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Power Play (Kingdom Keepers #4)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  4,256 ratings  ·  273 reviews

For the five teens who modeled as Disney Hologram Imaging hosts, life is beginning to settle down when an intriguing video arrives to Philby's computer at school. It's a call for action: the Overtakers, a group of Disney villains, seem to be plotting to attempt a rescue of two of their leaders, both of whom the Disney Imagineers have hidden away somewhere following a viole
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Hyperion Book CH (first published March 24th 2011)
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Jun 17, 2014 J. rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Review originally published on My Bookshelf is Ready.

3.25 Stars

This is the fourth book in Ridley Pearson's Kingdom Keepers series, and like the previous 3 it starts out strong, has a really boring middle, and an interesting finish. The first hundred or so pages are fast and exciting, and I usually read those in one sitting. There's just always a huge lull in the middle. Granted, it's an action-packed lull, but it's also an info dump at the same time. For the last three books, I've seriously cont
This series has always been one of my favorites. I might be bias because I LOVE Disney World but i think the writing is quite magical also. In this book, Power Play, Pearson, in my opinion, makes the characters more demensional and real. I feel like I know them personally now that i have just finished this book. THere is so much to say about this book so i will just get on with it!!
Because these books are centered around Disney, they are very differnt then other books. The settings are through
Drew Graham

Where do I begin now that I've finished?

The toil over, at least for now (perhaps forever?... The fifth book is supposed to be released next year). I think this book was better than the last two, for two reasons: 1) It was more than a hundred pages shorter, and 2) There were finally more Disney characters, good and bad. The idea that there might actually be good guys in this world is finally explored, but sadly still mishandled. Some of them are described so laughably different that there's
As much as I loved the first book, I'm not sure how much longer I'll follow this series. I absolutely LOVE Disney, and so that aspect of it keeps me going, but the plot is really starting to feel stretched out; it often seems like Pearson throws in a new, random 'conflict' just to keep the series going. And, I know that with creative licencing it shouldn't bother me, but as a former CM, the inconsistencies between what happens in the parks and backstage in real life, and in this book really irri ...more
Awsome! see review for Disney at Dark!
Lauren Asuncion
The story Kingdom Keepers: Power Play is an amazing novel for readers of all ages. This story takes place in Disney World. The main characters are Finn, Willa, Maybeck, Philby, Charlene, Jess, and Amanda. Other characters include Wayne, Wanda, and the overtakers. The characters in this book seem real because along with some of the fantasy problems, they also go through many of the hardships that we go through. We can learn more about characters through their appearance, their speech, and through ...more
Love the action!
Just when life for the Five Kingdom Keepers is beginning to settle down, an intriguing vidio suddenly appers on Philby's computer at school. It's a call to action: it seems that the Overtakers, a group of Disney Villains, are plotting to rescue their two captured leaders, who were hidden wasyby Disney Imagineers after a recent violent encounter at Disny's Hollywood Studios.
One of their own, Charlene, has been behaving oddly. Has she tired of her role as a Keeper, or is there something more sini
Kathy Davie
Fourth in the Kingdom Keepers children's fantasy series about Disney World and a team of six children who battle the evil Overtakers out to free their evil leaders.

My Take
Oops, I think the kids are getting tired of saving Disney World over and over. Certainly they are losing the magic they used to see in it even as many of the Disney characters in the amusement park are pledging their faith in the Kingdom Keepers---and it's about time!

Primarily, this story is about loyalty and honor. Being there
Alexander Gardieff
I have always had high hopes that this series would turn into something really good. I'm a Central Floridian and I go to the parks atleast once a week and I'm really disappointed with how many inaccuracies there are concerning the parks and the characters. Here we are at book four and while we are getting some new characters thrown into the story, it pretty much keeps its pace with the first three books. I think the problem I have with the books is the DHI program I think had the story had a mor ...more
Reese McDowell
This book is so much fun. I love how detailed Ridley Pearson described the characters and gave each character time to be recognized. From the beginning to now the characters have grown and you get to know more about them. Though, in this book, the characters' relationships have changed so much and it's so interesting to see the changes in them.
The other thing I love about this book is that the author pulls the Disney characters from your childhood and brings it to life in this book. So many ch
I know I have said this before, but if you truely love Disney world, these books are for you. I'm not sure I would enjoy them as much if my parents did not take me to Florida enough times that I have each place mapped out and can literally travel with the Keepers through their adventures.

Power Play is a bit longer and at times slower than the first three book of the series. However it is the first one where the 'good' characters lend and helping hand. I won't say who the first is, though she is
Lauren B
Life is just beginning in to slow down for the keepers again. Suddenly in science (I think) Philby and Wayne chat and Philby finds that life's pace is going to speed up again. The Overtakers are getting back on their feet and getting ready to strike. If I remember correctly; Wanda gets arrested, and it is up to Finn and his family to bail her out. Read the series and find out the spoilers yourself.
I think this book was probably one of the least well written in the series. The kids are now high school age, but the writing still feels low middle school. There needs to be development in writing technique that coincides with the kids growing up...because your audience generally grows too! I can see where there are attempts, but I felt there was much lacking at the end...wasn't satisfied with the climax or character development. They seem unchanging and facing the same problems and reacting th ...more
This book was recommanded to me by Cassidy and I really like it and I recommand this series to who ever likes mysteries
Drew S.
This book came back as the strong sequel I wanted the 3rd book to be for a few reasons. One the keepers are starting to become more independent and it shows with Philby and his mom. Two this story was the easiest book to follow with the story only taking place in Magic Kingdom and with a the other parks in there just for a change and the characters are more fleshed out maybe because they are older I don't know but I liked that Ridley Pearson did that. That is my review of Power Play now that I w ...more
Kingdom Keepers Power Play is the 4th book out of the Kingdom Keepers series. This book consists of 5 Disney models that can move to different disney parks in there sleep, by becoming a DHI. They go through many obstacles with the Overtakers (Disney Villains) which they have to solve, in order to keep Disney's Magic alive. In the book, magic is used to take control and get the 5 kids to try and not catch the Overtakers. In the books before Power Play, the Disney models capture 2 of the villains. ...more
Alexis Serrano
Kingdom keepers is a story about 5 teens that are holograms at Disney parks. But they aren't just holograms they're humans to with the special ability to travel between Disney and real life. In this story, the Kingdom Keepers are trying to find out who is trying to take over the Disney Park and with what army. They soon find out the people behind all this mischief are characters the Evil Queen, Maleficent, and Cruella Devil. They have the power to draw the kingdom keepers into the parks without ...more
Lindsey Hauer
The author of my book kingdom keepers power play is written by Ridley Pearson. Ridley Pearson loves to write Ridley Pearson has a mind of a child. These books are adventures and mind blowing. Only a person with a true imagination would think of something like that. I have read 4 out of 8 of these books they make me want to go back to Disney. Although these books are fictional he almost makes you believe that all of it all the adventures and all the battles between the villains could actually hap ...more
Brian Acevedo
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Chloe V.
As the Keepers start their freshman year of high school, Philby receives a strange video warning him that the Overtakers are once again trying to cause trouble by trying to rescue some of their captive leaders. They must try to save their leaders and themselves from any danger. This book is a really good book I recommend it to anyone who likes mystery and fantasy. All of the Kingdom Keepers books are mystery and fantasy if you like those kinds of books :)
Denae Christine
First, Wayne's hints are too vague. There is more guessing than logic behind a lot of what the KKs decide.
Inconsistencies. Finn can only hold All Clear for a few seconds? Maleficent needs cold. Jafar should be stuck in a lamp. Willa the DHI hung out waiting at a park all day, why? To avoid people? AND freshmen are not sixteen. Philby, Finn, and Hugo were all described as being 16 year old freshmen. Excuse me? Freshmen are 14. Maybe 15. Philby is supposed to be a genius at a top ranking school
Doing this on audio.

I give up. Good grief, this is awful. Listened to 2 discs and threw in the towel.

I LOVE Disney, but I receive more joy from reading the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World each year than I do listening to this.

Unless you are hardcore Disney, run away from this as fast as you can.
Kingdom Keepers Power Play is a vey good addition to the Kingdom Keepers series. It takes place in Disney World, obviously. Many members of the group get stuck in the Sleeping Beauty Syndrome in this book. Will they escape before the Overtakers pull the switch? Also, school bullies start working for the dark side. Will they prevail, or will the Keepers evade a fiaco once more?

My favorite part of this volume is the appendage of characters, both good and bad. I like how there is not just evil pers
Best book in the series so far. Was everything I wanted the previous books to be. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. Plot points weren't necessarily obvious but definitely never over-explained. I think concision played a role here. Plot filled the book instead of repetitive dialogue. Characters are distinct (or at least more sure of themselves than they were). Kids were telling the truth to their parents -- and guess what -- (spoiler alert) they were totally understanding!!! ...more
I liked this author because he used good and clear show not tell details. The characters I felt are relatable but yet it still has stories that take place that are un-life-like enough to be fantasy.
Annika B.
Life finally starts to slow down for the Keepers then strange things start happening can they stop the Overtakers this time or is it already to late
This is my favorite book in this series so far! Can't wait for the next one!
Dayna Smith
The fourth book in The Kingdom Keepers series. The Keepers are crossing over, but not by their own choice. The Evil Queen and Cruella DeVil have found a way to become DHI's themselves and are trying to trap the Keepers in the syndrome, but do they have an even bigger plan? For those of us who have been asking "where are their parents while all of this is happening?"; this installment gives us some insight into the Keepers' family dynamics. Fans of the series will definitely find it hard to wait ...more
Zach Bergstrom
Power play is a no doubt 5 star book by Ridley Pearson. In this series, its about teens who got turned into DHIs, Disney host interactive, which helped people who toured people around Disney World. But when they went to sleep, they got teleported into the world, like Epcot and others. But all of the villains from all the movies are apart of one group, the Overtakers. While the DHIs are touring during the day, they are protecting the parks by night.
In this story, the OTs are planning a big atta
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Ridley Pearson is the author of more than twenty novels, including the New York Times bestseller KILLER WEEKEND; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers, including the award-winning children's novels PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS, PETER AND THE SHADOW THIEVES, and PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON, which he cowrote with Dave Barry. Pearson lives with his wife and two daughters, div ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Kingdom Keepers (10 books)
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  • Disney at Dawn (Kingdom Keepers, #2)
  • Disney in Shadow (Kingdom Keepers, #3)
  • Shell Game (Kingdom Keepers, #5)
  • Dark Passage (Kingdom Keepers, #6)
  • Unforeseen (Kingdom Keepers, #6.5)
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  • The Syndrome (Kingdom Keepers, #7.5)
  • The Return (Kingdom Keepers, #8)
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