Monday, April 25, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - The Hound of Rowan

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday  

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. I couldn't resist being a part of such brilliance. Others who can be counted on for a great MMGM review each week:
  • Joanne Fritz @ My Brain on Books 
  • Ben Langhinrchs @ My Comfy Chair
  • Sherrie Petersen @ Write About Now  
  • Brooke Favero @ Somewhere in the Middle
  • Myrna Foster @ Night Writer   
  • Ally Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy
  • Barbara Watson @ Novel and Nouveau
  • Deb Marshall @ Just Deb!
  • Anita Laydon Miller's Middle Grade Blog

    The Hound of Rowan
    by Henry H. Neff

     
    Goodreads Blurb:  
    MAX MCDANIELS LIVES a quiet life in the suburbs of Chicago, until the day he stumbles upon a mysterious Celtic tapestry. Many strange people are interested in Max and his tapestry. His discovery leads him to Rowan Academy, a secret school where great things await him.

    But dark things are waiting, too. When Max learns that priceless artworks and gifted children are disappearing, he finds himself in the crossfire of an ancient struggle between good and evil. To survive, he'll have to rely on a network of agents and mystics, the genius of his roommate, and the frightening power awakening within him.

    This  is a fantastic series. I read it on the train when I went home for my step-father's funeral recently, and it vaulted straight to the top of my favorites list. There are three books so far, and I may die before book 4 is released.

    The world-building in this series is incredible, as are the utterly lovable and complex characters. It has a Harry Potter flavor at times, but in a good way. The plot thickens with each book, to the point that you can't stop thinking about it. The end of book three caught me so unprepared that I actually said OUT LOUD (which really disturbed my hubby), "Well, played author, well played."

    I could rave for days about this particular series! Trust me, and read it!!

    Happy Monday!

23 comments:

Deb said...

Well now, you've got me thinking I best get on with it! I've only read the first and loved it. Have the second, will get the third and wait with you on the fourth. Hopefully one of us will survive the wait, lol!

Candice said...

Happy Monday to you too! This sounds adorable, and I love Chicago! My husband is actually on his way there this morning. If only my son didn't have school I would be headed there too!

Solvang Sherrie said...

I love the cover! Sounds like a great book, but maybe I'll wait until it's closer to the release of book 4 before I start this series. I don't like to be tortured with cliffhanger endings :)

Leah (aka Mary_not_Martha) said...

Wow! Great review - this one's going on top of my wishlist. Love the cover!

Heather said...

You had me at Celtic tapestry. Okay, you actually had me at the title. Awesome title!

Jenny Lundquist said...

Sounds like a great book, it just by-passed most of my TBR list!

Old Kitty said...

Another fab intro into a fab book series!! MG kids have got the best books written for them!! Not fair! LOL!!!

Take care
x

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Excellent review!

So sorry to hear about your loss *hugs*

bfav said...

I'm sold. I'll have to go buy this today. Great review.

Karen Lange said...

Happy Monday to you, amigo! Glad you are spreading your brilliance around. :)

Joanne Fritz said...

Sounds fantastic, Shannon. I've eyed these books at the bookstore but never even opened the first one. Thanks! Now I have more to add to my TBR list.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

thanks for another great middle grade recommendation

Natalie Aguirre said...

This sounds so good. I've got to read it. Thanks.

Diane said...

Wow! That is a powerful ending to make you respond audibly!!! Awesome! :O)

Myrna Foster said...

Thanks, Shannon! This sounds like something I'll love.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Another one to tell my boys about. :D

I hope you don't have to wait too long for the next book. ;)

Angela Ackerman said...

Oh wow--this one sounds like an absolute must read. Thanks for mentioning it, Shannon!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Jen Daiker said...

You always have the best series in your back pocket!!! ;)

Patti said...

What a rave review. Sounds like a great read.

Henry said...

Thanks for the kind words, Shannon. Much appreciated. I'm working hard on the fourth book now and look forward to sharing it with you. If people are interested in learning more about the books, they can visit my website at www.henryhneff.com. Thanks again for not only reading my work, but posting such a nice review.

Best wishes,
Henry Neff

brookerousseau said...

Ooh, I definitely want to check out this series, for me and my son. Thanks!

Theresa Milstein said...

Don't die before the fourth book comes out! Now I'll have to add this to my to-buy list. Do you know how big my pile is?! Higher than my laundry pile, Shannon!

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

Oh Gosh this looks fantastic

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