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The Daykeeper's Grimoire (Prophecy of Days #1)

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Can one (super smart) girl (who just wants to be discovered) decipher the cryptic Mayan calendar prophecy and SAVE THE WORLD? When her safe-cracker mom and code-breaker dad inherit a dreary Scottish castle, sixteen-year-old Caity Mac Fireland is not happy. Ripped from her cushy life and friends in San Francisco, Caity’s secret fantasy of being discovered by a Hollywood age ...more
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Published (first published May 1st 2010)
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Kristen
Jun 13, 2010 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why I read this: I really wanted to read this one because the premise sounded intriguing and it's also another debut novel.

Plot: The author starts the novel the best way I've read in a while. The narrator, Caity, is on her way to Scotland and she gives a somewhat snarky version of how she came to be on her way to Scotland. Since she doesn't want to draw it out and bore us, she keeps it short - a page or two. The main premise that Caity arrives in Scotland and discovers there is a hidden room in
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Kath
Sep 26, 2012 Kath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teď si říkám, proč mi kniha trčela doma tak dlouho? Proč jsem si jí už před tím týdnem nebo dvěma nepřečetla? To jsou hold ty předsudky. Když jsem viděla knížečku pouze na internetu, tak jsem byla nadšená. Pak mi dorazila domů a mě se do ní už vůbec nechtělo. No a právě teď jsem ji dočetla a jsem maximálně nadšená. Sice nejde brát všechno, co se v knize povídá vážně, protože to je přeci jen pouhá kniha a místy je příběh hodně přitažen za vlasy a prošpikován autorčinými vlastními prvky, ale zákla ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I really loved the opening of this book. The characters and the inheritance plot were just ridiculous enough to be hilarious and somewhat believable. Caity seems intelligent enough, despite her constant worry about her frizzy curls (with which I totally sympathize).

As the book moved along, I became a bit more concerned and a bit less entertained. Certain things I really loved, like Mr. Papers, the capuchin monkey. He is way smarter than pretty much anyone else in the book. Also, he's just awesom
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Filip
Sep 02, 2012 Filip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Šestnáctiletá Caity odhalí skryté tajemství týkající se nejen mayského kalendáře, ale také roku 2012. Roku, který je podle vše zkázou lidstva. Jenže co kdyby se právě tato nic netušící holka dostala do běhu dějin a byla ona zrovna tou jedinou, kdo by mohl tuto „zkázu“ zničit? Právě teď začne Zápas o osud lidstva.
Jak již napovídá anotace, odsuneme se trochu od fantasy a dostaneme se k příběhu odehrávající se v tomto světě a čase, kde musí Caity přijít na kloub velikému tajemství, na kterém závis
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Emma
Nov 08, 2010 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG this book was phenomenal prepare for gushing [ ; ) ] What could be more totally awesome than a monkey that does origami. I want one [ : D ]

Written in first person narrative from Caity's perspective. Your typical teenager with wonderful snarkiness. Directly addressing the reader giving it an air of confiding her secrets in you. Her parents are both genius's in their respective fields, being somewhat unconventional: her Mum is a safe-cracker, while her Dad is a computer whizz but full of consp
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Orchid
Aug 19, 2010 Orchid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Orchid by: Dahlia
Shelves: own
I’d like to start my review off by saying that Prophecy of Days was an amazingly written book. I am just blown away by how much research must have gone into the writing of this book and by how well the book flowed.
I really enjoyed the slight mystery aspect in the book and how I was never quite sure who was trying help Caity and who was trying to impede her progress. Prophecy of Days really kept me on my toes as I tried to peg down who the goodies (good-guys) were versus who the actual baddies (b
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Janeen
Jul 14, 2010 Janeen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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P.J.
May 06, 2010 P.J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 29 for 2010.
Prophecy of Days is perfect for kids who are into the whole treasure hunt adventure book thing. I was reminded a bit of both National Treasure and the Celestine Prophecy reading this book, and the ending really left me hanging. I will definitely read the second book in the series. And if Mr. Papers isn't about the cutest addition to a novel I've ever seen, than I don't know what is. I now want a cute little monkey.
Recommended for upper elementary (I know it's categorized as YA,
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Rachel
Jun 07, 2010 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
The Daykeeper’s Grimoire (Prophecy of Days, #1) is beyond interesting and quite the engrossing read. Caity is a strong female character who is intelligent and independent, while still remaining slightly naïve and young. At times, she comes off as a bit younger than her 16 years, but in other ways, she is wise beyond her years. As an only child, her attachment to Mr. Papers, the origami-making monkey, is understandable. And who wouldn’t adore a monkey in a circus outfit who can communicate with i ...more
Divya
May 19, 2011 Divya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
We've seen many books out there on the specific date, December 21st, 2012, but this book has been the best out of the enormous list of books. The book was filled with well written information that clearly had hours upon hours of research stringed to it. The first book in the series, Prophecy of Days, The Daykeeper's Grimoire, has conspiracy theories, a bit of...attraction between Caity and Alex, humor, and twists galore. Though the book had all of these great plot enhancers, my favorite thing ab ...more
Espe
I love mysteries. I love conspiracy theories. I love Dan Brown-ish books with a mix of ancient mysteries combined with secret societies and their impact on today's world. I love them. This book has a young female protagonist for a change who discovers her sort of role in the whole Mayan calendar 2012 stuff. The story spans several continents, has a lot of puzzles, clues to piece together, and a little bit of danger and action. There is a cute boy with an accent which helps tremendously. I have a ...more
Screenplaydiva
Dec 08, 2010 Screenplaydiva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good conspiracy theory and THE PROPHECY OF DAYS by debut author Christy Raedeke is filled with some doozies.

Caity Mac Fireland, the heroine of the novel, is spunky, humorous, and has a delightful narrative voice that pulls you into the story from the get-go. She's smart as a whip and takes after her parents who don't have your ordinary nine-to-five jobs. Caity is a little unusual, and how can she not be when her mother is a safe-cracker and her father breaks codes for a living? But I re
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Donna
Jul 20, 2010 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very weird book for me, not in regards to content but how I felt about it overall. The writing I felt was both kind of dull and yet compelling. I had a hard time connecting to the plot yet I couldn't stop turning the pages. It's an odd juxtaposition and it kind of made the reading slow but at times I could plow through chapters. I don't get it myself.

Caity's your typical teenager: kind of bratty, kind of spoiled and kind of hard to like at the beginning. Although I did like the beginn
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Bry
Dec 28, 2012 Bry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was ambitious. The description mentions secret societies, strange symbols, and assassins which should make for an extremely satisfying ride.

Unfortunately I never made it on the ride.

I gave up. I admit it. It just didn't grab my attention at all, which surprised me. I also was not impressed by the main character Caity. She seemed a bit naive and silly. Normally that wouldn't have bothered me so much, but I just wasn't buying it. And if I couldn't buy into the character there was no wa
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Barbara
Aug 10, 2010 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prophecy of Days takes a different spin on the Mayan Calendar. Instead of death, destruction and the whole world coming to an end in 2012, the story shows us the possibility of a rebirth of sorts. Caity Mac Fireland’s family just inherited a castle in Scotland and she is dragged away from her San Francisco home and friends. While in the castle she makes the discovery of a prophecy etched into the castle stone, this prophecy tells her that she is the one to lead the world to 2012. Once this proph ...more
Audrey
Caity MacFireland's father has just found out that he has inherited a castle in Scotland, and moves their family from San Francisco to spend the summer there. Caity discovers that the mysterious castle has many secrets of its own, including a secret passageway from her room to a chamber with walls carved with strange symbols. What results is the discovery of a prophecy foretelling Caity as the savior of humanity in the year 2012. Caity goes on a quest to find out what she needs to do, and to rac ...more
Tia
Feb 08, 2012 Tia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Daykeeper's Grimoire was well put together and thought out. Caity behaves like a "normal" girl or as close to normal as any girl could be I suppose. She has big wishes and dreams but never expects anything to happen, until one day it does. Her parents decide that it's time for them to move. She is heartbroken and crushed that everything for her will be changing. Even more so she is missing her best friend back home.

On thing that drove me absolutely up the wall was that she had never lied to
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Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
Caity Mac Fireland finds herself ensconced in a Scottish island castle after her parents inherit it from a distant relative and she's torn away from her friends and school. She finds pictographs which leads to a prophecy stating that she will play a huge role in the upcoming events in 2012. She now has to come to terms with her role as one of the harbingers of humanity’s destiny. This book is full of codes, symbols, Chinese, Mayan, and other cultural myths, secret societies, and an origami-makin ...more
Hpotter78 Myers
Aug 11, 2010 Hpotter78 Myers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prophecy of Days #1 The Daykeeper's Grimoire is a interesting read. I picked this book up from the Library yesterday (8-10-10) and finished it today. Its a nice short read. The book is differnt in ways that you could possibly learn from this book. This book shows how young people can stand up and make a difference also how a person can become a leader when that person as no faith in herself or himself. Tihs book as secrets inside of secrets and gives the reader a chance of actully thinking throu ...more
Alex
Nov 29, 2012 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
This book and the sequel are A-MA-ZING!!!

I grabbed this book at the library thinking it would be cute at best, and I was so blown away, I even contacted the author to tell her how great it was. The plot is meticulously researched and very believable for a fantasy (aside from the obvious magical aspects and a little bit of ridiculousness), and although I read it a year ago, I think I'll be reading it again soon as December 21 approaches.

Although I'm not a teen girl, I still feel like this book w
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Michele
Jul 25, 2010 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kamisha
Apr 23, 2011 Kamisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I really enjoyed this book! I got it from the Goodreads First Reads giveaway and it definitely surpassed all my expectations of it! It's very different from most of the young adult books out there today. The heroine was engaging and believeable and SMART. That was the big thing I enjoyed about this book, it really puts it in your face that teenagers aren't just in the process of growing up, they have their own legitimate, intelligent ideas that need to be heard and listened to. There were also a ...more
Miss Clark
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Yiling
Jun 03, 2010 Yiling rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
(Won from Goodreads)

I don't really read that much realistic fiction because I don't think that real life is really all that interesting. The Daykeeper's Grimoire was amazing. For starters: I just want to say how awesome the cover is. It's so pretty but contains a lot of important symbols to the book. I didn't really like the middle of the story that much but LOVED the ending. Full of a really exciting ending, and then ending in a cliffhanger. Also, I loved the characters. After reading this, I w
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Patricia
Jul 03, 2010 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
Not sure if I would classify this as mystery, adventure, or what but it was a lot of fun to read- only the first book of a series that begins on a Scottish island and ends up being about Mayan prophecies about 2012, and includes a cast of entertaining characters, including a handsome Scot, a wise & ancient monkey who communicates through his origami creations, a feng shui advisor, & a mother who cracks safes for a living - and many more...
Tansy Foor
Jan 13, 2014 Tansy Foor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books
Very intriguing mystery mixed with fantasy and everyday topics. I really enjoyed this book. It kept my attention every second I was reading it and I couldn't help but think about what was happening with the characters when I wasn't reading it. I only regret not getting the second book while buying the first because now I have to wait a while before I can begin reading the story again. Very good book, I definitely recommend it.
Jen Petro-Roy
May 25, 2010 Jen Petro-Roy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, ya
Thoroughly enjoyable--far exceeded my expectations. Caity is a winning heroine, and the story line of Mayan mythology and ancient prophecies was a welcome change from the typical paranormal romances of late. The close friendship between Caity and Justine was also nice to see. I have to say, I'm currently quite intrigued by the idea of the Mayan calendar, Tzolk'in, and am looking forward to the sequel!
Amanda Ellingson
Loved it and its sequel! It has just enough basis in reality that you can believe that most of it is true (but specific details are...y'know, too specific, but what the hey). There are so many things that seem so believable that I have to remember to go back and look those up online or something. Kinda secretly wish this was true though...
Ella
Sep 30, 2012 Ella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
hurá, konečne dočítané :) bolo to dobré, aj keď som sa na tom trochu zasekla :) ale autorka tam prezentovala veľa zaujímavých myšlienok, s ktorými sa stotožňujem, čo dosť vyvažovalo miestami príliš jednoduché riešenie situácií a nadmierne inteligentnú opičku, ktorá bola síce milá, ale niekedy múdrejšia ako všetci ostatní naokolo :)
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