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Can a broken young girl help a guilt-ridden grotesque stop the monsters?

An unprotected city....

The grotesques have been taken down from the roof of St. Giles Old Priory School. With the Guardians statue-trapped, there is no one left to protect Haven from the monsters. 

Unexpected heroes....

Despite crippling injuries from a falling grotesque statue, 12-year-old Olivia Stone finds herself on the front lines in the battle between Good and Evil. Olivia needs to rescue Yip, the smallest living grotesque and the cause of her accident, discover the hidden power locked within her, and find a way to outwit the trixies. But trixies know every trick in the book, and while they may look sweet and childlike, something nasty is drawing these solitary pests together and their pranks are turning deadly.

©2016 Jeffery E. Doherty (P)2019 Jeffery E. Doherty

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excellent use of an underused medium the grotesque

grotesques are a very under used idea great seeing them used so well thoroughly enjoyed the book

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  • 12-06-2020

Fun Way Out of Trouble

Author Jeffery E Doherty adores storytelling with a vivid imagination perfect for children’s fantasy. Olivia Stone is an engaging character with all the determination of a 12-year-old on a mission. Helping Yip the grotesque that Olivia thought was a gargoyle is her mission against the trixies who are deceitful and evil. The trixies are deliciously evil with specific characteristics which make them plausible.

Olivia Stone learns she not only has magical powers, which she learns to control with the help of Yip. Olivia later overcomes her disability as she becomes stronger than she believed possible.

The story, designed for children is similar to fairytales where the scarey parts are vivid. Twists and turns keep it interesting, even with the possibility of injury or death. Olivia is driven to succeed and beat the trixies.

Mayah Clarke has an interesting acccent that suits this story. The pace throughout is a little fast for a childrens book. The narration came across as monetone for the first half of the book, but the second half Mayah provided additional emphasis for the dramantic effects of the story. Oddly, the music that separates the chapters didn’t work for me, but it might for others.

I recommend this for children that love imaginative stories, but I do suggest parents listen in advance if their children are under 12-years-old.

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