Gloom Town [free read online] By Ronald L. Smith – Book, Kindle eBook or TXT

Ronald L. Smith ↠ 6 REVIEW

When twelve year old Rory applies for a job at a spooky old mansion in his gloomy seaside town he finds the owner Lord Foxglove odd and unpleasant But he and his mom need the money so he takes the job. This was such an amazingly creepy read Full of seafaring mythology magicloved the friendship bn these 2 characters so much the love of familyThe story was so uniue weird wonderful I seen it described on google as Lemony Snicket and Jessica Townsend meet Greenglass House with a hint of Edward Gorey thrown in yup I loved it Lol Rory is such a sweet kid he deserves the world Lol he was just a great character this cover is amazing as well recommend this if you re in the mood for a great spooky readSynopsis When twelve year old Rory applies for a job at a spooky old mansion in his gloomy seaside town he finds the owner Lord Foxglove odd and unpleasant But he and his mom need the money so he takes the job anyway Rory soon finds out that his new boss is not just strange he s not even human and he s trying to steal the townspeople s shadows Together Rory and his friend Isabella set out to uncover exactly what Foxglove and his otherworldly accomplices are planning and devise a strategy to defeat them But can two kids defeat a group of ancient evil beings who are determined to take over the world

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Exactly what Foxglove and his otherworldly accomplices are planning and devise a strategy to defeat them But can two kids defeat a group of ancient evil beings who are determined to take over the wor. As the new valet at Foxglove Manor Rory discovers that things are not what he d hoped There are unusual guests a forbidden red door and a grumpy old butler who watches his every move Things really go south when Rory discovers a human heart buried in the garden He has kept everything hidden from his mother but not from his best friend Izzy When Lord Foxglove steals their shadows they decide to get them back and free the town from Foxglove s evil plot Rory is kidnapped on their way to the manor but Izzy escapes and arrives with reinforcements just in time to save him Together they pass through the red door and discover an evil ueen feasting on shadows in order to reenter the corporeal world Rory s stone necklace shatters on the ground releasing his shadow which defeats the voracious ueen The defeat of the ueen has released Rory s father from her prison and he has returned unaware that he has a son Rory discovers that his father is a mage and so is he Mages attend the Bastion for training and Rory decides that he would like to learn there Izzy is determined to go with himThis is so close to being a truly outstanding story The premise is intriguing the plot moves along apace and the characters are likeable or detestable in approiate measure but the story seems to get lost in it s possibilities somehow Rory s time in the mansion is perfect creepy characters danger around every corner and a malevolent mystery to be solved His best friend Izzy is a wonderful and courageous heroine who inspires Rory to his own great deeds The adventure is always up to par and the mystery of the town and it s inhabitants is well plotted The flat feeling comes from Rory s mother who doesn t seem to uite fit in with the rest of the characters and the story Perhaps this is because the story is told from her twelve year old son s point of view but it would be nice if she was dashing and daring to match Rory Izzy and Goldenrod The descriptions of people and places provide intrigue and interest and it is easy to visualize this as a great Disney movie The right actress could supply the bravado his mother needs and the story would be perfect escapism

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Anyway Rory soon finds out that his new boss is not just strange he’s not even human and he’s trying to steal the townspeople’s shadows Together Rory and his friend Isabella set out to uncover. In a town called Gloom almost everything and everyone is washed out and dark For Rory this is the only life he s known But when he gets a new job for a dangerous and secretive employer he starts to wonder if life in Gloom was supposed to be that way With the help of his best friend Izzy Rory sets out to unravel the web of secrets and darkness that engulfs GloomI don t know how to describe this book Episodic Improvised Unclear There were parts that I did enjoy and parts I thought were done well but By the end I was frustrated and underwhelmed with the story There didn t seem to be much continuity Things were only introduced when they were needed and the plot felt stitched together with only a few pieces running through the whole thing The tone was also confusing and a little bit all over the place There were elements that felt like horror but it also felt like fantasy and then sometimes magical realism and then other times like a mystery The characters were mostly flat without much depth which did fit the story it was short enough and simple enough to not necessarily need really complicated characters but that fact didn t do the story any favors either If the characters were deeper or personable it might have saved the story Rory was mostly just tense and Izzy has the potential to be sassy or street smart but she was mostly just there to provide information or uick saves Rory couldn t do for himself So all in all it just didn t satisfy the way I hoped it wouldThings to be Aware of Upsetting circumstances a lot but not too bad Rory works for creepy and dangerous people for awhile and he gets captured and threatened than once Violence intense but overall mild I have a pretty low threshold but there were some parts that really creeped me out or were really disturbing Rory is attacked a few times but usually there isn t much gore However the threat if violence and harm is graphic and frightening Death there is at least one death were the characters witness the aftermath of a murder and interact with a dead body It s mostly mild but it is a little gruesome There are other deaths mentioned or viewed and the description of one is gruesome Sexual content little to none


10 thoughts on “Gloom Town

  1. says:

    This was such an amazingly creepy read Full of seafaring mythology magicloved the friendship bn these 2 characters so much the love of familyThe story was so uniue weird wonderful I seen it described on google as “Lemony Snicket and Jessica Townsend meet Greenglass House with a hint of Edward Gorey thrown in” yup I lo

  2. says:

    eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley All opinions are my ownI liked the premise for this one and the cover is a bit spooky and cool at

  3. says:

    I'm of two minds about this bookOn the one hand I like the characters and setting I want to read adventures with them I want to see what their next steps are But the narrative has a very odd flowThere are multiples turns to the story It's not that the surprises are too much out of left field But when there's three narrative turns

  4. says:

    I received this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a very fast read that I think I would have enjoyed a lot when I was younger It's got an interesting magical mystery two strong characters and some fun plot points The writing and plot were pretty simplistic but still conveyed a good story This isn't among my favorites of the children's books I read as an adult category but I did enjoy

  5. says:

    Rory is a 12 year old who is struggling to help his single mother provide for their humble living in a very Dickensian style town where nobody is cheerful and the weather is always glum His mom works two jobs and Rory feels that he is old enough to work himself so he gets a job at a local mansion called Foxglove Manor whic

  6. says:

    In a town called Gloom almost everything and everyone is washed out and dark For Rory this is the only life he's known But when he ge

  7. says:

    As the new valet at Foxglove Manor Rory discovers that things are not what he'd hoped There are unusual guests a forbidden

  8. says:

    There are many things which I enjoyed about Gloom Town The main characters are well fleshed out and the secondary characters like Rory’s mom’s friends are a colorful lot I like it when secondary characters are uirky and not just in a book for “fillers”Rory’s strength of character makes him one which I hope the

  9. says:

    35 Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC Gloom Town is the story of twelve year old Rory who decided to apply for a job at a spooky mansion called Foxglove as a means to help out his mother who is financially struggling Rory thinks the job should be easy until he uncovers that their may be something sinister g

  10. says:

    Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group for this digital copy in exchange for an honest reviewDescrip

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