September 9, 2016

And The Trees Crept In Tour: Review + Giveaway

Author: Dawn Kurtagich 
Pub. Date: September 6, 2016 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
Pages: 352 
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook 

Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads 

A stunning, terrifying novel about a house the color of blood and the two sisters who are trapped there, by The Dead House author Dawn Kurtagich 

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too--the questions that Silla can't ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that's appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?

Filled with just as many twists and turns as The Dead House, and with achingly beautiful, chilling language that delivers haunting scenes, AND THE TREES CREPT IN is the perfect follow-up novel for master horror writer Dawn Kurtagich. 

And The Trees Crept In is one of the most original and unique books I've ever read. It's one of the few novels that you don't quite know how to describe your feelings or thoughts about - nothing you say will ever be enough. I'm still reeling from the story, and I don't quite know how this review is going to go. The writing is amazing. The book is written in the epistolary form, but with a large amount being first person from Silla's point of view. There are little letters by her Aunt Cathy and her younger sister Nori thrown in, along with journal entries that Silla writes. I love the epistolary writing style because it's so unique and fascinating - it really draws me in and keeps things exciting. I don't think this book would've had the same intense feeling if it had been written in any other way. The letters and entries bring a sense of fear and reality to the story, and I loved them for that. 

Throughout the entire book, I was constantly asking myself if it was all really happening or if Silla was imagining all of it because she was crazy. I couldn't seem to get a real grip on the truth, so I followed the story into madness to find the answers. I was not disappointed in the least. There are a ton of twists and turns throughout the story, along with confusing situations and lots of scary thoughts and happenings. I never really knew where the story was going or how it would end, which is a huge plus for me because very few books can surprise me anymore. The characters were all well written and had unique personalities and traits that made them very realistic. Because the majority of the story is written from Silla's point of view, we get to know her on a deeply personal level - which I loved. I don't do spoilers in my reviews, so I can't go into the plot very much without revealing anything. The description sets the scene pretty well to begin with - and then you just have to dive into the world the author created. It was confusing, intense, and creepy - but there were also brighter spots were kindness and love came through. I want to go on and talk about it more, but I can't without giving anything away. Suffice it to say that this was one heck of a roller coaster ride and I loved every minute of it. I'll be re-reading it soon, now that I know all of the secrets, to see if anything pops out that I missed the first time around. I definitely recommend it to fans of horror and paranormal fiction, along with those who enjoy fantasy, contemporary, and even science fiction. 
Dawn Kurtagich is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide. Her debut YA novel, The Dead House, is forthcoming from Orion/Indigo (UK) and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (US) in 2015.  

By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa—on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert. 
She has been lucky enough to see an elephant stampede at close range, a giraffe tongue at very close range, and she once witnessed the stealing of her (and her friends’) underwear by very large, angry baboons. (This will most definitely end up in a book . . . ) While she has quite a few tales to tell about the jumping African baboon spider, she tends to save these for Halloween!  

When she was sixteen, she thought she'd be an astronomer and writer at the same time, and did a month-long internship at Cambridge's prestigious Cavendish Laboratories.  
She writes over at the YA Scream Queens, a young adult blog for all things horror and thriller, and she is a member of the YA League. 
Her life reads like a YA novel. 

(3) winners will receive a finished copy of AND THE TREES CREPT IN - US Only.

Tour Schedule: 
Week One: 
8/29/2016- Lisa Loves Literature- Interview 
8/30/2016- Curling Up With A Good Book- Review 
8/31/2016- Bookish Fangirl- Guest Post 
9/1/2016- NovelKnight- Review 
9/2/2016- Once Upon a Twilight- Interview 

Week Two: 
9/5/2016- Pretty Deadly Reviews- Review 
9/6/2016- Ohana Reads- Guest Post 
9/7/2016- Such a Novel Idea- Review 
9/8/2016- Bookish Lifestyle- Interview 
9/9/2016- A Dream Within A Dream- Review 


1 comment:

  1. I've been on the fence about this one. My mom picked it up and couldn't get into it, but now I've seen several reviews where people have loved it. I might have to give it a chance and see for myself!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction