Violent Bullies. Broken Homes. Black Magic. KILLER fiction.
From author Kevin T. Johns comes the novel critics are describing as “a crimson-stained love letter to genre fiction” and the first book in a “must read” series.
Nate Bourdain and his friends are thrilled to discover an ancient book of magic spells hidden in their school library–they now have the means to stand up to the villains who make high-school life such a battle. But, when the book’s dark magic releases a fictional killer into the real world, the teens must prove they have what it takes to be heroes, or fall as bloody victims in their own horror story turned real.
The Page Turners: Blood is the first book in the Page Turners trilogy: a genre-spanning series sure to please young adult fans of paranormal horror, science-fiction, and fantasy.
My Review: 4 out of 5 Stars**** Read 12/21/2013
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
I’ll start with the cover, I really, really like it. It peaked my interest and so did the blurb. I was also looking forward to some dark magic and pay back to some bullies. The story starts off well enough, Nate is so bored in class he drifts off into his own world and reads his book Paradise Fields and that is where it starts.
Nate is a nerd, he and his two friends Danny and Spencer are part of a book reading, movie loving club called The Page Turners. They are not part of the popular crowd and this gets them noticed by one particular guy, the high school jock Tony “Touchdown” Thompson who immediately beats up Nate for looking at his girlfriend.
No one helps, no one cares, not even the teachers. This is where the story is set up. Nate is an angry young man, he has issues at home and has no one, maybe not even Danny and Spencer really. They have their own issues to deal with.
Upon a meeting of The Page Turners in the library Nate finds a weird, old book and quickly realizes it is something special and the boys chant one of the spells. It doesn’t appear to do anything and frustrated Nate rips the pages from the book and Danny disposes of it.
What I liked about this book was the style of writing, the characters were well rounded and were easy to imagine. Nate’s anger at the world was very real and palpable and it was at times heart breaking to read what his life was like.
Danny and Spencer also had their own stories and would feature later in the book, so I liked there was nothing wasted or surplus to the story.
What confused me a little was the story seemed to drift from what the blurb suggested would happen. Yes there was a monster that come from the spell, but it didn’t go after the bullies and I was constantly wondering what was going to happen to the jock that made Nate’s life so miserable.
However, on another note it did bring out a story that was a “Be careful what you wish for” warning, and while I felt it veered off its course the story before me was solid, if not a little scary. If you like dark tales that don’t sugar coat real life issues then this is a great story to pick up. Kevin is a new author but his style is very well thought out and well rounded.
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About the Author:
Hi there. I’m Kevin T. Johns. I grew up in a small Ontario town, reading comic books, watching horror movies, and playing guitar in punk rock bands. After studying film and English literature in university, I co-founded an arts and culture magazine, where I was a contributing writer and senior editor for several years. I now work for the Canadian public service by day, and craft young adult horror fiction by night. I live in Ottawa, Canada with my wife and two daughters. The Page Turners is my debut novel, so I would love to hear your thoughts! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow me on Twitter @Kevin_T_Johns, and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thepageturnerstrilogy