I love love the Locke and Key graphic novel series by Joel Hill. I received this ARC for free from Netgalley for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley!! First off I had issues getting this thing to download from Netgalley. I tried to contact them and Joe Hill .. neither answered me. I finally asked a fellow blogger Brunner's Bookshelf if he was able to download it and he told me yes. So then I realized it was on my end and not Netgalley's. If Netgalley had answered me and told me the file was fine I probably would've figured it out sooner but hey, guess they're busy. Anywho... ended up that my Adobe Digital Editions was 1.0 and needed to be updated to 2.0. So ... I was able to enjoy the book afterall! Here is the goodreads description:
That was the shortest goodreads description ever!HA! At first I was a little confused as to what was going on. Since it was an ARC there was no cover and it was reading a little confusing so I wasn't sure if the comic was missing some pages. Eventually I caught on to what was going on...but it was still confusing. Also... I had a really hard time reading some of the print in the ARC. There were times when a ghost would talk, which was in blue print and it was sooo blurry. I would guess that the print book and a purchased ebook would fix this problem. I had to actually skip these sections because I got tired of trying to make out what the words said.
The story is just the perfect amount of spookiness. I don't want to give too much away in this review because everyone should read this for themselves. The end of the series is wrapped up in a little bow. What I mean by that is yes there is murder and mayhem, but there is also a good ending that satisfies the reader. For those of you who have not read this series I am jealous of you! To have all the graphic novels out at once and be able to not have to wait for the next issue is pretty cool.
I think this series is genius.. I suppose I should be talking about this particular volume but it's hard to just not think of Locke and Key as a whole entity instead of volumes. Also.. for those who haven't looked at my other reviews don't forget to check out the keys from the novels that you can actually purchase!Here is the Alpha Key from this volume:
There is a little homage to Stephen King (Joe Hill's father) in this book where the characters go to their prom and go on stage and get some blood dumped on them. I love this little Easter Egg!
I will miss this series. So glad I got the ARC because I couldn't wait any longer and am a little too lazy to go up to the comic book store and buy all the issues, so it's fabulous once they are collected into a graphic novel!! If you click on the link below for Volume 1 .. I posted a trailer for a TV series that was going to be based on these books. It looked pretty good.
The crystal ball says:
Sun is shinning!!! Great day to go outside and read this book.
Check out my reviews of the other volumes in the series:
Locke and Key volume 1 by Joe Hill
Locke and Key volume 2 by Joe Hill
Locke and Key volume 3 by Joe Hill
Locke and Key volume 4 by Joe Hill
Locke and Key volume 5 by Joe Hill