Jan 28, 2014

Book Review: Class Heroes by Stephen Henning !!!


Introduction to the Class Heroes series

Class Heroes is a series of books aimed at teenagers and adults. It features teenage twins, James and Samantha Blake, who develop superpowers after their school bus is blown up in a supposed terrorist bombing.
The tag line for the series is:
“Today could be the day that your life changes forever.”


Title: A Class Apart [Class Heroes #1]
Author: Stephen Henning 
Published on: October 11, 2011
Publisher: Elucidox Ltd
Source: Review Copy

Synopsis:

Teenage twins James and Samantha Blake are caught up in a seemingly random terrorist bombing while on a school trip. Many of their friends are killed. When the twins wake up in hospital, their lives have changed forever.

The doctors are amazed at the speed with which James and Sam recover from their injuries and, when the twins begin to exhibit extraordinary powers, it is obvious that something incredible has happened.

As James and Sam attempt to overcome their fears and embrace their new abilities, a series of murders and disappearances start plaguing the hospital. The twins aren’t the only ones with special abilities and it becomes apparent that someone is coming for them.

Will James and Sam be able to survive the nightmare into which they have been plunged? Who, or what, is behind the murders at the hospital? And was that terrorist incident quite so random after all?


Title: What Happened In Witches Wood [Class Heroes #2]
Author: Stephen Henning 
Published on: January 26, 2013
Publisher: Elucidox Ltd
Source: Review Copy

Synopsis:



In 1987, 16-year-old Katie Blake died in mysterious circumstances in a stream in Witches Wood.
In 2009, a teenage couple enter the wood one hot, summer night and encounter her ghost.
In 2011, James and Samantha Blake are staying at their grandparents’ farmhouse, close to Witches Wood, while they come to terms with their new superpowers.

Those powers are soon put to the test. James comes face-to-face with the ghost of Katie Blake – his long-dead aunt – and discovers that she may be responsible for a number of grisly deaths that have occurred in the wood. Meanwhile, Sam foils an armed robbery in a nearby village and sets in motion a chain of terrible events that threatens the whole family.

Sir Michael Rosewood, owner of the world’s largest pharmaceutical firm, knows the secret of their superpowers and has taken a keen interest in the Blake family. But is he friend or foe?

My Thoughts:

Rating: 5 Stars

I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this books.

A fantastic read!!! Well that's the first thing that I would like to say about both the books. I'm reviewing both book 1 & 2 together because I read them one after the other and so I have a combined thought building up in my head regarding this part of the series as a whole. 

The mystery portion is awesome-sauce, seriously. I mean paranormal and mystery doesn't go together quite well and often the authors neglect one to focus on the other genre but this is not the case in here. Stephen mixed up both the genres in equal proportions and thus we get the spooky chills and thrills of a thick and suspenseful mystery as well as the superpowers that are the material of the paranormal genre.

After reading tons and tons of romance novels these books were like breathing in fresh air. The family bonding and the turmoils that often grasps the in-between relationship of the family members were portrayed so nicely that you would feel like you are having a real-life experience.

I loved the concept very much and the transformation in the main characters due to a terrorist bombing seemed a little more believable than getting your powers from vampire or werewolf bite and that wouldn't have fit in this plot as well.

Overall a great read and I would definitely recommend this to all and hope that you guys will love it. Enjoy guys!!!


Where can I find out more about the characters and the series?

I’m glad you asked! Start with the Class Heroes website.


On the site you’ll find:
·         Artwork of the main characters, created by renowned artist Andrew Skilleter.
·         A listing of the books in the series.
·         A profile on James and Samantha Blake.
·         The author’s biography and blog.


The Class Heroes novels feature the fictional news organization 24/7 Interactive News as part of the story-lines. In the opening scene of book 1, the main character, Samantha Blake, is reading a news story on the 24/7 website, about the events that she is caught up in - and so can the reader if they head for the site!
You’ll find news reports and videos that act as teasers and prequels for events in the books. http://www.247interactivenews.com/


The Facebook page with the latest news for the series. https://www.facebook.com/samjamblake

The Google + page with videos, photos and news for the series. https://plus.google.com/+Classheroes

Where can I buy the books?

The Class Heroes novels are available from Amazon. Below are the links to Amazon UK, but they are also available from all worldwide Amazon stores.


 



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1 comment:

  1. Thanks Satty. That was a really nice review.

    I'm delighted you enjoyed the books and I hope your readers will too.

    Stephen Henning

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