It took me a while to finish the book because I lost it, but WOW. I am glad I did. I did not see that twist coming at the end. I feel like I should haIt took me a while to finish the book because I lost it, but WOW. I am glad I did. I did not see that twist coming at the end. I feel like I should have after thinking about everything. I am hoping there will be a second book to pick up where it left off. Lots of room for a second book....more
This book was a quick read. I like the premise of the book, but how it is set up made it feel choppy and disjointed. I enjoyed reading the book and thThis book was a quick read. I like the premise of the book, but how it is set up made it feel choppy and disjointed. I enjoyed reading the book and the content was easy to follow along with. ...more
I read this book as one of the books for the 26 Books to Read in 2015 challenge: a book you own but haven't read.
I have read other Young Royals booksI read this book as one of the books for the 26 Books to Read in 2015 challenge: a book you own but haven't read.
I have read other Young Royals books and found them interesting. This one was no different. I appreciate the intertwining of history from Catherine de' Medici's life in with the fiction. I thought the balance of fact and fiction was done well. I wish it had ended better. It felt rushed when it came to the last few chapters and the notes at the end didn't fill in the gaps. I enjoyed reading it and it went quickly. Young readers would be able to read through this book and know what her life growing up most likely was like. ...more
It was a good read. I like the stories throughout the book. It gives it an authentic feel because these are not just people who are talking about howIt was a good read. I like the stories throughout the book. It gives it an authentic feel because these are not just people who are talking about how to write and succeed. They have been there and are sharing their own experiences and stories. ...more
This book feels disconnected. Hopping from one topic or thought to another. It feels disjointed and lacks focus. I didn't enjoy reading this as a wholThis book feels disconnected. Hopping from one topic or thought to another. It feels disjointed and lacks focus. I didn't enjoy reading this as a whole Certain parts, when her dad visits to see the painting, how paintings are restored, some of the imagery, were interesting though. Overall though. I wouldn't recommend this book....more
Max is a twelve year old boy who's parents have disappeared. He is left to stay with his Grammie and neither know what to make of the situation. Max's parents are actors and prone to going on trips and adventures, but not without Max. This is a whole new adventure for Max. Along the way he makes some friends and figures out how to make enough money for himself to live.
I thought Max was a good character. Children would be able to relate to his wanting independence but not being old enough for it. He is the son of actors but claims he isn't very good at acting. Throughout the story though he takes on many different roles of characters his parents have portrayed on stage. He is good enough at his acting that he fools other people into thinking he is older than he really is. I don't think Max gives himself enough credit in his acting abilities. As he tries to find out what happened to his parents, he realizes he is good at solving problems. This is how he makes money to live on without having to get a regular job.
I liked Pia. She is a sassy, chatterbox girl around Max's age. She meets Max while he is on one of his assignments. She sticks to him doesn't let him shake her even though he insists he doesn't need help. She chatters and asks questions which give Max ideas on how to solve his problems. Pia is a fun character who livens up the story.
Cynthia Voigt does a good job of interweaving all the problems Max is solving together. Jobs that have nothing to do with each other are easily intertwined and the reader is able to follow how they connect. Some were easily picked out how they would fit into the story and others have a nice surprise ending. It was enough mystery to keep you wanting to read more.
I received this arc via NetGalley and thought it would be an interesting read. I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't overwhelmed with it either. I liked the story and am interested enough in the story to read the upcoming second book in this three book series to find out what happens to Max's parents.
Overall, I gave this book a 3.5 stars. I liked it and want to read the next in the series to find out where the cliffhanger leads to next. But I felt there were some elements of the story that were predictable or flat. As a main character, Max fell short for me. There were other characters I thought were more interesting and I wanted to know more about. I did wonder throughout the story why the adults treated Max as if he was an adult. The most interesting thing about him, which is overly stated throughout the story, is his eyes. From what I have gathered they are a shade of unusual gray. I wanted some more from him since he was the main character. The story has an old fashioned feel that will bring you back to an earlier era when things were simpler, yet things aren't simple for Max.
I feel that what I liked about the book edged out what I didn't care for in the book to bring me back to read the second book when it comes out and recommend it to readers. I do want to know what happens next in finding Max's parents. There was a good cliffhanger at the end that will leave the reader wanting to know what comes next. I am hoping that some of my favorite characters will make more appearances in the second and third book. Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things just arrived on the shelves today, September 10, 2013. I am guessing, as it goes with most books, the second in the series will be coming out within the next year or so, but don't let that deter you. This is an easy, fast read that gives the reader a chance to use their skills of deduction of how Max will solve problems and leave you guessing what happened to his parents....more
I am not normally a fan of poetry. I enjoyed reading these poems, though. There are a lot of poems in this collection that many, myself included, canI am not normally a fan of poetry. I enjoyed reading these poems, though. There are a lot of poems in this collection that many, myself included, can relate to. I enjoyed the variety of poems. You can do a close reading and interrupt the poems and what is underlying in them or you can read them for pleasure and the straightforwardness. This is one book of poetry that will actually stay on my shelves....more
I read Escaping Darkness before reading The Stone Guardian and had to come back and read this. I wanted to know what I had missed. The Stone GuardianI read Escaping Darkness before reading The Stone Guardian and had to come back and read this. I wanted to know what I had missed. The Stone Guardian starts with Ashley (The Stone Guardian) and her best friend, Tara, in an orphanage for "troubled" children. Ashley and Tara are recused from the orphanage by Renato and friends. This is when Ashley finds out her real destiny and purpose in life. I enjoyed reading The Stone Guardian. I wanted to find out the backstory of the characters and I wasn't disappointed. ...more