The Rampart Guards
But when Jason discovers new information about his family, he’s stunned to learn that creatures like Skyfish, Kappa, and the Mongolian Death Worm aren ...more
I listened on audio and thought the narrator did a good job, though I thought the uncle and grandmother sounded very much like each other. I would imagine that was because they were related, but sometimes I confused them.
I recommend this book on audio ...more
The titular Rampart is never fully described. The cryptids, that drew me to the book in the first place, are also not described at all and hardly have any role in the book, apart from a couple of boring re-appearances scatte ...more
Jason thought life was pretty simple until his mother disappears and his father moves them to another town to be closer to the rest of their family. Then he learns there is far more to the world than he ever could have imagined. Strange creatures and other dimensions, Jason has powers he never would have dreamed of.
I received this book for free from Roger Charlie in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Rampart Guards basically made me realize that I'm definitely growing out of middle grade books and I should move on. This is an extremely scary thought, because what if I get tired of young adult books next?! That probably won't happen for a good while, and I've yet to actually read an adult novel that isn't from the cause of required re...more
This was an okay book. I had fun reading about Jason's family and his adventures. But I didn't feel much connection with him. It's not that I didn't like him. He's actually pretty likable and he's not overly whiny or dramatic like some hero/heroine I know. It's probably because I can't imagine myself in his shoes. It felt more like I'm ...more
When I picked this book up, I assumed it was young adult. I latter found people calling it middle grade. Having finished it, I still feel like it falls pretty solidly in young adult, due to teenage characters, violence, and plot twists.
The story itself was fun, I enjoyed reading it, and the writing was good. There were a couple places that felt like they came together a little too quickly (like Jason pairing up with Sadie), and a few loose ends tied up at the e ...more
Jason Lex is just a young teen when his mother disappears. His father moves the family, Jason, his older brother, Kyle, and his younger sister, Della, to a new town near his grandmother and uncle. Jason is struggling and things get worse when he begins to see swarming fish diving at him in the sky. His father warns Jason away from his Uncle Alexander, his mother’s sister, who studies cryptozoology and is known for strange behaviors.
I was a bit unsettled by the age of the hero, he's only 14 for most of the story and experiences things that no 14 year old should so I didn't really like that aspect, but everything else worked for me.
The narration is well done, good character voices and the delivery was engaging.
I received a free copy of this ...more
I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting suspense, drama and supernatural themes.
Jason has had it rough. His mom has disappeared. His dad has given up on finder her and they are moving away from all of his friends. Things can't get much worse. Unless, of course you count losing your mind. Jason has started seeing things, and those things can see him too.
Jason discovers a whole world hidden from most of humanity. A world filled with incredible and dangerous creature. Beings that wield such power, that a mere touch could incinerate the unwary. It will be up to ...more
I'll be honest, I found the beginning of this book a bit meh. I felt like not much happened for the ...more
This book is fun. It's a enjoyable read, certainly light than a lot of the stuff I've been reading lately. Or at least it seems that way. It's probably not something I would have picked up if it wasn't offered for review, nor is it what I would call great. It's just good. It's fine.
The main character's mother goes missing. I think we know where it's going to go from there, most books that use this trope are pretty similar. I will agree though that this one ...more
When Jason Lex arrives home with his dad and siblings fro ...more
The Lex family is composed by the mother, the father, two sons, Kyle and Jason and a daughter Della. I won’t tell you the story because the synopsis is enough but there is some family bond in the story and maybe you can trust anyone.
I like Jason, he is mature for his age, and he’s only fourteen years old and has a lot on his shoulder. He sees things and he’s talking ...more
Ask me to read a book where Mongolian Death Worms are real? Sign me up because I’m in. While there are, admittedly, less of the cryptids than I’d like in a book about the mythologies that go bump in the night being real, I had a good time reading The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien.
Definitely a book I would recommend to middle grade teachers or anyone with twelve to fourteen year olds in their house looking for something to read. It’s on the shorter side, has some interesting twists, and makes ...more
Wendy Terrien is, without a doubt, a talented writer. The writing, storyline, character development, all were impeccable.
And much to my delight, another fresh idea in the paranormal g ...more
The author has great command over the words; she has created an intrigue world which seems more realistic. The character of Jason, a fourteen year old kid is well portrayed. He dealt with many obstacles and finally embraced the truth, which destiny had decided for h ...more
This book was so interesting! I had no idea a job like cryptozoology even existed, but now I do and I loved reading about it. The premise of this book is so unique and the action gripped me from start to finish.
Jason as a protagonist was great as he felt like someone who wouldn't normally be the main character of a story. However, that just made me like him more as he felt so relatable.
I really enjoyed the fact that this book focuses so heavily on family and how this big tradition of b ...more