Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Morphues Road: The Light Review

Author: D.J. Machale
Release Date: April 20, 2010 (Today!)
Pages: 344 (ARC)
Publisher: Aladdin
Most Appropriate For Ages: 10+
Where I Got It: From publisher

Marshall Seaver is being haunted.

It begins with mysterious sounds, a fleeting face outside a window--all things that can be explained away. That is, until he comes face-to-face with a character who only exists on the pages of a sketchbook--a character Marshall himself created.

Marshall is quickly convinced these strange incidents have something to do with his best friend, Cooper, who has gone missing. Together with Cooper's beautiful but aloof sister, Sydney, Marshall searches for the truth about his friend while ultimately uncovering a nightmare that is bigger and more frightening than he ever could have imagined.
The Light can be rather slow at times, but overall was decent.

I personally wasn't scared at all. I guess everything that happened to Marsh was too far-fetched for me to be afraid of. The plot did drag along at some points too. I thought that the book could've been shorter, and that maybe more questions could have been answered earlier in the book. However, the plot was interesting and left me guessing.

I kind of connected with the characters. I did like Marsh and could feel for him, as well as Sydney. But I never really loved them. I did want the two characters to develop feelings for each other, but there was hardly any romance in The Light.

The writing was OK. Marsh's narration was amusing, but other than that I found it to be lacking. For a bestselling author I felt like D.J. Machale could have been more descriptive. He's a good storyteller, though.

So I didn't love The Light, but I didn't dislike it either. It was enjoyable, and I think that fans of teen horror would agree.

And check out the awesome trailer for The Light:


  1. I love that you were honest and pointed out what worked and what didn't.

  2. I don't know something about ghosts just freaks me out LOL. It was that drowning in blood in the boat shed that topped me off. I would think that would taste really bad..water is one thing. I don't really get scared from books either, which is what surprised me...when I do though, it sticks. Great review.

  3. Sounds a bit scary to me!

    You have an award on my blog.

  4. Great review. I am a little freaked by this one.


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