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Shell Game (Kingdom Keepers #5)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,421 Ratings  ·  248 Reviews
As the Disney Fantasy joins the cruise fleet, a special treat is in store for guests aboard its inaugural sail from Cape Canaveral to Los Angeles: the Disney Host Interactive teenage guides will be part of the Fantasy crew.

Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby are to attend the cruise as celebrity guests, and to perform a ribbon cutting for the DHI server to go live.
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
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Ginnie W
Apr 26, 2012 Ginnie W rated it it was amazing
The ending went like this:
First, I stared at the words in shock.
Second, I went, "Huh?"
Third, I screamed.
Fourth, I ran downstairs, cursing (well, more like complaining loudly and with emotion, no actual swears) Ridley as I went.


Other than that, I did enjoy it. Although I ended up walking away with more questions then I started with (Storey Ming, Tia Dalma's role, that Fairlie girl), I know that originally there was only going to be one book on the ships so most
Darth J
Aug 21, 2014 Darth J rated it did not like it
Alright, I've had it with this series. Not because the writing is bad or there are errors. The books are just dull and repetitive.

I don't know how he does it, but Mr. Pearson is somehow capable to writing action scenes that are incredibly boring. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of action but somehow it's as much fun as sitting in a three hour Saturday morning lecture on Geology. Kudos to him for finding a way to take entertainment out of a kid's book about Disney characters.

And that's anothe
Apr 13, 2012 Kanechroncilesrules rated it it was amazing
Here's what happened at the end:
I yelled, Di immortalis!!!
Then I screamed.
Then I almost burst into tears
Then I yelled, WILLA!!!!
Anyway, it was the best book in the series so far! I LOVED IT! Storey kept annoying me, though. It was pure GENIUS!!!! It was well written and I even had to take out the old dictionary a few times. Not that I have a small vocabulary, mind you. I like to compartmentalize my inquiries in files in my intellect-filled brain.
Jun 16, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
Did you ever wonder what happens at Disney at night? The Kingdom Keepers, or The DHIs, know. DHI are Disney Host Interactives, aka Holagrams who tour people around the parks. In this book fantasy adventure, Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game by Ridely Pearson there is a war for the base in Disney World. The base is what controls the parks and the whole of Disney World. The original Kingdom Keepers (Finn, Charlene, Maybeck, Phibily, and Willa) are back to stop the Overtakers from taking over the base. ...more
Flew Flewelling
Aug 08, 2012 Flew Flewelling rated it it was ok
Shelves: adolescent
There was so much that Pearson could have done with these books. The idea was solid. The first book was great.

Unfortunately the farther into them we go, the more they don't seem planned at all, but just a haphazard mixture of experiences the Kingdom Keepers have. Each book doesn't really give any knew information, it just strings you along. For instance, why has it taken so long to see any of Disney's good guys? I mean we're in the fifth book and we only have a glimpse Mickey and half a chapter
Aug 12, 2012 Handan rated it really liked it
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Drew Graham
Jun 16, 2015 Drew Graham rated it it was ok
Shelves: me
DISCLAIMER: I admit this review is kind of overlong and rambly, but considering the book I'm reviewing, it seems quite fitting indeed.

Those rascally kids known as the Kingdom Keepers are at it again, and this time their mission to defend Walt Disney's theme park world from the Overtakers leads them to a two-week cruise on the Disney Dream. Danger apparently lurks around every corner, and it seems the kids are no longer really kids, and are facing at once the threat of puberty and also annihilati
May 22, 2012 Rebekah rated it really liked it
I started reading the Kingdom Keeper series because I wanted to make sure they were okay for my niece to read and I got hooked. I had the privilege of meeting author Ridley Pearson in March of this year and getting Shell Game autographed. It will make a wonderful gift for my niece this Christmas.

Each book in the series is better than the last and Shell Game is no exception. The characters are definitely progressing into their teen years and the conflicts developing between the Keepers reflects
Denae Christine
Apr 23, 2015 Denae Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, listened-to
These are hard to rate. There are moments of cleverness (stopped by a hair, electricity's effects) and always a neat idea or two, but they are overall bland to me. The same things keep happening over and over (OTs taking over, KKs keeping the kingdom, OTs plan a trap, KKs get trapped or trap them back).
The magic/science has been inconsistent from the beginning, and now it is even more so. "Why don't we fall through the floor?" Me: this was brought up in book 1; holograms don't have weight. Sadly
May 01, 2012 Marshal rated it it was ok
Man, that was ROUGH! Worst in the series BY FAR. Very disappointed.
May 27, 2015 Oceangirlie16 rated it really liked it
I really liked the book, now that I read the book for the second time. IT really surprised me how much more information and secrets I have gathered from the story that I didn't notice the first time that I read it. Overall, really awesome action packed story!
Oct 25, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
In Shell Game (Kingdom Keepers Book 5), the crew are celebrity guests on an inaugural sail of a new ship traveling from Florida to California via the Panama Canal. Their presence also means that a new DHI server is being unveiled that will have their hologram counterparts working the crowd on the cruise ship and on some of the shore excursions.

Prior to the trip, we learn that the Overtakers have been mounting an assault in Florida at the site of the main DHI headquarters. The Keepers have recrui
Sep 15, 2014 Jessica rated it did not like it
The biggest problem with the Kingdom Keepers Series is that it is too long. If Ridley Pearson had kept it to three or four books, he could have done what he wanted to do with it but would not have run out of plot devices.
This book dragged on and on with the same things happening over and over again from the previous books but set on a ship which somehow made it more boring than interesting.
The characters never learned anything and just made me annoyed. I used to like some of the characters but
Jul 03, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Book 5 in the on-going series...the Keepers are in high school now and about to take part in a Disney Cruise!

"As the Disney Fantasy joins the cruise fleet, a special treat is in store for guests aboard its inaugural sail from Cape Canaveral to Los Angeles: the Disney Host Interactive teenage guides will be part of the Fantasy crew. Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby are to attend the cruise as celebrity guests, and to perform a ribbon cutting for the DHI server to go live. The Fantasy is
May 17, 2012 Alexandra rated it really liked it
I've been reading The Kingdom Keepers since the first book was released, before the series was even a series, and I've always loved the stories. And this book, the newest edition to the series, for the most part, didn't disappoint.

The plot thickens even more in this new volume, and I was both surprised and delighted by the new plot twists. Having the Keepers on the cruise was a great way to put new tidbits into the story that weren't there before, and to give the story room to expand away from t
Dec 28, 2012 1pace_emma rated it liked it
I thought that this book was good. This is the fifth book in this series and has been able to hold my attention and keep my interest for the next book. Overall this would have to be my least favorite of the series so far. It was dull and difficult to get through at times which was difficult from its polar opposite of the last book, leaving the reader in suspense throughout the entire book. I did think it was a slight let down from the last book but good all the same. Shell Games takes place in a ...more
Apr 25, 2012 Redfox5 rated it it was amazing
Ah! Can't belive I'll have to wait another year for the next one! What a cliffhanger! You jump straight into the action with this one. Two new locations. Typhoon Lagoon, which I thought Ridley could have done more with and The Disney Dream. Which dispite all the things that happen to the kids there, I still really want to go on a cruise. Lots of new characters, lots of distrust. Everyone seems to be disliking Philby in this one, I didn't like that to much and that it was mentioned about a millio ...more
Dec 30, 2013 Irene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like it. I really did. Unfortunately, I could only (in good conscience) give it 2 stars. For me, there was too much going on - as if Pearson threw any plot idea into the book and forgot to finish them. Yes, they were eventually brought up again in the end (WAYYYY end of the book) but not enough to explain anything for me or give me an "a-ha!" moment. The story only started to pick up for me a few chapters before the end of the book. At least some of the character story lines w ...more
Camden Van
Jan 05, 2016 Camden Van rated it it was amazing
The Kingdom Keepers series has always been a favorite of mine, and this book is my personal favorite from the series so far. I have giving this book five stars for more reasons than one. The overall reason why this book has been my top pick from the series is because of the fact that it takes place on a cruise ship, the Disney Dream. I have always been interested by cruise ships and have had the opportunity to go on a few which allowed me to connect and understand the environment of the book.
Lauren Asuncion
May 27, 2015 Lauren Asuncion rated it really liked it
The novel Kingdom Keepers: Shell Game by Ridley Pearson is filled with adventure and Disney magic. This story takes place on the Disney Cruise Line boat, the Dream. The main characters of this novel are Finn, Willa, Maybeck, Charlene, and Philby. Some of the minor characters include King Triton, Storey Ming, Wayne, and Ursula. In this story, Finn, Willa, Maybeck, Charlene, and Philby, also known as the Kingdom Keepers, have to face many challenges while trying to prevent the Overtakers, or Disne ...more
Athena Braun
Dec 31, 2015 Athena Braun rated it it was ok
This book to me was a snore fest..The whole series thus far has disappointed me greatly.There are many problems this series continues to have 1. too repetitive 2. This book focused too much on teenage drama.I didn't start this series for it to read like a teenage soap opera. 3. this book was way too long, many pages were just not necessary and bogged the story down. 4. switching the characters names was annoying ..Keep a name and stick with it!! 5. using certain words such as pargo and cormorant ...more
Apr 14, 2012 Annette rated it really liked it
To start off ahh a cliffhanger at the end, i can't wait for the next one! I love this series but do far this is my least favorite book in it. It wasn't as smooth as the others, there were times I felt liked I'd skipped pages when in fact I hadn't but I love this series! The idea behind the whole story is just amazing!
Jul 15, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
just from reading the description of how it's on the maiden voyage of the Dream, but it's going to LA (instead of just the Bahamas, like it actually did) is going to bother the heck out of me the entire time.
Lauren B
Dec 02, 2014 Lauren B rated it it was amazing
This book takes place n the Disney dream where the five Kingdom Keepers are taking a not so vacay. Finn meets this mysteriously pretty girl maned Storey Ming, who helps the keepers along the newest mystery. When Wayne tells Finn to go to Typhoon Lagoon water park, Finn does what he is told. While he is there, he meets King Triton, Ariel's father, and learns that when ever he says Tritons enemy (Ursula)'s name, she gets summones her. King Triton teaches Finn his emergency help code 'Starfish wis ...more
Matthew Benson
Mar 31, 2016 Matthew Benson rated it it was amazing
This book, where to start. The plot has taken a turn, and it's great! The previous books like Disney at Dawn were okay, but not exactly phenomenal. It took us to Typhoon Lagoon in the first half, then Castaway Cay in the second. The cliffhanger at the end was also a great sendoff to the next book, and very dramatic too. However, the book was more violent and scarier than a horde of Weeping Angels! A lot of this book includes betrayal, backstabbing, and sieges on multiple people and places. There ...more
Anna Swinson
Sep 14, 2014 Anna Swinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting adventure with the Kingdom Keepers! I can't wait to start reading the next one.

The excitement continues as Flinn and the other DHIs once again fight to save and maintain the magic of Disney. Battling the unknown and always on the defense, the DHIs are becoming growing physically, mentally, as well as technically.

I just discovered the Kingdom Keepers this summer, and have been singing its praises since. This is a series that I highly recommend for middle students to adults of a
Nov 01, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing
(From Shell Game, pp. 214-215)

"Willa looked to her right, doubly surprised when pirates arrived from her left as well. Where had they come from? Another four pirates! A piratical convention. Sailor Goofy and Nautical Minnie found themselves pushed away from center stage, which was, as it turned out, the mother of all signals.

Minnie never -- ever -- had been pushed anywhere or been anything but the center of attention. Neither Jack Sparrow nor any of his pirates would ever, could ever, come close
Aug 22, 2013 Brett rated it it was ok
The Kingdom Keepers find themselves newly minted High School freshmen in this, their fifth adventure to date, as well as facing down the usual suspects, but this time with a twist - they're doing the fighting back at sea, as the action takes place on board the newest ship of the Disney Cruise Line, heading from Port Canaveral through the Panama Canal & around to the West Coast. Although the story ends approximately halfway through the voyage, I predict that things are going to wind up in Dis ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Shannon rated it it was ok
I learned a few things about myself this week. One, I don't like sagas and two, I don't like TV shows which extend beyond the second season. Once the novelty is gone I just lose interest. The main reason to get involved in suspense is to SOLVE THE MYSTERY. And if the producers continue to 'tease' me and stretch out the all important 'reveal', I get bored.

So, here I am in chapter 6 of this book and I'm stopping. Why? Is it well written? Yes. The characters? Solid as ever. Filled with suspense? Y
Izzy Lightfleur ~ ON HIATUS
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 tha
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