Henry Bats is running out of time, and the pocket watch counting down to his death won't stop ticking.
Every day, thirteen year old Henry Bats has his usual bowl of Sugar Slugs, helps tend Cobalt Sidewinders at Frank’s Peculiar Pets, and keeps to himself with his comic book collection. Just your typical day in Grimworld, where the sky is always dark and shadows lurk in the streets. What’s not typical is a suspicious Nightspook luring Henry into a cemetery in the middle of the night with the promise of a prized comic book.
The Nightspook steals part of Henry's lifespan with a pocket watch, which begins counting down to his death. Henry is running out of time, and the pocket watch won't stop ticking...
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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Creepy, adventurous, easy-to-read, memorable. What a delightful story! The names of the characters are cute and unique. The main character Henry Bat has some challenges with a scary night monster. The pet store was an entertaining side story. Great story for kids and a fun one for adults to indulge in enjoying the wonderment of childhood. ~ Sharon Schultheis (Reviewer), NetGalley
.................... I would absolutely recommend this book. It's so atmospheric and creepy in all the best ways. It's perfect for a quick Halloween read.!! ~ Brianna Barrett (Reviewer) , NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. The paranormal essence of this creepy story is the element that makes this book a five stars reading! Even if the plot can be summarised as the classic battle between good and evil this novel was fresh and intriguing till the end. the emotions were jumping out of the pages to capture the reader's attention. Definitely recommended to people who enjoyed Coraline and Tim Burton's settings. ~ Laura D (Reviewer) , NetGalley
I was very pleasantly surprised. Pacing was great for this book, plot driven and always something happening to keep the attention of the reader. This will be fantastic for younger readers and was even very enjoyable for myself as an adult. My only critique is it could have been a bit longer so the characters could have been fleshed out more , however for the age range this is marketed for I think it will be perfect and keep their attention. Very intrigued to see what Avery Moray writes next. Amazing debut! ~ Emma Russell (Reviewer) , NetGalley
Grimworld is a wonderfully fun book meant for middle grade, but highly enjoyable for adults as well. This is the story of Henry Bats - a fairly ordinary young man in a world where dark is normal, ghouls roam freely, and no one blinks an eye at tunnel full of ghosts. Henry is tricked by a being called a Vytiper into giving away part of his life and must find a way to get it back. Along the way he meets a whole cast of new friends - characters who are charming, interesting, and engaging all on their own.....Overall this was a quick, fun read that I would highly recommended to anyone and I look forward to reading more from this author. ~ Megan de Araujo (Reviewer), NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Great early to middle grade books are a rare find and I'm glad I have stumbled upon Avery Moray's "Grimworld: Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock". There were definitely some Tim Burton's "Coraline" and "The Nightmare Between Christmas" vibes I got from this and I can easily envision what the characters and Grimworld would look like in his perspective. For that obvious reason I was immediately drawn to that concept and writing style cause I mean who doesn’t love Tim Burton inspired writing and/or movies?! The author did a fantastic job making this her own and taking the reader into another world thus making this one of my favorites reads of 2019. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who is a fan of Tim Burton style stories to definitely give this a chance and not to forgot this novel is intended for early to middle grade but adults can still have an overall enjoyable reading experience reading this. ~ Sheena Martinez (Reviewer) , NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. How can I even begin to describe this book? It was like reading a mashup of Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I could perfectly envision the telltale creepy stop animation in my mind of the ever dark Halloween esque town of Grimworld. Simply put, I loved this. It’s clever and original and genuinely creeped me out. For a children’s/middle grade book it did a fantastic job at being age appropriate yet suitably creepy. The gist of the story is that Henry Bats has lost something dear to him for the exchange of a rare comic. That something is a portion of his life and NO, HE DID NOT GET THE COMIC WHICH IS AN OUTRAGE. Of course he has to try to get his life back but time is literally ticking in the form of a pocket watch fused on his neck. With the help of some newfound friends Henry goes around the creepy, curious planes of Grimworld to take what is rightfully his. Characters:- They are all amazing in their own rights. Even the monsters. Especially the monsters. Special shoutout to Henry and Hattie’s grandpa who has an addiction to lettuce. I loved the interactions between all of the kids and I loved all the different creatures introduced. I had to add this to my favorite books of 2019 because it was that good and I will be buying this when it comes out. I don’t think my 7 year old is quite ready to read it yet as she gets scared easily but I’ll place it on the bookshelf. I hope to see more work from the author truly! ~ Amanda Lily (Reviewer), NetGalley
An Engaging Ghost Tale for an Early or Middle Grade Reader. The premise here is that our hero, Henry, is tricked by a ghost, (the "Vytiper"), into giving away the remaining years of his lifespan. The arcane "symbol" of the deal is a pocket watch that shows how much of his lifetime Henry has left. Henry has to undo the deal by tricking or somehow forcing the ghost to give back the hands of the watch so that Henry can restore his life time. That's not a bad tale at all, and you can see how the story will follow a path that shows us the trick, Henry's worry, his search for help and answers, his plan to defeat the ghost, the build up, the confrontation, and so on. The narrative is stripped down and fast paced. Everything happens quickly and the tale is told in short, direct sentences. There are lots of clever and engaging throwaway bits of background, scene setting, adventure, distractions, and deadpan humor, but the focus is always on moving the story along at speed. Sometimes it feels more like a campfire tale being recounted than it does a fully realized novel, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. ......So, this was fun and inventive and good natured; it struck me as a fine ghost tale/adventure for an early reader who didn't need anything too scary, and just twisty and action packed enough to also grab an older kid. ~ Joel Smith (Reviewer), NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Avery Moray has written a fine fantasy young adult novel with Grimworld. I enjoyed this book as an adult reader and would readily share it with young adult/middle school and high school readers. A nice balance of elements that appeal to older and younger audiences. ~ Dr J Reads (Reviewer), NetGalley