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FOR FANS OF THE TV SHOW: The key word here is 'inspired'. Mostly names, some characterizations, and concepts were brought over to the show; you will find very little that's similar. That's not a bad thing! However, if you'd like more of your favorite characters to tide you over until next season, this isn't the way to get it. I would still recommend reading it as it's amazing to see how much the idea has changed, especially in such a short time.
Now, as a book itself, I rather enjoyed it. I decided on the above disclaimer because I eagerly picked up the book after finishing the first season of the Netflix show. Initially, I was disappointed, but within the first couple of chapters I happily took the story for what it was and enjoyed every minute of it.
If you're purchasing this for your child, it depends on the child. There is a lot of cursing (at least as far as a book with illustrations in it goes, beautiful ones that that) and a great deal of violent imagery. Gorgeous, amazing, perfectly written gore. The final level for entry is the vocabulary, I'm reading this at twenty-seven and a couple of times the word choices made me tip my head to the side, baffled how a middle schooler might know the language. I find this to be a good thing, get a kid enthralled in a book and they'll learn that new term and they'll be better for it.
Finally, as a story itself. From my point of view, it felt as if A LOT was pushed into one book rather than the two or three it needed. So many ideas and plot threads are thrown at you or resolved at odd moments or too quickly. All without the satisfying ebb and flow of action to let you come down and think about what you just read. For a younger reader, I doubt they'll mind. Having lots of action is key, but the lack of tact in some areas may grind on long time readers. It did to me, just a bit, but the detailed writing made up for the rushed exposition.
All in all, it was a fantastic read and I'm happy I picked it up; both as a reader and as a fan of the show. After this, I'm eager to get more of del Toro's work. I highly suggest it for anyone who's an avid reader, no matter the age.
The story is great, surprisingly, not as great as the show on Netflix. However, the book has some really deep sentences that are very well written. It's an easy read with short and descriptive paragraphs. Unfortunately, the book was not well made and even though it was a new copy, a few of the pages started falling out and I'm not terribly hard on my books.