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

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

Pirate Princess’s Review

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.

~~~~~~

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.”

~~~~~~

[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: Game Over by James Patterson

Game Over (Daniel X #4) by James Patterson

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DESCRIPTION: “When Daniel X discovers that a duo of evil extraterrestrials is plotting to control kids around the world through videogames, he’s determined to take them both out of commission. This pair of wicked game masters wants to destroy the human race by turning brainwashed videogamers into an unstoppable army of doom! They’re also running an endangered species hunting club on the side, and their next target is none other than Daniel. He’ll have no choice but to turn to the aliens’ rebellious son who needs help to stand up to his malicious parents. But can Daniel trust the progeny of this treacherous twosome? Or will it be “Game Over” for the alien hunter?”

Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Hardcover: 255 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

RATING ~ 5 ‘X’-TRAORDINARY STARS!

You think your jobs stinks? Try doing what Daniel X does.Without being paid.

Daniel X, the Alien Hunter, returns in the fourth book of the Daniel X book series. Being a teenage Alien Hunter isn’t easy. Especially when you’re hunting down aliens that hold the ranks 8 and 7 on The List of Outlaws on Terra Firma. What’s Terra Firma? Earth. In this book, Daniel’s adventure takes place in Tokyo, Japan.
This book is action packed, full of thrills, and awesome/funny comments. Want to read some of those awesome comments? Look at the ones below!

“Ahhh!” I yelled, falling to the floor in mock agony. (Well, not exactly “mock.” Those boxes were heavy.)

“I’m so sorry to trouble you, sir,” I said, extracting myself from the pile. “I’ll be on my way, but let me help you with these boxes first.”
The clerk looked momentarily confused, clearly not the cleverest creature to step off a UFO. A good tip to remember: politeness and civility throw a goon every time.

Seriously, I love the Daniel X series and I was not disappointed. Daniel’s a teenager, like me, so I can understand some of his ‘teen issues’. You know, the ones that aren’t caused by aliens trying to kill you while you’re trying to kill them.

This book was a bit shorter than others I’ve read so far this year, but it was totally worth it. As I said before, I ♥ Daniel X. The fact that he was hunting down two alien outlaws at once got me excited, because he hadn’t done that before in the previous three books.

As soon as I finished this book, I got the one that comes after it. There was only one part in the book where I didn’t know exactly how to react. I didn’t know if I should be upset, excited, or what. Want to know what that moment was? When he referred to Maximum Ride. O.0 With how the last book of that series ended, I felt a bit annoyed. But since I loved the first books in the series, I felt a bit excited too. What does that equal? Confused teenager emotions.

Anyways…….I LOVED THE ENDING! It was a bit sad…But it was awesome! 😀 If I add up everything about the book……5 stars. Duh!

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I recommend to James Patterson fans. If you’ve read at least the first Daniel X book, you can read this one too! But only after you’ve read the previous two books! If you’ve read the first Maximum Ride(Maximum Ride #1) book, you should enjoy this. ^-^

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Book Review: The Academy by Ridley Pearson

The Academy (Steel Trapp #2) by Ridley Pearson

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DESCRIPTION: ”

Steven “Steel” Trapp has been placed in an East Coast boarding school for gifted kids by his FBI agent father. He soon discovers that there’s a clubby element of the faculty and upper classmen that is very secretive and protective. To his surprise, his friend Kaileigh arrives at the school, and it isn’t long before the two realize that this is not your normal boarding school. It seems a select few students are recruited, while still minors, to serve as special “translators” for the US Government. People—including diplomats and dignitaries—will say things around kids that they wouldn’t otherwise dare speak outside of embassies. The willing student “agent” takes a semester abroad and ends up spying for his country.

But there are dark forces at play at the school. Foreign agents may have penetrated the school’s secrecy and have sleepers in place: kids spying on future kid spies. There is conspiracy and competition among the elite faculty that threaten security. As Steel and Kaileigh are recruited for their first test run—trying to break a ring of pickpockets in a Boston hotel—things go impossibly wrong. Betrayal and conspiracy cloud what should have been a straightforward assignment. And all too soon, their very lives are in danger.”

RATING ~ 5 STARS OF KICK-BUTT!

I. Love. Freakin’. Steel. Trapp. 😀

Steel and Kaileigh return in this mysterious and awesome adventure! Steel’s father has placed him in a school that is very secluded, and almost from the start of the semester, Steel knows that something about it is different than others.

I enjoyed reading this book. Since Steel and Kaileigh are at a new school, new characters were introduced. And new bad guys. >:D Wicked. Awesome. The book was fun to read, enjoyable(Obviously), and is a favorite(Of course).

Buuuut……..I have the sneaking suspicion that Ridley Pearson will write a 3rd book. He’s currently writing Kingdom Keepers, a famous series that will have 7 books. I’m think that he writes the Steel Trapp series when he’s bored or isn’t currently writing anything.

I got that idea because of the ending. The end of the book feels a bit incomplete. Steel and Kaileigh have some moments, but they don’t become a couple. Plus, Steel is Steel! He’s bound to have more adventures.

My point is that I loved this book and I hope there’s going to be another one. 5 stars! Whoo hoo! Go Steven ‘Steel’ Trapp!

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I recommend to Ridley Pearson fans! Ages 11-19 should give this a shot! 😀 If you enjoy mysteries, adventure, and or thiller/suspense book, PICK THIS UP AND BUY IT.

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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: The Challenge by Ridley Pearson

The Challenge (Steel Trapp #1) by Ridley Pearson

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DESCRIPTION: “In this riveting thriller, 14-year-old Steven “Steel” Trapp sets off with his mom and their dog, Cairo, on a 2-day Amtrak journey to compete in the National Science Competition in Washington, DC. Steel  is both blessed and cursed with a remarkable photographic memory–just one look and whatever he sees is imprinted for keeps. Trying to be a good Samaritan on the train, he instead becomes embroiled in an ingenious, international plot of kidnapping and bribery that may have links to terrorists. Federal agents (first seen in Pearson’s adult thriller, Cut and Run) track Steel and his new-found science geek accomplice, Kaileigh Augustine, as they attempt to put together the pieces of a complex puzzle. Using Steel’s science contest invention–and with the help of Cairo–Steel and Kaileigh lead readers on an action-packed chase adventure as they attempt to prevent the unimaginable, before it’s too late.”

Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH

RATING ~ 5 STARS

It felt so good reading another Ridley Pearson book. It was a different genre, with different characters, a new plot, and a whole lot of awesomeness.

The main character, Steven ‘Steel’ Trapp, is a 14-year-old boy who has photographic memory. He’s on his way to Washington, DC, to compete in a science competition called The Challenge. But on the way, he gets in a bit of trouble. When he tries to do a good deed, he quickly gets involved in something more important than The Challenge.

I picked up this book, because I had nothing to read. I’m a big fan of Ridley Pearson’s ‘Kingdom Keepers’ series, and decided to pick up another of one of his book while I waited for ‘Dark Passage’ to come out. Now this is what I think when I see this book: STEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This book is a different genre than Kingdom Keepers, just about altogether. It’s a mystery, action-adventure, thriller, and suspense book. I officially love it.

This book had humor, an action scene close to the end, and had me guessing the whole time. Steel is officially a new favorite fiction character of mine, along with his friend, Kaileigh. Some examples of parts that I thought deserved a giggle are shown below..

“You’re brilliant,” Kaileigh said.
“I try,” Steel said immodestly.

“But when your mom finds out…”
“Yeah, but I’m already in so much trouble it doesn’t count.”
“I think it will count,” Kaileigh said with a smile.
“Yeah, you’re probably right.”

Lol. 😀 I now think that any YA or Middle Grade books Ridley Pearson writes most likely deserve four or five stars. This book gets an overall 5 star rating. 😀 Whoo hoo! Go Pearson!!

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I recommend this book to Ridley Pearson fans! If you enjoy mystery, action-adventure, suspense, or thriller genres, then you should defiantly grab this book. Ages 9-19 should give this book a try.

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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 Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

 

The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacis #3) by Pittacus Lore

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DESCRIPTION: ”

Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I’d been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive.

Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others. . . .

I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we’re looking for the others—including John.

But so are they.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They caught me in New York—but I escaped.
I am Number Six.
They want to finish what they started.
But they’ll have to fight us first.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (August 21, 2012

RATING 5 STARS!

I LOVED this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Rise of Nine. Catchy title for an awesome book. The Rise of Nine’s main character is Number Four, also known as John Smith. This book takes place all around the world: West Virginia, New Mexico, India, England, and Chicago.

The main conflict of this book: It’s time to gather the rest of the Garde. Their enemy, the Mogs, are gathering and planning their death. They don’t plan to die without a fight.

Nine….is a meatcake. 😛 But he’s pretty cool. I loved his witty remarks, but he was frustrating at times. For one, he’s not very cooperative. He goes looking for trouble.

Four was amazing. As always! 😀 His visions were cool to read. He’s a good character to have in a book, even if he can be stubborn. But hey! Everyone’s stubborn once in a while!

Six. Six, six, six….YOU KICK BUTT GIRL!!!!!!!!!!! She’s. AWESOME.
Enough said.

I loved the action scenes. The ending was my favorite part of the book. Biggest. Action. Scene. EVER! LOVED IT! I also noticed something….The author put himself in the book! I would totally do that! Lol moment. BK(Bernie Kosar), was awesome. 😀 I love that beagle.

Parts I didn’t like were, well, when the book took place in India. It was cool I guess, but they weren’t my favorite. 🙁 I don’t know why, they just weren’t. Also, I thought this would be the last book in the series. But guess what? It’s not! It ending was a cliffhanger! Seriously?!?!? A cliffhanger!!!!!!! I was totally prepared for one of my favorite series to end in this book, but instead it was a cliffhanger. A real cliffhanger. Cut off in the middle of action! :O Grrrrr……

Above all, amazing book! Can’t wait to find out when the fourth comes out! Great work Pittacus Lore!

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I recommend to Middle School ages(12 & up) through adult. If you’ve read the first book of this series and or second, read this one too. If you’ve read The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, you might enjoy this book. Action/Adventure readers will LOVE this book.

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Book Review: Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure by James Patterson

 

Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure (Maximum Ride #8) by James Patterson

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

One last chance…
for Max, Fang, and Dylan…
before it all ends.

Are you ready for the final chapter? Are you ready for the ultimate flight? Because THIS IS IT. One last incredible, explosive adventure with an astonishing ending that no one could have seen coming.”

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (August 6, 2012)

RATING 3 STARS

Max is back baby, and stubborn as ever. 😉

Maximum Ride and the gang are just settling in for normal lives, keeping a low profile. Just when things are starting act up again and they’re needed.

A group of people have made a plan and call it 99%. Seemingly harmless, they’re more dangerous than the Doomsday group. The book has different parts, like the others. A prologue, four sections, and two epilogues. For me, there were two main conflicts: Find out more about 99% and get the whole flock back together.

The beginning for me was okay. I enjoyed it. There were awesome laughs that I enjoyed. Gazzy was hilarious, along with Iggy. Max was awesome. I love her stubbornness, but her Dylan/Fang problems made it hard to understand her.

The middle of the book was amazing! A memorable part will be: ‘Step. Away. From. The. Pie.’ Hahaha! 😀 Gazzy, don’t eat half a pie and ask for more, okay buddy? There were a lot of actions scenes the further in the book I got. I liked reading from Fang’s point of view (It may be written in third person, but still!) and his adventure. Angel……I dreaded reading from her point of view. 🙁 Because I really hate what they did to her.

There are spoilers in the section below. To read this part, highlight it and you’ll be able to see what I wrote. I didn’t want to spoil it for anyone, but I wanted to post something about the ending of this series.

I want to strangle James Patterson. The ending of this book stunk. And by stunk, I mean I got emotional, practically cried, and wanted to march up to his house and slap him. Why? Yes, yes, this sounds like ranting. But here’s my reason. Max and Fang die. During the freaking apocalypse. >:( Not cool. But here’s the other thing. The reason there were two epilogues is this: In the first one, it’s Max’s last words and saying she sees the light at the end of the tunnel. >:( The second epilogue has chapters. It takes ’till the second chapter in the second epilogue for them to actually say, “Hey! I lived! Gotcha’!” I can’t even…… Type how I feel about that. 

I’m giving this book three stars because of the ending. The ending messed the whole thing up. If the ending had been different, five stars would be coming its way! But the ending stunk. 🙁 I still enjoyed this book (Aka, the beginning and middle) and I think you should finish the series. But when you get to the epilogues, skip the first one and go to the second.

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I recommend to 13-Teen. If this goes on sale, buy it! Go ahead! But if it’s price goes up beyond its original $10, but it at a garage sale. If you enjoyed Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #8), you might enjoy this. 

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