ARC Review: The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

ARC Review: The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
The Creeping
by Alexandra Sirowy

Genres: Horror, Mystery, Young Adult
Publication date: August 18th, 2015
by Simon and Schuster BfYR

Format: eARC


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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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

The Creeping was a novel I was initially very excited about but when I dove in, I had a hard time really connecting to the characters. I LOVED the creepiness of it, and the dark atmosphere but when it came to the characters, there was only one I liked and he happened to be the love interest I thought the female lead did not deserve.

Half way through the book, I was ready to DNF because the characters were insanely frustrating but instead I put the book down and decided to pick it up the next day. When I picked it up, I found myself not hating the characters as much and instead I started to enjoy the story and its creepiness. Maybe, I was subconsciously muting out their annoyingness but I do think there was some character development that took place which was why I was able to enjoy the book more.

Stella is an okay main character. At first I just didn’t like her. She is a pushover and never really seems to realize it. Her entire life revolves on doing what her best friend, Zoey thinks is okay. All of her decisions are made based on how Zoey would react and whether or not she would approve. Stella doesn’t think for herself. We know she isn’t a horrible person but she does horrible thinks because that’s what her best friend wants and she never really regrets it. Given all that, I realllly did not like Stella. Especially since she treated the one person who was nice to her, Sam, like shit because of this.  But as she becomes closer to Sam (who was her best friend back before Zoey made her choose), she starts to stand up on her two feet and make some decisions. She starts to become STELLA instead of Zoey’s pawn.

I did not like Zoey. She is a bitch (very simply put). She puts down other people, she is horrible to her best friend and she is controlling. My biggest problem with her character was that she never had any consequences for her horribleness because she is never actually made out to be a villain. She is Stella’s best friend and they care about each other. Her horribleness is explained away but she does become a lot more tolerable by the end of the book (after Stella calls her out on her shit.) Also, I kind of like how even though Zoey was awful, in her own way she is loyal to Stella. When Stella starts doing things she doesn’t approve up, she is pissed but she doesn’t decide to dump Stella. She still (kind of) sticks by her.

As I mentioned earlier, Sam was my favorite character. I LOVE HIM. I hate that he was so easy on Stella sometimes but I enjoyed it when he called her out on some of the stuff she had done. He made it clear he had feelings but when Stella pulled shit, she was not automatically given a get out of jail card. He would let her know it wasn’t cool. Sam was amazing and he was nice and SO RESPECTFUL. Seriously.

One of the best things about this book was hands down the mystery. This book is frightening and reminded me why horror can be so much fun to read. I happened to be reading this book in the middle of the night and I was scared. The atmosphere in this book comes to life and the haunting descriptions crawl under your skin to make the book a fantastic experience. I may not have gotten along with the characters (at least at first) but everything else in this book was perfect. I was actually scared even though the lights were on.

The way the mystery unravels is beautiful and I loved the twist that came at the end. I hadn’t expected it but it fit in very well and didn’t throw me off. It just made sense in the context of the book.

This book definitely had issues but in the long run, it was a very fun read because of how well the author incorporated elements of mystery and horror. Remember, if you look hard enough, you will find the monsters.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.5
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Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).


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  1. says

    I’m one of the biggest fans of horror or creepy reads, and it’s been FOREVER since I’ve read anything from this genre! I’m definitely intrigued to pick this up, HOWEVER, I’m not too impressed by the main character or her asswipe bestfriend either lol. If I can get past that, then I’m sure I”ll be able to enjoy this somehow!
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  2. says

    I do want to read this because of the creepy-ness, but I feel like the characters would probably ruin it for me. I really hate characters that are pushovers. And also friendships that don’t make sense. I read an Aussie YA book recently where the “best friends” seemed almost to hate each other and ugh, it was so annoying.
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  3. says

    I won a copy of this book from the author, but I can’t say I’m really looking forward to it right now. I really don’t like the sound of Zoey, especially if she doesn’t suffer for being such a horrible human being!
    I do like the sound of Sam though! Good for him for putting her in her place! Despite everything though, the mystery being suspenseful and well-written makes me want to give this one a shot!
    Great review, Rashika!
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  4. says

    Sam = YES. I loved him. Stella did NOT deserve him (certainly not beginning-of-book Stella), and Zoey… UGH. I just cannot with her. The thing that really bugged me the most is how awful they were to each other, themselves, everyone around them. Michaela was kind of cool too, she at least had her shit together ;)

    I DO agree with you though about the book having some really good redeeming points. I mean, I did kind of figure out the mystery, BUT I liked the messages that Stella gained along the way, AND her development. Lovely review, I am glad you enjoyed this one!!
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  5. says

    Good on you for managing to continue reading this Rashika. Stella sounds like she doesnt really have a backbone which is frustrating, especially next to Zoey. It’s like those people that thrive on ordering people around you know? Ugh. I’m glad you were able to find the mystery satisfying though, I love twists. But beautiful review hun!
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  6. says

    Wow, this sounds so beautifully written with an incredible storyline, but possibly the shittiest characters to ever grace fictional pages. There really needs to be a certain likability with characters even before they develop, so I can imagine how much more you would have enjoyed it if Stella wasn’t a doormat and Zoey wasn’t a complete asshole. Might add this one for a rainy day read. Wonderful review Rashika, so glad you were able to enjoy this one in the end <3
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