Magnus Chase and The Ship of the Dead: Non-Spoiler Review!!

Magnus Chase and the The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

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Published by  Disney Hyperion on October 3, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 432

Format: hardback

Source: Personally Bought

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!

This book Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus faces his most dangerous trial yet. His cousin, Annabeth, recruits her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, to give Magnus some pointers, but will his training be enough? Loki is free from his chains. He’s readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Asgardian gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It’s up to Magnus and his friends to stop him, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim, and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it’s ready to sail. Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon. Magnus’s biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. Does he have what it takes to outwit the wily trickster god?blew me away. I love the elements of fandom love, comic con and also the average girls falls for a movie star all with a adorable fairy tale twist. I love both characters and read this book so fast. It was so unique book but it also just brought tears to me eyes throughout the book both tears of joy and sadness. It was such a fast book to read and I adored the characters so much.

My Thoughts:

I really adored this series so much. I loved how this series tied everything together but with Rick humor and myths It was such a fun read. I thought this book really solidified my one of my favorite book themes including found family. I just really adored this cast of characters so much and how diverse it became. I loved how the romantic entanglements occurred in this novel AND I really just love Magnus Humor. I also grew to enjoy the various members on his quests. I felt like we really got learn more about these characters that we spent two books with. I adored the connection back to the greek and roman world and PERCY cameo made my life! I def really enjoyed this series and just want more set in this world!

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The Creature of the Pines: Non-Spoiler Review!!!

The Creature of The Pines by Adam Gidwitz

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Published by  Dutton Books for Young Readers on April 10, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Action Adventure

Pages: 180

Format: Audio book

Source: Rented

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!

Are you ready to protect the creatures of myth and legend? Then you belong in The Unicorn Rescue Society. HURRY–THE CREATURES NEED YOU!

Elliot Eisner isn’t exactly thrilled with the first day at his new school. His class is going on a field trip to a creepy forest called the Pine Barrens. The trip is being led by Professor Fauna, the weirdest teacher
Elliot has ever met. And the only kid who will talk to Elliot, Uchenna Devereaux, isn’t afraid of danger. She likes danger.

Elliot and Uchenna are about to become part of a secret group of adventurers, The Unicorn Rescue Society, whose goal is to protect and defend the world’s mythical creatures. Together with Professor Fauna, Elliot and Uchenna must help rescue a Jersey Devil from a duo of conniving, greedy billionaires, the Schmoke Brothers.

Join Elliot and Uchenna on their very first quest as members of the Unicorn Rescue Society in this brand-new fantasy-adventure series from Adam Gidwitz, the beloved bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning author of The Inquisitors Tale and A Tale Dark & Grimm. Illustrated throughout, this is the perfect fit for newly independent readers looking for a story full of adventure, fun, and friendship.

My Thoughts:

I listened to this audiobook and found it to be adorable. I really loved the adventure aspects and just how fun and fast pace this story was. I loved it so much. I read it so fast and just loved the characters a lot. I think younger kids will adore this book, because the kids really were the heroes in this story. I enjoyed how this book did tackle some history elements in the story telling. I def will be getting the sequel to read. This is great starter series for younger readers or even a great read aloud book as well

Out Of the Wild Night: Non-Spoiler Review

Out of the wild Night  by Blue Balliett

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Published by  Scholastic Inc. on March 27, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Ghost Story

Pages: 325

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!

Ghosts are alive on the island of Nantucket. You can hear them in the wind, and in the creaks of the old homes. They want to be remembered. And, even more, they want to protect what was once theirs.

The ghosts seem to have chosen a few local kids to be their messengers — and to help save the island. But in this mystery, the line between those who haunt and those who are haunted is a thin one — and the past and the present must come to terms with one another in order to secure the future.

My Brief Thoughts:

This book surprised me. I was enjoying it but the ending took me off guard. I loved the narrator that we had and how focused on the history of the islands it was. It did have some pacing issues but it was a fun story. I wish the kids character may have been more focused in the story. But the ending I def did not see coming and really eventually want to re-read this book and see how that knowledge effect the story. It was def. a creepier read but one the middle grade students would enjoy. I would def.read more by this autor in the future.

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: All the characters in this book felt like you as the audience had veil separating them for us. I felt it was harder to becoming emotionally invested in them but I was motivated enough to keep reading!

Plot: This plot was super cool and some of the end shocked were hard to see coming and I really loved the tale end of this novel. I read this book in one sitting and wish I would have spread this reading out. The tale of the novel was super unique!

Pace: This book had a slower pace and that was largely because of all the info that was given about the island. It was slower read but def a fun one!

I would def read more by this author in the future!

 

 

Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans: Non-Spoiler Review!!!

Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans by Russell Finns

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Published by  Delacorte Books for Young Readers on February 13, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure

Pages: 246

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!

Get ready for round-the-world adventure with Sam Spinner and her brother Nipper in the first book in a new hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages! Perfect for fans of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and classics like Holes.

Samantha Spinner’s uncle Paul disappeared, and here’s what he left:
*  Samantha’s sister got a check for $2,400,000,000.
*  Samantha’s brother got the New York Yankees.
*  And Samantha got a rusty red umbrella with a tag hanging off its worn handle. The tag says “Watch out for the RAIN.”

Thanks a lot, Uncle Paul.

After all the strawberry waffles, stories, and puzzles they’ve shared, how could he just leave without saying goodbye? And what is the meaning of that mysterious message?

The answer is simple. Sam knows in her heart that Uncle Paul is in danger. And if he taught her anything, it’s that not everything is exactly what it seems. Which is why we should pay close attention to that rusty red umbrella, and never trust a monkey at a hula-hoop contest.

The RAIN is coming and Samantha Spinner is about to find herself mixed up in some super-important, super-dangerous, super-secret plans.

My Brief Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book. I found it to be super cute and loved how the author not only made this adventure story but also taught kids about various locations throughout the world. I really enjoyed the lead characters and there is adorable dog involved. I thought the plot was predictable at points but I think middle grade and especially younger readers will love it. I read this book in a about a day and found it to super fast read.
I will def. be checking out book two in this series

My Extended Thoughts!

 

Characters: I thought the characters were super cute. I wanted a tad more character growth for them but the book was not super long, so I am hopeful for that next book in this series these characters will get fleshed out a tad more. I think kids will adore these characters and want to follow their adventures.

Plot:  This book had some “magic”  or prefect elements to start the book off but the adventure was super fun and loved how the book had a narrative and them explaining and teaching the kids about various places in the world. It was as super fun read!

Pace: This story was very fast pace and very compelling end sentences in a chapter that kept me want to keep reading and I think the same will be true for younger readers!

Will I read book 2!!!! Yup!!!

 

 

 

 

Throw Back Purchase (EBOOK AND Physical) TBR!!!

So because they keeping tell me it is spring!! I have yet to see any real evidence of that ( because it still around 40 degrees and have no gone on many bike rides yet!! but i am going to put some positive warm vibes in the area and hope these cont.themed books that will push some warm weather on us!

Physical TBR!

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Summary!!!

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door.

With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she’s more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden, sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may know her better than anyone. But there’s a secret Charlie’s keeping that even he hasn’t figured out—she’s fallen for him. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

On the Fence is a sweet and satisfying read about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect it.

Author Bio!!

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.
Bio and photo from Goodreads.

Kindle TBR!!!

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Summary!

From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Once and for All

To find the truth you’ve got to be willing to hear it.

When she’s modeling, Annabel is the picture of perfection.

But her real life is far from perfect.

Fortunately, she’s got Owen. He’s intense, music-obsessed, and dedicated to always telling the truth.

And most of all, he’s determined to make Annabel happy. . .

I HOPE THESE BOOKS encourage the weather to turn warm!! Let me know your thoughts about these books if you have read them!

later book lovers.

 

 

 

 

 

The Lighting Thief: Non-Spoiler Review

The Lighting Thief  by Rick Riordan

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Published by  Disney Hyperion; 1st edition on May 2, 2009

Genres: Middle Grade, Mythology

Pages: 396

Format: Audiobook

Source: Library

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.

 

My Thoughts:

I have not read this book in so long. I really loved returning to this world as a audiobook. I really loved the narrator in this series and will def re-listen to the whole series. I love Percy as a hero so much. I also loved the trio of characters that became the heros in this book. I really loved how the author was able to use so much real myths to craft this story. It was such engaging read and super hard to put down. If you like books like harry potter then you should def add it to my Tbr!!

Unicorn Power! (Lumberjanes) Non-Spoiler Review

Unicorn Power! (Lumberjanes) by Mariko Tamaki  and  Brooklyn Allen 

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Published by Harry N. Abrams on October 10, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure

Pages:  256 pages

Format: Arc

Source: Book Con

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin—Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley—love their summers at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen . . . and go on supernatural adventures. That last one? A pretty normal occurrence at Miss Qiunzella’s, where the woods contain endless mysteries.

Today is no exception. When challenge-loving April leads the girls on a hike up the TALLEST mountain they’ve ever seen, things don’t go quite as planned. For one, they didn’t expect to trespass into the lands of the ancient Cloud People, and did anyone happen to read those ominous signs some unknown person posted at the bottom of the mountain? Also, unicorns.

This hilarious, rollicking adventure series brings the beloved Lumberjanes characters into a novel format with brand-new adventures.

My brief  Thoughts:

I have never read the lumber janes comics but I really enjoyed this novelization. I felt like there was enough backstory that made this story easy to follow. I loved all the various girls that became the focus of this story. I loved how this book really was so well crafted with both contemporary elements and also fantasy elements as well. I really loved the relationship between all the girls and also the mystery and adventure that they went through in this novel. I felt like it also not only was super fun but also taught the young readers various things. I will def be checking out book two in this novelization when it comes out.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I really enjoyed all the characters. I have no experience with the comics so I just wanted a tad more information about them but I am sure that is because I had no prior reference. I really loved the diverse group of girls that we meet.

Pacing: The pacing was strong but there was so slower parts that I wanted to go a tad faster towards the start of the book. So the pacing got stronger as the book went on and I really enjoyed the end of the novel.

Plot: The plot was fun and I really loved it but it did not wow me. I think younger girls would enjoy it though and I really enjoyed the focus on friendship.

Will I be checking out book 2! I def will, I will either grab it on my kindle or most likely from my library.

Ice Wolves Arc Review Non-Spoiler review!

Ice Wolves  by Amie Kaufman

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Published by HarperCollins on March 27, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade Fantasy

Pages:352

Format: Arc

Source: Comic Con

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

From New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman comes an electrifying new series about a brother and sister who must harness their powers and find their place in a sharply divided world.

Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book a lot. I normally adore any stories that have twins and this book hit  me in my sweat spot. I also loved the characters and how we got all both twins POV. I loved the mythology and the world building of this book so much. I also really loved the presence of the school in this novel and also the plot. The plot was a slow burn and the pacing could have been cleaner especially towards the end. But I really loved this story so much and Amie really crafted a fun world but also a fun world! I will def. be tuning in for book 2 🙂 I would rec. you read this book if you are a fan of Percy Jackson and fire blood.

The Trials Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

The Trials Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

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Published by  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on October 31, 2017

Genres:  Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages: 481

Format:Hardback

Source: Library

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world–but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.
Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaiman, this fast-paced plot and imaginative world has a fresh new take on magic that will appeal to a new generation of readers.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book so much. It was so much fun. The characters were so eccentric, and individual. I really enjoyed reading about them all. The story was fast paced and funny. The trials were interesting and I was rooting for Morrigan during the whole book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good middle grade book that has magical elements to you. I have already preordered the second book because I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I gave this book Five stars

The Case of the Missing Marquess: Non-Spoiler Review!

The case of the Missing Marguess  by Nancy Springer

Published by  Puffin Books on November 8, 2007

Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery

Pages: 236

Format: Paperback

Source: Library book!

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!

 

When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives, she finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her shrewd older brothers—all while attempting to piece together clues to her mother’s strange disappearance. Amid all the mayhem, will Enola be able to decode the necessary clues and find her

My Thoughts:

I more so read this book because eleven will be leading this movie series in a few years. I thought it was a fun and quick read. I loved my various plot lines included in this book and also the family dymancics of Enola holmes. It was such a fast read and it kept my attention. I loved the narrator a lot and will def be checking out the other books in the series. I did enjoy how even though every book may have individual case there is also a long term series long case that might become super compelling. I will def. be checking out the movie as well