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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Shop on Peculiar Hill by Grimly Darkwood is Book One of The Vale of Strange. Peter’s parents died in a weird accident and he goes to live with his aunt and uncle. They run a shop on Peculiar Hill, near the Vale of Strange. Peter is told that he must wear a hat and he must also wear sturdy boots, but why? Then he learns of the heeble-greebs, the bogeys, and other weird creatures that come from the Vale of Strange. He learns of tourists that go to the Vale and never come back, of the Strangeness which comes up from the ground. He gets together with Amanda, his new friend, to try to make things better, especially when he learns the secret that darkens the town, but things don’t quite go as planned. And can he trust Amanda? Is she the friend he thinks she is or is he about to make a big mistake?
The Shop on Peculiar Hill by Grimly Darkwood is a fascinating story, much like a dark version of a fairytale – I guess the author’s name might just be a clue as to what you find when you open the pages! This book has it all – death, darkness, fearsome creatures, strange vegetables – everything needed to brew up a fantastical tale. This story is well written in very straightforward language - if heeble-greeb could be considered a word – and trust, me by the end of this book, words like that will seem as normal as everyday language! The story followed a natural path and there is always something going on to keep your interest. The author has written the characters very well, so clearly that you can picture them in your mind – kind of like watching a Harry Potter movie. Great story and I'm looking forward to Book Two.