Please don’t feed the weirdo.

Back to SlappyWorld. These are stand alone novels so far, it will be interesting to see if the next one ties together or if it will be stand alone again. Warning – vomiting and monster scenes. For a young kid I do think this would be terrifying for anyone else it is another Goosebumps story. Still very enjoyable.

Gregor and the Marks is Secret

Plunging back into the underworld we follow Gregor the warrior as he battles his way through another prophecy. Only no one wants to tell him what this one is. Lots of familiar faces return both good and bad. If you’ve followed the adventure up to this point then this one will be very familiar and a little different. Still you will enjoy it and the pacing will keep you moving.

A Whole New World

This is an alternate history of Disney’s Aladdin story. It broaches the question of Aladdin never getting the lamp. It focuses more on the “street rat” angle of the story. It is darker but still manages a happy ending. Be warned there are killings and torture talked about but neither in great detail. I would put this at mature YA due to these story elements. I will read the next book in the series, which of course is an alternate of a different Disney story.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I must confess I never saw the movie so I have not idea how it compares. First warning this is what I would consider either high PG-13 or R. Leaning mostly toward an R rating. This book is very slow at the first and I almost quit several times but it was recommended to me so I kept with it. Overall the book is good, doubt it will be on my recommend list due to the above stated rating. The protagonist reminds me of the James Bond type in that he sleeps with anyone / everyone. It is mostly about a disgraced journalist who is going after a crooked businessman. That being said the last few chapters feel like a whole different book (think the hobbit with the scouring of the shire at the end). It just feels tacked on. Overall it was not exactly what I thought it would be. With dragon tattoo I was thinking some cool martial arts scenes, nope. Still not sure how the title matters, seems the band tattoo had more significance. Oh well, if you’re a fan and do not mind some mild sex scenes go ahead and take a listen.

Trials of Death

Must better escalation, but still leaves you without a big payoff. This story is reminiscent of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, with a strange vampire twist. Excellently done and kept the pages turning. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Vampire Mountain

The next installment of the vampire series. This one is a two parter, be aware and set to read the next book as it ends in a “to be continued”. It is still a great read. Fasted paced and filled with the wonders of the vampire world this book is mainly focused on the trip to Vampire Mountain in the next step for Darrin Shan in his vampire progression. Just be prepared as the end of this novel, even though there is a fight scene, has no major climax.