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  • A fun read with "monster" action!

    ** I received a NetGalley ARC in exchange for an honest review.** ----------------------------------- Traditional monsters with a not-so-traditional view... Alien technology has endowed a team of scientists and researchers with super-human abilities - longevity, invisibility, and super speed among others. While most of the team becomes accustomed to their new abilities and use them to try to help civilization, one member betrays his friends and becomes known as von Frankenstein. A few generations down the road things come to a head. This would be a great book for 4th-7th graders who love action and monsters - although the monsters are more super-humans than true "monsters". The storyline was a fun blend of traditional characters with new twists to their abilities and everyday 13-yr-old life. I thought the blending of old with new was very well done - an entertaining read.

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  • Plenty of action and character interaction

    In 1938, a spaceship crash-lands in Roswell, New Mexico, and a giant metallic man emerges, exposing four scientists to something that gives them incredible powers. In the present, Blaine Davis is starting seventh grade at Autumn's Hallow Junior High, Oregon, where Drake Harker has just moved to town. Along with Shelley Merry and Daschle (Dash) Gaunt, they discover they have some strange new abilities. But why is the principal of the neighboring school, The Grimm Academy, so interested in these four friends? What's with the mysterious creature seen lurking in the woods? And how are these events related to what happened in 1938? This disparate group of friends will have to band together and use their own innate talents and newly-found powers to defeat an ancient evil. This story is an homage to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, with characters named after many other well-known literary figures, both real and fictional. There are a lot of characters, and it's a bit of a puzzle trying to work out who's related to who across the two timelines - but that's half the fun, so I won't tell you. With plenty of action and character interaction, this is an interesting read that doesn't talk down to the kids and has plenty of references to keep the adults on their toes. I look forward to sharing the further adventures of the Monster Squad. I received this book in return for an honest review.

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  • Excellent Fantasy Mash-up!

    Monster Squad: The Iron Golem is well-paced and exciting. The characters are easy to like and relate to and the scenes are well-written and descriptive. The vocabulary is just challenging enough to be good. This is one of those books that you can read to your children and enjoy, rather than endure. Blaine is just trying to make it through her first day of seventh grade, first a new teacher, then a new student who takes notice of her and finally a strange happening over the art sink gets this story going quickly. If you have a child who is bored with what is out there to read, but you want to pick up something well-written, fun, engaging, and different? This is the book for you. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has a child that is bored with reading, I also highly recommend this for those who like reading, they will not be able to put it down.

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  • Appeals to your inner twelve year old!

    I grew up loving movies like Goonies, Ghostbusters, Back To The Future, The Rock, Independence Day... you name it, if it had plenty of action, quirky characters and as many one liners as bullets, lightning bolts or flying De Loreans then I was in! This book was like a blast to the past. Is it sure to be an instant classic or land a slot on the Newberry Medal lists? No! But it was a heckuvalot of fun to read and reminded me so much of those movies from simpler times. The blurb does a good job summing up the story but maybe not capturing the tone (its not as dark). Kids battle monsters and mad scientists and save their town. The fun is in the pacing, the back and forth between the kids and seeing what the author throws next at them. My thirteen year old is reading it now... and most importantly likes it! (and he is NOT a reading fan). So consider this purchase a double bonus and what earns the extra star from 4 to 5.

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