Beginnings (The Nightmare Crew #1) by J.S. Frankel #mf #review @FinchBooks


Paul Wiseman, orphan and runaway, was looking for a family. He found one—and got a little more than he bargained for in the process.

Being an orphan is no fun. Having no friends isn’t much fun, either. When Paul Wiseman, seventeen, runs away from an orphanage to try his luck on the mean streets of New York, he finds himself trapped and almost beaten to death one night.

Rescued by a vampire named Angela, Paul goes to her small house in upstate New York where he meets her friends—Ooze, a sentient water being, Sandstorm, who uses his sandy body to blind his opponents, and CF—short for Cannon Fodder—a zombie.

The four of them become the Nightmare Crew—beings created by a scientist to fight against the lawless elements of the city. In joining them, Paul finds a family, friendship and maybe even love.

However, the company that allowed the creation of these beings wants them back, and they’ll stop at nothing to retrieve what they believe to be their property. It soon comes down to a battle between those born and those created…and it’s up to Paul to fight for the only family he’s ever known.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16A-nony-mouseTAG

One can never be sure what kind of book they’re going to read when they don’t know the author’s works. So you read the blurb and hope it lives up to itself. And sometimes, the book truly its it out of the park.

I absolutely LOVED this book. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.

Do you love comic books? Did you love the Batman television series in the 60s? Do you love stories with YA heroes who battle overwhelming odds? And do you love twists on paranormal concepts?

If you do, you’re going to love this book. On the hero side we’ve got Paul, frail human, 17, who has never had a home and has run away from a horrible orphanage where he’s lived for 7 years. Angela, a vampire creature made in a lab. Ooze, a water creature, Sandman, a sand creature, and CF, a zombie, all made from the same lab as Angela. On the evildoer side, we’ve got Sampson, Hand, and Finger who are after the good guys.

Who will win? With the evil dudes having weapons, money, and well, just plain evilness on their side, it’s difficult to tell at times.

And the ending? So not what I expected and soooooo has me scratching to read the next book.

I loved that, while this book sets up the series, the author really helped us to know each of the heroes. Their personalities truly came out and each one of their strengths and weaknesses became very apparent. And yet, the world building and getting to know the characters never slowed the book down. Not once. I read the book in one sitting. And that usually only happens in my favorite authors’ books. (Think I’ll have to look up Frankel and see what else he/she has written.)

I’m hooked on the Nightmare Crew and it’s only the Beginning.

5 stars!


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