The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham

When Teddy Matthews moves with his mother to the desert town of Richland, Washington, he is not overly thrilled. He's left his friends and school behind and has moved into a new home where he'll have to start anew.

Upon his mother's bickering that he cannot remain indoors and must venture out to make new friends - he finds himself drawn to the giant sycamore tree in the yard of the abandoned house next door. A tree that has been mutated by nuclear waste - which in turn has taken a life of its own. This tree is like no other, for it feeds on the life energy of boys that it ensnares with its living roots. Teddy, at first, doesn't understand why he is drawn to the tree or why every time he meets a new boy in the neighborhood they somehow disappear - right before his eyes. Something is terribly wrong with Richland and he quickly learns that what's wrong is the tree - a tree that has its sights on its next victim.

This book was so deliciously creepy. I actually started reading it right before bedtime and ended up having to put it down and wait till the following morning to pick it back up. I found myself caught up in the mystery of the tree, the dead boys, and Teddy's fight for his life. He was a great character - brave, strong, one who respected his mother, and although there is a slight altercation of breaking and entering, an all around good boy. When Teddy crosses over into a dream-like world where the tree is supreme and above all - I was literally sitting at the edge of my seat. I felt his anxiety, his dread and his fears.

Mr. Buckingham positively delivers a frightening tale with good ambiance and lots of creepy moments, mysterious shadows, creaky windows and menacing elements that make this a successfully atmospheric read. It will definitely appeal to reluctant readers with its fast pace and chill factor. This is a great read for young and old alike that like a good spook before bedtime.

This book was provided for review by Planned Television Arts.

GIVEAWAY: I have 1 copy up for grabs.

As always, leave a comment for one entry. If you'd like extra entries just say so in your comment or separate comments (extra entries for followers, Twitter, sidebars, Facebook, etc.) ; and for putting my spiffy little button on your blog. Make sure to leave an e-mail address, especially if you are leaving a comment under Anonymous.

Rules: This contest is open to U.S. & Canada residents. Winners will be drawn Sunday, September 5.


Unknown said...

OHH Deliciously creepy gotta love that - sounds yummy!

Caitlin said...

This sounds so good! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Unknown said...

Sounds great, thank you! I'm a GFC follower.

Unknown said...

This sounds so interesting!! Thanks for the giveaway, I'm a blog and twitter follower! =)


Amy J said...

This looks great!Thanks for the contest!

Unknown said...

Since I saw your VLOG on this, I was instantly researching this book! I want to read this one so bad, just don't have the funds right now to get it :(

I would LOVE to be entered into this awesome giveaway! Thank you for the chance =)


Chrystal said...

I would love love love to read this. (I'm a follower and have your button.)

Ryan said...

Sonds like a wonderfully creepy story. I think you would like The Theif of Always by Clive Barker.

I would love to be entered to win a copy and I'm an old follower.

Alycia said...

oh this looks like such a good read! i'd love to be entered. and i am a follower on twitter. i'm @thecuriouspug :)

atlantisflygirl said...

I have a friend from Richland, WA!

I love all things creepy and this book sounds great!

Anonymous said...

I love the creepy tree with the arms.....count me in..:D

Katie said...

This sounds like a creepy, but awesome book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Enter me please!!

Rabid Fox said...

I thought I'd already thrown my name in the hat for this one. Oh well, count me in. :)

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karenk said...

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throuthehaze said...

This sounds great!

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Ruthie said...

I am down for creepy & mysterious!
Please enter me, thanks.

Ruthie said...

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Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Sounds like a good read. Count me in please.


Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

I'm a follower.


Once Upon a Twilight said...

Hey Girl!
Another great giveaway

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Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the giveaway. I am a GFC follower.

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christa @ mental foodie said...

Haven't read any really creepy book for a while!

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Anonymous said...

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Zoë said...

enter me please :)


M.A.D. said...

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OMG - that cover is soooo sweet, I'd really love to get to read this!

Thank you for the nice giveaway

Am following in GFC :D

Carol M said...

I would enjoy this book! Thank you for the giveaway!
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