Jaime Reviews ~ The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

By Alexandra Sirowy
Published on August 18, 2015
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.

Now Stella is seventeen, and she's over it. She's the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it's her small town's ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She's got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.

Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.

And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.

What I spied with my little readin eyes...

  First I must mention.... THAT AWESOME COVER! I am a HUGE fan, and it immediately drew me to this book. Then I read the synopsis, and it was all she wrote! I am, and always have been a fan of anything creepy, While The Creeping didn't really scare me, it was definitely dark and creepy and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

 Let me start off saying that it took me while to get into the story. Not because of the story itself, but because of the characters. I had a really hard time liking Stella at first, and her bff Zoey was just horrible. Mean girls to the nth, but Stella's was more for show. It still rubbed me the wrong way, but as the story continued, she became more human, more relate-able, and by the end I genuinely liked her. The romance between her and Sam, her childhood best buddy and first "real" kiss,  was cute as can be, and he really and truly brought out the real Stella. I love Sam to pieces! Once that started happening, the story really grew on me.

 The pacing was a little slow at first, but after the first few chapters, it hit its stride and the real fun began. They mystery of Jeannie's disappearance, and Jane Doe's murder, was really well written. I had a great time trying to figure out the whodunit, and even though I ended up getting it right, it took me almost the whole story. That is a fantastic thing! And talk about creepy... Like I said, it didn't scare me enough to keep the lights on, but it was stupendously creepy. It was hard to tell up from down, real from unreal, truth from fiction.

 The Creeping is a great YA Horror, and I very much enjoyed Alexandra Sirowy's writing skills! I was on the edge-of-my-seat for the last half of the book, and the ending was great! If you are a fan of murder mysteries, unreliable narrators, some creepiness and darkness, I would absolutely recommend this book to you. I very much look forward to Alexandra's next story, and I imagine there will be a re-read in the future for this one!

 Thank you to Around the World ARC Tours, as always, for letting me be a part of your awesome tours! 

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