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The Sacrifice by Rin Chupeco

The Sacrifice by Rin Chupeco

About the Book- The Sacrifice by Rin Chupeco

An island oasis turns deadly when a terrifying legend threatens to kill off visitors one by one in this haunting novel from the highly acclaimed author of The Girl from the Well and the Bone Witch trilogy.

Pristine beaches, lush greenery, and perfect weather, the island of Kisapmata would be the vacation destination…if not for the curse. The Philippine locals speak of it in hushed voices and refuse to step foot on the island. They know the lives it has claimed. They won’t be next.

A Hollywood film crew won’t be dissuaded. Legend claims a Dreamer god sleeps, waiting to grant unimaginable powers in exchange for eight sacrifices. The producers are determined to document the evidence. And they convince Alon, a local teen, to be their guide.

Within minutes of their arrival, a giant sinkhole appears, revealing a giant balete tree with a mummified corpse entwined in its gnarled branches. And the crew start seeing strange visions. Alon knows they are falling victim to the island’s curse. If Alon can’t convince them to leave, there is no telling who will survive. Or how much the Dreamer god will destroy…

Creepy and suspenseful, The Sacrifice is perfect for readers looking for:
* Spooky, scary books for young adults
* Horror novels
* Ghost story books for teens
* East Asian folklore

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“If these women are making accusations for the fame,” I ask, “then why doesn’t anyone remember their names?” 

Read on for our review of the book The Sacrifice by Rin Chupeco

Our Review of The Sacrifice by Rin Chupeco

I had this book on audio and I guess that helped to evoke the spookiness of the book in its full potential. of course, there was also an aspect of the audio version that did threaten to hamper the experience but the content of the book was so different and worth the chills that I was sucked into this scary universe instantly.

The only trouble that I found was not in fact with the book or its content but actually with the audio narration. Somehow when the audio narrator took on the narration of the central character, he took on a tempo of having seen and done it all. The narrator would say the head got chopped in half, spilling the blood with the same sincerity as he would say something like the boy came into the room and had his lunch and decided to take a nap. ( this is just an example and not from the actual book) 

The Sacrifice is fully bathed in spookiness and I loved the weaving of cultural and folklore elements which added magic to the book. The array of characters in the book is so well sketched and placed that the story gains its strength from these different characters. I felt that each character had a purpose and place in the development of the book and that matters a lot.

Maybe it’s the audio effect or the book in itself that created such a mystique, a spooky aura that made the story being told so engaging. The book has an amazing flow and is filled with so many brilliant twists plots, scares and impressive characters that it is well worth the time


In conclusion, I would say that if horror fiction is your cup of taste, then this book would be an absolute divine pick because it has got the perfect mixture of spook, thrills and emotions. An engaging and fun scary read 😛

Squirrel Rating

Squirrel Rating- 4 Stars

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