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review 2017-02-23 21:08
Book Review: The Soldiers of Halla by DJ MacHale
The Soldiers of Halla - D.J. MacHale

You know what makes a great book? Authors who aren’t afraid to get dirty; authors who don’t hold back on tragedy. This is especially true in adventure books — if your characters are frequently put in dangerous situations, bad things should happen. Yes, maybe they’re able to get out of those bad situations and rise above it, but it shouldn’t be easy for them. D.J. MacHale is one author who definitely doesn’t hold back and definitely doesn’t make it easy for his characters in the final battle.


I am very satisfied with the conclusion of this series. All the characters showed tremendous growth and the final battle was pretty awesome. MacHale did some careful planning with this series, because I noticed things that tied back to clues given in previous books, which was fun. This is the point I was waiting for throughout the entire series, and like I said, MacHale doesn’t hold back. The stakes are high and it gets dangerous for Bobby and his friends.


The only thing I didn’t like was the explanation of what makes them all Travelers and how the gates were formed. I know it’s a fantasy/science fiction novel, but it was just a little too far-fetched for me. I’m not going to go into detail due to spoilers, I’ll just say that I think there could be far better explanations to the one MacHale chose.


However, this was a satisfying ending. It got kind of shaky for me around book 6 (The Rivers of Zadaa), but I continued with it because I was invested in the characters by that point. Around book 8 (The Pilgrims of Rayne), I was feeling it again, and now I’m glad I stuck with it. Soldiers of Halla is a great book full of excitement, danger, adventure, friendship, and everything that I love about the Pendragon series. Honestly, I think it’s the best book of the series because the stakes are raised so high and the characters really have to struggle.


I recommend this entire series to lovers of young adult adventure/fantasy. They’re imaginative, exciting books that don’t disappoint.

Source: www.purplereaders.com/?p=2269
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review 2016-02-29 17:51
The Forbidden Wish (Sneak Peak)
The Forbidden Wish - Jessica Khoury

Well I know this is being done after the release but I do believe it is timely. I was given the opportunity via Net Galley to get a small snippet of this wonderful book. I am so glad I requested to read this sneak peak. I cannot express how much this book has my attention and I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on the full copy. With that being said I will only dive briefly into the topic at hand. This is of two very well known characters (even if you are not an avid Disney lover) "Aladdin and the Jinni". Though it is a bit different, still a love story just not in the manner we remember. With only a brief snippet of this book I can say that with every page I was drawn further in the world in which, Jessica Khoury, the author, has done such a well job that I read through most of these first eight chapters in one day. Though this story is not like the story we all know, in my opinion it may even be better.....shhhhh don't tell all the other Disney Aladdin lovers that I said this.....I seriously cannot wait to finish this book. I seriously recommend this book. I am not sure what is up ahead of us in this story but I cant wait to find out. Once I have read it all I will give a complete review and rating of the book.

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review 2014-04-01 09:27
Ghost Stories (Nancy Drew: Girl Detective (Aladdin Unnumbered)) - Carolyn Keene

This book contains 4 stories, that all have to do with ghosts/hauntings and such. It doesn't really fit with the whole Nancy Drew thing though, since a lot of these books specify something otherworldly happening, while in Nancy Drew books there mostly is some worldly explanation for it.

I think my favourite would be the haunted house/tv show one, the one after that the Manga Mayhem story. 

The stories have one thing in common: They all start at a slow pace, and you really need to get through the first several pages to get to a good story, and that is why it gets -1 star. The other -1 star is because, while of course I expected ghost stories, I also expected them, true to Nancy Drew style, to have a logical reason, not some supernatural thing that Nancy often couldn't explain.

But it was also fun to see the gang again. Really loved the cousins and Ned was also great. Though you really notice the age and all of the books, especially considering that Nancy and Ned show barely any affection, they are boyfriend and girlfriend, yet you don't read about them hugging or kissing that much, they don't even say much words of love to each other.

But I would recommend this book to the fans, they might just like it.

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review 2014-03-30 00:00
Aladdin - Walt Disney Company Aladdin - Walt Disney Company A great children's book
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review 2013-12-08 00:00
Aladdin - A.R. Jarvis Aladdin - A.R. Jarvis 13 pages of lul-wut?

Still, it was amusing and hilarious and completely bat-shit crazy.
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