This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Randall Floyd. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Remnant by Randall Floyd
Series: Mythic #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release Date: November 15, 2017
Publisher: Independently Published
Source: Author, Randall Floyd
Purchase at: Amazon
A set of mysterious fossils. A fierce struggle between two magical forces. Can a normal high school kid win the day?
James Peters was just an average high school kid, finishing up an average year of high school, getting ready for an average summer break. But on his last day of school, things get strange.
In a maelstrom of crazy coincidences, James runs into a girl with special powers and an odd agenda. the only person present when his father died years prior suddenly shows up, and some mysterious "dinosaur" bones are delivered to the museum he works at.
As James tries to process everything, he finds himself in the middle of a fight between some very magical beings ... a fight that could end up killing him.
Remnant is the first book in the action-packed Mythic Beasts series. If you like YA/Teen fantasy, magic, mythical creatures, and witty characters, you'll love this book by Randall Floyd.
Join James as he tries to uncover the truth about his father's mysterious death, who the good guys and bad guys are, and why those dinosaur bones look an awful lot like the bones of a mythical creature he'd heard of in his history class.
In the story Remnant, high schooler James Peter is looking forward to starting summer vacation; no teachers, no homework assignments, and no responsibilities beyond his job at the museum. A job that James happens to actually enjoy. On the last day of school, he ran into the new girl at school and she seemed very nice even if she was in an older grade. He was also hoping that he could spend some time with her during the summer. Things were definitely looking up for James but little did he know that his entire world was going to flip on its axis due to some mysterious bones that were being delivered to his place of work.
When James came to work, the museum curator wanted him to see what she had acquired and was curious to see what he thought about her personal acquisition. James immediately knew that there was something weird going on with the bones that had been brought in. They looked similar to a Protoceratops but yet not, and despite his questions about why they were there in the shape they were in, he was not able to get a straight answer. What he did not understand was why the bones were at the museum in the first place. He knew enough about archaeology to know that they should still be at the dig site but there was nothing he could say that would make the adults answer his questions.
Determined to get some answers James devised a plan to infiltrate the museum and get a better look at the bones himself. While he was gathering what he needed to put his plan into place James ran into Annie, the girl he had met at school the other day. Annie said that she was interested in what the museum had to offer but her questions seemed to be more along the line of gathering intel. James soon realized that there was more to Annie than met the eye and that the bones he wanted to know more about came with their own perilous consequences. Together James and Annie would have to prevent the bad guys from getting their hands on the bones, during which James would also learn something about himself too.
Remnant is the kind of book that I can see young readers getting very excited over. James is a likable character who has suffered a tragic loss and is very smart in archeology. He stumbled across a conspiracy in addition to some wrong doings that were taking place at the museum and he feels the need to solve the mysteries circling around him, these qualities would appeal to young adult readers for sure. Also, Annie was a strong character who could have had a role in Mission Impossible, which I liked very much. They make quite the duo and the mystery element is quite intriguing, what is it about the bones that makes them so special?! What would have helped the story would have been a greater explanation of how the mysterious powers that seemed to part of the characters came to be and to have some deeper character development for the players in the story. Overall, Remnant was a quick read that had a great grab factor from the start!
*Thank you to Author Randall Floyd for this complimentary copy of Remnants*