Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review: The Magnificent 12: The Trap - Michael Grant

Where I got it: ARC from publisher for review
Rating: 3.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 3 stars (Matches book 1 nicely.)  
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Page Count:  294 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon
Sequel to: The Call

Mack and his friends are still at it. They must assemble the Magnificent 12 before the Pale Queen rises, which is only a few days away. They find dragons, get followed by an ancient man in green, visit Thor and encounter all sorts of freaky creatures along the way. No matter how defeated they think they might be, they have to pull it together to save the world.

The one thing that bugged me a lot about this book was all the product placement. There was quite often a lot of name dropping be it electronics or otherwise. I just think this dates a book and tries to grasp too hard at being cool. Besides that flaw, I loved this book as much as the first one. It was still quite humorous; Mack and his buddies are a lot of fun. I like the new characters we get to meet as more of the Magnifica are gathered. Some of them are a little annoying, but bring a certain charm to the group regardless. I still think that this book should be in the hands of middle grade boys and girls alike. I imagine that once they read it they will eagerly anticipate the next book and the next book. I know I'm waiting!

First Line:
"Grimluk—looking as grim as ever—said the following while appearing as an indistinct image in a shiny chrome object in a bathroom in Sydney, Australia: 'I cannot guide you much further, Mack of the Magnifica.'"

Favorite Lines:
"The philosophy at Donghuamen seemed to be: Is it really gross? Okay then, put it on a stick."

1 comment:

  1. I'm curious about what products were the cause of all the name dropping!?!?


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