Title: Heaven and Hound: Rise of the Alpha (Heaven and Hound series) * Author: LJ Clarkson * Publication Date: November 23, 2014 * Publisher: Indicated Publications and Promotions * Pages: 151 * Recommended Age: 8 to 13
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Summary: Dog-fearer extraordinaire, Barny Pedrotter is the world’s most unlikely Alpha. To him, mutts are the worst. Protective. Snappy. Love the taste of Barny’s pants. Proven when the millionth Pomeranian attacks him on the way to school, sparking childhood fears. The whole thing-him crying and leaping onto his best mate’s back, and trying to defend his pants with a newspaper-is caught on video and goes viral. Thanks to the local newspaper twisting the facts and branding him a dog beater, he loses his vacation position at LC Comics. Now he’s left with three days to find another job, or else flunk ninth grade.
Trouble is, the only available position is training Mr. Lucius’ cursed and disobedient hellhounds to track his missing father. No matter how scared Barny is, he’d rather face the fleabags than fail school. Except working with Mr. Lucius drags Barny into a millennia-old family feud, where Louis’ jealous, scheming sister, Gaybreeal, tries every little dirty trick to sabotage them and spark a war between Heaven and Earth. Barny must summon the Alpha within to command the hounds, or end up on their menu.
About The Author: LJ Clarkson
LJ Clarkson tells everyone she gave up her Environmental Engineering career to study a Masters in Creative Writing and pursue her writing dreams. But that’s not entirely true. Ten percent of the time she sleeps in. Playing spider solitaire consumes 5% (bad, bad habit). Running Indicated, a promotional site for authors steals another 18.75%. In her remaining waking hours, she writes, laughs at her own jokes or characters, sings out of tune, recites useless, but very fascinating facts and reads children’s books. If she were a Mastermind, she’d uninvent early mornings, grammar, broccoli, cleaning, and her dog’s fussy eating habits. She is the author of the Mastermind Academy and Heaven and Hound series.
My Thoughts: The Rise of the Alpha, the first installment in the Heaven and Hound series, kind of surprised me. Even though there is magic and larger than life characters, there is also a very large human aspect to this book, as well. The story is well-written, has great characters and the pace flowed effortlessly. I read this book with my 11-yr-old daughter and she was excited each time we sat down to read because she couldn’t wait to hear what came next for the sympathetic main character, Barny. She loved his last name (Pedrotter) because she said it sounded like a name that might be a character out of Harry Potter, a book series which is a favorite of hers to read. She’s a bit like me, she enjoys movies based on books, but loves the books themselves infinitely better. We are very excited to explore the continuing adventures of Barny and his hounds (Delta and Gamma) to see where the story ultimately leads us! Happy Reading!
Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this ebook for purposes of review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
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