Book Review: Spook’s Alice By Joseph Delaney

Spook’s Alice is the 12th book in Joseph Delaney’s Wardstone Chronicles. This time we see things in Alice’s perspective as she travels into the dark to take a dagger called The Doloures. On the way she encounters a mixture of new and familiar faces.

Coming off from Spook’s Slither (book 11) I was very excited to read Spook’s Alice and finally continue the story of Tom Ward. Unfortunately I was a little bit disappointed for a large portion of this book is a flashback. A flashback of which I felt was not necessary or should have been on the book Spook’s Stories: Witches. Another flashback felt like it should have been the books prologue rather than a chapter in the book. Personally it ruined the book’s flow for me and I found myself almost skimming through it just to get to the true part of the story.

That said the good outweighs the bad for the book does deliver on the continuation of the series and not only that it brought the gore, the blood, the violence and the horrendous monsters that always appear on the series. Not only this but we also see familiar faces such as Thorne, Bony Lizzie and much much more. You would have to read all the previous books to be familiar with the names that appear in this books and believe me there are a lot.

To conclude I believe this should’ve been a much shorter book if it wasn’t for the dragged out flashback and without the flashback the book would have gotten a perfect 5 stars. Although it does give a satisfying continuation and it does really excite you for the last book. And as we read before seeing Alice go all powerful is one of those moments we love reading about and this book delivers of that.

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