Winnie is a proud skeptic. She loves watching horror movies,
and is admittedly excited to help her long lost Aunt
Maggie with her fearsome reality show, but she is firm in
her belief that none of it is real. While on set, Winnie and
the group of young Demon Hunters hired for the show attempt
to find the New Jersey Devil. Along the way, Winnie will
discover that her family has something to do with the Devil,
and magic may not be as unrealistic as she thought.
I am a huge fan of graphics and illustrations in books, and
I love them all the more in horror stories. THE DEVIL AND
WINNE FLYNN creates the perfect horror-movie ambiance
through the illustrations and tells an exciting story that
would rival many campfire ghost tales. Winnie's narration,
told through her in a journal to her friend, is full of
delightfully snarky quips and a unique take on several
horror tropes given the reality show backdrop.
Even for readers who aren't drawn immediately to horror, THE
DEVIL AND WINNE FLYNN offers several levels of appeal. The
horror never verges on gory, staying much more consistent
with generally spooky with a few chilling scenes throughout.
There is a light, sweet romance that offers an adorable
relief. At the heart of the story is family. Winnie is
trying to get to know her aunt after her mother commits
suicide, and she's having a rough time with it. As much as I
like the family aspect, however, I do wish there was more of
consistent development between Winnie and her aunt.
Though some of the pacing is a little shaky and the
characters aren't as fleshed out as they could be, Micol
Ostow's THE DEVIL AND WINNIE FLYNN is an excellent Halloween read. The
detailed graphics offer a unique experience to a
frightful story, making it easy to become wrapped up in
Winnie Flynn doesn’t believe in ghosts. (Though she wouldn’t
mind a visit from her mom, explaining why she took her own
life.) When her mysterious aunt Maggie, a high-profile TV
producer, recruits Winnie to spend a summer working as a
production assistant on her current reality hit, Fantastic,
Fearsome, she suddenly finds herself in the one place her
mother would never go: New Jersey.
famous Devil makes perfect fodder for Maggie’s show. But as
the filming progresses, Winnie sees and hears things that
make her think that the Devil might not be totally fake
after all. Things that involve her and her family. Things
about her mother’s death that might explain why she’s never
met Aunt Maggie until now.
Winnie soon discovers her
family’s history is deeply entwined with the Devil’s. If
she’s going to make it out of the Pine Barrens alive, she
might have to start believing in what her aunt is telling
her. And, find out what she isn’t.