Review: Lucas Ryan Versus: The Hive by Madison Daniel


Lucas Ryan Versus: The Hive
by Madison Daniel
Series: Lucas Ryan Versus #1
Publication date: June 29th 2013
Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure
Category: YA
Source: ARC provided by author
in exchange for an honest review.

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A day in the life of the world’s newest hero.

Video games. Homework. High school. Bullies. Detention. Crushes. Secrets. Other dimensions. Monsters. Super powers.

The end of the world.

Lucas Ryan is on the edge of an epic journey. One that will test his friendships, reveal a hidden secret and challenge his young heart. Prepare yourself for an adventure wrapped in music, imagination and sacrifice.

You will believe!

Newest series from YA author, Madison Daniel.


My Thoughts

Lucas Ryan Versus is told from Lucas Ryan’s POV. It starts off with a seriously intense action scene and I thought, “Whoa, OK.. let’s just dive right in, shall we!” As the story began to unfold I learned that Lucas Ryan has an awesome group of friends, and has totally been crushing on this girl, Olivia, for several years, but has never had the cojones to speak to her. He does, however, manage to get himself into loads of trouble in school with his defiant little mouth. He lands himself a trip to the principal’s office, and while waiting to be handed his own rear end, he notices a strange item on the floor. Something about it calls to him, literally, and he can’t stop himself from picking it up. Strangely enough, once it’s in his hand, he can’t seem to let go of it. What he doesn’t know is that the strange piece of whatever-it-is will soon change his life, and the lives of everyone around him, including Olivia’s. Let the crazy sci-fi adventure begin!

Wow. Just, wow. My mind is seriously blown and I’m pretty sure it’s going to take some time to put the pieces back together. Yep.. I can now say, with some degree of certainty, that I understand what Humpty Dumpty must have felt like.


This is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of reading a book by Madison Daniel, and I don’t think I’ll ever be the same again. He is one crazy, imaginative son of a *cough, cough.* The storyline could quite easily be mistaken for an act of God raining down upon the world, apocalypse-style. Lucas Ryan Versus packs a major punch from page one. The reader is immediately thrown into the action. The world-building in this story is just un-freaking-real, and the character development is done with such immense care and detail. I fell in love with these characters, especially Lucas Ryan, and the way they felt and reacted to each other and their surroundings. The action scenes in this book – and there were LOADS of them – were out of this world. I’m not quite sure how to put into words what I just finished reading.

Seriously, it was like…



… Bruce Willis meets The Darkness or some kind of craziness. Do we even have the technology to adequately make this into a movie yet? I don’t know.

So, yeah… this was NOT at ALL what I was expecting when I cracked this baby open, but boy am I ever glad I did! This book will appeal to anyone – young adult to nearly dead, if they appreciate a well-crafted fantasy with fleshed out characters, and imagination beyond their wildest dreams. I will wait, because I’m told I must, though not so patiently, for the next installment of this FREAK-TASTIC series, and then I will pounce on it like a crazed cat on a little red dot.

About the Author


Music is LIFE and the written word is our SOUL. Music and writing have been my true ambition since I was a child. I have used music in every form possible; writing it, performing it, healing with it, etc. I call it my “life’s soundtrack.” I have always written in some form; from comic books to screenplays to short stories and now the new series “Ember.” I have found a true passion for my stories and characters and am eager to share them with the world. See you on the next book tour…M.D.

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Wife, homeschooling mom, YA author of paranormal, dark fantasy, and horror, huge fan of the Oxford comma, book blogger, crafter, baker of sweet things, lover of the culinary arts, self-appointed zombie slayer.