Review: Wrong Side Of The Grave by Bryna Butler

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Amazon.com Blurb…”Eric Jansen is an alien. Offworlder. Take me to your leader, fall from the sky, space invading, phoning home, UFO jockey. A swipe of the tattoo on his arm will reveal his true form which locals call Mothman, a winged creature formed of ashen gray skin and glowing red eyes.

So when the recently deceased of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, start walking and talking, the Men in Black mark Eric as suspect number one. It will be up to Eric and the girl-next-door book blogger to solve the mystery before the black suits lock him up and throw away the key.

Are you ready for some campy fun? Fans of Doctor Who will love Wrong Side of the Grave, a suspenseful Teen Sci-Fi Mystery with a paranormal twist…”

Let me start by saying I might be a teensy bit biased on this one.  The setting of the book is in my hometown and the Mothman is a local legend we all learn about in grade school.  I don’t find many books on the subject…well actually I’m sure there are many books on the subject but I haven’t read them. Okay let me back track, I’ve read “factual” accounts of the Mothman and the Mothman Prophecies by John Keel.

So now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s begin with the review!  The blurb sums up the book beautifully and it even included the Dr. Who reference, which I caught on to immediately.  As I read through I actually thought that Eric reminded me of the Tenth and 11 Doctor combined 🙂 He’s arrogant, and suffers from a small attention span.  He also leaps headlong into the action and has a love for the human race.  His “companion” is a young girl named Bridget, who blogs about books and follows him around with a fierce loyalty.  The author alludes to Eric having something to do with Bridget’s father in the past, but it’s not addressed.  I’m hoping that means there will be a sequel and it gets explained then.There are tons of back and forth flashbacks which might get confusing, but if you’re a Dr. Who Fan, you’ll be fine 😉

Also let’s talk about Agent Warner of the Men In Black; I’m rooting for this guy. I’m a sucker for a project and he’s certainly it.  I kinda have a crush on him and hope he can prove himself to everyone ❤

The cast of characters is broad and leaves a lot to expect from future books (dare I hope, Bryna Butler?). I LOVED reading about my town and even though names of places were changed within it, I could pick out pretty quickly which actual place the author was referring to. I also have to thank her for making me notice Tu Endu Wei Park.  I’ve lived here for so long that, while I still admire it and respect it, I don’t always think about it or even look in its general direction.  Now I find myself looking at the obelisk monument every time I go to the Piggly Wiggly and  wonder what’s really up there 😉 This book is definitely YA and very light hearted in nature. I could tell the author researched her subject and the history of the area very thoroughly, which makes my heart swell with pride (I am one of those losers that majored in History in college 😉 so details like this are important to me).  I enjoyed reading it and even the intense parts were safe for 12yrs and up 🙂 I’m giving it 5  out of 5 stars and hope everyone checks it out 🙂

For more info on Bryna Butler, The Mothman Mysteries, and her other YA novels (she has a lot and they all look good) check out www.brynabutler.com 

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Also check out The Mothman Museum and The Mothman Festival while I’m having an attack of hometown pride!

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