Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Last Guardian and the Keeper of the (Nikki)

Book: The Last Guardian and the Keeper of the Magi
Author: Ashland Menshouse
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Publishing: December 17, 2013 (That would be today)

Synopsis: Most say the rumors of ghosts and suspicious shadows are the figments of
childish conjecture or the product of juvenile delinquency. Some disagree.
Aubrey Taylor's list of enemies and critics is quickly surpassing the number
in his tiny band of compatriots. Maximillian Miller has recently been
elected to the head of the city council. Agenda number one -- making
sure Aubrey and his friends pay for the destruction they have brought to
their quiet town.
In addition, more than local eyes have noticed Aubrey's unearthly aptitude,
and ancient threats loom from near and far. But Aubrey's fight has a more
urgent front. An army of chupacabra have descended upon Lake Julian,
afflicting its residents with an inexplicable plague, and only Aubrey and
his friends, both old and new, with their unique array of supernatural
faculties, can save their town and prove that they are not at the heart of
this new menace

Review: The past few weeks, we've been reading a book by Annie Dillard in our AP Language class. So believe me when I say that this book was beautiful break from it, because I had no idea what in the world is going on in that book. But, this book on its own was a really well written one. It focuses on one character, Aubrey, but he has a group of friends who he fights ghosts with. I'm not going to tell you anything else about the book, for fear of ruining it for you, but it was amazing. For one, author Ashland Menshouse manages to balance the characters really well. He weaves them into the story. They're a team, kind of like the Scooby Gang from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or from Scooby Doo. Even the action scenes were great: they flowed, not becoming too choppy or messy. I even loved the mystery, and I hate not knowing things, or having to wait, which I'm sure Sam could tell you.

Favorite Scene: The first scene where they're just doing their job. It was so well written and immediately pulls you into the story, to the point where you can't get out afterwards.

Rating: Five stars out of five, of course! Go buy it and read it and love it! I mean, it did come out today.