- File Size: 522 KB
- Print Length: 228 pages
- Publisher: Indicated Publications and Promotions; 1 edition (November 23, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 23, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Q254CQ0
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Even though the target audience is young teenagers I found the book very readable. Clarkson mixes humour and drama well to create a suspenseful book that pulls you through to the end. She also adds a few snippets of science, disguised as magic, just to make things interesting. I am however thinking that some of her characters were based on real people who she suffered during high school or some other period of time and their appearance in her book is a little payback. Not that that’s a bad thing. I also liked the shameless promotion of her other series the Silver Strand. I enjoyed the book, but I found the ending a little abrupt. I get that Clarkson was setting up for a sequel, but I think this book didn’t quite finish its story arc which left me feeling: where’s the rest. Well, I’ll just have to read the sequel. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a light read or a book for their children.
Barny is thrust into the position of Alpha, having to care for two very large, very precocious hell hounds. Their owner Mr. Lucius is desperate to have them trained to find his missing father. Sounds simple, but Mr. Lucius's family are anything but simple. They rate in the realms of myths and legends and Mr. Lucius's sister will do anything to prevent a reunion with their pop. Including putting a spell on the hounds to make them the most misbehaving beasts in the world.
This was a fun read, as we journey with Barny on his path to Mr. Lucius's employment, where he has an unexpected family reunion of his own. L.J Clarkson has mastered the slow reveal in this tale, keeping me guessing as to how all the characters fit together. Barny must conquer his fear of dogs, train the hounds and save the day, all in time for his 9th grade graduation. Will he find Mr. Lucius's father. Well, you will have to read it....
To help in his quest to locate and communicate with his father, Mr. Lucius creates two â€œhell houndsâ€ from a lock of Popâ€™s hair so they could sniff him out as necessary. Unfortunately, Gay casts a spell on the two hounds (Delta and Gamma) making them lazy and disobedient. Enter Barny Pedrotter, a troubled 9th grade boy whom the hounds choose as their alpha. It is up to Barny to regain control of the hounds and help Mr. Lucius regain entry into heaven.
Heaven and Hound: Rise of the Alpha features an assortment of colorful and memorable characters including mortals such as Barny, his father James, and Barnyâ€™s schoolmates and immortals such as Mr. Lucius, Gay, and Pop. The story is told from a number of perspectives, primarily Barny, James, and Gay. At first I found this confusing as I could not see where the story was going, but as the threads became interwoven, I came to appreciate that the individual perspectives were necessary to fully understand the story. I think children will be able to relate to Barnyâ€™s character in particular and I hope that in future stories, the focus is maintained on him.
The story features many humorous moments as well as more tense moments between the characters. The hounds, Delta and Gamma, were a delightful wild card and could either be vicious and destructive or big and lovable pushovers at the hands of their alpha, Barny. I do have to mention that these hounds were not typical dogs. That is, one or the other dogs were described as having unusual features such as scales, four eyes, a thorny tail, and a spiky ridge on the spine. I was having a hard time imagining what the dogs looked like and unfortunately, the cover image shows quite normal dogs!
One of the things that I really enjoyed in the story was the mentioning of certain movies, books, and other items from pop culture such as a BlackBerry, the TV series Downton Abbey, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, the World Cup, the Manchester United football club for example. The author also cleverly weaved in her other middle grade book, The Silver Strand throughout the story, although in Heaven and Hound it was referred to as a comic book.
My Bottom Line:
Heaven and Hound: Rise of the Alpha is a fun-filled story featuring a quirky cast of colorful characters, an original and compelling plot, as well as many humorous moments and surprising twists. I canâ€™t wait to see where the author goes next with this series and I recommend this book to children ages 8 to 13 looking for a quick and humorous read.
* This book was received free-of-charge from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own. *
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