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Friday, August 9, 2013

The Warner Grimoire

Bad Apple (The Warner Grimoire, #1)The Warner Grimoire (The Bad Apple, #1)
by Clay Held

376 pages
Published May 1, 2013

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Simon Warner isn’t having a very good October. To start with, he drowned, and then the real trouble started. Next thing he knows, he's back among the living, there’s a ghostly voice rattling around in his head, and a nasty ghoul has burned down his home and kidnapped his adoptive father.

But even that is just the beginning. A mysterious stranger draws Simon deep into the hidden world of the supernatural: a dangerous place full of vicious monsters, cunning madmen, and unbelievable magic. There Simon finds not only loyal friends, but powerful enemies lurking around every corner, and a dangerous legacy that's been waiting for him. Cheating death has also revealed a terrible secret: Simon is a warlock by birth, and with powers like his, he is destined to embrace evil.

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This is a fun book, filled with magic and great characters - they're easy to love, or hate, as the case may be.

We follow Simon as he's thrown from a "normal" life into a world where anything can happen, a place where agreeing to things without reading the fine print has consequences, and people aren't always what they seem.

Simon might be easy to root for, but he does some pretty dumb things. After all, he's a kid in a world he doesn't understand.

One of the best things about the book: It's the first in a series, so we get more.

One of the worst things about the book: It's the first in a series, so we don't get the whole story yet.

4/5 stars

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