XGeneration Cry Little Sister

Brad Magnarella Strikes Again with Cry Little Sister

Scooby Doo was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid.  Maybe one of my favorite aspects of the show was that it always ended up that there was a perfectly normal explanation for the supernatural mysteries in the end.  The villain would always be unmasked and revealed for what he or she was — not a vampire, zombie, ghost, or reanimated mummy, but just an ordinary person with nefarious intentions.  I found it reassuring as a kid, somehow, to know that there were always reasonable explanations for the things that went bump in the night.

Enter Cry Little Sister by Brad MagnarellaXGeneration Cry Little Sister

I just finished reading XGeneration: Cry Little Sister (XGeneration Series) by Brad Magnarella (by which I mean JUST finished it, like 10 minutes ago), and the best way I can think to describe it to you is:  It’s a Scooby Doo tale.

It’s a perfect, stand-alone mystery novel for people who grew up in the ’80s and enjoy stories that remind them of 1980s cartoons, movies (the book’s title is a shout-out to Lost Boys), and, of course, the X-Men.  (For my review of Brad’s XGeneration series, click here.)  It feels almost exactly like an old Scooby Doo show, complete with supernatural red herrings, zany, misconceived theories, and a final show-down with the bad guys that yields some surprising information at the very end.

Sadly, no one says, “And I would’ve gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids,” at the end, BUT, it does provide some intriguing tie-ins and new information about the main XGeneration storyline.

It’s Not Quite Perfect

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Cry Little Sister.  I thought it was great.  I would recommend it to anyone who likes Brad Magnarella’s other books.  Nevertheless, I didn’t like it quite as much as I like the other XGeneration stories.  I can’t say exactly why… Maybe it’s because I’m not a huge mystery fan, and this book definitely reads like a mystery.  But there were also some other, little things I noticed about the book — picky, snobby writer things — that interrupted the rhythm of my reading.  So I’m not going to give it a full five stars.  Four and a half, though.  Maybe four-point-seven.  😉

Good job, Brad, and keep them coming!

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