Tell the Story to Its End by Simon P. Clark

Tell the Story to Its End by Simon P. Clark
Tell the Story to its End
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Middle Grade
Publication date: October 20th, 2015
by St. Martin's Griffin

Format: Hardcover


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In this beautiful, haunting debut, a boy is whisked away to the country in the wake of a scandal, and finds a captivating creature in the attic whose attention comes at a sinister price.

"Tell the story to its end," says Eren with a grin.
His yellow eyes are glowing like embers in the night.
"When I reach the end," I say, "what happens? You'll have the whole story."
"Hmm," he says, looking at me and licking his lips with a dry, grey tongue. "What happens then? Why don't we find out?"

People are keeping secrets from Oli. His mum has brought him to stay with his aunt and uncle in the countryside, but nobody will tell him why his dad where his father is. Why isn't he with them? Has something happened? Oli has a hundred questions, and only an old, empty house in the middle of an ancient forest for answers. But then he finds a secret of his own: there is a creature that lives in the attic…

Eren is not human.
Eren is hungry for stories.
Eren has been waiting for him.

Sharing his stories with Eren, Oli starts to make sense of what’s happening downstairs with his family. But what if it’s a trap? Soon, Oli must make a choice: learn the truth—or abandon himself to Eren’s world, forever.

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

Tell the Story to Its End is a hauntingly creepy novel that will stay with you long after you have turned the last pages. The mesmerizing writing will keep you flipping pages and the way the story is structured will make you anxious to know more. Most of all though, the main character is going to make you want to curl up in a ball and cry because you want to protect him from all of his bad choices but you cannot. After all, he is just a boy looking for the truth. He is surrounded by adults who won’t give it to him and is surrounded by strangers who know more about what is going on in his life than he does. So he befriends Eren. Eren who lives in the attic. Although lives is perhaps not the right word. And perhaps Eren isn’t even a who so much as a thing. A thing that lives on stories.

Is Eren enough? Will Eren’s truths draw Oli in beyond a point of no return? Will Oli turn into another story to be consumed by Eren? Is Oli destined to be doomed? You may need to read this book to find out.

I will let these quotes speak for the story and perhaps draw you in (WHICH IS WHY I CHOSE THEM.) I apologize in advance for the graphics not being amazing. I haven’t messed around with Photoshop in years but thought I’d step outside of my comfort zone for this book! HAPPY HALLOWEEN FOLKS, maybe you’ll choose this book to keep you company on this dark holiday. *cue evil laughter*

You are the story that matters We Tell stories because fly tales go on forever


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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 love the quotes you picked out – books that reminds us of the power of stories are the very best! Even though MC!! Befriending someone that lives in the ATTIC is NEVER a good idea! I vow to seal up all basement and attics in my future homes – those things are bad news.
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  2. says

    This is such a perfect story for Halloween, I’m creeped out just by the blurb. Eren sounds so devious and scary — creatures that go bump in the attic? Yeah, definitely not my thing. I hate tight, dark spaces, so kudos to Oli who manages to actually go back to Eren again and again just to learn the truth. Not sure that this is really the book for me, I like to be able to sleep at night hehe. Lovely review Rashika, and those graphics look amazing. Photoshop expert I tell yah!
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  3. says

    WHOA. Okay, this sounds way super creepy and almost heartbreaking. I’m kinda curious about the person-thing living in the attic. Wonderful review! I hadn’t even seen this book until now! I need more books for my mother, and she might like this one.
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