Thursday, 17 April 2014

Reviews ~ Bentwhistle The Dragon in A Threat From The Past & Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Chilling Revelation by Paul Cude.

Title: Bentwhistle The Dragon in A Threat From The Past (Bentwhistle #1).
Author: Paul Cude.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy.
Year: 2011.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon Kindle (free) ; Amazon Paperback ; Smashwords (free)

Everyone at the sports club knows that Peter, Tank and Richie are firm friends who love playing team sports. But all 3 share a secret - that they are dragons in disguise, using magical mantras to transform their giant bodies into convincing human shapes.

It's difficult enough to balance human work and keep your place in the team, while fitting in trips to the underground dragon world, and trying to guide humankind. But things get really tricky when Manson joins the company, and the sports club. He's up to no good, but what is his plan? Lies, deception and treachery follow as Peter, aided by his friends, tries desperately to separate fact from fiction, good from bad.

Peter's team sports experiences and his faithful friends mean he has great skills, but will they be enough to defeat Manson and save the world? Things end up getting utterly out of control for Peter, and a twist of fate, combined with trying to do the RIGHT thing, lead to a bone chilling confrontation, and a surprise of epic proportions.

In an action packed adventure that features both human and dragon team sports, you’ll get a dragon-like perspective on human social issues and insight into what to do if you meet a giant spider grinning at you when you’re wearing nothing but your smile! You’d be flamin’ mad to miss it.




Review:

I love reading something different and unusual and Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past definitely fit the bill. Packed full of imagination, with a quirky and entertaining nature, Paul Cude brought a lot more than I was expecting with this fun-filled book.

For me personally, I’d slightly criticise the length of the chapters because I’m a fan of shorter chapters and some of these in Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past were a lot longer than I’m used to. I thought maybe the same content could have kept my attention longer if it was split up a bit more and not as long-winded.

I did love the characters though. Peter, Tank and Richie were all easy to like and well developed which was refreshing to read. I loved Tank- who was probably my favourite character despite his smaller role in the book. The likeable characters made it easy to root for good against evil and this was especially made easier since evil was so detestable. Manson, I hated!

Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past oozed originality and I really enjoyed it. With fascinating world building and lots of humour, puns and creativity, this book was a great read and left me looking forward to book two.

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*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


Title: Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Chilling Revelation (Bentwhistle #2).
Author: Paul Cude.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Adventure.
Release Date: March 1, 2014.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK ; Amazon

Peter Bentwhistle, the human shaped dragon and reluctant hero, returns in this action-packed, electrifying adventure.

After his harrowing near death experience at the talons of evil dragon Manson, Peter expects his slow recovery to be uneventful.

Helped by his dragon friends, Tank and Richie (both in their human forms), he finds solace in his new-found friendship with the dragon king. But the three friends are soon unwittingly drawn into a deadly plot, when a straight forward meeting with the monarch sees them helping an injured dragon agent, straight back from his mission in Antarctica with news of a devastating encounter with another ancient race.

Soon Peter is involved in blackmail, intrigue, forbidden love interests, a near fatal mantra gone wrong, a highly charged rugby match in which Tank takes a beating, combined with enough laminium ball action to please dragons the world over.

New friends and ancient enemies clash as the planet braces itself for one of the most outrageous attacks it has ever seen. Lost secrets and untold lore come to light, while sinister forces attempt to steal much coveted magic.

Explosive exploits are set against a chilly backdrop with unexpected danger at every turn. 'Snow way you'll wanna miss this!


Review:

I was really looking forward to Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Chilling Revelation, hoping it would live up to expectations after a great first book in the series. I was a little bit wary though that this book would be too long for me but actually it didn’t feel that long. Aside from the odd long-winded wording, the whole book seemed to fly by and it was very entertaining.

Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Chilling Revelation was a fun and quirky adventure, brought to life with strong, appealing characters and a creative plot. I wasn’t as keen on the actual plot in this book but I thought the author did wonderfully at making it suspenseful and exciting. I was gripped, through the action and through the background and descriptive writing and history. It was an enthralling book.

I thought the sports side to the characters was brought up more in this instalment which I enjoyed because it’s the kind of thing I find interesting. The characters were great and I connected with Peter a lot more than I did in book one. I thought Flash was an intriguing character too and probably preferred more of his chapters than Peter’s.

Captivating and entertaining, Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Chilling Revelation is well worth a read. The author is brilliant at creating a fantasy world which draws you in and doesn’t let go of you quickly – nor would you want it to either. Highly recommended.

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*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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