Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we welcome Rachel's Random Resources for a stop along their current tour starring a newly released Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure that just celebrated its BOOK BIRTHDAY yesterday. So, if you're ready for some out of this world fun, danger, and adventure, hold on to your jets and your oxygen tanks...yeah, you're gonna need them where we're going. *gulp* Just stay close to your dragon. Ready or not, here comes today's ebook of choice...
About the book...
If Stan Pollux had known he would be spending his summer holidays in the outer reaches of our solar system, he would have put on different underpants.
But when he gets kidnapped by the Planet Dragon Mercury, most things suddenly seem small and insignificant. Stan finds himself in a universe of dragons who had once ruled the skies as gods: Mars, Venus, Saturn and even Uranus way out back. This is shaping up to be the best summer holiday in the history of the cosmos until Stan discovers his stupid sister is missing and that Pluto (AKA Hades) is trying to use her to destroy the Solar System. And it will be all Stan’s fault if he doesn’t get Poppy back.
So, all Stan has to do is learn how to fight like a hero in space armour, defeat the dragon god of the Underworld, Hades, rescue his sister and save the world. All before his parents realise she is missing.
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This is the story of one young boy whose fate was turned towards the extraordinary...thanks to the meddling of his kid sister.
Yes, we all know the tale of old...brothers and sisters just don't get along, and yet deep down (some deeper down than others), they would love each other. They would follow each other to the ends of the earth, having the others back come what may...but what happens AFTER the ends of the earth are reached? What if the trouble extended into the far reaches of the galaxy and beyond? Would that "I'm always here for you" be so easy to extend if circumstances placed you BOTH in life ending danger far beyond our stratosphere with ginormous creatures most belief to be mythical and on the battlefield for the very survival of the universe? Yeah...having second thoughts there, now aren't you.
Stan and Poppy were quite the little duo. Seemingly your average brother and sister, only to be revealed as the potential defender of our species and keepers of the particle of light, respectively. Talk about having to grow up quick! I love how honest Stan's reaction to the whole debacle was. He was more worried about his place in things than the well being of his sister...AT FIRST. Don't get me wrong, we want him to care more about her, but given the circumstances, it felt more like what a kid would do in a snap decision scenario. He never intended to leave her to her own devices, nor would he abandon her in deep space (not that she couldn't handle herself...she's a smart cookie!), but he like anyone else wanted a little "me" time, a bit of the spotlight to shine on him. I applaud his growth over the course of the story, as well as his determination to see things through, come what may. Poppy, on the other hand, was quite the SURPRISE! Who'd have thought the precocious tyke could hold the dragon version of Hades at bay? Right?! I mean, talk about a powerful little "princess"! Her rash decisions get her both IN and OUT of trouble, but she always acts with kindness at heart.
Aside from our little leading humans, we have the GREAT AND MIGHTY SPACE DRAGONS! No, really...they are dragons in space, but not really our space because they are outside our dimension where time doesn't reach and...I'm getting ahead of myself. Suffice it to say, they are awesome...and in the story, the reptilian equivalent to the gods and goddess of Greek Mythology, so yeah...can we say future interests/reading options for the kiddos? Exactly. Don't you just LOVE a story that follows you off the page? Anywho...these dragons are rather impressive, but they have issues just like us wee humans. Family squabbles, inability to see eye to eye, jealously, indecision, and the like...thank goodness our man Stan is around to crack the proverbial whip and get these guys back into shape to safe both their own kind and ours!
In the end, is it too cliche to say it was definitely an out of this world adventure? Okay well then let me say that although it's high flying, space soaring "fun" (meaning cool yet dangerous! ), it also reminds us to hold close the ones we love even, if they drive us a bit batty at times.
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About the author...
Robin Bennett is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children, adults, and everything in between. Listed in the Who’s Who of British Business Excellence at 29, his 2016 documentary "Fantastic Britain", about the British obsession with fantasy and folklore, won best foreign feature at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, and his first book for young adults, Picus the Thief, won the Writer's News Indie Published Book of the Year Award in 2012. Robin is also a director at Firefly Press.
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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun...
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!
Given the cover and to a certain extent the blurb this wasn't the story I was expecting. Sounds great though and I do like the cover.
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