Thursday May 20, 2010
by Steve Feasey
April 27, 2010
Feiwel and Friends
Goodreads Summary: Fourteen-year-old Trey Laporte is not a kid anymore. Not after the day he wakes up in agony—retina-splitting, vomit-inducing agony. His clothes are torn. His room is trashed.
Enter Lucien Charron, the mysterious, long-lost “uncle” with freakish fire-flecked eyes and skin that blisters in the sun. Suddenly, Trey finds himself living in a luxury penthouse at the heart of a strange and sinister empire built on the powers of the Netherworld—vampires, demons, sorcerers, and djinn.
And there is a girl—Alexa Charron—who is half vampire, half human, and insanely pretty, with powers all of her own. Trey is falling for her.
Trey is training night and day to control the newly discovered power lurking inside him. Now, demons are closing in on every side, and the most psychopathic bloodsucker to rock the Netherworld wants to destroy him. Above all, he must face one terrifying question: Is he a boy . . . or is he a beast?
Review: I'm always excited when a paranormal book comes out that I can get boys to read! Don't get me wrong, I always have a bunch boys ready and waiting for the next hot paranormal romance but the action-packed paranormal reads with a male lead are guaranteed to have a waiting list here in my library!
I know that the "orphan who is destined to save the world" plot might seem played out but I didn't really get that vibe as I was reading the book. For the most part the plot comes across as original and kept me interested right until the very end.
Trey is a very likable lead and all the key supporting roles are very interesting characters. There is more to Lucian than meets the eye and the rugged Irishman Tom (who Trey grows close to) has a lot of appeal. There is definite chemistry between Trey and Alexa and although there is a hint of attraction between them nothing really comes of it...at least for now.
I totally recommend this book! Fast paced and full of action it kept me guessing until the very end. There seems to be a "double-agent" in their midst and each time I thought I knew who it was...well I was wrong. I guess I'll have to wait until book 2 in the series to find out :)
Appropriate for ages 12 and up. There is also a Demoncyclopedia at the end of the book that tells readers all about demon hierarchy, the difference between demons and djinns as well as other various Netherworld creatures...pretty interesting.