Book Review | The Switching Hour by Damaris Young

book review

Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: August 1st, 2019
Genre: Middle-Grade, Fantasy, Supernatural
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Buy Links: Kinokuniya Malaysia 
Source: Huge thanks to Pansing for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.


Every night, at twilight, Amaya locks her door to keep out the Badeko, a creature that vanishes children away to devour their dreams.

When Amaya's small brother is taken, she must fight her way through the terrifying and twisting forest to the Badeko's nest.

She must face her fears that come alive after dark.

A bewitchingly beautiful, spine-chilling story of courage, friendship and heart-racing adventure


It's October - the Halloween month. So, I feel like The Switching Hour is the right time to read it during this month. This story is about a sinister monster that been named as Badeko is capturing childres for it to devour their dream. To avoid being captured, they must go back home before the Switching Hour start and make sure lock the door or else it will come and take the children. Once, the children been taken, the family will feel the Sorrow Sickness and their memory will be wipes out. So, when Amaya's brother been taken, she needs to rescued her brother.

The Switching Hour is really a gripping story and a fast page-turner. It's like you can't stop until you know everything also it gives me the chill when reading them and my hands start to fidgeting close to when Amaya start her rescued mission. Badeko is really a sinister monster and he can twist people's mind into something they longing for. 

"Never let the outside in!" Damaris Young, The Switching Hour.

Amaya is really a brave girl. Once, she realized what had happened to her brother - she knows she needs to do something even though she how dangerous it is but this is her brother, her sibling that she really loved. During the mission, she meet another girl in the forest and together they go to find Badeko and rescued Amaya's brother. Along the way, the friendship between them starts to grow and not to forget, Amaya's best pet friends - the goat named Tau. 

All in all, it was really an amazing also gives me the chill, heart-racing story that grips me right from the moment I step into this story. I loved this story so so much. The theme in this book is really wonderful - the family, the friendship and to overcome our fears.


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