Book Review: The Cellar by A.J. Whitten

RATING: StarStarStar

Meredith Willis is suspicious of Adrien, the new guy next door. When she dares to sneak a look into the windows of his house, she sees something in the cellar that makes her believe that Adrien might be more than just a creep—he may be an actual monster.

But her sister, Heather, doesn’t share Meredith’s repulsion. Heather believes Adrien is the only guy who really understands her. In fact, she may be falling in love with him. When Adrien and Heather are cast as the leads in the school production of Romeo and Juliet, to Heather, it feels like fate. To Meredith, it feels like a bad omen. But if she tries to tear the couple apart, she could end up in the last place she’d ever want to be: the cellar. Can Meredith convince her sister that she’s dating the living dead before it’s too late for both of them?

*****

WEIRD.

The Cellar got this weird take on zombies that until now, I’m still not sure if I like it or not. Either way, I’m satisfied with its ending.

A family tragedy left Meredith and her sister, Heather, in tatters. While Heather found solace in isolation, Meredith struggled to be strong and be the glue that sticks her family together. Heather’s vulnerability catches Adrien’s eye, whether as food or love interest, I don’t really know at first. Meredith is suspicious of Adrien and his interest to Heather. Her snooping around Adrien’s house almost always got her in trouble. Bravo for her because despite Adrien’s efforts to (not yet) kill her, she continues to search for the truth to protect Heather. Man, I hate Adrien and those tricks he played on Meredith. Heather is annoying. Sam, Heather’s ex-boyfriend, is what got me going on to finish the book. He’s so sweet.

Zombies appearing as normal people by eating (literally) humans piece by piece like they are an assortment of candies to chomp on – not my sort of thing. And there is that one nagging question: Why is Meredith immune to Adrien’s influence?

I kinda enjoyed reading The Cellar if only for Meredith’s determination and budding romance with a guy. If you want to read on zombies, don’t start with this one, though. The Cellar is like a dessert – you can opt to have it or not. If you did, you won’t be bothered much if it’s not delicious. Why? Coz you’re full already from the main course. But it doesn’t hurt either if you enjoyed it.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Imprint: Graphia Books

Pub Date: 05/02/2011

Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt‏ for granting my galley request.

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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