Blog Tour Review: Return to Exile and Giveaway!

Welcome back to Return to Exile‘s Blog Tour!  For those of you new to my blog, welcome!  I hope you enjoy your stop!

My blog tour stop will consist of a mini-review, a middle grade boy analysis, and a giveaway!  So let’s get started!

Title/Author:  Return to Exile by E.J. Patten
         (The Hunter Chronicles #1)

Genre:  Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure

Published:  September 6th, 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, 500 pages

Book Jacket Blurb:  “One boy. Untold enemies. A whole world to save. Time is running out.

Eleven years ago a shattered band of ancient hunters captured an unimaginable evil and Phineas T. Pimiscule rescued his nephew, Sky, from the wreckage of that great battle.

For eleven years Sky Weathers has studied traps, puzzles, science, and the secret lore of the Hunters of Legend, believing it all a game. For eleven years Sky and his family have hidden from dark enemies while, unbeknownst to Sky, his uncle Phineas sacrificed everything to protect them.

For eleven years Sky Weathers has known nothing of that day.

But on the eve of Sky’s twelfth birthday and his family’s long-awaited return to Exile, everything changes. Phineas as disappeared, and Sky finds himself forced to confront the mysterious secrets he’s denied for so long: Why did his family leave Exile on that day so long ago? What, exactly, has Phineas been preparing him for? And, the biggest mystery of all, who is Sky really, and why does everyone want to kill him?”

My Mini- Review of this Work: 

I must admit something to you, right up front:  I have never, nor will I ever be, a middle grade boy.

I think that is honestly what has stopped me from enjoying this novel as much as I so very wanted to.  No, it is not a horrible story.  Yes, it is well written.  There are no problems with the grammar or writing style inherent to the novel other than the fact that (in my opinion) it is just geared toward the group of people we like to call the trouble-makers, the adventure-seekers, the rough riders–yup, those 9-12 year old boys.

I could write a review about why I didn’t enjoy it, but the reasons why I didn’t enjoy it aren’t problems with the novel itself–it is simply that I (apparently) couldn’t get into the fantastical made-up-monster world this novel so vividly creates. 

This is why I have instead decided to go to an expert!   An actual Middle Grade Boy!

My Middle-Grade Boy Analysis:

So over this weekend I asked my cousin a couple of questions about the subject matter regarding this novel.  Here is how the conversation went:

So, if you could be a monster hunter, would you want to be one?

Ummm YES!  That would be so awesome!

Would you want to fight them with weapons and cool gadgets?

Fight the monsters?  Oh yes!  Not anyone else, but monsters would be okay to fight.  And I would really like to use some cool swords!

Would you want to work with a couple of friends to fight these monsters, or by yourself?

Definitely with friends.  I could use the swords, and the others could use bow and arrows or other cool gadgets.

If there was a book out about a group of friends fighting against monsters, would you want to read it?

Absolutely!  It would be like Pokemon, and I like Pokemon, only it wouldn’t be Pokemon, but other monsters too, like dragons and giant bugs and scary creatures!   Sounds exciting!

You heard it from the source:

Middle Grade boys totally dig this stuff!  Secret groups fighting monsters, defending their friends and families, solving mysteries of monster hunters…..all totally awesome for the 9-12 year old boys!

Which is why I would TOTALLY recommend this book as a family read-a-long book for those with a houseful of boys, or for those 9-12 year olds to enjoy by themselves.  The imaginative elements in this novel are right up their alley, and they would absolutely love an exciting, monster-hunting kid trying to help his eccentric uncle with a permanent manacle over his eye (who kind of reminds me of Johnny Depp lol). 

And as a special preview, here are a couple of illustrations of different monsters you will encounter, straight out of the book!

 Piebalds.                                                                         The Jack.


Now’s Your Chance!:

If you have a Middle Grade son, or know of a 9-12 year old boy who loves Pokemon and the like, or are just the kind of reader that is interested in a good middle grade monster-huntin’ novel, Here is a giveaway for a signed edition of Return to Exile!  Just enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!  Giveaway will be open until the end of the blog tour on April 30th!

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And be on the lookout for the second installment in the Hunter Chronicles series, The Legend Thief, coming out in December!

Interested in hearing more opinions about this book?  Keep following the tour through this link!

Love and Monster-Huntin’,


One thought on “Blog Tour Review: Return to Exile and Giveaway!

  1. Laura Armstrong says:

    Cool beans. I would probably want throwing things – like stars or arrows or some such. I'm not to big on close combat. *ahem* I happen to be surrounded by middle grade boys. This would be a fun win!!! Thx!!!

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