Author: David Owen
Genre: MG Fantasy
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 04/08/22
My rating: ★★★★★
I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Meet Alex Neptune, the boy with the power of the ocean in his hands – a brand-new hero for fans of Percy Jackson and Dragon Realm! For as long as Alex Neptune can remember, the ocean has been trying to kill him. So he’s not too happy when a bunch of sea creatures drag him to the abandoned aquarium on the hill, where an imprisoned water dragon needs his help. But how can he say no to a magical creature? Recruiting his tech-genius best friend Zoe, legend-lover Anil, a sharp-shooting octopus, three acrobatic otters and a thieving seagull, Alex plots a heist to break the dragon out. And suddenly discovers the power of the ocean at his fingertips…
Alex Neptune: Dragon Thief is the incredible debut middle grade from David Owen. Its the first installment and it is everything! It’s fun, action-packed and full of adventure, friendship and a water dragon! Who doesn’t love a good dragon book?! I definitely want otters and an octopus as friends, this was definitely a highlight of the book for me. Who wouldn’t want one?
Anyone who knows me will know how much I adore David Owen’s books and Alex Neptune is no exception. From the first page I was hooked and devoured it in one sitting whilst on the edge of my seat. Seriously, could not put it down! I was captivated by the legend of the Water Dragon, how Alex and his family are tied to the legend and how everyone worked together to save the water dragon. I don’t want to give too much away so I won’t go into detail about that. Environmentalism and sea pollution features throughout the book, I know some don’t like this. I loved it and think its an important issue to raise and the perfect setting to do so. This was everything I hoped it would be and then some. I’m beyond excited to find out what happens next!
Alex Neptune is full of adventure and fun from start to finish, I cannot recommend it enough. Also, if you haven’t checked out his YA books, you absolutely should!