rate } ♠♠♠♠♠♥
genre } fiction | fantasy | middle grade | supernatural
release day } April 2009
acquired } 20th March 2012
publisher } Yearling
format } paperback
isbn } 9780375840760
pages } 304 pages
source } bought
age group } 12+
interest } Anybody who has read The Series of the Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket)
awards } -
Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go
(The Nine Circles of Heck #1)
by Dale E. Basye
When Milton and Marlo Fauster die in a marshmallow-bear explosion, they get sent straight to Heck, an otherworldly reform school. Milton can understand why his kleptomaniac sister is here, but Milton is—or was—a model citizen. Has a mistake been made? Not according to Bea “Elsa” Bubb, the Principal of Darkness. She doesn’t make mistakes. She personally sees to it that Heck—whether it be home ec class with Lizzie Borden, ethics with Richard Nixon, or gym with Blackbeard the pirate—is especially, well, heckish for the Fausters. Will Milton and Marlo find a way to escape? Or are they stuck here for all eternity, or until they turn eighteen, whichever comes first?
My 2 Cents
I found this book in the list of “If you’ve enjoyed Lemony Snicket…” list and the blurb kind of perk my interest.
The book turned out to be cute, and it does have the hint of Lemony Snicket sort of storyline, just as good. I really feel sorry for Milton to end up in Heck, being stuck to his sister… in the weirdest way to die ever. But something has to give to lead through a good story. The characters are truly believable and if you’re the kind to sink into a good book, you be lost in it cause it just has a good plot.
I am in love with this book and intend of getting on the next book on the list. I suspect the students at work would really enjoy this series as well. With all the monsters and icky stuff it has within.
P/S My confession. I finished reading this weeks ago. I just don’t have the time lately to post up reviews because of a sudden surge of busy season at work. Internet has been a PITA as well. So I guess Bear with me please…