Evertaster: The Delicious City, by Adam Glendon Sidwell
2016, 275p, Middle-Grade Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy via I Am a Reader, which did not affect my review in any way
Ever since he took a bite of a legendary dessert last summer, twelve-year-old Guster Johnsonville has never been the same. In fact, when a strange little man dressed as a conquistador comes clattering into the barn at the back of the Johnsonville farmhouse one afternoon, he forces Guster to face the truth: Guster is now the most delicious thing in the whole world, and a terrible monster is coming to eat him.
The monster is one of the Yummies—a pack of horrible, ferocious creatures with an appetite for sweets. What other choice do Guster, Zeke, and Mariah have than to run away from home to escape the mysterious beast?
On the run in a far corner of the world, Guster and his siblings discover a secret settlement known as the Delicious City. Now, with the Yummies hot on their trail and the Delicious City’s Mayor determined to feed Guster to the beasts, Guster must embrace his talents as an Evertaster if he’s going to save the city from collapsing and get his family out alive.
I read the first book in this series with my children and we all loved it so we were excited to hear about this book! We read it together and loved this one as well! Guster's last adventure set some things into motion and now, almost a year later, it's time to deal with what's happening. He learns that a monster named Yummy is after him since he is now the most delicious thing in the world. He sets off with his brother, Zeke, and sister, Mariah, to keep the rest of his family safe.
There's so much to love about this book! The characters are fantastic. There's humor in their names and mannerisms and they are fun to get to know. They also need to figure out who they can trust if they want to get out of some sticky situations. The location is creative--there's an entire city that is hard to find and so different than what they are used to.
This is the second book in this series and probably won't work too well as a standalone since there are lots of references to what happened in the past. I loved that there were characters from the first book that made appearances in this one. I love how the entire family is involved in Guster's story. There's definitely more story to be told so I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
“Fast paced and full of heart! I gobbled up every word of this book buffet!” –Frank L. Cole Author of The Afterlife Academy
"The perfect recipe for edge-of-your-seat action!" --Peggy Eddleman, author of Sky Jumpers
In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed adjectives.
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