Book Review: The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
October 10, 2015
Eleven years ago, Stella and Jeanie disappeared. Stella came back. Jeanie never did.
Now all she wants is a summer full of cove days, friends, and her gorgeous crush—until a fresh corpse leads Stella down a path of ancient evil and secrets.
Stella believes remembering what happened to Jeanie will save her. It won’t.
She used to know better than to believe in what slinks through the shadows. Not anymore.
The Creeping is one of the books I picked up to prep for the Anderson’s YA Lit Conference. It sounded like a perfect pre-Halloween read, and I was excited when my hold came in from the library. Here are my thoughts after finishing:
On the Plus Side:
- This novel is a perfect read for the Halloween season! It has a great deal of genuine suspense, a lot of mystery, with a hint of other-worldness, and that makes a perfect combination for this time of year. I’m not a huge fan of other-worldness generally speaking, so don’t let that deter you if you are not a fan.
- I like how Sirowy keeps the suspense elevated throughout as you wait to see if Stella will remember the events from her childhood. You may have several guesses as to what happened, and you may be right, but you will change your mind so many times that by the time the back story is revealed, you will be surprised again.
- I enjoyed how Stella grows and changes in her views on love and friendship throughout the novel. She learns from her experiences, and grows to understand what truly matters in life.
- Sirowy does a nice job of including a good representation of different character types – the nice guy, the hero, the villain, the good girl, the bad girl, and everything in between. I appreciated the variety.
- The pacing is consistent the entire time. I never felt myself getting bored or wishing for the end to arrive.
On the Minus Side:
- Some of the choices that Stella and her friends make are painful to read about – irresponsible, dangerous, stupid. I understand that we all make unwise choices throughout life, but some of their decisions are above and beyond ridiculous.
Have you read The Creeping? What did you think? What other books do you recommend for the Halloween season?