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From a bestselling author: Miss Peregrine meets The Graveyard Book in this middle grade adventure about rival siblings running a monster mortuary. ​ Thirteen-year-old Molly doesn't know how she got the short end of the stick—being raised by her neglectful father—while Dustin, the older brother she's never met, got their mother and the keys to the family estate. But now the s From a bestselling author: Miss Peregrine meets The Graveyard Book in this middle grade adventure about rival siblings running a monster mortuary. ​ Thirteen-year-old Molly doesn't know how she got the short end of the stick—being raised by her neglectful father—while Dustin, the older brother she's never met, got their mother and the keys to the family estate. But now the siblings are both orphaned, she's come home for her inheritance, and if Dustin won't welcome her into the family business, then she'll happily take her half in cash. There's just one problem: the family business is a mortuary for monsters, and Molly's not sure she's ready to deal with mysterious doors, talking wolves, a rogue devourer of magic, and a secret cemetery. It's going to take all of Dustin's stuffy supernatural knowledge and Molly's most heroic cosplay (plus a little help from non-human friends) for the siblings to figure it out and save the day...if only they can get along for five minutes. Bestselling author Chuck Wendig's middle grade debut is equal parts spooky, funny, and heartfelt—perfect for Halloween and year-round reading!


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From a bestselling author: Miss Peregrine meets The Graveyard Book in this middle grade adventure about rival siblings running a monster mortuary. ​ Thirteen-year-old Molly doesn't know how she got the short end of the stick—being raised by her neglectful father—while Dustin, the older brother she's never met, got their mother and the keys to the family estate. But now the s From a bestselling author: Miss Peregrine meets The Graveyard Book in this middle grade adventure about rival siblings running a monster mortuary. ​ Thirteen-year-old Molly doesn't know how she got the short end of the stick—being raised by her neglectful father—while Dustin, the older brother she's never met, got their mother and the keys to the family estate. But now the siblings are both orphaned, she's come home for her inheritance, and if Dustin won't welcome her into the family business, then she'll happily take her half in cash. There's just one problem: the family business is a mortuary for monsters, and Molly's not sure she's ready to deal with mysterious doors, talking wolves, a rogue devourer of magic, and a secret cemetery. It's going to take all of Dustin's stuffy supernatural knowledge and Molly's most heroic cosplay (plus a little help from non-human friends) for the siblings to figure it out and save the day...if only they can get along for five minutes. Bestselling author Chuck Wendig's middle grade debut is equal parts spooky, funny, and heartfelt—perfect for Halloween and year-round reading!

30 review for Dust & Grim

  1. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Wendig tackles Middle Grade!? And look at the cover!! Wendig tackles Middle Grade!? And look at the cover!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Molly has never had much. Abandoned by her mother to the care of her deadbeat father, life has always been a struggle, while her brother Dustin seemed to have it all. When her father dies, Molly shows up to claim her inheritance...but things are not as they seem and the funeral home now run by her brother is full of secrets. Fans of Jessica Townsend's The Tales of Morrigan Crow and perhaps even the Harry Potter series will love this book. It's a spooky adventure story for younger readers filled Molly has never had much. Abandoned by her mother to the care of her deadbeat father, life has always been a struggle, while her brother Dustin seemed to have it all. When her father dies, Molly shows up to claim her inheritance...but things are not as they seem and the funeral home now run by her brother is full of secrets. Fans of Jessica Townsend's The Tales of Morrigan Crow and perhaps even the Harry Potter series will love this book. It's a spooky adventure story for younger readers filled with all sorts of monsters and magical beings.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Tokuda-Hall

    now I just want a vampire as my accountant. The ending felt like a set up to another book, and I hope there's more. Very cute. now I just want a vampire as my accountant. The ending felt like a set up to another book, and I hope there's more. Very cute.

  4. 4 out of 5

    The Wiccan

    I thought Dust and Grim is a really decent middle-grade spooky story, perfect for the scary Halloween season! I really enjoyed both the plot and character development within this story as I found them both to be really compelling in how they were written which really added to the enjoyment of reading this story. Furthermore, the language used in this story felt very realistic to the ages of everyone in it, especially for Molly and Dustin who are both young. I feel like their language used would I thought Dust and Grim is a really decent middle-grade spooky story, perfect for the scary Halloween season! I really enjoyed both the plot and character development within this story as I found them both to be really compelling in how they were written which really added to the enjoyment of reading this story. Furthermore, the language used in this story felt very realistic to the ages of everyone in it, especially for Molly and Dustin who are both young. I feel like their language used would make this story very relatable to young kids which is what its target audience as being a middle-grade novel. Overall, a very enjoyable story that I would recommend to anyone wanting to read something spooky but wholesome.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carol Youssif

    I really want to like this book... but honestly can't. I feel like the author tried to do multiple things and it *sort* of worked. The imagined "paranormal" cemetery was interesting, but I just couldn't quite enjoy it. There were a couple of loose ends that made it hard for me to truly get invested. Two stars, in Goodreads speak "it was ok," is a fair rating. I really want to like this book... but honestly can't. I feel like the author tried to do multiple things and it *sort* of worked. The imagined "paranormal" cemetery was interesting, but I just couldn't quite enjoy it. There were a couple of loose ends that made it hard for me to truly get invested. Two stars, in Goodreads speak "it was ok," is a fair rating.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashton Reed

    3.75/5 stars Such a quick, quirky read to kick off spooky season! Goodreads synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Molly doesn't know how she got the short end of the stick—being raised by her neglectful father—while Dustin, the older brother she's never met, got their mother and the keys to the family estate. But now the siblings are both orphaned, she's come home for her inheritance, and if Dustin won't welcome her into the family business, then she'll happily take her half in cash. There's just one problem: 3.75/5 stars Such a quick, quirky read to kick off spooky season! Goodreads synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Molly doesn't know how she got the short end of the stick—being raised by her neglectful father—while Dustin, the older brother she's never met, got their mother and the keys to the family estate. But now the siblings are both orphaned, she's come home for her inheritance, and if Dustin won't welcome her into the family business, then she'll happily take her half in cash. There's just one problem: the family business is a mortuary for monsters, and Molly's not sure she's ready to deal with mysterious doors, talking wolves, a rogue devourer of magic, and a secret cemetery. It's going to take all of Dustin's stuffy supernatural knowledge and Molly's most heroic cosplay (plus a little help from non-human friends) for the siblings to figure it out and save the day... if only they can get along for five minutes. Bestselling author Chuck Wendig's middle grade debut is equal parts spooky, funny, and heartfelt—perfect for Halloween and year-round reading! This book was such a fun read!! I love reading eerie, Halloween-ish stories in October - atmospheric but not too creepy - and this middle-grade was the perfect start! With its fair share of monsters and spooky scenes, this novel has all the ingredients of a quick but enjoyable Halloween read. I related a lot to Molly and her internal dialogue; she’s stubborn and ambitious, but she stands up to her foes and wants to find a place to belong. She doesn’t think she’ll find that with her newfound brother after their first few encounters, but their development from tense rivals to found family (though they are actually family) is incredibly heart-warming. Plot-wise, this novel is interesting enough; it’s got plenty of intriguing elements (especially the intertwining of monsters, existing folklore, and creative liberties on the author’s part) that kept me reading, ready to see what other aspects of the world would be explored. But as a middle-grade, the climax is *slightly* underwhelming, at least compared to what I was expecting? It may be a me-thing, but I felt the climactic moments could have been slightly more interesting. However, there are so many great things about this story, and I really enjoyed dipping my toes into spooky season with this one! *I posted this review on TBR and Beyond tours over on Instagram - click this link to enter the giveaway and see the rest of the tour schedule!* If you enjoyed this review, you can friend/follow me here on Goodreads or on Instagram and Pinterest @ashton_reads for more bookish content (@ashton.reads on Tiktok)!! If you want, you can give this review a like or a comment with your thoughts so I know you've read my review; your support means a lot to me! Happy reading!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kiraz Baysal ~ bookwithacherryontop

    In Dust and Grim Molly discovers a brother, Dustin, she never knew she had when her dad passes away. Molly moves in with Dustin until they figure out inheritance details but she soon discovers there's a lot more to this funeral home than one would expect. A great middle grade read for children and the young at heart, especially for the spooky season! It has lots of monsters, spookiness, silliness and humor while still being heartwarming and it teaches good lessons. I'd recommend it for people who In Dust and Grim Molly discovers a brother, Dustin, she never knew she had when her dad passes away. Molly moves in with Dustin until they figure out inheritance details but she soon discovers there's a lot more to this funeral home than one would expect. A great middle grade read for children and the young at heart, especially for the spooky season! It has lots of monsters, spookiness, silliness and humor while still being heartwarming and it teaches good lessons. I'd recommend it for people who like plot-driven books more than likeable characters. The plot was fast paced and intriguing. The mystery was set up well and it made you wanna keep reading to figure out what was going on. I was hooked on the adventure they went on especially after the monsters were introduced. I really enjoyed all the creatures that were in the book. They were cool, unique and fun to read. And I really enjoyed their characters, they truly were one of the biggest highlights for me. As you'll read below, I liked them a lot more than any human in the book There are very clear lessons in here about family, responsibility, jealousy... I'd think that this part would be great for the younger reader but maybe a bit obvious for the older ones. Overall, I enjoyed the plot a lot more than characters which is why I really struggled at the beginning of the book. I found the main characters highly unlikeable. Molly is very abrasive and hardened for her age, which, to be fair, makes sense with her background. But then Dustin and Vivacia who are old enough to know better, treat a 13 year old unnecessarily bad. At times it felt like those old movies/books where people would treat kids badly for no reason. Especially considering none of the conflict of the book would have happened if they were just slightly nicer to one another. I can't call it the miscommunication trope, since it was more like no commnunication. Overall though, I'd think that this would make a great read for the younger audience. The author really created a fun and unique world in this book with some great messages and lessons.

  8. 4 out of 5

    v i v i n

    Dust & Grim about rival siblings running a monster mortuary. ⠀ 🌟 𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪 ⠀ This is first time I read author Chuck Wendig's book and I can say I enjoy reading Dustin and Molly' story. Such an adventurous story with amazing world building. ⠀ I like Molly so much. She's so funny, quite sarcastic, and has some curiosity. Everytime I turned the page, I couldn't wait to read Dustin and Molly's interaction each other. ⠀ We can find some of cosplays' explanation in this middle-grade debut book. Also, there's so Dust & Grim about rival siblings running a monster mortuary. ⠀ 🌟 𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪 ⠀ This is first time I read author Chuck Wendig's book and I can say I enjoy reading Dustin and Molly' story. Such an adventurous story with amazing world building. ⠀ I like Molly so much. She's so funny, quite sarcastic, and has some curiosity. Everytime I turned the page, I couldn't wait to read Dustin and Molly's interaction each other. ⠀ We can find some of cosplays' explanation in this middle-grade debut book. Also, there's so many supernatural creatures that improve my glossary about them. I love how the author put the 'power of family' thing into this spooky book. ⠀ Overall, this book perfect for paranormal book fans. If you're looking forward for spooky, hilarious story, and trust, you can try to read 𝘿𝙪𝙨𝙩 & 𝙂𝙧𝙞𝙢. ⠀ Thank you @tbrbeyondtours and @netgalley for sending me a copy in return for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ellis (whatellisreadnext)

    "𝘈 𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘬," 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘯𝘰 𝘰𝘯𝘦. "𝘔𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘭𝘭𝘭𝘭𝘭𝘭𝘺," 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯. 𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘶𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥. "𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘵'𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘪𝘳𝘥. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘱 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵!" "𝘚𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘳𝘳𝘳𝘺," 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥. 𝘞𝘦𝘭𝘭, 𝘢𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘵'𝘴 𝘢 𝘱𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦. When Molly's neglectful father passes, she ends up on the doorstep of Dustin, the brother she's never met. She wants half of what's hers; the house and the family business. But her brother is secretive, and the house is strange, not to mention the mortuary, this could be a lot more than she bargai "𝘈 𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘬," 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘯𝘰 𝘰𝘯𝘦. "𝘔𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘭𝘭𝘭𝘭𝘭𝘭𝘺," 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯. 𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘶𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥. "𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘵'𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘪𝘳𝘥. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘱 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵!" "𝘚𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘳𝘳𝘳𝘺," 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥. 𝘞𝘦𝘭𝘭, 𝘢𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘵'𝘴 𝘢 𝘱𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦. When Molly's neglectful father passes, she ends up on the doorstep of Dustin, the brother she's never met. She wants half of what's hers; the house and the family business. But her brother is secretive, and the house is strange, not to mention the mortuary, this could be a lot more than she bargained for. Let me start this review by saying, never have I ever laughed so much reading a book in my entire life. It could be down to the fact I like my books more on the morbid side, but this had plenty of that too, it's literally set in a mortuary. Chuck just knocks it out of the park again and again, he is definitely an auto buy author for me, his books are just so fun and readable. I loved all the characters so much, but Molly and Florg, were definitely my favourites, Wendig writes loveable characters like no one else. I recently realised that I love the inheritance trope, when a protagonist's life changes massively because of the passing of a relative. I love this sudden shift in their life, especially when a big old house full of secrets is involved, and Dust & Grim is just the perfect example of this. If you're looking for some funny, weird, dark, and wholesome middlegrade reads to add to your autumn/winter reading list, I couldn't recommend this enough 😊

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I loved this book!! It's just creepy enough, just humorous enough, just magical enough, just everything enough to be just perfect! I loved the characters and the character growth (especially the siblings). The story is fast-paced and twisty and just plain fun. My only complaint is that I really, REALLY want more. I want to know more about the funerary rites. I want to know more about the trees (especially the Tree) and the wolves. I desperately want to know more about the Face. So, yes, I loved I loved this book!! It's just creepy enough, just humorous enough, just magical enough, just everything enough to be just perfect! I loved the characters and the character growth (especially the siblings). The story is fast-paced and twisty and just plain fun. My only complaint is that I really, REALLY want more. I want to know more about the funerary rites. I want to know more about the trees (especially the Tree) and the wolves. I desperately want to know more about the Face. So, yes, I loved this book but I truly hope there will be MORE!!!!! Definitely recommended to....well, everyone, but especially to anyone who loves darkly humorous and magical stories!

  11. 5 out of 5

    C. S.

    The perfect middle grade blend of silly, gross, and scary. It has the kind of snarky, witty humor that makes kids feel good when they get it. There’s also a lot of heart and genuine feelings that are good lessons about love, responsibility, and trust. A great adventure

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hobart

    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- “We're a funeral home for monsters,” Vivacia said “Viv!" Dustin said, scandalized. “Fine. The supernatural,” the woman corrected. To Molly, in a lower voice, she said: “Monster is a bit of no-no word. We prefer not to use it, and they certainly prefer us not to use it. But we need common ground here, and I hope it helps you to understand.” “Monsters,” Molly said, repeating the no-no word. “The supernatural,” Viv corrected again. “The nonstandard This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- “We're a funeral home for monsters,” Vivacia said “Viv!" Dustin said, scandalized. “Fine. The supernatural,” the woman corrected. To Molly, in a lower voice, she said: “Monster is a bit of no-no word. We prefer not to use it, and they certainly prefer us not to use it. But we need common ground here, and I hope it helps you to understand.” “Monsters,” Molly said, repeating the no-no word. “The supernatural,” Viv corrected again. “The nonstandard citizens,” Dustin said sharply. WHAT'S DUST & GRIM ABOUT? After thirteen-year-old Molly's father died, her uncle comes to her and tells her about her (late) mother and older brother—Molly's parents split right after she was born and she'd never known anything about them. Her father had never been a good provider—or much of a parent in any other way. She needs money for costuming school (and room and board, too) and her long-lost family has an ongoing business of some sort. So Molly introduces herself to her brother, Dustin, and makes an ultimatum: she wants half of everything or to take part in the business. Dustin and his mother's friend, Vivian (who has taken on the role of mentor/guardian) aren't keen on either option (or on Molly in general, if truth be told). Through sheer pluck, determination, and a happy accident or two, Molly learns that the family business is as a funeral home/cemetery caretakers for supernatural creatures. Not only that, but a malevolent magic-user is running around the cemetery ruining the eternal rest of those interred there (which could have cataclysmic effects). With the help of a band of non-standard citizens—as delightfully creepy and goofy as you could want—the siblings have to figure out how to get along and stop this threat. THE NON-STANDARD WORLD “Mollllllly,” the forest whispered in return. She shuddered. “That's weird. You should stop that!” “Sorrrrry," the forest answered. Well, at least it's a polite menacing voice. It's hard to describe briefly the non-standard world we're introduced to—through the cemetery, the group helping Molly and Dustin, and others that they interact with. It's sort of like Gaiman's Neverwhere or Aaronovitch's demi-monde. But the Pixar version. Just a few examples: there's a Foxperson shapeshifter, which is pretty much what it sounds like; the above talking forest (at least, that's her theory at the time); a vampire that can compete with Fred, the Vampire Accountant for the Most Milquetoast Vampire in Literature; and a Florg, a childlike extra-dimensional being, who is probably the most dangerous being in the book, who is pacified with cheese crackers and by attempting to be funny (think Dave Bautista's Drax, but not at all). I hope there's a sequel just to spend more time in this world. SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT DUST & GRIM? “What kind of poison?” Dustin asked. Marsha chimed in: “Mucus-thorn and mire-berry." "Is that, like, some kind of alt-folk band?" Molly asked. “Not as bad as that," Ember said, grinning like, well, a fox. “But as poisons go? Pretty flappin' bad." Dust & Grim was just silly, creepy, wholesome fun. You've got some great creatures. You've got a nice sibling-dynamic. Some genuinely funny lines. Molly's cosplaying is great, I love the choice to ground her character in that. And a creative story. But most of all, you get to young characters who learn who they are, find ways of fulfilling their dreams that they didn't expect to find, and a strong sense of family—and what that means. Not in some "we have to find a wholesome message for MG readers" kind of way, but in a way that would work for these characters no matter the intended audience. I don't want to spend too much time trying to talk about this, it's just a fun read that should be enjoyed that way.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bobby

    → 3.5 Stars I haven't read any of Chuck Wendig's work before (surprising seeing as he has 160 distinct works on Goodreads!!) but his name is definitely recognisable for me so when I saw he was coming out with a horror middle grade debut, I had to join the blog tour! Dust & Grim follows Molly Grim who is determined to get her share of the family business from her older brother after their parents deaths in order to go to costuming school. What she doesn't realise is that the so called family busin → 3.5 Stars I haven't read any of Chuck Wendig's work before (surprising seeing as he has 160 distinct works on Goodreads!!) but his name is definitely recognisable for me so when I saw he was coming out with a horror middle grade debut, I had to join the blog tour! Dust & Grim follows Molly Grim who is determined to get her share of the family business from her older brother after their parents deaths in order to go to costuming school. What she doesn't realise is that the so called family business isn't just a simple funerary service and she may have just unleashed a monster determined to destroy it and them. I'm a huge fan of middle grade mysteries and horror-esque reads and a book about two siblings running a monster mortuary immediately grasped my attention. I was a little worried that the contents might read a little young for me but this one definitely falls on the older side of the scale for middle grade. The writing is fun and modern but still has a maturity about it, owing to Wendig's extensive experience. I loved how fast paced it was as well, this may have added to some lack of development in a few areas but I was so engaged with the plot itself and what was going to happen next that I can forgive it for that. Molly Grim as our main character and introduction to this supernatural business was super snarky, inquisitive and stubborn. Whilst she's very mature for her age and believes she can be completely independent ultimately she's missed out on having a real family and underneath all her sarcasm she just wanted to have a relationship with her brother. Dustin (the titular dust) is shouldering being in charge of the family business and attempting to keep it running as steadily as his mother did. I don't feel like we really got to know his character as much as we did Molly's though, he opened up a bit towards the end but I wished the characterisation had been a bit more equal. It was fun seeing how much they butted heads though but were slowly realising that they made a great team. I was drawn in by the plot itself from the beginning. We're thrown straight into the story, Molly showing up and inserting herself into her brother's life in order to uncover any secrets that will lead to the inheritance. It's a really fun concept, a funeral business for monsters and supernatural creatures. Wendig fleshes it out well and at no point did I believe that this idea wasn't viable! The conflict was exciting and was a great way for Molly and Dustin to unite in order to figure out how to defeat it. I really enjoyed being introduced to 'The Watchers' too, different magical beings that aid in keeping everything in the supernatural world running smoothly including vampires, fae and the nonmaterial like Florg! I think the reason why my rating is a 3.5 lies with wanting to know more about the actual funeral process and to learn more about the different creatures. We get glimpses into it and the groundwork is all laid out but the focus shifted to stopping the "rogue devourer" by the middle of the book. The monster mortuary was what pulled me in and I thought that's what it was going to centre on rather then just being the setting. Chuck Wendig also really likes a pop culture reference, this book is jam packed full of them. Whilst they'll probably work for a younger reader, I did find there was a bit too many of them. I also found it odd that there were recognisable mentions such as Star Wars but a lot of them particularly to do with Molly's cosplay only existed in the world of this book. Sometimes I just didn't know what I was supposed to be getting out of them. Overall, this is an entertaining and hilarious monster adventure. Full of sarcastic one liners and plenty of interesting otherworldly characters, I had heaps of fun going along for the ride. Readers will love the humour and horror elements. I really hope Chuck Wendig has plans to turn this into a series as there is so much potential for further shenanigans with Molly and Dustin as well as getting to further explore the family business. I would definitely pick up a sequel as well as being more inclined to pick up Wendig's other books from now on.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So, I have to be honest, if this was not a middle grade book, I would have DNF’d it after the first few chapters. Why? Because of how awful Molly was to Dustin in the beginning. Molly and her lawyer uncle show up on Dustin’s doorstep at who’s what hour (Dustin was still in his pajamas) and tell him that their father is dead and Molly is his sister. Then, without giving him any time for that to sink in, Molly is demanding that he give her half of what the property is worth or they’re gonna force h So, I have to be honest, if this was not a middle grade book, I would have DNF’d it after the first few chapters. Why? Because of how awful Molly was to Dustin in the beginning. Molly and her lawyer uncle show up on Dustin’s doorstep at who’s what hour (Dustin was still in his pajamas) and tell him that their father is dead and Molly is his sister. Then, without giving him any time for that to sink in, Molly is demanding that he give her half of what the property is worth or they’re gonna force him to sell it (the house and business his mother left to him) so she can get the money from that. They also demand that Molly stays in the house until an agreement is reached. After all that Molly can’t figure out why Dustin isn’t excited that he has a little sister. Really, Molly? If this had been a young adult book, I would have stopped after that. But, knowing this is a middle grade book and most middle grade books have their protagonist learn a lesson, I decided to keep reading. The story was pretty interesting. I liked following Molly as she discovered little things about the mortuary that hinted at it being more that a human mortuary. But once Gordo got into the cemetery, the story kinda stalled. As the characters searched for a way into the cemetery, the story seemed stuck. Days passed without anything seeming to get done. It didn’t help that Molly wasn’t apart of the research because she was basically just sitting around so the reader the stuck sitting around, too. This book also feels like it should be the start to a series instead of a standalone. There was so much information being dumped about the world that when Molly asked for something to be clarified, other characters would be like “not important right now, we’ll explain later.” Or things would be explained as quickly as possible without detail or at weird moments. For example, Molly had seen the celestial symbols a lot in the book but they aren’t explained until she asks Dustin when they’re about to let out the vampires. And it’s a quick thing like “oh yeah, this and this are connected but we really need to focus on this instead right now.” I feel like this type of world building would’ve benefited a series instead of a standalone. A lot things felt unexplained. And not in the “it’s magic!” unexplained but in the “there’s more to this come back for the next book” unexplained way. On the subject of this being a series, if that were to happen, I would love a volume following Dustin in Hawaii. There’s a ghost stowed away in his bag, shenanigans are sure to happen! In the end, the character development was decent, the world building was intriguing, and I would like to see these characters again. I did like this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Enaka

    Urban Fantasy's good and all, but it does raise a few questions. For instance, where are the funeral rites of monsters- sorry, nonstandard citizens - performed? At Ashe & Grim Solemnities, of course. For generations, this funeral home has specialized in the variety of last rites proper to every kind of supernatural citizen and owns a vast cemetery where everyone has a place. All Molly knows (or rather, learned from her uncle Gordo, a lawyer) is that it's a funeral home, and that since her somewha Urban Fantasy's good and all, but it does raise a few questions. For instance, where are the funeral rites of monsters- sorry, nonstandard citizens - performed? At Ashe & Grim Solemnities, of course. For generations, this funeral home has specialized in the variety of last rites proper to every kind of supernatural citizen and owns a vast cemetery where everyone has a place. All Molly knows (or rather, learned from her uncle Gordo, a lawyer) is that it's a funeral home, and that since her somewhat unlikeable father got hit by a bus, she owns half of it. The other half belongs to her newly-discovered big brother Dustin Grim (Ashe & Grim... Dust & Grim... Dustin Grim... I see what you did there, Chuck) who grew up on the property, was raised by an attentive mother, and inherited the business after her death. And frankly, after growing up in an apartment with a carefree father who mostly ignored her, Molly is kind of jealous she drew the short straw, even though she knows Dustin is as surprised as she is to learn he has a sibling. With Gordo's help, she does her best to obtain what she's owed, even if she has to use blackmail to get it. But when she finds a wall in the forest behind the manor, with a door kept safely closed by a lock with five keyholes, she shows it to her uncle, and realizes she trusted the wrong person. The damages could be irreparable... I have to admit that I have a soft spot for anything Chuck Wendig writes, and I loved this jump into younger litterature. I found the villain genuinely scary, but not too scary for a child. The way he was defeated was a bit too fairytale-like in my opinion, but the moral of the story is good and the execution was exciting. I found the illustrations at the beginning of every chapter charming and liked how they helped put a face on the characters. My favorite aspect of the book has to be the barely-touched complexity of the supernatural world Molly gets thrust into; it's easy to guess at an extended world far beyond what we see in Dust & Grim - like how one swims in the ocean and imagines the bottom without actually seeing it -, and it makes me really, REALLY curious. (view spoiler)[What are the other supernatural beings like? Does Molly have special powers? What does the cemetery look like when no power-hungry monster is rampaging in it? Did Polly ever regret sending her daughter off with Steve? Florg? Florg. (hide spoiler)] (By the way, the mention of Ramble Rocks (iconic location from The Book of Accidents, which itself I believe contains a subtle reference to Double Dead) proves the existence of the Wendig Cinematic Universe. Do with this information what you will.) I fully expected to enjoy this book, and I did. It was a refreshing read that came out just in time for Halloween but can easily be read all year. It's been a long time since I've held a book addictive enough that I didn't want to put it down - I would have finished it in a day had I had the time. It doesn't look like there's a sequel planned, but I'd definitely get it if one came out. Glory to Florg.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Advanced Reader’s Copy provided by NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. After 13 year old Molly loses her neglectful father, she learns that she's got an older brother she never knew about. And that at some point her mom decided to keep her brother and let her father take her. Which is a lot for a teenager to take in. But on top of all that news, she finds out that when her mom passed away, she left her father an inheritance he never claimed. Molly Advanced Reader’s Copy provided by NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. After 13 year old Molly loses her neglectful father, she learns that she's got an older brother she never knew about. And that at some point her mom decided to keep her brother and let her father take her. Which is a lot for a teenager to take in. But on top of all that news, she finds out that when her mom passed away, she left her father an inheritance he never claimed. Molly and her Uncle Gordo head to her mom's house to meet her brother Dustin. But something seems..... off. Turns out the family business is managing a funeral home for.... beings that aren't exactly human. While Molly and Dustin butt heads, someone in their lives turns out to be something other than what they seem and now Molly and Dustin have to work together to save everything. It took me a little bit to get into DUST & GRIM, I wasn't a huge fan of the style of the dialogue. But once the story got going I really enjoyed it. There are a few plot holes that are never resolved, but overall I enjoyed this take on a monster mortuary. I loved the wolves and wanted more of Mothsead. This is a perfect Middle Grade novel to add to your spooky reads for the Halloween season!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This was a fun MG story that's perfect for this time of year. I've never read Chuck Wendig's books before but after this, I want to check out more. This was very engaging and interesting listen with the audiobook. The narrator did awesome with the voices and bringing the characters and world to life. The sound effects and everything with the audiobook listen were amazing. I would definitely recommend this audiobook with this narrator, sound effects, and super fun story. Molly has never had much an This was a fun MG story that's perfect for this time of year. I've never read Chuck Wendig's books before but after this, I want to check out more. This was very engaging and interesting listen with the audiobook. The narrator did awesome with the voices and bringing the characters and world to life. The sound effects and everything with the audiobook listen were amazing. I would definitely recommend this audiobook with this narrator, sound effects, and super fun story. Molly has never had much and she discovers she has a brother, Dustin, so she goes to where he lives to claim her share of the inheritance since her neglectful father died. While they try to figure things out so Molly can have her half of everything and she's staying with Dustin, she discovers more than she bargained for with what the family business really is. This is a great story about family and siblings and finding yourself. It's also the perfect read, spooky, silly, funny, and heartwarming. Thanks so much to Hachette audio for letting me listen and review this great MG story. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tina LeBaron

    I love Chuck Wendig and would have rated this a 4. My 9 year-old insisted this was a 5 and since she's closer to the target market she wins. The main character is Molly, an estranged daughter who comes to claim inheritance from her mother after being raised by an incompetent father. I expected both her brother to have more of a voice and for the supernatural element to take up more of the story. Instead, the story focuses more on Molly and this transition in her life. The supernatural does play a I love Chuck Wendig and would have rated this a 4. My 9 year-old insisted this was a 5 and since she's closer to the target market she wins. The main character is Molly, an estranged daughter who comes to claim inheritance from her mother after being raised by an incompetent father. I expected both her brother to have more of a voice and for the supernatural element to take up more of the story. Instead, the story focuses more on Molly and this transition in her life. The supernatural does play an element, but this is Molly's story. My daughter loved that there was a character who was angry and struggling to come to terms with her reality instead of just being introduced to a magical world and forgiving everything. Forgiveness and trust don't come easy in this book for most of the characters. Instead, it stresses the messiness of family. There's also a focus on growth and responsibility, as most books for this age have. It isn't a neat or easy journey though, much to the joy of my daughter and nephews. They all thought it felt more real.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤

    Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours, Chuck Wendig, Netgalley, and Little, Brown Books for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication. Wendig is a king of horror, and that was honestly one of the reasons why I was a little afraid to read this one. Sure, it’s “middle grade”, like that’s supposed to mean it’s not that Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours, Chuck Wendig, Netgalley, and Little, Brown Books for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication. Wendig is a king of horror, and that was honestly one of the reasons why I was a little afraid to read this one. Sure, it’s “middle grade”, like that’s supposed to mean it’s not that scary. I don’t care what age range a book can be, they can get pretty darn scary. (I’m looking at you, Tia Lugo Speaks No Evil). Luckily for me, I was not as afraid as I could have been. Actually, there were a lot of times where I found myself chuckling because of the humor I got to experience. Wendig is a great author, and while I don’t know if I’m going to get into the horror genre completely, this was a good taste of his writing without the nightmares.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maeve

    Molly Grim has been mistreated and neglected for most of her life...and now that her father has died, she is intent on getting what is due to her. She and her Uncle Gordo approach her brother Dustin (who is reeling after the death of their mother) to get half of the family business. Dustin is hesitant, but allows Molly to stay at his manor...where Molly explores and sneaks around to find some sort of treasure. She discovers a wall in the forest and takes her uncle there...where he turns into a D Molly Grim has been mistreated and neglected for most of her life...and now that her father has died, she is intent on getting what is due to her. She and her Uncle Gordo approach her brother Dustin (who is reeling after the death of their mother) to get half of the family business. Dustin is hesitant, but allows Molly to stay at his manor...where Molly explores and sneaks around to find some sort of treasure. She discovers a wall in the forest and takes her uncle there...where he turns into a Devourer and enters what Molly later learns is a cemetery for supernatural creatures. Molly and Dustin must overcome their differences to stop Gordo from taking over. Cool premise, but I couldn't get into the writing style or characters. Best for older middle grade readers (grades 6 and 7) who like snarky humor and fantasy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Vince

    Every couple of weeks I go through anticipated releases on amazon and the last time I did that I saw Dust & Grim and added it to my ever growing wish list as it sounded so perfectly creepy for the soon to be dark evenings. So you can imagine my surprise and excitement when I saw TBR Tours & Beyond were running a blog tour I knew that I wanted a place on the tour. I am not going to spoil anything about this book but to say that I found it an incredibly dark and comedic Middle Grade which is perfec Every couple of weeks I go through anticipated releases on amazon and the last time I did that I saw Dust & Grim and added it to my ever growing wish list as it sounded so perfectly creepy for the soon to be dark evenings. So you can imagine my surprise and excitement when I saw TBR Tours & Beyond were running a blog tour I knew that I wanted a place on the tour. I am not going to spoil anything about this book but to say that I found it an incredibly dark and comedic Middle Grade which is perfect for this time of year and I know that anyone who likes a little bit of a spooky vibe will eat up this book. I do hope we get to see more of Molly and Dustin as I really liked them as characters and thought that them being the polar opposite of each other really made the story and I actually felt sorry for Molly and the predicament she was in. Then you had the side characters who kept me entertained like I never knew a Vampire could be called Dave until Chuck had written his book. One thing that did enthral me were the descriptions of the forest were so atmospheric I thought I was actually there. Finally before I give my rating I would like to thank TBR Tours & Beyond for allowing me a place on this tour and to the publisher for sending me an Ebook arc via Netgalley. So for all these reasons Dust & Grim are awarded 4 stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    KATHRYNE STEVENS

    I really wish this book had been told in both Molly and Dustin's perspectives. Even if there had just been a few short chapters from Dustins perspective reacting to Molly. I felt like there was not enough development between the two to fully expand upon their relationship. That being said the description of the supernatural characters was detailed and creepy. The plot while standard, is well developed and flows well. Overall the book was good, but left me wishing for a little more. I really wish this book had been told in both Molly and Dustin's perspectives. Even if there had just been a few short chapters from Dustins perspective reacting to Molly. I felt like there was not enough development between the two to fully expand upon their relationship. That being said the description of the supernatural characters was detailed and creepy. The plot while standard, is well developed and flows well. Overall the book was good, but left me wishing for a little more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melissa F.

    I have BIG LOVE and would happily read more if this turned into a series. I adored all of the characters! (Not just Molly but FLORG! DAVE!!!) Molly was just fabulous, and the sibling relationship development between her and Dustin was top-notch. But there are still so many random outstanding questions, and I NEEEEEEED answers!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kara Bailey

    I really enjoyed this middle grades suspense. The main character inherits a share of a funeral home for monsters and discovers a long list brother who she needs to learn to work with. There was humor, a little touch of horror and a solid plot. It definitely helped sway my opinion that the author did a virtual visit to my school to discuss his writing process and was just plain awesome.

  25. 4 out of 5

    kim baccellia

    What worked: Hilarious, fun MG paranormal adventure that includes a mortuary business that serves 'nonstandard' citizens-the supernatural. Think The Graveyard Book meets Skullduggery Pleasant with a dash of Goosebumps. Fast-paced with engaging, hilarious dialogue. What worked: Hilarious, fun MG paranormal adventure that includes a mortuary business that serves 'nonstandard' citizens-the supernatural. Think The Graveyard Book meets Skullduggery Pleasant with a dash of Goosebumps. Fast-paced with engaging, hilarious dialogue.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Littlefoot Reader

    Rating: 4/5 This book is such a fun story and perfect for middle-grade readers! I absolutely adored the MC - her snarky attitude and quick retorts made me smirk on numerous occasions. While the storytelling is not perfect, the nit-picking of certain areas just isn't necessary as the story was so entertaining for my "middle-grade self". The interaction between the siblings was spot on and I mean, a mortuary for monsters?! I loved the concept of this book so much and a perfect story for this time o Rating: 4/5 This book is such a fun story and perfect for middle-grade readers! I absolutely adored the MC - her snarky attitude and quick retorts made me smirk on numerous occasions. While the storytelling is not perfect, the nit-picking of certain areas just isn't necessary as the story was so entertaining for my "middle-grade self". The interaction between the siblings was spot on and I mean, a mortuary for monsters?! I loved the concept of this book so much and a perfect story for this time of year! Special thanks to @tbrbeyondtours & @chuck_wendig for allowing me to be a part of this tour and for the pleasure of reading a great spooky story!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    What a fun adventure! I have read and enjoyed most of the authors other books so I was curious how I would find this one since it is written for younger kids, but it was still just as fun! I loved this world the author made, these characters, and the adventures they had.

  28. 4 out of 5

    LS Johnson

    Playful, scary, funny, heartwarming. The only drawback is that the descriptions get long at times and may not hold the attention of some younger/less patient readers and that will limit who I will recommend this book to. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melinda Beatty

    A seriously fun and funny middle grade for kids who like ghosts, monsters and fairies. (And at least one Florg.) A great tale of siblings, finding your place and what makes a family.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Hmmmm.... The world building here is somewhat flimsy, lessening my enjoyment of this story of a brother and sister, separated by their parents (no, this isn't The Parent Trap) and raised in different places until Dad has died, leaving Molly to move in to Dustin's house (a mortuary catering to monsters) at the urging of their uncle. Turns out, Molly owns half of the business and she's come to collect... of course, being 13, that's going to require said uncle's help. He's oddly insistent, but then Hmmmm.... The world building here is somewhat flimsy, lessening my enjoyment of this story of a brother and sister, separated by their parents (no, this isn't The Parent Trap) and raised in different places until Dad has died, leaving Molly to move in to Dustin's house (a mortuary catering to monsters) at the urging of their uncle. Turns out, Molly owns half of the business and she's come to collect... of course, being 13, that's going to require said uncle's help. He's oddly insistent, but then, Dustin (17 years old, and living with Viv, a friend of their mother's who helps run the mortuary) is oddly resistant to her coming to live in the house. The house is well-realized, as is the business and how Dustin and Molly manage to live together. However, the scenes in the cemetery that they oversee, a place for the grieving/funeral/internment ceremonies for the various monsters served by Dustin and Viv are less well-realized. Things felt rushed and not as understandable as the more "human" spaces. eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss.

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