Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Review: King of the Mutants + Giveaway

Title: King of the Mutants
Publication date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Tantrum Books/Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Samantha Verant

Can one boy stop a nefarious plot to turn kids into super-mutants?

Maverick Mercury enjoys his life as the sideshow attraction known as “Gator Boy” at Grumbling’s Traveling Circus and Sideshow.

His freakish mutations are the result of some billionaire geneticist’s experiments gone awry. But life as a mutant is about to get worse, as Maverick uncovers a plot to kidnap kids, turns them into super-mutants, and sells their powers to the highest bidder.

Now, Maverick is on a mission to find the mad scientist who may have created him and destroy his sinister plans!


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I was unsure whether or not I wanted to read this story at first but I'm fairly happy I did. It was a fun read. I usually read stories where the protagonist has some weird trait or ability but it's something they can usually hide. This story with Mav, well, he can't really hide his physical conditions as easily. Let me say that first off, the cover is a bit misleading, according to the book the main character isn't green like the boy on the cover. At least, not his face. I had expected him to be but he's not. It's not a big issue but thought I'd mention that.

Now overall, the story was decently written and had a good pace. I was never bored since the main characters were always on the road and constantly moving which is great. I liked that the characters had destinations in mind so there wasn't much zig zagging between places. Of course there were diversions because nothing ever goes exactly to plan when it comes to a well written story.

I enjoyed the characters and found them mostly well written. Mav, was likable and pretty strong considering all the things he had gone through in his life. I liked Freddie, he's resilient too. He was funny but sometimes I felt he acted younger than he should have for his age. As much as I liked the kid, I wasn't sure he was as important as he could have been. I know that he's important to the story but I wish he did something more momentous to prove that he had a big role in the story. He did a bunch of little things but I wanted more from him. As much as I liked Snaggletooth, the dog, I also felt like he didn't so much for the story...

I liked Adelaide and Serafine. They were loads of fun and I would have loved seeing more of them. I liked that almost all the characters had a different personality, even the secondary and minor characters. There wasn't too much growth in the characters but since it is a middle grade I didn't expect it too much. Still the characters are pretty complex and it's something I enjoyed about the story.

There were some things I noticed that I wanted to question but since this is an ARC I figured it'd be fixed later. Such as, I wasn't sure why some of the characters were important. They were in then out. One big issue I didn't quite understand was that I don't quite get why Mav would be considered the King of Mutants. They never explained why he was chosen. I think that could have been clarified a little more for me.

Overall, this is a fun read and a story any one can enjoy. If you like the idea of crazy circus people/mutants/scientists and adventure then I recommend that you pick this story up!

3.4 out of 5 rating for me!

(An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)


Samantha Vérant is a travel addict, a self-professed oenophile, and a determined, if occasionally unconventional, French chef. Over the years, she’s visited many different countries, lived in many places, and worked many jobs— always on the search for the one thing that truly excited her. Then, one day, she found everything she’s been looking for: a passion for the written word and true love. Writing not only enabled her to open her heart, it led her to southwestern France, where she’s now married to a sexy French rocket scientist she met over twenty years ago, a stepmom to two incredible kids, and the adoptive mother to one ridiculously expensive Bengal cat. When she’s not trekking from Provence to the Pyrénées, tasting wine in American-sized glasses, or embracing her inner Julia Child while deliberating what constitutes the perfect boeuf bourguignon, Samantha is making her best effort to relearn those dreaded conjugations.

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Giveaway Information: 
Winner will be drawn November 21, 2014

· Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of King of the Mutants by Samantha Verant (INT)

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