Really enjoyed this book, which is from Apollo's point of view, after having fallen and in an awkward mortal boy form and heading off on his own questReally enjoyed this book, which is from Apollo's point of view, after having fallen and in an awkward mortal boy form and heading off on his own quest. It was awesome to see Percy as a part of the adventure and I loved getting to know Meg. For some reason Meg made me think of Hercules... if you read the book you'll see more of why. Full of new creatures, characters, and crazy messed up stuff.
I just love Lila, she's a strong and crazy character. Kell is definitely her equal. I loved getting to kSo amazing! Now I'm dying for the next one...
I just love Lila, she's a strong and crazy character. Kell is definitely her equal. I loved getting to know Alucard as well, the captain who is devilishly handsome and charismatic. Not sure what is going to happen next but there was a lot of gasping and WHHHAAA moments in this one. ...more
Last of the Sandwalkers surprised me as a graphic novel. I’m not overly fond of bugs, but this story really brought them into the light. Lucy is a sciLast of the Sandwalkers surprised me as a graphic novel. I’m not overly fond of bugs, but this story really brought them into the light. Lucy is a scientist at heart and sets off on journey to find if there are more beetles in the world around them. Her community is not fond of scientists though and she finds that the overseer of their journey tries to sabotage them from finding their way home, while stealing their discovery of large bones in the sand. They end up on their own and must find their way back. Luckily, the journal their overseer stole wasn’t Lucy’s but a phony, leaving him only with the bones to display.
I loved that this community took on a stance very much like one we see now. The separation of science from religion. Coming across others, Lucy finds that her community has let go of beetles they found that didn’t think their way, telling stories they didn’t like. This is similar to her own scientific drive and she finds a kindred spirit in the abandoned beetle she finds in the desert. There are dangers out there and she must help her friends and family travel safely home. She tries to use her inventions, but sometime they backfire and she seems a bit caught up in the devices at times as to those around her.
I found myself rather intrigued by the story, as Lucy struggles and prevails over the terrain and gets the assistance of others on her journey. She is a spirited heroine and one I admire as she is not perfect but always tries her best. I almost wish it was a bit shorter or simple because I think it’s a story my students would enjoy but it’s probably over the heads of most of my students. I’m considering putting it in my school library and seeing what happens.
A wonderful graphic novel about being ones self and finding the truth about the world and ones self....more
All Fall Down was a trip and a half. No really, this book will mess with your mind… in a good way. I didn’t quite catch on to the huge twist until itAll Fall Down was a trip and a half. No really, this book will mess with your mind… in a good way. I didn’t quite catch on to the huge twist until it was pretty much revealed. So good… anyways let’s backtrack. Grace is kinda messed up. She sees and hears her dead mother sometimes and is emotionally recovering from seeing her mother murdered 3 years ago. Now she is back at the place where it happened – Embassy Row in Adria. Her grandfather is an Ambassador for the United States and she moves into the embassy with him, only to find herself in her mother’s room. Probably not the best idea to throw your somewhat messed up granddaughter into the room of her dead mother… but I can’t tell these characters what is or is not right.
Alexei is of central interest as he seems to be keeping an eye on Grace, because her brother is not there to, and although things are strained between the US and Russia, keeps popping up to help. He’s very good looking and I’m always surprised in Carter’s books that the romance takes a backseat to everything that is going on. Alexei becomes a bit of the background, popping up only when she’s in severe crisis mode it seems but she pushes him hard away from her.
The other more friendly, not as romantic male character is Noah, who basically introduces himself to Grace as her new best friend… in the middle of the night… and then brings her to a party where she jumps off into the water. Probably not the best start to making new friends. She’s trying to save the world from going to War though… during the party a scarf of a somewhat mean girl named Lila floats over into Iran and that wouldn’t be a problem, the area is deserted, but the scarf is of an Israeli flag… which could insight a war. So, she mindlessly takes action.
Grace is quite out of control and trying to remain in control at the same time. She’s convinced that she needs to find the murderer of her mother and cannot be persuaded otherwise. Noah and Megan believe Grace and help her hunt down who she thinks killed her mother, all while trying to make sure to keep the peace. I just fell right into the story and could not stop reading. There’s this dichotomy of believing and not believing throughout this book that it really messes with your head.
An amazing start to a new series that I think will thrill readers. Definitely one to pick up and read....more
The final installment of the series really was packed with action and intrigue. Sara Jane is finally getting closer to finding her family and saving tThe final installment of the series really was packed with action and intrigue. Sara Jane is finally getting closer to finding her family and saving them. It may just take 4 million in gold and an untimely death. This is one of my favorite action series. I love the mystery and intrigue. It makes me want to venture into Chicago to find some of these mythical Capone doors.
If you haven't checked out this series yet, you ought to!...more
Countdown Zero is the second book in Chris Rylander’s Codename Conspiracy series. Carson Fender is a prankster, but his life changed drastically in thCountdown Zero is the second book in Chris Rylander’s Codename Conspiracy series. Carson Fender is a prankster, but his life changed drastically in the last book when he was asked to become an agent for The Agency. This secret organization has a base right beneath his school and is calling on him again to save the world. When one of the agents, Agent Nineteen, he worked with in the last book is in danger, they send Carson in to find him and save the world from a deadly virus getting out. Unfortunately, things don’t go as smoothly and Carson finds himself double crossed by a fellow student.
I love these books on so many different levels… there’s an insane amount of action and spy tactics mixed in with humorous moments. I love how over the top the characters can be sometimes and how Carson adapts to the different situations. Within the book, there’s a deeper message talking about honesty and the reasons behind which we lie to those we care about. I found this intriguing and wonder if this will keep carrying over into the next book.
I really find Carson as a likeable character. He seems to be loyal and carries his guilt about lying to his friends really close, but knowing that he cannot reveal unless the circumstances are dire. Dillon is by far my favorite of his friends, being a conspiracy nut and adds the most hilarity to the book. Danielle is smart and quick to pick up on what is going on and also seems to keep Carson a bit grounded.
For a longer book, I felt like the plot moved quickly with enough spy action and intrigue to keep me reading until the very last page. Rylander does a great job of balancing character development with plot points.
One of my favorite new spy series for kids, check out any of Rylander’s books and you won’t be disappointed....more
Wild River is a thrilling book about a pair of brothers, Ryan and Tanner, who set out on a camping trip, but an accident happens, leaving the older brWild River is a thrilling book about a pair of brothers, Ryan and Tanner, who set out on a camping trip, but an accident happens, leaving the older brother Tanner unconscious. It is up to Ryan to seek help, but he doesn’t know much about where he is or really about anything when it comes to nature. He must step up or possible lose his brother. A short chapter book, this book really captures your attention and brings a regular kid to becoming a hero. I love stories like this and I think they inspire young people to be better people.
A great short chapter book that is both thrilling and has a great message....more
Repairman Jack is one of my husband’s favorite series. I’ve been meaning to start reading them for a long time and now I know why he loves them. FullRepairman Jack is one of my husband’s favorite series. I’ve been meaning to start reading them for a long time and now I know why he loves them. Full of action, mystery and paranormal elements, I fell in love with Jack’s world. Jack lives under the radar and is a “repairman” of a multitude of problems. His love life has fallen a bit since his ex-girlfriend found out what he actually does for a living. However, Gia calls him because her Aunt-in-Law is missing and she needs his help. Her daughter Vicky loves Jack and I loved the scenes between the sweet 9 year old and Jack.
Verdict: The overlying plot involves more supernatural elements as Jack finds out what is really happening. I love the twists and turns and Jack’s overall character. I will definitely be reading on to find out what happens to him next. ...more
The Book of Storms is the tale of a boy named Danny who wakes up one day to his parents having disappeared. They frequently run off into the night toThe Book of Storms is the tale of a boy named Danny who wakes up one day to his parents having disappeared. They frequently run off into the night to chase storms because his would-be older sister Emma was killed in one a long time ago. But, his parents are always back by morning. What he discovers outside is even more frightening and he finds a stick that allows him to talk to animals, plants and other living things around him.
Searching the house, he finds a notebook that details all of his parents forays into storms and leads him to his next clue. There was a man they met that allegedly had a “Book of Storms”. Going off in search of him, Danny finds that there is more dangerous and mystery than just his parents disappearing. An evil being named Sammael, who cares for nothing but his dog (and even that is brutal at times) is after Danny for holding power that he should not have. The same being who is behind Danny’s parents’ disappearance.
I quite enjoyed watching Danny grow into a character who loathed adventure and rather be attending school, into more of an adventure-lover. I loved that the author switched viewpoints to show what Sammael was up to while Danny continued on his journey. It was unique in that it’s something I never have seen explored much, controlling storms and delving deeper into the secrets they hold.
The author does a great job of twisting humor in with the action and adventure feel of the novel. I think that’s important in children’s books. I enjoyed the setting, the characters and the plot.
A somewhat different adventure/fantasy novel that will make you question the next storm that rolls into town....more
Coming directly from having read Dualed in audiobook format, I had to realign my brain to read Divided in book format. Thinking about the first book,Coming directly from having read Dualed in audiobook format, I had to realign my brain to read Divided in book format. Thinking about the first book, I felt there was no a lot of background information and was hoping that Divided would fill in the gaps of the first book. I felt like there was some questions answered, but I’m not fully satisfied with the brief glimpse into the history of how the Board was formed, what the different levels mean and some of the history as well as more information on why the program of killing your clone was first brought on.
If you really loved Dualed, you will like Divided. It has the same type of premise. West goes off on her own to fulfill an assignment given to her by the Board, only she finds out the hard way that she no longer can kill, but she’s determined a back up plan after her boyfriend Chord shares with her something he found while on patrol. The promise of not having to put any of her future children through this game of killing your other self has her committed to the task, but she finds a surprise when she meets her last target.
I don’t want to reveal too much for those who haven’t read either books, so I’ll stop there. What I like about the story is that West’s relationship with Chord feels good to me as a reader. She still is dealing with some post trauma from the first book and I like that they address that by her visiting a counselor to talk about her nightmare and problems. Chord has accepted West for who she is and she knows that he will be there for her. I like the action, the hunt and the complications that this sequel has to offer.
On the flip side, I still wish there was more. I feel so confined in the story to West’s personal problems and I want to know so much more about the background of the world she lives in that I don’t feel satisfied. I cannot think of this story as dystopian because it’s not her against the government. When it’s the Board that asks her to kill, it is really to satisfy one man’s desires and wants. West is not completely going against the system and I sort of wanted her to be more of a rebel, or at least want to escape the world she lives in.
Lots of great action but lacking some dystopian elements that would have taken the book further....more