Review of Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov

October 8, 2016 Book Reviews 4

Review of Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov

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

Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov by John Matthews
Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure
Published by Templar Publishing Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

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Do you dare open the Henry Hunter files and discover the monsters and beasts hunted within?
When schoolboy super-sleuth Henry Hunter uncovers a clue about the legendary Beast of Snagov, the origin of all vampires, he and friend Dolf travel to Whitby and Romania on its trail. Unravelling clues from Bram Stoker's Dracula, and the legend of Vlad the Impaler, they encounter Dracula's daughter Bella Dracul. But is she a friend or a foe? And, can the trio evade the sinister forces that are tracking their every move, intent on releasing the Beast from its underground tomb?

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First Line

The first time I saw Henry Hunter he was hanging by his fingertips from the windowsill of the principal’s office.

What I thought of this book

Dolf is Henry Hunter’s sidekick and the one telling the story in this book. He is telling about the time when Henry and he went in search of the Snagov Beast in Transylvania.

There had been a lot of interesting articles about vampires recently and Henry found one about how vampires might still be living in Transylvania and that what Bram Stoker wrote about was all true. When they get there they find out about an even worse monster called the Snagov Beast and so fo course Henry Hunter must find this monster.

They get into a lot of trouble and it’s a good then they run into Bella Dracul and that she is a friendly vampire because they are going to need her help to get away from some very dangerous people plus deal with the Snagov Beast.

It’s a bit hard to believe that two twelve-year-olds are setting out for parts unknown looking for monsters but it’s a kids story and I think kids will find it a lot of fun. Henry is a bit of an odd kid as he dresses like he is ready for adventure and talks a bit funny, but its part of what makes him who he is. He has always had a fascination with monsters and loves to set off on adventures. It seems his parents don’t mind and they are super rich so he has all sorts of resources.

Dolf is like the not so adventurous sidekick who wonders at times why he is even friends with Henry and going on all these crazy adventures. He must admit it’s better than doing math and I would have to agree on that. It’s almost like they are the Holmes and Watson of adventurers.

Overall, I thought it was a fun story with a different take on vampires and I think that young readers would have a lot of fun with this adventure.

Reading Challenge

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Netgalley/Edelweiss Challenge 2016
  • New Release Challenge 2016
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