Coraline written by Neil Gaiman, is a story that is so weird that it's hard not to love it. I know everyone is pretty familiar with this story due to trailers of the upcoming movie but I'm going to say it again. It's about a girl who finds a door in her house, enters the door, and is taken to a parallel world similar to the world she just left. It is just like Alice in Wonderland but in a weird and scary way.
This book is pretty short but is jam-packed with a lot of hair-raising parts that you forget how short it is. It is not, in any way, too short, but IMHO, it felt longer. I also love the simplicity and straightforwardness of the story. The one thing that really scared me though were the black buttons that stood for the eyes! It was enough to send me to check under my bed for monsters! hehehehe
Another part that really scared me was the "return" of the other mother's right hand. It was scuttling about like Thing in The Addam's Family and was after the key. I could picture this hand doing something sinister to Coraline...and that was my imagination running away with me.
The books that I read had illustrations by Dave McKean and I thought it added to the feel of the book. This also added to how I imagined Coraline's world to be.
Seriously, I couldn't put this book down and I finished it in less than three hours. I highly recommend this book to those who love to get a good scare.
I give this book five stars. A must read.
Author Website: neilgaiman.com
Genre: Young Adult - Science Fiction/ Fantasy/ Horror
Cross-post from Traipsey Turvey