Review: Vlad the Inhaler by Lorraine Mace

Title: Vlad the Inhaler
Author: Lorraine Mace
Publisher:  Little Roni Publishing
Publication Date: 30 March 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES, AND PEACHES, OH MY! Vampires suck… But Vlad is half-human. Vlad’s parents have disappeared, and his evil relatives will stop at nothing to steal his inheritance and eliminate the asthmatic “hupyre” they despise. 

With two new friends and a heart bursting with courage and determination, Vlad faces perilous adventure and certain death to make things right in the world of Dank Forest. 

Peppered with gorgeous black-and-illustrations, join the adventure and bring a peach for Vlad!

Review: The Legend of the Frog By Guy Bass

Title: The Legend of the Frog
Series: The Legend of the Frog #1
Author: Guy Bass
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Publication Date: 3 Feb 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Amazon

The Legend of Frog is the first book in a brand new three-part series by award-winning and best-selling author, Guy Bass (Stitch Head and Stitch Head: The Pirate’s Eye). A mash-up of fairy tale, fantasy and science fiction with a hearty helping of humour, The Legend of Frog is sure to introduce Guy to a whole new raft of readers as well as delighting his legions of fans. Prince Frog is convinced he’s destined to rule the world …the trouble is, the world has ended. Undeterred, Frog sets out to claim his crown, armed with nothing more than a pair of Catastrophe Pants and his trusty stick, Basil Rathbone. But Frog soon realizes that the world isn’t quite as ended as he thought. He discovers a magical kingdom, filled with wild landscapes, strange creatures …and a princess sitting on his throne. Together with his new friend, Sheriff Explosion the sheep, Frog seeks to prove his princeliness and escape the clutches of the princess who’s sure he’d make a better pet than a prince. But just when Frog thinks things can’t get any worse, he discovers he is actually the prince of an invading alien army and that he’s just given the go-ahead for an all-out alien invasion. Can he and the princess put aside their differences long enough to save the kingdom – and the world? It’s time for Frog to decide whether to be a prince or a hero?

Review: The Fairytale Detectives by Michael Buckley

Title: The Fairytale Detectives
Series: The Sisters Grimm #1
Author: Michael Buckley
Publisher: Amulet
Publication Date: 1 Oct 2005
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, life has not been a fairy tale. After the mysterious disappearance of their parents, the sisters are sent to live with their grandmother–a woman they believed was dead! Granny Relda reveals that the girls have two famous ancestors, the Brothers Grimm, whose classic book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files of magical mischief. Now the girls must take on the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives.

Review: The 13th Horseman by Barry Hutchison

Title: The 13th Horseman
Series: Afterworlds #1
Author: Barry Hutchison
Publisher: Harper Collins Childrens
Publication Date: 1 March 2012
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

In a darkly funny, action-packed adventure, fourteen year old Drake is surprised to discover the Horsemen of the Apocalypse hanging out in his garden shed. He’s even more surprised when they ask him to join them. The team is missing a Horseman, having gone through several Deaths, and they think Drake is the boy for the job.

Review: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Title: The School for Good and Evil
Series: The School for Good and Evil #1
Author: Soman Chainani
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 6 June 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

MG Monday: Review: The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery by Kim Donovan

Title: The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery
Series: St Vipers School for Super Villians
Author: Kim Donovan
Publisher: Squawk Books
Publication Date: 7 May 2012
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Amazon

Fantasy series for 7+ readers. The series is set in St Viper’s School where it’s good to be bad. And World Domination is lesson one. Demon Kid wants to be the best super villain at St Viper’s but he’s in for a fight. Between masterclasses in sinister science and fighting with flames, he needs to prove to everyone he’s an evil genius. Now, if he can just survive till the end of term . . .