Review: The Boo Hag by David Morgan

The Boo HagLenny is just your normal sixteen-year-old girl. Was. Was just your normal sixteen-year-old girl. Quiet and polite. Petite. Introspective, but not to the point of isolation. Loyal? Fiercely so. Outstanding? Noteworthy? Different? No, no, and no. Or so she thought. What started as an eerie feeling, a certainty that someone had been in her room while she slept, has spiraled into something far worse. Something was in her room. Something that finds her highly different, extremely noteworthy, and intensely outstanding.
Game over? Wrong. Lenny's a fighter, and she isn't about to lie down and take what's coming to her. Enlisting the help of her best friend, a not-so-secret admirer, the hottest guy in school, one odious cheerleader, and a paranormalist teacher, Lenny is facing her fears head on, in a battle she knows can only end in death.

Before I start this review I want to mention that I listened to this book using kindle text to speech (I had a broken kindle screen and no print books or audiobooks) which is a monotone voice and so I will refrain from making any comments on the expression given in this book. 

I really enjoyed The Boo Hag, I was a little scared of reading it at first because as anybody who knows me will know I am a complete scaredy-cat and this book sounded creepy, in fact it was creepy at times but I was so gripped by it I wasn't really scared, maybe that was due to the lack of expression in the text-to-speech voice though. The story is creepy rather than scary, using suspense to build up the darker tone of the book.

But this book is funny as well, Morgan writes teenage girls way better than any grown man should (that's a compliment Dave, I promise). Lenny was snarky and funny, honest and realistic and I just loved her, she was a fantastic main character. Anna, Lenny's scaredy-cat, boy-crazy best friend was another highlight in this book, she was the comic relief in this book. I also liked Brian, despite the fact that he was a bit stupid he was noble and strong and lovely. Morgan wrote all of them well, and though third person doesn't work for me, it did in this book.

I can't think of much that I didn't like about this book, I did find that at times Lenny annoyed me a little, she either thought things out too much or didn't think at all and acted stupidly. That bothered me a little. Morgans writing does sometimes get too poetic, though it works well for most of the book. Otheer than that, this book was fantastic.

Overall Rating: B+

Book released March 2012
Book received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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