Saturday, October 24, 2015

Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse by Curtis Jobling

Max's whole family killed monsters.  Max does, too.  This time, though, it looks like the monsters may win...

Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 10th.  

Max lives with an old former prize fighter and they work out a lot to keep in shape.  You need to keep in shape to fight monsters.  He also has a puppy.  It's a hellhound.  It's not real pretty but it's supposed to be useful.  

The first clue Max gets that he's marked comes when his hellhound comes after him.  He has a heck of time getting out of the apartment alive.  Then when he's walking down the street that day a ghoul comes after him.  They don't go after live people and they only rise at night, so what's going on?

Each monster is pictured, described in detail and you learn how it likes to kill.  Max ends up fighting with them all in this tale.  There's lots of action, a long dead man comes back to life, enchantment is involved, and you never know who's going to win each contest.  It's good that Max has some friends.

The current threat is eliminated but there's an older meaner threat just coming to life.  Max's worries aren't over yet.  This will be an interesting series.

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