SYNOPSIS: Seventeen-year-old Howard Pickman has some unusual problems: He comes from a family of ghouls with a long history of digging up corpses, and he’s just moved to a new school filled with kids that are scarier than he is. American Ghoul is the story of an exceptionally odd teenager trying to survive the most terrible time anybody has to go through -- senior year at high school.
MY RATING: 5 STARS
American Ghoul was a very interesting story with memorable, well-written characters.
Normally, when I think about a ghoul, I think of a dirty, nasty creature that ravages cemeteries to pick the bones of the dead. Howard and his family are ghouls, but not in the traditional sense. They rob graves occasionally to have what they call a Harvest once a month to get the nutrients, hormones, etc...that ghouls aren't born with. Without the Harvest they would become very sick and possibly die. To look at Howard and his family, you would never know they were ghouls. They are just as human as everyone else.
There is so much more to this story than just the ghoul aspect. Due to some terrible circumstances, Howard has to go live with his grandmother. This brings a whole new set of problems and situations that Howard has to work through. I really liked his grandmother. She's a little crazy and quirky, and the same could be said for the new friends Howard makes.
Having ghouls in a story, you know there is going to be some gore. Honestly, it's lite gore and nothing too stomach-churning. I would categorize this story as lite horror.
Overall, I really liked this story. It was well-written with believable characters. It kept my interest until the very end. You can get a copy of American Ghoul by clicking the Amazon link below.
*American Ghoul was provided to me by the author free of charge.