Friday, November 20, 2009

Review: Malice by Chris Wooding


Released:October 1, 2009

Hardcover, 384 Pages

ISBN 9780545160438

Recommended for: YA, horror, fantasy readers

Teaser quote:

But Malice had new rules. Rules he didn't know.
Learn the world. Then you can beat it.
He held on to that. If he viewed this place as a challenge, he felt a little less helpless. There are ways to get out. All he had to do was find one.(
pg. 131)

My rating: 4/5

My thoughts:
Rumor has it that there's a comic book called Malice. If you mix a black feather, twig, knot of cat fur, a tear and a piece of your hair then set it on fire & say "Tall Jake, take me away" six times before the fire burns out, you will be transported into the comic book. Luke decides to try it, expecting nothing to happen, but he goes missing. When two of his friends find out about the comic, they vow to save him the only way they know how...they set out to find the comic & go to Malice.

This is like a YA version of a Stephen King novel. It's dark, twisted and yet you get sucked into the world of Malice & just keep flipping the pages wanting to know what's going to happen next! About a quarter of the book is actually comic. Oddly enough, it is the comic pages that are the scariest in the book.

I normally don't like darker books & this one definitely is but I found myself totally engrossed I finished it in one day. Malice is such a different world, I was curious to find out more about it, who is Tall Jake, why it 'stole' kids, what the kids did when they got there & could they get out? There was a big twist that I guessed at incorrectly but loved where it went. The ending leaves you wanting more, there is still so much to tell. I can't wait to continue the story with the second installment, Havoc, which comes out May 2010.


  1. This sounds like fun. I do like them a little dark sometiems!

  2. Sounds great! Maybe I'll borrow??

  3. Michelle ~ this was a fast paced fun read you should definately try it (and as you know the 3D cover is the coolest ever, lol)

  4. Jackie ~ of course! You'd finish it in one night anyhow, lol

  5. Awesome! I'm even more excited to read this now. :) Thanks for the review!

  6. Nikki ~ Yay! I can't wait for your review, I hope you love it too :)

  7. Don't think I've heard of this one before, but am definitely putting it on my wishlist! Love the dark YA books. Thanks for the review!

  8. That sounds great. I should definitely read more YA but the days have not enough hours for my reading pleasure. Will try to squeeze this one in!

  9. Alexia561 & Susi ~ Yay I love finding new books from other blogs, I hope you guys enjoy it too :)