Book Review! The Starburst Juju by Monica Strang AND GIVEAWAY!!!


Ms. Strang has offered to give away a copy of her book to one lucky person (USA addresses only)! Read to the bottom to find out how to enter!

The Starburst Juju

By Monica Strang

278 pages – ages 12+

Published by Pants on Fire Press on January 3, 2014

15-year-old Pepper Jones was shocked. The Maddocks, aliens that are kidnapping the best of the best humans on Earth (the best architect, the best artist, the best scientist, etc.), just kidnapped her parents. Two ordinary, run-of-the-mill school teachers. So, what were they the best at? Pepper and her best friend Parker wondered that, until they were met by a human-like cat-looking man. He says his name is Ando and that he is a Popoki (not a cat!) and that he was a friend of her parents โ€“ brilliant inventors from an academy on a different planet! Pepper and Parker go to the academy and hatch a plan. They plan on how to save her parents by finding the Starburst Juju, a powerful alien stone that can help free her parents.ย  But Pepper and Parker are only two humans and they are up against an entire race of aliens.

This was a great story. I loved all of the cool gadgets, especially the Orico. I really want one – they are bracelets that can do a bunch of things at a command. I love that the book made me think about some things. For example the story says all planets that can support life are about the same size, same distance from their sun, same temperature range, etc. compared to Earth โ€“ I never thought about it like that. But I guess that only goes for life-forms like us but what if there are other types of life… okay getting off topic… Back to my point – I like books that make me think! ๐Ÿ™‚ The characters in the book were developed well. The aliens were fun to read about. I like Ando. He is really interesting, and I would love to spend a day with him. Pepper is a great character โ€“ smart, realistic, and nice. I also liked Parker. Heโ€™s a great friend to Pepper, and an immature normal teenage boy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think that this book is awesome, but I am slightly sad that this is a stand-alone novel. It ended well though. I think Ms. Strang closed it very nicely. Ms. Strang has a great writing style. I think this is another cross over type book – one that advanced MG readers will love as well as younger YA readers.

I give โ€œThe Starburst Jujuโ€ five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Watch the awesome book trailer!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!!!

To enter in the contest, all you need to do is comment and say that you want to win a copy of this great book (USA addresses only please)!

If you want to make it fun, name your favorite alien from any novel, TV Show, comic, movie, etc. For example, I would say “Superman” or “General Grievous”.

Next week my sister Josie will pick the winner from all of the names put in a hat! ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck and thanks for reading my blog!

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23 replies

  1. Sure, enter us in the giveaway. You sold us. :0) Favorite alien? Pea, of course.

  2. Interesting concept for a novel! It sounds good. And the trailer is great!

  3. Thanks for the great review, Erik! You might be a happy to know that Iโ€™m working on the second book for The Starburst Juju. ๐Ÿ™‚ Obviously, donโ€™t enter me in the drawing, but my favorite Alien is E.T. Heโ€™s somehow creepy and cute at the same time (not an easy feat), and he makes you fly (who doesn’t want to fly, right?).

  4. This sounds like a great book. I love books that make me think and books with awesome gadgets are always cool. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks! ET is my favorite alien. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I don’t read many books with aliens. But I know that a lot of kids like stories about aliens and this sounds like a pretty good mystery. Some aliens I have met kind of recently, and that I sometimes sleep with, would be Tomato and Pea!!

  6. OOooooo, love the trailer…AND the cover! I wouldn’t mind having this book in my possession! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks, Erik!

  7. Oooohhh Love the trailer. This story would make a great movie, huh? I am not normally into aliens but I really liked the sound of this. Very intense.

  8. Great trailer and great review, Erik! Can you tell me what about this book make it more suited to YA than MG readers?

    My favorite alien? The Tribbles from the original Stark Trek series. They were soooooo cute! Until they became troublesome, of course. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. An immature teenage boy? You have a good sense of humor. Doe Yoda count as an alien? If not, Tomatoes are cool, I mean Tomato is a cool character. I don’t much like peas. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Sometimes stand-alone novels are good. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great review, Erik.


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