Friday, 19 February 2010

Andrew Newbound - Demon Strike - Book Review

Book Review
My attention was first drawn to this book from a 'new publications release list,' which was sent to me by the publisher. The synopsis was particularly intriguing and certainly enticed my curiosity, and so I was particularly pleased when I managed to get my hands unexpectedly on a copy last week.  

From the very start, I found myself galloping through the pages. Even when I could not see the type, due to night setting in when I was a recent passenger in a car, I still wanted to read on. The first thing that you find as a reader, is how well the story unfolds with ease. The particularly strong characters in the book make way for an entertaing read, with some feisty girl hero action against some nasty creatures, and a multi-layered plot which keeps you on your toes. 

The story unfolds as the Demons from the Dark Dimension pour through a portal to reek havoc on earth. Unfortunately the chaos then follows the two children - twelve-year old Ghost- Busters, in the way of Alannah Malarra and her sidekick Wortley. They find themselves in a whole lot of trouble when they entangle with the A.N.G.E.L,  an acronym for Attack-ready Network of Global Evanescent Law-enforcers whose job is to protect everybody from any Demon attack.

The children encounter some of the best monsters you're ever going to bump into in this book -  as well as a Winged Angel, who has a passion for breaking all the rules and treading a tight rope of sudden death. The book flows with great wit and some of the best character banter that I have read for a long time.

I enjoyed the many analogies that the author referred to throughout the book, they're absolutely brilliant and had me chuckling to myself. 

The book is aimed at a 9-12 year old audience but will have everyone wanting more,,just like me. We now have a start, to a fresh new series of books, with a great voice for the future. More adventures please but just wait until I clean the ectoplasm off my keyboard and straighten my wings in the cupboard ready for the next adventure!

Book Published By Chicken House - March 13 2010 

1 comment:

Alex said...

Sounds amazing! I'm loving all of these horror-type novels/series coming out for younger kids - Can't seem to get enough :D