Monday, October 31, 2016
The Midnight Glass by D. T. Vaughn
Welcome to Middle-Grade Monday and Happy Halloween! What better way to celebrate than a book involving monsters! Today I am reviewing The Midnight Glass by D.T. Vaughn.
Life is rough for eleven-year-old Wyatt Dumont. He's too small to fend off his mean older sister, and the school bully picks on him every day. But life changes when his mother is offered a job in the secretive town of Davenport. Wyatt is excited for the move until he notices that some of the townsfolk are more than human. There s a man with green skin and gills, and a middle school teacher with red eyes and fangs! Even Wyatt s new classmates are a spark elf and a wulfyn--a werewolf, but don t call him that... or else!
Wyatt is panicked. But nothing alarms him more than the darkest secret of all: Davenport hasn't seen the sun in over four hundred years. Wyatt quickly becomes obsessed with the town's mysteries, and he begins to uncover the truth--one deadly secret at a time.
Loved this book! I always get excited when I find something that is new and creative, and this book fits the bill. The whole book I was kept on the edge of my seat, wondering about the gate keeper and how the old evil might invade the town. Of course, the town is already in a forever darkness, which the author does a great job in telling with backstory. It all ties together so well.
Wyatt is a courageous boy who previously was picked on and kind of small, but in Davenport, where he has monsters for friends, everything is great. A fun part of the story is the slow introduction into Davenport and it's bizareness. The Dumont's are not told anything about the town before arrival, so we are able to see Wyatt and his sister as they each react to the strange things they see. The role reversal of Wyatt becoming popular while his once popular sister becomes an outsider, felt good to this geek. And it's not at all mean, because down the line mean sister finds her happy ending too.
Kids are going to enjoy this middle grade fantasy. Not only is there adventure and magic, but you have to follow along with Wyatt to solve the mystery of the town. 5 stars!