Friday, April 15, 2016

MY THOUGHTS: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X. (ARC) by Frank Beddor & Adrienne Kress

Genre:
Young Adult/Middle Grade
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Action/Adventure
Series:
Hatter Madigan, #1
(prequel to The Looking Glass Wars Trilogy)
Publish Date:
April 19, 2016
Publisher:
Automatic Publishing

Synopsis:
An exciting new adventure featuring a teenaged Hatter Madigan, one of the most popular character from the New York Times bestselling The Looking Glass Wars trilogy by Frank Beddor!

Combat training! Secret society initiations! Self-serving rivals! Welcome to Wonderland's prestigious Millinery Academy: where those born to protect the queendom train to become spies, assassins, and bodyguards. With all that to contend with, not to mention following in his popular older brother's footsteps, just getting through Imagination Class seems impossible already.

And that's before he starts seeing ghosts lurking in the corridors...

When students begin behaving strangely throughout the academy, Hatter and his fellow cadets must unlock the mysterious behind the ghosts, and the headmaster's suspicious behavior, before the entire student body finds itself possessed!

Join Hatter and his fellow cadets on their first adventures in Wonderland. Let's just hope it isn't their last!


     

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**About the Authors**
Literary Sleuth and world creator Frank Beddor dared to expose the true story of Wonderland in the New York Times bestselling young adult trilogy The Looking Glass Wars. To satisfy the awakened curiosity of his readers he continued to tell the parallel adventures of Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan's search for the lost princess in the graphic novel series Hatter M. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Adrienne Kress is a Toronto-born actor and author who loves to play make-believe. She also loves hot chocolate. And cheese. Not necessarily together.

She is the author of the award winning and internationally published children's novels Alex and the Ironic Gentlemen and Timothy and the Dragon's Gate (Scholastic). Published around the world, Alex won the Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award in the UK and was shortlisted for the Red Cedar. The sequel, Timothy, was shortlisted for the Audie, Red Cedar and Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards, and was optioned for film. She has also published two YA novels: Outcast (Diversion Books), her quirky paranormal romance, and the Steampunk adventure The Friday Society (Penguin), released to a starred review from Quill and Quire and shortlisted for The Quill Awards.

In 2016, she will be releasing two children's novels, each the first in an upcoming series: The Explorers Club published by Random House, and Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X., the latter an exciting collaboration with NY Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (set in the same world as his Looking Glass Wars YA books.)

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

First off, I would suggest reading The Looking Glass Wars trilogy before reading this book. Just for the reason that the trilogy will give readers an idea who Hatter Madigan is. Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X. is a prequel of sorts since it looks into Hatter's young life before he became the Royal Bodyguard for the Royal Heart family. This first book in the Hatter Madigan series, this first book tells the tale of Hatter Madigan as he embarks on his journey at the Milliner Academy.

The book starts off with giving readers a bit of his family history on how he and his brother, Dalton, ended up growing up at the Academy. Hatter's growing years starts to unfold as a cadet; moreover, Hatter must learn to keep his emotions in check. Readers will go through all the ups and downs of this young cadet's life. Many things a teenager experiences (well, of sorts, anyways), we will see that with Hatter Madigan...and how he handles it and himself. Moreover, to add to the trials and tribulations of a teenage Hatter, there's a mystery that he and his fellow cadets must solve.

I absolutely loved their writing. Mr. Beddor and Ms. Kress created a very descriptive and unique world of imagination through the eyes of a teenager. Their character development created these unique and imaginative personalities whom of which are relatable and memorable.

This collaboration has brought together an adventurous tale that middle grade readers will enjoy...I think all ages would enjoy this read, just like The Looking Glass Wars trilogy. A coming-of-age story filled with memorable experiences and all the teenage angst that goes along with it in the world of imagination. This is only the beginning for Hatter Madigan. 

I look forward to more of Hatter's adventures and experiences as he grows up to become the Royal Bodyguard to Alyss...the future Queen of Wonderland.

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