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review 2016-09-04 00:00
Rhodi Rising
Rhodi Rising - Megan Linski

*I received a free ecopy from Xpresso Book Tours and the publisher/author in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.* Thank you!

Cover: Beautiful!
Rating: 4 Stars!
Overall: Exciting and Enjoyable
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Dylan and Devin must find their masters, but who can they trust when they are betrayed be a friend?
Page Turner: Yes!
Series Cont.? Yes!
Recommend: Yes!

Short Review:
Another exciting adventure! Dylan and Devin are forced to stay with their aunt, uncle, and cousin Tristan. Determined to return to their masters, the twins devise plans to leave, but things don't always go as planned. On the run again, the twins meet new friends as well as some old friends, but who can be trusted?

See blog for more: Adventures Thru Wonderland

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/29755662-rhodi-rising
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review 2014-12-13 04:37
Farts farts and some more farts
Fart Squad - Seamus Pilger,Stephen Gilpin

Admittedly, I only gave this book a go because the title amused me but don’t be fooled by the title, this book is amazingly deep.

 

Oh who am I kidding, this book was laugh out loud hiliarious and I had a hard time getting myself to stop laughing. You kind of just fly right through it (if you’ve read the book you might understand why this sentence makes me laugh so much).

 

When a bunch of kids are forced to eat the horrendous burritos from the school cafeteria, their lives are changed forever as a result of… uncontrollable gas! Their farts are now magical. But something dark is brewing and it is up to the fart squad to save the day. 

 

As you can already imagine, there isn’t going to be much depth to a book like this but I most certainly admire these characters' bravery. They may just be little munchkins but they take it upon themselves to save the day. They train for it and they make themselves eat those horrendous burritos to help strengthen their magical powers. I wouldn’t put up with horrible cafeteria food for a bunch of silly children. Or maybe I would, but that's beside the point.

 

I thought, given the context, the plot line was actually pretty interesting. I had fun seeing them unravel the malicious plot and I was amused by the tricks they decided to use to help save the day. What really made me laugh was the way the magical farts were weaved into this. Hey, who knew having magical farts could help save the day?

 

This book, is unsurprisingly childish but I have to say, it definitely made my day. It’s hilarious and seriously, who doesn’t want to read about farts? … well that was a rhetorical question but either way I think that in spite of the book's childish nature, it was a good read so don’t be afraid to read it even if you think you’re too old for such childish endeavours. It’s worth it.

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review 2014-10-29 00:00
HEROES Urban Fantasy and Super Powers Bundle #2
HEROES Urban Fantasy and Super Powers Bu... HEROES Urban Fantasy and Super Powers Bundle #2 - Autumn Kalquist,Ernie Lindsey,Annie Bellet,A.P. Kensey,Nicolas Wilson,Madeline Freeman,S.M. Reine,Michelle Read,Elle Casey,V.M. Black,Lindsay Buroker Panther's Quest by V.M. Black

It was interesting seeing things from Chay's point of view and how he thought and reacted in a situation his rash werewolf friend and his friends girl put him in. A very interesting read and well written by V.M. Black, look forward to more by this author and reading the other books
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review 2014-08-05 17:45
False Future by Dan Krokos
False Future - Dan Krokos

Series: False Memory Trilogy #3

Expected Publication: August 19, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion

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I am not going to go into a summary of this book because I don't want to majorly spoil False Memory or False Sight, however, there may still be slight spoilers for those in this review, just a warning.

 

This is the perfect conclusion to a mind bending, full throttle trilogy! I wasn't sure if I would be able to get back into this world and story since it had been nearly a year since I read the previous book, but Dan Krokos made it very easy to remember everything. I was very happy about that, especially since this series is extremely complex.

 

My favorite things about this trilogy are the plot developments. The twists are seriously on point. I was always shocked by them and I loved how ruthless Krokos is. I know that sounds weird, but he is not afraid of taking risks with his characters and plot and I found that enjoyable and refreshing. 
I also love how intricate and complicated this world is. Many aspects to the world are explained and explored in this final installment. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about it.

 

Another great thing about this book and trilogy is how fast-paced it is. There is hardly ever down time, and it's hard to put the book down. I love the action scenes. They are fairly brutal, but exciting at the same time.

 

The characters are awesome as well. Miranda is a strong lead, but I enjoy how the side characters play big roles. The reader really gets to know the characters and they each have very distinct and entertaining personalities. It was great seeing Miranda's relationships with each of the characters evolving from book to book.

 

As much as I want to, I can't give this book a full 5 stars. That is because I am still confused on some aspects. I feel like we didn't get all the answers needed in the conclusion. It was a great ending, but I wish there was more of an epilogue for the future. This book is really about fighting to save the future, and I want to know if it really was saved. 

 

With that said, this trilogy is great for readers who are looking for something that is a thought-provoking mix of fantasy and science fiction. This series is mostly plot-driven and includes parallel universes, clones, the apocalypse, and super powers. It is very easy to read each of the books in one sitting and they will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat! 

 

*Thank you to Disney-Hyperion for sending my a copy of this book in return for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.*

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review 2014-06-19 15:37
Greek Mythology with a western twist!
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

Actual score 3.50

 

Maybe I'm coming in as a bandwagon fan, because I've seen both movies before i read any of these books, but I was really surprised on how I was swept up by the book vs the movie.

 

For anyone that doesn't know this series, It follows Perseus "Percy" Jackson, a young boy who finds out that his dad is a the Greek god of the Sea, The mighty Poseidon, making him a demigod. Because he is the descendant of such a powerful god, monsters want him for breakfast left and right. He discovers that there is a safe heaven for others like him, Camp Half Blood, where he must learn the ways of becoming a hero. But there's a rumor going around that he stole Zeus's master bolt and that is odds for starting a war on Olympus. So Percy must embark on a quest to find the missing bolt and return it before Zeus declares war with his brother, Poseidon.

 

The plot and storyline really grabbed me from the first chapter. Things tend to move really fast in Rick Riordan's books, which I love. He wastes no time getting right into action so it's easy to not get bored in the first few pages. You have to be a huge Greek Mythology buff to fully appreciate this series.There's a lot of name dropping and he doesn't always slow down to explain the purpose of some gods or figures in greek mythology. Lucky for me I took Greek Mythology in high school so I was excited to see how he incorporated many of the gods in this different spin.

 

I think kids might actually learn a little from this book about greek mythology, not everything but it will definitely spark some interest into looking into it more. The world building was simple amazing. The movie doesn't do it justice at all.


As far as character development, I think there was a pretty good job at giving a little backstory of many of the characters. Because I saw the movie first, there were a lot of things i had questions about and honestly the book is a little better in terms of really understanding the story. I really loved the movies but I have a hard time understanding how they'll be able to make all five movies because they left sooooo much stuff out of the first movie. I think this book is interesting as the Harry Potter series because I saw all those movies first too, so reading them, i get a deeper understanding for the characters and actual story. Percy Jackson was really relatable and i adored his narrative. I wouldn't say it's been my absolute favorite but sometimes my fear with Middle grade titles is that they will come off as unintelligent. I'm glad he didn't.

 

There's a crap load of conflict in this book and it features so many details that the movie just did not. If you're lucky enough to read the books first, do so but seeing the movies may disappoint you because it deviates from the plot of the book A LOT.You've been warned!I think the amount of conflict Percy through is kind of excessive, every other turn he gets into trouble, but I guess that's just the life of Percy Jackson.

 

 

I think this book makes it hard to read other books featuring Greek Mythology, because it has a unique way of mixing greek mythology with pop culture and western civilization. I've read so many books trying to incorporate greek mythology but this one hands down has been my favorite!

 

The editing is to an industry standard. I didn't really have any complaints in terms of POV, language, Prose or anything like that. I think everything was appropriate as Percy was a 12 year old boy. There was a great balance of description and actual conversation.So i gave it the whole point!

 

I think what really suffered in score for me was the lack of diversity in the book. Because I read The Lost Heroes, Book 1 of The Heroes of Olympus series, I thought that The lightning thief would mirror that series in terms of diversity. I think I saw 2 pOC throughout the book and they were such minor characters. If the diversity would have been strong, this book would have been a pure gem. Since I always judge on terms of diversity, I couldn't give it any points for diversity because there just wasn't any.

 

I love the title but the cover is just ehhhh. I think it fits it but I'm not crazy about it. The names of the characters were cool. I love greek names, even though i can barely pronounce them. But I think this series changed my mind about the way I saw the name Percy. I always thought of Percy as a bullies name, but know I think of something more positive!And I love that his real name is Perseus.Pretty Cool!The descriptions of characters are pretty clear. Especially when he met new people, so I threw in the point for that too.

 

Between The Olympians series and The Heroes of Olympus series, I have to say I prefer the other based on the amount of POC characters the author managed to put in. Other than that, If you're a greek gods buff, You'll love The Percy Jackson Series. I'm off to the next book!

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