Book Review: The Messenger of Fear (Messenger of Fear #1) by Michael Grant

Messenger of Fear (Messenger of Fear, #1)Title: Messenger of Fear (Messenger of Fear #1)
Author:  Michael Grant
Publication Date:  September 23rd 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
Source: BEA/Publisher
Age Group: young Adult (graphic)
Genre:  Paranormal/Horror


I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, faced with the solemn young man in the black coat with silver skulls for buttons, I could recall nothing else about myself.
And then the games began.
The Messenger sees the darkness in young hearts, and the damage it inflicts upon the world. If they go unpunished, he offers the wicked a game. Win, and they can go free. Lose, and they will live out their greatest fear. 
But what does any of this have to do with Mara? She is about to find out . 

So...... Messenger of Fear is my first Michael Grant book I've ever read.  Yeah I know, I'm in the minority here. I knew going in that there were going to be some scenes that were pretty gory and graphic.  Well, there were and it had me cringing during those scenes.  I am not really into horror and gory stories as you can tell, but I really enjoyed Messenger of Fear.

Mara wakes up surrounded by fog and no memory of how she got there or who she is.  The first person she sees is the "Messenger of Fear."  Mara soon finds out that Messenger has a few secrets. We don't really get to know a lot about him, but I am sure it will be revealed in the next installment.   What we do know is that Messenger is in charge of seeking out those who have done horrible things. He can see the darkness inside people's hearts.  Once he confronts them, he offers them a chance to redeem themselves.  How does he do this?  By offering them to play his wicked game.  If them win, they get to walk away.  But if they don't win or refuse to play, they will have to face their worst fears. And believe me, that is bad, really bad.  There is something about Messenger that intrigued me.  I could tell that there is more to him.  Yes, he is scary and does horrible things to these people, whether they deserved it or not.  But would that make him bad?  I'm really not that sure.

Although it lacked in a few parts, I truly enjoyed the story.  But what I do love the most, is Michael's writing.  You can tell he is a great story teller.  I could picture everything he described (which added more to the creepy factor), but it was well written and had my attention the entire time. I just wish there was more. I felt like more needed to be revealed, more world building.  I was left with so many questions and just felt like I needed more to really want me to start reading this series. The end was a little shocking.  Michael really threw a curve ball at us there.  Even though I figured it out way before, it still had me second guessing myself the whole time.  I am really curious to see where this story goes and I will definitely be picking up The Snake (see picture below), which is a novella which is set to release on October 28, 2014.

The Snake: A Messenger of Fear Story


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