This was also for the November Horror Aficionados group read, however, I will not be counting that towards my goal since I did not finish this.
I cringed about not finishing this book. But seriously it was too much. Too much purple prose and long winded paragraphs. I honestly don't know what's going on and refuse to care anymore. After I got to a part in the book about why men/boys wake up at 3 am and women don't due to their ability to give life (or whatever that tortured metaphor was) I tapped out.
The book centers around two boys, Jim Nightshade and William Halloway and what happens after they go a traveling carnival in October. I know that we originally cited this book for Halloween book bingo, but now I am realizing there may have been a reason many people did not use this book to count toward their goal.
I think there was some interesting ideas here and there, both Jim and William are 13 years old (I do not need to tell you the significance of the number 13) and are about to turn 14. They and some of the people in their town sense something coming their way (the so-called wicked) and then the book just jumps around a lot and I honestly could not get a sense of anything. I just think the writing style was too much for me to overcome.