I could see where this one was going. I liked having the Mira’s more involved. Another one in the series I know that I am just waiting to see how it aI could see where this one was going. I liked having the Mira’s more involved. Another one in the series I know that I am just waiting to see how it all shakes out in the end. ...more
At this point in time I am really just reading these to see how the personal plots develop. I want Peabody to marry McNab, I want Eve to be preggers,At this point in time I am really just reading these to see how the personal plots develop. I want Peabody to marry McNab, I want Eve to be preggers, and have Mavis be preggers at the same time with her second baby. I want Morris to find love, and Trina to torture Eve some more. The murder and all that is just a little bit of a background for me now, I know that she’ll get her man, I know that she’ll wrap it all up in a nice tidy bow by the end…. So I the next few books wanted to mix it up have someone slip through her fingers, or through the legal cracks that would bring the murders back to the front for me. Also I’ve noticed something we haven’t met anyone in all of New York with any sort of disability…. Just sayin it would be nice if not everyone that we meet was the pinnacle of perfection with dusky this and golden that.. another book in the series some slight personal drama as Bella’s birthday is coming up. ...more
I love this series and cannot wait to read the fourth book. I was able to get an advanced reader’s copy of this book through my work. I will try to giI love this series and cannot wait to read the fourth book. I was able to get an advanced reader’s copy of this book through my work. I will try to give a summary without giving away too much.
Archie is moping, and only Mr. Rivets, a free robot, knows how to get him out of his funk and realize that the league of seven needs him. Philomena is on a warpath carving her way from one coast to another seeking revenge for her childhood. We finally get to meet the rest of the league of seven and how they all fit together as well as learn about the different types of people who live around this alternative history America.
Can these seven heroes fight an entire monster army? Will they be able to keep Archie from losing himself again? A great read, a very fun series, if you have read the other two you will really enjoy this one as well. ...more
Archie knows that he is part of the new League of Seven and can’t wait to start going on adventures with Hatchie and Fergus. But Hatchie is consumed bArchie knows that he is part of the new League of Seven and can’t wait to start going on adventures with Hatchie and Fergus. But Hatchie is consumed by her need for revenge and decides to follow the only lead she has to New Orleans. The massacre of every man in her village haunts her and she cannot rest or even fight the monsters she knows she must until she knows who and why. What she finds first is a terrible monster trying all it can to destroy New Orleans and what she finds second might destroy her. Archie has to go alone with Mr. Rivets to track down the Dragon Lantern a dangerous artifact that a fox eared girl who can shape shift has stolen from him. Along the way Archie discovers another hero or two and a dark secret that the Septemberists have long since buried and walked away from. With so much secrecy can Archie keep the new league together or will he crack? An amazing read, fast and interesting. For fans of Percy Jackson, Steam punk, and alternative history America. Fifth grade on up this is a series that I can’t wait to go out and buy for myself and read them again. ...more
Archie thinks he knows everything about the Septemberist society. His family has been working for this secret organization for generations. When the mArchie thinks he knows everything about the Septemberist society. His family has been working for this secret organization for generations. When the main headquarters is under attack and his parents are under the influence of some sort of terrible parasite its up to Archie and Mr. Rivets an old family retainer to stop them from awakening the terrible monster that lives in a puzzle trap put there hundreds of years ago. There are monsters all over the world and when they start to wake up they wreak havoc and chaos wherever they go. Luckily when the world needs them a League of Seven appears and forms. There are always seven heroes and there is always – a Maker, Warrior, Hero, Trickster, Scientist, Law bringer, and a Shadow. These seven must work together to fight the ancient monsters. Archie has always dreamed of being the Hero. He loves the stories of Theseus an ancient League of Seven Member who was the Hero/Leader of his generation.
Mixing the old myths into this world is very well done. I really enjoyed this Steam Punk America, with some alternative history, and mythology thrown in. Fast paced, action packed, this book was amazing. I’m a little bummed I haven’t ever heard of it before. For fans of Riordan, Kenneth Oppel, and Scott Westerfeld this series might read a little lower than Oppel and Westerfeld but has the plot and writing to interest those who enjoy them.
Typically I don’t really enjoy it when authors throw random historical figures into their books but in this one I loved it. It was fun and done in a way that it didn’t feel forced or crammed in. This is a great book and I am so happy that I was able to read it and can’t wait to see where this series goes. For boys and girls 5th grade on up! ...more
I didn’t love this book, not like I loved Phantom Tollbooth. I feel like there was a little bit too much set up, coupled with Penelope not being a verI didn’t love this book, not like I loved Phantom Tollbooth. I feel like there was a little bit too much set up, coupled with Penelope not being a very dynamic main character made this whole book feel flat and contrived. I really wasn’t a fan of how her ‘magic’ worked, to avoid a dreadful bore you needed to hum, and to get rid of him you just had to yell ‘interesting’ words at him. Also I didn’t like that she didn’t know what certain words meant even though her parents had her on a really tight studying schedule which included pre-pre SAT prep or whatever. It just seems that someone who is being pushed to the limits on school work would know words like –Anomaly… perhaps that is just me? For girls 5th grade on up looking for a fantasy world that is about slowing down, and taking time to be creative. ...more
I was able to get this as an uncorrected proof through my work. A young girl sees winged horses in the mirrors of the tuberculosis mansion/ hospital thI was able to get this as an uncorrected proof through my work. A young girl sees winged horses in the mirrors of the tuberculosis mansion/ hospital that she and other children are staying in while WWII rages in the city. One day she sees one in our world with a hurt wing, and she is charged with gathering colorful items to keep the ‘black horse’ away.At the same time her health is also deteriorating and she has secrets from her past that she is trying to forget. As I read this I tried to think of what age I would have wanted to read this at. I was really into historical fiction around fourth or fifth grade with American Girl, Little House on the Prairie, and I too enjoyed Secret Garden. But those books were Historical Fiction with no fantasy elements. I read Lion/Witch/ Wardrobe, but the historical setting in that book didn’t really have any effect on the story for me as a kid, and I didn’t even notice the religious aspects until a friend told me about them in 8th grade. I know that my 7th grade teacher would have loved this book to use an example of symbolism, foreshadowing, irony, etc… One of those bittersweet books that leaves you feeling melancholy after you finish it. Your heart breaks for these kids and Emmaline ...more
It’s true I’m on a Stroud bender that cannot be stopped. Action adventure, magic, a sarcastic Djinn who isn’t happy being a slave to a 12 year old boyIt’s true I’m on a Stroud bender that cannot be stopped. Action adventure, magic, a sarcastic Djinn who isn’t happy being a slave to a 12 year old boy. As is somewhat his thing, Stroud has a fully developed world that is somehow both historical and modern. They have contacts and cars but are just now starting to fight America for its independence. He also has both a flawed and interesting male lead, with a strong and well written female lead, as well as the perspective of Bartimus a demon who is smart, and witty. A great read for boys and girls grade sixth on up, who don’t mind footnotes and like twists to their stories. ...more
A fun light caper that had some twists that were fun and a mystical element that I thought played out nice. If this becomes a series I hope that the aA fun light caper that had some twists that were fun and a mystical element that I thought played out nice. If this becomes a series I hope that the author will continue with the magical theme. Following the story of a boy, March, whose father just died in front of him he discovers he has a twin sister, Jules, and they are being deported back to America to live out their days in the foster care system. It is apparent that they both have their secrets, and that it’s hard to find yourself with a family member that you never knew you had. With the help of two other kids who have some skills and on top of March’s know how of stealing (learned from his cat burglar father) and Jules, who is trained in gymnastics, parkour, and acrobatics. This foursome is tasked to find the jewels that killed March and Jules mother, and led to the death of their father. They have to con, steal, and evade to find them all, and there is still the prophesy concerning their deaths that they have to figure out before it’s too late. Fun and fast this is one of those books that kids who like action and heist movies will be excited to read. For girls and boys fourth grade on up looking for action adventure with no romance. ...more
What can I say I’m a sucker for a fairytale retelling I love what this author is doing with fairytales. Fun, fast, and well written this series takesWhat can I say I’m a sucker for a fairytale retelling I love what this author is doing with fairytales. Fun, fast, and well written this series takes the Disney story, tells you what is different between it and the original (not too much detail but enough to let you know that there is typically a difference) and then changes everything anyways This one was stronger than the previous and I can’t wait to read the next! Four third grade girls on up! ...more
Jocelyn is the daughter of Captain Hook and she wants to live up to her infamous father’s name, just saying it aloud has cause people to faint. But heJocelyn is the daughter of Captain Hook and she wants to live up to her infamous father’s name, just saying it aloud has cause people to faint. But her grandfather has other plans and sends her off to finishing school, one that is known for cracking tough cases like her. Having to fight mean girls, unfair rules, and her own inability to fight the system Jocelyn befriends the cook’s help Roger. Not only is his station too low for her to even talk to him but he’s also the wrong color and when they are caught having fun unsupervised Roger is sent away and Jocelyn receives word that her beloved (though noticeably absent) father has finally fallen to his great foe the crocodile and that she is charged to avenge him. Going to Neverland on the wings of a giant crow Jocelyn has to face her fears, fairies, gather a crew of pirates, and deal with the annoying Peter Pan. This was a fun story I really liked the new take on Peter and Neverland. Though it did get old how strangely devoted Jocelyn was to a father she had never met. I totally understand that his name is what made her feel special but dang girl let him go already. This book reminded me a lot of Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland, in both the style of the story telling, and how the story plays out. It’s not a bad thing it just reminded me of it. I am very excited to read the next book I would love to have Jocelyn fight with Peter Pan! For girls who love fantasy fifth grade on up! ...more
Not as good as Ever After High, nor Whatever After this book perhaps was just a little bit too young for me to enjoy. The first fifty pages were toughNot as good as Ever After High, nor Whatever After this book perhaps was just a little bit too young for me to enjoy. The first fifty pages were tough for me to get through though I did enjoy it once it got going. I liked the twist on the evil step sisters ruining her dress, and I loved the Library. I did have some questions, and always will, about stories like this where the main characters are supposed to be reliving the old Grimm stories. Does that mean that this Cinderella is fated to die without being able to raise her daughter then subjecting her to a life of abuse until she gets to go to the ball? And does that just keep happening? I like that EAH is more about trying not to be trapped in your parent's story and I liked the concept of the School for Good and Evil where they made up their own fairy tale but how they did in school determined what they were in the story. In this one there wasn't a clear direction I know there doesn't have to be because it's for kids but I'm an adult who reads kid's books and have some questions.
I also enjoyed the concept of there being a group of 'baddies' who might be trying to change the story so I will read the next one in hopes that it will pick up the pace sooner rather than later and expand a little more. ...more
So far everything that I have read by Jonathan Stroud I have found to be heavier, darker, and more interesting than I had originally thought it wouldSo far everything that I have read by Jonathan Stroud I have found to be heavier, darker, and more interesting than I had originally thought it would be. His world building is phenomenal and unique. I am currently in the middle of a Stroud bender.
The Skull that George stole before leaving one of the 'adult' run agency's has started talking and Lucy is the only one who can hear it. It is the most coherent ghost anyone has ever heard of, and it's eroding the relationship Lucy has with Lockwood. What is behind that door, does he have everyone's best interests at heart? Seeds of doubt are sown and take root in Lucy's head. On top of that Lockwood and Co. has been commissioned to help soothe a graveyard ghost. They know where the body is and when they dig it up they find a Victorian coffin of a doctor who dabbled in the dark arts hundreds of years before the ghosts and ghouls came back. He was buried with a mirror of bone that seems to kill anyone who looks into it. So why is it so alluring? George is determined to learn more about it, Lucy is fighting the sinister whispers of the skull, and Lockwood is being himself. Which to me is a little bit like a Sherlock Holmes though that might just be me.
A great read, scary, action packed, coupled with great writing for boys and girls fifth grade on up who are looking for something bigger, scarier, and better written than a typical Goosebumps. ...more