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In an effort to put her family back together, a teen struggles to discover what happened to her mother who disappeared during a ghost hunt in this haunting novel from the author of Party , Sick , and Shackled .

Five years ago, Abby Booth's mom, cohost of a ghost-hunting reality show, went missing while filming in a "haunted" cave in Arizona.

Since then, Abby's life has all but fallen to pieces, most notably because of her dad's deep depression and how they've drifted further and further apart.

But now, at sixteen, Abby has decided that things will change. She plans to go to the same cave where her mom and the crew went missing and to find out, once and for all, what happened there.

With the help of the cohost's son Charlie, and two of his friends, Abby sets off on a quest for answers...but when the group ends up finding, what they stumble across in that dark, primordial cave in Arizona, is nothing they could have ever imaged.

Abby was investigating a possible haunting...she never expected that there could be something worse.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2018.
ISBN: 9781481466349
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Levee
Characteristics: 297 pages ; 21 cm


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Apr 07, 2017

Tom Leveen’s HELLWORLD is a magnificent combinations of myth, horror, monsters, and young adult fiction. I loved how Leveen was able to bring in real world aspects into a horror novel to make it feel believable. He described the monsters in such a way that made it feel like an old horror movie where you never really get to fully see what you are afraid of, which makes it all the more terrifying.

The main character, Abby, has had a troubled past of her mother going missing after leaving to a haunted cave in Arizona with the crew of a ghost-debunking show. Her father falls apart and Abby has to pretty much raise herself and take care of her dad. She then finds a book that she believes will help answer what happened to the crew that went missing and with the help of some old childhood friends, she decides to see this cave for herself.

I loved Abby and was able to identify with her. She is strong, smart, and is someone you wish something would go right for a change. You want to root for her which is always a good thing for a main character. I also like the secondary characters and feel they all play an important role in the novel.

Lastly, I really liked how Leveen tied science and religion and myth together. It made it very believable and enjoyable for me as I love learning about myths and how they connect to real life and history.

All in all I give this novel a 5/5 and definitely recommend it to anyone who likes YA and horror!

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