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Marshall Seaver is being haunted. It begins with mysterious sounds, a fleeting face outside a window, a rogue breeze - all things that can be explained away. That is, until he comes face-to-face with a character who only exists on the pages of a sketchbook - a character Marshall himself created.Marshall has no idea why he is being tormented by this forbidding creature, butMarshall Seaver is being haunted. It begins with mysterious sounds, a fleeting face outside a window, a rogue breeze - all things that can be explained away. That is, until he comes face-to-face with a character who only exists on the pages of a sketchbook - a character Marshall himself created.Marshall has no idea why he is being tormented by this forbidding creature, but he is quickly convinced it has something to do with his best friend, Cooper, who has gone missing. Together with Cooper's beautiful but aloof sister, Sydney, Marshall searches for the truth about his friend while ultimately uncovering a nightmare that is bigger and more frightening than he could ever have imagined.Number one New York Times best-selling author D.J. MacHale launches his eerie new trilogy with a story so packed with chilling suspense, readers will want to sleep with the light on....

Title : The Light
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ISBN : 9781416965169
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Number of Pages : 341 Pages
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The Light Reviews

  • Megan
    2019-01-21 14:27

    This book is probably a great read for younger boys. As for myself, I found the writing to be clunky, repetitive and tiresome. This passage, for instance, "Before I knew it I started to go over. I was falling off my own roof. I reached out, desperate to grab onto anything that would slow me down. What I got was the rain gutter. I grabbed it with my right hand, but it was too late to stop me from falling. The gutter bent under my weight and pulled away from the house. I lunged out with my left hand to grab one of the vertical wooden pillars that held up the roof. That’s when the gutter gave way. I let go and grabbed the pillar with my other hand pulling myself to it. I hung there for a second then slid down to the porch railing. I had made it."Perhaps I am nitpicking, however... the main character describes falling out his window and it reads, "Before I knew it I started to go over. I was falling off my own roof." Well, duh! Of course you are falling off your own roof... that is what is meant by, "Before I knew it I started to go over..." Right? (Um, trust me.. I didn't want to type out a longer passage, but there is ample description of this kid on his roof.) And again, at the end of this paragraph in which this kid describes nearly falling, only to end with, "I had made it." Again, I say DUH. This sort of repetitive, reiterating of ideas happens throughout the entire book. In every chapter. There is a lot of stating, then stating again of idea. Just like my annoying example here. Also, this story is very action heavy. We are exposed to so many nail-biting, on the edge of your seat moments that when the real shit hits the fan... I didn't really care. This kid has made it out of approximately 257 scrapes and near misses before, why not now? Finally, even after all of this, the entire story... we still don't know entirely what the Morpheus Road is or what Marshall's exact role in this mystery is. Who is Marshall? Eh, some kid, nerdy, heroic, follows his impulses and does the right thing... you've heard it all before. Nothing new here.

  • ~Tina~
    2019-01-16 16:48

    Meet 16 year old Marshall Seaver. Marsh is a semi-geek who likes his graphic novels, comic books, art and has a hard time letting go and growing up, unlike his best friend Cooper, who likes to live life large and push it to the limits, frequently.So what happens when Cooper gets himself into a sticky mess more then usual and gets sent away to his family lake house, destroying there summer plans in the process? Or a better question is, what's happening to Marsh as he seems to be haunted or/and hunted by a demonic paranormal being that crazy enough Marsh created with his very own imagination come to life?Strange and unusually things doesn't seem to cover what's going on and the mystery seems to be thickening up when Marsh finds out that his best friend, Cooper, is missing...Okay! This one freaked me the hell out!The Light is one of those books that puts a good spin on creepy and doesn't let up. It's not stalker-physio-killer creepy, or well not human anyways, this ones a twisted up unique paranorm that would rival any stalker killer, but it's not about that kind of creepy that did me in, it was more the mind game of sounds or lack there of; that made my imagination whack out before I hit the next line creepy, this had quite the effective edge to get me going and I got to tell ya, I had an absolute blast with this book!!!I've never read anything from this author before, but I like the way he writes, it's very strong writing, really putting you smack in the middle of the picture getting you worked up enough to get a great feel for the story. I loved the way he blended tension with humor to keep readers relaxed enough to at least continue on. It's smooth and perfectly paced.Marsh is an awesome character, I wasn't sure if I wanted to hug him or send him to a mental ward, where I'm sure he'd accept enough meds to knock him out for years...willingly!I loved the way he tried to grasp out rationalized logical explanations to the strange unknown phenomenons that very much is his reality and not his overactive imagination gone over the deep end one too many times, it was both spooky and amusing at the same time.Sydney was a hard character to like at first, she's rude and obnoxious and I wanted to kick that pedestal down a few notches, but like most characters, Sydney is complicated and she grew on me later on.Gravedigger is Wicked and Cool, but that's all I'm going to say about that;)The plot is absolutely crazy fun, fast paced freaky and a highly entertaining world of one twisted fantasy. I could definitely see this as a movie but I'm content enough knowing that we're getting two more books from this world.Bottom line, I loved it! I had a lot of fun getting freaked out and the mystery really kept me guessing! Awesome, Awesome book!!For anyone looking for a book that will make your imagination go wild, this one goes out to you!A Must Read!

  • Sandi
    2019-01-08 20:50

    This past Saturday, my daughter and I went to the LA Times Festival of Books at UCLA. Our first stop was the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore booth to get the lay of the land. Last year, we stumbled upon Connie Willis at their booth and had a nice chat with her, so we were hoping for some equal luck this year. We started talking to this really nice, intelligent author named D.J. MacHale. There wasn't anyone waiting to get books signed, so we kind of monopolized his time for a bit. I noticed that he had written the Pendragon series. I had heard of it and told him that I'd only heard good things about it, but I wasn't going to get sucked in to reaading a series of ten YA novels. He and I talked a bit about books and series and popularity vs. quality. His latest book, The Light is the first installment of what he promises is only a trilogy. I loved the cover and the synopsis sounded interesting. I bought a copy and he signed it with a reference to our conversation about The Da Vinci Code. Needless to say, I felt obligated to move this book up to the top of my reading pile.When I was a kid, I loved ghost stories and tales of the supernatural. I read all those Strange but True paperbacks and my friends and I would tell ghost stories in the dark. (Remember Mary White? You'd say her name three times and she'd appear in your mirror?) Once, my best friend and I were playing with a Ouija board under a card table with a quilt over it and it scared the crap out of us by spelling out "I...W...I...L...L...K...I...." We didn't even let it finish spelling and ran out from under that table screaming. My friend, who owned the Ouija board, wrapped practically a whole roll of masking tape around it and shoved it in the back corner of her closet shelf. I think I was eleven and she was twelve at the time. I also remember my 6th grade teacher reading Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart to us and setting me on a path to read everything Poe. I'm dredging up all those childhood memories because The Light brought all of that back to me.I will admit that The Light is one darned scary book. It starts off slow and builds in creepiness. The ending was completely shocking and unexpected. I would have adored this book when I was a kid. It has a huge appeal to my inner 9-13 year old. I know a lot of people may think that it's too scary for kids that young, but it's exactly the kind of thing I was reading at those ages. I enjoyed the trip down memory lane and I hope Mr. MacHale and his publisher get the next two installments out really soon.

  • Halley Hopson
    2019-01-03 16:27

    Finished my second book of Booktube-a-thon 2016! This one fit the challenge of read a book by one of your favorite authors.I enjoyed this so much more than I expected to. It was much creepier than I had anticipated; very disturbing at times, with a good amount of suspense and action. I loved the use of illusions and the struggle Marshall had trying to constantly decide what was real and not real. Marshall is honestly a great character; sarcastic, a little snarky, but genuinely a good guy with a hilarious inner monologue. I actually enjoyed every single one of the characters in this book, which doesn't happen often.I would also just like to make a note that I ADORED that this story takes place in the town of Stony Brooke; the same place that the Pendragon series takes place. Great nod to his other series. There were several references in this to not only to that series but also to a horde of other nerdy things as well and I loved every second of it.Looks like I'm buying the sequels off of Thriftbooks.

  • Iris
    2019-01-11 19:50

    I've had this book for a year now. I don't know why it's taken me so long to get to it. I bought it at last year's LA Times Book Festival where D.J. MacHale signed it for me. And now that this year's Book Festival is right around the corner, and D.J. MacHale will be there again, I thought, "Oh, #@$%!$, I didn't even read that first book!" Seriously, I felt guilty. Which is silly. I don't think this man would be mortally offended that I took so long to get to his book, but I still felt kind of bad, especially since I've never read the Pendragon series (although, I really like this author now, so I will try to get to it). I probably felt guilty because I thought he seemed like such a great guy. I was at his panel because it was a group panel and I was there for a different author. But besides that other author, I thought MacHale was the most personable and very pleasant to talk to, so I thought, "What a nice guy! This makes me want to read his books." And then I got busy and didn't. So I felt bad. But here I am rectifying things! So anyways. I snatched this up off my bookshelf and got so absorbed in it that I finished it in only two days. Maybe it's for the best, because the second book in the series has just been released and I am happy to be able to get to it right away instead of having to wait a year in between. I read a little bit about D.J. MacHale after reading that foreword in this book and being pleasantly surprised to learn he'd written for Are You Afraid of the Dark? I loved that show! And he also wrote for Ghostwriter! Awesome! I don't think knowing this made me expect anything more or less out of Morpheus Road: The Light but as I got about halfway through the book, I realized something. As a screenwriter, D.J. MacHale does not fall into the trap of writing his books straight into a flat way to make you feel like you're reading, well, a screenplay. I am such a hater (sorry) but I kept on comparing it to I Am Number Four, which was basically written just so that a movie could be made from it. The writing was bland and the action sequences were boring -- and shouldn't that be the opposite of what action should be?! The characters have no personality, nobody reacts to anything in a logical way, and everything's just flat, boring, boring. It reads like, "I did this. Then I did this. Then this happened." Knowing that this author does write a lot for TV, one might make the assumption that his novel might turn out similarly. I was so happy to find out that this was not the case. I loved that this novel is actually the complete opposite. The characters in this book are very likeable, particularly Marshall Seaver. He's so like me. He likes to draw, he reads graphic novels, and likes to build models, and is a bit shy and doesn't make friends easily. That's a whole lot like me. (Also, at this point, I can't believe it's taken me so long to talk about the actual book. Boy, do I ever ramble.) The friendship between Marshall and Cooper is realistic, touching, and then tragic. I love the fact that this book is supposed to be horror/psychological thriller type stuff, and yet the storytelling is made possible because of all the characters. It's not just a bunch of random teenagers to whom scary stuff happens. This story really takes place because of who these people are, and it makes you care about them. Also, I really loved all the flashbacks that were scattered throughout. They weren't exactly necessary, I suppose, but they added a lot to the book for me. They fleshed out the characters, and I particularly loved the way that the author transitioned between present time and flashback -- I could kind of feel like I saw his ability to write for the screen there. I could see it playing out like a movie at those parts. Ahh, and all of the pop culture references were awesome, too. With every one, I kept thinking this guy has great taste. I love Rod Stewart! And The Dark Knight Returns is an amazing graphic novel. Major points for this author, who also apparently likes baseball. The creepy factor was just right, too. Not too bad for a major wimp like me, and not too low-key, either. And even if it is too scary for you, there's great bits of humor sprinkled throughout, too. There were lines that cracked me up. Basically, I thought it was a job very well done, I can't wait to read the next one, I'll go dutifully read Pendragon, and oh God I am so sorry it took me this long to read my autographed book, D.J. MacHale.

  • Rae
    2019-01-05 20:43

    Several years ago I read the Pendragon series by D.J. McHale and rather enjoyed them, so when I saw that he had a new series out I certainly wanted to read it. Honestly, getting this book was just a waste of a good credit. Spoilers coming up…if you still want to read this book, that is… I really, really wanted to like this book, and kept on figuring that it was going to get better in a couple of chapters…it never did. Let’s start off with the main character shall we? Marshall Ciever is an art geek. He draws all the time. He practically lives in the art room….oh wait, no, that’s me. I can’t say how excited I was when I read that bit, thinking for once, a protagonist that’s an artist!!! At least that’s what his character says in the first few chapters. However, this part of his character is mentioned early on to establish that he created a character of his own named Gravedigger (who’s basically the grim reaper…really creative, right?) and then that part of his personality is never really shown again. I mean, there could have been so many opportunities for him to utilize his talents in his adventure, but instead Marshall turns into a stupid, poorly characterized stump of writing. Now onto the horribly trope-tastic best friend. Cooper Foaly is the cool, popular, athletic buddy of Marsh’s who goes missing early on in the story. Everyone in the book is always commenting on how strange it is that the two of them work as best friends, because after all, the art geek can’t possibly have a hip best friend! Ugh, stereotypes like this absolutely drive me up the wall!!! I can’t mention Cooper Foaly without going into his bratty older sister Sydney. She’s the foil to Cooper – where he’s relaxed, she’s tense; where he’s a slacker, she’s ivy league potential; on and on and on. From the first mention of her, I knew that she was going to end up being the romantic interest by halfway through the book. So called it. The whole “omg how do you two work out since she’s awesome and you’re a art geek?!” thing is repeated with Sydney…but worse. Earlier, I mentioned that I’d liked the Pendragon books (also penned by D.J. McHale. In those books two of the main characters are unlikely friends. Mark is the smart dork, and Courtney is the athletic popular girl in that series, but unlike in “Morpheus Road: The Light,” Mark and Courtney actually work as characters. They are dynamic, fun, and actually seem like more then poorly cut out pieces of cardboard. In “The Light,” it seemed like McHale was trying to clone Mark and Courtney and instead a horrible disfigured creature crawled out of the dark.Oh, and did I mention that it takes place in the exact same city as the Pendragon books? Marshall apparently also works at the same place that Mark does…so did ANY of the adventures from the other book series happen? Continuity dude, continuity. With it’s poor story, lazy character-building, and overall feeling of awkward writing, I would not recommend this book to pretty much anyone.

  • Trina-Marie
    2019-01-11 14:22

    Wow, I loved this book!I've let Morpheus Road The Light sit on my shelf for months because the back description didn't sound too fantastic. I started reading it because I saw that a few of my Goodreads friends gave it a good review, so I figured I would give it a try, and I am so happy that I did! This book was so good!It has been a while since I've read a truly creepy book, and I definitely enjoyed the creepiness of this one! I also loved the storyline, which included things like of the power of friendship, a budding romance, and some pretty heartbreaking lessons in loss. It was also full of mystery which have left me longing to read more! I will certainly be picking up the sequel very soon and I will be looking forward to the third installment!I also enjoyed the characters in the story. The narrator, Marsh, felt pretty authentic and was easy to relate to. He has to go through a lot in this book and you definitely develop sympathy for him! He has a very strong relationship with his dad, which was nice to see in a YA novel. His relationship with his best friend, Cooper, is also great and Cooper himself is a very interesting and fun character. I also liked Sydney, who goes through a lot of changes and developments through the course of the story. Sydney and Marsh's love/hate thing is also pretty adorable. They have good chemistry together!Like I said above, I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fast paced, well rounded read!

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2018-12-25 19:40

    Review courtesy of AllThingsUrbanFantasy.blogspot.comMORPHEUS ROAD: THE LIGHT is the first book in a planned trilogy from D. J. McHale. As soon as I saw the super creepy cover (which is unbelievably detailed in person) I had to read it. I’m sorry it looks like mud above, but there don’t appear to be good hi-res images anywhere.For fans of D. J. McHale's Pendragon series, Mark Diamond gets a couple brief mentions of here. Speaking of the Pendragon series, my big complaint with them and now MORPHEUS ROAD: THE LIGHT is how the main character comes across as much younger than his actual age. Marshall is sixteen in this book, but based on his actions, I would have guessed he was closer to twelve.But that aside, MORPHEUS ROAD: THE LIGHT was a spooky fun read. Several scenes were delightfully creepy and more than once I was glad I read this book during the day…with all the lights on…clutching my dog.MORPHEUS ROAD: THE LIGHT is really part one of a bigger story. The main plot of THE LIGHT is resolved, but the metanarrative of the trilogy still leaves lots of unanswered questions. I ended up liking this story more and more in the days after I finished it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it.If you are looking for a fun ghost story full of appropriately tame, but no less chilling, scares, pick up MORPHEOUS ROAD: THE LIGHT. I’m already anxiously awaiting the next installment of the Morpheus Road Trilogy.Sexual Content: (YA titles receive a more thorough breakdown) Kissing.

  • Merry
    2019-01-22 12:35

    If I were to write a letter to the author:You've gotta be kidding. D.J., what were you thinking? Has your brain been addled by the TV shows you used to write? I read the first book in your "Pendragon" series and it was amazing! I couldn't put it down. You wrote killer cliff-hanger endings. But this book? It is just a hodge podge of scary, sensational scenes, tied together by a weak plot. Clearly, you were going for the gore factor, a tactic that causes authors to lose major points in my book. This series will be in my library, and I may even have to buy a second copy of this first book, but it will only be in response to readership demand. A student who read this before me said that it was going to be HUGE.....bigger than the "Percy Jackson" series or "Maze Runner." No way.

  • Zane H
    2018-12-29 12:39

    I love this book because this is a scary book. I also love it because I could visualize everything that happened in the book. The book was so amazing that I wanted to buy the book. I want the book really bad and I hope others want this book. The book is also as scary as Freddy Kruger. This book was like a quick read, like I mean fast

  • Stephanie
    2018-12-25 17:46

    I was really creeped out by this book. Some of the graphics made my imagination run wild which resulted in me freaking out. I do give credits for the explicit details and I'm sure horror fans would love this book.The plot itself was all over the place. At first, it was about the character that Marshall made up and then the "kidnapping" of his best friend, Cooper. They were separate but the author managed to pull things together so both subplots were able to coordinate well with each other. However, towards the end of the book, the last 50 pages of so, that was when the plot really went wild. So many things happened and I was so confused. What was the "main" plot of the book or what I thought was the "main" plot of the book turned out completely false and completely opposite of what was really going on. I remember rereading some parts and going "what's going on, what the heck is happening?!" It was confusing, to say the least. This is probably the one thing I really have to say.The characters weren't that well-developed. They were adequate. I didn't really relate much to any of the characters including Marshall and the other sub-characters.Overall, Morpheus Road would most likely appeal to teen horror fans.

  • X
    2019-01-15 16:34

    It was definitely good for Halloween. Very creepy, lots of action and supernatural happenings, and also more blood than I had expected. I didn't much like the rather colloquial writing style, but that is just personal preference, and it fit the book fine.

  • Joey Gotti
    2019-01-19 20:43

    This book is very good. it starts off with a nice/happy feeling, but changes when a teenage boy goes missing. his friend Marshall goes looking for him and encounters some kind of spirit. He finds his friend, but also finds out his friend had died.I liked this book because of the scary/horror feel to it. Like when Gravedigger is chasing after him, the feeling is tense, and you don't know if he's going to make it

  • Annie
    2019-01-10 16:26

    Forgot to post full review. Here it is now.First Look: I don’t know why I haven’t picked this up before now. What was I waiting for? I mean, it’s D. J. MacHale, who wrote the amazing-beyond-amazing Pendragon series. I’m now convinced that MacHale is genius in carbon form.*Setting: Stony Brook! I loved how the story took place in the same town as the Pendragon series started out in. The town itself isn’t anything special, it’s just a smallish town. But I like how MacHale used the same places (school, restaurant, etc.) from Pendragon. Characters: I liked Marsh because he reminded me of myself, in that he’s very introverted and doesn’t mind it one bit. He’s not really an outcast, but he’s not popular, either. But he wasn’t the cliché loner-friendless-kid, either, which I liked. He seemed very realistic.I really felt for him. I felt his emotions when he remembered his mom, when he thought of his missing best friends. He went through quite a bit, and he reacted to this in ways that a real person would react. Plot: I’ve never been a huge fan of straight-up ghost stories (probably because most fail to creep me out as promised), but I liked this one. The storyline had plenty of mystery and suspense, enough to keep me interested all the way through. I liked how this book blended paranormal and reality. There was the whole creepy supernatural ghost thing going on. At the same time, Marsh also had real-life problems, like his missing best friend. I liked how they remained separate at first, but then became intertwined. Uniqueness: ***** It’s a paranormal story, but it’s unique. It's what I call "real paranormal". It stands out from the pile of YA novels that deal with ghosts and other similar things.Writing: D. J. MacHale can write. Yes, that’s all I can say. Okay, fine. I’ll elaborate. Starting this, I was a bit afraid that the awesome voice from Pendragon wouldn’t carry through to this series. I soon found out that it wouldn’t be a problem. MacHale is the only author I know of that can write his action scenes in fairly large block paragraphs and still have them work. If most other writers tried this, it’d be boring and hard to read. But somehow, MacHale pulls it off. Likes: MARK DIMOND!!!! A wild Mark Dimond appears! For those of you who don’t know, Mark was a major character in the Pendragon series. Through all ten books, he was one of my absolute favorites. And he was mentioned in this book. This made me extremely happy. Yay. Also, here's a did-you-know?: Morpheus is the Greek god of dreams. I'm curious to see is this comes into play later in the series, or if it was just used for the cool name. Not-so-great: "Find the poleaxe, Marshall. Bring me the poleaxe!" It seems to me like Marsh has a cell phone and iPod, but no Google. He keeps being told to get the poleaxe, but he keeps desperately insisting he has no idea what a poleaxe is. Why don't you look it up, genius? Or here, let me Google that for you.Total Score: 4/5 I really liked this book. It was different from many things I read, which was a good thing. I liked Marsh as a character. The whole book was exciting, mysterious, and creepy. It takes quite a bit in a book to creep me out, but this was definitely getting there. And the ending leaves the story in a place where you just have to know more. Recommended for fans of ghost stories, or other “real paranormal” books (none of these vampires and angels and such). And D. J. MacHale fans, of course. *It’s entirely possible that no one has ever before been called “genius in carbon form”. It’s like that game where you try to come up with a sentence that’s never been said or written before. Like “Plaid flannel-loving squirrels are not Facebook fans of Darren Criss, nor are they close relatives of Steve Jobs.”

  • Dark Faerie Tales
    2018-12-27 16:21

    Quick & Dirty: A highly entertaining read that is sure to give you nightmares. Opening Sentence: I believe in ghosts. The Review: The story is narrated by Marshall Seaver, an average teenage boy and amateur comic book artist. He's a bit immature and clings to all of the things that define him. He loves comics, video games, building model rockets, and spending time with his one and only friend - his best friend, Cooper. Where Marshall is a total geek and lacks skills with the ladies, Cooper is a ladies man and is always looking for trouble. Marshall is really looking forward to spending the summer with his best friend, but Cooper's parents decides that he needs to get away from his troubles so Cooper goes to his family's cottage. Marshall creates his own comic book character, the Gravedigger. He begins to have hallucinations and starts to question what's real. He starts to see the character that he created - Gravedigger and believes that Gravedigger is stalking him. To make matters worse, Marshall discovers that Cooper has gone missing, so he teams up with Cooper's sister, Sydney, to help get to the bottom of the mystery. Morpheus Road: The Light is an interesting story that deals with many themes, such as identity and growing up. This engaging tale certainly has its share of creepy and scary moments. Mr. MacHale is an excellent writer. He does an amazing job building tension. The secondary characters and villains are well crafted, interesting, and unique. The plot is surprisingly complex, with numerous subplots, but this in no way detracts from my enjoyment of the novel. Mr. MacHale disdains cliches and creates multidimensional characters in both Marshall and Sydney, who grow over the course of his book. Overall, Morpheus Road: The Light is a good read. Mr. MacHale delivers some great twists and lots of suspense. Readers will be chomping at the bit to see what happens in the next installment. Notable Scene: I heard more than saw what happened behind me. The heavy stack of glass hit the floor and exploded. Bits of glass flew everywhere, filling the air with a storm of sharp, shiny fragments. I glanced back in time to see a wave of broken glass headed my way. I ducked quickly and covered my face before I got sliced. I felt the sting through my clothes as I was pelted by the glass, but I didn't dare budge. After a couple of seconds I cautiously peeked over my arm to see the carnage. The four climbing ropes were hanging straight down, swinging gently, no longer animated. FTC Advisory: Big Honcho Media provided me with a copy of Morpheus Road: The Light. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review. In addition, I don't receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

  • Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
    2019-01-20 13:25

    4 Stars - When I first started reading this book I soon learned that I wouldn't be reading it in the dark. It had such a high creep factor for me that I almost didn't pick it back up again. What can I say, this book was scary and well… I'm a big chicken. LolI did in the end finish it... and was a little bit confused while reading, but I liked the story and the build up for what's to come in the rest of the series. Our main character Marshall finds himself being haunted by a character he's dreamed up in his head. It's this character that adds the creepy factor to this book. I mean even his name – Gravedigger wouldn’t give anyone the warm and fuzzies. While Marshall thinks he's going crazy and well, running for his life - he finds himself in a much bigger mystery when his best friend Cooper goes missing.With the help of Coopers icy sister Sydney, who somewhat thaws throughout the story they embark on a journey that really the two of them only know about. Yeah, there are other's who are swept up into the story and have trouble due to Gravedigger and all, but really it's Marshall and Sydney who are deeper into things then they want to be.It's a thrilling book that had a bunch of twists and turns. It answered some of the many questions I had from the beginning, but left me asking more questions after finishing.Sometimes I felt the story was a bit long and that maybe there was just a bit too much going on. Sometimes we see that in first books in a series, so it wasn't anything that I wasn't really use to. I mean we all need some back story to our characters and some details and explanations and such, right? I can see how this might put some people off, especially because it’s a long read and for those who are about to start reading this one or have picked it up and put it back down again…. Give it another try. I mean I thought it was worth it. Not to mention MacHale does well in describing things. Often I felt like I was watching a movie more so then reading a book.All in all, I'm glad that I pushed through and finished this one, creep factor and all. There's a bigger picture here behind all that's going on and I'm looking forward to finding out just what's next for Marshall, Sydney and Cooper in the books to come.For more info and reviews please visit my Book Review Blog here - A Life Bound By Books

  • Kate
    2019-01-14 14:44

    The Light is an intense and down right creepy beginning to an exciting new series. From the get go, I knew this book was going to creep me out. Just look at the cover. This character screams "I am uber creepy. You better fear me." So it was no surprise to me when the first real scary / suspenseful scene occurred early on in the novel and that I was on the edge of my seat the whole time... with every little twist and suspenseful bump making me want to hide under the covers. From that scene alone, I knew this was going to be one of those novels that I had to either read in the daylight or at least a few hours before sleep. Now before you get thinking that this book is going to be way too scary for you, I must admit that 1.) I scare pretty easily and 2.) The novel's two scariest scenes (in my opinion) are in the beginning of the novel. The rest of the novel is more suspenseful and mystery based with a few creepy scenes mixed in.Despite the creepy and scary factor involved, I really enjoyed the novel. The Light is an action packed read that kept me on the edge of my seat. It seemed like the pages flew by as I tried to say one step ahead of Marshall and his mystery. The characters in the novel were quite interesting to me. Marshall reacts in a manner very similar to how I think I would, so his character was very easy to relate to. And while Marshall's character did not have as much character growth as I was hoping for, I realize that this is the first novel in a series so it is possible that readers will see the needed growth in one of the next novels. The secondary characters of Sydney and Cooper were a lot of fun to read about. Sydney is a tough on the outside character. She is sassy, and at times, hilarious. Her character was a wonderful foil to Marshall, and the two of them together made this book an exciting read.The Light, thankfully, has enough scary / creepy moments to satisfy the horror fans, but not too much to turn off other readers like myself who tend to get scared really easily. The creepiness that MacHale has created sets the mood in the novel perfectly. The Light is a suspenseful gem by giving the reader plenty of little twists. And while every question is not answered or at least mostly explored by the end of the novel, the ending will definitely have readers craving more.

  • Kish
    2019-01-12 19:32

    Truthfully, I wasn't expecting much from this book, so when I finally picked it up and read it (I'd had it since Christmas), it gave me a pleasant surprise. The main character, Marshall Seaver, is a refreshing protagonist who's into graphic novels, building rockets, and science fiction, even though his best friend Cooper has moved on to chasing girls and occasional criminal activity. Basically, Marshall is a geek and I love it. He's a ball of typically teenage insecurity, as opposed to those heroes who remarkably (unrealistically) always know what they're doing.Marshall's characterization made the book for me. His friendship with Cooper made a lot of sense, too - don't we all have that friend who seems better than us at everything?I also enjoyed the supernatural elements of this story, although for me they took a backseat to Marshall's character and back story. The scenes with Marshall alone in his house gave me chills. Some of the later illusions thrown at Marshall by the big baddie seemed a little over the top - think, say, the end of Stephen King's IT, (SPOILER) where the clown is suddenly a giant spider and not nearly as weirdly terrifying (/SPOILER) - but on the whole, the author handled the horror elements well. One other nitpick: Sydney, Cooper's sister, could have been as great a character as Marshall. Instead she alternated periods of extreme awesome with random bouts of idiocy. In some scenes she seemed a bit dull and unnecessary to the plot, especially toward the end of the book, when she'd stopped antagonizing Marshall completely. By the end of the book she reminded me of, for instance, Megan Fox in Transformers: added in just to be the gorgeous girl at the hero's side. If I'd edited this novel, I would have advised the author to stick to writing guys, which seems to be his forte. If not that, then he should at least have cut out the forced romance between Marshall and Sydney. That relationship only serves to reinforce the idea that men and women cannot possibly be platonic friends, and I was dreading it from the moment I saw it coming.Anyway, overall this book entertained me. Read it if you want some strong character relationships (Marshall's mostly offscreen friendship with Cooper being my favorite), a few good scares and a protagonist most boys and some girls will readily identify with.

  • Pranta Ghosh Dastider
    2019-01-22 19:24

    Morpheus Road The light is a book of horror.Can a book that starts slow make you excited by the end?Surely it can. First book of Morpheus Road Trilogy, The Light is a perfect example for that. When I started this book about 10-15% in I was very much bored. Nothing much happened since then. But when it took off it rolled like a corkscrew and moved like a roller-coaster. (view spoiler)[Here the main protagonist Marshall starts as an innocent boy, quite careless for his age, living in the shadow of his only friend Cooper. Cooper have a sister who is one year older than Marshall and his early age crash. Marshall has no mother, for she died already a few years back. Marshall is disturbed had argue with is father, breaks a egg like artifact and shit starts to happen.(hide spoiler)]Main strength of this story is how characters changes from beginning to end. They slowly and sure turns to complete different person. Also, there were twists, big secrets reveling throughout the story. There were non-stop run from the evil. The evil that remains unknown even after the story ends! But of course by the end it's characteristics will be reveled. I liked Marsh, Sydney, Cooper, and moms and dads, etc. There was disconnected romance here, which felt good. Everything rounds up quite well by the end, and a pathway was opened towards the next book. I liked the storytelling mostly. Although the story didn't end it was quite satisfying. I am eagerly waiting for the next book. I will get hand on it next month hopefully. I give one star less because it felt like the story could have been reduced in size. Otherwise its mostly fine.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2018-12-30 16:24

    Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo.comMarshall Seaver is looking forward to spending the summer with his best friend, Cooper, but an incident with some phony tickets has changed all that. Cooper's family whisks him away to their lake house where he disappears. Cooper's family thinks he's just run off again, but Marshall is convinced something is wrong, especially when he starts hearing strange noises and seeing strange things.Strangest of all is the appearance of "Gravedigger," who should only exist on the pages of Marshall's sketchbook.Convinced that all the weirdness is somehow connected to Cooper's disappearance, Marshall sets out to find him. As he delves further into the mystery of his friend's disappearance, Marshall uncovers a nightmare worse than anything he could have ever imagined.The premise sounded interesting, but I had no idea what I was getting into when I opened the cover and began reading this book. The journey down the MORPHEUS ROAD thrilled me with every page turn. Though I managed to solve some of the mysteries before Marshall did, the engaging writing and characters kept me marching along the road until I reached the surprising ending.There were some bumps in the road, but not enough to give me a flat tire and make me stop reading. I couldn't get enough of MacHale's first MORPHEUS ROAD story, and can't wait to find out what will happen next!

  • Claudia contreras
    2019-01-03 17:33

    ok i usually don't write reviews, like ever, but this one deserves it. this is the first scary (or mysterious)book i have ever read that actually made scared of my own freaking room at night. especially in a new house. i was in mom's room, watching an interesting movie at 11:00 at night. the movie was tooootttaly epic, anyway when i was going to my room i swear the dude from the cover was in the middle of the room.this is the first thing i did when this happen: i yelled "bloody murder"(not really but you get the idea), turned ont all the lights like my life depended on it(which in that moment i thought it did), scared the crap out of my mom and dog with my wierd behaviour and finally entered my room ( with mom at my back as back up). it was a coat that i had hamging from the lap i don't use. when i told my mom the reason for my freak out she said "that's what u get for raeding wierd books" while trying to calm herself from laughing so hard. i was so suprised with my reaction(and still scared out of my mind) that i read the book again(in the morning). i loved this book since "the incident" (as i like to call it)because almost nothing scares me anymore. the fact that a BOOK made me afraid of the dark for about 3 days says how awsome this book really is.

  • Rozhin
    2019-01-07 15:45

    سه و نیم!...میخواستم چهار بدم ولی نتونستم خودمو راضی کنم:-"من زیاد تو کتابا و ژانر ترسناک تجربه ندارم و ترسناک ترین سریالی/فیلم هم که دیدم سوپرنترال بوده..برای کتاب هم فقط چند جلد از کتابای ار.ال.استاین رو خوندم!ولی میتونم بگم داستان زیاد ترسناک نبود؟!؟..من انتظار ترسناک تر داشتم!...اما خوب بود...خوشم اومد!خصوصا اون چندتا چپتر اخر خیلی باحال شد...یعنی خوشم میاد دی.جی مک هیل همیشششهههههه اصل کاری ها رو میزاره اخر بعد کتاب تموم میشه ادم نمیدونه چیکار کنه://///بره تو شوک؟..دوباره اون تیکه رو بخونه؟...هیجان زده شه؟..کتابو بزاره کنار؟:/بعد همه چی توی اخرین جلد رو میشه بازم ادم میره تو شوک:/تجربه خوبی بود شاید بعدا جلدای بعدیشو بخونم...شایدم همین فردا:-"...منم دیگه://+داستان بعضی جاها خیلی کند پیشرفت میرفت طوری که حوصله م نمیموند ادامه بدم!...شاید یکی از دلایلی که نتونستم چهار بدم همین بود:-"+اسم شخصیت اصلیه-مارشال- به شدت رو اعصابم بود هی فکر میکردم دختره:/...بعد اونم فهمیدم که به طرز ازاردهنده ای یاد تبلیغ تبلت مارشال میوفتم://+خیلی شخصیت سیدنی من رو یاد کورتنی تو پندراگن مینداخت!

  • Violet Nightfall
    2019-01-12 17:41

    Quando ho comprato questo libro (durante la settimana di sconti indetta dalla Newton) mi aspettavo di trovarmi dinnanzi al solito libretto horror per ragazzi, qualcosa di scontato ma piacevole da leggere, un po' alla "piccoli brividi" di R. L. Stine. Devo dire invece che mi ha sorpresa... in ogni modo possibile, fino al finale che ti lascia col fiato sospeso. Unica pecca? La Newton non ha pubblicato i successivi della serie ed è una cosa che mi manda in bestia... come si fa a iniziare una serie senza finirla? Per non parlare del titolo che non c'entra assolutamente nulla con la storia e nemmeno col titolo originale del romanzo. A tutto ciò... beh, comprerò la versione inglese, sono davvero curiosa di vedere come finisce questa trilogia! Ho scoperto un altro autore fenomenale che si va ad aggiungere alla rosa dei miei scrittori preferiti! Complimenti, davvero un romanzo ben congeniato!

  • Parajunkee
    2019-01-07 13:35

    Rollercoaster! This book was a macabre rollercoaster through a week of one boys life. Entertaining and spine chilling, The Light, flung me from one impending and near death experience to the next, never letting me up for breath. Not often does a book leave me chilled, but this one almost had me sleeping with the light on.Read More...

  • Daniel
    2019-01-16 13:26

    The book overall was very good. With the suspense and horror the book has brought I'm really excited to read the second one. Okay so you read about this teenager named Marsh and his friend Cooper Foley and it was the last day of school. They were planning to go to this town called Thistletown and it was only Cooper that went. One day he went missing and Marsh went to the town to look for him. Like I said this book is very good and I highly recommend for you guys to read it.

  • Paige
    2018-12-24 13:48

    I am not one for the horror genre or ghost stories in general. But this title was absolutely incredible. It was fast-paced, with creepy to down right scary moments that keep you glued to the story. And not only that, the characters were vivid and very likable. I am anxious to find out what happens next.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-10 15:47

    it was amazing thrilling an gripping i could not put it down

  • Paige
    2019-01-06 12:44

    A good book!

  • Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
    2019-01-03 16:27

    Updated RTCA good book, a young adult horror story

  • Alyssa
    2019-01-07 12:31

    I absolutely love this book. I literally mean this when I say that it was one of the best books I have ever read that dealt with horror and mystery. For me, I am a horror nerd and I always crave for a really, really good book that deals with horror. When I was about 12 years old I saw this book sitting in the library on a shelf by itself. It was on the "highly recommended" reads for October and I decided to check the book out. Boy, this book had a somewhat slow build up, but D. J. MacHale managed to keep me glued to his writing. I could not bring myself to set this book down. It was so much so that I didn't sleep at night. Instead I stayed up reading this book. Now it has been 4 years and I still find this book and read it. I have a very hard time staying away from the series alone and I can't help it. This mixed a lot of details that I could actual picture. The characters fit well with the story and I love the fact that a sketch book character comes to life. It's so unrealistic but that is what makes this book so unique. Though descriptive the book is a very fast read once you get hooked. The other two books in the series are even faster too. It is absolutely wonderful and I will recommend this book to everyone.