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Monster Hunters (Nightmare Academy Series #1)

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    When Harry Potter Meets the Seems. Fun!

    The idea is familiar: young Charlie Benjamin, always an outcast, gets to 13 and finds out that he's not so much weird as he on a course with destiny. He's actually a gifted person who needs education and training in order to hone his talents, and he's whisked away from his childhood home in order to seek his training in an unfamiliar place. In book one, we meet the Charlie and his two friends Theordore Dagget and Violet Sweet, along with his adult supporters and those who want him to fail. We also meet a really nasty demon named Barakkas who also would like to have him for lunch. In the meantime, Barakkas has captured our hero's parents in order to force an exchange of an amulet the demon lost in his meeting with our hero. Of course, everyone has to rally to support Charlie and help him save his parents.

    It's Harry Potter meets the Seems, but it's still fun. It's pretty well-written and fast paced. The author doesn't spend too much time on descriptive language, and his characters are actually well-conceived. There are just enough adjectives. He skillfully uses dialogue to give the reader all the insight needed into the characters. It shows promise. Dean Lorey does a good job of keeping his readers engaged, and his writing can be witty. He's no Rick Riordan or JK Rowling who are stars, but he's still very good. He's much better than James Owen. Note: The characters learn and REMEMBER their lessons, and this is book 1! (Yes, I'm still annoyed about books 4 and 5 of the Imaginarium Geographica series.) I'm looking forward to reading books 2 and 3 soon.

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