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  • 03/2018
  • 9780692060988 0692060987
  • 126 pages
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  • 03/2018
  • 0692060987 B07BN5T8CY
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The Chronicles of the Virago: Book I The Novus (Volume 1)

Makenna Grace Gold is just your average 12-year-old girl. That is, until she is told that she must protect her newborn brother and sister to safeguard the future of the world. Armed with a mysterious weapon, three Fairy mentors, and a wisecracking earthworm named Fluffy, Makenna must battle the forces of evil and became a defender for hope. Can Makenna truly be ‘The Virago’?

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Makenna Grace Gold is about to leave her boring old life behind for the craziness of big sisterhood. 

This entails many, many new responsibilities - baby sitting, extra chores around the house, oh, and saving the world from death, destruction and annihilation.

She was the Protector. The Defender of Defenders.

She was the Virago.

Pretty typical stuff, right?

"The Dark One is the embodiment of evil. He desires nothing more than to see this world forever plunged into darkness and despair."

Her twin siblings are the key to the Dark One's power and it's up to her toprotect them from any and all harm. 

The problem?

Makenna is only twelve years old.

"You? You're the protector, the Warrier of Warrors, the Defender, the Virago? Wonderful....Does he possibly think some common skater-girl could defeat us?"

Au contraire mon ami, what the Big Bads don't realize is that this common skater-girl is not on her own - with the help of three fairies, her new best friend and her sword/skateboard she will become a force to reckon with. The only thing that kinda sucks is her sidekick.

Harry Potter gets an owl, and I get a worm...

Overall, this was a quick fun read. The storyline was engaging and honestly, the wise-cracking worm was my favorite character (he was named Fluffy.FLUFFY! ).

This book did feel a bit predictable - and this is partly due to how often I've read this genre - but it bugs me a bit when the "Chosen One" is incrediblybeautiful/beloved/fast/smart/strong right away.

I like to watch my characters struggle and grow - rather than being given a weapon and being able to wield it perfectly. Or have everyone fawn over them.

Also, some of the text did fall into the cliche area (one of my pet peeves). For example:

"Why should I trust you?" she called out.

"I don't have time to explain. Just trust me, please?"

Honestly. In the time it takes for characters to say 'no time to explain' they literally could've given a halfway decent explanation.

That being said, I think most middle-schoolers would enjoy this novel - it is fast-paced and action-packed. Makenna is a brave kid and I love Stephen - her completely human tag-a-long companion. 

AND, of course, this book has Fluffy and I adore him. He deserves his own series.

"Thanks, Fluffy," she said, blowing him a kiss.

If a worm could blush, he would have.

 

Kirkus

 

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this debut middle-grade fantasy, a girl must protect her newborn twin siblings from evil forces.

Twelve-year-old Makenna Grace Gold of the Los Angeles area can’t wait for school tomorrow. She’s trying to fall asleep, but is excited about the Science Fair, where she’ll present homemade sugar crystals. Just as Makenna drifts off, a trio of fairies appears in her bedroom: cousins Bree and Dee Delphine and “Marigold Frith, Fairy Prelate.” They’ve come to initiate Makenna as The Virago, Warrior of Warriors. From braids of light and hope, they summon the Ancient Weapon, which looks like a sword as it bonds with Makenna. The girl wakes, assuming that she’s dreaming, and the fairies explain that her new brother and sister will be born tomorrow. They are hope incarnate, and Makenna must protect them against villainous forces, namely Sir Seaton, war profiteer and head of Natasi Industries. He sends his beautiful but deadly associates, Ms. Chevious and Ms. Creante, from their London headquarters to collect the twins. Luckily, Makenna can focus the power of the Ancient Weapon as she chooses, and she does so through her new lowrider skateboard. In his novel, Bialys introduces a spunky protagonist who’s fun to root for as she deals with rival classmate (and skating champ) Heather Stern; the twins’ creepy nanny, Ms. Revel; and later, reptilian demons. Aside from the fairies, Makenna gets help from Fluffy, a talking worm, and Stephen Levine, a dreamy Canadian transfer student. The author reveals that some characters aren’t who they initially appear to be, which should keep middle-grade audiences alert. He also educates as he connects the Virago legacy to King Arthur, the monarch’s sword Excalibur, and the story of David, who felled Goliath with a slingshot. The notion that children can change the world by channeling their passion through an object has broad appeal in reality, and further potential as a narrative device. The finale featuring an actual Highway to Hell should amuse anyone who’s driven in Los Angeles. The overall likability of this series opener should secure readership for the sequel.

This zany adventure flaunts a heart of gold and a plucky heroine.

Pub Date: March 21st, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-692-06098-8
Page count: 124pp
Publisher: Self
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 03/2018
  • 9780692060988 0692060987
  • 126 pages
  • $9.99
Ebook Details
  • 03/2018
  • 0692060987 B07BN5T8CY
  • 126 pages
  • $4.99

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