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Posted March 13, 2008
This is IT!!!! Forget socery and media driven trends. Matthew Livingston is the real deal. I fell in love with this book and can not wait for further mysteries from this guy. This is the future of youngsters making a difference.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 8, 2007
I was sick of Hogwarts and Harry! I was looking for some interesting yet believable characters to read about when I picked up Matthew Livingston And The Prison Of Souls. This was a dark mystery that I never saw coming. Matthew Livingston is a strange high schooler whose methods of crime solving will not be denied. Sandra Small is a brave school mate who is not afraid of getting her hands dirty. Dennis Sommers is the journalist to be, who can't get a good story until he recruits Matthew to catch a thief. The plotting and planning in this book was my favorite. All and all it was a great story with some great characters. This had better be a series!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2007
I've never written a review before, but I was really blown away by this book (which I came upon somewhat by accident and couldn't put down). I'm a professional writer and a diehard mystery reader who cut my teeth on Nancy Drew adventures, so I'm usually disappointed. But even though the book is directed at the teens, it doesn't aim `low,' or seem the least bit `juvenile' or pedantic: The plotting is exciting (it takes off with a bang right from the first page), the characters are genuinely interesting (a tough feat to accomplish without a lot of dry exposition), the language is smart (hey, kids are reading Shakespeare at this age, right?), and best of all, it's just plain funny. I instantly liked the main character, Dennis, a sweet, self-deprecating high-schooler (and, you get the feeling, a late-bloomer who'll someday run a company, if not the world) who's carrying around a few extra pounds and the kind of normal teen insecurities that will probably have kids immediately identifying with him. He plays a sort of 'Watson' to the (brilliant, somewhat enigmatic) title character Matthew Livingston's 'Sherlock,' and it's fun to watch this odd pair solve a crime together with the help of a (nicely non-stereotypical) fellow student named Sandra. Oh, and the story has a feel of real authenticity to it. (Well, the author's an actual NYPD detective, so I guess that shouldn't be surprising...) One negative: The bolding of certain (seemingly haphazardly chosen) words and phrases throughout is distracting. I hope that if/when sequels come out, the publisher will rethink that device.... But all in all, this is a great read. I hope it's the start of a series--it can't hurt to have smart, INTERESTING books around to encourage kids (and, I admit, adults) to read....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2007
I realized that I was being stubborn in re-reading my old Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew mystery books & not venturing out into uncharted reading. I found this book on a search engine looking for teen mysteries and I was blown away. Matthew Livingston is the wierdest yet coolest teen detective you will ever come across. His shortness with friend and main character Dennis Sommers is mistaken for rude cockiness while it is his sheer confidence in his ability. The other character that rounds out the trio is Sandra Small, who for my money could put Nancy Drew to the test. Matthew Livingston & the Prison of Souls is the book and the Prison of Souls is... well read the book and you will find out, I will not spoil it for you. One thing I can tell you is this is a dark mystery that gets real creepy, real fast. There is no disapointment in this one and I can't wait for book 2 in what promises to be a series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.