Small Things by Joe DeRouen (Review by Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph)

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Title: Small Things

Author:  Joe DeRouen

Published Date: December 12th 2013

Genre: Horror


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It’s a hot June morning in a small Midwestern town when fifteen-year-old Shawn Spencer arrives at the church for his best friend Tanner’s funeral. Though his drowning was officially ruled an accident, Tanner’s sister Jenny swears she saw something rise up from the Carthage Lake to pull the struggling teenager beneath the surface.

Shawn doesn’t believe in monsters… but he will…

The real threat, however, lies in the man behind the monster, a mysterious old man who has vowed to settle an old grudge and regain something that was stolen from him decades earlier. To survive the dark days and nights ahead, Shawn must not only decipher what the man is after, he must move past his own grief, fears, and insecurities, and learn to trust in Jenny, the disgraced town sheriff, and, most importantly, in himself. The Small Things trilogy spans forty years and three generations in a tale of murder, betrayal, corruption, sacrifice, love, redemption, faith and magic that culminates in a showdown that will pit the very forces of heaven and hell against Shawn and his family in a battle for the future of mankind and the world itself.


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph’s Review***
I feel like this book should be more of a 3.5 star book, but I rounded down as there were several factors that I personally didn’t enjoy about the book, such as, errors in editing, a slow start to the book (the first 1/2 was hard to get into for me), the author going off in tangents that don’t really apply to some aspects of the book and just the overall flow of the story. I think that the book had the potential to be a really great story, if the author had spent more time developing the characters and making all of the characters that are mentioned have a true purpose to the story. I feel like we met some characters (the nurses at the hospital) and they were more described than the main characters. The story was well written, overall, although there were a few bumpy or slow spots in the pacing, particularly towards the beginning. It was pretty well edited, although I flagged/highlighted a few errors throughout the book.

The characterization and descriptions of both Shawn and Jenny felt a little lacking. I felt like if there was more depth to them I might have connected more with them as people. At times they seemed like the teenagers that the author described them as, but in other parts they spoke/were depicted as much older. I really enjoyed the setting/time period of the book. It was set in a time when kids rode their bikes, played in the parks, went swimming in the lake and generally had the freedom to play by themselves out in the town. It didn’t contain the “typical” dangers of society now. The story is reminiscent of the innocence of youth, first loves and childhood friendships. It seemed to be geared more towards a young adult audience as there were no sex scenes or relationships of that level, there were just a few curse words here and there. The book did contain all the traditional themes, such as, innocence lost, new love, tragedy, and an old fashioned battle between good and evil.

Overall, I would recommend this book, but not necessarily at the top of the TBR list. I am going to read the second book as I did enjoy the book more towards the end. This is the type of book that you must love the genre to really enjoy the full potential in it.


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