The Brothers Finn

Young Adult - Fantasy - Urban
256 Pages
Reviewed on 05/22/2021
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Author Biography

Christina Hagmann grew up in rural Wisconsin, climbing trees, swimming in creeks (pronounced cricks), and running amok. She began reading Stephen King in 5th grade and was hooked. That year she wrote her first short story, and she's been making up stories ever since. When not writing short stories and novels, Christina can be found spending time with her family, coaching, teaching English, and reading anything and everything.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

Held responsible for the mysterious deaths of their parents, two high school basketball stars search for answers in the thrilling urban fantasy, The Brothers Finn by Christina Hagmann. The morning after taking the basketball team to an astonishing win, Gage and Cooper Finn find their parents dead. While trying to cope with the unexpected horror, Gage receives a phone call from a stranger instructing him and Cooper to run. Responding too late to the caller's admonition, the two boys are caught, arrested, and taken to jail. However, before they can be processed and charged with murder, another stranger aids in their escape. America Now, a corporation that hunts and kills vampires, informs them their parents have been murdered by a vampire and recruits Cooper and Gage into their ranks of vampire killers. But when they find a newly turned vampire, things become a little murky. Is America Now as altruistic as they claim? Or do they have a hidden agenda?

Containing supernatural beings and those who hunt them, The Brothers Finn by Christina Hagmann is a sensational urban fantasy that is memorable. Superbly written, the story has a fascinating plot and a riveting storyline that develops to a dramatic and breathtaking climax. Filled with intrigue, the suspense gradually mounts from the first page, ultimately reaching a shocking conclusion. Charismatic and captivating, the brothers and their contrasting personalities give the story a natural feel. Stopping at the perfect place to segue into a sequel, this story makes a phenomenal first book for a breathtaking series. Young adults and everyone else who relishes vampire-based novels will love meeting Gage, Cooper, Leech, and Jamie.

Pikasho Deka

High school star athletes Gage and Cooper Finn bask in the glory of their exploits on the court, but the shocking deaths of their parents turn their lives upside down. After being wrongfully arrested for their parents' murders, Gage and Cooper receive unexpected help from an unknown person that helps them to escape custody. The brothers soon find themselves recruited by a mysterious organization named The Roamers, who train and teach them to track and hunt vampires living amidst the general population. As Gage starts a burgeoning relationship with Sela Winters, the director's daughter, Cooper uncovers disturbing secrets about The Roamers that drive a wedge between the brothers. Meanwhile, Cooper grows close to a newly made vampire named Jamie. The Brothers Finn by Christina Hagmann is a young adult supernatural thriller.

The Brothers Finn is a well-written novel about vampire hunters that will entertain fans of TV shows like Supernatural and Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. The plot moves quickly, and the twists and turns feel unpredictable. The yin-yang nature of Gage's and Cooper's personalities forms the bedrock of their relationship and drives the narrative. I found the characters compelling and their motivations complex, adding layers of depth to their personalities. The dialogue felt crisp and concise, and Gage and Cooper's back and forth keeps the reader entertained throughout the pages. The Brothers Finn functions as a standalone, but author Christina Hagmann leaves room for the possibility of sequels in the future. I would recommend it to anyone interested in young adult books involving the supernatural.

Vincent Dublado

Dead. The word played in Gage Finn’s head as he finds his parents lifeless when he checks in on them. As he tries to make sense of what happened, he rushes to his brother, Cooper. Soon, cops read them their rights as they become the prime suspects for their parents’ murders. This is the suspenseful beginning of The Brothers Finn, a young adult paranormal novel by Christina Hagmann. The Finn brothers know they are innocent, but the evidence against them is damning. Through unexpected help, they manage to break their way out of police custody. An organization called the Roamers sees potential in the two basketball varsity heartthrobs and recruits them as vampire hunters. Upon working on a new case, they stumbled upon Jamie, a girl who claims not to be a vampire—yet. Jamie becomes the key to unlocking the mystery behind their parents’ deaths. As the brothers try to find answers, Sela Winters, daughter of the Roamers’ leader, helps them to secure access to documents that will reveal that their parents were hiding a secret.

Reading The Brothers Finn is a breath of fresh air. I find the publishing industry’s ongoing young adult paranormal romance gold rush to be pandering too much to cheesy plots that appeal to swooning puppy-eyed teenagers. What a pleasure it is that Hagmann chooses to focus on an investigation procedural that allows the Finn brothers to encounter an assortment of interesting characters like their good buddy Leech. The plot is riveting in the way Hagmann combines the paranormal and crime. Then there is also the importance of family. Gage and Cooper’s relationship will remind you of that line in Baz Luhrmann’s Sunscreen Song about being nice to your siblings, for they are your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future. The Brothers Finn is The Hardy Boys on steroids that will keep you reading and wanting more.