Monday, April 8, 2013

Review: Crap Kingdom by DC Pierson


Crap Kingdom by DC Pierson

Review by Lauren

copy sent for review, but all opinions are our own

Official Summary:

THE CHOSEN ONE MUST BE RETRIEVED FROM EARTH

HE WILL BRING DOWN THE WALL AND RESTORE THE KINGDOM TO GLORY

HIS NAME IS TOM PARKING

With this mysterious yet oddly ordinary-looking prophecy, Tom's fate is sealed: he's been plucked from his life and whisked away to a magical kingdom to be its Chosen One.

There's just one problem: The kingdom is mostly made of garbage from Earth. Okay, well, two problems: the king hates Tom. Also, the princess likes to wear fake mustaches. And being Chosen One seems to consist mainly of cleaning out rats' noses at the Royal Rat-Snottery.

So, basically, the kingdom sucks.

When Tom turns down the job of Chosen One, he thinks he's making a smart decision. But when Tom discovers he's been replaced by his best friend Kyle, who's always been cooler, more athletic, and better with girls, Tom wants Crap Kingdom back—at any cost. And the hilarity that ensues will determine the fate of the universe.

Review: Crap Kingdom is anything but crap! It's an amusing book that is sure to please either gender, which is always a plus when it comes to YA.

Tom Parking has always wished there was another world out there; particularly one where he could be the hero. When he finally gets his chance to be the Chosen One of an unnamed kingdom (Tom dubs it Crap Kingdom...because, well, he thinks it's crap), it's not at all what he imagined. Being the Chosen One doesn't seem to be an honor and the King would be quite happy if Tom returned to his own world.

Of course, once Tom turns down his Chosen One title, he realizes that he might have missed out on something great. Though to be fair...his best friend Kyle seems to get a way better deal than Tom was offered in Crap Kingdom.

Regardless, Crap Kingdom needs Tom and Kyle, whether they want to admit it or not and the two boys find themselves in the life-and-death situations they could only ever imagine before!

Like I said in the beginning, Crap Kingdom is definitely not a crap book and I highly enjoyed reading about Tom, the kingdom, and Tom's "real" life on Earth. Pierson is a clever writer, sure to amuse and entertain readers as they learn all about this imagined world and everything it contains.

On a basic level, Crap Kingdom might seem suitable for a slightly younger audience (minus the word Crap, if that bothers you), but it's definitely a teen novel. There is mention of kissing, possible sex, etc. but nothing graphic or too intense. I think it would be a great title for boys that don't read often.

The end of Crap Kingdom wraps up enough, yet leaves it open for more adventures, and I certainly hope there will be!

12 comments:

LM Preston said...

Oh this looks like its right up my alley! Thanks for sharing.

bermudaonion said...

That sounds like so much fun!

Sam said...

Well this definitely sounds entertaining... and that comes across in the cover, too! I'm sure I've seen it around a few times though it firmly has my attention now. Great review! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. :)

Erika said...

This sounds like such a great book for a laugh. And I love that it can be enjoyed by either gender! :)

Bookworm1858 said...

Sounds like fun-I am always on the lookout for humorous stories because I think there are too many dark and melodramatic YA books.

Brandi Kosiner said...

Glad it was amusing and anythign but crap.
Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Giselle said...

Bahaha omg this cover is awesome! i hadn't heard of this book before it sounds pretty entertaining with lots of humor which is great!!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Now this is something I wouldn't have thought I would enjoy. Now you have me rethinking it. I'm glad it's not crap! LOL Sounds like a good humor book!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Ha, this book sounds kind of awesome.

Vegan YA Nerds said...

This does sound fun and it's always a plus when a book can appeal to both boys and girls!

....Petty Witter said...

Sounds like the kind of fun read I could do with at the moment, thanks for recommending it.

Aylee said...

Besides the fact that the words "crap kingdom" conjure up some pretty unpleasant images in my mind, this one sounds pretty good. Even though it might be aimed more towards boys, I could still see myself enjoying it! Nicely reviewed, Lauren!


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