaging. I also liked the footnotes. They were very entertaining and added even more humor to the story.
The story started out very strong, but I was a little disappointed at the end. It didn’t live up to my expectations. I was expecting more of a big reveal or an “a-ha” moment. There are still some things that I am a little confused on.
This book is classified by horror, but many other reviewers say they find it to be very light on horror. I agree with that and I would say that it is more of a gothic horror. The horror is more of a gothic creepiness than any sort of gore or violence.
The book also has illustrations throughout the book which I found to be a nice touch. There is even a map of the school which made navigating the story easy.
Overall, I enjoyed the aesthetic of this book the most. I recommend it if you’re looking for something a little different to read.
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