Hey lovelies!! I’m back with Middle Grade Monday!!
Middle Grade Monday is a weekly post where I’m gonna talk about one MG book every monday. If you love MG books as much as I do, feel free to participate to spread the love of middle-grade books. You just have to choose one book that you’ve read or the one in your TBR and tell us a little bit about the book, and don’t forget to link back to me!
I just finished this book yesterday and I thought it’d be fun to share it with you all!
Risk-averse Greg Belmont is content with being ordinary. He’s got a friend–that’s right, just one–at his fancy prep school, and a pretty cool dad (even if he is obsessed with organic soaps that smell like a mix of salted pork and Icelandic bog). The problem is, Greg isn’t ordinary . . . he’s actually an honest-to-goodness, fantastical Dwarf!
He discovers the truth the day his dad brings home a gross new tea–one that awakens bizarre abilities in Greg. Then a murderous Bro-Troll kidnaps his dad and Greg is whisked away to the Underground, where Dwarves have lived for centuries right beneath the subways of Chicago.
With the help of some awesome new friends and a talking ax, Greg learns all about the history of the Dwarves, which has been marked with tales of epic failure since the dawn of time. However, the return of the magic they once wielded means big changes are afoot, escalating tensions with the Dwarves’ sworn enemy: the Elves.
It’s thursday, and it’s a bad day for Greg, he’s been attacked by a bear and chase by birds. Well he’s a Belmont afterall, his family has been cursed to have bad luck every thursday. But later he found out that the curse is not exactly a family curse, all dwarves has to suffer the same fate. That’s right, Greg Belmont is a dwarf. He didn’t know until his father is taken away by a mountain troll and he has to move to underground city of dwarves.
What I love most about this book is the characters, Greg, despite being a dwarf, is a very normal kid with normal teenager issues. He’s not afraid to stand up for something he believe is wrong, he’s not the bravest kid but he got a killer determination to keep going. He’s brutally honest (although it’s a very common trait for dwarves), and never let bullies drag him down. He’s such a funny and a really confident kid. The worldbuilding is a little off for me but I love the details about the Dwarves history! The pacing is on and off, the start is so good but I got bored in the middle of the book.
It’s a really fun read though, I laughed so hard at the jokes and the puns, and it’s quite adventurous! I might read the sequel!!