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Blackford House than meets the eye And before they can entirely understand the strange world they’ve stumbled into Lucy and Oliver must join forces with a host of magical clock animals to defeat the Garr a vicious monster that not only wants Blackford House for itself but also seeks to destroy everything the Tinkers hold dear. Talking animals are always a tricky proposition for me but I found Watch Hollow to be a charming read with enough creepy overtones to make my horror jaded heart happyI started this as a buddy read with Jess from Storytime in the Stacks and swiftly found that I wanted to keep reading it This isn t a book you want to spread out over several days It s one you want to curl up with and blast throughOut of the two children that we follow for the story Lucy and Oliver I have to say that it was Oliver that stole my heart He s a sweet good natured boy that has been forced to grow up way too soon due to the fact that life can suck He s a good big brother to Lucy Lucy herself is young enough to see the magic in everything hot tempered and seems like she would be an absolute handful Not necessarily in a bad wayWhile I liked all the good guys in Watch Hollow I have to say that I found the Garr to be a bit much Not how he acted but how blatant he was about what he wanted Maybe for younger middle grade readers it ll be perfect though Subtlety isn t always their strong suit lord knowsThe pacing is fantastic I adored the characters I was supposed to like I found myself invested in seeing the clock get restored And did I mention how freaking cool the idea of a clock that runs an entire house is The end had me giving a mental cheer for the children and definitely warmed my blackened heart a bit Overall this was just a fun read told by a talented author and I hope I can get my middle grader as interested in it as I was

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Watch Hollow

Deep within the enchanted woods in the town of Watch Hollow stands the once grand Blackford House whose halls hold a magical secret a giant cuckoo clock that does much than tell time But when the clock’s gears cease to turn an evil presence lurking among the trees begins to come out of the shadowsWhen Lucy and Oliver Tinker ar. On sale now Review first posted on Fantasy LiteratureGregory Funaro s just published Watch Hollow is a charmingly spooky or perhaps spookily charming contemporary fantasy featuring an 11 year old girl Lucy Tinker her 13 year old brother Oliver and their clockmaker father and also a fearsome giant a boy who mysteriously appears and disappears and a full dozen magical talking animals sure to warm the hearts of middle grade readers After a brief prologue with a heart stopping chase involving the giant a traitorous crow and a rat named Fennish Seven the story shifts to our main characters Lucy and her brother Oliver Between their mother s death from cancer two years earlier and their father s lack of business acumen the Tinker family is teetering on the brink of financial disaster So it feels like a huge windfall when a stranger Mr uigley appears in Tinker s Clock Shop and offers Mr Tinker a fortune in gold coins to come to uigley s old abandoned mansion Blackford House deep in the woods in Rhode Island and fix a huge clock that s built into the home and is the source of electrical power for the home To sweeten the deal Lucy and Oliver are invited alongThe Tinker family finds Blackford House an ominous place dingy and dilapidated with black twisted trees pressing in on every side The broken clock is ten feet in diameter with twelve animal shaped holes where the numbers on the face of the clock would normally appear Lucy finds two wooden statues of a snarling cat and a cute little dog that are the perfect size to fit in the clock face but the animals positions are the wrong shape The answer to that mystery is explained at least in part that night when the wooden dog turns into a real one and begs Lucy for her help Blackford House is sentient but weakened by an evil giant called the Garr who lurks in the woods The house its magical clock and animals and even the Tinkers themselves are in danger Watch Hollow is an appealing magical adventure with just enough tension and creepiness to keep things exciting for younger readers Both boys and girls will find the Tinker siblings sympathetic they re well rounded characters with both strengths like their courage and love and problems like Lucy s tendency to get in fights with a bullying classmate and Oliver s anxiety about his acne The animal characters are also delightful with some distinct personalities Torsten Six the little dog is anxious but loving and eager to trust Meridian the cat is far suspicious of the Tinker familyFunaro s writing has improved noticeably since he wrote his first middle grade novels a few years ago Alistair Grim s Odditorium and Alistair Grim s Odd Auaticum While Watch Hollow isn t uite as crazily fantastical as those books I found Watch Hollow coherent in its plot with improved flow and characterization Funaro still occasionally does some telling rather than showing but overall the plot flows well with enough depth and interesting details to keep the reader engagedEverything here was designed to work together in perfect balance sunstone and shadow wood light and dark day and night For in such balance there is potent magic Watch Hollow is the type of book that would lend itself to reading aloud to younger children as well as being given to middle grade readers who love fantasy animals or both The story ends on an open note not a cliffhanger thankfully with a second book Watch Hollow The Alchemist s Shadow expected in early 2020 I look forward to the further adventures of Lucy and OliverThanks to the author for sending a copy of this book to me for review

Gregory Funaro ½ 7 READ

Rive in Watch Hollow they have no idea that anything is wrong A mysterious stranger has made their father an offer that’s too good for him to refuse All Mr Tinker needs to do is fix the clock at Blackford House and fistfuls of gold coins are his to keepIt doesn’t take long however for the children to realize that there is to. What a delightful little spooky story of a terrifying giant a mysterious clock in a mysterious house a strange boy and talking creatures Lucy and Oliver and their dad are in financial trouble thanks to their dad s less than sound financial decisions He s running an antiue shop and still hasn t recovered from his wife s death from cancer Lucy is 11 Oliver s 13 and both are bullied at school though Lucy gets into trouble at school for fighting backWhen an elderly man makes their father a very tempting offer with actual gold to come to a house in the country and fix a large and old clock the offer s too good to refuseThe kids soon realize that things aren t what they seem of course and both Lucy and Oliver start seeing odd things Lucy discovers that the animals that are supposed to be part of the big clock come to life and are terrified of the Gar a giant who lives in the wood and has been kidnapping them The animals are delightful especially Meridian the cat Oliver meets a boy who says he lives in the woods and everything about the boy said danger danger to me Things go wrong swiftly and Lucy ends up figuring out a lot of things and eventually Oliver sees the other parts of the pictureI ve never read any other books by this author and I can say that I really enjoyed this Lucy s a terrific character and I loved the relationship she and Oliver have I found it particularly heartbreaking when Oliver realizes that their father has been neglecting Lucy because of his lingering grief I thought the story with its alchemy based plot was nicely creepy and who doesn t love talking animals and big old houses


10 thoughts on “Watch Hollow

  1. says:

    On sale now Review first posted on Fantasy LiteratureGregory Funaro’s just published Watch Hollow is a charmingly spooky or perhaps spookily charming contemporary fantasy featuring an 11 year old girl Lucy Tinker her 13 year old brother Oliver and their clockmaker father and also a fearsome giant a boy who mysteriously appears and disappears and a full dozen magical talking animals sure to warm the hearts of middle grade reader

  2. says:

    I don’t read a lot of middle grade books but this one was awesome and super fun Give me weird magic and gothic vibes any day I got sucked right in after the intriguing prologue Beautiful and magical writing great characters and a mysteriou

  3. says:

    Thanks to the generous offer of an ARC copy from the authorAnother imaginative Middle Grade Fantasy I'm looking forward to what seems to be the promise of a continued story But don't worry this has a satisfying end I'm always on the

  4. says:

    I've been a reader of Gregory Funaro's books since the very beginning when his novel Alistair Grim's Odditorium was released by Disney Hyperion The Alistair Grim series was simply magical and is still one of my very favorites If only Hyperion wasn't so focused on stretching thin their beloved Percy Jackson series maybe Alistair Grim would

  5. says:

    What a delightful little spooky story of a terrifying giant a mysterious clock in a mysterious house a strange boy and talking creatures Lucy and Oliver and their dad are in financial trouble thanks to their dad’s less than sound financial decisions He’s running an antiue shop and still hasn’t recovered from his wife’s death from canc

  6. says:

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books CentralLucy and Oliver Tinker's father repairs clocks for a living but the business isn't doing well After the death of their mother from cancer the family moves into an apartment attached

  7. says:

    Talking animals are always a tricky proposition for me but I found Watch Hollow to be a charming read with enough creepy overtones to make my horror jaded heart happyI started this as a buddy read with Jess from Storytime

  8. says:

    A struggling family economically and emotionally is offered a lucrative opportunity to fix a broken clock in the Watch Hollow mansion the source of energy for the house In a remote area of coastal New England the decrepit mansion is surrounded by the creepy and creeping Shadow Woods protected by sunstone and the failing cuckoo clock

  9. says:

    I always look forward to a new book by Gregory Funaro but wow this time he really dials it up to 11Eleven year old Lucy Tinker and her older brother Oliver age 13 are struggling through life after the death of their mom two years earlier Their father is the proprietor of a small clock repair shop and tries to maintain optimism in the face of very little income and is just trying to get through each day as it co

  10. says:

    I first was introduced to this author Mr Funaro when he wrote his darker suspense novels Which I just enjoyed a lot Than Mr Funaro started a new journey into young adult author The Alistair Grim's Odditorium series is great It is magical and whimsical All ages from children teens to adults can enjoy that series Mr Funaro's newest