Monday, February 3, 2014

Maegan's review of Curse at Zala Manor by BBH McChiller

Reviewed by – Maegan Schaefer          

Book Review of – Curse at Zala Manor
By: BBH McChiller

My overall star rating -- from 1-5

About the book:
It's almost Halloween, and twelve-year-old AJ Zantony's world is threatened by an ancient curse that releases wicked pirates who had been trapped for centuries in his Aunt Zsofia's creepy mansion, Zala Manor.

The pirates--a vampire count, a pegleg skeleton, and a zombie--have three goals: to find a lost treasure, unleash the restless dead from their graves, and to settle a very old score by destroying the Zantony bloodline.

AJ has to stop them before midnight during Aunt Zsofia's annual Halloween party. Except he has a big problem--monster phobia! He's scared to death of monsters. But if he doesn't act fast, the streets of Craggy Cove will be crawling with zombies.

Will AJ overcome his fear and stop the monsters or bail out? Will Craggy Cove become Zombie Central? Who will be alive when midnight tolls? (from Amazon)

Book creation ratings:
Overall total --  30 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title --10
-- Editing -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
-1- I starting reading this book in the morning and had a hard time putting it down. I ended up finishing it that same night.

-2- The characters are well developed. You really became absorbed with how the characters would end up and what might happen to them.

-3- This book is a mystery. I liken it to the Nancy Drew books I read growing up, except this one deals with real monsters.

-4- BBH McChiller really kept this book to an elementary school level; wonderful for kids just starting to learn to love to read.

-5- This book has it all from dark, creepy tunnels to hidden passageways, keeping you on your toes till the end.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- mystery
Age recommendations – 8+
Sex content rating – none
Violence rating – not really much of that
Creepy rating- just enough to keep you reading to the end

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