Book Review: Night of the Living Dolls (Haunted #3)

Good Morning Spook Lovers!

Did you have a good weekend?

I did some volunteering at my local library and had a little bit of time with friends, but nothing crazy. I’ve kinda been on a roll with MG reads lately, so it’s time for another book review!

This time I read Night of the Living Dolls (Haunted #3) by Joel A. Sutherland. (Each book in this series can be read as stand alone)

I picked this book up along with The Book of Chaos the last time I visited my library.

It was next to the R.L. Stine stuff and I’d never heard of this author so I thought I’d give it a try. Also, I’ve always found dolls really creepy. Do you? Tell me in the comments. πŸ™‚

Okay, enough chit chat. Let’s get right into the review!



Prepare to scream!

When Zelda’s grandmother dies, she’s surprised to inherit her collection of antique dolls. Although she liked them when she was younger, Zelda now thinks they’re a little creepy. Their clothes are old-fashioned and frayed, their porcelain skin is cracked and their eyes appear to stare at you wherever you are in the room. She hides them away in her Charlottetown home and forgets about them.

That is, until the night the dolls creep out of the shadows . . . and speak.



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The Review

I had a fun time with this spooky little tale.

In this novel we center on a young girl Zelda and her sister Lucy. Their grandma just died, and they quickly set off to their grandma’s house with their parents to sort out the sad ordeal and prepare for the funeral. But when Zelda and her sister go snooping around, they discover a dark secret that unearths an even darker threat. Can they make it out alive?

This book had me just based on the cover. Dolls are seriously creepy, and having read and seen the adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Slappy books, I was ready for some light chills and thrills. I wasn’t disappointed.

Zelda is a good MC. She’s your typical preteen and is growing apart from her long time bestie Camryn. I liked that touch since puberty really is when you start to discover who your true friends are. I would’ve liked a little bit more depth or personality to her, but what I got was enough on a MG level.

The plot was fun, spooky, and supernatural. The writing was super easy to read and blaze through, and there was a good amount of build up before the supernatural element comes into place. I was really happy with how this story ended up. I got some light scares from the creepy dolls, and the backstory was really nice and thought out.

I can definitely see this scaring younger kids without terrifying them, so if you want a spooky read for your youngster or a light read for yourself, definitely check this one out!


That’s A Wrap!

Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!

Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!

Have a great day!


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  1. This sounds like it would be good. My daughter loves Mary Downing Hahn. This one sounds pretty spot on to her style. Great littler MG books. Thanks for the review.

    • Thanks! Yeah, I’m always nervous about new authors, but this paid off. I actually haven’t read any of Hahn’s work just yet, but she’s on my TBR. Thanks again for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  2. I also think dolls can make very creepy supernatural beings, Jonny. I get the shivers just thinking about it. It sounds like this was a successful MG read. Thanks for sharing your review!

  3. Oh man–I’m gonna have to pick this one up for my oldest who is a budding horror fan. I watched the 1986 movie “Dolls” waaaaaayyy back when and it seared itself into my brain. I had a porcelain doll in my room as a kid that I swear would start moving as soon as I looked away. They ARE so creepy!

    • Oh definitely do! It has all the creepy doll vibes. I’ve actually never seen the 1986 movie, but I just watched a trailer and wow, I’m going to have to watch that soon. It looks terrifying!

      Yeah, no dolls for me!

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