The first thing I thought of as I began the opening chapters of Disruption by Steven Whibley is “this is like mischief on steroids”. The two main characters, Jason and Matt, made me grateful I have four innocuous daughters. Of course, had the author not conveyed the mischief and the characters in such vivid manner, I would not have felt these sentiments; rather it would merely have been a story, nothing more. It also demonstrates vividly the chaos children can create for their parents, already frazzled from raising children (I know, I’ve raised quite a few, and work with them daily. Frazzled is a way of life for me).
The intrigue intensifies nicely as Matt arrives at “camp”. The reader is left hanging as to what sort of camp he’s been made to attend. The writer weaves and builds until you are fairly chomping at the bit to discover the whys behind so many actions and behaviors. That, of course, is the mark of a very good writer.
Overall, this book was spectacular. I’m an avid reader and managed to read it in a few hours and it had me on the edge of my seat for each of those hours. If it did that for ME, imagine how a young teen/adult will react. Overall – BRAVO!
Cat Crimes and Wannabes by Steve Whibley (Juvenile Adventure, ages 9-12)
Of late, I cringe when I receive a request to do a book review, because the few I have completed have been hit and miss on the “worth reading” meter. Some are exceptional and some make me shake my head, wondering why the book was written in the first place. If the book is well-formatted, there are issues with stilted dialogue; if the dialogue is decent, there are issues with formatting, grammar, spelling, or punctuation. Then I received this request from Steve Whibley.
The opening chapter had me wondering if I’d made another mistake accepting this request because the scene seemed wooden, but I kept going and wasn’t disappointed that I did. Whibley appeared to get his flow and soon the story developed nicely. The dialogue was genuine-sounding (not easy to accomplish) and the story humorous and delightful. I actually grinned when I reached the end of Chapter One when the main character was brainstorming.
The mechanics were excellent. There was the occasional misuse of the word “like”, which is really not uncommon for people to make. Example: “The next day I walked Sky to school like always”, which should read “as always”.
It did not take long for me to develop a fondness for the primary character, Jared, and his friendship with Marcus. And when the two encountered the “Evil cat”, I thought I was going to lose it, it was such a well-written, descriptive scene.
There was no mention of who drew the artwork for the book, but it was exceptional.
Overall, this was a delightful story, full of adventure and I would highly recommend it for any reader within the designated age group.
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My name is Barbara Woster. I am an author, business owner, and an educator. Writing is my passion, but I also enjoy providing insight for aspiring authors. Additionally, I review work by other writers upon request. To have your book reviewed, simply get in touch.