Sunday, 21 October 2012

The New Kid by Temple Matthews (arc)

Series: New Kid (1)
Kindle Edition, September 7 2010, 290 pages

Will Hunter is used to being the New Kid; Harrisburg High School is his fifth new school in less than three years. By now, he knows not to be fooled by the bright pep rallies, the wholesome jocks, the innocent cheerleaders. He knows the evil lurking underneath. It’s the same evil that took his dad eight years ago: the same evil he battles every day. Natalie Holand’s life fell apart the night her sister Emily disappeared. No one believes her when she tells them what she saw: yellow and green eyes, glowing beneath the surface of the water in which Emily supposedly drowned. And Emily isn’t the only person to go missing in Harrisburg lately. The town is changing, not for the better, and Natalie doesn’t know why. What she does know is that, whatever’s happening, it’s bad, and the New Kid is right in the middle of it. Because Will has a secret even bigger than Harrisburg’s, and there’s more to it than even he knows. This fast-paced, action-packed first novel by veteran Hollywood screenwriter Temple Mathews takes the idea of high school as hell to a whole new level. Will’s story, part wish-fulfillment sci-fi adventure and part iconic hero’s journey with a side of budding romance, will appeal to teen readers of both genders.

My thoughts

This book is recommended for boys aged 12 to 16 years but I think it will suit any gender between them ages. Its very fast paced and full of action. There where loads of fighting scenes, which I'm sure is entertaining to teenage boys. (I wouldn't know not being one myself). There where some very clichéd parts to this book, which I found disappointing but wasn't really expecting much from this book. Some scenes are described really good but I did find others lacking and rather pointless. It was an entertaining enough story with a lots of blood that I actually found myself enjoying but the dialogue was a bit of simplistic and tended to feel forced. Would recommend this book to the recommended readers but won't be reading any more of this series myself. 

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