Review: DOLL BONES by Holly Black

by Holly Black 05/07/13
ISBN-13: 978-1416963981
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Pages: 256

Source: Publisher
Rating: ♥♥♥

Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity . . .

My Thoughts:

DOLL BONES by Holly Black is a mysteriously eerie story that will intrigue and disturb you.  This story between three young friends who are coming of age and at the mercy of a beautiful doll.  This novel is guaranteed to make you look twice at any doll you might see again.

As I began to read DOLL BONES I was pushed along with this story's steady current.  I became intrigued with Zach, Poppy and Alice and was fascinated by their play time adventures, happy to witness that they did not feel the need to stop playing just because they were getting older. Then, when a heart breaking episode occurs causing Zach to discontinue playing the game a nightmare soon propels the trio on an adventure. It's at this juncture that the story takes on a wicked turn launched by a doll known as "the queen". What happens next will raise the hairs on your arm and leave you longing for the adventures that only a doll could take you on.

DOLL BONES is a short read that is well written and set at a pace that will keep you on edge. Holly Black did a great job of setting the tone and atmosphere for this novel but I had wished that it was a bit darker, a bit more on edge because I feel that it seemed to loose steam towards the end. Other than that I feel that this book did a great job of displaying the friendship between three friends that were dealing with the uncertainty of coming of age.

Fans of Holly Black will enjoy this short story and have you longing for more.


  1. I'm reading this at the moment and though I love how creepy it is and Holly Black's gorgeous writing, I was expecting a little more umph.

  2. This book reminded me of the books by Edward Eager and E. Nesbit that I loved as a kid. I'll be saving it to read to my granddaughters when they are the proper age for it.
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  3. Doll bones is best book for reading and i really very impressed by writer. Its title is awesome Doll --- I read books and my children plays with toys we both are happy with own items. toys in pakistan


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