Friday, June 1, 2012

Book Review: Nikolas & Company The Merman and the Moon Forgotten by Kevin McGill

   Everything we've ever known about the moon is a lie. He was not always a ghost wandering the starry night. In a time before our own he held the entirety of all magical civilization, and the cradle of this metropolis once bustled with fire-breathing winged lions, volcano-born nymphs, automaton-legged mermaids, and so much magic you could smell it.
   The city of Huron has summoned her newly appointed steward, fourteen-year-old Nick Lyons. Unfortunately, Nick is tied up at the moment. He just blew up his parent's shed...again.
   Oh boy.

  Recently I've been craving a good adventure book, and this perfectly satisfied my taste!
  Nikolas Lyons, or Nick, is you sensible, smart, average teenager. The only difference is that he's destined to lead an entire city, full of mermaids, demons, and other such creatures. I was excited, following along through his troubles and watching as he overcame trial after trial. I really liked that, even though he was in trouble, he never bemoaned the fact. But rather, he jumped in head-first to solve the problem. His gang of friends each had their own distinct personalities, adding flavor to slower situations. Perhaps my favorite character was Grand (Nick's grandpa). Full of bluster and good Old-Fashioned courage, I found him quit to my liking.
Characters: 4 Stars
   This book had a very interesting premise. I always enjoy when books include fictitious reasons for things happening in reality (such as explanations for Stonehenge, strange natural disasters, ect.). The Merman and the Moon Forgotten had a lot of this throughout the story. More importantly, however, the action never stopped! Nick and his friends were catapulted from fight to escape and back again. I felt the book ended rather suddenly with no overall plot arc being realized, but I have high hopes for the sequel.
Plot: 3.9 Stars
   Kevin McGill's style put me inside Nick's head. I was able to see the impact certain events had on his world view. It painted a fun, engaging story perfect for summer's light reading.
Style: 3.5 Stars

Rating: 3.9 Stars
Source: From Author for Review
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
YA/Junior Fiction

Author Info:
Twitter @KevinonPaper
Blog Kevin McGill

To launch Nikolas and Company, author Kevin McGill actually launched a copy of his book into space! Go to the book's website and guess where it landed for a chance to win a Kindle Fire!

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