Hi everybody, I've been working my way through a huge stack of books lately, in an attempt to catch up and get my TBR pile under control so I can start 2013 afresh. for today's installment of Mini Review Madness I'm going to be taking a look at the following books: Professor Gargoyle, Legend and Muddle and Win
Professor Gargoyle - Charles Gilman
Summary (from Goodreads): Every volume in the Lovecraft Middle School series is fully illustrated and features an original lenticular portrait on the cover. Display them on bookshelves—and then watch the cover characters morph into monsters as you pass by!
In Professor Gargoyle, we’re introduced to 11-year-old Robert Arthur and the strange world of Lovecraft Middle School. It’s a brand-new state-of-the-art facility—so why do so many creepy things keep happening? Why is the science teacher acting so strangely? And where are all the rats coming from?
As Robert explores with his new friends Glenn and Carina, he discovers that the school may be a portal to another world.
My 50 word review: Following on from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Quirk books are back with a slightly younger read, Professor Gargoyle. Beautifully designed, I really love the quality of Quirk's books. Professor Gargoyle is a lot of fun, perfect for younger teens but will also make Lovecraft fans very happy indeed.
Legend - Marie Lu
Summary (from Goodreads): What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
My 50 word review: Big fans of YA dystopia will love this one. Unfortunately, I found it a massive slog. For me, the market is so saturated with dystopia that a novel really has to be amazing to stand out. I finished reading this one a couple of months ago and, honestly, there aren't many details I can even recall. I had to flick back through my copy to even remember Day's name; take from that what you will!
Muddle and Win - John Dickinson
Summary (from Goodreads): Everyone has a Lifetime Deed Counter (LDC). It works like this:
You offer to help with the housework: Lifetime Good Deeds +1
You steal your little brother's sweets: Lifetime Bad Deeds +1
Looks straightforward, huh? But what if your every thought was disputed by opposing forces of good and evil - by an angel wearing ray bans (called Windleberry) and a demon in the form of a wart (called Muddlespot)? And within your mind they were fighting a fierce battle over your actions, a battle dictated by a game of poker?
When Muddlespot is promoted from a devil's janitor to special agent, the pressure is on for him to infiltrate Sally Jones and make her Bad. If he doesn't, it will be Very Bad for him. But as his mission leads him down Sally's ear and into the deepest recesses of her mind, all becomes unclear. Just what does it mean to be good? And can it be good to be bad?
My 50 word review: Oh, this was so much fun to read. Muddlespot, a demon who has been tasked with making Sally bad, was great but I also found Windleberry hilarious. There aren't many books out at the moment that have such wonderful characterisation and I'd definitely recommend this one for younger readers.
Note: All books were sent for review by the publisher