Victor LaValle
Lucretia and the Kroons
May 18, 2019 Comments.. 167
Lucretia and the Kroons Lucretia s best friend and upstairs neighbor Sunny a sweet pitbull of a kid even as she struggles with a mysterious illness has gone missing The only way to get her back is for Lucretia to climb the
  • Title: Lucretia and the Kroons
  • Author: Victor LaValle
  • ISBN: 9780812984378
  • Page: 471
  • Format: ebook
  • Lucretia s best friend and upstairs neighbor Sunny a sweet pitbull of a kid, even as she struggles with a mysterious illness has gone missing The only way to get her back is for Lucretia to climb the rickety fire escape of their Queens tenement and crawl through the window of apartment 6D, portal to a vast shadowland of missing kids ruled by a nightmarish family of mutantLucretia s best friend and upstairs neighbor Sunny a sweet pitbull of a kid, even as she struggles with a mysterious illness has gone missing The only way to get her back is for Lucretia to climb the rickety fire escape of their Queens tenement and crawl through the window of apartment 6D, portal to a vast shadowland of missing kids ruled by a nightmarish family of mutants whose designs on the children are unknown Her search for Sunny takes Lucretia through a dark fantasyland where she finds lush forests growing from concrete, pigeon winged rodents, and haunted playgrounds Her quest ultimately forces her to confront the most frightening specter of all losing, forever, the thing you love the most.Lucretia and the Kroons is a dazzlingly imaginative adventure story and a moving exploration of the power of friendship and the terror of loss This all new novella serves as the perfect companion piece to The Devil in Silver, a thrillingly suspenseful work of literary horror that continues the story of Lucretia.
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    1. Isa Lavinia says:

      Originally posted at Paperback Wonderland Being young doesn t protect you Horrors come for kids, too Okay, why have I never heard of Victor LaValle If the rest of his work is like this novella, it should be on prominent display in every bookshop, and library, and topping lists everywhere.I started this book expecting a horror story with all the trappings of the genre Instead I was taken on a vivid stroll through the life of a little girl from Queens and how she was dealing with her best friend s [...]

    2. Lou says:

      The opening paragraph hooks you in successfully, it starts off intriguingly and then gathers momentum the pace does not back down it becomes a see and feel adventure The author successfully places you into an eerie sense of place with strange occurrences and creepy characters It starts of with the main protagonist view on being a twelve year old that s not quite blossomed as much as she wished She expresses hows shes not fortunate like other girls who are showing like a woman s body She s displ [...]

    3. Jason Pettus says:

      Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally Victor LaValle s Lucretia and the Kroons is a frustrating reading experience, because it s full of great ideas that are mostly handled poorly, or at the least with poor material added to either side of the great idea, so that what could ve been a tight little alt horror tale instead became a rambling thing that made [...]

    4. Laura Guilbault says:

      A really nice story about death, pain and friendship.Contains mild swearing adult words whore, bastard, crackhead as well as smoking and really creepy villains with deteriorating bodies.

    5. Patti says:

      I m an adult who occasionally enjoys reading young adult fiction with a strong fantasy element Mainstream fantasy for adults sometimes has too much emphasis on either warfare or romance for my taste, when I m really just looking for escapism in a well crafted fantasy setting Lucretia and the Kroons looked like it would be exactly the sort of ebook I d love but I found myself plodding through it to get to the end The story follows a pretty common fantasy theme A kid who is dealing with the fear o [...]

    6. Erin Al-Mehairi says:

      My first Victor years ago and I loved it.

    7. Nick Turner says:

      This novella takes you into the world of twelve year old Lucretia Gardner Loochie to her friends Content spoiler view spoiler underage smoking, monsters hide spoiler.The narrative begins with birthday party drama When Loochie is distracted missing her sick friend, her Mother must drag her to the party where three self absorbed acquaintances await uninterestedly.Loochie s elder brother Louis tells her why the top floor apartment has been boarded up for years A family called the Kroons lived up th [...]

    8. Anacrasia says:

      I got this book from Netgalley for review When I saw that the genre is Horror,my first instinct was to avoid reading it.Even as a child I used to avoid reading Goosebumps thought the reason can be attributed to a rather insensitive beast who took great pleasures in terrifying his little sister.Anyway,I am going off the topicHey No, I am NOT By now most of you think I am crazy Well, I am not You see,this book fantastically reminded me of such incidents Older brother narrating terrifying stories [...]

    9. Darryl says:

      This novella, which serves as a prequel to LaValle s latest novel The Devil in Silver, is about Lucretia Loochie Granger, a girl who lives with her mother in an apartment in Queens, NY at the turn of the millenium Her 12th birthday party was ruined by three mean girls from her school who were unwanted guests invited by Loochie s mother Her best friend Sunny, a girl who lives in the same building, was undergoing treatment for cancer at St Jude Children s Research Hospital in Memphis at that time [...]

    10. Maxine says:

      Twelve year old Lucretia is force to celebrate her birthday without her best friend, Sunny, who is away receiving cancer treatments When she returns, Lucretia has saved a piece of cake for her and they plan a party just for them However, Sunny is kidnapped by some zombie like creatures in the apartment above Looch s Lucretia sets out to save her friend only to find herself in a world that is like a spoiled copy of her own.I wanted to like this novella I liked the metaphor for illness and the nee [...]

    11. Angela says:

      I enjoyed this one, not the best written and a few spelling mistakes were noticed but still a very fun read The writing hooks you from the start and the sense of mystery and the aspects of horror are enough to keep you reading Some very good ideas introduced and explored but not handled in the best way as I would have imagined I hope the editing issues have now been ironed out An advance reader copy was kindly supplied by the publisher via Netgalley

    12. Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews says:

      ARC received from Netgalley for review purposes This and other reviews can be found on my blog un Conventional BookviewsLucretia Loochie Gardner is twelve years old, and her best friend, Sunny is very sick with cancer.

    13. Craig says:

      This suspenseful novella crafts turns an urban legend into a tense YA horror story Props for the multicultural cast the two heroines are African American and Chinese American, and the real world altered version of Queens is very believable This slim book is a moving thriller that will remind you of Gaiman s CORALINE but much darker.

    14. Bill says:

      I really enjoyed this story, even though I could never entirely decide whether or not it s a YA novella The primary characters are youngsters but I suppose that doesn t necessarily mean it s intended for younger audiences At any rate, it s a really great story about friendship, love, loyalty, and ultimately loss, largely set in a nightmarish landscape inhabited by a family of mutants Looshie Lucretia s family s pet name for her enters this place in search of her missing best friend, Sunny She re [...]

    15. Randa says:

      The cover This cover makes you wonder what will Lucretia uncover behind the fold It is simple and clear A very well done cover for this particular book And it proves that the saying Never judge a book by its cover is true.The storyline This story is full of intense moments, sadness, realistic facts and scary moments.I do not won t to spoil this book at all because you need to read this book for yourself to know what I m talking about you, but here s a short summary so you know what this is about [...]

    16. Bill says:

      A relatively worthy kid s fantasy story 3 1 2 stars This is middle grade fantasy story with a bit of foul language I largely enjoyed the book, divided into grim reality and alternative fantasy world my own descriptions The grim reality section goes on too long in the first part of the novel, to the point where I thought that s all it would be about Then it abruptly moves to the fantasy world, and the story gets much interesting However, the depressing reality of the our world part of the book w [...]

    17. Devann says:

      This is my second Victor LaValle book after The Ballad of Black Tom and I would definitely recommend it for someone who wants to get a good sense of his writing style He s very good at blending normal every day situations with horror elements but is looking for something short The very end of this kind of threw me for a loop but I know it s technically a prequel to another book so it guess it does make sense in that context, it s just not necessarily what makes the most sense to me.

    18. Rich says:

      This was the perfect story, until the next to last paragraph So, I m gonna pretend that paragraph didn t exist but since it DID exist, only 4 1 2 stars

    19. Jaclyn says:

      This review also published on Literary TreatsBeing young didn t protect anyone Horrors came for kids too p 163 4 For twelve year old Loochie, the horror is that her best friend Sunny is dying from cancer, and no matter what she does, she is helpless to save her I liked the beginning of this novella all Loochie wants for her twelfth birthday is to celebrate with Sunny Unfortunately Sunny is undergoing treatment and so is unable to attend the party Loochie s mom throws for her I like LaValle s del [...]

    20. Heather says:

      Okay, so this is a pretty unique story The first half is set in the real world with Lucretia, nicknamed Loochie, having a birthday party for herself She loosely fits in with three girls who I have to say are real snots who her mother has invited to her house for a party It doesn t end well Loochie throws them out calling them whores She puts her ice cream cake back in the freezer and tells her mom she ll celebrate her birthday when her bestfriend, Sunny comes home from cancer treatment in Tennes [...]

    21. Jean says:

      Lucretia Gardner and her best friend, Zhao Hun Soong, have a lot in common Both girls are twelve years old and have nicknames Lucretia is Loochie and Zhao is Sunny They go to the same school and live in the same building in Flushing, Queens in fact Loochie s apartment is directly below Sunny s But there s one thing they don t share only Sunny has cancer Loochie wants to celebrate her birthday with Sunny, but this is impossible because Sunny is out of the state getting yet another treatment When [...]

    22. Sara Thompson says:

      Warning Spoilers includedThis is the wonderful description that snagged my attention Lucretia s best friend and upstairs neighbor Sunny a sweet pitbull of a kid, even as she struggles with a mysterious illness has gone missing The only way to get her back is for Lucretia to climb the rickety fire escape of their Queens tenement and crawl through the window of apartment 6D, portal to a vast shadowland of missing kids ruled by a nightmarish family of mutants whose designs on the children are unkno [...]

    23. David Edmonds says:

      Being young doesn t protect you Horrors come for kids, too.Never heard of Victor Lavalle before That s OK, neither had I until I received a notice from NetGalley saying that this book was available for review After reading Lucretia, I think this is something that I think I need to fix Lucretia and the Kroons is a prequel of sorts to Victor Lavalle s The Devil in Silver and if The Devil in Silver is anywhere near as good as Lucretia, I think I m in for a treat A creepy treat, but a treat all the [...]

    24. Grace Troxel says:

      This review originally appeared at bookswithoutanypictures.wordprI received a copy of Victor LaValle s novella Lucretia and the Kroons through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The novella is a companion prequel to LaValle s full length novel The Devil in Silver.Twelve year old Lucretia Gardner Loochie for short is excited at the chance to have her best friend Sunny over for a late birthday celebration Sunny missed Loochie s real birthday celebration because she has cancer and was in th [...]

    25. Margaret says:

      Book SummaryLucretia s best friend and upstairs neighbor Sunny a sweet pitbull of a kid, even as she struggles with a mysterious illness has gone missing The only way to get her back is for Lucretia to climb the rickety fire escape of their Queens tenement and crawl through the window of apartment 6D, portal to a vast shadowland of missing kids ruled by a nightmarish family of mutants whose designs on the children are unknown Her search for Sunny takes Lucretia through a dark fantasyland where s [...]

    26. Christina says:

      I was sent an invite from Random House to download a free ARC of this book through NetGalley.This book is fairly fast paced and drew me right in I sped through reading it, and it s a quick read due to writing style, intrigue, and novella length I found it to be enjoyable, and perfect for something quick and easy to read The story isn t very graphic, and I m not sure what the age group is for it, but I m guessing perhaps a teen book The main character is 12 years old, and is attempting to cope wi [...]

    27. Celine says:

      Lucretia and the Kroons is the story of twelve year old Lucretia Loochie dealing with her best friend Sunny dying It also features under age smoking, zombies and flying rats Even though this novella is quite enjoyable, it just doesn t work for me I don t see for what audience Lucretia and the Kroons is written I wouldn t let my kid read this at one point Loochie exclaims Thank God for cigarettes At no point in the story it is even remotely made clear that smoking is unhealthy and that it kills p [...]

    28. Bia says:

      Well, it s like a 2.5 stars for me Being young didn t protect anyone Horrors came for kids, too It s amazing what a person can do when her life depends on it I don t think this book is for me and that is sad because while I was reading the summary I thought it had a good concept and it seemed like a great read This is the story of Lucretia Loochie and her friend Sunny They are both 12 year old girls that are best friends forever Sunny has been fighting a cancer and couldn t spend Loochie s bday [...]

    29. Lianne (The Towering Pile) Lavoie says:

      Lucretia is looking forward to an afternoon of fun celebrating her birthday with her best friend Sunny, who is dying of cancer, though Lucretia seems to think she s getting better, when her brother tells her about the Kroons He says that they were a family of crackheads who lived in apartment 6D, and that even when the cops boarded up the door, hoping to starve out the family, they still never left and never died, because they d turned into monsters Later, Lucretia sees one of these monsters, wh [...]

    30. Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books) says:

      Lucretia and the Kroons is a book I actually read last year Due to its entirely bizarre plot and my feelings being in a state of confusion I chose to not review the book at the time Recently however, I decided to reread this Novella and give it another shot Here s my thoughts Lucretia and the Kroons can only be described as Tim Burton s Alice in Wonderland meets Stephen King s insert book of choice To put it bluntly this Novella will screw with your mind I ve read this twice now and I m still no [...]

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