There has been cause for celebration here in my woodland lair. Crows have cawed, bats have blazed through the air and frogs have croaked in the fog.
As mentioned in yesterday’s post, The Book of Kindly Deaths has been featured in Amazon’s Daily Deal. Cue constant refreshing of my Internet browser as I watched it climb the Amazon Sales Rank…until my head felt like it was full of tiny fish, and my eyes were pebbles.
I woke today to find the book in the Amazon Top 100, which was a perfect way to start the day! Naturally, I’m over the moon in a top-hat shaped balloon, and writing this post from somewhere near Jupiter. I’m also incredibly grateful for all the lovely people who purchased the book, tweeted and shared it, and left many wonderful reviews.
Here’s some quotes from the reviews, and links so you can read the full reviews 🙂
“There are so many things to love about The Book of Kindly Deaths, Eldritch Black is so descriptive that I couldn’t help but be delighted when picturing the hoardspikes, hackthins, and aranachiros that frequent the land of Grimwytch. The characters were layered and mysterious, and their stories left me wanting more. This is the perfect type of book to pick up if you are a fan of the darker side of middle grade novels. Fans of Claire Legrand and yes, even Neil Gaiman will be delighted to read about the monsters that frequent this land.”
“One of the things that I loved the most about THE BOOK OF KINDLY DEATHS is the world. I don’t mean the real world England that is the Eliza’s home, even though that’s certainly fine and plenty dark, especially when we get a glimpse into the stories of the monsters’ victims from the book. I mean the world beyond the window where the monsters live. WHAT AN AMAZING PLACE. It’s dark, literally and figuratively, and the inhabitants are perfect—vicious, dangerous, sometimes evil, grotesque, and scary.”
“I am not afraid to admit that I was sincerely creeped out while reading THE BOOK OF KINDLY DEATHS. Not like I needed to put the book in the freezer (LOOKING AT YOU GONE GIRL) but definitely felt creepy crawlies and had to have the light on while I read just to make sure everything was legit. Yeah, this is a middle grade book, but the kind of creepy that Eldritch Black infuses transcends age and keeps you on the edge of your seat!”
And from Amazon:
“When the story crosses over from the ordinary world to the dark alternative world of the Grimwytch, it’s like Edgar Allen Poe, Hieronymus Bosch, and the Brothers Grimm got together and repopulated the world on the other side of Alice’s Looking Glass. Wondrous, nasty, and unforgettable!”
“What I loved the most about The Book of Kindly Deaths is it was easy to form a mental image of the scene and characters as they were described in the book. On a number of occasions, I found myself thinking of a possible comparison. The author that kept coming to mind is Neil Gaiman, and his books The Graveyard Book and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which both revolve around pre-adolescent characters. I also loved the fact that while this book called be called fantasy, it’s a little darker too.”
“The characters are unique and interesting, and most importantly – believable. The setting is absolutely amazing, and the various stories within the greater story are compelling. Heroes are here, as well as villains, but none are one-dimensional. The best of them have doubts and foibles, and the worst of them have their own reasons for what they do. There are ethical challenges and moral choices, and the consequences of a poor choice can be dire, but the right answer isn’t always evident.”