Here Comes Mr. Trouble (The Trouble Family Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I'm a fourteen year old girl and I have to say, reading this book is kind of like wearing your favorite pair of shoes-you can read it again and again and the soles will never wear out. It's the kind of book that makes you stay up until 2:00 AM reading because you just can't stop. "Okay, okay, I'll stop after this chapter...well definitely after this chapter...I can't just stop here..." The reasons you make to yourself not to put the book down can go on and on. One thing I love about the book is how you're constantly wondering what's going to happen next, and how you discover things as the main characters do. You're not outright given all the information, but little by little you eventually puzzle out the big picture. You can make your guesses and have your suspicions, but it's not until the very end that you piece it all together.
If I had to compare this book to another, I'd say it reminds me of Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series, minus the greek mythology and plus the mystery. The characters in this book are easily relatable, and sometimes you'd even think that the author must be a teenager to be able to know how one would react, or what they'd say, in a certain situation. Writing a story for teenagers, about teenagers is hard to do, especially since adults would do things so much differently in certain cases, but Brett Battles manages to capture the essence of youth without diminishing the quality or realism. I would definitely give this book five out of five stars, and say if you're looking for a new book to read, and enjoy books like Rick Riordan's, this one should definitely be at the top of your list.
Here Comes Mr. Trouble starts off suspenseful and never lets up. Every chapter leaves you hanging. Mr. Battles skillfully spins out a tale, tantalizing us with little bits of information at a time. A hint here. A small suggestion there. I was still writing out questions 40% of the way through the book! At one point, "Eric was angry, and he was annoyed, and he was frustrated." And he blurts out, "I'm tired of no one telling me anything!" I admit, I was reaching the same breaking point when, just in time, Mr. Battles suddenly unleashed some significant, page-turning action.
You see, Eric has taken up with the Trouble family, and their name is no coincidence. But this specially-trained team is dedicated to fighting Makers, the particular breed of evil that suddenly has it in for Eric.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Usually, when I am asked to review a new book, it is someone's first attempt at such an endeavor. And it shows. But Brett Battles has written several books for adults. And it shows. Anticipation, danger, pulse guns, talismans, sleep juice, enforced stupors, car chases and hand to hand combat create enough excitement for any middle-reader thrill seekers out there. All beautifully crafted.
This is certainly a plot-driven story. I identified with Eric easily, always being the good kid myself, but I never felt like I got to know any of the Troubles personally, or even Eric's best friend Maggie. Also, while moments of droll humor fleck the story, other times the wit falls a little flat - not quite fully developed in the expressions or mannerisms of the speaker. And a couple times the action simply petered out at the end of a chase when I had expected it to develop into something more revealing.
But I did appreciate the tension between Trouble siblings vying for control of the family business. And I felt those moments of jealousy between Maggie and the Trouble sisters whenever Eric was concerned. And I absolutely LOVED the background given on the Troubles' family history and their curse, as well as the excerpts taken directly from their manuals, reports and letters. Such documentation lends the family authenticity and makes the book feel like an actual client case.
Mr. Trouble ends with questions. Eric was a special. But what does this mean for the Makers? What does this mean for the Troubles? And what will happen now to Eric? Even the troubles don't have answers, but it feels legitimate. Isn't life like that?
I definitely recommend this book for readers age 9-13.
I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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