Title: Delano in Hollyhook by Cameron Glenn
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Howling Wolf (Ravenswood Publishing)
Length: 366 pages
Publication Date: August 10, 2015
Rating – 4/5
Delano Farnsworth is one of the few ‘lucky unfortunates’ chosen to receive an invitation to the magical Camp Hollyhook. After he arrives, however, he quickly discovers that not is all as it seems. With his new camp friends the ‘quirky’ Jackie, the ‘dour’ Lenore and the ‘lonely’ Wheeze, Delano seeks to uncover the sinister true purpose of the camp, as well as learn about his missing parents who abandoned him when he was three, his kidnapped uncle as well as his own self and destiny.
Good morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Delano in Hollyhook. I’d like to send a big thank you to both the author and publisher Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Delano in Hollyhook is about a young high school student who is an orphan and sort of a misfit. He lives with his uncle and has never really known what happened to his parents. One day he notices strange things, sort of magical things happening. He wins a sort of lottery for unfortunate kids and is whisked off to summer camp at Camp Hollyhook which the “infomercial” presents as being a sort of paradise for kids where they can do whatever the want, eat junk food and see magical creatures. It’s in Delano’s nature to question things and he soon finds himself on a quest, along with a few other campers, to figure out what exactly is really going on behind closed doors at Camp Hollyhook while also uncovering the secrets of his past and his family.
I gave Delano in Hollyhook a 4 out of 5 star rating. I really enjoyed reading this book, I thought it was really fun. At the beginning it sort of reminded me a little of a Harry Potterish type story. I liked that the story was really fast paced all throughout the book, I never really got bored with this story because it seemed like something was always happening which is good because it kept my interest throughout. It was a pretty short read filled with adventure and suspense. It is definitely a great summer read for kids, I’m recommending it to my niece who is just starting to really get into reading alot more.
One thing I got confused on was that a couple of times a character was referenced by a different name but that name is never introduced to us so I’m wondering if maybe that was the characters name originally and maybe it changed. That was a small hiccup in the narrative for me but not big enough to destroy my reading vibe, it literally happened only twice that I remember so it wasn’t a big deal. Delano is also in high school, but for most of the book I got the sense that everyone was younger than they actually were. I was a little saddened by the ending but also a little hopeful as it was a pretty open ending so maybe there will be a second book (hopefully). I would love to read more about these characters!
Overall though, I really liked this book, I liked the setting and journey it took me on. I think it’s a good middle grade or early YA book. I enjoyed reading it as an adult just as much as I would have as a teenager and also, the cover is also absolutely gorgeous!
Happy reading everyone!
About the Author
Cameron Glenn grew up the third of seven children in Oregon. As a child he dedicated hours to the pursuits of basketball and cartooning, as well as waking up way too early for his paper route in order to earn money to buy toys, candy and comic books. He also loved to read and write, which he continues to do voraciously. He currently lives in Salt Lake City after having earned a BA in literature from Boise State.
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