Review: Catacomb by Madeleine Roux

23429355Catacomb by Madeleine Roux

Published September 1st 2015

Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they’re just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that they are apparently being followed.. And Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn’t expect to hear from again—someone who died last Halloween.

As the strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate—a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister connection with a notorious killer from the past. Now, Dan’s only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.

I’ve been invested in this from the start and while I’ve rated all the books three stars, I still enjoyed reading them. I didn’t love them but I couldn’t put my finger on what I didn’t like.

I’m really not sure what about this book I didn’t like. It wasn’t the writing style but kinda was, it wasn’t the characters but it kinda was, it wasn’t the plot but it kinda was. It was just an overall… good.
I felt like as a critical reader, I had to turn off the critical part of my brain so I could get though this book. A lot of the things that happened just happened to move the plot along. It felt really planned and well thought out. I felt somethings could have been written differently and maybe a little bit better. The whole plot felt a little like a cheap horror movie. That’s not a bad thing but it wasn’t really for me.

I never really got into the characters. They were very normal and a little plain. Again, not a bad thing. It just wasn’t for me.

Overall, Catacomb, like the other two books in the series, is a good read. It’s not one of my favorites but there’s really nothing wrong with it. A lot of people compare this series with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (and rightly so. It’s remarkably similar) and I personally like Miss Peregrine’s a million times more. But if you’re looking a quick read, this series is a good place to start.

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