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Hardy Boys meets Indiana Jones in this new adventure novel. After the death of his father, misfit and aspiring paleontologist Tommy Rhodes seeks refuge in the ramshackle lighthouse that stands guard over the city of Mammoth, Washington. Left in disarray by years of bad weather, it’s the perfect place for Tommy to hide from everything that’s gone wrong with his life – and to Hardy Boys meets Indiana Jones in this new adventure novel. After the death of his father, misfit and aspiring paleontologist Tommy Rhodes seeks refuge in the ramshackle lighthouse that stands guard over the city of Mammoth, Washington. Left in disarray by years of bad weather, it’s the perfect place for Tommy to hide from everything that’s gone wrong with his life – and to party with his band of friends, the Jailbirds – the only family he has left. After a storm uncovers a secret hidden in the walls of the old lighthouse, Tommy unravels a mystery beyond his wildest dreams and the deadly conspiracy that surrounds it – and Tommy’s entire life seems tangled at the heart of it all. Tommy and the Jailbirds – Jude, Maya, Mars, and newcomer Lydia – are thrust into the middle of a deadly hunt for the truth that will challenge their bond, uncover the secrets that lurk beneath the surface of Mammoth, and test just how far they’ll go to set things right. With a rich and diverse cast of uniquely compelling characters, Mammoth’s “Jailbirds” prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that they can hold their own against legendary ensembles like Outer Banks’ “Pogues” and The Grishaverse’s “Crows.”


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Hardy Boys meets Indiana Jones in this new adventure novel. After the death of his father, misfit and aspiring paleontologist Tommy Rhodes seeks refuge in the ramshackle lighthouse that stands guard over the city of Mammoth, Washington. Left in disarray by years of bad weather, it’s the perfect place for Tommy to hide from everything that’s gone wrong with his life – and to Hardy Boys meets Indiana Jones in this new adventure novel. After the death of his father, misfit and aspiring paleontologist Tommy Rhodes seeks refuge in the ramshackle lighthouse that stands guard over the city of Mammoth, Washington. Left in disarray by years of bad weather, it’s the perfect place for Tommy to hide from everything that’s gone wrong with his life – and to party with his band of friends, the Jailbirds – the only family he has left. After a storm uncovers a secret hidden in the walls of the old lighthouse, Tommy unravels a mystery beyond his wildest dreams and the deadly conspiracy that surrounds it – and Tommy’s entire life seems tangled at the heart of it all. Tommy and the Jailbirds – Jude, Maya, Mars, and newcomer Lydia – are thrust into the middle of a deadly hunt for the truth that will challenge their bond, uncover the secrets that lurk beneath the surface of Mammoth, and test just how far they’ll go to set things right. With a rich and diverse cast of uniquely compelling characters, Mammoth’s “Jailbirds” prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that they can hold their own against legendary ensembles like Outer Banks’ “Pogues” and The Grishaverse’s “Crows.”

30 review for Mammoth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Miller

    Wow. I can honestly say that Mammoth blew me away in the most unexpected ways. I read this book based on a close friend’s recommendation, and I’m soooo glad I did. Gritty, fast-paced, and touching, Mammoth is a stunning novel that navigates family, friendships, mystery, adventure, and oh-my-goodness-I-can’t-stop-reading-plot twists.  Content rating: 3.75/5 A few content warnings are included here in this section of my review, as well as several trigger warnings. There are abusive family relationsh Wow. I can honestly say that Mammoth blew me away in the most unexpected ways. I read this book based on a close friend’s recommendation, and I’m soooo glad I did. Gritty, fast-paced, and touching, Mammoth is a stunning novel that navigates family, friendships, mystery, adventure, and oh-my-goodness-I-can’t-stop-reading-plot twists.  Content rating: 3.75/5 A few content warnings are included here in this section of my review, as well as several trigger warnings. There are abusive family relationships explored in the book, and for readers who have personally experienced this, please be aware that this is a part of the story. The author handled it very well in my opinion, but I felt it was important to mention this for those who may have potential triggers. Also, there is an “almost” closed-door scene between one of the main characters and her boyfriend. When I say almost, I mean just that—So. Very. Close. To. Happening. I. Skimmed. To. The. Bottom. Of. The. Page. To. Make. Sure. It. Didn’t. I’m happy to report that the MC got herself out of that situation before her boyfriend took away her purity. This scene…wasn’t my favorite. I understand that stuff like this happens in real life all the time, and girls are pressured to have romantic intercourse before marriage, and I *SO* appreciate that the MC valued her purity and fought for it, but at the same time…reading “almost” scenes is always a big cautionary for me. The author wasn’t explicit or too graphic, but I still had a very good idea of what was happening and what almost took place. (Would not recommend this book to younger readers, but for young adults like myself, I think it’s appropriate.) Again, the author handled this scene in a way where, even though I didn’t love reading about it, I didn’t DNF this read. And I’m so grateful for that because THIS. BOOK. GOT. ME. (Personal rating to follow) Personal rating: 4.5/5  Content warnings aside, it’s time for my personal thoughts on Mammoth. I loved the pacing of the story. Each chapter was the perfect length, ranging from as short as two pages to as long as fifteen (don’t quote me on that estimation, haha). It didn’t feel too dragged out or too abrupt; it was perfect. Pacing is a really important story element to me, and the author nailed it perfectly to the point where I stayed up late last night to finish the book. About 3/4 of the way through, it’s pretty much impossible to put down.  The characters…ahh, I loved the friendship between the Jailbirds so much. They fought for each other, protected one another, and accepted each other for who they were. Not who their families pressured them to be or their circumstances would have others see them as. No, for exactly who they were—imperfect, broken, and real. Their bond of friendship was so sweet and really tugged on the heartstrings. (Can I just say…Maya and Jude? My. Heart.)  There were some really great truths woven into the story, and I definitely highlighted them on my Kindle! (I’ll include my favorite one at the end of this review because it’s just too good not to share!) I really appreciate stories that weave truth into a book without distracting from the storyline. Again, the author nailed this and the morals/truths he sprinkled into the story were so well done.  Can I just say—the ending? HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK TO COME OUT?! That cliffhanger and the potential relationships and the suspense. Goshhhh. When’s the next book coming out, like for real? I absolutely want to read it and dive into another story with Tommy, Lydia, Jude, Maya, and Mars and pick up their adventure.  All in all, even though I docked some points because of content warnings, I really loved this book so much. Mammoth is an incredible read, and I know I’ll be rereading it again!  “The lies we most easily believe are those we don’t recognize as lies.”  “Upper class, lower-class—it’s really all the same in the end, isn’t it? If we don’t make something of ourselves, it all goes away, and nothing matters but what we’ve built.” “For all the bad that’s happened in my life, there’s too much good that’s come of it for me to spend too much time focusing on the things I wish had been different.” 

  2. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Lynn

    4.5 stars!!! This was a wild ride and one worth embarking on! I tried to enjoy OBX, I really did.​​​​ Honestly, I loved the premise. Friends. Found family. Classist issues. Mystery. Intrigue. Race against time. Heist level situations. ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ But the show fell flat. Ngl, I might get hate for this, but not only was there so much content that was just annoyingly overdone, the story also felt flat. There were emotional highs I really connected to, but overall, I had a hard time connecting t 4.5 stars!!! This was a wild ride and one worth embarking on! I tried to enjoy OBX, I really did.​​​​ Honestly, I loved the premise. Friends. Found family. Classist issues. Mystery. Intrigue. Race against time. Heist level situations. ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ But the show fell flat. Ngl, I might get hate for this, but not only was there so much content that was just annoyingly overdone, the story also felt flat. There were emotional highs I really connected to, but overall, I had a hard time connecting to the characters.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ All that to say, enter Mammoth. ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Not only is it set in my favorite place to visit in the whole world... the Pacific Northwest... but it has all of the things I loved about Outer Banks without all the garbage.. and honestly, I mean this in all sincerity. The writing was better. ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Like... far and away, out of this world, better. ​​​​​​​​ An episodic flare, POV switches and enough characters to give everyone someone to love, gritty, but clean content, and characters that are even MORE loveable and relatable than OBX... Honestly, Brian just took OBX, and made it a million times better. LOL! ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ So if you are in for a good Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew inspired murder mystery, a group of found friends and pals, some subtle budding romance, a FREAKING FOSSIL, all wrapped up in the adventure story of the year. Then get this book on your TBR asap. It's a race to the finish line, stay up late kind of book. ​​​​​​​​You won't want to put it down. It will stick with you for days like a hangover from a season finale you weren't prepared for. ​​​​​​​​ This book is a fantastic example to me of how to write grit and sin... all without glorifying it. Mcbride's voice handles these topics super well without being graphic, extra, or over the top. While there are mentions of (view spoiler)[ drugs, abuse and plenty of it, violence, a murder that a character witnesses, other substance abuse, and sexually explicit content, it's generally kept either off screen, or handled in a tasteful manner. It's gritty. no two bones about it, but it's handled and written in a way that doesn't glorify the yuck, but instead shows it for what it is. The motivation for evil and the brokenness of human beings. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] PG13 for some references, an "almost scene" and violence. (hide spoiler)]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Man oh man what a RUSH! McBride grabs you from the first chapter and drops you into the beautifully chaotic world of Mammoth, where nothing is as it seems. • From the first, I loved the foursome of AJ, Tommy, Kara, and Mars. Their family like dynamic bled through the page and just had me rooting from them. Their humor helped soften the hard topics McBride wasn’t afraid to tackle and I LOVED it. • And the action doesn’t pause. From a treasure hunt to a mystery needing to be solved, the pace never s Man oh man what a RUSH! McBride grabs you from the first chapter and drops you into the beautifully chaotic world of Mammoth, where nothing is as it seems. • From the first, I loved the foursome of AJ, Tommy, Kara, and Mars. Their family like dynamic bled through the page and just had me rooting from them. Their humor helped soften the hard topics McBride wasn’t afraid to tackle and I LOVED it. • And the action doesn’t pause. From a treasure hunt to a mystery needing to be solved, the pace never slowed. By the last fifty pages, your heart is going a mile a minute and you can’t wait to find out what is going to happen next. • All in all, an AMAZING contemporary read! I can’t wait for the next book, and will definitely be checking out more of Brian McBride’s books! • Five stars 🌟

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nathaniel

    I'm giving this 4.5 stars because it's NOT a five star book, but if you were to ask me why...the only thing I can say is it doesn't FEEL like a five star book. Stupid, I know, but I'm sure everyone can relate to the fact that some books just don't feel like five stars. This is, however, a REALLY good book and one that I highly recommend to everyone. It's a thriller, it's adventure, it's drama, it's small town life...this is everything that you could want. I loved the chemistry between the characte I'm giving this 4.5 stars because it's NOT a five star book, but if you were to ask me why...the only thing I can say is it doesn't FEEL like a five star book. Stupid, I know, but I'm sure everyone can relate to the fact that some books just don't feel like five stars. This is, however, a REALLY good book and one that I highly recommend to everyone. It's a thriller, it's adventure, it's drama, it's small town life...this is everything that you could want. I loved the chemistry between the characters. They felt so real and their relationships were totally done right. I struggled a bit with the social divide in Mammoth, but what does a country boy like me know anyways? That's really my only complaint...not really getting behind the conflict. Other than that, this was perfect. It's clean, but it doesn't shy away from some rougher topics and I really love that. McBride did an amazing job of showcasing real people with real struggles. I need book two. It's as simple as that.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    "You've never been a nobody. Not to me. Not to us." I fell in love with Brian McBride's "We The Wild Things" last year, but the minute I heard the "Mammoth" pitch, I had a feeling I was going to love it even more. I was correct. I've always been obsessed with adventure stories, but sprinkle in some found/chosen family and an atmospheric Pacific Northwest town, it's pure magic. It has the feeling of watching a show that's going to be a new favorite. The pacing was perfect, everything building to an "You've never been a nobody. Not to me. Not to us." I fell in love with Brian McBride's "We The Wild Things" last year, but the minute I heard the "Mammoth" pitch, I had a feeling I was going to love it even more. I was correct. I've always been obsessed with adventure stories, but sprinkle in some found/chosen family and an atmospheric Pacific Northwest town, it's pure magic. It has the feeling of watching a show that's going to be a new favorite. The pacing was perfect, everything building to an epic face-off, the stakes getting higher and higher as the plot deepens. The characters go through struggles and triumphs, facing their own inner demons but still having moments of light that make it nearly impossible not to fall in love with them. The vibes are impeccable, the descriptions flawless, not once did I want to put the book down, I had to know what happened next. Basically it was perfect, it's going to live rent free in my mind for a good long time, I am obsessed. It does earn its PG-13 rating with some of the circumstances the characters go through and for some violence, though there's no language or explicit content. Five stars from me! **I received a copy of this book from the author. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.**

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Man oh man what a RUSH! McBride grabs you from the first chapter and drops you into the beautifully chaotic world of Mammoth, where nothing is as it seems. • From the first, I loved the foursome of AJ, Tommy, Kara, and Mars. Their family like dynamic bled through the page and just had me rooting from them. Their humor helped soften the hard topics McBride wasn’t afraid to tackle and I LOVED it. • And the action doesn’t pause. From a treasure hunt to a mystery needing to be solved, the pace never s Man oh man what a RUSH! McBride grabs you from the first chapter and drops you into the beautifully chaotic world of Mammoth, where nothing is as it seems. • From the first, I loved the foursome of AJ, Tommy, Kara, and Mars. Their family like dynamic bled through the page and just had me rooting from them. Their humor helped soften the hard topics McBride wasn’t afraid to tackle and I LOVED it. • And the action doesn’t pause. From a treasure hunt to a mystery needing to be solved, the pace never slowed. By the last fifty pages, your heart is going a mile a minute and you can’t wait to find out what is going to happen next. • All in all, an AMAZING contemporary read! I can’t wait for the next book, and will definitely be checking out more of Brian McBride’s books! • Five stars 🌟

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eva-Joy

    Mammoth is one of those stories that I didn’t even know I wanted until I read it—it’s also unlike any other novel I’ve ever read. The vibes of Mammoth remind of Indiana Jones, The Outsiders, all the Enid Blyton adventure books I read as a child, and Mystery Lights of Navajo Mesa (a Last Chance Detectives story). But Mammoth is also its own, unique story. Although there isn’t even a hint of magic in the story, the phrase that keeps popping into my mind when I think of Mammoth is ‘urban fantasy.’ Mammoth is one of those stories that I didn’t even know I wanted until I read it—it’s also unlike any other novel I’ve ever read. The vibes of Mammoth remind of Indiana Jones, The Outsiders, all the Enid Blyton adventure books I read as a child, and Mystery Lights of Navajo Mesa (a Last Chance Detectives story). But Mammoth is also its own, unique story. Although there isn’t even a hint of magic in the story, the phrase that keeps popping into my mind when I think of Mammoth is ‘urban fantasy.’ There is a heightened sense of reality about this novel, one that turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. Storms rage, the sea churns, and adventure awaits. At the heart of Mammoth is its cast of characters. Tommy, grappling with the sudden death of his father. Maya, growing up well-to-do, but at odds with her life and her mom. Jude, doing everything he can to protect his little brother and break the generational cycle of violence and hatred. Mars, a sometimes unwilling—yet always loyal—participant in his friends’ adventures. And Lydia, whose heart breaks for the injustices committed by her brother Reid. These characters grabbed me and I was surprised to find myself tearing up over some of them—mainly Tommy and Jude. (Surprised, because I didn’t expect an adventure/treasure hunt novel to evoke such emotion. XD) There were a couple things I didn’t love about Mammoth: the villains’ motivations and plans didn’t always make total sense to me (and neither did the events that happened a hundred years in the past, specifically why a certain horrific slaughter took place). Part of my confusion was probably because I read Mammoth so quickly, but I do think certain things could have been explained with more clarity. And then, I had a certain expectation for the last few chapters of the book that didn’t come true. (Basically, there was an antagonistic character that I expected/hoped would turn out to be an ally after all—and it didn’t happen.) That’s a purely personal thing, of course, and most of you guys probably won’t even think of that character the way I did. 😉 Mammoth sucks you into a world of treasure hunts, class divides, salt seas, brave characters, and secrets—so many secrets. Highly recommended to those looking for a gripping, high-stakes adventure novel. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)

    WOW! WOW! WOW! That was incredible! I know that I probably sound over-excited but that climax was one of the best that I have seen in awhile. But let's back up and start at the beginning. McBride spent the first portion of the novel setting the mood and atmosphere. As a result, I got immersed into the story and didn't put the book down all day. The beginning also showed a lot about the characters and who they were. Although this story is told from MANY perspectives, each is unique enough that I ne WOW! WOW! WOW! That was incredible! I know that I probably sound over-excited but that climax was one of the best that I have seen in awhile. But let's back up and start at the beginning. McBride spent the first portion of the novel setting the mood and atmosphere. As a result, I got immersed into the story and didn't put the book down all day. The beginning also showed a lot about the characters and who they were. Although this story is told from MANY perspectives, each is unique enough that I never got lost or confused--something I am prone to do. (I have to admit that Tommy and Jude are my favorite characters.) As the story progressed, so did the mystery. I found that it was very well done and really appreciated the unique aspects of it. I'm back to the climax, but it was the perfect combination of adventure and thriller. There were numerous times where I was shocked by the plot twists. I highly recommend this book to older teens and up (personally I would call this NA) as well as anyone who loves a good thrill with a dash of adventure. Just be prepared for a cliffhanger though. :) Tropes: found family, childhood friends to more Content: lots and lots of fighting, abusive parents (multiple characters), murder, drug use (not by main characters), alcoholism (also not main characters), attempted date rape, characters shot, death of parent, kissing 5 Stars *I received a copy of this book from the author. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    Holy cow this is THE book of the year!!! Hands down this was superb! This has all vibes of the 80s and 90s but with a nod to the modern world. This book has a mix of: Stranger Things, The Hardy Boys, The Swiss Family Robinson, Scarlett Pimpernel, The Goonies, Sherlock Holmes and Jules Verne all wrapped up in one! It. Was. Incredible! You won’t want to put it down! Full of adventure, mystery and danger this book will captivate you through its entirety. Tommy Rhodes is an aspiring paleontologist a Holy cow this is THE book of the year!!! Hands down this was superb! This has all vibes of the 80s and 90s but with a nod to the modern world. This book has a mix of: Stranger Things, The Hardy Boys, The Swiss Family Robinson, Scarlett Pimpernel, The Goonies, Sherlock Holmes and Jules Verne all wrapped up in one! It. Was. Incredible! You won’t want to put it down! Full of adventure, mystery and danger this book will captivate you through its entirety. Tommy Rhodes is an aspiring paleontologist and labeled a misfit. His father was mysteriously found dead washed up on shore with unanswered questions. Tommy lives and hides in the old lighthouse that once used to guard the shores of Mammoth Washington. His only friends, the Jailbirds, are the only family he has left. A raging storm uncovers secrets and a mystery that’s beyond all the Jailbird’s wildest of dreams and Tommy is tangled in the center of it all. Tommy, Jude, Maya, Mars and Lydia are practically hurled into the center of a deadly hunt to find out the truths and lies and all while their bonds of friendships are challenged with life and death situations.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Megan McCullough

    Mammoth is a heart-pounding episodic adventure filled with twists, turns, and a fun dose of paleontology. Its vibrant characters and intricate backstories come together as a thrilling, gritty mystery sure to keep you turning pages. If you grew up with a love for Nancy Drew, treasure hunts, and secret rooms, this book is for you! I had so much fun reading this book! I really loved everything about it! Definitely 5-stars I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eliza Noel

    "I'm afraid you're a Jailbird now...We're not friends- we're family." Mammoth follows the journey of a group of young adults as they try to uncover the secrets in their hometown surrounding a mysterious death and a mammoth tusk. A few of my favorite things… -the teasing among friends -found family -Lydia's 'old fashioned' values Know that… -there is some light sexual content, violence, and murder Perfect for… teens who love adventure stories, lighthouses, and The Outsiders. "I'm afraid you're a Jailbird now...We're not friends- we're family." Mammoth follows the journey of a group of young adults as they try to uncover the secrets in their hometown surrounding a mysterious death and a mammoth tusk. A few of my favorite things… -the teasing among friends -found family -Lydia's 'old fashioned' values Know that… -there is some light sexual content, violence, and murder Perfect for… teens who love adventure stories, lighthouses, and The Outsiders.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    Wow! This book was a ride, y’all. I don’t know what I was expecting, but Mammoth was way above that. Brian did an expert job of navigating POV’s of six characters. Yes, six. I thought it’d be kinda confusing, but he made it work perfectly and seamlessly. If you’re like me and are a sucker for found family and sibling-like dialogue, you’ll love this as much as I did. Also, I enjoyed how Brian addressed each internal struggle for each character. They didn’t get lost at all throughout the story, an Wow! This book was a ride, y’all. I don’t know what I was expecting, but Mammoth was way above that. Brian did an expert job of navigating POV’s of six characters. Yes, six. I thought it’d be kinda confusing, but he made it work perfectly and seamlessly. If you’re like me and are a sucker for found family and sibling-like dialogue, you’ll love this as much as I did. Also, I enjoyed how Brian addressed each internal struggle for each character. They didn’t get lost at all throughout the story, and I got to see some growth. I did NOT know there was a sequel, so be prepared for a cliffhanger and those internal and external struggles to not be resolved just yet. Still recovering from that, yes. Thanks for asking. Final thoughts, if you’re a fan of Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Hardy Boys, Outerbanks, etc. with all the found family feels and angst of injustice and setting history right, then do yourself a favor and read Mammoth. When you’re done, you can join me in keeping an eye out for book 2, Titan.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Claire Olivia

    This is Brian McBride's best book to date, and I've loved them all! The Jailbirds are a multifaceted, loyal, diverse group of characters whose banter made me laugh out loud multiple times. My favorite characters are Lydia and AJ. Lydia is a sweetheart who is trying to figure out her path in life, and AJ is an enthusiastically supportive friend who is king of the witty comments. MAMMOTH has the perfect balance between character and plot, and it has a unique structure where there are eight episode This is Brian McBride's best book to date, and I've loved them all! The Jailbirds are a multifaceted, loyal, diverse group of characters whose banter made me laugh out loud multiple times. My favorite characters are Lydia and AJ. Lydia is a sweetheart who is trying to figure out her path in life, and AJ is an enthusiastically supportive friend who is king of the witty comments. MAMMOTH has the perfect balance between character and plot, and it has a unique structure where there are eight episodes throughout the 500ish-page book. It would work great as a Netflix show because each episode has an arc but all together they tell a complete story. Also, the ending wraps up but leaves you eager for the next book, so I am eager to read it. Tagged as "new adult" because the characters are around 18 and done with high school - there is nothing graphic in this book, which I appreciate. Just a few kisses and next to no swearing, and the violence is milder than you would encounter in The Avengers. Definitely suitable for the whole range of young adult. It even has a rating in the back of PG-13. I wish more books did this! I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I also copyedited.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Hubbard

    Mammoth is not just a book; it's an adventure. This must-read is a page turner steeped in the fog of the Pacific Northwest. Get knee deep in the mysteries of Mammoth alongside Tommy and the Jailbirds for an unforgettable journey. Mammoth is not just a book; it's an adventure. This must-read is a page turner steeped in the fog of the Pacific Northwest. Get knee deep in the mysteries of Mammoth alongside Tommy and the Jailbirds for an unforgettable journey.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Bennett

    4.5 stars :) I really appreciate that Brian has ventured into different genres with this book! The setting is what really wins this book for me - the eponymous Mammoth is atmospheric, PNW town with a West Side Story situation, and disappearing into the stormy, mountainside town was fun. The action never stops with this one, although I could argue that sometimes the story moves too fast. There were definitely some dramatic moments that I would have benefitted from a slower pace, since I retained 4.5 stars :) I really appreciate that Brian has ventured into different genres with this book! The setting is what really wins this book for me - the eponymous Mammoth is atmospheric, PNW town with a West Side Story situation, and disappearing into the stormy, mountainside town was fun. The action never stops with this one, although I could argue that sometimes the story moves too fast. There were definitely some dramatic moments that I would have benefitted from a slower pace, since I retained the slower moments better. However I’m really not complaining; I still had a damn good time reading it! Mammoth really is just pure fun and adventure, and I’m excited to see where Brian takes this series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laurisa Brandt

    I am not one for reading mysteries, but Mammoth and its cast of wonderful characters pulled me in. When you start this book, pop in some earbuds and play a thunderstorm track. It will immensely enhance the first eight chapters or so. The POV shifts between several young adult characters, all in their gap year between graduation and college. Some are Jailbirds, lower-income residents from "the Yard" and others are Bluecoats, the upper crust of Mammoth, Washington's archeological society. Family a I am not one for reading mysteries, but Mammoth and its cast of wonderful characters pulled me in. When you start this book, pop in some earbuds and play a thunderstorm track. It will immensely enhance the first eight chapters or so. The POV shifts between several young adult characters, all in their gap year between graduation and college. Some are Jailbirds, lower-income residents from "the Yard" and others are Bluecoats, the upper crust of Mammoth, Washington's archeological society. Family and identity issues are present on both sides. Excellent "found family" and friendships. My three top favorite characters were Tommy, Jude, and Reid. But I loved them all. The plot and mystery took me a little to get into-- but again, mystery isn't my thing. I adored the characters and am looking forward to the sequel to see Reid's arc finished, and have more of Jude and Tommy's friendship. I'll definitely be following this author for more and thinking about these characters for a good while. I received an ARC e-book of Mammoth in exchange for an honest review. My two favorite locations in this story were the lighthouse and Apocalypse island with it's crazed doomsday prepper "The Colonel." This story was about so much more than a missing mammoth tusk and archeology finds. It delivered great messages and showcased character struggles without being preachy. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery with found family and a teensy tiny dash of romance.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Giesbrecht

    4.5⭐️ WOW! Honestly, where do I start?! This was even better than I imagined! I grew up reading adventure stories and the Hardy Boys so when I saw Brian took that premise and refreshed it for YA/NA, I was intrigued. In Mammoth you belong to one of two groups, the socially elite or the socially outcast. Enter the Bluecoats and the Jailbirds. This two-sides of the track concept was well-developed and so interesting. Prejudice runs high throughout the story, but there are good and bad people on bot 4.5⭐️ WOW! Honestly, where do I start?! This was even better than I imagined! I grew up reading adventure stories and the Hardy Boys so when I saw Brian took that premise and refreshed it for YA/NA, I was intrigued. In Mammoth you belong to one of two groups, the socially elite or the socially outcast. Enter the Bluecoats and the Jailbirds. This two-sides of the track concept was well-developed and so interesting. Prejudice runs high throughout the story, but there are good and bad people on both sides. The whole aura, descriptions, and details were real and evocative. If you live in the PNW or have visited, you know the weather and environment is honestly a moody character all it’s own, and Brian definitely nailed that. Aaaahhhhh, the characters! Tommy…my heart broke for this kid. Like, can someone give him a hug, please? Actually, they all need hugs, just sayin’. Jude…his big brotherness in protecting Henry is just heartwarming and his wild imagination cracked me up! Mars…oh, this boy made me laugh; he has something of an Eeyore to him (practical and pragmatic) that just made me smile and that I related to. Lydia…I loved her old fashioned convictions and traditionalism; she’s such a sweetheart! Maya…the total mom-friend of the group and a level head. Reid…poor, broken, misguided boy…broke my heart. Despite the story having 6 POVs, it works. Each voice is different enough to be unique and yet similar enough to flow. The whole family feeling of the Jailbirds is just beautiful. None of the kids have decent parents, except Mars, so they become their own family for each other. Their bond is just the best and so sweet!! This might just be one of my favourite friend groups ever. The plot hooked me…fossils, murder mystery, history, stormy nights, lighthouses…um, yes, please!!!! And that ending?!?! I was left spluttering and need book 2 ASAP! I found a lot of quotes but this one really resonated with me: “Ten-year-old Tommy didn’t know what he had, but nineteen-year-old Tommy certainly knew what he'd lost.” A slightly spoiler-y heads up… There was an *almost* scene with a young man trying to force himself on a young lady. She stopped him, and it was semi-detailed (mainly touching and trying to remove clothing) but nothing further happened. Content: dealing with alcoholic parents; Reid has nondescript one night stands; some kissing; underaged alcohol consumption; mentions of women wearing low cut dresses; guy calls girl a “sl*t”

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Graham

    Mammoth is The Outsiders and Goonies for today’s generation. It will take you on a page turning roller coaster ride of emotions. Set in the Pacific Northwest, Mammoth is a story of how friendships can be stronger than family ties. The jailbirds, Tommy, Mars, AJ, and Kara, take you on an adventure to find a treasure and solve a mystery hundreds of years in the making. The ending will definitely leave you wanting more. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    *I received a free ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review* I've been thinking a lot about this book ever since I finished it the other day! Mammoth is a story that feels so comforting and familiar, yet is also something entirely fresh and unique. It's the perfect mixture of a coming of age novel and a fast-paced action mystery, and it's everything I could have asked for! What I loved most about this book was how even though there is always something moving in the plot, always someth *I received a free ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review* I've been thinking a lot about this book ever since I finished it the other day! Mammoth is a story that feels so comforting and familiar, yet is also something entirely fresh and unique. It's the perfect mixture of a coming of age novel and a fast-paced action mystery, and it's everything I could have asked for! What I loved most about this book was how even though there is always something moving in the plot, always something exciting happening in the background that keeps you on the edge of your seat, but there was still enough room to breathe, to give us a chance to fall in love with the characters and their dynamics. The plot was balanced so well and I was impressed! I also really liked the narrative style, jumping between different character's perspectives to slowly put together the puzzle of the mystery while also learning more about each of the Jailbirds. Out of all of them I think I enjoyed reading from Tommy, AJ, and Lydia's point of views the most. They were the characters who felt the most fleshed out to me and I connected with them more than the others, but all of them have their strengths and weaknesses. I will say that I did wish we could have seen a bit more of the characters before the events in the book start. A lot of the character conflict is based on things that happened before the storm, and I feel like it would have been more impactful to see some of it instead of being told about it. I wanted to see more of AJ's relationship with his brother, or Mars' dad's heart attack. I especially wanted to learn more about Tommy's dad and what he was like before he died since he felt like a phantom in the story to me. But I completely understand how this would make the book less concise, and as it is I think it accomplishes its goal. The character's conflict is still at the forefront of the story and is the driving force for everything they do. Never once did I wonder about their motivations or thought they were acting inconsistently with what we know about them, which I know can be hard to do with so many characters. My only other critique is that the mystery was a little bit predictable. It's still exciting, but if you're looking for a huge who-dun-it with big twists along the way, this won't fulfill that itch. I didn't really care about that, though. Even though it's clear who the bad guy is, I just loved watching the build up and seeing how it all came together in the end. There's a lot more that could be done with these characters, and we only just begin to see the culmination of relationships and arcs, so I'm so glad that there will be a sequel eventually. I'm excited to see where these characters go.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brigitte Cromey

    Mystery. High stakes. Friendship. As a kid, I devoured Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. I loved that moment when everything ‘clicked’ for the protagonists, and the adrenaline of the last chapter as villains and heroes clashed head to head. As an adult, I went back and reread a Nancy Drew, hoping to recapture that magic. I found—well, nostalgia sometimes lets us down. It bothered me how flat the cast was; as if they only existed to fulfill the plot. Ah, then I heard about Mammoth and was intrigued. Mystery. High stakes. Friendship. As a kid, I devoured Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. I loved that moment when everything ‘clicked’ for the protagonists, and the adrenaline of the last chapter as villains and heroes clashed head to head. As an adult, I went back and reread a Nancy Drew, hoping to recapture that magic. I found—well, nostalgia sometimes lets us down. It bothered me how flat the cast was; as if they only existed to fulfill the plot. Ah, then I heard about Mammoth and was intrigued. When I read it, I was hooked. The cast was vibrant, flawed, messy, and well developed. I would happily read an entire story of just life vignettes from this cast. Combine that with a plot revolving around groundbreaking discoveries and buried secrets, and you have a winner. Some readers compared this group of characters to the Grishaverse Crows, and I agree—with a caveat. At no point in this book did I feel a sense of creeping hopelessness or despair like I did when reading Six of Crows. It’s an important distinction, I think, that’s hard topics can be tackled without the story itself leaving readers feeling hopeless. Anyhow, definitely pick up a copy of Mammoth! It’s the grown-up adventure readers like me have been waiting for.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maggie G

    Brian McBride writes a fantastic adventure story revolving around a group of friends that find family within one another. Tommy ,the natural leader of the group, is grieving over the sudden death of his paleontologist father. Jude is an outgoing young man, caring for his little brother in the mess of an alcoholic father. Maya, a caring mother-type figure keeps the boys in line while battling what her family wants her to be versus her need to break free from the routine of a wealthy and socialite Brian McBride writes a fantastic adventure story revolving around a group of friends that find family within one another. Tommy ,the natural leader of the group, is grieving over the sudden death of his paleontologist father. Jude is an outgoing young man, caring for his little brother in the mess of an alcoholic father. Maya, a caring mother-type figure keeps the boys in line while battling what her family wants her to be versus her need to break free from the routine of a wealthy and socialite life. Then, we have Mars, a smart and kind son and friend who longs to find his place in a world that is unfair and unjust. Last, newcomer Lydia joins the group after discovering her family is not all that it seems. Together, they make up the Jailbirds. When the Jailbirds find a secret room with clues that could upend their entire lives, as well as the history of their town and the story of Tommy's father's death, they know they must find the truth. The problem is... others want to keep the truth hidden. Mammoth is a suspenseful and adventurous page turner. You can't help but root for the Jailbirds in the face of their adversities and quest for the answers they seek. They form a tight knit group that love one another despite their mistakes, status, or wealth. One critique I have is I wish I would have gotten a better look into the villain's motives and why they were the way they were. It would've added an extra layer of depth to them. Overall, this was a fun read that I enjoyed did not have any explicit content or vulgar language. I would love to see this as a TV series one day! CW: Mild use of crude talk and alcohol/drug use. Death scenes. Overall mild, rated PG13

  22. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    wow. read this way too fast so now i'm gonna go back and read it again lol. i really liked it? the vibes were immaculate. the last third of the book was the best imo - very jurassic park/indiana jones-esque, with all the booby traps and forest and being chased. the found family trope is one of my favorites, and i very quickly fell in love w/ tommy, maya, jude (my favorite), mars, & lydia. although...the book is described as "hardy boys" x "outer banks", which is very good > but it's almost too mu wow. read this way too fast so now i'm gonna go back and read it again lol. i really liked it? the vibes were immaculate. the last third of the book was the best imo - very jurassic park/indiana jones-esque, with all the booby traps and forest and being chased. the found family trope is one of my favorites, and i very quickly fell in love w/ tommy, maya, jude (my favorite), mars, & lydia. although...the book is described as "hardy boys" x "outer banks", which is very good > but it's almost too much like outer banks. i found myself comparing the two a lot in the first half of the book, and at times, it's a bit on the nose (the characters are VERY similar to the characters in the obx show - similar motivations, character tropes, etc.). that's my main complaint w/ the book. also, i was a bit confused w/ the mystery, but it's probably my fault bc i read the book so fast lol. (also maya x jude needs to happen in the next book, BRIAN PLEASE. just, yes.) (view spoiler)[ also lydia and tommy got together REAL fast lol. i understand they knew each other as kids, but still. oh well, they're really cute together so i will move past that. (hide spoiler)] all in all, thoroughly enjoyed it & will be anxiously awaiting the sequel! (and definitely not me rereading it again - it's finals week, and i need something to look forward to after a long day of studying lol)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brian McBride

    COMING SOON!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Imogen Elvis

    I am a huge fan of Brian McBride’s books, so I was absolutely ecstatic about this new. ‘Mammoth’is billed as ‘Hardy Boys’ meets ‘Outer Banks’, all set in the Pacific Northwest, and this is an absolutely accurate description. If you’re a fan of the Pogues in particular, then you’ll love this book. The overall story had me hooked from the first page. I could not put it down, and wanted to read ‘just one more chapter’ every time I sat down to read. The story is exciting and engaging. It tackles some I am a huge fan of Brian McBride’s books, so I was absolutely ecstatic about this new. ‘Mammoth’is billed as ‘Hardy Boys’ meets ‘Outer Banks’, all set in the Pacific Northwest, and this is an absolutely accurate description. If you’re a fan of the Pogues in particular, then you’ll love this book. The overall story had me hooked from the first page. I could not put it down, and wanted to read ‘just one more chapter’ every time I sat down to read. The story is exciting and engaging. It tackles some difficult topics, like abuse, addiction, and grief, but in a gentle and respectful way. It’s never too heavy handed, and these subjects add to the overall heart and soul of ‘Mammoth’, rather than becoming too heavy and gritty. Throughout the book, ‘Mammoth’ rotates through multiple point of view characters, including that of one antagonist. I found myself unexpectedly enjoying every point of view equally, which, in a large cast story like this, is a very rare experience for me. Usually there is at least one character whose chapters I read as quickly as possible to get back to the points of view I actually enjoy. Not in ‘Mammoth’. Every character has an interesting and engaging point of view that is thoroughly enjoyable to experience. ‘Mammoth’ hits all the things that I love in a book. It contains; mystery, danger, adventure, amazing atmosphere, a motley crew of underdogs, the found family trope, and plenty of heart and soul. It’s an easy and engaging read that tugs on the heartstrings, while also providing all tension and thrills you could ask for from a book. Equal parts entertaining and emotional, like all of Brian McBride’s books. I highly recommend! I received an advance copy of this book for review. My opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kate prefers books to people

    This was a fun read. It's a combination YA action/adventure story with a scavenger hunt/amateur sleuth angle. There is a Hardy Boys vibe, but I found it reminded me more of Alfred Hitchcock's Three Investigators series. Dinosaurs, sailboats, an old lighthouse, danger, and a tight group of friends. You'll want to block off some time to read because you won't be putting the book down from chapter 8 until the end. Don't be intimidated by the size though; despite the massive page count, the word cou This was a fun read. It's a combination YA action/adventure story with a scavenger hunt/amateur sleuth angle. There is a Hardy Boys vibe, but I found it reminded me more of Alfred Hitchcock's Three Investigators series. Dinosaurs, sailboats, an old lighthouse, danger, and a tight group of friends. You'll want to block off some time to read because you won't be putting the book down from chapter 8 until the end. Don't be intimidated by the size though; despite the massive page count, the word count comes in at less than 100k. I have not seen the physical copy yet but I suspect that the large page count is a result of a premium, attractive layout where the author opted for the luxury of spacing content rather than cramming. Smut free, can be read by any age. **disclosure** I received a free copy of the book as a beta reader. I was not under any obligation to provide a review, nor do I provide reviews for all things that I beta read. The opinion here is my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Wade

    Mammoth is an adventure novel reminiscent of a choose your own adventure novel. It is easy to connect to the characters and cheer for them to successfully solve the mystery. There are several cliches and predictable aspects to the plot, but yet they do not take away from the charm of the story. Looking forward to the sequel. Thank you to Brian McBride for providing me with an ARC of this book! I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    First of all, let me say that I totally loved this book. I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed it, because I haven't read an adventure book in a long time. To be honest, I'm surprised at how quickly I got through this book. I actually quite liked all of the main characters, which is unusual for me because, when there are multiple main characters in a book, I usually find one or two of them annoying. I liked how we could get a glimpse into each of their lives and thoughts and feelings th First of all, let me say that I totally loved this book. I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed it, because I haven't read an adventure book in a long time. To be honest, I'm surprised at how quickly I got through this book. I actually quite liked all of the main characters, which is unusual for me because, when there are multiple main characters in a book, I usually find one or two of them annoying. I liked how we could get a glimpse into each of their lives and thoughts and feelings throughout the book. Brian wrote each character in such a way that I didn't prefer one point of view over another. The book's mystery and adventure were both entertaining to read and exciting to follow. It isn't overly complicated or confusing, but it kept my attention and made me want to follow the characters on their journey. I will say though, that I found the romance to be a little scripted but even at that, the romance/romantic tension was really enjoyable. This was such a fun and amazing read; I can't wait for the next one! **I received a ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gabriella Slade

    I flew through MAMMOTH in just three days. I would read the e-ARC on my Kindle at home and on my phone during breaks at work. The mystery surrounding Tommy Rhode’s father’s death, as well as all the conspiracies that followed it, was well carried out at the perfect pacing, plot twists at just the right moments, and left just the right amount of tension and confusion The aesthetic of MAMMOTH was on point and you could feel it in the words, the prose, the descriptions, the PNW settings, etc. It tru I flew through MAMMOTH in just three days. I would read the e-ARC on my Kindle at home and on my phone during breaks at work. The mystery surrounding Tommy Rhode’s father’s death, as well as all the conspiracies that followed it, was well carried out at the perfect pacing, plot twists at just the right moments, and left just the right amount of tension and confusion The aesthetic of MAMMOTH was on point and you could feel it in the words, the prose, the descriptions, the PNW settings, etc. It truly had that Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Hardy Boys mystery aura but it still felt like it was its own branded world with the potential to go farther than what we saw in this singular novel. The ending was perfect, with a cliffhanger that left me wanting the sequel ASAP. I don’t know when McBride intends on releasing book 2, but you can bet I will be first in line to get it as soon as I can

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trigger Warning Database

    Trigger & Content Warnings: Parental abuse Attempted date rape Alcoholism Drug use Death of a parent Murder Gun violence

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cori Van Scott and Penny Whitmore

    Fun and interesting adventure, not my favorite of Mcbride's books though. Fun and interesting adventure, not my favorite of Mcbride's books though.

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