Book Review: The Dead of Night by Peter Lerangis

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

Pirate Princess’s Review

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: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

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A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION:  “Every Tuesday Castle Glower takes on a life of its own—magically inventing, moving, and even completely getting rid of some of its rooms. Good thing Princess Celie takes the time to map out these never-ending changes. Because when the castle is ambushed and Celie’s parents and oldest brother go missing, it’s up to Celie to protect their home and save their kingdom. A great new series that readers will devour!”

 

Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (November 13, 2012)

REVIEW: 5 STARS NOT TO BE MISSED!

A couple of words. Love this. And. Want more. 😛 Seriously.

This is written by Jessica Day George and is not currently a series. It is about a girl named Celie, a.k.a, Cecelia Glower. She’s a princess in a land called Selyene.

Celie has a sister and two brothers, Lilah, Rolf, and Bran. All of which are either prince or princess to Glower Castle. Glower Castle isn’t ordinary. It has a mind of it’s own. It’s makes rooms, changes where rooms are, and when tapestries are taken down, it puts them back up!

The main conflict in this book is this: a prince named Khelsh is trying to take over. Dun, dun, dun! Sorry, but that needed to be added 🙂 Celie’s parents, the King and Queen have gone missing, along with her brother Bran. Celie knows the Castle better than anyone, and it’s up to her to make a plan.

This book, compared to The Princess of Glass, is better. I say I enjoyed this one much more. Maybe it’s because the main characters are kids, I honestly don’t know, I just know this book is great. I liked the ending, but went into shock when I was almost done. Seriously.

The ending was fun and happy. I can’t say why because I’ll ruin the book. Sorry! (And to those of you who skip to the last page or read spoilers, guess what? Can’t do that on Ebook!)  The characters brought many laughs and high risks. The Glower children are amazing……are very good at pranks. Hahaha, I was laughing hard.  I recommend this book.  It has laughs and the language is funny and fun at times. 🙂

This review has now ended. *screen goes black*

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Recommended for younger girls, little boys who like puppies, Jessica Day George fans, Shannon Hale fans.  You’ll like this book if you liked DRAGON SLIPPERS, PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL, THE GOOSE GIRL, ENNA BURNING.

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

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A Pirate Princess Review

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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Book Review: The Case of the Most Ancient Bone #50 (Hank the Cowdog) by John R. Erickson

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Michael’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “Hank the Cowdog?Head of ranch security?is on the case in his fiftieth mystery! And this is no ordinary, run-of-the-mill ranch intrigue. No sir, this is a real, honest-to-goodness archaeological adventure! when an old friend of slim?s starts an archaeological dig near the ranch, it doesn?t take long before little Alfred gets caught up in the excitement. And once Alfred manages to get himself invited to the dig, it isn?t long before Hank follows. once there, Hank finds himself face-to-face with the most ancient of bones?a huge bison bone that Hank just knows has been aged to delicious perfection. Hank should be protecting the bone, but can he keep his doggie instincts at bay and uphold his position? or will the most ancient of bones get the best of him?”

Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Puffin (July 19, 2007)

REVIEW: 5 STARS TOO GOOD TO BE MISSED!

I liked this book because Hank is more silly in it.  He made the coyote brothers get their heads get stuck in a hole.  Also, Hank gets in trouble a lot more.  Those parts made me laugh at loud.  My favorite time Hank got in trouble was when Hank dug up all of Sallie Mae’s plants.  Pete the cat tricked him, and Hank got in a lot of trouble.

I thought the story he told about the root beer was really funny.  Snort and his brother were really thirsty and believed him.  It was funny.  That’s the part where they got their heads stuck in the hole.

The ending was great.  I liked that they were really confused about the bone/ tooth they found.  Hank was sneaky at the end.  And mommy liked that it connected to a previous Hank the Cowdog book about the soap.  We were both laughing.

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I recommend this book for reluctant readers, Hank the Cowdog fans, books for boys, and people who want to laugh at silly Hank.

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Book Review: Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House, No. 9) by Mary Pope Osborne

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A Michael Review

DESCRIPTION:

“Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

IT’S SINK OR SWIM

for Jack and Annie when the Magic Tree House whisks them off to the middle of the ocean. Luckily, they find a mini-submarine on a coral reef. Unluckily, they are about to meet a giant octopus and one very hungry shark. Will the dolphins save the day? Or are Jack and Annie doomed to be dinner?”

Reading level: Ages 6 and up
Paperback: 67 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (April 29, 1997)

RATING 5 STARS! NOT TO BE MISSED!

I really liked this book.  Before we found these books I did not want to read on my own.  But I like these a lot.

This book was a good read because it was so funny! Jack and Annie were on a submarine for most of this book looking for the answer to their riddle.  And then the submarine went under!  Annie pressed a lot of buttons on the submarine. I laughed a whole lot when that happened!

It took me 2 nights of reading by myself to read this book.  It was easy to read.  The best thing about this book was when Jack and Annie noticed that their submarine was broken.

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Recommended for kids, reluctant readers, early readers, boys, girls.

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