Book Review: The Syndrome (A Kingdom Keepers Adventure) by Ridley Pearson

The SyndromeThe Syndrome (A Kingdom Keepers Adventure) by Ridley Pearson

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DESCRIPTION:

“Fans of the Kingdom Keepers will devour this captivating stand-alone adventure told from the point of view of the Fairlies.

When Amanda travels east to Orlando on a hunch, she’s met with the worst news possible. Kingdom Keeper Finn Whitman is missing. Calling on her own gift (she’s telekinetic), her sister Jess’s ability to dream the future, and their fellow Fairlie Mattie Weaver’s unexplained ability to read minds through physical contact, the three gifted girls must navigate treachery, deception, and the stubborn, unwilling parents of the missing Keepers if they’re to save their friends.

As a special bonus, an excerpt of Disney Lands, the first book in the new Kingdom Keepers series, The Return, is included.”

Age Range: 10-14                                                                                                               Hardcover: 304 pages                                                                                                           Publisher: Disney Hyperion

RATING ~ FOUR EXCITING STARS

The Keepers are back, baby! Well, technically, they’re back. Kind of.

Taking place after The Insider (Kingdom Keepers 7), which was the final book in the Kingdom Keepers series, The Syndrome is told from three different people’s point-of-view. Amanda Lockheart, an eighteen-year-old girl and Finn Whitman’s girlfriend; Jessica ‘Jess’ Lockheart, another eighteen-year-old girl who’s close enough to Amanda that she considers herself her sister; And last, but not least, Mattie Weaver, who I believe is also eighteen. They’re all also Fairlies, a term they came up with for themselves and others like them. It means ‘fairly human’. If you wanna know more, REEEEAD THE BOOOOKS. 🙂

When Finn Whiteman and the other Kingdom Keepers seemingly disappear, Amanda gets worried and heads to Orlando, Florida (where Disney World is), where she meets up with Mattie. Back in Anaheim, California (where Disneyland is), Jess worries about her sister, which is normal, considering what they’ve been through in the Kingdom Keepers series.

When Amanda gets to Orlando, she runs into a lot of trouble and calls up Mattie, asking for help. Together, they try to figure out what’s going on with the Keepers and deal with the return of an old enemy. Back in Anaheim, Jess has a vision dream and tries to figure out more about it, worried about what it could mean.

Here’s I learned about the three main women in this book:                                                     – Jess can actually be really frightening. Like, really frightening. Do not make this girl mad. – Mattie has ATTITUDE. A lot of it. I wasn’t quite sure what I thought about her. She was a strong character, that’s for sure.                                                                                             – Amanda loves Finn Whitman with all of her heart. At least once every chapter we hear about it.

Speaking of Amanda, she was really … emotional, in this book. It may just be that I haven’t read all of the books in a little while, but I remember her being less so. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that she goes through a lot in this book, but it surprised me how much she got teary eyed. She’s still a strong lady, though. But the small bits of crying and emotionalness that happened every other chapter got annoying.

What didn’t get annoying was humorous parts that showed up. And the action scenes. The action scenes were AWESOME. Especially the one with Jess, towards the end of the book.

Overall, four stars. Ridley Pearson, you’re still awesome.

NOTE: If you’re going to read this, it’d help if you read the Kingdom Keepers series first. It’d explain a loooooot of stuff. The first book is Disney After Dark. Also, this book helps bridge the gap between the first series and the spin-off one, which is called The Return. 😀

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I recommend to ages 8 and up. It’s awesome for Middle Grade readers. I seriously recommend reading the Kingdom Keepers series before you read this, if you haven’t already done so. If you’ve read The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan or Sky Raiders (Five Kingdoms #1) by Brandon Mull, then Kingdom Keepers is probably a good series for you. ESPECIALLY if you love Disney. 😀

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Book Review: Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye

Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo (Leven Thumps #1) by Obert Skye

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WELCOME TO FOO.

Fourteen-year-old Leven Thumps (a.k.a. “Lev”) lives a wretched life in Burnt Culvert, Oklahoma. But his life is about to change and his destiny be fulfilled as he learns about a secret gateway that bridges two worlds — the real world and Foo, a place created at the at the beginning of time in the folds of the mind that makes it possible for mankind to dream and hope, aspire and imagine. But Foo is in chaos, and three transplants from that dreamworld have been sent to retrieve Lev, who alone has the power to save Foo.

Enter Clover, a wisecracking, foot-high sidekick; Winter, a girl with a special power of her own; and Geth, the rightful heir to Foo. Their mission: to convince Lev that he has the power to save Foo. Can this unique band of travelers help Lev overcome his doubt? Will Lev find the gateway in time? Or will Sabine and his dark shadows find the gateway first and destroy mankind?”

Age Range: 9 and up
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Aladdin

RATING ~ 4 INSPIRING STARS

This book……….Is certainly different from others that I’ve read.

The main character in this book is a fourteen-year-old boy named Leven Thumps. He lives with his terrible Aunt Addy and Uncle Terry, in Burnt Culvert, Oklahoma. But his life is about to change. Big time. When he meets Clover, a cute, little sycophant, he finds out that there’s another world other than our one. One called Foo. Clover tells him that there’s a Gateway to get to Foo; that anyone can enter it and be in Foo……And the other way around. People can also leave Foo if they find the Gateway. That’s when Leven is told he needs to destroy it, before an evil being named Sabine finds it. To assist him during his search is a girl named Winter Frore and Geth.

Dun, dun, dun!!

I enjoyed reading this book..A lot. It’s not one of my ‘I’m absolutely obsessed’ books, but it’s still pretty darn good. I loved the plot and the characters.

My favorite character out of them all was Clover. He was just plan awesome! His attitude rocked, along with how he gets along with Leven, Winter, and Geth. 😀 I mean, check this out..

“You have food?” Winter scolded. “I thought you said you were hungry.”
I’m hungry for other things besides what I have,” Clover argued.

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Clover: “Well, it’s not my fault that you can’t manage your money.”
Winter: “You threw away my purse.”
Clover: “I thought it was an enemy.”

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[Clover] secretly hitched a ride with a nice German couple and their new baby…Clover appeared to the baby, so as to be a delightful, soothing surprise. Well, the child did like Clover. In fact, she held him and cooed. When the parents turned around to look at her and saw their child holding a furry, living creature, they needlessly panicked.

~~~~~~

“What was that you gave me to eat?” Winter panicked.
“A Filler Crisp,” Clover said, his eyes seventy percent concerned and thirty percent mischievous.

See! SEE! That’s what I mean. His awesomeness is almost tied with mine…….Almost. 😉

Speaking of ‘Almost’, this book was almost on my ‘Awesomest-Books-Ever-Read’ list. It didn’t get one because of these reasons:

1. The author didn’t elaborate very well. As I read the book, I was figuring some parts out by myself. He didn’t go into depth about what Foo is, about why Leven needs to be the one to destroy the Gateway, and about..Well, everything he didn’t describe well.

2. Leven didn’t have much self confidence. I know why, and I feel for him, but he needed more.

There. That is why this book is not on my ‘Awesomest-Books-Ever-Read’ list. Other than those 2 reasons, this was a very good book. I saw some reviews, where the reader compared it to Harry Potter, and I have to say that I see what they mean. This book did remind of Harry Potter in a way. Leven and Harry are actually similar, where they’re up against evil and people expect a lot of them.

I give this book 4 stars. Good read, great for passing time, very awesome characters. 🙂

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I recommend to ages 8-17. It would be a good bedtime story for 8-year-old boy or a good book to read at night. If you’re an adult who likes fantasy adventures, you can pick this up and try it. If you’ve checked out Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, you might wanna pick this up. 🙂

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Book Review: The Dead of Night by Peter Lerangis

The Dead of Night (Cahills Vs. Vespers #3) by Peter Lerangis

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DESCRIPTION: ”

The third book in the CAHILLS VS. VESPERS series, the follow up to the worldwide bestseller THE 39 CLUES.

The Vespers have crossed a line. Amy and Dan were devastated when the Vespers kidnapped seven Cahills around the world, holding them hostage until Amy and Dan delivered an impossible ransom. But at least the hostages were Cahills – members of the world’s most powerful family, trained to face all odds.

Now the Vespers have gone too far. They’ve kidnapped Atticus, an innocent 11 year old boy and Dan’s only friend. Now Dan and Amy are in the struggle of their lives. Because if they can’t outwit the Vespers, the unthinkable will happen . . . Atticus will die.”

Reading Level: 8 and up
Hardcover: 195 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

RATING ~ 5 SWEET STARS!

Dun, dun, dun!((Yeah, you were supposed to say that out loud while playing a bass drum. :P))

The siblings Amy and Dan Cahill return in the 3rd book of the series Cahills Vs. Vespers. Also returning are the brothers Jake and Atticus Rosenbloom, along with the Cahill captives. The main plot in the book? Find Atticus, free him, and figure out what it is that Vesper 1 wants now. Complicated? Just a smidge.

What I love in this book is the plot and character development. The plot is just amazing, and just….Wow. Amy’s character also turns into the Cahill leader that they need in order to save the captives. Something else I enjoyed was that the Dan from The 39 Clues original series showed up a little, which made me smile.

I was seriously wondering if the texts Dan was getting were really from, well, him. Then at the end, we find out and I’m just like: “Whoa, seriously?! Whoa, just…No way!” Yep, just like that.

This book is just the right length for a 8-year-old. Of course, he or she would need to read the original series in order to understand it and not worry about spoilers. Though, they need to be able to handle reading about explosions, captives, and blood. Otherwise, they’ll need to wait until they’re a bit older. If your kid doesn’t like reading, read the first series to him/her, then read this one. By the time you get to the first book in the Cahills Vs. Vespers series, I would think that he or she will be reading them willingly.

5 stars. It’s short, but that’s my opinion because I’m a teenager. It’s the perfect length for younger readers.

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Recommended to people who read the original 39 Clues series and ages 8-11. If your kid can handle explosions and manage reading about some blood, then this is something you should check out. Also, if you have taken a peek at Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1), you should defiantly check this out.

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Book Review: Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George

Princess of the Silver Woods (Princess #3) by Jessica Day George

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DESCRIPTION: “When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor’s twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it’s not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

RATING ~ 5 STARS OF ROYALTY

OH MY FREAKING AMAZING GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Petunia, the youngest of twelve sisters that were forced to dance at the Midnight Balls ten years ago, is the main character in this amazing book. Actually, there are two protagonists. Petunia, and a young man named Oliver.

This book has a wicked cool plot((One that suggests a 4th bookmight be coming)). The new King Under Stone has a plan; one that involves Petunia, her 11 sisters, and betrayal. This book takes place in a neighboring country of Westfalin and in Westfalin.

I enjoyed reading Jessica Day George’s writing. It’s always fun and exciting to read. The 12 sisters get reunited at the end and I was grinning ear to ear whenever Poppy made a comment. I had not yet read a book from Petunia’s point of view, so it was exciting for me to do so. Petunia is a bright spirit and enjoys gardening. One of my favorite parts was when Jessica made a reference to when Petunia was younger and how she’d burned a rosebush, because she’d learned how to make a fire. 🙂

Oliver was also an amazing character. I enjoyed learning about him and watching((Well, reading, but you get the point)) how he quickly got sucked into a problem that he wasn’t quite comfortable with. ^-^ Hehehehe..

Now, as for the ending…………..ARE YOU KIDDING ME JESSICA?! YOU LEAVE ME THAT ENDING, BUT YOU SAY THAT THIS IS THE LAST BOOK IN THE PRINCESS SERIES???!! You. Have. Got. To. Be. Freaking. Kidding. If not, plan on writing another book. Because you’re not just allowed to have Rose give that announcement, then finish the series.

I really want there to be another book as you can see. My reasons?

Reasons Why I Want Another Book:
1. Because of Rose’s announcement at the ending
2. Who’s the new King Under Stone?
3. Will the Under Stone brothers seek revenge?
4. I WANT TO READ MORE

Overall, this book gets 5 stars. It was absolutely amazing!!

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I would recommend it to Jessica Day George fans, if you’ve read the previous two books, if you love magic, and if you’re okay with a little romance. Ages 12-Adult will have no problem reading this book. 😀

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Book Review: Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

The Crimson Crown (The Seven Realms #4) by Cinda Williams Chima

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DESCRIPTION: ”

A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed—Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love.

Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she’s falling in love.

Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?

A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 608 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (October 23, 2012)

RATING ~ FIVE AMAZING STARS!

Five freakin’ stars!

Han Alister and Raisa ana‘Marianna have returned in the conclusion to the Seven Realms series. The main conflicts in the Crimson Crown are, 1. Everyone is trying to steal the throne from Raisa and take it for themselves. 2. Everyone is also trying to keep Han and Raisa apart. The book takes place in the Fells, where Ragmarket, Southbridge, and Gray Lady are.

I enjoyed this book BIG TIME. It had bits of sarcasm and more humor than the other books did. Crow was awesome. I loved his remarks and statements. They were just either awesome or hilarious. The characters felt stronger, like Han’s and Crow’s and Willo’s. Raisa’s didn’t strengthen much, but it did grow stronger.

The Bayars….Well, I hate them. Duh. But I didn’t want that to happen to Fiona at the end. 🙁 I actually enjoyed seeing her and Han well at each other. Hehehe! Lord Bayar..Eh, his character did strengthen, but it just made me hate his guts more. Heck, why would I like him more? But, I liked his son Micah more. He wasn’t a complete jerk. Not completely, but he still was one.

I enjoyed the ending. There was a freaking awesome action scene that I looooooved! But I feel like the book and series could’ve kept going. There’s still a conflict at the end, I don’t know what happens to Micah, and I want to know more about Han and Raisa!

But. Above all of the downers and awkward moments…..5. FREAKIN’. STARS. Go Cinda Willaims Chima! Ye-ah!

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I recommend to people who have read the previous Seven Realms book. Also, people who enjoy Cinda Williams Chima’s book, magic lovers, and action lovers should pick up this book. 🙂 After reading the previous three of course.

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Book Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan

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DESCRIPTION: “In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six–who will complete the Prophecy of Seven? The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery. . . . With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.”

Age Level: 10 and up
Print Length: 608 pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (October 2, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS

Omg, FREAKING AMAZING BOOK!

In The Mark of Athena, Percy, Hazel and Frank meet up with four others from Camp Half-Blood: Jason, Piper, Leo, and Annabeth. This book’s main conflict is pretty simple: Go to Rome and stay alive. Their goal is to make it to Rome, save Hazel’s brother, and find the Doors of Death.

This book takes place all over the world, but the main setting is on Leo’s warship: The ArgoII. They visit Kansas, Atlanta, and some more places. 😉

I loved, LOVED, that Annabeth’s was one of the narrators. It was fun to see from her point of view for the first time. Annabeth is such a kick-butt girl, it’s fun to see her point of view on things. Percy, of course, narrated some chapters too. The two of them together again was hilarious! 😀

The book was funny, had lots of action, problem solving, and Diet Pepsi(Don’t ask). I was laughing my head off at some things Coach Hedge did: One of which he’s on the boat yelling, ‘Bring it on lake! YEAH!‘ I thought that was hilarious.

The ending. -_- Oh. My. Freaking. Gosh. The ENDING. Rick did his first real cliffhanger. I admit though, I enjoy when something happens to the main characters because otherwise it seems like you’re favoring them too much. I’m glad Rick writes such amazing books for me to read. Five stars!

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I recommend to Rick Riordan fans, people who love mythology, and action lovers. If you’ve read The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, and Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief..You are bound to love this book. 🙂

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Book Review: The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan

 

The Demigod Diaries (Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan

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DESCRIPTION: ”

What dangers do runaway demigods Luke and Thalia face on their way to Camp Half-Blood? Are Percy and Annabeth up to the task of rescuing stolen goods from a fire-breathing giant who doesn’t take kindly to intruders? How exactly are Leo, Piper, and Jason supposed to find a runaway table, dodge a band of party-loving Maenads (who just might be a little psychotic), and stave off a massive explosion…all in one hour or less?

With his trademark wit and creativity, Rick Riordan answers these questions and more in three never-before-seen short stories that provide vital back-story to the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. Original art, enlightening character interviews and illustrated profiles, puzzles, and a quiz add to the fun in this action-packed collection that is sure to delight legions of loyal fans.”

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (August 14, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS

LOOOOOOVED IT! <3! 😀 This book was amazing. Percy returned in one of the short stories in this book, along with Annabeth, Luke, Thalia, Leo, Jason, and Piper. Though, they weren’t all in the same story.

The Demigod Diaries has four short stories in it: Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes, The Diary of Luke Castellan, Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford, and Son of Magic.

In Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes, it’s Percy and Annabeth’s 1 month anniversary. It was hilarious!

‘I gave her a smile that I hoped conveyed something like: Hey, you know I’m on your side. Gods are suck jerks! But what can you do? Probably my expression actually conveyed: It’s not my fault! Please don’t kill me!

Lmho, right? 😉 I loved reading from Percy’s point of view again, and since it was a date with Annabeth, that made it more awesome. 🙂 I also learned that Hermes may not be the safest delivery god. Why? Here’s why:

‘Hermes and I sat in the back of the truck on a couple of boxes labeled TOXIC SERPENTS. THIS END UP. Maybe that wasn’t the best place to sit, but it was better than some of his other deliveries, which were labeled EXPLOSIVES, DO NOT SIT ON, and DRAKON EGGS, DO NOT STORE NEAR EXPLOSIVES.’

-_- Yeah……Hermes isn’t the safest UPS guy. Oh, and it has a fire-breathing giant. Did I forget to mention that?

In The Diary of Luke Castellan, Luke writes from his point of view, part of his adventure with Thalia before camp. Which involved a magic goat with udders that gave out Pepsi and Free Ice. We also learn Luke’s first weapon was destroyed. The one he uses in the story is…..Dun, dun, dun! A golf club. Lol! I loved the magic goat/soda machine. 😛 Thalia was cool, as always. Luke was funny. Funny where I had tears coming out of my eyes. I now love Luke in this story. 🙂 My favorite part was, you guessed it, the soda/magic goat! 😀

Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford. I was laughing so hard while I read it this one. It was awesome! Leo returns, along with Jason and Piper! You can tell this story is awesome because the first sentance in it is,

‘Leo blamed the Windex.’

😀 Awesome, right?! 😀 Buford is a walking table that, other than hates Windex, holds something important. Can’t tell you what because I you have to read it. 😛 Haha! It has insane chicks, a walking table named Buford, and of course, Leo Valdez! Also known as Repair Boy. Hehehe. There’s an awesome party too, and the Hokey Pokey.

The Son of Magic, the last short story in this book, was written by Rick’s son, Haley. It’s about a son of Hecate who fought for Kronos in the second titan war. We read the story from the point of view of Claymore, an author. The only thing I can tell you about this one without going into spoiler mode is Claymore is apparently really, really, aggnorant (And stubborn in my opinion). This one needed a bit more humor, other than that, cool-O!

The reading age says 10 & up, but I think 8, possibly 7-year-olds will be able to handle these stories. If you’re uncertain about it though, but you’re kid is a Percy Jackson fan, just make sure they don’t read The Diary of Luke Castellan if you buy it.

Altogether, five stars! Well done! I loved seeing my favorite characters again in this book of stories and games. Congrats to Rick Riordan and his son, Haley Riordan! 🙂

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I recommend to ages 8(Possibly 7)-Adult (Look at second to last paragraph if you’re concerned about age). If you’ve read his Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief series, or enjoyed Heroes of Olympus (Book #1), you will LOVE this.

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Book Review: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl #8) by Eoin Colfer

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DESCRIPTION:

“Seemingly nothing in this world daunts the young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. In the fairy world, however, there is a small thing that has gotten under his skin on more than one occasion: Opal Koboi. In The Last Guardian, the evil pixie is wreaking havoc yet again. This time his arch rival has reanimated dead fairy warriors who were buried in the grounds of Fowl Manor. Their spirits have possessed Artemis’s little brothers, making his siblings even more annoying than usual. The warriors don’t seem to realize that the battle they were fighting when they died is long over. Artemis has until sunrise to get the spirits to vacate his brothers and go back into the earth where they belong. Can he count on a certain LEPrecon fairy to join him in what could well be his last stand?

New York Times best-selling author and comic genius Eoin Colfer will leave Artemis Fowl fans gasping up to the very end of this thrilling finale to the blockbuster series.”

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (July 10, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS

:O That’s the first thing I’m gonna type in this review other than this sentence. :O

Eoin Colfer has worked his magic again in this book! Artemis, Holly, Mulch, Butler, and Foaly all return! Sadly, along with our most wanted super-crazy-villain.

This book takes place at the Fowl Estate most of the time, in Dublin(Pretty sure it’s Dublin….). If it’s not at the Fowl Estate,then it’s in the the Lower Elements under the earth’s crust. Opal Koboi is back and needs to be stopped.

The main conflict you ask? Opal has risen warriors from the earth, and Artemis and the gang have until sunrise to return them back to the earth unless they want Opal to succeed and take over. ‘That crazy pixie’.

I loved the laughs in this book. Mulch was awesome! I loved reading his parts because I giggling, and giggling. Most of the time I was reading, crazy giggling could be heard, or complete silence because I was sucked into the book. 🙂 Artemis was awesome, as always. Holly was Holly and naturally did what she thought. 🙂 Foaly is the best centaur I’ve read about(Actually is the only centaur I’ve read about besides the one in Narnia). The book had enough action to even out the laughs and sad spots.

I admit though, I expected the ending. I seriously did. I thought it would happen a different way, but still, I expected it. I feel like he might have left it a little unfinished. He made it so more adventures could happen, he didn’t say any of the characters’ futures. 🙁 I just hope a spin-off series will bring our famous Artemis Fowl back.

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I recommend to people who have read the previous Artemis Fowl books, like/love adventure and comedy books, and people who like a good twist in their books. If your child can take a little blood and near death too, they would like this. Altogether, ages 8-Adult, 8-year-old depending on if they can hadle blood and near death. If you’ve read Percy Jackson and The OlympainsMaximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, Son of Neptune, or The 39 Clues: Maze of Bones, you’ll LOVE this. 😉

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Book Review: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

 

Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2) by Shannon Hale

Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding.There, Miri also has a chance to attend school-at the Queen’s Castle. But as Miri befriends students who seem sophisticated and exciting she also learns that they have some frightening plans. Torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends’ ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city, Miri looks to find her own way in this new place. Picking up where Princess Academy left off, and celebrating the joys of friendship, romance and the fate of fairy tale kingdoms, this new book delivers the completely delightful new story that fans have been waiting for.

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (August 21, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS

This book is going to be memorable. Very memorable. 🙂

Miri is back and awesome as eva’!!!! 😀 The book takes place in Asland, has more humor, and awesome action.

Miri arrives in Asland with her other Princess Academy friends. Britta is getting ready to marry Steffen, the prince. Book = Awesome. :P:D

I can’t really describe the main conflict, but let me try. There are plans brewing among the people of Asland. And they aren’t good for the palace. -_- Uh oh.

I loved Miri. She was funny, exciting, and an awesome main character. I loved following her through the story. What’s fun about her is, she does things I don’t expect.
Peder was also a favorite. He was a awesome guy. THE awesome guy. 😉

The ending was happy. But it was also sad. You know why it was sad? Because now I’m stuck wondering what happens next! :O Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I liked the action parts of the book. There were enough that it wasn’t just Miri wandering around and talking. I liked the parts where they were partly sad, but then something funny, awesome, or someone got mad happened. Yes, someone getting mad in a sad scene can make it better for me. Why? It takes your mind off of the sad scene. 🙂

I loved Miri in this story, and I hope you do too! 🙂

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If you liked you’ll like this. Princess Academy is on sale right now for under $5! Go get it! I recommed to 10-Adult. Adult readers will like this if they like Shannon Hale. Anyone who loved Miri before, will love her even more. If you liked The Gray Wolf Throne(Seven Realms #3), you’ll love this one. 🙂

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Event: Rick Riordan Reading and Q&A at San Marcos, TX 5/11/2012

Event: RICK RIORDAN Reading + Q&A-SOLD OUT
San Marcos, TX, Friday, May 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Location: TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY-SAN MARCOS LBJ STUDENT CENTER BALLROOM

Description: Wittliff Collections will host Rick Riordan for this special event to celebrate Rick Riordan’s World of Myth and Mythery, an exhibition showcasing the Wittliff’s major Riordan Collection—to which the author has been generously donating since 2004.

Note from Mrs. Riordan:

As many of Rick’s hosting venues now require a book purchase in the ticket price this event has the opportunity to purchase a ticket for $5 that does not include a book. Great for those of us that read books from the library! Rick will be reading from passages of books yet to be published and do a more lengthy Q&A. This should be a very special event.

Hey Bloggers!

The Pirate Princess, here! Thanks you very much for reading my blog.  Here is some fun news! I just came back from San Marcos, TX–the last stop on the tour of author Rick Riordan.

Rick Riordan has written four series.  His first children’s series was the awesome Percy Jackson and the Olympians books. Rick co-authored a book in The 39 Clues. Another series is titled The Kane Chronicles, which is a trilogy, and the last book was released on May 1st. Sadly (yet awesomely!!!), I had to wait until the 11th to get mine. Why, you ask? Because the 11th of May was his last stop on his tour for The Serpents Shadow.

I got my ticket and went to San Marcos, and had an awesome time!!! Eeep! I was the 8th person in line since we got there extra early.  We were told that the people who sat closer to the front, right next to the camera usually got called on during the Q&A, so that’s right were I sat.

I bought a SIGNED copy of The Serpent’s Shadow that night and got to ask him a question, and was awesome–I always am! 😉

Rick talked about how when he was young (No, it will not be like your grandparents telling you, “When I was young, I didn’t have a bike. Blah, blah, blah.) that he didn’t like reading or writing–until he found a book that he really liked. The first book he read that he enjoyed was Lord of the Rings. He was told it based of Norse gods and goddesses and myths or Norway/Scandinavia, which interested him at the time.

When he was in eighth grade, he sure he wanted to be an author. Rick wrote his  first short story where a guy goes to heaven and has a conversation with an angel. I forgot what he named it (I think it was Conversations with an Archangel).  His teacher told him to send it out to see if he could get it published. And he did.  Rick sent it to a sci-fi magazine that wrote stories like the one he had written and then waited for two months. When he got the letter (It was written with a typewriter), he got rejected.

And guess what? His mom was proud of that rejection letter! She framed it and put it in the hall, where he had to pass it and had to look at it…every. Single. Day. Then, a few years later, the house burned down. The only thing that survived (besides the family)….was that rejection letter. She reframed it and it’s now hanging in Riordan’s mom’s house. That’s the power of rejection for ya’!

Rick told us about how The Lightning Thief came to be:  (If you haven’t you have to read the books! The Lightening Thief is number one in his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.)

When his son was little, they found out that he had ADHD and is dyslexia. It made it so that his son didn’t like reading or writing. Rick asked his son if there was anything he was interested in at school. His son responded he liked the Greek myths they were teaching. Riordan told his son all of the myths. The night he ran out, his son wasn’t too happy. He wanted more.

“Make up another!” his son said.

“Another hasn’t been made in 2000 years,” Rick told him. Then, he decided to make a story. He gave it a shot. Then came Percy Jackson. He told his son Percy Jackson was ADHD and dyslexic, too. So, Percy Jackson started as a bedtime story. Now it’s a bestselling awesome book. (Read it already!)

Rick let his class read it before it was published. They liked it. He had to change the title though.  His class pointed out that he needed a catchier title. After that, he sent his manuscript out.

Disney Hyperion liked it and said, “We want it!” Rick said okay. Then, when they worked on the cover. The first guy….I forgot what happened to him but he got fired. The second guy wanted to monsters to be coming out of the book (see pic on left). Then they made a second edition which is the one we all see today. The Lightening Thief was sold worldwide. Rick was told that in Germany, they needed a strict, striking, dark cover. He prepared to see that. And he got…The Minotaur….In his Fruit of the Loom underpants, aka, tidy widies.

During the Q&A, I got to ask him a question.

I asked, “How do you come up with your stories?”

He replied, “I think of the myths and imagine what they would be like in the real world.”

Apparently, in the 21st century the Minotaur needs undies.

Rick also told us about his adult series(Don’t read it! {Unless you are an adult of course.}) They were killer mysteries. He said, one day in his sixth grade class(He was a teacher), one of his students asked, “Can we read your book?”

“NO!” Was Rick’s response. “It has violence and bad words! Lots of bad words!” He said when he told them that their eyes lit up and they said, “Really?” They all got the book and highlighted the bad words. So much for no.

Rick read the first chapter to a book called, Mark of Athena, the third book in his series Heroes of Olympus. I laughed very hard. You’ll see why when it comes out.

He told us more about his adult books and his children series.

He also said, one day his son came into his writing room and said, “Yeah, so I finished my manuscript.”

Here, *insert shocked expression* “What?” Rick asked.

“Yeah, it’s 600 pages.” Hayley, his son, said.

“That’s more than anything I’ve written,” Rick told his son.

Hayley said, *insert evil smile and nodding* “I knowww.”

That’s a LoL moment!

Another LOL moment.  Rick said, for his book, as I have mentioned many times(The Lightning Thief for those of you who skimmed this) he had a Japanese translator.  She had to translate all the American phrases into Japanese. Every day he got e-mails from her asking about American terms. One day he got one that said this…

Mr. Riordan,

What is a wedgie?

Hahaha! 😛

Here are some more answers to the top questions his readers may be thinking…

  1. Yes! Rick will write a Norse gods series after Heroes of Olympus.
  2. Yes, the Percy Jackson world and Sadie and Carter’s world DO exist side-by-side. So, in the Red Pyramid, Carter did see Blackjack!!!
  3. Rick does not know if he will make a Red Pyramid movie. He said if he’s offered the right amount, maybe, but he hasn’t considered it much.
  4. Rick does not know if he will continue the Percy Jackson world after “Heroes of Olympus”.
  5. No, the Lotus Casino does not exist.
  6. Rick did not see the movie of The Lightning Thief. He had nothing to do with it. He said he didn’t see the movie, because he already has the characters in his head. If he went to movie, it might’ve messed that up, so he avoided it.

And I happened to notice that right now, The Lightening Thief is on sale for Kindle for $4.99, which is awesome!

If you enjoy reading Rick’s books, you will LOVE seeing him speak in person.  If you get the chance to hear him speak, you should totally do it.  We drove over four hours to get there and it was totally worth it.  And in case your parents are wondering: Yes!  There were lots of kids there.  Most were in Middle School, like me.  To see when he’s touring next, watch his website.  We bought tickets within an hour of the event being posted and got in.  They sold out by later that night, so be ready to grab tickets as soon as they go up or you might not get in.

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That’s all for now Rick Riordan fans! Thank you for reading!!!

Related Reviews: The Lost Hero, The Serpent’s Shadow (Coming soon)