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

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“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.

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“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 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: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

 I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1) by Ally Carter

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DESCRIPTION: “Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies.

Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”—but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission—falling in love.”

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (March 20, 2007)

RATING 3 STARS

Eh.

That’s what it was. Eh. This book takes place in Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. The main conflict is romance. Romance between Cameron Morgan and Josh Abrams.

I liked the beginning. It was cool and off to a good start. I love, love, LOVE that she used parentheses for adding extra stuff the character wanted to say. It made it better for me, plus, some of the stuff in the parentheses was awesome slash funny.

Then it went downhill. As soon as Cammie saw Josh, she loved him. I’m sorry, but is that believable? Love at first sight in a book about spies? The crush/love that Cammie started feeling for Josh went way too fast.

The ending was cool and exciting, but slightly unrealistic. I liked her assignment, but the part after that…

Liz got annoying and it seemed like Bex didn’t need to be there. Mr. Solomon was annoying and I wanted to punch him a lot. Cammie, during the middle part of the book, was annoying and to me seemed slightly crazy.

I would buy the next book if it went on sale basically. I did finish this book in case you’re wondering. Amazon says this book is for 18 & up, but I read it and I’m in middle school. It was perfectly fine for me, so maybe it’s fine for your girl.

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I recommend to romance/action lovers (Mostly romance lovers) and people 8/9-young teen. This book is mostly for girls so don’t have your boy read it. That might cause some awkward moments.. If you’ve read perhaps Twilight, there’s a chance you might like this.

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Book Review: Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s talents for storytelling and creating strong female characters take a fresh turn in this spirited and sophisticated fairy tale.

Benevolence is not your typical princess.
With her parents lost to assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia. Starved and miserable, locked in the castle’s highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire . . . But Ben’s private adventures are soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat to her kingdom. Can Ben save the country and herself from foul tyranny?”

Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Graphia; Reprint edition (May 4, 2009)

RATING 4 STARS

Princess Ben is one wicked awesome princess.

This book is about Princess Benevolence, a girl who soon finds out she’s different from the rest of the royal family. That’s basically the main conflict. Ben is not like the rest of the royal family. She is part of the magical arts. This book takes place in Ancienne, a fantasy land.

The book has four parts. Part one, to me, went slow, even though they were explaining the fantasy world, it was still slow. Part two kept me interest and made me love Ben so much! Part 3: the whole thing was an adventure that I would go on again. 🙂 Part four had awesome laughs, good adventure, and some funny but interesting scenes. Altogether, the book was good enough for me to keep reading. 🙂

The ending, has to be my favorite part of the book, because of the laughs, scenes, adventure, and how much it made me smile. The beginning was slow, but it made me realize, READ 100 PAGES BEFORE YOU GIVE UP ON A BOOK. I was on, like, page 76 when it finally got interesting. SO KEEP READING IT WHEN YA’ GET IT.

The character Ben was amazing. She has natural talent that shows more toward the end of the book. Prince Florian, I usually always wanted to punch his face, that annoying nuisance of a prince. Hmph.

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I recommend to people who enjoy fantasy, magic, and princesses. I mostly recommend for woman and girls, teen girls especially. Girls, 9-15 might like this. If you want to read this to your 9-year-old, make sure they can handle blood, otherwise wait until they are older, just to be safe. If you’ve read The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, you’ll enjoy this book. Miri and Ben kick butt. 😉

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Book Review: Kingdom Keepers V-Shell Game by Ridley Pearson

kingdom keepers V, disney books, childrens books, 5 starsKingdom Keepers V: Shell Game by Riddley Pearson

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DESCRIPTION: “As the five Kingdom Keepers enter high school, everything is about to change. The Maintenance Base that controls all four parks in Disney World is under attack by the Overtakers, a group determined to change Disneyforever. Relationships between the Keepers are no longer as simple as they once were. In fact, nothing is as simple as it once was.
An after-hours visit to Typhoon Lagoon is a game changer. The Keepers lose one of their most valuable supporters. But there’s work to do . . .

The Disney Dream leaves Port Canaveral on an historic cruise to Los Angeles with a special treat in store for guests: the Disney Host Interactive guides are on board. Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby join guests as the DHI experience moves to one of the most advanced cruise ships in the world.

But all is not right below decks. Strange things are happening. Only the Kingdom Keepers know the truth behind their invitation to be in attendance: nearly every Disney villain is aboard the ship, including Maleficent. The Overtakers have infiltrated the cast and crew. And no oneknows what they have planned.

The Dream sets sail filled with enthusiastic guests and crew. But not for long. Maleficent takes over a video screen and warns the guests of trouble to come. With the ship arriving to the beaches of Castaway Cay–its first of many exotic ports of call–the Kingdom Keepers are under attack; back home the Base is threatened and about to fall. The Overtakers have expanded in ways never foreseen, and it’s clear they intend to use this element of surprise to accomplish what has eluded them so far: victory.

But not if Finn Whitman and friends have anything to say about it.”

Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Hardcover: 560 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (April 3, 2012)

REVIEW 5 STARS-NOT TO BE MISSED!

Two words(Well four if you count the two before). Awesome. Cliffhanger.

This book is the fourth in the Kingdom Keepers series, written by Ridley Pearson. It takes place on the Disney cruise ship, The Dream and The Fantasy. Kingdom Keepers are now traveling from Orlando, Florida and across the Panama Canal to California.

The Keepers, Finn, Willa, Maybeck, Philby, and Charlene along with their two friend Jes and Amanda, have a new adventure on their hands.

The book had amazing conflict and twists that I didn’t see coming. I couldn’t figure it out except for when the author told me(Haha!) and I can usually see who the culprit or what’s going to happen before the end of the book. The main conflict in this book is hard to place, but you’ll see when you read it it’s this. Why do the Overtakers want a certain item and why are they on the ship? Finn has the most conflict in this book, and you’ll see why.

I’ll compare the first book of this amazing series to this one. I think I like this one better. There’s more conflict, more problems the Keepers have to face, and it has an awesome ending, but the ending also made me go into shock.

Speaking of the ending, I have to say I did enjoy it. True, I did go into shock when I read it and re-read it to make sure I got it right…But it was still good. I thought the series was over then and there, but then I heard two more books are coming and I was jumping up and down like a crazy person(No! I am not crazy!).

I liked the characters in the books, but I found I didn’t like two of them as much any more, and they are not Overtakers. Finn, as always, is awesome, but I found some of his personality changed. Amanda…..Is amazing. That’s all I can say. New characters are introduced in this book to, but I won’t say who.

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I would definitely recommend this book to around 10-Adult. People who enjoyed the previous books of this series should read this one. Tweens and teens will lie it to. Heck! Adults will LOVE it!!!

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