Book Review | Long Live the Pumpkin Queen by Shea Ernshaw

Monday, November 21, 2022

Summary: Jack and Sally are “truly meant to be” … or are they? Sally Skellington is the official, newly-minted Pumpkin Queen after a whirlwind courtship with her true love, Jack, who Sally adores with every inch of her fabric seams — if only she could say the same for her new role as Queen of Halloween Town.

Cast into the spotlight and tasked with all sorts of queenly duties, Sally can’t help but wonder if all she’s done is trade her captivity under Dr. Finkelstein for a different cage. But when Sally and Zero accidentally uncover a long-hidden doorway to an ancient realm called Dream Town, she’ll unknowingly set into motion a chain of sinister events that put her future as Pumpkin Queen, and the future of Halloween Town itself, into jeopardy.

Can Sally discover what it means to be true to herself and save the town she’s learned to call home, or will her future turn into her worst… well, nightmare?

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐1/2

My Thoughts: 
**This review contains spoilers**

I absolutely had to get this because I am obsessed with
 The Nightmare Before Christmas. This is marketed as a YA book, but the writing seemed more middle grade to me.

The story was cute. Sally gets to go to different holiday realms and meets a lot of new people. She meets her parents, which I didn’t really like because I liked her more as being a creation of an evil scientist. Also, her parents were
 awful. I did not like them one bit. I really didn’t like this part of the story. I felt it could have gone another way, but it did add something different to Sally’s origin story.

I did enjoy Sally as being the one on this adventure and being the hero of her story. She deserves her own story after being a side character in the movie.

Overall a cute read.

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