Thursday, May 19, 2016


Author:  Michael Chulsky
Publish Date:   10.03.13
Publisher:  Rocking Horse Publishing
Category:  Children’s literature, Fantasy
Recommended for:  9+ due to intense subject (younger children may have nightmares)
Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect
Received from:  Michael Chulsky (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 10.11.13

Description from the publisher:
After going from demon hunter to babysitter, seventeen-year-old SHADOW has truly hit rock bottom. One week he’s slaughtering demons, and the next he has ten super-powered teenagers in his care. Shadow needs them, because without them he can’t hope to defeat his new foe. But he’s never dealt with other teenagers before. He never had a real childhood. He’s always been a loner. Hell, he’s tried the whole having-a-pet thing. It died.

Shadow’s mission: save the world and ensure his entire team survives the potential apocalypse. If MAEDARA, self-proclaimed fashionista and Queen of Evil, wasn’t trying to rule the world, it’d be cake. Now, not only does Shadow have to deal with teens more concerned with going to the mall than fighting evil, but also a villain who, in his opinion, makes Lady Gaga look like Mother Theresa.


Shadow is a dhampir, half-human and half-vampire.  Normally, he is a superhero-esque character lurking the shadows and protecting mankind against the demons they don’t even know are there.  After an oracle’s reading, he is given a mission to save the world, but first he must gather his team.  He locates and trains ten young humans, each with special abilities that will assist in the coming battle.  Will they learn to work as a team?  Will they defeat Maedara and her evil darkness before the world is doomed?

I read this book in one night.  I just couldn’t put it down.  This is a perfect first chapter book for emerging readers.  Michael is a gifted story-teller with a terrific sense of humor and a bit of biting sarcasm that keeps the story flowing smoothly and with plenty of action.  I love the under-lying theme of acceptance for each person as they are while allowing and encouraging them to grow to maturity.

originally posted 10.11.2013 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books

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