Monday, April 20, 2015

Review: Children of the Mark by Michael W. Garza

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

25182001Title: Children of the Mark
Published:  March 5, 2015
Genres: fantasy, young adult
Pages: 196
Format: eBook
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AJ Scott is a typical teenager. The only thing he wants to do is survive high school. Clair Anderson and Dougie Edwards have been his friends since the third grade. The teens stumble across a bizarre ritual and their night of adventure quickly turns to panic as they witness the culmination of the Cult of the Elder’s attempt to pull a monstrous deity from the netherworld into our world. A hasty escape leaves the teens terrified and AJ marred from the event. His newfound malady proves to be much more than a simple mark and the trio are pulled into a world of deceit, monsters, and old fashioned horror.

I have read two other books by this author and loved his writing style. So when he offered up Children of the Mark I didn’t hesitate to ask for a copy to review. Let me say first though as of today the book is on sale for .99 so please check before you buy the book to see if it is still at this low price.

I think this book would be great for the teenagers on up. There was not really any graphic scenes and no bad language. Overall it was a decent book about teenagers getting caught up into a cult. AJ and his friends go to this warehouse where they witness a strange sight what happens next has them wondering what is truly going on. The only person that seems to be truly affected by that night is AJ one of his eyes has a turned a milky white and that reason being he can see things that others can not. Because of this the people in this cult of The Elders pretty much stalk him and his friends. I wouldn’t say they do anything else but that.

The story revolves around AJ and his friends trying to figure out more about this strange cult along with trying to save AJ’s father. While dealing with all this going on AJ and his friends also have the dreaded high school and bullies to deal with so I think teenagers will be able to relate a bit more with these characters as they are teenagers themselves.

There is plenty of action as far as AJ and friends find for themselves. It seems that they find the trouble and do a good attempt to get out of whatever predicament they get into. The way the ending left off I wouldn’t say it is a cliffhanger but it does have me asking the question is there a book two in the works.

The only reason I gave this book 4 stars and not a solid 5 is because I didn’t feel as much horror as I expected. I read some other reviews and saw the categories the book has been put into, and horror is one of them. I guess maybe because of talk of the demon or what not that showed itself could be considered horror? I am not sure. Though for me I like to be scared when I read something is suppose to have horror written within the pages. Other than that little thing the book was a good read that I sat and devoured in a day.
Michael W. Garza

Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it’s always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He encourages readers to peek at his latest work as well as the material he’s published in the past. He sincerely hopes that everyone will find something that astonishes, surprises, or simply scares the heck out of you.