Shockadelica by Jon O’Bergh is a tale about spooky things, friendship, and the love of community within an apartment building.
Snag a sweet drink before diving into this one! You’ll want it for the heartwarming scenes, and will need it for when things get scary.
Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.
Let’s dive in!
My Thoughts on Shockadelica by Jon O’Bergh
When two friends who share a love of all things spooky begin to hear about odd things happening in their building, they decide to investigate themselves. To do so, they introduce themselves to all of their neighbors to interview them. While they are looking for information, they end up finding much more! They begin to make connections with their neighbors, and it pulls this community together just in time.
There’s someone, or something, dark lurking within the walls… and no one is safe.
When this story begins, I was so happy to learn more about each tenant in the building. Having lived in many places where I never saw my neighbors, let alone spoke to them, I was so interested to see how this would play out. I loved the connections that they were making with one another and how much everyone was learning about not just one another, but also about supernatural legends from different cultures!
It was so easy to fall in love with these characters, but of course, when the story started to take a scary turn, I was so fearful for everyone!
I’ll admit, I stayed up FAR too late on a work night when I first started reading this book. I just could not set it down! Then I unfortunately hurt my back really badly and wasn’t able to pick it up again for almost a week. When I did dive back in, I was able to hit the pages hard as it continued to build toward the intense ending!
My Favorite Passages from Shockadelica
By mid-September, summer already seemed a distant memory. The weather had cooled appreciably–still pleasant, but the blue sky and verdant trees tricked you into imagining it was warmer outside than it actually was: not warm enough for a short-sleeved shirt but not cool enough for a coat.
A floorboard groaned as the thing came closer. It approached with slow steps, as if nervous about waking him. Beneath his sleep mask, with his eyes wide open, Kendall’s world remained pitch black. The thing paused by the side of the bed. Kendall tried to will his limbs to move but felt only frustration and terror.
Sunday turned out to be one of those days in autumn’s seesaw when nature tossed out a bone to those reluctant to see the summer depart.
Endings always made her sad. Maybe that was why she always picked up a new book the moment she finished one.
“… Embrace your multiplicities. All of them. What was it Walt Whitman said? Very well then, I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes. Don’t ever let anyone tell you who you are, or put you into a neat little box. Boxes are coffins.”
My Final Thoughts on Shockadelica
I had a blast reading this one and I did not see that ending coming. The author did a wonderful job throwing in a couple red herrings along the way!
Readers are sure to fall in love with these wonderful and quirky characters from the start! Once the spookiness kicks in, you won’t want to put it down!
I highly recommend checking this one out!
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