The Call

Book Bitches: October – The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

So in case you’ve forgotten, Book Bitches is a 60-odd member strong book club that some friends and I dreamed up at the beginning of the year. I created our reading challenge for 2016, which means each month we’ve been put through the agony of reading any books from a particular genre, even if it’s a genre we know we hate. Tears have been shed, books have been thrown, only a few of us remain on the true path to Book Bitches success – but most of all we’ve been READING (and not the bitchy kind). In an indiscriminately obvious move, I chose Horror for the month of October.

Okay, we need to talk about The Call.  This book appeared on my radar just before publication and I kept my beady eyes on it all over Twitter just knowing it would make the perfect Book Bitches October read. A YA title with bunches of suspense and horror, The Call didn’t let me down.

The premise is terrifying enough, that the Sidhe (that’s fairy-folk to you & me) were forced to live in a horrifying, colourless world by human-kind and as revenge they created The Call. Every teenage human can be called at any time, simply vanishing into thin air and resurfacing in the terrifying Sidhe world where they must try and evade capture for a period of time or endure some seriously effed up torture. I mean, you really need to read it to believe it people – Peadar, I’m going to have nightmares.

The story also contains STRONG WOMEN so obviously I’m a huge fan of that. The main character Nessa is disabled (can you say heightened tension anyone?) but doesn’t let that get in her way. Oh no, she is a rebel with a cause…the cause being not to be devoured and twisted into a horrifying balloon animal shape by the Sidhe.

I’m not going to give away any juicy details, because I want you to go out and read this book. Buy. It. Or borrow it from me. Or borrow it from your local library because WE NEED THOSE despite popular opinion…ahem.

Anyway, I have given this a solid 5/5 on Goodreads – I give that to a lot of books, sure, but that’s because I have incredible taste in books and you can trust my opinion that this is such a good read, sincerely. Plus, I’ve heard rumours that there’s a sequel on the horizon so there’s more to come!

Also I wanted to put a little apology to Peadar in here because I’m completely ignorant and didn’t even try to look up how to pronounce some of the fantastically Irish names in this book so was pronouncing Aoife like URF for a really long time until I sorted my life out and did some research (It’s pronounced Ee-fa, which is much prettier than the insane gutteral sound I was imagining, sorry again.)

Merry October to all, and to all a terrible night of Sidhe filled dreams courtesy of O’Guilin.

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