Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review: Aoléon The Martian Girl Part 4 by Brent LeVasseur with Giveaway




Aoléon

The Martian Girl Part 4

by Brent LeVasseur

Aoléon Press

Middle Grade 

Science Fiction

147 pages




Having foiled the Luminon’s plot to disrupt the Martian galact supply, Aoléon and Gilbert join forces with Bizwat – a Procyon commando who poses as a pizza delivery guy, and Helios – a first-generation soldierbot. They flee the Martian megalopolis aboard a flying saucer with the Luminon’s paladin guards in fast pursuit. 

Their luck quickly goes from bad to worse. Their saucer is blown out of the sky, and they crash deep in the forbidding Martian desert, more than a thousand miles away from their intended destination. 

Battling starvation, thirst, and a Klyklon dust storm (not to mention a giant slor intent on swallowing them whole), will our two intrepid heroes live long enough to reach the secret base where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive? 

Dive into part four of Aoléon the Martian Girl to find out!






MY TIDBITS


Now, in book four, we find the earthling, Gilbert, and his Martian friendAoléon, in all sorts of trouble. Earth is about to be invaded, Aoléon's parents are being held prisoner and about to be executed, and our heroes crash in a forbidden desert. 

The first pages of this book start with Aoléon's mother and her imprisonment. The story dives right in where book 3 left off. Unlike the first three books, I didn't get to read this one until two weeks after completing book 3 and would really have liked to have one or two sentences to help get back into the flow. But there's absolutely no back information, so I highly recommend reading these books back to back to keep the story fresh in mind.

The first chapters bounce around from one scene and character to the next...from Aoléon's mother to the Luminon's to Earth to Bizwat. This definitely keeps the action going and feels a lot like changing movie scenes. There's no time for boredom - important for readers of this age group - and descriptions are added only when they're really needed. Still, it's no problem to picture the Martian world and the characters.

This is where the wonderful illustrations come in. Exactly then where needed most, the illustrations enhance the story and add a perfect touch. I especially enjoyed the 'chirons' and found myself wishing I could ride one as well.

The writing, situations and dialogue are in general well suited for kids ages 9 +. There are several descriptions that will probably go right over kids' heads and some of the humor seems more directed toward adults (and I do know several adults who love this series), but in general, I can see kids loving it. The characters are coming more to life with each book and especially Gilbert is growing on me. A few of the other characters aren't gaining as much depth and lack emotion, but then, this is more about fast-paced, galactic fun then digging deep.

In other words, I'm glad I've come so far and can't wait to dive into book 5 to see how our heroes survive.










THE BUZZ!


In LeVasseur's debut middle-grade sci-fi novel, a friendly extraterrestrial girl whisks a Nebraska farm boy away for a wild adventure of Martian intrigue, rebellion and invasion." -Kirkus Reviews




ALSO AVAILABLE:

The Martian Girl Song!


Another World - Single

Featuring Élan Noelle

Download on iTunes












And here he is. . . 
BRENT LEVASSEUR!!!




Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoléon: The Martian Girl 








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