Keeper of The Lost Cities: LodeStar (Non-Spoiler Review)

Keeper of The Lost Cities: LodeStar by  Shannon Messenger

Published by   Aladdin; Reprint edition on November 7, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 704

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally Bought

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Dark schemes unfold and Sophie’s loyalty is pushed to the limit in this thrilling fifth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities—but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.

The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she’s warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.

A mysterious symbol could be the key—if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world’s underbelly and the Black Swan aren’t the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn’t stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book in this series. I liked the pacing of this novel and also the “group” of characters that this book focused in. I also liked the various side plots that made this even more complicated. I really liked how this book expanded the world and made it a even more complicated situation. I thought Keffe path was super compelling and also liked how we are learning more about dex and his family. I found this to be fast pace engaging read and will def read the next one soon!

The Mystwick School of Musicraft (arc) (Non-spolier Review)

The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury 

Published by  HMH Books for Young Readers on January 21, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantsay

Pages: 368

Format: Audibook

Source: Audible

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Amelia Jones always dreamed of attending the Mystwick School of Musicraft, where the world’s most promising musicians learn to create magic. So when Amelia botches her audition, she thinks her dream has met an abrupt and humiliating end—until the school agrees to give her a trial period. Amelia is determined to prove herself, vowing to do whatever it takes to become the perfect musician. Even if it means pretending to be someone she isn’t. Meanwhile, a mysterious storm is brewing that no one, not even the maestros at Mystwick, is prepared to contain. Can Amelia find the courage to be true to herself in time to save her beloved school from certain destruction?

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this audiobook so much. I loved how the music was actually included. This book had such a fun magic system that I really loved it. I found it to be such a fast pace read the kept my on my toes. I really did like the whole magic school setting and also the large cast of characters as well. The highlight of this book was the world building and the cast of characters. I really did like the trio of characters that we had. This book was such a charming read and I really hope we get another book in this series!

The Tyrant Tomb (Non-Spoiler Thoughts)

The Tyrant Tomb  by Rick Riordan

Published by  Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition on September 24, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 448

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

It’s not easy being Apollo, especially when you’ve been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo’s aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read. But it was def not my favorite read of this series. I really did like how the characters dealt with the drama in the previous book. I loved being back at the new setting in this book and the older characters that we met up with. I felt that the pacing in this book was not as tight and hard to feel invested to keep reading. I still love apollo character and really loved his character growth. I felt the pacing was just not as strong and wanted it from this book. I am really excited to read the possible last book in this series late next year.

Malamander (Arc Review)

Malamander  by Thomas Taylor

Published by   Walker Books on May 2, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 304

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep…

Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy – especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma’s parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander. Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger…

And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab returns to the spooky and heart-pounding world of City of Ghosts, delivering thrilling new adventures and an unforgettable spin on friendship. (Because sometimes, even psychic ghost best friends have secrets. . .)

My Thoughts:

*I got this book for review and would rate this book 3.5 for review*
This was such a surprising read. I think this is such a fun middle grade adventure/mystery story. I also really did love this eerie little town as well. I also really liked both man characters and found the mystery to be super compelling. I really did think this book was the prefect mix of creepy and eerie but not scary. I found this to be such a fast pace read. I will def be checking out book 2 in the future.

Tunnel of Bones (Non-Spoiler Review)

Tunnel Of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Published by   Scholastic Press on September 3, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 304

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate Junior

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

The thrilling sequel to Victoria Schwab’s New York Times bestselling City of Ghosts!

Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab returns to the spooky and heart-pounding world of City of Ghosts, delivering thrilling new adventures and an unforgettable spin on friendship. (Because sometimes, even psychic ghost best friends have secrets. . .)

My Thoughts:

I thought this was such a fun sequel in this series. I really did like the plot and where the story went in this book. I also really loved how this book was set in paris. I did vist there in the past and the descriptions were so real, like i was there. I think I still want a little bit more out of this world in general. But I thought the pacing of this book was super good. I also like the new group of characters we met and at the heart of this book is always the friendship between cassidy and jacob and some heartfelt moments occurred. I am so excited to read more in this series and find out the new setting!

Sam Saves The Night (Arc Review)

Sam Saves the Night  by Shari Simpson

Published by  Disney-Hyperion on October 1, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure,

Pages: 256

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

What would you do if you could stay out all night and not get in trouble?
Thirteen-year-old Sam has no friends, but you can’t really blame her. She lives her life in a state of chronic exhaustion thanks to her nightly sleepwalking jaunts, which include trips to the store, treehouse-building projects, and breaking-and-entering escapades-none of which she remembers in the morning. Her condition is taking its toll on her family (and her life), so when her mom takes her to see a wacky strip-mall sleep specialist, Sam is wary, but 100 percent in.
The night after the doc works his mojo, Sam wakes up outside her body, watching herself sleep. FREAKY! But once she gets over the panic attack, she realizes there’s a whole world of detached-souls out there, called SleepWakers-cliques of kids like the Achieves, who use their sleep time to learn new things; the Numbs, who eat junk food and play video games all night long, and the OCDeeds who search for missing things and organize other people’s stuff. And then there are the Mean Dreams, led by Madalynn Sucret, the nicest girl in Sam’s school, who shows Sam that she can use her power to get back at a bully who’s been tormenting her. Sam is intrigued-until it becomes clear that Madalynn is the real bully and the “tormentor” is just, well… sad. Now Sam is faced with uniting the various tribes of SleepWakers to fight back against Madalynn and the Mean Dreams in the most epic battle the night has ever seen.

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was such a fun and fast pace adventure story. This book has percy jackson vibes that i actually really wound up enjoying. I really did like the world building as well and liked how “sleepwalking” was given elements of powers. I also thought this book tackled issues that so often come up in middle school like friendship and bullying. I though the end was a tad rushed, but I really hope we get more books in this series in the future. 

Keeper of the Lost Cities: NeverSeen: (Non-Spoiler Review)

Keeper of the Lost Cities: NeverSeen: by Shannon Messenger

Published by  Aladdin; Reprint edition on November 1, 2016

Genres: Middle Grade , Fantsay, Adventure

Pages: 688

Format: paperback

Source: personally bought

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Sophie battles the rebels—and recovers dark memories from her past—in this jaw-dropping fourth book in the bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series. Sophie Foster is on the run—but at least she’s not alone. Her closest friends from the Lost Cities have gone with her to join the Black Swan. They still have doubts about the shadowy organization, but the only way to find answers is to start working with them. And as they settle into their new lives, they uncover secrets bigger than anything they’d imagined. But their enemies are far from done, and unleash a terrifying plague that threatens the safety of an entire species. Sophie and her friends fight with everything they have—with new allies joining them—but every choice has consequences. And trusting the wrong person could prove deadly. In this game-changing fourth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must question everything to find a truth that will either save her world—or shatter it.

My Thoughts:

I have so many feelings on this read. I think the pace in the start was a bit rough at points and that is largely because we had to introduce so many new characters and we really did have to expand the world building as well. I really did love the character dynamics in this book. Some twists were had to predict and others I found to be a bit too predicable but that was few and far between. I really did like the new setting we were exposed too and and also the new characters that we meet. The ending killed me, but I am really excited to dive into more books in this series soon

Field Trip (Sanity & Tallulah) (Arc Review)

Sanity Tallulah: Field Trip by Molly Brooks

Published by  Disney-Hyperion on October 22, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Adventure

Pages: 240

Format: arc

Source: publisher

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Sanity and Tallulah are going on a field trip-to a real live planet! Some of their classmates are nervous (none of them have been on a planet before, and they’ve heard terrible things), but Tallulah is beside herself with excitement. Sanity would be more excited if her grumpy older sister, Prudence, wasn’t coming along to supervise the trip. Things get off to a rocky start (asteroid-y start, to be specific) and Sanity and Tallulah find themselves separated from their school group, pursued by a pirate, and stranded on a planet that’s about to explode, with nothing but the wreckage of a crashed space shuttle and the contents of Tallulah’s overloaded backpack to work with. These best friends will have to stretch their problem-solving skills to the limit in order to get everyone home safe, and it’s going to take their whole class-plus an accountant, a math hermit, a group of mysterious beekeepers, and even the murderous pirate-to make it happen.

My Thoughts:

 really loved going to back to this world and these characters. I really did like how this book focused on a different problem and different science theme. I really did loved the focus on the friendship between the girls. I think this book had several different mini storylines and due to that there was so pacing and plot issues. I really enjoyed the focus on science and also solving problems. I still think the art style is a highlight of this read and I will def be reading the future books in this series in the future

Dead Voices (Non-Spoiler Review)

Dead Voices  by Katherine Arden

Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on August 27, 2019

Genres: middle grade , adventure

Pages: 256

Format: audiobook

Source: Library

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.

Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls pleading for help. Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the hauntings at Hemlock Lodge. Ollie, Coco, and Brian want to trust him, but Ollie’s watch, which once saved them from the smiling man, has a new cautionary message: BEWARE.

With Mr. Voland’s help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock. Maybe the ghosts need their help–or maybe not all ghosts can or should be trusted.

Dead Voices is a terrifying follow-up to Small Spaces with thrills and chills galore and the captive foreboding of a classic ghost story.

My Thoughts:

I really did wind up enjoying this book. I wound up listening to the audiobook and found it to be super fast pace read. I really did love the setting in the book and also the winter setting in this book. I felt that because this a second book in the series, I felt much more connected to the characters and the plot in this read. I really enjoyed how the parents had much more active role in this book and this book had some really creepy and eerie elements, I would rec this as a fall read for sure. This book def was more my style over book one and I really enjoyed the winter themed setting and will be really exited to dive into the other books in this series as well.

The Mysterious Benedict Society (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Mysterious Benedict Society  by Trenton Lee Stewart

Published by  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; on April 1, 2008

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 512

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children–two boys and two girls–succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they’ll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. So, if you’re gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read. I thought the pace of this novel was super fast pace. I thought the end of the book for being so long was a tad confusing but overall the pace of this book was a true highlight. I really did like the rag tag group of heroes that was the focus in this novel. I also really liked the save the world elements and also the school elements. This book was also focused so much on mysteries and clues that it kept me reading. I thought this book was a fun read and how to tackle the other books in this series soon.