My kids and I thought it was hysterical,
By Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
This review is from: Skycastle, the Demon, and Me: Book 1 in the Skycastle series (Kindle Edition)
Skycastle, the Demon, and Meis a hilarious story about a young boy – Jake – who gets more than he bargained for when he purchases a demon straight from the underworld. Jake hopes that, with the demon’s help, the tours of their family’s castle will become wildly popular (with the addition of a real live demon, of course) and they will be able to undertake much-needed repairs to their home.
However, things (stunningly) go awry when the demon, (named Brinklove Crowley the Third and nicknamed Brink), decides that he prefers reading to “haunting”, then goes on to break the cardinal rule of demon care (getting wet), and just when things are starting to be under control, the “Collector” comes demanding payment. Then, a most unexpected twist occurs tying Jake and Brink’s destinies together, leaving the reader hanging on the edge of their seat, wondering “What the heck is gonna happen next?”
Do not let the book title turn you off of this hysterically funny book. Skycastle, the Demon, and Me is one of the most creative and entertaining books that I have read to my children this year. This book is literally designed either for reluctant readers who will love the quick pace, quirky dialogue, and non-stop action; or as a story begging to be read aloud to children. I can say, in all honesty, that I loved reading this book as much as my children loved being read to. This book seems DESIGNED to be read aloud.
I knew I was going to love Jake as a main character when he first finds the business card for GET-A-DEMON (free delivery) and, of course, decides to call the number. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t? The conversation between Jake and the customer service rep (Torque) is absolutely hilarious. Jake: “You can’t charge double just because I live in a castle. That’s not fair.” Torque: “You’re calling Hell. We’re not known to be reasonable.” There are countless exchanges which left us literally laughing out loud. And then, we meet Brink, the demon in question who emerges from his crate amid much smoke and fire. He was not quite what we expected. He looks exactly like a normal 12 year-old boy, with one remarkable difference. Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out what that is! Suffice it to say he had the skin color to match his nasty disposition.
Audiobook available mid December 2014.