August 8, 2014

Blog Tour: The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco – Review and Giveaway


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The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

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The girl from the well

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret – one that would just kill to get out.

The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as “Dexter” meets “The Grudge”, based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.

add to goodreadsThe Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

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MaryAnn-2013This book scared the crap out of me! In all honesty, I had a hard time falling asleep after reading just a few chapters a night. And that’s what I absolutely loved about this book! I’m a huge fan of those Japanese horror movies such as The Ring and The Grudge, so The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco was exactly the horror read that I would enjoy, right to the end. As per Wikipedia, “The story of Okiku and the Nine Plates is one of the most famous in Japanese folklore, and continues to resonate with audiences today.”

The Girl from the Well is a story about a ghost, Okiku, who hunts and kills child killers. Why does she exact this type of revenge? Let’s just say that it has something to do with her past, over three hundred years ago, where she too, was a victim of such a heinous event.

For hundreds of years, she would terrorize those who deserved the worse kind of punishment for their crimes against children. It was business as usual, until one day, a new family moves into the neighbourhood. A new family that brings with it an interesting boy covered in tattoos. A boy that has no idea what else he has brought with him.

From the very first page, to the very last sentence, I was totally drawn to The Girl from the Well. I’m all for vengeful spirit stories and movies. As I’m sure you can all attest to, reading a scary book can be even more terrifying than watching a scary movie. Your mind can take you to places and see things that directors/producers/special effects/actors cannot do. And because of that, the actions that Okiku does against these sick individuals was magnified a hundred fold in my mind.

Even the little descriptions like the way in which the spirit would stutter walk/crawl, or whatever, was even scarier than anything that I’ve seen in the movies. My mind is a scary, scary place.

As I said in the beginning, I had a really hard time falling asleep once I got into this book. The visuals in my head were terrifying. There is not one, but two of these chilling spirits in the book, both scary in their own right.

I really enjoyed watching the connection and friendship between Okiku and Tark grow. It seemed like a new thing for the both of them. For Okiku because she has been a spirit with no mercy for so long, and not befriending anyone due to her line of work, and for Tark because he has always been bullied, pushed around, and considered down-right weird that no one would befriend him, which totally saddened me. Especially after you find out his past and what he has had to go through at such a young age.

I would recommend The Girl from the Well by Rin Cupeco to fans of Japanese horror films as listed at the beginning. If you’re looking for a read that will keep you up at night due to the storyline and the sheer scariness of the book, this one is definitely the one for you.



Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.

Her work, The Girl from the Well, is a YA psychological horror novel due out in Fall 2014, pitched as “Dexter” meets “The Grudge”. She is represented by Nicole LaBombard and Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency.

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  1. Linda romer

    I would like to read the Girl from the Well because it sounds mysterious and intriguing. Thank you

  2. Gabrielle Link

    This look like a really good book, I also like the cover. Very creepy cover, I like it!

  3. Carl

    This sounds so creepy and wonderful, and the cover art is fantastic. Thanks

  4. Chenise J.

    There aren’t that many horror stories in YA so I’m always eager to read them when they come about!

  5. melissa cushing

    I love the cover art for one, and I am a HUGE fan of Horror and Paranormal so this really intrigues me for sure!

  6. Amber Terry

    I would love to read this one because it sounds SO CREEPY and those are my favorite kinds of stories :)

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  7. Kerry O'Dea

    It sounds super creepy. I love creepy. :)

  8. Laura P Bryant

    Although it sounds a little spookier than I’d like, I’m always open to reading new books and experiencing new genres.

  9. Karen Bainbridge

    Watched the trailer and love the idea of vengeful ghosts and want to read this book so bad, to find out what happens between the girl and the boy with the tattoos. I have an idea of where it might go but I could be wrong so I will have to read The Girl From The Well it sounds so great, thank you.

  10. Judy Cox

    Looks like the kind of book I would enjoy!I love anything with ghosts with it.

  11. Denise Duvall

    I love the cover! Shades of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”. That is creepy in itself, plus a 300 year-old avenging spirit. How can this book fail?

  12. Jolene A

    Sounds creepy and spooky and something my son would like as well

  13. Bonnie Hilligoss

    I have seen every episode of Dexter and this sounds like something I would like to read, plus the reviews have been great!

  14. Natalie Norris

    Sounds a great read! I would sure love it! This is something that will keep me reading for a while!

  15. Tia

    I would like to read it because it scared the crap out of you! Sounds Awesome!

  16. Rain Jeys

    I’m fascinated by Shinto and I love ghost stories so this is perfect!

  17. Pam

    This sounds very intriguing. Something different from what I normally read.

  18. Summer

    The cover’s beautiful, and I love that this comes from a Japanese ghost story, so I know it won’t be quite like anything I’ve ever read before.

  19. bn100

    It sounds interesting

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