Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Review: Pantheons

Pantheons by E.J. Dabel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Please note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher (Sea Lion) in exchange for an honest review, which I did in December, 2011. In September 2013 I am editing it for an updated release of the e-book.

4.5 out of 5 stars

My Synopsis: Isaiah Marshall has lived on the streets since he was a child. He had to grow up tough and strong, and now he runs his own gang – the Redrover Gang – consisting of his friends Jeremy, Monty and Pipsqueak. One day, while walking in a part of town they didn’t normally frequent, Isaiah is almost run down by a pretty-boy driving a fancy Ferrari, who announces that they are near Kaliber Academy, which is a place for people who want to learn and grow, and not a place for vagrants like the Redrovers, so they need to just move along. Not being the type of people who take kindly to such attitude, the boys decide to crash the Academy, find the pretty boy, and teach him a lesson. What none of them expected was to be offered the chance to join the school themselves. That’s when everything changes for them, because Isaiah discovers that he is eligible to join a very exclusive club at Kaliber Academy – the Pantheon Club. It is only open to godlings – and Isaiah is the son of Zeus. Isaiah’s life is about to change, forever.

My Thoughts: I was fortunate enough to get a very early look at this manuscript and am very impressed with the ideas that went into creating this book. I think it would be appropriate from tweens on up, providing a lot of life lessons in belonging, acceptance, growing up and taking responsibility for oneself. The characters are each well developed with a solid foundation behind them – reading this first book of the series, one might not catch all the nuances just yet, as there are revelations still to be made, but just be aware that there is a reason for everything in this book. The author has stated that he wants to make people think and react, and I believe that will be something that the potential reader can count on – this book will make you crank up your brainwaves a bit. That said, it’s not at all a difficult book – it has some challenging themes, but the writing style flows nicely and it is easy to follow the plot. I believe this is a book that almost anyone could enjoy and can recommend it.

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