Book Review: Gustav Gloom and the People Taker by Adam-Troy Castro

Gustav Gloom and the People TakerGustav Gloom and the People Taker by Adam-Troy Castro
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published: August 16th 2012 by Grosset & Dunlap (Penguin) 
Review Copy: ARC from Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon -- Barnes & Noble

Description from Goodreads:
Enter an exciting new world of shadows from Hugo Award nominee Adam-Troy Castro. Meet Gustav Gloom.

Fernie What finds herself lost in the Gloom mansion after her cat appears to have been chased there by its own shadow. Fernie discovers a library full of every book that was never written, a gallery of statues that are just plain awkward, and finds herself at dinner watching her own shadow take part in the feast!

Along the way Fernie is chased by the People Taker who is determined to take her to the Shadow Country. It's up to Fernie and Gustav to stop the People Taker before he takes Fernie's family.

Featuring a unique cover and beautifully dark full-page illustrations by Kristen Margiotta, Gustav Gloom is sure to be a hit with fans who love a little darkness in their lives.
My Review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t read a lot of Middle Grade books, but this one looked interesting, and I couldn’t wait to dive into it when I received it through the GoodReads First Reads program. Gustav Gloom and the People Taker pulled me in almost instantly, and I couldn’t help but to lose myself within the pages.

A humorous and thrilling story with beautifully illustrated pages, Gustav Gloom and the People Taker is a book that everyone can enjoy.

When Fernie What and her family move into their new home, they are warned by a neighbor to avoid the Gloom mansion. But when her cat goes missing, and she takes off in search of him, leading her right to the mansion, she’ll find that maybe there was a reason behind the warnings.

Gustav Gloom has spent his entire life living among the shadows and creatures that fill the Gloom mansion. He’s grown used to running from the People Taker and his beast. But when Fernie What is almost taken by the People Taker, he jumps in to try and save her before she is taken.

While on the run from the People Taker, who continues to chase after them, Fernie and Gustav, who are both incredibly different from one another, come to form a bond that will change life as they knew it.

Gustav Gloom and the People Taker is a great story about family and friendship. I’d highly recommend picking this one up.

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