Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review feat Giveaway-The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

The Girl from The Well   Author: Rin Chupeco
Sourcebooks Fire ● August 5, 2014 ● ISBN: 9781402292187
Hardcover/$16.99 U.S. ● Ages 14+

Praise for The Girl From the Well:
“[A] Stephen King–like horror story…A chilling, bloody ghost story that resonates.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Chupeco makes a powerful debut with this unsettling ghost story…told in a marvelously disjointed fashion from Okiku’s numbers-obsessed point of view, this story unfolds with creepy imagery and an intimate appreciation for Japanese horror, myth, and legend.” –Publishers Weekly, STARRED

“The Girl from the Well is part The Ring, part The Grudge and part The Exorcist…A fantastically creepy story sure to keep readers up at night… Okiku is one of the most interesting YA characters to date.” RT Book Reviews,  4 ½ STARS-TOP PICK!

“A dark novel that will appeal to horror fans, lovers of Elizabeth Scott’s ‘Living Dead Girl.’” –School Library Journal

 The Ring meets The Exorcist in this haunting and lyrical re-imagining of the Japanese fable.
Okiku has wandered the world for hundreds of years, setting free the spirits of murdered children. Wherever there’s a monster hurting a child, her spirit is there to deliver punishment. Such is her existence, until the day she discovers a troubled American teenager named Tark and the dangerous demon that writhes beneath his skin, trapped by a series of intricate tattoos. Tark needs to be freed, but there is one problem—if the demon dies, so does its host.
With the vigilante spirit Okiku as his guide, Tark is drawn deep into a dark world of sinister doll rituals and Shinto exorcisms that will take him far from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Japan. Can Okiku protect him from the demon within or will her presence bring more harm? The answer lies in the depths of a long-forgotten well.


That was creepy but oh so creepy in a good way. The opening scene was only the tip of the iceberg in The Girl from the Well. Surprisingly, it gets even creepier and chilling, i absolutely loved it! This is a book for any and all fans of horror and even if you're not a fan, still try the book out. You may be surprised.

The story seriously starts off with a bang. It's like "BAM" your hit right in the face with scary goodness and obviously you have to keep on reading to get more. So... Read on was what I did to get more from the story. Let me tell you, reading alone at night is NOT a good idea. The Ring and The Grudge are two of my favorite movies to date and I couldn't help but think of them. I couldn't help thinking of Samara as she climbs stealthily out of my TV. Crud I am giving myself the creeps as I type this now.

Okiku is our protagonist of this wonderful story that's inspired by a ghost story in Japanese folklore, Bancho sarayashiki. So we start the book off with the sort of man that would make you sick. A murder. The girl he murdered is on his back although he cannot see her. Okiku and the girl will make sure no one will ever see him again. And quite honestly, I don't sympathize with the man in the least. He gets whats coming to him.

We meet a disturbed boy named Tark and you know the boy has deep issues. For some reason Okiku is intrigued by him. So we follow him through Okiku's eyes, while also getting to be in his head as well. Along with Tark is his cousin, Callie, who is a school teacher. Her part in the story is cool because she knows something creepy is going on and she wants to get to the bottom of it. I really liked her. 

What would a creepy book be without some equally creepy characters? There are a lot of them but I'll keep you in the dark(no pun intended) because I'm mean like that ;)

Seriously, I highly recommend this book. From a debut author, I think I can honestly say that we can expect great things from Rin Chupeco. Her writing is flawless and easy to read, and not to mention her characters are great. Okiku is a fresh and likable heroine. Yes, I totally think she is great! 

*Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a copy for an honest review.

Rin Chupeco: Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of humor. Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She’s been a technical writer and travel blogger, but now makes things up for a living. The Girl from the Well is her debut novel. Connect with Rin at


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  1. Scream because it's one I can watxh through my fingers! lol

  2. Dressed to Kill (really old, from the 70s I think) really creeped me out. It's not gory; it's just weird-scary.

    I also liked Black Christmas (another oldie). Imagine getting weird phone calls ...coming from your attic!

    This book looks so awesome, thanks for the chance. :)

  3. There is no way I can narrow down my favorite horror movie....way too many. I love anything with zombies. I love all of Stephen King's movies.....especially Carrie.
    ---C. Jones


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