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"A very exciting book… Refreshingly different from what is out there already!” - Erik Weibel, This Kid Reviews Books Blog (Erik is 11)From the afterlife, ten-year-old Andy Smithson’s relatives initiated a curse 500 years ago. Now they no longer agree it should continue and one is willing to sacrifice Andy’s life to end it. Unaware of the disagreement and with no say in the"A very exciting book… Refreshingly different from what is out there already!” - Erik Weibel, This Kid Reviews Books Blog (Erik is 11)From the afterlife, ten-year-old Andy Smithson’s relatives initiated a curse 500 years ago. Now they no longer agree it should continue and one is willing to sacrifice Andy’s life to end it. Unaware of the disagreement and with no say in the matter, Andy is unexpectedly ripped from his home. He finds himself in the Land of Oomaldee, facing mortal danger at every turn as he seeks to find a scale from an elusive red dragon, the most ferocious of dragon species, to break the curse and save his life.“Filled with visible humor, clever touches, and vivid imagery.” - Editor, A Woman’s Write“An exciting and humorous plot, with several unexpected twists, is well devised to grab the reader's attention from the very beginning and hold one's interest throughout.” -Wayne Walker, Home School Book Review...

Title : Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragons Fury
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Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragons Fury Reviews

  • Bert Edens
    2018-09-19 09:08

    I received a copy of this book in MOBI format from the author for the purposes of a review. With that in mind, I presume I got the latest and greatest copy of the book, etc.First, let me say I absolutely love the story. I love the characters Lee has created, how they parallel to the "real world" and the challenges and struggles each faces. I am also a fan of the lessons to be learned by the readers, knowing this book is targeted for middle grade readers (5th to 7th grade, I would presume). I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series, as I have to know what Andy does next!That said, why did this book get three stars? Pure and simple: the writing. Or more specifically, the lack of editing. I'm not talking about simple misspellings and such that Word or a cursory glance by someone other than the author would catch. I'm writing about actual incorrect word choice. Considering this is aimed at middle readers who are just starting to broaden their reading horizons into more complex books, that can be an issue. Why would we want them to learn incorrect usage of words and then apply it in their writing, only to get marked down for it?Some examples:1) Most annoying was the use of the word Pegasus, especially in the plural form. What is the plural of Pegasus, since there was only one in mythology? Some believe it to be Pegasuses, others Pegasi. Regardless, the author consisently used either Pegasus' or Pegasus's as a plural tense. The apostrophe makes it possessive, not plural.2) If you have someone follow you somewhere, you have "led" them there. Unfortunately, the word "lead" is used in a past tense form, when it is not such. You don't say "I lead him to the stables" in a past tense.3) "Calvary" is where the Bible says Christ was crucified. "Cavalry" means mounted soldiers. Throughout the book, the author uses the former instead of the latter.4) Multiple times "waived" is used when using the hand to get someone's attention, instead of "waved". To add to the confusion, "waved" is also used sometimes.5) You "tousle" someone's hair, not "tossel" it. The latter has a completely different meaning, especially in slang context.6) Inconsistently, the author uses both "Governor" and "Govenor".7) "Triton" is the son of Poseidon and one of the moons of Neptune, but a "trident" is the forked weapon the god of the sea used. Unfortunately, the former was used in place of the latter in the story.8) Multiple times, the author used "peak" when referring to someone looking at something instead of "peek".9) Also frustrating was the inconsistent speech of Mermin, who sometimes sounded like Elmer Fudd when speaking of fire-breathing "dwagons", while other times pronouncing his "r" correctly, even in the same sentence. I get the humor aspect of the speech, but there needs to be consistency.As I said, I absolutely love where Lee is going with this series, and I will absolutely be reading any future offerings. But if I am to be satisfied with the series being targeted at middle grade students, the writing has got to be cleaned up. Our youth already face issues with the pervasiveness of textese, we don't need to exacerbate their learning.

  • Tina
    2018-10-01 06:52

    I read this on request of the author; she said she chose to ask me because of my previous reading experience on Goodreads with some young adult novels. But, and I’m not sure she knew this, I am also an editor, so I chose to approach this as a project rather than entertainment. That being said, I tried to assess it based on the target age group (8-12). I didn’t really want to give it a “rating”, so I stuck with middle ground 3 stars. I thought it was a very imaginative and entertaining story – definitely has potential and something I would have liked as a kid. The second half moved at a good pace and the plot twists were predictable for an adult but would be fun and surprising for a child. My issues lie in the language and the curse itself for the most part, but overall I think it would be a great book for a mature 8 year old and the average 10-12 year old reader - with some tweaking. It may seems I’m focusing on the negative, but, seriously, I’m not going to go on and on about what I liked. Constructive criticism is more helpful. CharactersThe characters were, for the most part, someone a ten year old could relate to. Andy was a bit of a whiner, but part of the story is him getting over that, so he was bearable. His friend was a little… boring, but he played the part of companion fine. Something I hope the second novel had is a female child as a main or at least secondary character– the novel doesn’t really have any women in it, other than Alden’s perfect mother and the small bits with crazed Imogenia. By the way, how old was Imogenia when she died? Andy’s parents are a bit over-the-top when it comes to being vilified. I would recommend toning them down and make it so Andy actually misses home during his month or so at the castle. I mean, yes, parents can seem like jerks when you’re growing up (believe me, I know), but the novel (since it isn’t told in first person) should make it appear that Andy is a bit of a brat himself too (which is usually why parents are so “mean”). It is more understandable for a child to see another child angry at their parents for not understanding them or for getting them in trouble, rather than having parents that are complete, well, dicks that don’t love him at all (well, unless it ties into the plot in a few exceptions like Harry Potter – and those weren’t even his parents). SettingThe setting was a great concept. I reminded me of this novel I read when I was 9 called The Castle in the Attic (and the subsequent Battle for the Castle). The problem is… it’s not very consistent where this Oomaldee is. Is it another dimension? Is it in the past? It clearly can’t be in the past, given the mythological creatures, but it’s never really explained. Yet that sword is called Methuselah – If it isn’t our world, then Methuselah is out of place and should be renamed. The land of the dead at the start was interesting, but kind of rushed. Honestly, if I can suggest one thing, it’s to shorten the Land of the Dead chapter to one about Imogenia wanting revenge, that’s it – she’s sitting there, dead, angry, wanting revenge against her brother (doesn’t say the brother is the king), and that’s it. Then jump into Andy’s story. This sets up a mystery for the reader just like it is for Andy – it will also make Imogenia’s urgings for Andy to die more sinister and mysterious. And then there’s a twist for the reader when we realize that the nice-guy king was the one who originally murdered his sister. Then the second book can bring more of Imogenia into it. This would allow the father to jump in later once the people of Oomaldee actually starting suffering (see “the Curse Itself” part). My other concern was the anachronisms. True, I get that the mailbox and the king’s clothes come from their transporting of other people/items in from our world (though how/why this is done needs to be fleshed out WAY more), but other characters, like that knight statue near the end, use modern day language and reference modern things. Why would a statue use the word “dudes”?The Curse ItselfThe curse isn’t exactly… frightening. How old is the king? I believe Imogenia said he was 15 when he murdered her, and her mother showed up 3 years later, so the king would be 18 when he was cursed. Maybe I’m confused, but this doesn’t seem that bad. To have all the wisdom of 500 years but an 18 year old body? Rock on. There needs to be some other curse on the king – incredible pain, bad dreams, something more irritating than fog and being unable to leave the castle. Likewise, the ghost father keeps going on and on about his people suffering for his son’s sins, but seriously, they don’t seem like they’re suffering. They have carnivals and more than enough to eat (Alden and Andy eat like every five minutes). They aren’t starving, sick, poor, or lacking for entertainment. They aren’t oppressed, and the castle has a curse that allows no one to drag them out without their permission. Not really a problem. Either the people should be more downtrodden than they are, or they shouldn’t be a concern of the ghost father, because other than fog, nothing really seems to bother them. I never thought I’d reference Star Wars: Episode I on Goodreads, but the ghost father’s concerns reminds me of how Padme in SWI is always whining about her “dying” people but we never ever see anyone hurt at all in the cities on Naboo. As such, there is no sense of urgency and the quest seems reckless.PlotThe basic plot - Andy gets stuck in Oomaldee, makes friends, goes on a quest (and the things that occur on the quest – kidnappers, old lady, merman, giants, dragons) – flows logically and is entertaining. The first half of the novel was a little slow but the second half was exciting and quick paced. My only real question is why the king felt it necessary to send CHILDREN on the mission. Maybe I missed something, but it seemed like other people could leave the castle (Menodach and even Alden) – just not the king – so why didn’t he send a retinue of knights, rogues, even hired sell-swords to potentially fight a dragon? Or Menodach himself. I don’t understand why it had to be those kids. Even a young teenage knight would make more sense. Or if the kids had been accompanied, as if they were squires, by a knight. This part really confused me. If there were some reason for them specifically to go on their own, I missed it. LanguageThe language I found a bit tricky, because it wasn’t consistent with its age group. The descriptions of items, places, and battles used language found in any adult fantasy novel (i.e. the word “retracted” was used at one point), but every once and awhile a very childish word would pop up. Like “tummy”. Ten year olds would find this infantilizing. For example, at one part Alden says “… Problem is, whatever the outcome, I must be satisfied with the result since I can’t do any better than my best.” A bit heavy-handed for a kid, but it makes him seem mature and confident – what kids want to be. But then the narrative refers to the boys as having just filled their “tummies”, which is a word six year olds use – and tummy is repeated often. Another juvenile word is on the first page: “small boo boo”. I could kind of tell the narrator was trying to funny or attempting to lessen the seriousness of the context with that word, but it came off more as infantile. Kids who read want to learn new things – and words are one of them. Maybe it was just me, but when I learned a new word in a book as a kid I used it at every opportunity. ToneFor the most part, the tone was fine. It was adventurous and exciting, though sometimes it was a little too light-hearted for a book where a kid stabs a dragon in the belly. The best book for tone I ever read as a kid was The Wishing Tree. It’s about a similar concept – two kids go to another world – but it was sombre, dark, and mysterious. I think for the novel at hand, if the curse were more harmful to the people and the king less satisfied and more brooding (like Lord Byron), the book would be a little darker and kids would be drawn to it. I think it needs to be, since it starts with a murder and there are various other murder attempts and near-death experiences. Tone can make or break a novel, and while this one’s is alright, I think a darker tone would really help. That Battle for the Castle I talked about earlier was also dark and sombre, and that’s why I found it compelling as a child. Another,The Magnificent Mummy Maker deals with a kid losing his mother. Anything Bruce Coville too, though he was more supernatural/horror I believe. A Couple Other ThingsNear the end Andy kills a dragon and Menodach wants to eat it. So Andy is able to “cut up” the dragon for steaks. This is completely ridiculous. You can’t just cut up a large animal and eat it – it doesn’t work that way. Field dressing a DEER without prior knowledge would be next to impossible, but field dressing a DRAGON with completely alien anatomy and bodily fluids is impossible, especially for a ten year old who can’t even lift the creature. Not only that, but he’d need a serrated blade and a knife (not a sword) and he’d have to void the animal as well. And given the size of the dragon, it would be messy and gross and probably more traumatizing than killing the creature itself. And, at least with deer, you need to drain the blood out first by tying the animal up (this also helps cures the meat). I would make Menodach dress the animal and describe none of it in the novel. On page 28 the kid references Wiley Coyote. To be honest, my brother is 9, and he would have no knowledge of Looney Tunes to that extent. He’s into Star Wars Clone Wars, Spiderman… that kind of stuff. Light Sabre is something all kids know about today. Looney Tunes is barely my generation, and I’m on the wrong side of 25. Final Opinion and RecommendationsOverall, I thought it was a great story for kids. It definitely needs some tightening and an editor, but if I spawn any children I would give them this novel to read. The focus on dignity and responsibility is a good message, but it’s a little obvious. Andy should learn these things internally, not have the king say “you were very dignified, good for you” – as it become didactic. Inneru, that conscience, was over-the-top and way too obvious. Kids will see they’re being taught a lesson and reject it. Kids learn these concepts via example not by being told. Andy’s metamorphosis from whiny brat to a responsible/brave hero would teach them these lessons in a less didactic and lecture-like way. My overall recommendations: make the land of the dead chapter a teaser, make Andy’s parents more realistic, darken the tone, remove the juvenile language, get rid of Inneru, expand more on the curse, and solidify where Oomaldee is in relation our world.

  • Lisa(Bookworm Lisa)
    2018-10-11 07:13

    Andy Smithson:Blast of the Dragon's Furyis a wonderful story for kids from middle grade to the tween years to read on their own. It is great for younger children who have an adult who will read it to them.Andy is a modern boy. He loves to play video games. He has parents who work and don't have time to spend with him. He is expected to do his best in all things without a lot of supervision.He finds himself pulled into a parallel dimension. Here the King needs help to break a curse that was placed by a vengeful ghost five hundred years ago. Andy is chosen because he is a descendant of the King's father, living outside the land of Oomaldee. This story has many elements of fantasy. There are dragons, Pegusus, a wizard with a speech impediment, castles, birds that change into men, etc. It is sure to capture the interest and imagination of the reader.I liked also that Andy is a boy who does his best. He's a good kid with a good heart. He starts to run around with a servant boy who is looked down upon because he is of a different race. He has green hair and that sets him apart from the others of the kingdom. Andy doesn't care. He sees the good in his friends and don't let insults and jeers from insensitive people get to him. I love that example for kids. This is a cute book. The book ends on a cliff hanger that will encourage kids to read more. I received an electronic copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

  • Nancy
    2018-10-04 12:17

    Confession time: I readily agreed to review this book, as the promoter had referred a number of very good books to me before. I got the book, and was happily reading along, and I began to think: at whom is this book aimed? It has a relatively solid vocabulary, some complex interactions, and yet subject matter that would clearly delight the pre-teen crowd.In a separate moment, I was talking with a little girl who just completed first grade, and she and her mom are planning to read her first "chapter book" together over the summer - a real landmark for a young reader - and a great opportunity for parents and children to discuss ideas, relationships, challenges, and so on.So the objective is: find the perfect book. And this is it.Of course, it can be read by any child who like swords and sorcery, dragons and mystic worlds, nothing too scary but a few close calls. But this is an ideal read-together book for a young reader graduating into more challenging reading, because it is full of opportunities for parents to talk to their kids about values, friendships, biases, "doing your best," and trusting your better instincts.Young Andy Smithson, computer gamer extraordinaire, is in trouble with his mom and in his attic exploring a strange sound when he is transported to an amazing world where dragons and Pegasus' exist; where there is a King who has lived under a curse for 500 years; where there are evil vulture people who can morph into birds that spy from the evil neighboring kingdom; and where Andy is challenged with making everything right again.Here, Andy finds a best friend in a neon-haired boy from a "lower class," demonstrating that people who don't look like us can still have great and lasting value. His friend enters a contest to ride a winged horse, and his guiding instruction is simply to "do his best." Andy is adopted into his friend Alden's family, where his "mom" is the kind we all want: loving, doting, accepting yet expecting us to always "do our best." Andy and Alden attend a festival where they're free to eat anything and everything that they want and like and nobody says "that's enough, now!" And Andy is set a challenge: to find a red dragon and obtain a scale from it so that the King, who "screwed up" as a boy and lowered a curse on his country, can finally lift the curse (which shows itself in the form of a perennial fog) and his people can live happily in the sun again.We aren't quite sure if the King is good or bad; he has a Magician at his side, Mermin, who speaks with an amusing "woss of wetters," and seems to perhaps be keeping secrets. He sends the boys on a mission with more than a little to scare them: giants, and bogs, and an impenetrable castle wall, not to mention the fearsome many-headed dragon itself!The book ends on an "oh no I can't wait to find out what happens next!" note, so children (and yes, this reader!) will be anxious for the next book in the series to come out.The writer clearly has the pulse of children's fancy, and while the hero is a boy and there are dragons and magical swords, this book will equally appeal to girls. I'm happy to report also that while there are values galore to share with a child, or that a child him or herself will absorb, they are the kind that any parent will be happy to have a child exposed to.As noted, the vocabulary is rich, so younger readers many need some help. But I see that as a plus, as the writer is clearly not writing down to her readers, a real bonus in this reviewer's opinion!Oh yes - the chapters are just the right size for a before-bed reading session, and older readers will be able to easily read the book in a few sittings - and I'm sure they will, as Lee keeps the action moving and keeps us wanting to know what's next.And while I do say that this book is aimed at kids, don't let that stop you. I loved the Harry Potter series, and was always aware of when the next book would publish so I could grab my copy. I will no doubt be looking for the next book in this series as well - Winter, 2013!

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2018-10-01 12:16

    Andy Smithson Blast of the Dragon's Fury (Andy Smithson #1) by L.R.W. Lee is a middle grade fantasy book and it was sheer delight. Sometimes it is hard for me to read a middle grade book without pulling my hair out. There are exceptions, like Harry Potter and many other good ones and I am adding this to that list. Although the only complaint I have is it ends in a cliff hanger, all else is great. Not really Harry Potter level but really good for kids and VERY tolerable for adults. I got the audible version and listened to it and it was awesome. The many different voices was terrific. It was from the Colonial Radio Theatre and it was low cost so win-win. I think this really tells the story better than reading it myself since it also had sound effects. How cool is that? This is a great book for young boys since the lead characters are two boys about 10 yrs old on a quest to stop a curse on a kingdom. Lots of twists, enemies, dragons (friendly and not), puzzles, giants, and so much more that would make reading (or listening) to this fun. The only reason I gave it a 4 star and not a 5 star is that I have a pet peeve about cliff hangers. Sorry, just me I guess.

  • Bob Stuhlsatz
    2018-10-07 09:01

    When I began this book I wasn't sure what I was getting into. Linda's writing style just sucked me in. It is a very simple and smooth style that just kind of leads you by the hand through the story. I enjoyed the book, the first in a series, and now I need to go find book #2!

  • Blake
    2018-10-02 04:20

    This was my first foray into the realm of independently published novels. And I only made that foray because the author, seeing that I have read and reviewed novels in the fantasy genre and middle grade age range, gave me a copy and asked that I review this book from the perspective of the intended audience.While there is a fair amount of humor and imagination that would interest a young reader, if I had picked up this book when I was a youngster, I would have stopped reading it after the first three chapters or so. The writing is often clunky, and even my adult self didn’t quite understand what was going on at times. There are some plot inconsistencies and frustrations, which a kid might ignore or not even be aware of, but had me screaming and shaking my head. I thought the prologue was the best part of the book, but it actually kind of ruined the book for me. The prologue basically lays out everything that is going on, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s generally the reason that a prologue is included. However, in this instance, it completely removes the mystery from the first several chapters and various other places throughout the book. The information learned in the prologue would have been bettered served towards the end of the novel in a sort of dramatic big reveal kind of way.I might have given this book 3 stars, maybe even 3.5 stars, if the end of the book wasn’t so frustrating and poorly thought out. I could forgive the clunky writing. I could forgive some of the way too obvious life lesson preaching in some of the dialogue and character thoughts. I could forgive some of the slips in the third person limited point of view. I could forgive a lot of things for an independently published novel that obviously needed the guidance of a real editor and not just someone correcting grammatical errors. But how many people read this novel before it was published and didn’t point out the glaring problems in the final third of the book?Edit: Spoiler Alert!!!!!I went back and looked at the ending of the book. What had me confused was that Andy was looking for a red dragon scale, and I thought they had just befriended a red dragon. So, I went crazy when it never crossed their mind to kindly ask this dragon if they can have one of its scales to complete their mission. Upon looking back, when this dragon is first mentioned, it is described as a grey dragon. But soon after, Andy refers to the dragon as a red dragon when speaking to Alden. And two more times before the end of the book, Andy mentions his wish to help this dragon find out where more red dragons dwell so it can go live with them. If it wasn't a red dragon, why would it feel the need to find more red dragons to live with? Also, they were specifically going to a place where the red dragons lived. And I didn't get the feeling that dragons of different colors lived together.

  • Melissa
    2018-09-27 12:16

    This was a short simple story about a modern day ten year old boy who is transported to a fantasy land and is destined to break a curse there. The writing is probably geared toward third or fourth graders and the story is easy to follow. I'm not sure if it's because I've read a lot of adult and YA fiction lately, but I feel that the writing was a little lacking in finesse. I could have used some more descriptions on feelings in the prologue to add more depth to the characters, and the introduction to Andy could have lasted a bit longer. I would have liked to have experienced a typical day for Andy, and I feel I only got small bits here and there. Andy also refers to his parents a lot and I think it would have been better to show how his parents treat him rather than just tell us readers.There were some good moral lessons in the book, but I thought they were a bit blatant in their delivery. Don't get me wrong, I think it is important to apologize for your mistakes and to make friends with those who don't have any, I also think it is good to teach children about these moral lessons in stories, I just think they could have been eased into a bit better.I think my favorite part of the story is when Andy and his friend got out on their own on their quest. I think that was where the story started to hook me in. I liked reading about the giants and quicksand and the dragons. Although I find it hard to believe that a King would send two ten year old boys out on their own to find a dragon without another adult to help, it was still entertaining.

  • Valerie
    2018-09-20 08:15

    This is a good adolescent book. I think the premium age is about 8 to 14 years old. There were some rookie writing mistakes. A couple things that overlapped or didn't quite match up in the story. There was one part that wasn't really discovered, the fact was just there, and I felt there could've been some clarity gained by having the main character learn or discover the enemy king is a 6 headed dragon, rather than all the sudden they are talking about them as one in the same. Also, the previous King's crest is realized by Andy and the King twice. There were a couple other little things, but honestly, I can't remember what they were specifically and I just read the entire book in the last couple days. I really liked it for the most part. I think the author is a promising one, and hope she continues to write and improve. I do think she could have appealed to a wider range of ages. The book is specifically for young readers, but I think, Lee could widen her audience by thinking of them as smarter, and faster thinkers and readers. If she does improve those couple things, this series could be on the same par with Harry Potter, and the Rick Riordan books. Brandon Mull also comes to mind as a writer who started out writing to a younger, smaller reader base, but with improvement, widened his range of readers to fully captivate young kids to full adults. I am excited to see what happens with this author and this series!

  • Hakuzo Sionnach
    2018-10-19 08:04

    I've finished reading this book. I got it through book funnel. This book is a mixed up one for me.Pros: The story flowed well after the second chapter. The pacing kept moving well enough. The base story has a few interesting events that happened.Which brings me to the bad parts.Cons: There are several tense errors throughout the book. A few typos and a random hyperlink for no apparent reason twoards the end. The King felt unrealistic as did half of the characters. The first two chapters are incomplete mess with events at the begining that are left unexplained. There are several name drops that made the whole story feel like it had product placement.___The story was average. It was enjoyable but too many technical things drew me out of the story several times. I know this is a kid's story but I don't understand why this book has awards. The two chapters of the second book show slight improvement but still filled with tense errors.The book felt unpolished and several lazy points with name drops. The first couple of chapters really need to be amped up a bit and the glaring plot-holes need to be addressed better.

  • Heather
    2018-09-25 05:58

    I was asked to read and review this book by the author because this is the kind of book that I enjoy reading. I love reading the same types of books as my 12 year old son does, so that we can discuss things. He was going to read this along with me, but school and English class got in the way of him finishing it. Anyway, let me just make a quick overall statement before I say anything specific.I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next one! That said, The Prologue kind of threw me a bit, I was a little confused, but once I got into the part with Andy, I really liked it and spent all my spare time reading it. Also once you got into it then the prologue started to make a little more sense. Also there were some things throughout the book that didn't make sense and I kept expecting them to be explained, but they weren't, like why is the King wearing different clothing then everyone else? Why are they so far behind the rest of the world? And where exactly are they, in another dimension or something? And if so then how can Andy be the Kings descendent? But other then that, I really loved the plot and I enjoyed the characters! They were portrayed well, and realistic with both strengths and weaknesses. It was very fun to read about such a variety of characters, each with different personalities.There were quite a few things (for example - the fog and how they get rid of it) that were just hilarious and I know my sons would really enjoy.Overall this is a great book, and I will eventually read it again with both of my sons! Thanks for such a great way to get away from real life for a little while. And I'll look forward to the next one!

  • Joseph
    2018-10-06 07:12

    Blast of the Dragon's Fury is a middle grade fantasy book about Andy Smithson and his adventures. Andy is a 10 year old kid with busy parents. He struggles to pay attention in school and seems to get into trouble a lot. One day he is taken to a strange land that has been cursed and is told he must be the one to break it.For its target audience (middle grade) this was a good book. For one thing, there were dragons, and I love me some dragons. There were some inconsistencies that I noticed, but I don't know if a kid reading the book would notice them. I thought that it was strange that Andy never seemed to miss home or wonder about what his parents were doing. I was also rubbed a bit the wrong way that one of the scenes was taken directly from the bible with the books character's standing in for the bible characters. Despite these problems, the book was a fun adventure that is aimed to teach kids lessons about honesty and integrity. Kids will enjoy this book if they like fantasy and dragons. I think that this would be a good book to read to your children to help get them into reading. There are good things to discuss and lessons that you can help them see. Oh, and I suppose that I'm supposed to say that the author gave me a copy and asked me to write a review. Therefore this.

  • Toeni
    2018-09-18 04:05

    In the beginning, I had a hard time rooting for the main character. I acknowledge that he is still a young boy, but all I could think about was what horrible brat he was. Once his "inneru" introduces itself, I found my opinion changing to the better. The "inneru" is a more rugged version of a conscience. This tough talking Jiminy Crickett was a welcome addition to the story and I hope we hear more from it in the future. I also had difficulty with the wizard, Mermin. Although, I understood that what he had to say was important, I dreaded every time that he spoke. At the mature age of 507, on would think that at some point he would have been able to master the ability to pronounce r's instead of w's. The speech impediment is a cute concept, but not for such an important character. Despite these few dislikes, I did find the whole story to be a delightful read. As a young reader's book, I liked the background lessons of taking responsibility for one's actions and also the value of patience. I enjoyed the riddles that were presented throughout the story. I look forward to seeing how Andy makes his way back to the his friends so that he may continue to help them out.

  • Aurora
    2018-09-22 04:55

    "Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon's Fury" tells the story of ten-year-old Andy Smithson, who is mysteriously transported to the world of Oomaldee. There he learns that he may be the only way to stop the curse of fog that has plagued the land for five centuries. Andy must travel with his new-found friend Alden to find the scale of a red dragon, the first step in ending the curse."Blast of the Dragon's Fury" is a fun read with interesting characters and a variety of events to set the world and intrigue the reader. It has lessons about honesty and bravery, as well as trying your hardest to accomplish your goals. It tells stories of friendship and loyalty that will do wonders to help children learn.I would recommend this book to fans of the Magic Tree House series. It has a similar feeling of magic and wonder and other dimensions and would add much to a young reader's repertoire.I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a review.

  • Carla
    2018-10-16 12:00

    Okay... So I started this book thinking... umm.. not into dragons, castles and kingdoms.. and that type of story line.. but ENDED UP LOVING THIS BOOK!!!! I love how right away your sucked into the book. It all beginns with a kingdom, or actually a girl and her kingdom..or a girl her brother & boy and a kingdom... but.. wait.. it involves... it has all the before mentioned and more... I loved Mermin (brother of Merlin) and I also loved how he's somewhat oblivious. I really liked how the book began also, with a girl (not going to divulge charcters) waiting at the crossroads and debating what to do with the test of her undead life... I stayed up all night reading this book! Highly recommend.

  • Roy
    2018-10-15 03:54

    This is a very fun children's book with some great lessons in it. I think kids would find the characters to be believable most of the time and many of them would touch their funny bones at least a few times during the book. The adventure that Andy goes on is very interesting, even I, a 39 year old, am interested to learn what is next in store for Andy and how he will talk with his parents about his adventure there. I would totally recommend this book for children, will be excited to see how my own children take to it, and even think there are plenty of adults that would enjoy it too.

  • Ronda Fox
    2018-10-10 11:14

    I received this book free for the purpose of reading and writing a review. I enjoy fantasy novels and I often read books for children/teens because I am a teacher. I was really interested in this book when I saw it. The synopsis describes how the 10 year-old main character, Andy Smithson, is magically transported to a magical, medieval era land of Oomaldee. It mentions magic, potions, dragons, mystical items, grave peril, and a 500 year-old curse.This sounds exciting right?The plot was alright, but it could have been interesting if the action was more developed. The actual quest to find the red scale was a relatively small portion of the text. Before the quest, it was the erratic thoughts/emotions of this child. Andy's knowledge and behavior switched between an emotional, angry ten year-old and what seems like an older person. Being emotionally stunted from his lack of affection from his two CEO parents, he is way to open to the strangers in the castle and towns. He even goes as far as thinking, "I love you," to the king only after two days. Not to mention, the king was also way too welcoming considering Andy showed up in his castle. While reading it, I even made a comment, "Yea, come into my castle and look around without an escort. Have access to pretty much wherever you want although we don't know you AT ALL." This willingness to open up, either the castle or emotionally, to each other so quickly was unrealistic.As an adult reading a book designed for kids, I did not like how Andy acted for much of the book. While Andy was exploring, the first place he attempted to go was to exactly where he was told not to. He didn't get into the dungeon, but he caused a flood that ruined the servants' quarter. He decided not to admit his guilt. I was unhappy about this because it is basically telling kids it is alright to hide what you did. I was waiting for some consequence. The only thing that happened was his guilt got to him. When he finally came clean, he wasn't so much as reprimanded, not even for waking the king up multiple times thinking the king was calling him from another floor. Oh, I also forgot to mention that after he ruined his friend's and his friend's mother's beds, he had them join him in his bed. Mind you, this was only days after Andy showed up to the castle. These mini-lessons and the unrealistic aspects around them is some of the reasons I did not like this story nearly as much as I would have otherwise.I will tell you that some fifth graders began reading it, and they like it. As an adult reading it, I did not. I will not be reading the sequels. I don't care about the curse on the castle enough to continue reading it although the book did end on a high note. Of course, the action happened at the end of the book rather than earlier.Some things were fun/silly. Some were alright, but others were just too strange. I even commented on this book on social media the main thing that I took from the first two days of reading, "farting cows clear fog." That shouldn't be the most memorable of a book, especially since it happened in the first few chapters.

  • Kayla
    2018-09-26 11:18

    Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion of the book.I really enjoyed Blast of the Dragon's Fury. From the moment I first looked over the map in the front (you know what I'm talking about; every high fantasy novel has one) to the very end of the book, it kept me alternately giggling, facepalming, and struggling not to cheer Andy on out loud.Andy, our main character, is a 10-year-old boy who can't seem to stay out of trouble. He is always getting calls home at school and can't seem to relate to his parents or his too-perfect sister. Both Andy's parents own large companies and never seem to have time for him except to lecture him about what he's doing wrong.Then one day Andy suddenly finds himself mysteriously transported to a mysterious land where he meets a king and his wizard who tell him they think he is destined to break a curse that has plagued their land for over 500 years. The curse takes the form of a fog that blankets the land of Oomaldee, making travel slow and seeing more than a few feet in front of you impossible. I want to take a moment here and say that all of the place names on the map in the front cracked me up. Most of them start with O and are things like Oohhh or Ooggy, which amused me to no end.Andy stays in the castle where the king lives for a few weeks. During his stay he meets Alden, a servant boy who many people seem to dislike because he is not from Oomaldee. Andy makes friends with Alden, along with many of the other castle residents, and learns some important lessons about being honest and a good friend. I really liked how Andy learned and grew as he discovered the true meaning of friendship.During his stay at the castle, Andy receives a riddle from an unknown source which cryptically instructs him that that first item he needs in order to break the curse of the fog is a red dragon scale. So Andy and Alden set out to find a colony of red dragons and get a scale. The rest of the book covers their adventures in trying to locate the dragons and obtain one of their scales. And it is quite the adventure, because there are several people who do not want them to succeed: Imogenia, the ghost who originally cast the fog curse; plus Abbadon, an enemy of Oomaldee who would love nothing more than for Oomaldee to be forever shrouded in fog.Another thing about Blast of the Dragon's Fury that made me laugh was the wizard, Mermin. He has some sort of speech impediment that makes him sound like Elmer Fudd or the bishop in the movie The Princess Bride. You know, "Mawwiage" and "wascawwy wabbits" and all that. His dialogue kept me chuckling.The only negative comment I really have about this book is that I noticed a few minor typos and grammar mistakes, but I notice those in a lot of books, and these were not so bad as to detract from my enjoyment of the story. It really was quite a fun, quick read, and I certainly intend to read the next one in the series.

  • Dianne
    2018-10-19 08:05

    You know how you are always TRYING to set a good example for your children by reading and reading and…well you get the idea. Show them what else they can do with their tablets or better yet, let them feel the joy of a book in their hands. Blast of the Dragon’s Fury by L. R. W. Lee is a journey into a fantasy world filled with more than just mere creatures of fables. Every child loves the idea of a dragon, right? Imagine a multi-headed dragon, a wizard/magician related to Merlin, a king cursed to live forever in a realm always shrouded in fog, three royal ghosts and a young boy whose imagination is more real than the hostile reality he faces every day.It seems Andy is of royal blood and distant ancestors from the After Life cursed a young boy who wanted nothing more than to be king and stopped at nothing to get his wish. Now it’s up to Andy to help break the curse and set the king and his realm free to prosper and grow. But could there be someone who does NOT want to see this happen? Will they try to thwart the mission Andy is on? Dragons and giants, flying horses, oh my!L. R. W. Lee has created a world that will inspire children to enter and feel each scene, every action and listen to every word spoken. There are lessons to be learned for young and old alike, but you don’t have to tell your children that right away, let them figure it out when you discuss the book with them! Andy’s way of seeing things is that of a ten-year-old child, and to feel his pain was awful, but to feel the joy and new self-respect he was gaining, was priceless. A wonderful book to read with your child or to let them read it to you!Series: Andy Smithson - Book 1Publication Date: January 9, 2014Publisher: LRW Lee PublishingISBN: 1482312646Genre: Middlegrade/YA Fantasy AdventurePrint Length: 196 pagesAvailable from: AmazonReviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  • Hannah
    2018-10-04 08:59

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.I loved it! I always find it hard to review books without giving spoilers, and I want to talk about my favorite parts now! I will do my best to refrain from it.Andy Smithson is home doing the dishes when all of a sudden he is magically transported to the Land of Oomaldee, surprising himself, as well as the King and his magician, Mermin (Who happens to be related to Merlin). They have no idea why Andy is there, and Andy himself surely doesn't know. So he stays in this land while they try to figure out how to send him back. Then they discover the reason for his being there....Oomaldee is a land where pegusi are used in competitions, much like a horse would be today. They have horses too, but pegusi are more fun. It is a land where the King wears a black T-shirt and jeans, and people eat cereal and toast for breakfast. Sometimes a Cartesian (Someone from the land of Carta, often in possession of brightly colored hair) will live in Oomaldee, with the unfortunately prejudiced people there. And also inhabiting this land is the occasional servant with arms reaching nearly to the ground.If that doesn't make you want to read this,it should. Somehow, the Land of Oomaldee was believable, even with all it (fun!) differences form the real world.There are little mysteries set up in the beginning that you don't truly find out about until later in the story, such as a surprise trunk in an attic, or a special sword.While on the subject of surprises, this book is full of them! Every few chapters something would happen, something that you hadn't expected, but that makes the book all the better for it.Onto to plot itself, loved it. It solved the problem which it introduced, but not so perfectly that there is no room for a sequel. In fact, there are many sequels coming, which I cannot wait to read. I found it easy to be swept away with this book, and it makes me want to go to Oomaldee. Especially to that festival.....If you're still wondering whether or not you should read this book, I tell you that you need to. This wonderfully crafted, engaging book will please lovers of any genre.In fact, its free Kindle edition. Get it, read it, love it. :)(I was not asked by the author to share the link, but I will anyways)http://www.amazon.com/Blast-Dragons-F...Review By: http://lachatblanc.wordpress.com/

  • Nancy Hill
    2018-10-02 04:57

    Like a hidden tunnel Andy Smithson must navigate to complete his quest in Andy Smithson Blast of the Dragon's Fury, the reader will encounter both the expected and unexpected in this YA fantasy. There are curses and riddles. Spies and giants. Dragons and vultures. Talking stones and mysterious voices. Legendary swords and golden keys with unexpected powers. Kings and queens and magicians.With plot twists and turns galore, this fantasy adventure takes the reader on a journey with the young Andy Smithson, who has been swept into an unfamiliar world to break a curse that has kept the mythical land called Oomaldee in fog for centuries. Having no idea how he arrived in Oomaldee, why he was chosen to break the curse, or even the ways of this unfamiliar land, Andy rises to the occasion and discovers as much about himself as he does about the unknown world he has entered.The author's vivid descriptions bring each scene to life as Andy figures out the land and the characters and creatures who inhabit it. The author's lessons, such as "To not be happy with your best is not dignified," never breaks the tension or interrupts the narrative.The big question that will keep the reader hooked is simple: Will Andy's skills at slaying dragons in a video game serve him well when he faces a real dragon?The hero also questions other things about himself and his life throughout his quest. Astute young readers may well find themselves pondering the nature of their own characters as they see Andy grapple with understanding himself, facing his weaknesses, and honing his strengths to save both himself and others.Spoiler alert: While I think this book has much to recommend it and believe young readers (pre-teens) will enjoy it, I found the ending frustrating and abrupt. I feel the reader deserves a resolution of some sort, and while this book promises a sequel, it needs a satisfactory ending to this book. I also wondered about things that happened before the action of this book and had a hard time suspending disbelief because some important questions were unanswered. For example, why would parents allow one of their children to curse another? Why would a brother be involved in an "all-out attack" that killed his sister? Killing anyone is huge, but being responsible for the death of a sibling is enormous. Working these issues into the book would not only have satisfied my desire for answers, but it also would have created a more complex and compelling story.Because of these issues, I gave the book four stars instead of five.

  • William Stuart
    2018-09-24 06:02

    Blast of the Dragon's Fury by LRW Lee is one of my latest reads. I found the book through the Independent Author Network, and I loved the cover and the blurb sounded like my kind of book. Read on to see what I thought!Synopsis (from the author): Ten-year-old Andy Smithson believes he is merely a kid too often in trouble with his overambitious parents--until his destiny as the Chosen One to break a 500-year-old curse is revealed. Swept away to the land of Oomaldee of medieval times, he discovers he must collect several ingredients for a magic potion to defeat the oppressive curse that plagues the land, the first of which is the scale of a red dragon, the fiercest of all dragon species. There's just one tiny problem, he's never battled dragons, except in his Dragon Slayer video game. Armed with only his wits, an ancient sword and a magic key, he must overcome grave peril at every turn before he can even attempt the feat. No pressure, but it's his skill alone that will save - or condemn - the kingdom forever.What I liked: This book, the first in a series, is a unique twist on the hero tale. The hero, in this case, is a ten-year-old boy who is transported to a kingdom that is under a curse. Andy is a good character, and fits the typical kid profile. His parents are both CEOs, so he feels neglected. The king - who wears jeans and t-shirts - was an interesting take on the ruler who needs help, and Mermin (Merlin's brother) is a bumbling sort of wizard. My favorite character was Alden, the servant boy who befriends Andy and shares his adventures. The story moves along nicely, with action appropriate to the age group. The book entertained me with its humor and was a good read!What I didn't like: The one complaint I have is that the King doesn't reveal what caused the curse or why Andy must be the one to break it. I realize the story will be revealed later in the series, but a little more information would have helped!Overall impression: The first book of the Andy Smithson series, Blast of the Dragon's Fury is a good middle grade and above read. It's entertaining enough for adults, and younger readers will enjoy the unique use of cow farts! Full of humor, adventure, magic, and heroes, the story flowed nicely and kept me entertained! I will add the rest of the series to my TBR list!!My rating: 5 Stars

  • Grampy
    2018-10-17 10:17

    I received a free copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.“Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon’s Fury” by L.R.W. Lee is the ideal Fantasy story to get your middle grade reluctant reader hooked on books. I tried to read this from the perspective of a 12 year old boy, but that was difficult, to say the least. I got so caught up in the story that I had to keep reminding myself I was supposed to be reviewing it as a 12-year-old boy. “Blast of the Dragon’s Fury” is that good; it took a real effort on my part to “review” it rather than just enjoy reading it. Young Andy Smithson is a single child, with two career-minded parents who had little time for him. It seemed that whenever they were at home, they were yelling at him about something, and he felt unloved and unwanted at home. During a thunderstorm one day, he noticed the attic light was on, when it suddenly turned off. Nobody was supposed to be in the attic, so Andy went to investigate. What he found was an old trunk he had never seen before, so naturally he opened it. Surveying the contents, he found a bunch of really old stuff that looked almost medieval to him. Washing the dishes after dinner, Andy found himself suddenly swept back in time and space, to the Kingdom of Oomaldee, where the 509-year-old King wore blue jeans and a black t-shirt, and dragons thrived. Andy’s adventures in the kingdom of Oomaldee were, in a word, awesome. It was as if he was living out his favorite videogame! With his new friend, Alden, Andy set out on a quest to break the curse which had kept Oomaldee under a heavy fog for as long as King Hercalon V had been King.L.R.W. Lee has fashioned an amazing cast of characters to populate her beautifully described world. In Oomaldee the bad guys morph into vultures to flee danger, and the local residents include gnomes, fairies, ogres, trolls, dragons, “herewolves”, “therewolves”, unicorns and pegasuses (pegasi?). Away from the main castle there are gigantic giants, moving plants, and towns with names like Oops, Ooggy, and Oohhh. The action in “Blast of the Dragon’s Fury” never flags. “Blast of the Dragon’s Fury” is a work of genius. Get it, read it, then review it so more people can learn how great this story is. Volume 2 is due out this winter, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  • Lauren Beck
    2018-09-25 05:58

    As some people know from reading my other reviews, I am not one to sugarcoat a book, so here we go:At first, when I started reading this book, I thought it had the potential to be very interesting. The ghosts beta-testing revenge plans with rules and regulations quickly caught my interest, but even quicker than I was interested, I became incredibly disappointed. The plot wasn't nearly as thick or intense as I was hoping for, the curse was the kindest curse I've ever read about even though it was supposed to be this terrible, awful thing, and the book was incredibly slow. Usually, I am okay with books that start out a little slow (I’ve read “Les Misérables” unabridged almost three times and still love every page of it), but I can’t stand books that are slow until the last dozen or so pages. True, there were some conflicts and other such events in the beginning, but many of these seemed to be random space-fillers—the one page flood dilemma, to name one. I also thought some of the scenes could have had a little more transition instead of the overly frequent pattern of things suddenly and unexpectedly happening. Also, I found a number of elements in the book slightly cheesy—practically every scene with Mermin, the names of some of the places, and the obnoxious habit people had of obsessively introducing themselves at times when someone would be least concerned about introducing oneself. Just a quick example of what I mean by obnoxious habit of obsessive introductions:"After several more minutes of unsuccessful searching, he heard the echo of footsteps coming toward him. Andy froze. How am I going to explain?! A short, plump woman…saw him standing in the shadows and said, ‘I’m Marta…’""I’m Marta?" Not "What are you doing here?"All things considered, I think it winds down to this: If I had read this book in my early days of elementary school instead of high school, I would have been able to appreciate it a lot more, perhaps even thoroughly enjoy it. That is not saying I have a think against juvenile fiction. I still love reading juvenile fiction. It just had a certain feel that reminded me of my younger days.On that note, I recommend this book for younger readers, though I am sure people who are not as picky about books as I am would be able to appreciate it as well. It had a plot I probably would have been intrigued by at that age.

  • Charlotte
    2018-09-25 07:59

    I am a sucker for dragons and fantasy and misunderstood kids. It is almost always a great combination.I began to read this book with anticipation and a little bit of trepidation. Anticipation for the possibility that the book seemed to promise. The trepidation came because I had just finished a book that utterly disappointed me by not living up to the promise of the jacket blurb.I am relieved to say that this book was not a disappointment.It was a joy.L.R.W. Lee writes a delightful story for a younger audience.Our newly minted hero, Andy, is relate-able. He is an imaginative kid who feels constantly misunderstood by his family. So it is with more excitement than fear that he finds himself transported to a magical land called Oomaldee. On arrival he is tasked with helping to break a curse for a centuries old king while being thwarted by a spiteful ghost. He makes new friends and grows as an individual while discovering secrets and battling dragons.The intro to the book and the history of the curse is nicely done. A funny and fresh take on what awaits those who have passed on.This book is intended for a younger reader than most of the YA fiction I review. As such it seemed at times to over simplify some situations and maybe underestimate the intended reader. I think that even the younger 8-11 year olds this seems geared towards could understand and appreciate a little more nuance.The story is well crafted and enjoyable. As an adult I still found the story interesting. It was whimsically quirky without being patronizing or obvious. A very hard combination to achieve. I wanted to know more about this land.I am hoping that some of the questions I had will be answered in the next book in the series. (How is Andy a descendant being the main one.)I think this would be an excellent book for a parent and child to read together as both will enjoy it.My advice to the author would be to trust the young reader and to fully explore the vivid world she is creating.I was provided a gratis copy of this book for review.

  • Michael
    2018-09-19 06:20

    First and foremost, I was asked by the author to read this book from the perspective of an adult thinking on how a middle grader (elementary school) would experience the book. And I have to say immediately, I would and did let my 6th grader read the book and what I have heard from her is glowing reviews. Not only that, but I personally thoroughly enjoyed the book as well.I would not have guessed that I would have been sucked into the book so quickly, but I was. As I asked my daughter what she thought, she just went on and on about how she felt she could relate to Andy and his adventure. We both thought that it was different that the King's wizard Mermin would have a lisp and it was even kind of annoying at times, but for me seemed to be a little part of the humor that the book brought out on comparing to other characters from some of the more well known books. Mermin is a brother to Merlin.As Andy travels from our current world to the land similar to King Arthur's time, it becomes apparent that he is in for a real adventure. As he receives different tools to help him through his adventure, I found that I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to see what was next. The worst part was that as the book was concluding, I knew what was going to happen and now have to wait for the second book. I think the cliff hanger is perfect for children in elementary school to want to read book two as soon as it comes out. I know that I would have begged my parents to take me to the library or put it on hold so that I could read it as soon as it came out.I have mentioned previously that my 6th grade daughter has been reading this book as well and I was surprised to hear her enthusiasm for the book as it is definitely based toward a young man's point of view and way of thinking. I think there is definitely a missing piece of section of books for boys in this age group that they can truly grasp onto and enjoy. I think this will be a perfect series for them to lose themselves in and enjoy reading!

  • Beckie Treble
    2018-09-26 03:56

    The author, asked me to read and review this book, and last night I finished it. More than half the book was read last night. Up to 4am, and I could not put this book down. At all. Wow, I know this is a children's book, but Harry Potter is too, and most of us love that. You'll love this book too. It's got adventure, a little boy taken from our world to the town of Ooomaldee. I love the names. The town of ooohh is my favourite. The Linda must have had fun coming up with these names!The people who live in this different world don't have 'R's. If there is a word with a R then they use a W. So Hello, I'm Webecca. Ooh I like that. New nickname everyone!We have Mermin who is Merlin's brother. A King, King Hercalon V who has been getting a taste of his own medicine, through a curse sent from the underworld. Well, from his sister. (view spoiler)[ Who the king kills to get to the throne(hide spoiler)]We have Andy and his new friend Alden fight dragons and vultures, Pegasi, a conscience with a different name, and they talk Very Very loudly. A new messaging system, so that people from beyond the grave can contact people alive. Overall, I thought this book was a bit slow at the beginning, but man, it sure speeds up when Andy reaches the new world. Its full of action from his time there to when he gets back home in the exact same place with time not running. The next book is not out until Winter this year, so I'm really hoping time will come a lot quicker!!! I need to know what's going to happen next.If the author didn't contact me, I wouldn't have read this book, purely because its for children, and I'm more into other genres at the moment, specifically Romance and Mystery/Thrillers and Crime.I'm glad I did read it though, it was fantastic. I recommend this book to anyone who loves books with dragons and other mystical creatures. Don't think about the children's book thing, adults would love this too. Just give it a go, thats all I'm asking. Fabulous. 5*'s. =)

  • Shimmywith4
    2018-09-27 11:06

    In the name of honesty I will start by saying three things:1. The author gave me a PDF version of the book in exchange for my review.2. Because a lot of my friends ( who are the most likely to read this) are pretty religious and this is geared to be a children's book- I feel it needs to be said that the very first chapter truly needs to be read as fiction. Think mythology even, totally different views of the after world.3. I liked it. If good reads had half stars i would have given it a 3.5. I am very stingy with my 5 stars. If I REALLY like a book I usually give it 4 and while I didn't love every single thing about this book, I liked a lot more than I disliked and it was really fun to read.The only part of the first chapter that I really liked was that Imogene's father did warn her that anger was more dangerous to herself than to her brother.Once you finish the 2nd chapter though, it's very hard to put down. The author asked me to read it as an adult and voice what i thought kids would think of it. Well by chapter 6, I was reading it out loud to my 11 and 9 year olds. (I will update my review when they are finished with it.)One of the things I really enjoyed is, it's not at all predictable.It does have a lot of action and enough mystery/suspense to make you want to read the next chapter instead of taking a break. It also has some humor, especially if you like potty humor, then it has a lot.I like the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed Mermins speech impediment and I liked the unique -but not too crazy names. Especially how the giants names all rhyme.I loved the unexpected -cliffhanger ending, but hate that I have to wait for the next one.I do plan on reading the rest of the series. Especially if my daughters end up enjoying it too. (Which I think they will)

  • Robin Morgan
    2018-09-24 08:54

    I won a PDF.file copy of this copy during Week 3 of the Grand Opening Celebration for YA Insider website and the following is my honest opinion.Being a Book Reviewer as well an author I’ve learned to look pass any editing issues which might exist and concentrate on the story a book has to offer. [To err is human, to forgive divine.]To begin with book is an allegory of things all young children should learn at an early age: acceptance of others. truth, honesty, integrity, and perseverance. These are concepts which are usually not easily to teach them; concepts which you can’t hit them over their heads nor should you try talking down to them in order to convey this idea - - they would tend to ignore it. [This is what I’d learned in a college Psych class I took years ago.] And I believe this book a wonderful job in trying to accomplish this task.Andy Smithson there’s a local curse which has been around for 500, and his family feels the time is right to end the curse now, and he’s the one who gets chosen for the task since it was an ancient ancestor who had initiated the curse.What happens when you thrust a modern-day boy who loves video games, loves to fantasize about knights, dragons and the like to a time when things had been a “reality”? You get the storyline for this book.I never give away any spoilers from a book, and I’m not going to give any, especially here. While this book will hold the attention of the intend audience of readers, usually boys between the ages of 8 – 14 who are into reading books which are full of action/adventure, fantasy/magic, and of course dragons; there are some girls who will enjoy reading as well [parents will have to decide if their daughter[s] is one of them.With all things considered, I’m happy to Ms. Lee 5 STARS for her endeavor here.

  • Patricia Hamill
    2018-10-11 06:59

    Adventure, moral lessons, and humor.This is a story about a regular kid who gets magically transported to the Land of Oomaldee, where he is tasked with ending a 500 year old curse that cloaks that land in perpetual fog, among other things. There were quite a few things I enjoyed about this story, particularly the humor (much of it anyway). The method for clearing away the fog was amusing. I liked how Andy, throughout the story, discovers things about himself and begins to improve. The story was easy to read and obviously written with an eye for teaching moral and life lessons. The author even has a webpage where parents can find discussion questions to use with their kids to take advantage of the morals of the story.As for the things that I didn't especially like, I'd have to say the Elmer Fudd accent of one of the main characters was high on the list. I think it was meant to be funny, but it didn't come off that way. I also thought the crime that sparked the curse was too much for a book aimed at middleschoolers, plus the battles were much more bloody than I expected to find in an otherwise amusing and entertaining children's book. Overall, I liked the book but would caution parents to read it before giving it to their children. Many of the lessons and morals in the story are well executed, but some of the violence was a bit too much for the intended audience. The humor was overall well-executed, but sometimes overdone. I think middleschoolers might like this, though I don't think it would appeal to teenagers.I found this book on Amazon while it was on a free promotion. I also enjoy following the author on Twitter. Her posts are always fun.