Headache Review & Giveaway!!

HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE (BELLYACHE, #2)HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE by Crystal Marcos
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hello everyone, Paul R. Hewlett here with my review of award-winning author Crystal Marcos’s book Headache. But first, I’d like to thank Kathy from I Am A Reader Not A Writer for hosting the Fall into Fantasy  Hop and Dorine at The Write Path for co-hosting it. I would also like to encourage everyone to check back for the upcoming Spooktacular Giveaway Hop October 24-31. All US & Canada residents be sure to enter to win an autographed paperback copy of Headache in the rafflecopter form below. Check out the other great giveaways on the family friendly blogs in the linky below too. If you can’t wait to see if you are a winner, feel free to click on the image to the left. It will take you to Amazon for purchase at Crystal’s special 99 cent pricing now through October 23rd!


Now onto the review! Peter has just returned from an amazing adventure, and things are now back to normal. Or are they? As Peter heads off to school for an uneventful day, he has no idea the Candonite children Joe and Angela have followed him to his home town, and they aren’t the only ones to show up! The adventure continues as the villain they thought they had escaped and hoped to never see again has come to their home town.

Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has done it again. Join Peter and Lina in this wonderful adventure. Filled with fantastic imagery and great characters, you’ll read page after page on the edge of your seat to find out how things turn out. Will Peter find the strength to save his friends and family? Will he be able to send Joe and Angela home and the villain back where he belongs? Entertaining and humorous, this wonderful story teaches a great lesson about friendship and standing up to face one’s fears.

I enjoyed Headache. I was very happy to read more of Peter’s adventures. The story, plot and dialogue is great for ages seven and up. Crystal Marcos has provided another super middle grade book.

What I liked most: I really, really like the main character Peter. I loved him in Bellyache and again in Headache. I also love Peter and Lina’s relationship. They are truly best friends. Peter is a great character, he is very courageous and brave, but also very much a young boy.  A great example is Peter’s fear that Lina’s little brother Henry will pull the heads off of his action figures. This happens right in the middle of a very tense moment, loosening things up and reminding us that Peter is still just a little boy. I also loved the exciting intro. The image of Joe and Angela creeping around in disguises is very amusing. I won’t give them away but I was quite amused picturing the disguises on the Candonite children. Ms. Marcos does a wonderful job of mixing in these light hearted moments to keep the readers entertained throughout the book. I also can’t stress the fantastic imagery enough. Lollipop tropical fish, gummy guppies, Mr. Maxwell the brilliant purple gumball Candonite, need I say more? Kids of all ages will love this.

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What missed just a bit: The only thing that I really felt missed a bit was the pace in the middle. I thought that the middle of the book with the peblars in town slowed down a little. The beginning and ending were very exciting and fun. There was nothing wrong with the middle section, I just kept waiting for a major revelation from Nana that would lead to an epic encounter with the peblars. I must add that I do not think that detracts from the story. I would also love to see illustrations to go along with the great imagery. 
Overall: Another great middle grade book from award-winning author Crystal Marcos. Headache picks up right where Bellyache left off. It is a wonderful book that will entertain, amuse, and teach valuable lessons about friendship and overcoming one’s fears. Headache should be added to every family’s bookshelf. I think it is appropriate for ages seven and up, either for them to read alone or as a read aloud with their parents. I, for one, am hoping that Ms. Marcos has another delicious tale in store for us in the near future. Make sure to enter to win an autographed copy of Headache and leave a comment below. Also, don’t forget you can take advantage of Crystal’s special 99 cent pricing of Headache now through October 23rd if you just can’t wait until the promotion is over to read it!

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  1. Thanks for sharing. I do like hearing about books that teach about friendship and overcoming fears.

  2. Hi Cynthia,
    Great to see you again. I hope all is well with you:) It is a super book that does a great job of teaching about friendship and overcoming fears. I love Peter and the rest of the cast of characters too. Have a great day!

    Paul R. Hewlett

  3. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my book. So happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! =)

    • You’re welcome Crystal! Thanks for writing such a great book! I love Peter and his adventures and can’t wait for more. I hope that this becomes a fixture in every families libraries. I can’t wait for your YA book:)

      Paul R. Hewlett

  4. I know I missed this giveaway- but just wanted to say thanks for the review. This book sounds fantastic! I love that Peter is such a good character and that there is a strong friendship. Can’t wait to start this series.

    • Your welcome Jess! It is a fantastic book, Crystal is a wonderful storyteller & I love Peter. I highly recommend both. Great to hear from you again. I hope all is well:) Oh, and if you’re looking to win Crystal’s books and other GREAT prizes stop by her giveaway that starts 1 Nov. Here’s the link: http://crystalmarcos.com/giveaway.html

      Paul R. Hewlett

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