I actually read this book a couple months ago, but it was such a great read that I’ve decided that I needed to spread the word before it gets lost in my memory with all the other books I’ve read the past few months.
Pitch Green is a YA horror novel full of monsters, suspense, action and even a bit of romance. Overall, it wasn’t my usual go-to kind of novel (except for the romance part), but I am so glad I gave it a chance.
I met one of the authors of Pitch Green when I was browsing at Barnes and Noble (I love the smell of their books) and I saw that they were having an author signing in the back of the store. There was no long line so my husband and I decided to get a closer look. The author was an older gentleman, very friendly and very excited about his new books – apparently he and his brother had just published the second book in a series they were working on. I wasn’t sure I really wanted to read the book because horror really isn’t my genre, but the man was so enthusiastic about his book that I decided to try it. So we bought the book, got it signed and hesitantly began reading.
The book begins in our world from the perspective of both Cammy and the monster – an interesting literary choice but one that they pulled off brilliantly. It is Halloween and Cammy is taking the neighborhood kids trick-or-treating and the monster is looking for prey. By the end of the first chapter one boy has been kidnapped and you know he will never be seen again.
In the following chapters I felt like I really got to know the characters. I saw and felt the guilt Cammy struggled with, the feelings that come with losing a family member, and through the characters I was sucked into the world of Pitch Green. One of the biggest reasons I will stop reading a book is because the characters are too stagnant. However, I never felt like I had that problem with this book. The characters were intelligent, but not unrealistically so, and when they made mistakes, they learned and grew from them.
The 300 page book was fast-paced, and exciting. The plot was unpredictable but not so unpredictable that they were jumping the shark. I enjoyed this book a lot, it would be a great read for Halloween, or anytime you want to get your heart racing a little bit. As a person who does not typically like horror stories, I would recommend this book to teenagers and above, for people who like scary stories and even those who don’t.
I hope you’ll give it a try, and let me know what you think. Happy Reading!