So scary and so much fun!
Remember when we would dare each other at sleep-overs to look into a mirror in the dark and say "Bloody Mary" three times? Well, such is the urban legend of Tall Jake in Malice.
Imaginative, suspenseful, original, exciting, and, yes, a wee bit scary!
I really enjoyed Chris Wooding's Malice, a story about an underground comic book named Malice and an urban legend called Tall Jake. All the kids have heard about Malice and Tall Jake, but few took the journey to the comic book shop to ask for one from behind the counter. Luke, one boy in a small group of friends, gets his hands on a copy, which scares Heather to pieces. The kids' faces in the comic book look too real, too frightened. He takes it one step further and performs the ritual that calls, "Tall Jake take me away, Tall Jake take me away." The the lights go out. Luke disappears and friends Kady and Seth investigate. What they find is that Luke has been taken into the comic book. The only way to find out what happened to him, and to get a few of their own questions answered is to follow Luke into the comic book.
Throughout the book are small scenes taken right from Malice, as we see the characters end up in the pages of this dark, underground comic book. I don't think I have ever read a comic book in my life, nor do I think I'll ever pick one up, but Wooding's use of this technique is brilliant, and adds so much to the story and to the feeling of the book.
When I put this book on my Fall Into Reading list, someone had suggested I skip it, which made me hesitate in picking it up. I am so glad that I stuck to my list, and read this book. It's awesome for kids, both boys AND girls (recommended for ages 12 and up).
Malice leaves us with a cliffhanger of an ending, with promises for more adventures in it's second installment, Havoc, due out in May 2010.
For more information, visit Chris Wooding's website here.
About the Book:Malice by Chris Wooding
Paperback: 384 pages (ages 12 & up)
Publisher: Scholastic (February 2, 2009)
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher
2013 Armchair Audies Wrap Up: Literary Fiction
2 hours ago