The Blonde Bookworm: The Call by Peader O'Guilin -- Review

The Call by Peader O'Guilin -- Review

Monday, August 29, 2016

Title: The Call 
Author: Peadar O'Guilin
Pages: 320
ISBN: 133804561X 
Published: August 30th 2016 by David Fickling Books


Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scentand the hunt has already begun. 

You have three minutes to save your life . . .

You wake up alone in a horrible land. A horn sounds. The Call has begun.

The Sidhe are close. They're the most beautiful and terrible people you've ever seen. And they've seen you.

Nessa will be Called soon. No one thinks she has any chance to survive. But she's determined to prove them wrong.

Could you survive the Call?

A genre-changing blend of fantasy, horror, and folkore, The Call won't ever leave your mind from the moment you choose to answer it.


I first heard of The Call while at Bfest this year at Barnes and Noble. I read a chapter sampler and was immediately sucked in. I was a little upset that I would have to wait a few months for it, but I was lucky enough to snag an ARC on an instagram giveaway. I picked up the book one time and I never put it down again. It. Was. Awesome! Seriously, everyone needs to give this book a try. 

Nessa, the main character, is smart and beautiful, but she has polio and is unable to walk like her classmates. She knows that when she is "called" she is going to have little chance at survival, so she studies harder, trains smarter, and works more intensely than any of her classmates. Her will for survival is absolute. 

We follow the main character throughout the school year and watch as students are snatched from their daily lives straight into the "grey land". The book goes back and forth between the school and the grey land when a student is called. It is filled with suspense, leaving the reader constantly questioning who will be called next. 

O'Guilin is an extremely talented writer and immediately pulls the reader into this dark and horror filled world. I was honestly scared and jumpy at times because there was no way of deciphering what threat would come next. The Call releases tomorrow (August 30th) and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys survival stories with a mix of horror. 

Rating 4/5



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