Monday, April 30, 2012

Review: Return to Exile (Blog Tour)

Title Return to Exile (The Hunter Chronicles 1)
By E.J. Patten
Genre MG Supernatural Adventure
Pages 513
Recommended by Me

First sentence Phineas T. Pimiscule was not what you'd call an "attractive" man.

Synopsis
Sky and his uncle Phineas have always been close. His uncle has taught him all about puzzles and traps and monsters that roam the earth. Sky thought it was all a game; a distraction from the pain of moving from town to town. But on the eve of his twelfth birthday, with his uncle suddenly missing, he's about to learn the truth, including the truth about the mark on his hand.


What it has going for it
The biggest reason I wanted to read this book, I'll be honest, is that the author is local, and after meeting him at several different events I found him highly amusing. I figured if he was that amusing his book would be, and hopefully adventurous too. I mean, a book about a boy monster hunter who fights monsters with weapons made out of trash. Sounds exciting right? I was not disappointed. This one had me giggling from page one; from the first paragraph, even. It's incredibly witty amidst the mystery and action and I thoroughly enjoyed that. There's nothing like reading through an action scene, all tense and nervous, only to burst out laughing at some character's remark. Love it. I also was awed at the similes and metaphors. Sure, there might have been a few too many but every single one had me thinking how very clever the author was! I can't think up a good simile to save my life! I was impressed. And one last thing that I loved. John Rocco, the artist behind the covers of the Percy Jackson series, did the cover art for this one as well. There were awesome pictures to go with each chapter that were so fun to look at and added a fun touch to the whole book.

What's lacking
This is, I believe, marketed as a MG book and I'm not a HUGE fan of MG books. I like them and appreciate them but there is a simpleness to them that always grates on my nerves. I don't mean a lack of vocabulary or even a lack of "grown up" situations. I mean the telling, the repetition, the characters inner dialogue. It's all for good reason. Kids can sometimes need things spelled out for them, that's fine, it's just something that starts to bother you as you get older. Or maybe that's just me. *shrugs* I also was bothered by the length. Five hundred pages is an awfully long book for a kid to read...heck, most adults would consider that too long.  Still, I've heard several people say their kids loved this one and I can easily see it becoming the next Fablehaven or Percy Jackson. It definitely has kid appeal.

Yea or Nay?
For the wittiness and adventure alone I'd say yes.

Click here to see the Blog Tour Calender and read other reviews. 

And I just had to add the authors bio from the back flap because it made me giggle too. 

16 comments:

  1. I don't know exactly how I feel about middle grade. Although I did read the first Percy Jackson book and liked it. I didn't think it was too childish or anything anyway. Sometimes you just want to chill out with a middle grade book. This one sounds great. I'm always interested in a good laugh.

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  2. I LOVE books that are action packed and hilarious and I have been looking for some great new middle grade!! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  3. Based on the author's blurb about himself alone I can tell that he is witty. lol! I know what you mean about middle grade books though when you read them as an adult. They can be enjoyable, but there is always something thats missing for older readers....but this definitely sounds like something that kids would LOVE! Its really cool that he's a local author too! Nice review :)

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    1. It's the funniest blurb I've read in quite awhile. From what I'm hearing kids are really liking it.

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  4. I read this one a couple of months ago knowing nothing at all about the author or anything. Roger just thought it was something I might like so he bought it for me. I really enjoyed it. I was sorta surprised that I did. Honestly, though, Your review makes me want to read it again. I almost feel like I missed something.

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    1. You missed something? The funny stuff?

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  5. Oh, I didn't realize this book was on the level of Percy Jackson. I'll keep my eye on it. I do love hilarious books, so I might just find this one really good. Although, I don't like MG all THAT much either for the same reasons as you. They are obviously meant to be read by children, and as an adult, I don't usually relate to them quite so well. Doesn't mean they can't be highly entertaining, though.

    Very nice review, Jenny!

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    1. I've only read the first Percy Jackson but I thought they were similar in feel and kid appeal. MG is kind of hard for us adults. ;)

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  6. I'd really like to read that guy's first story.

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    1. I know, right? Any story that has a laundromat AND chili HAS to be good!

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  7. I think I may like this book. MG books and I get along, for the most part. Plus, I have a daughter that likes these type of books too, although,she is starting to veer into YA reads.

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    1. You should definitely give it a read.

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