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Del Toro Moon

(Del Toro Tales #1)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  53 reviews
“Ride hard, swing hard, and take out as many of those creepy critters as you can.”

Twelve year old Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in his family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying wolf-like monsters, known as skinners. Now, with those creatures multiplying, both in number and ferocity, Matt must saddle up and match his father’s skills at monster wh
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Owl Hollow Press
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Bruna Miranda
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
**I received this ARC from NetGalley and Owl Hollow Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

I picked up this ARC because I'm a huge fan of Risa Rodil's covers and middle grades have been one of my favourite genres in the past year. Del Toro Moon is about family and adventure. Matt is a 12 yo boy whose family is descendent from knights sworn to protect the world from evil creatures. Partnered with a special breed of talking Andalusian warhoses, and carrying maces (yep, that medie
Darby Karchut
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Writing this book was a whoop and a hoot to write.
Kelly Hager
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Darby Karchut's for years, and every book seems to get better. This is her best yet. It's laugh-out-loud funny but there's also a ton of suspense and a surprising amount of sweetness. Darby ALSO continues to perfectly capture how it feels to want to be taken seriously, to be seen as better than you currently are---to be judged by your potential and not as much your current ability level. (I think these things are universal, and not gender-specific.)

She also continues to show p
Erin *BookDragon_Library*
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Full of adventure, magic, talking horses, modern day knights, horrendous-looking, evil creatures, archaeological digs….  while lightly touching on the serious subjects of death of a loved one, being the odd one out, and prejudices against those we see as different, this fun, galloping adventure is told from the slightly humorous voice of 12-year-old Matt Del Toro. Set in Colorado’s southwest at the base of the mountains,
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
TW: animal death

For centuries, the Del Toro family has been set to protect and control the skinner, wolf-like creatures, population. As they are starting to increase in population and ferocity, Matt is set to help his family control the skinners. Matt has to learn how to properly ride and slay these monsters with the help of his best friend, El Cid, his horse.

Del Toro Moon really focuses on the family aspect which could arguably be the biggest part of this story line. The relationship between M
Nicole ✧
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-aug-18, arc-read
Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Del Toro Moon is one of those middle-grade books that readers of all ages will enjoy. It's got an exciting story complete with action, peril, and family bonding. Oh, and talking horses. This book was so fun to read, and I'd even read it again.

I loved Del Toro Moon because of its main theme of putting your family first. The main character, Matt, fights against the monstrous skinners with his father, brother, and trusted horse, El Cid.
Beck Rodgers
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fast moving, action packed story of the Del Toro Family, a magical family that works to defend the local community against ancient monsters escaping from the maze, with the help of their talking horses. When an archaeological dig discovers the source of these monsters, the Del Toro's and their horses come together to prevent disaster occurring.

What really drew me in was the relationships between all the characters, but particularly the relationship between the youngest member of the fa
Cynthia Parkhill
For 500 years, generations of Del Toros have safeguarded a coffer containing an ancient evil, hidden in the El Laberinto Wilderness Area. As Del Toro Moon opens, young Mateo is embarking on his first hunt with his father, Francis Javier Del Toro, and their warhorses, El Cid and Turk.

Del Toro Moon was a quickly-paced and entertaining read, very much a coming-of-age story. I would recommend it for young readers who enjoy mythology- and legend-based fantasy. Complete review at http://cynthiaparkhi
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
If you enjoy the writings of Darby Karchut, do not miss this book. There's a lot going on in the book to keep the reader entertained. Things are organized very well and it is not hard to follow along with the story. This is truly a book for everyone.

I received the ebook from NetGalley for my honest review.
Olivia Swenson
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book twice and cried both times. I just love Matt and want to be best friends with him. Such real family dynamics--loving so hard you fight. Beautiful.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Del Toro Moon is an action-packed story with plenty of scenes where Matt and his family are slinging their mace, striking down the skinners causing them to vanish in thin air. And boy were the skinners creepy, this description is pretty accurate, creatures that look like "a bloodied, fresh-skinned carcass." Not something you'd want to come up against in the desert. I really liked Matt, he wants his father and brother to take him seriously and despite being new to the task of hunting skinners, he ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC!

The cover and blurb about this book had me interested, and I was in the market for something to read. I was not disappointed! This tale of modern-day knights is new and fresh, and I loved the blend of the medieval myths that form the family history and the Hispanic culture that built the world for this book. If you love contemporary middle grade fantasy, but are looking for something different from what you've seen before, this is the right book for you.

Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly wonderful story by Darby Karchut and believe me, this might be a middle-grade title but I have no doubt people of all ages can read and love this book! There's lots of action, laughs, adventure, a beautifully written father-son relationship; you'll finish this story with a smile and wanting to read more!

The main character Matt and his family come from a line of the caballeros arriving from Spain with the mission of destroying monsters, known as skinners; to do that they have their trusty
Alexis Drake
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do you know what I love in a book? Talking animals, maybe a little sassy too, and friendship between humans and animals. And nerd quotes.
I must confess I wasn't very interested for the first 2/3 chapters. We are transported directly in the plot, without a lot of informations. Then suddenly we read of this amazing friendship between caballeros and war-horses, expecially between Matt and El Cid.
So, everytime El Cid speak, I fell in love more and more with the characters and the story.
Del Toro
Nick Garlick
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story contains enough fighting with slimy, tooth-packed creatures from the desert depths to satisfy any action-loving 8-13 year old (girl OR boy). And it builds to a genuinely rousing climax. But what makes it special is that the Del Toro family are aided in their centuries-old struggle by Andalusian war horses. Who can talk.

This might sound too Disney-cute for words. It isn’t. Turk is cocky and aggressive. Izzy won’t be ignored just because she’s a ‘girl’. And El Cid possesses a gravitas
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Darby Karchut has written a fast-paced, diverse, heart-felt, and slightly creepy middle great, I mean grade, novel. Matt Del Toro and his family are descendants of skinner-slicing Spanish knights. Their duty and passion is to is to protect the citizens of Southwest Colorado from the zombie-like creatures in the Maze. While the dynamics between the father and his two sons are not always picture perfect, they are real and honest and represent the true realities of parent/child/sibling relationship ...more
Donnell Bell
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They're Kids and They Still Believe, and after reading Del Toro Moon, So Do I

There aren't enough pages for me to express how much I loved this book. Every pre-teen, /teen/ heck, I'm well over that age, so let's go with anyone who loves young adult, fantasy and adventure, should pick up this book.

Darby Karchut understands junior high school mentality. Her excellent writing and ability to get inside the heads of young minds and keep them invested, outstanding. Matt Del Toro is a typical twelve ye
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, I selected this book because I like the cover art and because of the Spanish words in the title. I kept reading it because I liked the story- which is saying a lot because I don’t usually enjoy fantasy books about slaying monsters.
Del Toro Moon is a the story of a family of modern day cabelleros living in the Midwest. Our protagonist, 12 year old Matt, feels completely unprepared for his first battle with the skinners- vile, ferocious, wolf-like creatures that dine on humans. Howeve
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut was amazing. This current knight’s tale of Matt, his horse El Cid, and his family the Del Torros has it all: adventure, danger, romance, comedy, a beautiful setting, and complex characters. I was a little slow to warm up to the story but once it caught me I couldn't read it fast enough; I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Matt and his family have monsters in their backyard that they’re responsible for getting rid of and protecting the rest of society fr ...more
Southern Today Gone Tomorrow
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Del Toro Moon, written by Darby Karchut, opens up fast and is a great balance between action and details (by which I mean explanation.) This novel follows the Del Toros' and their War Horses, some talking horses, as they hunt the skinners.
I do not normally read middle-grade novels, but this one was just fantastical enough that I wanted to give it a shot. I wasn't disappointed. Well written, I think this is a novel that is good for kids to get a feel for how novels written for older folks are lai
Laura Resau
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this wildly original, pulse-pounding tale of a boy carrying on his family’s legacy of protecting their rural community from bloodthirsty, supernatural skinners. Medieval Spanish myth meets the Hispanic culture of rugged southern Colorado to create a captivating story of modern-day knights. I was enthralled by the talking warhorses, who I adored as much as the multi-layered and brave human characters. The relationships among family and friends (both human and equine) were deeply moving, w ...more
M.G. Velasco
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not every family's perfect, not even the descendents of monster-hunting old world knights and their talking war horses.

DEL TORO MOON is a tale of family and duty. The strength of the story are the characters, even the Andalusian horses, who are as close to family as any blood relative. The family dynamics and characterizations add heaps of tension and humor.

Danger abound, there's plenty of monster-hunting, hard-riding action. Readers won't find a dull moment in this modern day, heroic adventure.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Action-packed, earnest, and sometimes even laugh-out-loud funny, DEL TORO MOON is a wonderful middle grade novel with a lovable 12-year-old protagonist and an endearing cast of supporting characters (some human, some equine). I eagerly await the sequel!
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pre-2020-read
I have been sitting on this review for a very long time. Mainly because I wanted to do something other than rave and gush about this book. Anything that Karchut writes is definitely worth raving and gushing about. But, it tends to be less of a review at that point. If you have been with me for a while. you already know what I think about her as a person, and her works. So what can I tell you that you have not heard before? Not much.

Don’t get me wrong. She is not telling that same old story over
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: daisy, tobias-2020
This is one of the books I was made aware of by a fellow Bookstagrammer. It’s one of those things I like most about that community. Book recommendations, finding books I would otherwise never have had on my radar. “Del Toro Moon” is one of those books.

“Del Toro Moon” is just the kind of Middlegrade book I love. It has an interesting premise and a variety of characters who I loved to get to know.

Some of them include the protagonist Matt who is just kinda starting out in the “family business”, Izz
Beverly McClure
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What do you do when you read a book that you don’t want to end, but it does, of course? I’ll tell you what I just did. I was enjoying the story so much, I was not ready to let go of it. So, I did the logical thing and read it again. I’m happy, happy I did because I grew even closer to the characters and their lives and the way each of them faced a situation in his or her own way. What am I talking about? Multi-award-winning author Darby Karchut’s latest novel, DEL TORO MOON, a story that took me ...more
Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut
Source: ARC from author
My Rating: 5/5 stars

I often find it difficult to write reviews for books I have truly loved, those books which go a bit further, dig a bit deeper into my book-loving soul. I’m not ever certain I adequately convey to the review reader exactly how much I enjoyed the book, what about the book so greatly touched me, and why it will always hold a place in my heart. With that being said, know that Darby Karchut’s Del Toro Moon is one of those books
Jenny (ofproseandspells)
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-e-arcs
An adventurous tale filled with magic, evil ancient monsters, modern day knights with maces and talking horses. Del Toro Moon will take its readers to an entertaining story with the touch of legends and myths, friendship, and family relationship.

The story follows a 12-year-old Matt Del Toro. He starts his training for their "old family business" which is destroying "skinners" wolf-like creatures who eat human flesh. When a group of paleontologists started an archaeological excavation on the maze
Del Toro Moon is a great addition to any middle grade book collection. Full of adventure, danger, and family connections, the pace never stops, even in the quiet moments who feel an underlying urgency because of the nature of what the Del Toro family does: kills monsters.

While I believe both girls and boys would enjoy this book, it is definitely slanted toward boys, and that's totally awesome! We need more books to entice boys back into reading, and to open them to the wide world of books out th
Kathy Martin
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Karchut ventures into a new mythology in this new middle grade novel. Matt is the descendant of one of the caballeros sent from Spain in the 1600s with chests of monsters to disperse through the New World and then keep them from causing trouble. They didn't come alone. They brought along companions - Andalusian horses with the ability to speak.

Matt is twelve and just going on his first hunt for the "skinners" his family hunts. He's nervous and frightened that he's going to mess up but his frien
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Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, former middle school teacher, and compulsive dawn greeter. A native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words.
Her books include DEL TORO MOON (Colorado Book Award Winner-Juvenile Literature) and its sequel

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