The Basement Paperback – 20 Aug 2013
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Well I finished the book quite a while ago now and read it in less than 3 weeks, very easy to follow and you will find yourself routing for the main Character Robbie throughout his strife's and troubles. Robbie is a great character and is much stronger than he thinks, it also shows what you can achieve if you put your mind to it. Something happens right at the end of the book, you will not see it coming. A must read indeed!
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
A fantastic read from Vega!
Immediately the author draws you into this wonderful story by showing great observational skills. Vashi has a talent for great and unusual details in her writing. The tale has very realistic descriptions with nicely developed characters, which took me back to younger days. Kids playing, exploring and the thoughts and feelings they encounter along the path of life. The story is creative, imaginative and a gripping read, full of excitement and sentiment.
I really loved this little section a gives a good taste of the book: Then it would be time for him to go on his treasure hunt in hell. He shuddered and closed his eyes tightly to say a little prayer. Please, God, send one of your angels to protect me from whatever waits in that basement. Amen.
The Basement is a thrilling story and will leave you wanting more- this is a real page-turner.
Vashti Quiroz-Vega is certainly an author to watch out for in the future. A highly recommended 5*****
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The main theme is that of finding courage to survive abuse. The book would be a good candidate to be read out loud to a middle grade religious instruction class or to young abuse survivors, with characters, concepts, and some advanced vocabulary all offering good discussion opportunities.
The weakness of this book is the telling of the story. It's told in third person omniscient, so there's a lot of "head hopping" from what one character is thinking to what another is thinking--sometimes even within paragraphs of each other. As a result, I never felt like I got to know any of the characters well enough--I wasn't shown much through their perspectives. Rather, there were lots of scenes comprised only of "telling" me what a character was like, stating an adjective and then following up with an example. As a reader, I much prefer being shown. For such a short novel, I also found a lot of repetition of words and sentence structure that sometimes served to slow down the plot in places where I wanted to be tearing through the pages to see what happens to the characters.
Still, the situation presented in the tale is creepy, at times even terrifying--and at the end (in the basement), it will have you burning through the pages to see if your worst suspicion is correct.
I would recommend the book to a younger readership, provided they like scary stories. I can see this story as a "gateway drug" to harder horror.