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: The Academy by Ridley Pearson

The Academy (Steel Trapp #2) by Ridley Pearson

Pirate Princess’s Review

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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: The Challenge by Ridley Pearson

The Challenge (Steel Trapp #1) by Ridley Pearson

Pirate Princess’s Review

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: Kingdom Keepers V-Shell Game by Ridley 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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