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review 2018-05-29 03:17
Curse of the Boggin - audiobook
Curse of the Boggin (The Library Book 1) - D.J. MacHale,Keith Nobbs,Mark Bramhall

 

This is book one in The Library series, about a magical library that helps spirits whose stories have been disrupted by supernatural events.  After Marcus finds the key that opens the door to the library, he is confronted by a creepy old lady who demands that he "Surrender the key." Along with his friends, Lu and Theo, Marcus must fight an ancient enemy and protect the library.

 

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did an excellent job. The forward gave interesting information about the author and the other books in this series, complete with creepy laugh. The only slightly annoying part was when the narrator read for the librarian who has a Scottish accent. It was a bit distracting.

 

While this book was much shorter than what I'm used to, the length is perfect for young readers. I was a bit disappointed when it ended so soon. Middle grade readers will want more of this scary, thrilling adventure. Some may find they want to leave the lights on after reading, but the story is worth it.

 

This book has also been released as Surrender the Key. There is one more book in the series so far (Black Moon Rising), and book 3, The Oracle of Doom, will be released in October of this year. After reading this book, I am interested in checking out other series by this author including The Pendragon series, and The Morpheus Road series.

 

Has anyone out there read either of those or something else by MacHale?

 

Recommended to: Readers in grades 5-8 who are looking for a scary adventure series.

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review 2018-05-09 02:51
The Eureka Key by Sarah L. Thomson
The Eureka Key - Sarah L. Thomson

 

Sam's eyes were on the clock: 9:54.

- opening line

In this series, Sam and Martina use their brains and skills to solve puzzles that will help find an invention that could save or destroy our nation. After winning a contest, they are on a trip across the country, but it quickly turns into something far more important and dangerous. The founding fathers left clues to seven "keys" that will unlock Benjamin Franklin's greatest invention, but, sinister forces are also searching for the keys. Sam and Martina get along like oil and water, but they must learn to work together to solve the difficult puzzles and avoid booby traps to find the keys first.

 

In this book (the first in the series), Sam and Martina are looking for Ben Franklin's key. Throughout the book, we learn different facts about Franklin (thanks to Martina's vast knowledge). Most of the story takes place underground as the kids evade the bad guys and try to survive the dangerous puzzles/traps. The keys are vitally important and failing to solve the puzzles could lead to death. Sam and Martina didn't sign up for this, but they are determined to find the keys and thwart the bad guys.

 

This is a fun adventure/mystery story. Kids who enjoy solving puzzles or have an interest in history will love this book. There are three books in the series so far, but I'm assuming there will eventually be seven (for the seven keys). The keys are not all literal keys like Ben Franklin's key - each one relates to the founding father who hid it. The second book to Thomas Jefferson's Eagle's Quill, and the third to Alexander Hamilton's Ring of Honor.

 

Recommended to: Ages 9-13, fans of history and adventure stories.

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review 2018-05-03 04:21
Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park
Forest of Wonders (Wing & Claw) - Jim Madsen,Linda Sue Park,Graham Halstead

 

 

This is an enchanting adventure that kids are sure to love. There is magic, talking animals, danger, friendship, and by the end Raffa realizes that choices (and people) are not always what they seem to be. The plot is unresolved at the end (which makes sense because this is a trilogy), but all three books are already released so it's easy to continue with Raffa's adventure.

 

Highly recommended to students in grades 4 and up, fans of fantasy, magic, and adventure.

 

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did an excellent job.

 

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review 2014-04-07 21:12
Review: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

 

This book was.... 

 

Nice

 

     

 I mean I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it. I thought some parts were slower than other but in no way did that take anything away from it. Once it got going I found it to be irresistibly entertaining.


I appreciated how there was no Insta-Love connection between the two main characters. The author took her time letting them adjust to the setting and surroundings, especially in the new "situation" they found themselves in. With the romance being so subtle, we got to learn more about the culture and political aspects of the story. While their love was building, the plot was thickening, leading us to one hell of a twist.

 

 

 

There's action and betrayal. A slow burning, believable romance and an unpredictable ending that will have readers craving more. I'm very pleased with this lovely and thrilling start to a new series, and I'm interested to see what the next installment has in store for us.

 

 

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review 2014-03-18 23:26
Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Falling Kingdoms - Morgan Rhodes,Michelle Rowen

 

 

Read from February 16 to 20, 2014

 

This book is ridiculously good! Amazing! Hands down one of the best things I've ever read! It really does "take the cake"!

 


There's no surprise that I'm a HUGE fan of fantasy, especially High/Epic fantasy. One that involves magic and distant lands, Kingdoms and brutal battles. This one HAS. IT. ALL !!!!

 

This story is told in three POV's and in 3rd person. You would think that would make the story somewhat confusing and jumbled up but it is well constructed that you'll easily understand. Cleo, Jonas and Magus are each from a different Kingdom in the land of Mythica, and each come with their own twist in this story. Their separate lives are soon intertwined with each others. These characters suffer and witness love and hate, magic and myths all while a ruthless, vicious war is brewing. Leaving readers wondering what will happen now that the Kingdoms have fallen.


I highly recommend that everyone read this. It's one hell of a story. Fast pace and fun to read. Thrilling and intense. Super brutal and the battle scene is WHEW! Talk about Gore!!!

 

I'm eager to read the second book, Rebel Spring! So eager with excitement that as soon as I finished this one this morning (at 6:30 am) I went and got it at Walmart! It's all mine....ALL MINE!

 

Happy Reading Y'all 

♥ xoxo ♥

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