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When twelve year old Rory applies for a job at a spooky old mansion in his gloomy seaside town he finds the owner Lord Foxglove odd and unpleasant But he and his mom need the money so he takes the job This was such an amazingly creepy read Full of seafaring mythology magicloved the friendship bn these 2 characters so much the love of familyThe story was so uniue weird wonderful I seen it described on google as Lemony Snicket and Jessica Townsend meet Greenglass House with a hint of Edward Gorey thrown in yup I loved it Lol Rory is such a sweet kid he deserves the world Lol he was just a great character this cover is amazing as well recommend this if you re in the mood for a great spooky readSynopsis When twelve year old Rory applies for a job at a spooky old mansion in his gloomy seaside town he finds the owner Lord Foxglove odd and unpleasant But he and his mom need the money so he takes the job anyway Rory soon finds out that his new boss is not just strange he s not even human and he s trying to steal the townspeople s shadows Together Rory and his friend Isabella set out to uncover exactly what Foxglove and his otherworldly accomplices are planning and devise a strategy to defeat them But can two kids defeat a group of ancient evil beings who are determined to take over the world

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Gloom Town

Exactly what Foxglove and his otherworldly accomplices are planning and devise a strategy to defeat them But can two kids defeat a group of ancient evil beings who are determined to take over the wor There are many things which I enjoyed about Gloom Town The main characters are well fleshed out and the secondary characters like Rory s mom s friends are a colorful lot I like it when secondary characters are uirky and not just in a book for fillers Rory s strength of character makes him one which I hope the children who read this book will want to emulate He knows he and his mom are in trouble financially His mother works two jobs so Rory takes the initiative to find a job to help out However his job is less than desirable and if he d read the contract carefully he may have saved himself a lot of grief But then we wouldn t have this story eitherThough I enjoyed the story as a whole it took me a while to get through the first third of the book Yes important events occur within that section of the story but I just felt like it dragged a bit The rest of the book moved much faster and was exciting Several elements in Gloom Town are very dark Rory s friend Izzy is a witch as is her mother and I have no problem with that What I did find a bit disturbing happen during the last action seuence for lack of a better term and without giving spoilers If you have a sensitive middle grade student you might want to read this first You can decide if you think they can handle itI give the book a little over 3 stars I d give it 4 had I not as an adult been disturbed by the dark elements in the story

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Anyway Rory soon finds out that his new boss is not just strange he’s not even human and he’s trying to steal the townspeople’s shadows Together Rory and his friend Isabella set out to uncover In a town called Gloom almost everything and everyone is washed out and dark For Rory this is the only life he s known But when he gets a new job for a dangerous and secretive employer he starts to wonder if life in Gloom was supposed to be that way With the help of his best friend Izzy Rory sets out to unravel the web of secrets and darkness that engulfs GloomI don t know how to describe this book Episodic Improvised Unclear There were parts that I did enjoy and parts I thought were done well but By the end I was frustrated and underwhelmed with the story There didn t seem to be much continuity Things were only introduced when they were needed and the plot felt stitched together with only a few pieces running through the whole thing The tone was also confusing and a little bit all over the place There were elements that felt like horror but it also felt like fantasy and then sometimes magical realism and then other times like a mystery The characters were mostly flat without much depth which did fit the story it was short enough and simple enough to not necessarily need really complicated characters but that fact didn t do the story any favors either If the characters were deeper or personable it might have saved the story Rory was mostly just tense and Izzy has the potential to be sassy or street smart but she was mostly just there to provide information or uick saves Rory couldn t do for himself So all in all it just didn t satisfy the way I hoped it wouldThings to be Aware of Upsetting circumstances a lot but not too bad Rory works for creepy and dangerous people for awhile and he gets captured and threatened than once Violence intense but overall mild I have a pretty low threshold but there were some parts that really creeped me out or were really disturbing Rory is attacked a few times but usually there isn t much gore However the threat if violence and harm is graphic and frightening Death there is at least one death were the characters witness the aftermath of a murder and interact with a dead body It s mostly mild but it is a little gruesome There are other deaths mentioned or viewed and the description of one is gruesome Sexual content little to none


10 thoughts on “Gloom Town

  1. says:

    This was such an amazingly creepy read Full of seafaring mythology magicloved the friendship bn these 2 characters so much the love of familyThe story was so uniue weird wonderful I seen it described on google as

  2. says:

    eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley All opinions are my ownI liked the premise for this one and the cover is a bit spooky and cool at the same time There are things that I enjoyed and then there were other parts that were a bit confusingLet’s start with the good I liked the friendship between Rory and Isabella

  3. says:

    I'm of two minds about this bookOn the one hand I like the characters and setting I want to read adventures with them I want to see what their next steps are But the narrative has a very odd flowThere are multiples turns to the story It's not that the surprises are too much out of left field But when there's th

  4. says:

    I received this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a very fast read that I think I would have enjoyed a lot when I was younger It's got an interesting magical mystery two strong characters and some fun plot points The writing and plot were pretty simplistic but still conveyed a good story This isn't among my favorit

  5. says:

    Rory is a 12 year old who is struggling to help his single mother provide for their humble living in a very Dickensian style town where nobody is cheerful and the weather is always glum His mom works two jobs and Rory feels that he is old enough to work himself so he gets a job at a local mansion called Foxglove Manor which turns out to be than he bargained for His new boss is acting uite suspicious Why are the guests t

  6. says:

    In a town called Gloom almost everything and everyone is washed out and dark For Rory this is the only life he's known But when he gets a new job for a dangerous and secretive employer he starts to wonder if life in Gloom was supposed to be that way With the help of his best friend Izzy Rory sets out to unravel the web of secrets and darkness that engulfs GloomI don't know how to describe this book Episodic I

  7. says:

    As the new valet at Foxglove Manor Rory discovers that things are not what he'd hoped There are unusual guests a f

  8. says:

    There are many things which I enjoyed about Gloom Town The main characters are well fleshed out and the secondary characters like Rory’s mom’s friends are a colorful lot I like it when secondary characters are uirky and

  9. says:

    35 Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC Gloom Town is the story of twelve year old Rory who decided to apply for a job at a spooky mansion

  10. says:

    Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group for this digital copy in exchange for an honest reviewDescriptionA delightfully creepy novel from a Coretta Scott KingJohn Steptoe New Talent Award winner imbued with magic