All Hallows Eve Vs. Fantômas Books 1 and 2 by David Eveleigh

29 Apr

allhallowsevefantomAll Hallows Eve Vs. Fantômas Book I: The Spectre Of Crime

By David Eveleigh

Published: Oct. 22, 2012

Words: 10,525 – ages 9+

All Hallows Eve is a comic book super-heroine that I love reading about (check out my review of All Hallows Eve HERE and All Hallows Eve Face the Music HERE).  The books in the Fantômas series are written like a serial adventure, so you have to wait for the next book to continue the story. The books are actually novellas, not typical comic books, but they are packed with lots of comic book action. I am reviewing the first two in the series, because that’s all there is so far.

In All Hallows Eve Vs. Fantômas: The Spectre of Crime, Eve was being attacked by a tough voodoo doll-like villain named Zepingles, only to learn it was a diversion after she defeated it. When Eve got to the scene of the true crime she finds out that  the evil Fantômas has attacked Professor Steiner to get blueprints for a special machine that Fantômas wants for evil purposes. Fantômas is the legendary super-villain who always wins. Eve has never been up against such a powerful enemy!

**Just a cool note – the character Fantômas was a very popular French comic book super villain from back in the early 1900s and Mr. Eveleigh brought him back. 🙂

English: A poster for the first Fantomas film,...

English: A poster for the first Fantomas film, Fantômas (1913) by Louis Feuillade, produced by Gaumont studios. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

allhallowsevefantom2All Hallows Eve Vs. Fantomas Book II: The Woman In White

By David Eveleigh

Published: Feb. 08, 2013

Words: 17,581 – ages 9+

When Eve and her best friend Samantha take a young girl (the granddaughter of Professor Steiner) Trick-or-Treating, they visit a house. Well, not just any house but THE BEST  place for a Trick-or-Treater to go to on Halloween! Mrs. Calderon A.K.A. Mrs. Cauldron goes over-the-top every year for Halloween!!! When the friends get there, THEY are the ones tricked, not treated! Fantômas shows up at that house and what’s worse, the kids find out Mrs. Cauldron isn’t the real Mrs. Cauldron! The real Mrs. Cauldron is being held captive by Fantômas. The imposter hypnotized the kids so that they couldn’t open their eyes or move a muscle.  That isn’t even the surprise! The surprise is… Mrs. Calderon, A.K.A. Mrs. Cauldron, A.K.A. the Woman In White is literally Eve’s evil twin! AND, the adventure isn’t over yet!!!

I think Eve is an awesome superhero. It’s cool that she’s a teen-girl superhero because there aren’t a lot of them (the Cassidy Jones series is another one of my favorite series with a teen-girl superhero). The series is written well for kids because there’s no bad language and the violence in it is comic book style and mild. The action described in the stories is exciting and the plot is also exciting and unpredictable (I never saw the evil twin sister thing coming!). I like that in book 2 of the series Mr. Eveleigh has a strong message about saying no to drugs and how bad drugs are. It is a good message for kids.  The fact that the books are pretty short and very exciting makes them great for kids who may be reluctant readers.

Five out of five book worms for the All Hallows Eve Vs. Fantômas series! fivebooks

You can find the All Hallows Eve books at Barnes and Noble (HERE) and Smashwords (HERE).

Check out what Eve thinks of me: 😉

For Erik

18 Responses to “All Hallows Eve Vs. Fantômas Books 1 and 2 by David Eveleigh”

  1. Angela Brown April 29, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    It’s cool that they follow a serial formula. Adds to the anticipation for the next installment. Great review Erik 🙂

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  2. Patricia Tilton April 29, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Great reviews Erik! I just didn’t realize how many kids read comic books. Now, there are novellas. Cool!

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  3. ontheplumtree April 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Comic Books are evolving…I love this style. They never go out of fashion. You are cool, Erik, The caption was right.

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  4. patientdreamer April 29, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Great Review, full of action pack, “ka-pow!” I grew up around comic books, mostly my brother read them. So glad kids are into novels more these days.

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  5. David Eveleigh April 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Thank you again Erik for another wonderful review 🙂 Hopefully I can get book 3 finished in the not too distant future.

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  6. Barbara April 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    That sounds like a really fun book!!

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  7. Joanna April 30, 2013 at 4:36 am #

    Loved reading the history about the Fantômas, Erik. Eve sounds like a cool superhero!

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  8. PragmaticMom May 1, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    These look great. I’m excited about graphic novels-turned-novellas!

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  9. Myra GB May 19, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    I am enjoying the thin boundaries between novellas, graphic novels, comics and picture books – so interesting playing around with them. These two titles sound like they’re jampacked with action and adventure! 🙂

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