Monday, January 29, 2018

The Four-Fingered Man by Cerberus Jones (The Gateway #1) and GIVEAWAY

Welcome to Middle Grade Monday! Today I am reviewing The Four-Fingered Man by Cerberus Jones (The Gateway #1). It is a book I picked up at an Usborne book party :) To enter the giveaway fill out the rafflecopter entry below. If you don't see it click 'read more'.

The Story- 
Amelia's parents have decided to leave the city behind and reopen a run down hotel in the middle of nowhere. Her older brother has to be bussed to a high school 1 hour away! She is stuck in a combined elementary and middle school with only 40 ish kids in the whole town. The first friend she meets is Charlie, whose mom becomes the hotel's housekeeper.

Amelia is creeped out by the hotel's caretaker, Tom, a man with only four fingers! As Amelia and Charlie begin searching for clues about Tom, they begin to discover that something strange is going on at the hotel. There are weird guests who hide things, and people who arrive without cars or taxis.

The Gateway hotel is exactly what it is named to be, a gateway, but to where?

My Thoughts-
This is a fun and easy middle grade read, only about 140 pages long. Kids will love the set-up, an old hotel with falling down parts and creepy pictures. Caretaker Tom is a big mystery, everything he does seems to hint at something sinister, but the author does a great job keeping the suspense going until the end when Charlie and Amelia are ready to confront the secret of The Gateway hotel.

The tension is good for young readers, with just a hint of scariness, but done in an imaginative way. this is the first book in a series and sets the scene for many adventures that will put Amelia and her family in the middle of an intergalactic tug of war. Yep, aliens! It has me intrigued enough to want to jump to the second book, The Warriors of Brin-Hask. I'm giving it 4 stars!

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  1. What a fun sounding plot. The setting and characters pulled me right in. I will be looking for this one. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I really like the plot and know readers will eagerly read this fast-paced adventure/mystery. Lovely review!

  3. An alien I'd hate to run into is any of the "bad guy" aliens from Men in Black.

  4. Anything with extra eyes or tentacles freaks me out

  5. I would hate to run into a scary Alien. Thank you

  6. I'd hate to run into H.R. Giger's Alien at any hotel. Well, not if it was a really good five-star hotel. They make everything better.