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El aviso Leo un niño de ocho años introvertido y solitario recibe una carta ue le avisa de la fecha de su muerte Será sólo el primero de una serie de mensajes ue intentarán advertirle de un fatal destino Cuando sus padres busuen respuestas se enfrentarán a un terrible descubrimiento ¿es el propio Leo el autor de esos mensajesAarón decide poner fin a su relación con Andrea tras diez años de noviazgo Esa noche pide a su amigo David ue vaya a la tienda del americano a realizar una entrega ue tenía apalabrada Allí tras el cartel de neón en el ue brilla la palabra Open David recibe un disparo Atormentado por la culpa Aarón buscará una explicación para el trágico cruce de destinosAmbas historias transcurren en Arenas de la Despernada un pueblo residencial de la periferia madrileña orgulloso de su lago su universidad privada y su parue acuático cuyo mayor secreto resulta no ser la silueta oscura ue a veces se aparece tras las cortinas de la casa al final del camino de arena

  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • El aviso
  • Paul Pen
  • Spanish
  • 05 February 2016

About the Author: Paul Pen

The Light of the Fireflies was his first book to be translated to English becoming an international bestseller This book was followed by

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  1. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* says:

    EXCERPT I don't wish to frighten you but it's impossible to explain any other way Please do not go to the gas station in Arenas The American's store Do not go there on August 14 2009 I don't want to scare you but it could be the day of your death Don't go I'm sorry I had to warn you ABOUT THIS BOOK I don’t wish to frighten you reads the anonymous note introverted and bullied eight year old Leo Cruz finds in his backpack All the sender asks is that he avoid a certain spot on a certain day or he’ll die Leo has reason to be afraid The warning hearkens back to nearly a decade ago—to the same site where a murder has become local folklore and a favorite campfire tale reinvented year after year by the kids of Arenas a small Spanish townLeo’s parents initially suspect the lonely boy’s cruel classmates The perfect joke to terrorize an impressionable victim Unless as they come to believe it’s Leo himself who is the author of the warningIs Leo being lured to an unavoidable fate? Is someone taking bullying to a dangerous new level? Or is there something else at work in Arenas a town with intersecting destinies and a century of secrets?MY THOUGHTS I am going to start with an excerpt from the author's foreword'I reread The Warning today and suffer when I discover certain passages that I'd never write in the same way now I wince at each confusing shift in point of view I roll my eyes at certain similes and metaphors and I cringe at characters' intrusive thoughts'I feel your pain Paul Pen I really do as I did throughout this read The shifts in not only the point of view but also the timelines was confusing Very confusing The story doesn't flow at all It ought to have been creepy and suspenseful the plot certainly had all the right ingredients but I felt none of that In fact by the time I reached the 40% point I was skimming and I continued to do so through to the 90% point where it finally caught my interest I felt nothing for any of the characters they are simply awful and unlikable except for poor little Leo bullied both at school and at home and Linda the housekeeper I would love to see Paul Pen rewrite this book now knowing what he does now with several novels to his name I believe it would be a vastly different book There is so much potential that could be explored and developed 😐😐5#TheWarning #NetGalley THE AUTHOR Paul Pen is an top 3 best selling Spanish author whose four novels have been translated to English German Italian Russian and Turkish His book The Light of the Fireflies has sold over 150000 copies worldwide while his debut novel El aviso —soon to be published in English for the first time—was adapted to the big screen in 2018 Motion pictures of The Light of the Fireflies and Desert Flowers are also in development the latter scripted by Pen himself In his capacity as scriptwriter Paul Pen is also working on a forthcoming Netflix series DISCLOSURE Thank you to Crossing via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Warning by Paul Pen for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreadscom profile page or the about page on sandysbookadaywordpresscom This review and others are also published on Twitter and my webpage

  2. Mackey Mackey says:

    I DON'T WISH TO FRIGHTEN YOUEight year old Leo a uniuely different boy who has become the center of all bullying at his school opens a note in his backpack addressed To The Nine Year Old Boy Scared shaking in terror Leo gives the note to his parents who by the way should be nominated for the worst parents in all of literature They assume that Leo has written the note for attention and add to his torment rather than comprehending the dangerIn the same small Spanish town a series of robberymurders have been occurring for nearly a century The note suggests that little Leo could possibly be the next to dieIn the introduction the author Paul Pen apologizes for this his first book explaining that while we in the US are just now reading The Warning it was his first work and therefore flawed insert laughing here If The Warning is his most flawed work then I cannot imagine how incredible his subseuent work has to be The Warning is classical horror at its finest and by horror I am referring to the original genre that brought us Frankenstein The Yellow Wallpaper Shirley Jackson's work and the first writings of Stephen King It is the genre that will leave you with an uneasy feeling have you looking over your shoulder for something which you cannot name Paul Pen has given us a tale in which you hope for a happily after ending knowing that there cannot be one can there?Told in alternate timelines nearly a decade apart The Warning is the story of Aaron Andrea and David who are attempting to cope with the senseless shooting of David Aaron believes he has found a link from David's shooting to three others in the past He hopes to stop a fourth one in the future even if he drives himself insane in the process Alternately there is Leo a child who is tormented by bullies and by his own mother relentlessly Aaron concludes that it is Leo who will be killed Now he has to convince others and attempt to stop a killing that will happen nine years in the futureWhile the book started a tiiiinny bit slow for me it uickly all came together and rapidly became a book that absolutely floored me so much so that I read this one in one sitting It truly is one of the best books of any genre that I have read in ages Even if you don't think that you like horror this is a book that you will not want to miss It isn't zombie apocalypse horror it is true psychological drama at its bestPaul Pen's books have been made into Netflix movies including The Warning and he currently is working on a Netflix series Currently you can see The Warning on Netflix but not until you read the book

  3. Aida Alberto Aida Alberto says:

    Wow Unputdownable Creepy and spine tingling Hard to put down Pick up this winner of a book but don't blame me if you don't get anything done Happy reading #TheWarning #NetGalley

  4. Mindo& Mindo& says:

    Amazing First Novel by Paul PenIt's not often to enjoy an author's works and then learn of a book written before the others Wow This was an unexpected and unpredictable reading experience How much of life is free will fate or controlled by something else?This early work by Paul Pen reveals the dysfunctional issues of a supposedly normal family amid strange and surprising secrets the storyline reveals If you've enjoyed the prior English translations of Pen's innovative writing then you'll also enjoy his first work now in EnglishSet in a small village in Southern Spain this novel explores the unresolved conflicts misunderstandings and lost trust between parents and Leo their only son trying to survive bullying at school and just growing up Simultaneously the author's storytelling ties another family's tragedies nine years earlier in a related plotline in alternating chapters Pen's phychodramatic tale toys with the mysterious similarities of several tragedies in the small town across a hundred years Lots of twists and turns keep this short read engaging and a book not to be put down before you're finishedI was not disappointed and delighted in seeing the author's first novel attempt His preface apologizes for his early novice writing errors but I couldn't see them because Simon Bruni's exceptional translation from Spanish to English must have corrected or disguised any prior imperfectionsI also appreciated the companion Audible narration that complements the thought provoking storylinePaul Pen's provocative approach to exploring the hidden side of otherwise normal families again reveals itself in this workWell done again

  5. Emily Emily says:

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ OMG I can't believe what I just read starsDisclaimer I won this Kindle book in a Goodreads giveawayI absolutely loved this story of an eight year old boy who receives a cryptic warning in a letter It started off a bit slow and I honestly wasn't sure I was even going to finish it in the early going but I persevered and eventually the disjointed characters and time periods all became clear and brilliant I love patterns and numbers and clues anyway so Aaron's putting together the pattern of the Open store's robberymurders was just amazing and so smart to me I appreciated the simple graphics in the Kindle book that made his discovery come alive Little Leo a sad but smart bullied kid just broke my heart and left it bleeding on the table I don't want to give anything away but this is an impactful suspenseful book that I came to love The last 20% is absolutely gripping

  6. Anya Anya says:

    35 stars rounded up because I enjoyed the reading experienceIt would have been 5 stars for the novel but I don't want to spoil anything the book was well written engaging I don't care if it was the firs Pul Pen's book it was good But the endingit wasn't what I wanted So if I was the author would I have ended it differently? No I would probably have written another story instead No other possible solution still I'm glad to have read a good book but if I had to recommend something from the author it would be Under the water his real latest novel which I truly loved

  7. Lauren Lentz Lauren Lentz says:

    This was my first book by this author so I didn't know what to expect I was attracted to this story by the description but the story actually turned out very different than I was expecting It did start out a bit slow but then things started to come together and get interesting I found myself connecting with Leo and his situation made me feel really sad Unfortunately I didn't really care for the ending I felt that the reader deserved a bit closure All in all I enjoyed this book and I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher a copy in exchange for an honest review

  8. Carolyn Amate Carolyn Amate says:

    THE WARNING by Paul Penn is an intriguing thriller that will capture you from the start I have read alot of Penns books and found this one entertaining as much as his others Thank you Netgalley and publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review

  9. Jodi Jodi says:

    Paul Pen had demonstrated a flair for writing about troubled children terrible parents and secrets in the Light of the Fireflies The Warning translated from the original Spanish is a suspenseful novel about sanity insanity fear and cruelty In the town of Arenas a bullied 8 year old boy named Leo receives a strange letter warning him to stay away from a convenience store that's popular with the local children on a certain date or else he'll die His mother believes he wrote that letter himself for attention His father goes along with his motherNine years before a 29 year old man named Aaron asked his friend to do an errand for him that involved that same convenience store The store was robbed the friend was shot and he ended up in a coma Aaron is wracked with guilt believing the bullet that hit his friend was meant for him He begins to analyze what happened and sees a pattern That site had been the site of previous tragedies involving gunsPaul Pen alternates between Leo's and Aaron's perspectives Aaron has loving and very concerned people in his life who believe that he is losing his grip Leodoes not The cruelty and shame of his parents particularly his mother is difficult to read The truth of Aaron's patterns and the warnings Leo receives remains a mystery until the very end But tragedy Pen reminds us doesn't have to involve a gun or a particular day Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review

  10. Kayla Kayla says:

    Netgalley sent this book to me in a pre release to write a review for The summary of the book is what initially drew me in It was eye catching in both aesthetics and in the summation To be honest it took me a long time to get interested in the book once I started reading and I usually read books fairly uickly Don't get me wrong it had an interesting plotline and really great characters that make you want to keep reading This wasn't my cup of tea but it was definitely worth the read

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