“A high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from the most infamous room in the Bellweather Hotel, in a whip-smart novel sparkling with dark and giddy humor.”

Welcome to my latest Book Revue – a quick, quirky way to review a book and know if it’s the right next read for you.

WHAT is it?
In five words: Mystery, Music, Artistry, Angst, Family

WHO should read it?
Folks who love music and/or thrillers, Young Adults with an appreciation for poetic language that defies their ages.

WHEN to read it?
In the dead of winter. Preferably with a white-out blizzard wailing outside your ice-frosted windows. Bring a blanket and wool socks.

WHERE to read it?
If at all possible, score a room at the infamous Stanley Hotel, to better appreciate the many metaphorical and downright blatant references to The Shining.

WHY read it?
To loose yourself in a mystery about young artistic pressures, locations with hauntings that defy the traditional ‘bump in the night’ ghosts, and musical references that will have you downloading on iTunes as you read.


Suggested Menu

Spiced Apple Cider
To fight off that icy feeling that something is creeping up behind you
Steak Tartare
Keep it raw, people
Blood Oranges
Preferably ones that come pouring out of a possessed elevator


Suggested Soundtrack

You won’t have to read very far into the book before realizing why this is the only choice.


Film to Follow
All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. 

If you’re still itching for a more traditional review-style book review, I recommend the one at Entertainment Weekly, or learn more on the author’s very cool website.

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