Dark forces are converging on the sleepy town of Autumn's Hallow. Monsters in the woods, mad scientists on the loose, and sinister minions lurk. Four young friends must band together to uncover a secret plot that threatens them, the town they live in, and the people they love. It's up to Blaine Davis, Daschle Gaunt, Shelley Merry, and Drake Harker, heirs to fantastic powers, to stop an evil that threatens to consume the world. Can the Monster Squad thwart the evil Victor von Frankenstein in time? Find out in book one of an exciting new series!
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A fun and exciting new series.
When a spaceship crash lands in Roswell, the scientists on the scene see a giant metal man emerge. They are then exposed to something that gives them strange powers.
Years later, we meet Blaine, Daschle, and Shelley who all attend Autumn's Hallow school. Strange things start happening and the gang don't know what to do, that is until Drake comes to school and he explains what's happening. All four must band together if they are to survive.
Right from the start of this book I knew I'd love it. The author just had a way about her writing that grabbed me and drew me in. It starts out in Roswell in the 1930s where we see some scientists going to the site of a crash only for their lives to change forever, then we are transported into the present and meet a ragtag group of friends. Just what do they have to do with what happened in the past? Well the author slowly weaved the details throughout the book with just enough information to keep you turning the pages. I loved finding out everything along with the kids.
The characters are all well written and developed. They all grow so much throughout the book. Saying that, they have no choice but to because monsters keep trying to kill them ;) Plus strange things are also happening to each of them so they need to find the answers before they are taken, or killed. We also get to see them trying to deal with their dysfunctional families, which is a great thing to teach kids!!
I loved the fact that the author made each monster ones we know, example, the Iron man that came out of the ship is known as Frankensteins' monster because it only responded to Victor von Frankenstein, the scientist who first saw it. We also have the wolf man and Igor etc, so it had a real old school monster mash feel to it which I thoroughly enjoyed.
In all this is a fast paced and engaging read and one that all ages will love. I couldn't stop listening to it because I had to see what happened next. My son is even listening to it as we speak and he told me he loves it!! Great plot, lots of action and adventure and lovable characters, what more does a great book need??? I'd highly recommend this to any age and I can't wait to see what the gang do next, though we get a hint to where they're going and who they are going after!!
This is the first book I've listened to by Natalie Hoyt and she has a pleasant voice for a middle grade novel, easy to listen to and follow. She did a good job with the vocalisation of each character, though I wanted a little more to certain ones, like the bad guys. I felt she could of made them a little more evil sounding!! But I enjoyed her performance overall.
*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
- Natalie @ BookLoversLife
What a great kids adventure
- AudioBook Reviewer