Sunday, September 8, 2013

Review - Curse of the Broomstaff by Tyler Whitesides

A secret society of Janitors with wizard-like powers continue their battle, and now, the stakes are even higher.

The Bureau of Educational Maintenance is after Alan Zumbro and this time they mean business—deadly business. Spencer, Daisy, and their little team of rebels must find the source of all magical Glop and destroy it before it can destroy the world as we know it. No small task with the BEM and their monster toxites at their heels. It’s a wild and dangerous ride as they follow the trail of clues all the way to the hiding place of the mysterious aurans: guardians of a secret landfill. What they discover there will change the way Spencer sees himself, not to mention the fate of the rebels.

Review by: Scott

4 stars

Curse of the Broomstaff is the third book in the Janitors series. Primarily following Spencer, Daisy, Penny, and Walter there are a few new characters as well. The dump truck was a perfect vehicle for the gang to be driving around in, and the driver was a great addition to the team.

Once again this book involves new varieties of bad guys and the glopified weapons that they are using to try to bring education almost to a halt. And again Walter has used his status as a Warlock to create some new weapons for the rebels to use against the BEM.

This book really brings a lot of the history of the BEM and the fight against Toxites out of the darkness and into the forefront of the story. There is all kind of information about the founding witches and quite a bit of new stuff is revealed about Spencer's strange abilities. The landfill that a lot of the book takes place in is a pretty incredible place, with some fantastic creatures. The garbage monsters were a particularly strong addition. I also enjoyed how Daisy uses her unique world view to do something that no one knew was possible. She just couldn't bow down to the normal method of dealing with the monsters because it wasn't in her and something great happened instead.

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