Title: Deathcat Sally
Author: P. S. Brooks
Page Count/Review Word Count: 388
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
This book was awesome, and it has a lovely story behind it too – from the way that the book came about, to the way it was delivered (with a bunch of Deathcat Sally freebies), to the way that it was presented, inside in awesome cover with professional quality formatting, there’s a lot to love about this book.
Let’s begin at the beginning, by taking a look at the story line. Basically, a seventeen-year-old is involved in an accident, after she knocks down a cat and then rushes out into the road to try to save it. She wakes up at the hospital with the top half of the cat attached to her shoulder, thanks to a bizarre accident involving the spirit world and an alternate universe.
It’s a lot of fun to see how Brooks deals with the two different worlds, and in some ways it reminds me of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, which is one of my favourite trilogies. It’s also interesting to note that the book has a moral, of sorts – basically, be nice to animals, in case they get their revenge on you. They certainly seem vengeful at times in this book!
Brooks’ characterisation is great, as well – all of the animals that Sally meets have their own personality (did I mention that she can understand them?), and Zachary in particular was a favourite of mine. He grated on me initially, but it’s hard not to love him once you get to know him. Even minor characters like Alan, Sally’s douchebag boyfriend, seem three-dimensional and realistic.
Now, I can’t even remember how I ended up getting sent this book, but I’m very happy to have ended up with it. Even though it’s a reasonably long read, it’s a lot of fun along the way, and there are some pretty cool illustrations dotted throughout it as well. Now, I’m a convert – I’d recommend this, particularly to animal lovers or people who like to read YA, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else P. S. Brooks comes up with in the future. So go grab a copy!