Keeper of the Lost Cities: Non-Spoiler Review!!

Keeper Of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Published by  Aladdin on October 2, 2012

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages: 497

Format: Paper Back

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Source: Personally bought

I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

In this riveting debut, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world—before the wrong person finds the answer first.

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks…

But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

But Sophie still has secrets, and they’re buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death—and time is running out.

My Thoughts:

I thought this was magical start to a new series. I have had this book on my shelves for so long and I am so happy I gave it shot. I found this book to be fast pace story. I really loved the main character and by the end felt so connected to her. I felt that the first 50 pages introduced you to so many characters and sometimes i got a bit confused about who was who, but I was happy to solve most o fly issues by going back. I adored the world building in this book so much. I felt that some of the “elements” and twists were predictable but then so other twists really shocked me. I really loved the balance between adults and children characters. I felt the mystery was super compleling and I am def reading book 2 ASAP!!

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Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Arc Review)!!!

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe  by Carlos Hernandez

Published by  Rick Riordan Presents on March 5, 2019

Genres: middle grade mythology

Pages: 400

Format: ARC

Source: NYCC

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

How did a raw chicken get inside Yasmany’s locker?
When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn’t under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal’s office for the third time in three days, and it’s still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal. She is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany’s locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared. Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he’s capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken–including his dead mother–and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There’s only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk.A sassy entropy sweeper, a documentary about wedgies, a principal who wears a Venetian bauta mask, and heaping platefuls of Cuban food are just some of the delights that await in his mind-blowing novel gift-wrapped in love and laughter. Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past. When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this read. I found this book to be a prefect science fiction themed novel with some cuban influences and it was such a fast pace read. I thought this book handled some many modern day topics in such a fun way. I really loved how this book handled complicated science fiction topics like the multi verse in such a easy to understand way. i thought the ending of the book had a some structure and info dump issues but I still really enjoyed the read and will def be checking out the sequel in 2020!

9 From the Nine Worlds (ARC) Non-Spoiler Review!!

9 from the Nine Worlds  by Rick Riordan

Published by  Disney Hyperion on October 2, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade Mythology

Pages: 176

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

The Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy may have concluded, but we haven’t heard the last of our favorite einherji and his friends. The nine Norse worlds are rich with lore, as this collection of nine original stories, each told from a different character’s point of view, will prove.

My Thoughts:

I though this collection of short stories was really cute. I really loved how this collection followed the minor characters in the magnus chase series and did not include magnus and it was such a fun read. I also liked how thor storyline was the connecting link between all the stories. I really found this to fun read and loved going back to norse world.

Dragon Pearl (Arc Review) Non-Spoiler

Dragon Pearl  by Yoon Ha Lee

Published by  Disney Hyperion on January 15, 2019  

Genres: Middle Grade, Mythology

Pages: 320

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Rick Riordan Presents Yoon Ha Lee’s space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you’d never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds. When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name. Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams. This sci-fi adventure with the underpinnings of Korean mythology will transport you to a world far beyond your imagination.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read. I really loved the main character in this story. I found this book to be such a refreshing read. I found this book to also be a super diverse read and really liked the pace of this novel of this as well. I also really liked this space adventure themed novel. I really was impressed by this read. It was such a fast pace read. I did think the ending was a bit rushed. I also really enjoyed the korean mythokolgoy system that we had in this novel. It was quick read and i hope we get more books in this series eventually.

The Storm Runner (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Storm Runner by J.C Cervantes

Published by  Disney Hyperion on September 18, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Mythology

Pages: 449

Format: arc

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

A contemporary adventure based on Maya mythology from Rick Riordan Presents and New York Times bestselling author J. C. Cervantes! Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno–for his one good leg. What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy. A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in–unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can’t even walk well without a cane?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I found the diversity to be such a fun read. I found this book to a super compelling read. I thought the end of the book was a tad rushed. I really loved the myths that this story used. I also loved how this story had a trio of characters. I really found his book to be such a fun read and I am really excited for the sequel as well!

Wizards of Once (Non-Spoiler Review)

Wizards Of Once by Brigid Kemmerer

Published by  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on October 3, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages: 400

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Once there were Wizards, who were Magic, and Warriors, who were not. But Xar, son of the King of Wizards, can’t cast a single spell. And Wish, daughter of the Warrior Queen, has a banned magical object of her own. When they collide in the wildwood, on the trail of a deadly witch, it’s the start of a grand adventure that just might change the fabric of their worlds.

With Cressida Cowell’s trademark wit, and the same stunning combination of action, adventure, heart, humor, and incredible artwork that made How to Train Your Dragon a beloved bestselling franchise, The Wizards of Once will transport and enchant readers.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I listen to this book as a audiobook and found it to be super fun read. I really loved the story and loved how the characters progressed through the novel. I really loved the two main characters and also how it was a mix between a adventure and magic story. I really loved the narrater of the audiobook and hope to read the sequel soon!

The Train To Impossible Places (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Train to Impossible Places  by P.G Belle

Published by  Feiwel & Friends on October 2, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure

Pages: 384

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

The Impossible Postal Express is no ordinary train. It’s a troll-operated delivery service that runs everywhere from ocean-bottom shipwrecks, to Trollville, to space.

But when this impossible train comes roaring through Suzy’s living room, her world turns upside down. After sneaking on board, Suzy suddenly finds herself Deputy Post Master aboard the train, and faced with her first delivery—to the evil Lady Crepuscula.

Then, the package itself begs Suzy not to deliver him. A talking snow globe, Frederick has information Crepuscula could use to take over the entire Union of Impossible Places. But when protecting Frederick means putting her friends in danger, Suzy has to make a difficult choice—with the fate of the entire Union at stake.

My Thoughts:

I actually grew to really like this book. It was not the concept or premise that i was expecting but I really did enjoy how P.G bell crafted this world. I also really liked the various characters that we met. I thought this book was a had a very good pacing and was hard to put down at points. It as a fast pace adventure story and I am excited to read the second book in the series!

The Last Life of Prince Alastor (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Last life of Prince Alastor  by Alexsandra Bracken

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Published by Disney Hyperion on February 5, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages:  448

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Three hundred years ago, fate bound Prosper Redding and Prince Alastor of the Third Realm together. Now the human boy and fiend heir to the demon kingdom must put aside a centuries-old blood feud to save everything they love. Alastor will guide Prosper through the demon realm—under one huge condition: Prosper must enter into a contract with the malefactor residing in him, promising eternal servitude in the afterlife. With Prosper’s sister in the clutches of the evil queen Pyra, Prosper has no choice but to agree. But when they arrive in Alastor’s deliciously demonic home, the realm is almost as alien to Alastor as it is to Prosper—the lowest fiends have dethroned the ruling malefactors, while an unfathomable force called the Void is swiftly consuming the realm. The desperate fiends cling to the one person who says she can stop it: Pyra. As Prosper embarks on a perilous rescue mission to the Tower of No Return, he can’t help but feel for the demons losing their home—even Alastor, who lives by a set of rules that have vanished in a new world. With the fates of humans and demons at odds, the battle lines are drawn. Long ago, Prosper’s ancestor Honor Redding proved that humans and demons could never be friends. But is Prosper like his ancestor? And is Alastor the same demon who was betrayed by the one human he cared for?

My Thoughts:

Overall I enjoyed this book. I really did love the new setting and also the new character dymancics. Even thought this book was fast pace at points, it has slower parts that just did not compelling me to keep picking it up. I did like the duel time line in this book, and found it to be a fun element of the novel. I felt like throughout this novel I sometimes got lost in the details. I think this book struggled t captured my attention but I was happy to read the conclusion to this series.

The Adventures Guild (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Adventures Guild by Zack Loran-Clark and Nick Eliopulos

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Published by Disney Hyperion on October 3, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages: 320

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!!!

Few ever asked to join the Adventurers Guild. . . . Their members often died young. In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone’s only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he’ll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild. But just as it seems the boys’ dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild. Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers, hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies -Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf, must prove their worth once and for all. This start of a thrilling new series is sure to be a hit with readers who like their fantasies clever and action-packed, with tons of humor and heart.

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was the prefect balance between dungeons and dragons and the middle grade set. I really loved the two leads. I thought some of the world building was a tad confusing. We also met some many characters super fast and some of the names confused me. I really enjoyed this story. It was a fast pace read and I am super excited to read book 2. I really liked the world building in this novel and it was a very fun read.