Stuffed into Darkness: Blog tour/review



I am thrilled to be on the tour for STUFFED INTO DARKNESS hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! his sequel to the bestselling series is out now wherever books are sold. Thank you Disney for the review copy!



No Stuffy has ever gone into the Darkness and returned....


Clark can’t wait to go away to camp this year. For the first time ever, he has actual friends to hang out with. Catherine-Lucille and D. A. will both be at Camp I Can with Clark, and C. L. has already promised to induct him into her exclusive camp club—the one for campers who know everything there is to know about the world of Monsters and how Stuffies protect kids from them. And now that he knows (or suspects . . . very strongly) that his grandma-made Stuffy, Foon, heroically saved his own father from a horrible fate, Clark is obviously bringing Foon to camp along with him.


But once Clark gets to camp, he and his friends discover things are off. There are strange, gooey findings in some of the bunks, the adults are acting weird, and, worst of all, their Stuffies and dolls go missing right at the moment they need them the most—when they go on the intersession camping trip and end up trapped in a creepy old cabin. What Clark and his friends don’t know, and what the mighty Foon soon discovers, is that the Monsters have launched a revenge campaign against Foon—a campaign that entails sucking the very life out of Clark. Now it’s up to Foon to enter the World of Darkness and take on the Monster in charge in order to stop the plot and save Clark’s life.


In the long tradition of Stuffies vs. Monsters, this one’s a battle for the ages—one that will certainly go down in Stuffy history.



MY REVIEW


I'm turning 40 this year and I still own stuffies. Granted, some are in boxes and some adorn my bookcases, but all in all, I love stuffed animals so much that now my son is addicted to collecting puppy stuffies (our last count was 36 of them) I had to buy him one of those hammocks to hang so he wasn't overcrowded in bed. Reading this book series reminded of a time when I had the same hammock because I had soooo many stuffies that I used to set some of them out on the rail of my bed to "guard" over my room.


My son now does the same thing so the circle has not been broken.


In this sequel, Clark is off to summer camp along with Foon and his friends. Soon after arriving, they suspect things are not what they seem. The monsters from book one have returned and want revenge. There's a bit of a slow start as the author does the job of rehashing the events of the previous book, but once the mystery begins, the adventure soon follows. The pacing, thrills and action are perfectly balanced with the creepiness of the book and the nostalgia of summer camps.


I believe that the book grew along with Clark in its maturity and writing. The first book was easy and definitely for kids while this one had a much deeper level to the writing and plot. I appreciate when middle-grade novels read older than the age bracket because if you're anything like this 40-year-old, you love a good MG with both heart and depth along with the child-like fantasy and innocence.


All in all, I love this series, and I can't wait until my son is old enough to read them.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


After the sort of introverted childhood you would expect from a writer, Liz earned a degree in Egyptology at Brown University and then promptly spent the next ten years producing video games. Finally she caved into fate and wrote Snow and Rx under the name Tracy Lynn, followed by The Nine Lives of Chloe King series under her real name, because by then the assassins hunting her were all dead. She also has short stories in Geektastic and Who Done It and a new series of reimagined fairy tales coming out, starting with A Whole New World—a retelling of Aladdin.

She lives in Brooklyn with a husband, two children, a cat, a part-time dog, three fish and five coffee trees she insists will start producing beans any day. You can email her at me@lizbraswell.com.

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