by Holly Black
Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her.
But they are in middle school now. Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen—and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave.
Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen’s ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches? (description from Amazon.com)
I love Holly Black. I wanted to love this book. Instead, I found that it did not hold my attention at all. I didn't connect with the characters and by the time the Queen doll started to get creepy, I just didn't care. I was honestly sad to put this one down, but with so many books to read, I found myself unwilling to take the time to finish a story I had no interest in...
However, many other readers loved this book, so, don't take my word as the be-all-end-all...Check out these other reviews:
Full disclosure: Borrowed from my Library