Trollhunters by Daniel Kraus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Given my disappointment with Rotters, I was a little leery upon seeing the name of Daniel Kraus attached to this book. But with the other name attached - that of Guillermo Del Toro - I knew that this book would be much more enjoyable.
Trollhunters was far better than Rotters, that's for sure. It reminded me a lot of the Goosebumps movie, with a bit of Goonies and Super 8 mixed in. It felt simultaneously retro and modern, and filled with all the scary monsters and super creeps you could hope for. Like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, this book also does a great job of straddling the line between MG and YA. It's a little on the PG-13 side of things, with its occasional Getting Crap Past The Radar, but the middle-grade-style cover helps indicate how all-ages this fast-paced horror adventure really is.
Oh, and this is probably the first book to really turn braces into a torture device, and make it seem realistic even when it's so clearly exaggerated.
Kraus and Del Toro really should collaborate more often. This book could very well be the first of many.
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