Title: The Cat’s Maw
Author: Brooke Burgess
Genre: Children’s Fiction; Middle Grade; Fantasy.
Synopsis: “A BOY. A CAT. A NIGHTMARE IN TWO WORLDS!
In the sleepy town of Appleton, a young loner follows a stray cat onto the road and is struck by a car. A leg is shattered, a summer is ruined, and the troubled life of Billy Brahm goes from bad…to cursed!
When the mysterious cat appears at his bedside, Billy is haunted by strange and prophetic dreams — the creatures in them speak of Watchers, and Shadows, and the Enemy that Awakens. Does this impossible realm hold the key to healing the broken boy? Is the golden-eyed cat there to help him…or to make the nightmares come true?
Too frightened to share the truth with his strict adoptive parents, Billy realizes that the only ones he can turn to are the local vet’s daughter, the town’s ‘crazy cat lady’… and a mystical tiger, beckoning from his dreams. “
MY RATING: 4.5 Starts
* The author of this book sent me this paperback copy in exchange for an honest review, so don’t expect less than that, I will always give my honest opinion, like it or not *
When I was contacted by Brooke I accepted his book right away because I knew it was TOTALLY my type of reading… first of all, this book is about cats and I love cats, second, this is a Middle Grade/Fantasy book, a genre that I normally enjoy a lot and third, LOOK AT THE COVER.
It took me some time to finish this book, more than I wanted to, not because I was not enjoying it, not because it is a slow reading (because it was totally not a slow reading, it was a really fast read actually), but because I had a ton of stuff to do the week I started reading this baby. I really enjoyed this book, I really enjoyed the plot and it was a really light and fast reading.
Normally I have a hard time liking the characters from the books I read… yes, if you follow me on my blog, Goodreads or Instagram then you know what I am talking about… but this time I didn’t hate the characters, I didn’t dislike the main character, actually I liked him, quite a lot, I didn’t hate any of the characters of this story, I don’t know, it is strange, but I kind of loved everyone ! I MEAN, I was now thinking about it and sometimes I kind of rolled my eyes because of the main character’s mom (sorry, sometimes moms piss me off – moms that are characters of course, nothing against real life moms… I swear).
This book had a really good vibe, I don’t know how to explain this to you, but it kind of reminded me of something that I don’t really know what it is… but it was kind of nostalgic for some reason, it made me travel, it made me smile… it made me feel like I was a child again.
I really enjoyed the type of writting of this author, even if it was written in the third person I enjoyed it a lot and it was not boring at all (which normally happens, at least in my opinion, when a book is written in the third person, don’t really know why but I always prefer a book that is written in the first person). I enjoyed that fact that this book/story is really accessible to all ages, a “child” can read it, a teen can read it, an adult and even an old person can do it too (it will always depend on the person OF COURSE, and the age of the person, I am not saying that your great grandmother will read this book because she probably doesn’t even know how to read, I was just giving you an example and I was just trying to say that this book is really accessible)…
LET’S JUST TALK ABOUT THE COVER OF THIS BOOK… I am really in love with this book cover, oh heavens… it is so gorgeous and the colors, and the cats, and the gravestones, and EVERYTHING’S SO PERFECT !… I am going to be honest with you, the first time I saw this book the first thing that caught my eye was the cover (I think that’s obvious). I am probably one of those persons who actually judges a book by its cover, and since I loved this cover I felt like I just had to read it really soon and I just thought that the book was going to be as awesome as the cover, and it actually was, I was totally right about that.
Another thing I wanted to talk about are the illustrations… I was just blown away by the illustrations… every beginning of the chapter has a new illustration of a cat, and that illustration is related with the chapter that you are going to read… it is just WOW… that was one of the reasons why I was always so excited to read more and more, because I wanted to know what was the next illustration about (which, once again, made me feel like a child again).
I totally recommend this book to everyone ! I hope you really enjoy it and I hope you get so excited as I got to read the second book, I really can’t wait to read it !