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Book Review: One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn

One for Sorrow
Mary Downing Hahn

Published: July 18, 2017
304 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Annie, a new girl at school, is claimed as best friend by Elsie, a classmate who is a tattletale, a liar, and a thief. Soon Annie makes other friends and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie. Elsie dies from influenza, but then she returns to reclaim Annie’s friendship and punish all the girls who bullied her. Young readers who revel in spooky stories will relish this chilling tale of a girl haunted by a vengeful ghost.

Kim’s Review:

Another chilling tale from Hahn! My gosh she is the queen of kids’ horror! This one seemed appropriate for the times since it takes place during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. Seems a bit more romantic than covid, but I guess we’ll take what we can get.

I really liked this book. The atmosphere of Baltimore in winter and the cemetery in the snow and the mental hospital were vivid and interesting. The story was unique and satisfying and it gave me goosebumps in several places. And considering how annoying I find kids, I actually really liked Annie. She seemed sincere and relatable. My one issue is my complete and utter discomfort caused by Elsie! Hahn does this thing where she puts the nastiest kids down on paper and I spend half my time wishing they never existed! I know the point is to make them unlikable and downright unbearable … but dang, sometimes it’s just too much! But her horribleness added to the story so I was mostly ok. I would definitely recommend this to horror fans and even to kids who like the scarier stories.

Purchase Links:
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Look for Me By Moonlight

Author: Mary Downing Hahn
195 Pages
Published: September 8, 2008

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 Stars

Description from Amazon:

When sixteen-year-old Cynda goes to stay with her father and his second wife, Susan, at their remote bed-and-breakfast inn in Maine, everything starts off well despite legends about ghosts and a murder at the inn. But Cynda feels like a visitor in Dad’s new life, an outsider. Then intense, handsome stranger Vincent Morthanos arrives at the inn and seems to return Cynda’s interest. At first, she is blind to the subtle, insistent signs that Vincent is not what he seems-that he is, in fact, a vampire. Can Cynda free herself-and her family-from Vincent’s power before it’s too late? Full-bodied characterizations and page-turning suspense ensure that this eerie, riveting novel will appeal to middle school fans of mystery and horror.

Kim’s Review:

Ok, puff read!!! Seriously, this was nothing more than brain candy. This book was a place holder while I waited for another book to get here in the mail. Hahn is usually my go-to for a quick, scary read and most of her books are awesome. But this one was more cheesy than scary. Don’t take it too seriously, because you’ll be disappointed if you do. Just a fun little romance-y vampire story. If you want something light and fanciful to read, then I recommend this book.