Fun fast read that is a great first introduction to reading chapter books. This is part of the Branches set which means there are reading comprehensioFun fast read that is a great first introduction to reading chapter books. This is part of the Branches set which means there are reading comprehension questions at the end and lots of resources for parents and teachers. ...more
I was able to get a copy of this book through my work.
I am not a true gamer, but I do know a lot about them. As it stands as someone who dabbles or knI was able to get a copy of this book through my work.
I am not a true gamer, but I do know a lot about them. As it stands as someone who dabbles or knows perhaps a little more than the average person but not as much as my best friend or my boyfriend I got about 90% of the video game references that this book threw at me.
Jaxon is a video game nerd, we all know one, someone who would prefer to play video games over anything else, not really good or bad at school, just sort of coasting between games. While playing he is going to be screaming, or swearing and heaven help if you interrupt or if there’s lag. Jaxon is fat, pimply, and only a beard away from being an actual neck beard. He’s shipped off to video game rehab where the players are to earn points and when they reach a million they get to go home. Jaxon is now obsessed with leaving as fast as possible cutting corners, cheating, and doing everything he can to leave so he can go on a date with a girl he met at a car wash for like ten minutes. This book kept my interest and had its moments of fun and funny. Very ham handed with its message but not a bad read, the main character is not a likeable one and he’s not supposed to be, not many of the characters are likeable which makes this book a little hard to care about but as the reader you do want to see where it is all going. This book is for 14 on up as there is language, and mention of masturbation and all that sort of stuff, nothing that you wouldn’t hear if you were playing COD online aimed at boys though anyone who is a gamer would enjoy the name dropping involved. ...more
Miri has been tasked by the King and Queen to go to a swampy area of the kingdom to teach the royal cousins how to be proper princesses. UnfortunatelyMiri has been tasked by the King and Queen to go to a swampy area of the kingdom to teach the royal cousins how to be proper princesses. Unfortunately when she arrives she finds that the girls have been so focused on staying alive and finding enough to eat that they don’t have any time to worry about non-essential things like deportment, history, or reading. Miri knows the girls should have been getting a stipend from the King and Queen, so where is the money going and can Miri get it back? Someone is controlling the mail, the money, and Miri’s letters pleading for help. She is on her own in a place so different from her mountain home that it seems like she’s already failed before she can even start. Can Miri fix all these problems teach the royal cousins and unravel the mysteries that have been long hidden in the swamp? This was an astounding end to a series that I wish didn’t have to end. For those who have read the other two and can’t wait to read more set in this world....more
For me this book was better than the ‘Lost Track of Time’ with the whole Phantom Tollbooth/Wonderland/ Narnia magical realm that is really just an allFor me this book was better than the ‘Lost Track of Time’ with the whole Phantom Tollbooth/Wonderland/ Narnia magical realm that is really just an allegory for being a nice person and trying hard in school and not worrying about the popular kids… Which of course are all important topics to learn and to read about it’s just maybe I’m a little over that whole lesson. Don’t get me wrong this was a good story, the characters and the world that the author built was really well done and had a good mix of puns and modern cynicism that you see when someone from our time goes into a magical world which made this fun and fresh. What I really liked was that Hudson could come and go between the worlds. One small thing that I noticed was that Hudson is in seventh or eighth grade, but is 11 years old which is when most kids are in fifth grade…. Just a small thing. A book for boys and girls, though mostly geared towards boys, who enjoy fantasy fourth grade on up, a good first step into the Phantom Tollbooth, Narnia, Thief of Always…. Type of stories. I wouldn't have bought this and I wouldn't necessarily recommend it but it's an ok story for what it is. ...more
I was able to receive an early copy of this book through my work. I have this weakness that until recently I wasn’t even aware of. That weakness is thI was able to receive an early copy of this book through my work. I have this weakness that until recently I wasn’t even aware of. That weakness is the book genre of ‘spy boarding school books’ so I love this series, and I am very happy to see it continue. This is a great addition to the series, and I really hope that Gibbs continues to write these.
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Ben is on his first sanctioned assignment, he has Erica and her father and grandfather running the mission but he is the one who has to go undercover. His first assignment is to befriend an international crime bosses daughter who is taking skiing lessons. All is going as planned Jessica wants to hang out with Ben. She seems to really like him! Until Mike shows up. Mike who knows Ben’s real name, Mike who knows Erica is Ben’s alleged ex., Mike who knows Erica’s real name, and Mike who is the bad boy that girls just naturally fall for. The mission has been compromised. Can Ben compete with Mike for Jessica's attention, and does it seem like Erica is falling for Mike too? With lots of action, skiing,, and spying this is a great addition to the series. For those who have read the other books and can’t wait to see where the series is going! ...more
In the beginning this book was very confusing. I felt very lost and I couldn’t picture what the author was describing. So the first couple of chaptersIn the beginning this book was very confusing. I felt very lost and I couldn’t picture what the author was describing. So the first couple of chapters almost had me throwing in the towel and moving on, but something made me stick with it. The writing style is odd, and I’m not sure if I enjoyed it, but I really loved the concept of this book and if I have the chance to read the second one I will, I might not buy it but I would get it at a book sale or from the library. The main concept of this book is that the youngest prince of a magical realm is woken by his father in the middle of the night and told he is going on his coming of age quest and that he has to be as stealthy and quick as possible. This is odd as his other 7 brothers had a huge fanfare for their quests, but he must obey his king and he must slay a dragon. Caden sets out from the castle to runs into Brynne, a sorcerous who teases him constantly. They are sucked into a tunnel and find themselves in a world like nothing they could ever imagine, ours. There isn’t enough magic in our world for Brynne to take them home, and nothing is familiar to them. Caden is placed in a foster home, and for one of the first times that I have personally read the foster parent isn’t a monster. But the math teacher is, well to be more precise he is a banished warlord from their own relm and they are surprised that he is not in the land of eternal torment, or is it that they are? Caden finds there is more than meets the eye with most of his teachers and school staff including the principal. And could one of the banished people cum school employees have something to do with a missing girl? Caden and Brynne are finding more questions than answers and just want to return home but how can they in a world that has math tests and lunch ladies? Overall a good book if you can make it through the beginning for boys and girls 5th grade on up looking for fantasy set in our world where it doesn’t belong. ...more
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