The Girl From The Well by Rin ChupecoThe Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

The Girl From The Well

byRin Chupeco

Paperback | April 30, 2015

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I am where dead children go.Okiku is a lonely soul. She has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the spirits of the murdered-dead. Once a victim herself, she now takes the lives of killers with the vengeance they're due. But releasing innocent ghosts from their ethereal tethers does not bring Okiku peace. Still she drifts on.Such is her existence, until she meets Tark. Evil writhes beneath the moody teen's skin, trapped by a series of intricate tattoos. While his neighbors fear him, Okiku knows the boy is not a monster. Tark needs to be freed from the malevolence that clings to him. There's just one problem: if the demon dies, so does its host.
Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of humor. Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She's been a technical writer and travel blogger, but now makes things up for a living. Connect with Rin at www.rinchupeco.com.
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Title:The Girl From The WellFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 inPublished:April 30, 2015Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1492608688

ISBN - 13:9781492608684

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from I expected more, let's just say that. The only thought that comes to mind when I look at the cover is an endless amount of sighs. Horror/thrillers are my favourite genre of YA, because so many authors could just slam books and make them so intense that one could not sleep at night. The Girl From the Well unfortunately was not intense or scary. Instead, it was pretty mythological, with Japanese ghost tales incorporated into a somewhat modern tale of exorcisms (but not the scary kind), poor descriptions and a lack of heroic characters to save the day. This was so much more fantasy than real or like some kind of thriller. I expected more, let's just say that. I immediately jumped into this book when I received the sequel for review. I requested it from the library, and was aching to read it ever since. (Let's just remember that my library pile was forty books wide.) I have been meaning to read this for a long time, since five star reviews have been all over the place and I just could not wait any longer for a tale that will leave me staring at my ceiling at night. "A dead girl walks the streets." Woo, I am so scared. What did this story offer, you ask? Ultimate boredom for a teenager. Unless you are a huge fan of Japanese mythology and ghost stories, you could have large issues with this storyline. The Girl From the Well seemed to be extremely confusing. I felt like the perspectives were constantly switching, or at least, it seemed like they were and everything was mixed up. There was an effort put for the book to feature Japanese culture, including the language, but it seemed like Google Translate was the best fit. The characters spoke English, they switched back and forth between a few words here and there, and there was so much boredom between the pages. The main idea and themes of the novel are still dissipated and I still do not know the answer. "I am where dead children go. But not even I know where they go when I am done, whether to a higher plane or to a new life. I only know this: like the chochin of my youth, where they go, I cannot follow." Just take a look at the "deep" phrases. This book featured a "scary" protagonist who went around with her dark locks (picture The Ring) but that is it. There were exorcisms, but nothing was descriptive. A kid could honestly read this book and they would be fine. There is nothing traumatizing or any of that. There are many characters who are all so different and stuck in different situations that you simply do not know what they are supposed to be doing throughout the novel. Tark is the teenage guy (whose perspective the sequel is in) and he's stuck in Japan with his older cousin, Callie. And then there's the chick who watches everyone and is "where dead children go." Ugh. This novel honestly could have been so much more but it turned out to be slow, and full of nonsense. You should see the way the story is formatted. Now that is a laugh for sure. The problem with Rin Chupeco's story is that it did not hand readers the ultimate horror experience. We picked up this book because of the pile of high ratings and promises that it is scary. In fact, I prepared myself for a similar story to Danielle Vega's The Merciless, which is a modern take on exorcisms and psychological thrillers. In this case, I do not know how to exactly classify this book and where. The only things that were enjoyable were Callie, Tark and the setting. Japan is crazily awesome, but I cannot even recall if this was taken place in a modern setting or not. It's that confusing and eerie.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Creepy! If you loved the movie The Ring, you will love this book. This is an unsettling and haunting book about anger and pain. This book is sure to keep you up at night.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spine Tingling The Girl From The Well is a spine-tingling mystery which will keep you lurking with its marvelous, cultural plot. We are introduced by immediately knowing what is it that this spirit does. With this drastic first scene, there is no doubt that youll be like me, absolutely hooked and fully awake. This book had a middle which was less interesting than the rest. The Girl From The Well became a book I didnt feel the need to read more of. Yet, as I read on, my attention was captured once again, and it was definitely worth it in the all rounded, smooth ending. With the style of narration, it was hard to comprehend. the choppy and quick writing of the style of the writing really works well with Okiku's narration, as her existence is really long. But when Okiku narrates Callie or Tark, I tend to confuse it with a narration from the living character, not the dead ghost. Leading to a really confused Dory. My thoughts: "Yeah, I get enough now, its time to move on." I am used to fast-paced thrillers, and the pace of The Girl From The Well was slow, yet steady. The middle part of the novel was the slowest and really sucked, yet the creepiness of the novel lingered through it all. It was so beautiful to see such a culture [Japanese Spirit] in book which we barely speak of, let alone read about. If all of the cultural information is true, then I have learned so much. The details of Rin Chupecos research is shown so well through her book. It was meticulous to every train station and time. Okiku (the ghost) was a strange character who was trapped with what appeared to be an eternity. She was a good spirit even with her brutal forms of punishment. Tark was a young adolescent but was capable of bearing a lot of what happened to him, which is praise on its own. Tark wasn't naive in any way. Callie was a protective, parental figure teacher she is. Callie provided a sweet comfort in the story we couldn't find elsewhere. The Girl From The Well wasn't a horror story to give me nightmare, but it left a spine-tingling essence on the days I read this book, and even a few days after. *shivers*
Date published: 2015-10-31