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

Pirate Princess’s Review

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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: Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Pirate Princess’s Review

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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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