Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Horrid Henry By Francesca Simon

Print Length: 112 pages
Publisher: SourceBooks Jabberwocky (September 1, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Horrid Henry was found a new way to scare everyone. His very own Monster Movie! The Undead Demon Monster Who Would Not Die, is going to be a BIG hit! Plus three monstrous tales that will leave you screaming for more!

What I like about the book is it was very well written, and in the book Henry had a goal and some parts were funny and some parts wear spooky. I loved the illustrations, and my favorite parts of the books were the scary parts, they weren't that scary but I still liked them. 

There was nothing bad in the books, it wasn't too scary (For me) but I like scary, creepy stuff. But I don't get scared easily. 

My favorite character I like Henry and his brother. They were both really funny, but they were kinda bad little boys though. 

I liked it, i would like to read more of Horrid Henry books.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Familiars Book 3: Interview

Can the familiars bring magic back to the queendom?

Vastia is in a state of war. Led by the evil Paksahara, whose command of the Shifting Fortress gives her nearly unstoppable power, an army of undead animals is wreaking havoc on the queendom. With human magic still gone, it's up to the three prophesized familiars—Aldwyn, Skylar, and Gilbert—to capture the fortress and bring Paksahara down.

But it won't be easy. The three familiars must embark on a quest to gather seven descendants of the most ancient and powerful animals in Vastia. And to make matters worse, Aldwyn finds a troubling scroll that causes him to doubt the very truth of the prophecy that guides them.
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Buy the Books: #1, #2, #3
Read Reagan's review of The Familiars

From Adam and Andrew:

With the release of the third book in The Familiars series, The Familiars - Circle of Heroes, we are stopping by some of our favorite blogs discussing all things heroes.

Reagan:  What's the difference between a hero and a super hero?
A&A: Anyone through courage and sacrifice can become a hero. To be a superhero, you need a magic hammer or a radioactive superbite.

Reagan: Who is your favorite super hero?

Adam: My favorite superhero would have to be Dr. Strange. He a spellcasting superhero that was once a doctor but through mystic training has become something even greater. I have a soft spot for anything that has to do magic...so Dr. Strange and the villians he faces have always appealed ever since I was a little kid.
Andrew: Spiderman. I loved that he was a "nerdy" teenage kid (I could relate) and it played into every fantasy I ever had of fighting off criminals in back alleys to impress pretty girls. 
Reagan: If you had a super power, what would it be?
Adam: I would love the superpower of flight. Being able to soar above the treetops while avoiding traffic seems like the ultimate fantasy.
Andrew: Superstrength. I've always been a slender guy, so it would fulfill a life long desire to be able to proudly take my shirt off at the beach. 
Reagan: What's the most heroic story you've ever heard?
Adam: The most heroic stories I've heard aren't in comic books or middle grade fiction, they're of the soldiers go overseas fighting for our country. One of my favorite thing sto do is read about these soldiers and watch the Welcomehomeblog, tearing up when they are reunited with their families.
Reagan: Who is the most heroic character in The Familiars?
A&A: The most heroic character in the Familiars is definitely Aldwyn. He's the underdog (or is it undercat) that with no magic of his own joins a quest to save his loyal that he only just met. Plus, all great heroes learn valuable lessons about themselves along the way.
Reagan: Who is the person that is the biggest hero in your life?
A&A: Our grandparents are the greatest heroes in our life. Adam even dedicated the Circle of Heroes to them because of the amazing positive influence they had on him while growing up.
We want you to send in stories about your own heroes, the real people who have had an impact on your life. Parents, grandparents, teachers, or friends. We'll be featuring them on our blog, our Twitter feeds, and our Facebook page. We want to know who's in your Circle of Heroes. The ones voted the most inspirational will win a signed copy of book #3. Send them in to thefamiliarsbook@gmail.com!

The Familiars - Circle of Heroes will be on-line and in bookstores everywhere September 4th.
Adam and Andrew

Friday, August 31, 2012

SURVIVORS first 60 pages! (by Erin Hunter)

The New Series from WARRIORS Author Erin Hunter is Here!

If you're like us, you've been waiting for this new series for a LONG time, and now you can finally BUY IT!  Not sure if you want to?  Check out the first 60 pages and see if it's for you!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Knightly Academy By Violet Haberdasher

Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Aladdin; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
Buy The Book: Amazon
Henry Grim is a servant boy at the Midsummer School—until he passesthe elite Knightley Academy exam and suddenly finds himself one of the first commoners at the Academy, studying alongside the cleverest and bravest—and most arrogant—young aristocrats in the country. But someone is out to sabotage him from becoming a full-fledged Knight of the Realm, and soon Henry uncovers a conspiracy that violates the Hundred Years’ Peace treaty—and could lead to war!
This book was amazing! I mean they are training to be some kind of knight! That's awesome! I want to be  a knight...... But those days are over :'(. Sadly I did  not listen to the audio of this book just yet. But a plan to soon :D. I'll tell you how it was as soon as I can in the chat box! I think the best part was when the boys found Frankie, the headmaster's daughter, fencing. At first they thought it was a boy so they where all like 'He's the best fencer I've ever seen!' and all that until she took off her mask, and then they thought she was the worst fencer.  So when the fencing master left, Valmont, Henry's tormenter from Midsummer, mocked Frankie and she told him exactly what she embroidered on a pillow that got her expelled at her last boarding school. It does not say what was on the pillow but I have my own suspicions.

My favorite character is Frankie, she is the ultimate tomboy. I mean she hates all kinds of schools with fancy stuff, she hates the piano (inside joke), and she likes to hang out with Henry and his friends. Plus the boys are scared of her (another inside joke). This book is also HILARIOUS! I'd start laughing randomly and Bransen (my brother) would be like, 'What's so funny!?' and I'd say, 'Nothing.' Because I'd already moved on. At first this was slow and a bit boring but after I got into it I was glued to the pages. I think if you like knight books, boarding school books you'd like this book. Thanks BYE!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter: Book Review

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
by Ally Carter
Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (March 20, 2007)
Buy the book: Amazon
Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies.
Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”—but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission—falling in love.
Cammie attends the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, though this is no ordinary school.  It's a school for girls in training to become spies.  Cammie's nickname is the Chameleon, not a name given lightly.  That is why it bothered her so much that an ordinary boy could notice her, when pro spies could not. His name is Josh. She started becoming friends and more with Josh finding she liked it.

This action-packed book is great for those who like spies, action, romance and lies.  Ally Carter's I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You is now a favorite of mine and I recommend it to everyone!

My all time favorite character is Bex. She's a really good spy and she the second best spy in the book. Also she is my kind of person. Not perfect and awesome. Cammie is my second favorite because she is the chameleon! Third favorite is Josh! He is cool and smooth. He is also awesome. She did screw a lot of thing up but she's cool. I gave myself the nickname the shadow because I am only seen when I want to be. Or people know I'm there.... My sister Kit is hawk-eye because she's got the eyes of a hawk! Kit can see everything and anyone!! I LOVED this book!!!

Andye, and Kit left me behind when they went to see Ally Carter. I must say I have never met an author in my life (except myself and Faith who has finished a book but it's not published....And I think she forgot all about it...). I REALLY wanted to go because I had started this book already and I wanted to meet the author. Ally Carter said that if she could re-write the books she would kill Josh :,( because everyone is always asking about him. I know why. Because the first book was all about Cammie and Josh!! He just disappears at the end of the book!! And he never really came back. So that makes everyone wonder were he went. Plus he's awesome.

My top 12 favorites are:
1. Harry Potter
2. Goliath
3. Leviathan, Behemoth
4. The False Prince
5. I'd Tell You I Love You But  Then I'd Have To Kill You
6. Percy Jackson
7. The Heroes Of Olympus
8. Howl's Moving Castle
9. Goddess Girls
10.  Time (This is my book and it's still in the making. I'm posting chapters on my blog)
11. Warriors
12. Vampirates 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur

Jack Stalwart: The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur
by Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Series: Jack Stalwart book #1
Reading level: Ages 6 and up
Paperback: 110 pages
Publisher: Weinstein Books; First Edition edition (September 4, 2007)
In this action-packed new series, nine-year old secret agent Jack Stalwart travels the globe in search of his missing older brother Max while solving international crimes for the Global Protection Force.

In The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur, Jack zooms to the city that never sleeps to try to solve the mystery of the missing Allosaurus toe. Starting at the Natural History Museum, Jack's detection takes him to a competitive grade-schooler determined to win the science fair with his experiment crossing his own dog with the DNA from the bone of a dangerous, carnivorous dinosaur. Soon the gargantuan creature is terrorizing New Yorkers and Jack must stop him before he devours the animals in the Central Park zoo!
This book is about a kid named Jack Stalwart.  In this book Jack has to go to New York to the American Museum of Natural History where the hallux of an allosaurus is missing.  Jack finds out that a kid named Thomas stole the hallux and got DNA out of it and turned his dog into an allosaurus.  Jake's job is to bring the hallux back to the museum.

I liked this book because it is easy to read, and it is exciting.  It is a cool book and you don't know what will happen next.  I also like secret agents.  I recommend this book to people who like action!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Help to Choose Erin Hunter's Book Cover for the NEW SERIES!

SURVIVORS by Erin Hunter –

From Harper Collins:

Help Choose the Jacket! Erin Hunter, the bestselling author of the WARRIORS and SEEKERS books, has legions of fans and we want to hear from all of them! Go HERE to vote for your favorite book jacket for SURVIVORS, the new Erin Hunter series coming in August. Hurry, voting ends 4/19!

 The Warriors and Seekers books are some of my absolute favorite books ever, so I can't WAIT for this new series by Erin Hunter!!!  If you want to read my reviews, you can find them here:

Warriors Book 1
Warriors: The New Prophecy
Warriors: The New Prophecy book 3
Seekers Audiobook Vlog Review

I hope you're as excited as I am!  If you haven't read Warriors and Seekers yet, you should.  Or just start with this new series!  Survivors comes out August 21!

And just in case you were worried that the animals weren't getting a vote.....

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ghost Buddy: Zero to Hero by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

Ghost Buddy: Zero to Hero
by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Series: Ghost Buddy #1
Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (January 1, 2012)
Buy the book: Amazon
Billy Broccoli is new to the neighborhood, and wants cool friends and a spot on the baseball team more than anything. But the one thing he never wanted is his own personal ghost. So imagine his surprise when he ends up sharing a room with Hoover Porterhouse, a funny ghost with a whole lot of attitude.

When an obnoxious school bully sets out to demolish Billy, the Hoove comes up with a plan for revenge. It’s all in the Hoove’s Rule Number Forty-Two: Stay cool. And like it or not, Billy and the Hoove have to stick together if Billy ever wants to get in style, get even, and conquer the school.
I really liked this book.  It is funny and interesting and it made me keep reading for a long time.  I like the whole story and how it has a part about Hoover (the ghost) and a part about Billy.  It was easy to read so I could read it myself.

It ended it a big cliffhanger, so I can't wait to read the next book!

I recommend this to people who like funny books, or ghost stories, or books about someone's life.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom by Rachel Vail

Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom
by Rachel Vail
Series: Justin Case #2
Reading level: Ages 7 and up
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (May 8, 2012)
Buy the book: Amazon
Justin is going to start fourth grade—but first, he has to survive the summer. He “gets” to go to camp every day on a bus. He “gets” to experience all sorts of new things: Bugs. Mess hall food. Flip-flops (they hurt the space between his toes and they’re hard to walk in). And (gulp!) swimming.

Justin’s little sister, Elizabeth, seems to deal with camp just fine. So do his friends. Justin is trying very hard not to be a worried kid anymore, especially when it comes to making friends at camp, including a new kid who is kind of . . . rough. After all, Justin is going to be in fourth grade. It’s time to be brave. Right?
This book is about a kid named Justin Case and his life in the summer.  Justin is a weird kid.   He usually goes to a science camp, but he wants to go to a camp called Camp Goldenbrook, which is all about sports.  When he gets there, he finds out he is no good at sports, but he keeps trying. 

I really liked this book a lot.  It is a funny book and I liked how he keeps trying.  It's really easy for me to read, too, which is awesome.  This is one of my favorite books to read on my own.  I recommend this book to people who like reading about normal life, but really funny ones!

You don't have to have read the first Justin Case book to read this one, but you want to!!  Trust me!  Here's my review of Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (October 4, 2011)
Buy The Book: Amazon
Percy is confused. When he awoke after his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain-fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight. Somehow Percy managed to make it to the camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he had to continually kill monsters that, annoyingly, would not stay dead. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him.

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. When the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now, because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk.
This book is about Percy Jackson. He lost his memory because Juno, aka Hera, has taken it and sent him to a Roman camp called Camp Jupiter. Juno sent him to try to bring the Greek camp, Camp Half-Blood, and the Roman camp, Camp Jupiter, together. Rome and Greece have a rivalry. There are giants that are the sons of Gia the Goddess of the earth and they are trying to beat the gods.

 I really liked this book and I hope the next one comes out soon. I recommend this book to people who like the gods and action. You should read Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The reader on the audiobook is good after you get used to him.

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Invisible Tower by Nils Johnson-Shelton

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (January 3, 2012)
Buy The Book: Amazon
Listening Length: 7 hours and 43 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Harper Audio
Buy The Audio: Audible

In Artie Kingfisher's world, wizards named Merlin, fire-breathing dragons, and swords called Excalibur exist only in legends and lore - until the day his video game Otherworld springs to life.
You are special, Arthur, Says the mysterious message in his game. In one week's time you will come to me at the it.
Cryptic clues lead Artie to a strange place called the Invisible Tower, where he discovers that nothing in his life is as it seems. Artie is none other than King Arthur, brought to life in the twenty-first century. Artie has won the battle in the virtual Otherworld - now the key to saving the real Otherworld lies in his hands as well.
Green dragons, hungry wolves, powerful sorcerers - suddenly Artie must battle them all as he wields Excalibur and embarks on a quest worthy of the Knights of the Round Table. With his sister, Kay, by his side, Artie steps into the Otherworld - straight toward his destiny.
I really liked this book.   It is funny and has action, adventure, and fantasy.  I like how the book is like The Sword and the Stone.  My favorite character is Arty.  He is funy and brave.

I listened to it on audio and like the reader.  I would suggest it to people who like The Sword and the Stone and fantasy!

Here's my sister, Reagan's review!

Jake And Lily: By Jerry Spinelli

Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (May 8, 2012)
Buy The Book: Amazon
This is a story about me, Lily.
And me, Jake.
We're twins and we're exactly alike.
Not exactly!
Whatever. This is a book we wrote about the summer we turned eleven and Jake ditched me.
Please. I just started hanging out with some guys in the neighborhood.
Right. So anyway, this is a book about
goobers and supergoobers
true friends
things getting built and wrecked and rebuilt
and about figuring out who we are.
We wrote this together
(sort of)
so you'll get to see both sides of our story.
But you'll probably agree with my side.
You always have to have the last word, don't you?
This book was AMAZING. At first I REALLY didn't want to read it so I let my friend borrow it. When she was done she was a school and I was helping pack back packs for hungry kids, her mom handed it to me and said, "Natalie REALLY enjoyed this book. Thanks for letting her borrow it!"  So on the car ride home I began reading the book and I couldn't stop! We went to D.C the next day and for the half an hour car trip there I read it (And did my math lol). Then I finished it the next day. Every good book I read ends so quickly! WHY??!!! * sobs* I don't like that. Now I might even read other books by Jerry Spinelli. Like I was GLUED to the book I couldn't stop reading it, now I'm super sad it's over :'(.

I think my favorite character was Lily because she reminds me so much of ME and Faith!  I think my second favorite character is Sydney. She comes later on but she is a lot like Lily, and Lily is a lot like me and Faith! Wow....... I just saw that Jerry Spinelli has 6 kids.... that must be hard to manage..........And he has a bunch of other novels. I own 2. Star Girl and Jake and Lily.  I'll have to try Star Girl!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (September 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • Buy The Book: Amazon
 Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

     This is going straight to the top of my favorite list. Even above the Heist Society books. That's how good this book is. I love how Katniss is like, the top dog in her family and how she's tough yet caring at the same time, and she was so brave, to step in to volunteer for her sister and to take over for the family when her dad died. Suzanne Collins made me feel like I was really there, watching the events happen. This book was awesome because it had all the best things in it, romance, danger, action, fighting and awesomeness in general! Anyone who hasn't read it yet... you should just go read it... right now... drop everything and go to the library... I'm not kidding... go now. *Shoos people off to the library*
     My favorite characters were Katniss- of course- and Cinna, and Gale and Peeta. I even liked Haymitch a little. I felt like I knew all of them personally by the end of the book.
     Overall this was a really awesomesauce book, and a clean one too, other than all the blood and killing of course. <(^^,)> But yeah, no bad language or inappropriateness or anything. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!! Just go read it right now.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Storybound by Marissa Burt

  • Reading level: Ages 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • Buy The Book: Amazon
     Inkheart meets the Never Ending Story in this sweeping middle-grade fantasy.

     In the land of Story, kids go to school to learn how to be the perfect character: a brave Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain. They dream of the day when they will live out stories written just for them.
     But when a lonely twelve-year-old girl in our world named Una Fairchild is magically transported to Story, she realizes that the land is threatened by a dark secret- and and it may be up to Una to save it.
     With the timeless appeal or A Wrinkle In Time and the breathtaking action of Inkheart, Storybound will leave the readers wishing they too could jump into this enchanting fairy-tale world.

     Okay, so I thought that since it said Neverending Story on the back, that I would NOT like it. Because I thought the movie (I think that's what it was) for the Neverending Story was weird and annoying. But when I finally got past the beginning and all the boring stuff and it got to the action I really liked it! It was kinda cheesy how the main girl's name is Una Fairchild... like, that's kinda weird. But the character in general was cool. She was brave, smart, kind, and clever, and she always came up with cool ideas. I liked how they were all training to be characters, like how we learn to read, they learn to provide the story. One thing I thought was cool, is the old rulers of Story, and how they are kinda like the gods and goddesses of Percy Jackson, but in this book they're imprisoned and everyone hates them... except a few who think they are innocent. Well, I'd better not give away too much... that wouldn't be very good. My favorite character was Endeavor Truepenny. He was kinda mysterious at first, but then he and Una kinda get to know each other.. and I think they would be perfect together!!! Even though Peter and her were kinda cute together he has Snow. Anyway, this book was really clean and there was really nothing even a little bad!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Warriors: Sign of The Moon by Erin Hunter

  • Reading Level: Ages 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • Buy the Book: Amazon

The end of the stars draws near.
Three must become four to battle
the darkness that lasts forever. . . .
The dark forces that have driven a rift between the four warrior Clans are growing stronger. Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Dovepaw now know that unless they can unravel the true meaning behind the prophecy that binds them, the warrior code could be destroyed forever.
While Lionblaze remains focused on protecting ThunderClan from another deadly battle, Jayfeather receives a desperate plea for help from the Tribe of Rushing Water. He must travel to the mountains in search of answers that link the Clans to the Tribe in ways no cat could have imagined. But with the summons comes an ominous warning that suggests the power of the stars may not be enough to save the Clans.

     Yeah, warriors, they're not actually that bad. I'm going to be in ninth grade next year and I'll still read them even then. I have actually had this one on my shelf since last year when it came out, which is kinda sad because I usually finish one of these in a day with breaks. But this one was kinda slow at the start and then I found out my least favorite cat in the whole entire series was going to come back in the next book and I was like, "meh." But it turned out to be pretty good, Jayfeather has a special medicine cat quest and Lionblaze seems to be pretty happy protecting the clan and Dovewing and the others are all happy. Except Leafpool. *Tear* She seems like she'll never see happiness again! JK lol, but still, she isn't very happy and it's sad because I liked her. Oh well, but yeah this book has some action here, a little romance there, the usual for warriors.

     I love Lionblaze, Jayfeather and Dovewing they are my current favorites because they are the three! I like how Dovewing is so nice and sweet and then Jayfeather can be soo grumpy then be kinda okay ish then be grumpy again. And Lionblaze is awesome period. I will always like Sandstorm and Squirrelflight and Leafpool, mother and daughters. But mostly Squirrelflight because she knows when to rip you apart and when to not rip you apart, and when it's a go she won't hesitate to rip you apart!
      I don't really not like Firestar but he's soo old! He needs to retire, he's only got like two lives left and when he only has one he really needs to retire! But before he does somebody kill Brambleclaw so that Lionblaze can be deputy then leader! Lionstar! Mwahahaha! And those two are okay compared to Hollyleaf! She gave away the biggest secret ever to the WHOLE forest at a gathering! And then Leafpool lost her med-cat ness and Brambleclaw dumped Squirrelflight for protecting her sister and her sister's kits!
     Overall the book wasn't bad, there's nothing really mature or bad like language in this book because it's for kids, so if you haven't read this book you should give it a try and read multiple books because it takes a few to get to the good parts like the big battle and all the fun stuff like betrayal and secret romance! lol I'm hopeless! Haha oh well!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Otherworld Chronicles: The Invisible Tower: By Nils Johnson-Shelton

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (January 3, 2012)
Buy The Book: Amazon
Listening Length: 7 hours and 43 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Harper Audio
Buy The Audio: Audible

In Artie Kingfisher's world, wizards named Merlin, fire-breathing dragons, and swords called Excalibur exist only in legends and lore - until the day his video game Otherworld springs to life.
You are special, Arthur, Says the mysterious message in his game. In one week's time you will come to me at the it.
Cryptic clues lead Artie to a strange place called the Invisible Tower, where he discovers that nothing in his life is as it seems. Artie is none other than King Arthur, brought to life in the twenty-first century. Artie has won the battle in the virtual Otherworld - now the key to saving the real Otherworld lies in his hands as well.
Green dragons, hungry wolves, powerful sorcerers - suddenly Artie must battle them all as he wields Excalibur and embarks on a quest worthy of the Knights of the Round Table. With his sister, Kay, by his side, Artie steps into the Otherworld - straight toward his destiny.
I listened to this book, but I'll talk about both

The Book:

It was pretty funny. Like if you read a book like this it's bound to be funny right! Well that's just the case for me at least. So I think that it was also very creative using the sword and the stone story and twisting it to be something funny, AWESOME, cool, and amazing. Okay it's also epic in a fighting and dragon and creative way. My mom always says I say epic and no one knows what it means. Ahh well. So I think that this epic is a creative, dragon powers awesome kind of epic. It's easier to explain in typing then in speaking. So I think my favorite character is Kay Kingfisher. Because she it not afraid to fight people, she's a video game freak, Kay is also epic in a fighting and great at video game type of way. My second favorite character is Tom Thumb. He's the size of a thumb in our world and he's epic in an, even though I'm small I can whip your butt in three seconds. He's also a bit funny. Has anyone else noticed that my favorite character is normally a boy?? If you have please say so in the comments below!!

The Audio:

I thought that the reader, Patrick Lawer, was really good. He also sounded a lot like a boy, not like an adult.... Isn't that weird how they do that??? I think it is!! So he didn't do many different voices. Like the boys voices and the girls voices where pretty similar, so you can't recognize people by their voices except Tom Thumb, and Merlin(don't know his last name...:D) really. So he was good reader but over all I wish he had done voices. But his actual voice was good so it wasn't bad :D. I think that the best voice he does is Merlin's voice. Not how I'd have done it but it was really good all the same.... :D.
:D, :), :(, >:[, O.O ;) That's it!


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Witch And Wizard: The Gift: By James Patterson

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (March 1, 2012)
The Authors Website: James Patterson
Buy The Book: Amazon
When they were imprisoned by the new, brutal government, Whit and Whisty were barely able to escape with their lives. Discovering a hidden community of children like themselves--hunted by the state and with varying degrees of special talents--they have taken refuge underground. But the New Order is rapidly pushing in on them from all sides, and the pressure to stop the regime is mounting.

One day, as they rush to save another group of kids who are about to be captured by police, Whit and Whisty discover not only their own faces plastered to buildings on wanted posters, but also their parents'. When the hunting party sent out after the siblings always seems to be one step ahead of them, they begin to fear that it is controlled by a very, very powerful force. They are in much more danger than they feared...

I enjoyed reading this book. The writing was good with just a few errors. But maybe that  was because it was advanced readers copy *strokes imaginary beard*. Ahh well..... But back to earth. I enjoy James Patterson's books because they are kick-butt teens. Yes this is another teen book I read but I'm still not on the teens gang. Back to earth again.  OKAY.  I think that kick-butt books are the best BECAUSE they aren't afraid to stick up for the ones they love, and what is right.  Even though earth is crumbling around them they never lose hope, because hope is all they have left. I think that if I had the gift like Whisty I'd freakin KICK THE N.O.'S BIG HAIRY BUTTS!!! No mercy required. lol... ahh back to earth for the hundredth time!! Sorry precious. lol. So Why doesn't Whisty have the same urge I do? I have no idea.... SO I think my favorite character is.... No one!! At first I thought that I would like Whisty best because she has the gift, you know, but then she went all soft and now that's a no no.  I don't like Whit because he's more soft than Whisty.  I HATE Brian Swan,  and the rest of the lot is barley in the book!!  So yeah...... So I am really hoping that I get my hands on the next one so that I can see if Whisty makes up for her softyness (I don't think that's a word...) and Whit.

If you like James Patterson's books look at the reviews Of Maximum Ride
Maximum Ride 5: Reagans
Maximum Ride 1 Manga: Faith
Maximum Ride 7:  Reagan
Maximum Ride 3-4: Anna
Maximum Ride 1: Reagan

Note To Parents

Whit in the book cusses at Brian.... 

Whit also kiss's one of the resistance.

There is also gruesome things like hand being delivered for torture for Whisty.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Winterling By Sara Prineas

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins and Harper Audio (January 3, 2012)
Narrated by Erin Moon
Buy The Book: Hardcover | Audible

With her boundless curiosity and wild spirit, Fer has always felt that she doesn’t belong. Not when the forest is calling to her, when the rush of wind through branches feels more real than school or the quiet farms near her house. Then she saves an injured creature—he looks like a boy, but he’s really something else. He knows who Fer truly is, and invites her through the Way, a passage to a strange, dangerous land.
Fer feels an instant attachment to this realm, where magic is real and oaths forge bonds stronger than iron. But a powerful huntress named the MÓr rules here, and Fer can sense that the land is perilously out of balance. Fer must unlock the secrets about the parents she never knew and claim her true place before the worlds on both sides of the Way descend into endless winter.

I listened to half the book on audio but the other half I actually read. I'll talk about the audio first. The reader, Erin Moon, was really good, she really sounded like a little girl when she did Fer's voice, and she sounded like an old lady when she did Grand-Janes's voice. So the audio was easy to go through, and fun to listen to. I think I like it best when she did Rooks voice because it was rough like it was supposed to be and deep like a boys is.  Listen to a sample here!

Now I'll talk about the book. The book had no errors as far as I know which was a relief! And it had no bad language or romance, but a little violence. I enjoyed the reading part almost as much as the listening part! Almost. I think it it was slower for me reading than listening. It took me like a week to read this book though, if that counts for anything.  I didn't realize that the author of this book, Sara Prineas, also is the author of The Magic Thief series! (See my review of the Magic Thief HERE) So as I also enjoyed her writing in the Magic Thief I enjoyed the writing here, it was really excellent. The names were very creative, cute, and I liked them all. I think my favorite character is Rook, the mischievous puck boy who can shift into a horse and a dog. He's funny (at least I think so....:)) , and I imagine him cute. But that's just me lol. I think my second favorite character is Fer, cause she's brave always, never scared (which is just plain weird but admirable). I also liked Fer's horse. Can't say his name here! I'm giving too much away already lol. I think if you like books for brave girls, fantasy, and hunting, this is the book for you!!!