Stefanie's outpacing me with reviews, but summer break is almost here for me. In the spirit of that, I tried to find a good book/series that everyone could read over the summer. James Patterson's Daniel X series has been around for a while, but he keeps churning out new novels in the series and even some graphic novel versions. I was wrong. Not only was the plot not that good, but it seemed like a giant infomercial for 1000 different products/movies/TV shows/games, with on average one pop culture reference per page.
Title: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X, Book 1
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication Date: July 21, 2008
AR Levels: Book Level--4.6; Interest Level--6th+; Points--5.0
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2235597.The_Dangerous_Days_of_Daniel_X
In a nutshell: Unlike most residents of Earth, Daniel X is a hunter of evil aliens, despite originally being from another planet himself. After the murder of his parents, he must step up and take on their role as alien hunters. He has a priority list of who he must take out, but he really wants to find Ergent Seth, the one who killed his family. Along the way, there are bumps in the road, UFO rides, trips to home planets, etc. Basically, this book has the concept of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the content and maturity level of Men in Black.
I'd recommend it to grades: From what I can tell, this book was written for middle grades and higher; however, I think this one could go even as low as 4th grade.
I'd recommend it to: I don't really know who I'd recommend this to, mainly because I don't want to recommend it.
What I liked most about this book: Not going to lie, I was glad when this one ended. There were occasional funny moments, but they were usually out of place.
Single favorite moment (without getting spoiler-y): Daniel's grandmother offered some comic relief.
Star rating (where 5 stars is awesome and 0 stars is atrocious): 1 star