Thursday, May 3, 2012

Quickie Review (YA gothic romance): Liz Botts' The Hidden Door

This was one of my first forays into spooky YA/gothic romance. The cover first caught my eye a while back:


Daphne, Justin, Riva, and Malcolm are looking for the Hidden Door at their school on Halloween night. It's in a building called The Hun which was named after Vlad the Impaler's home. There's a mystery surrounding the door and a stone gargoyle, and meanwhile, a vampire is on the loose, biting and scratching people. To add to all of that, Daphne and Justin have an unresolved past, and she's still crazy about him.

This is a light, fun romp that has some cool Gothic elements and that touches on more adult themes like mental illness. I recommend this one mainly for YA. I think my daughter would enjoy it if she were a bit older. She's eight now, but in a couple years, I think it would be a hit! If you like stories about teens, I think you'll enjoy it, too.

Rating: 4 stars ****


Buy Links: http://www.amazon.com/The-Hidden-Door-Botts-ebook/dp/B005TDRI1W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336052361&sr=8-1
http://www.astraeapress.com/#ecwid:category=1221951&mode=product&product=6958405

More about Liz Botts: http://www.lizbotts.com

3 comments:

GABixler said...

I enjoyed this review...well done! I was going to share it but decided to comment here and suggest you add sharing info at the end of each entry...Also, I'd be happy to have you share your reviews on Facebook's Reviewers Roundup Group/Page... Hope to see you there!

Best,
Glenda

Liz said...

Thanks for the review, Lisa! If you need any reviewed in return, let me know. :)

Barrymore Tebbs said...

It's a good sign that more writers are incorporating traditional Gothic elements into their work.

 
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