Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Momotaro, #1) by Margaret Dilloway, Choong Yoon (Illustrator)

xanderTJ Burns — March 18, 2016


I was thoroughly entertained throughout this entire book.

I love the story of an unlikely hero – and I can’t imagine a more unlikely hero than Xander (at least in the way he has presented himself to us).

Some of Xander’s shortcomings certainly have their origins in typical pre-teen insecurities, but as he compares himself to his classmates, Xander comes out lacking – in almost every field.

I loved the dynamics between Xander and Peyton. Peyton, the athletic, good-looking, polite best friend is destined now to take the role of “side-kick” or “bodyguard,” depending on who’s describing it. 😉 Then add Jinx to the equation, who Peyton rightfully mistrusts, and we have a witty, entertaining threesome, who seem unlikely to be able to save the world.

Action-packed, with clever dialogue, and impressive character growth, I can highly recommend Xander to not only middle-grade, but to young adult and adult readers as well.

Published April 5th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



You can find this book at:

Amazon: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Momotaro #1)

Barnes & Noble:

Teen and Young Adult Books at Amazon

Science Fiction and Fantasy Books at Amazon

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