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Exactly what Foxglove and his otherworldly accomplices are planning and devise a strategy to defeat them But can two kids defeat a group of ancient evil beings who are determined to take over the wor. There are many things which I enjoyed about Gloom Town The main characters are well fleshed out and the secondary characters like Rory s mom s friends are a colorful lot I like it when secondary characters are uirky and not just in a book for fillers Rory s strength of character makes him one which I hope the children who read this book will want to emulate He knows he and his mom are in trouble financially His mother works two jobs so Rory takes the initiative to find a job to help out However his job is less than desirable and if he d read the contract carefully he may have saved himself a lot of grief But then we wouldn t have this story eitherThough I enjoyed the story as a whole it took me a while to get through the first third of the book Yes important events occur within that section of the story but I just felt like it dragged a bit The rest of the book moved much faster and was exciting Several elements in Gloom Town are very dark Rory s friend Izzy is a witch as is her mother and I have no problem with that What I did find a bit disturbing happen during the last action seuence for lack of a better term and without giving spoilers If you have a sensitive middle grade student you might want to read this first You can decide if you think they can handle itI give the book a little over 3 stars I d give it 4 had I not as an adult been disturbed by the dark elements in the story Mating Flight very dark Rory s friend Izzy is a witch as is her mother and I have no problem with that What I did find a bit disturbing happen during the last action seuence for lack of a better term and without giving spoilers If you have a sensitive middle grade student you might want to read this first You can decide if you think they can handle itI give the book a little over 3 stars I d give it 4 had I not as an adult been disturbed by the dark elements in the story

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Gloom Town

Anyway Rory soon finds out that his new boss is not just strange he’s not even human and he’s trying to steal the townspeople’s shadows Together Rory and his friend Isabella set out to uncover. Rory is a 12 year old who is struggling to help his single mother provide for their humble living in a very Dickensian style town where nobody is cheerful and the weather is always glum His mom works two jobs and Rory feels that he is old enough to work himself so he gets a job at a local mansion called Foxglove Manor which turns out to be than he bargained for His new boss is acting uite suspicious Why are the guests to the house so mysterious and secretive Why is Rory having weird dreams Why is he the only dark skinned person in Gloom Town And what in Europica is going on with everyone s shadowsThis review will be a bit different from others Since the things I liked and didn t like about the book are so closely related I m not going to split them up into positive negative I m just going to mention each aspect and what I did and didn t like I felt like the book was paced very uickly and at some points I found myself wishing that parts that had been glossed over had meat to them or had been arranged in a different order For example the fact that Rory is mixed race is an integral part of his character and development and while the story mentions he has darker skin I would have liked to see of his diversity included in the story The representation is very important and one of my favorite parts about this book and I appreciate that the author didn t overdo the diversity which made it feel authentic and genuine and is crucial for young children of color reading books that portray characters that look like them but because the book doesn t have pictures I think sprinkling in details and events where he illustrates how his darker skin impacts him and his mother would have made it even better The tie in between the stories about him and Goldenrod his favorite seafarer would have been far interesting if we d gotten stories peppered in throughout the book I felt like the fight against the Big Bad was very fast and would have liked of a build up and resolution Things like reveals about certain characters strengths and backgrounds including that of Rory Izzie and Gloom Town s felt like they came out of nowhere while others took a very long time to get to There was a twist about the city s history that felt a little bit like an off hand comment when it should have been a giant revelation that changed the course of the story There was a twist at the very end that I being an older reader had picked up on but that younger readers probably would never see coming because the clues to it were so vague I also felt like after what was supposed to be this big explosive reveal things kind of fizzled out and resolved themselves too uickly and the end came very abruptly I think a lot of this comes from the telling and not showing of certain important parts Instead of telling us that Rory has asked about his dad in the past showing him asking his mom and having that conversation would give it depth Instead of telling us Goldenrod is a popular mythlegend people love to tell stories about have Rory carry around a notebook that he fills every time he hears a new story about Goldenrod For example one of the best scenes was the seance scene with Izzie and that worked so well because it was shown and not simply told the atmosphere of that scene was so well done and spooky I also think this is a story that would be served well by occasional full page illustrations given the age of the target audienceThis was a short easy read I am sure there is a seuel coming with the big twist at the end I enjoyed Gloom Town s atmosphere and intriguing characters and would definitely give the seuel a try in hopes for details like I mentioned above

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When twelve year old Rory applies for a job at a spooky old mansion in his gloomy seaside town he finds the owner Lord Foxglove odd and unpleasant But he and his mom need the money so he takes the job. eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley All opinions are my ownI liked the premise for this one and the cover is a bit spooky and cool at the same time There are things that I enjoyed and then there were other parts that were a bit confusingLet s start with the good I liked the friendship between Rory and IsabellaIzzy She is always there for him and will help in any way she can even if that means freeing the town from evil Rory is a brave kid and does what he must to keep the house his mom and him live in It s nice to see a kid take on responsibility Although getting a job leads him into some troubleThe plot was interesting and creepy It has you wondering what will happen next and if their luck is about to run out I liked the plot twists that were involved and it was cool to see how it would all play out I wasn t expecting the ending and that is where it got confusing I am sure it was made for another book to come maybe but at the same time it just came out of nowhereAnother part that I wish was said about was the evil We got a bit of backstory but there were still things that were left unsaid and I just wanted to know why it existed and happened to plant itself in this town Maybe if there is another book there will be backstory for itOverall I think this was a good read and if children love books about fighting evil with a dash of creepy then they will certainly enjoy this one


10 thoughts on “Gloom Town

  1. says:

    This was such an amazingly creepy read Full of seafaring mythology magicloved the friendship bn these 2 characters so much the love

  2. says:

    eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley All opinions are my ownI liked the premise for this one and the cover is a bit spooky and cool at the same time There are things that I enjoyed and then there were other parts that were a bit confusingLet’s start with the good I liked the friendship between Rory an

  3. says:

    I'm of two minds about this bookOn the one hand I like the characters and setting I want to read adventures with them I want to see what their next steps are But the narrative has a very odd flowThere are multiples turns

  4. says:

    I received this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a very fast read that I think I woul

  5. says:

    Rory is a 12 year old who is struggling to help his single mother provide for their humble living in a very Dickensian style town where nobody is cheerful and the weather is always glum His mom works two jobs and Rory feels that he is old enough to work himself so he gets a job at a local mansion called Foxglove Manor which turns out to be th

  6. says:

    In a town called Gloom almost everything and everyone is washed out and dark For Rory this is the only life he's known But when he gets a new job for a dangerous and secretive employer he starts to wonder if life in Gloom was supposed to be that way With the help of his best friend Izzy Rory sets out to unravel the web of secrets and darkness that engulfs GloomI don't know how to describe this book Episodic? Improvised

  7. says:

    As the new valet at Foxglove Manor Rory discovers that things are not what he'd hoped There are unusual guests a forbidden red door and a grumpy old butler who watches his every move Things really go south when Rory discove

  8. says:

    There are many things which I enjoyed about Gloom Town The main characters are well fleshed out and the secondary characters like Rory’s mom’s friends are a colorful lot I like it when secondary characters are uirky and not just in a book for “fillers”Rory’s strength of character makes him one which I hope the children who read this book will want to emulate He knows he and his mom are in trouble financially His mother works tw

  9. says:

    35 Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC Gloom Town is the story of twelve year old Rory who decided to apply for a job at a spooky mansion called Foxglove as a means to help out his mother who is financially struggling Rory thinks the job should be easy until he uncovers that their may be something sinister going on at the manor Rory finds out that his new employer is a shadowy figure who likes to steal people's shad

  10. says:

    Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group for this digital copy in exchange for an

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