nathaniel and hannah crowe book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Strange Tale of Hector & Hannah Crowe by Nathaniel Hensley is the first book in what I believe will be a new series. I think Hannah and Hector have a lot of appeal and will make a great series for young adults. Brothers and sisters may fight but most will protect each other when the chips are down.

Hector and Hannah have grown up at Strange Manor, which happens to be haunted by the original owner. So they are both a bit more used to hauntings and things that go bump in the night than your average person. Strange things have been going on in the lives of the Crowe children, but since that is fairly ‘normal’, they aren’t given the focus they deserve. It does not mean that others are so blase–Hector’s best friend still doesn’t like going into the main house, for a whole host of reasons.

While showing off to his friend, in a room they don’t belong in, something gets broken. It isn’t until later that the importance comes to light. Someone had made a Faustian deal with the devil, but has managed to stay out of his clutches for a long time. Things are about to change.

The Devil’s come to Oregon, looking for a soul to steal, or lay claim too. The soul in question happens to be trying to break into Strange Manor which doesn’t bode well for the Crowe household. Especially since Mr. and Mrs. Crowe have to leave to deal with an emergency caused by a different broken item in the cellar. Leaving the children home with a babysitter.

I found this to be a very good young adult book. The kids treated each other like siblings do, and also showed intelligence and initiative. The two are talented in their own ways and when they decide to work together, they make a very good team. They each gained a grudging respect of each other’s abilities, strengthening the family bonds. They were fun to get to know and I think I’ll be looking for further adventures of these two. Good writing, fun story, great addition to book offerings for young adults. It’s fairly fast paced too so readers shouldn’t get bored! Recommended!

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Nathaniel Hensley. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.