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Billy: Messenger of Powers Paperback – August 27, 2010
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"Fantastic! Fanstatic! Fantastic!! The story line is so unique... a great read for both adults and kids... Collings has created such a fun world to get absorbed in... Billy is such a likable character you can't help yourself from cheering him on... I was truly entertained... FANTASTIC!" - walkingonbookshelves.com
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Top Customer Reviews
By it's own merit, Billy: Messenger of Powers was a enjoyable read. The story was interesting and kept my attention. Unfortunately, the writing was only mediocre. The author was far too wordy and had the tendency to explain even the most easily understood and mundane concepts.
I enjoyed many of the characters but they were fairly one-dimensional. Although, Terry and Mrs. Russet's story was a delightful exception.
My biggest problem with this book was the main character, Billy. I like having the main character be an underdog but found it frustrating and annoying that he was made to have the intelligence of a Twinkie. It appeared that the author made Billy somewhat unintelligent as a method to explain every detail. Unfortunately, this took away from an otherwise good story. I almost felt as if I were reading a novel written by someone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I found it irritating when Billy would ask for clarification on something that was just said (which wasn't too hard to understand if some thought was put into it) so someone explained it to him in more detail yet he still couldn't comprehend this fairly easy to understand concept. I must note that I am an adult so a younger reader may not find this to be a problem. My other problem with Billy was that he was a huge baby. I found it hard to believe that a fourteen year old boy would cry as many times as Billy did in this novel. I thought the reasons for his crying and screaming were a bit flimsy and unrealistic.
Overall, if you do not mind one dimensional characters or having every detail explained to you as if you are five, and if you are not annoyed by stupid people then I recommend this book. As I said, at times it was slow but each of the scenes were important to the overall story.
This book is a great adventure about a misfit boy who is made of stronger stuff than even he is aware. This is another story that takes the concept of a magic world, separate, but, connected to our own. I understand that there will be comparisons to other tales along that line, but, this was unique enough to keep us guessing. The writing is intelligent and descriptive, yet, the author has bits of whimsical fun peppering the rather intense tale. Collings' ability to write a battle scene had me holding my breath at times, which is difficult when reading aloud. I felt as if we were being whisked from one unexpected place to another on a magic carpet ride. I found myself scouring the internet when we were close to the end to find any news of a sequel. We are very impatiently waiting for a sequel. Tap...tap...tap...
Great for middle readers and young YA readers (aged 7 to 14, I'd say). Action, fantasy, go!
I liked the mix of characters, and thought the writing style was excellent. I think having the character ask for things confirmed is a great way to ensure the younger reader is following along, although older readers may feel a little talked down to. I think the story line was quite complex for kids, so all in all I thought this was a positive.There is suspense and tension and some thrilling fight scenes, enough to keep older readers enthralled, without giving the younger ones nightmares.
I do, however, see many a bedtime story over-running, as the kids beg for more, lots of exciting chapter ends that mean you have have to begin the next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I chose this rating because it was a great a t book. I think that everybody y should read this book because it is exciting and you will not want to put t it down.Published 21 months ago by Alex
This book was terrible!!!!! Billy was so stupid, and he cried about everything!! That and he didn't DO anything other people did everything for him! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sue S
My kids have read both books multiple times. Fantastic series from an up and coming author who will be a household name,Published on January 24, 2014 by Five4byu
5 $tars is all u can give:D I love how the author uses EVERY possible mythological item in this book from Powers(wizard) to dragons and zombies. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Jazmin G. '·'
I'm an adult that enjoys YA fantasy, but this one didn't live up to Harry Potter, Percy Jackson or Artemis Fowl. Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by EBR
Kid fantasy, not my favorite, BUT THIS ONE GOT ME! I listened to this book on Audible. I cried, I laughed and I got mad at the characters. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by I'm a Runner.
It was one the most humorous books I have read I hope this writer keeps writing books like these cause I don't see a lot of good books like this around!Published on July 9, 2013 by Kindle Customer
This book will leave you wanting more. From the beginning to begin this journey and conviction of billy will test his limits. Move over Harry potterPublished on May 26, 2013 by Tempest