Many of you might know that I am a big fan of good Middle-Grade (MG) and Young Adult (YA) books. In fact, on our trips to the bookstore you can usually find me in the pre-teen and teen section. I pay no heed to my husband’s raised eye-brows when I head off into that direction at the bookstore. My argument is that good MG and YA books have fun characters, a good storyline and usually entail some adventure-taking. And I am all about adventures! When I was asked to read and review best-selling author Eoin Coffer’s latest book W.A.R.P Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin I knew I was in for a fun ride. I really enjoyed reading Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series which some say are like Die Hard with fairies.
Early this month Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Publishing Worldwide, released WARP Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin with a first printing of 750,000. Eoin Colfer will help bring the new series to life in a nine-city tour across the U.S. this month! Eoin Colfer says “WARP, which stands for ‘Witness Anonymous Relocation Program,’ is an action-adventure series full of mayhem, magic, and murder – with a villain to die for. I think of this series as Olive Twist meets The Matrix.” (Source: Disney PR May 7,3013). After reading this book – which is geared for children ages 12 on up – I must say I really enjoyed all of the twists and turns. There are some scary characters as well. Colfer has made them so life-like you can visually image them throughout the story. “Eoin has created three vivid new characters and taken them on a high-stakes, high-tech pursuit through time that’s truly mind-bending,” said Stephanie Lurie, Associate Publisher of Disney-Hyperion. “And the book has all of the wit that made Artemis Fowl so popular.”
About WARP Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin:
Eoin Colfer introduces a new character named Riley, a teen orphan boy living in Victorian London. He has had the misfortune of being apprenticed to Albert Garrick, an illusionist who has fallen on difficult times and now uses his unique conjuring skills to gain access to victims’ dwellings. On one such murderous escapade, Garrick brings his reluctant apprentice along for his first killing. Riley is saved from having to commit the grisly act when the intended victim turns out to be a scientist from the future, part of the FBI’s WARP program, and Riley is transported to modern-day London, followed closely by Albert Garrick. (Source PR May 7th). The opening scene in the book is where Garrick is forcing his apprentice, Riley, to do his first killing. Garrick is quite evil and you definitely feel the tension throughout the book about how much Riley and his new friend, Chevron, are in danger with Garrick quick on their trail. The idea of time-travel has always fascinated me and this book explains the concept so well you feel like time travel is actually possible! If your pre-teen or teenager loves action-packed stories he or she will really enjoy reading WARP. I was sad to see it end which tells me it was a good read. I can’t wait until Book 2 comes out and will be the first in line in the pre-teen section!
W.A.R.P Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin
By Eoin Colfer
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
ISBN: 1423161629 • Price: $17.99 • Ages 12 and Up
GOOD NEWS MATES! We have two hardcover books to hand out in a giveaway! Perfect summer reading for your pre or teenager! Good luck!