Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Review: Took - Mary Downing Hahn

"Folks say Old Auntie takes a girl and keeps her fifty years - then lets her go and takes another one."


Title: Took
Author: Mary Downing Hahn
ISBN: 9780544551534
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Clarion Books
Source: NetGalley

A witch called Old Auntie is lurking near Dan's family's new home. He doesn't believe in her at first, but is forced to accept that she is real and take action when his little sister, Erica, is "took" to become Auntie's slave for the next fifty years.



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I've loved Mary Downing Hahn for years, so I was super excited to see that she had new story coming out, and even more excited when I was able to get a copy early.  


This spooky story of a family, new to a rural town, was fantastic!  I loved the true to life dynamics between thirteen-year-old Daniel and Erica, his seven-year-old sister.  The way they interacted, and fought, felt natural.  As an adult, I  felt it was more of a story about how a family could either bind together in times of trial, or fall apart; however, the spooky factor in this novel will definitely bring chills to the spines of all readers, young and old.


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Took is an excellent addition to any library, as an option for fans of creepy mysteries.  I've definitely added it to my list of Halloween recommendations.  


-Digital ARC provided by NetGalley, in return for a review.