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

2019 challenge:

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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!

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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

2018 challenge:

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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

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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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.

TTT: Top Ten Middle Grade Reads I want to read in 2019!!

So one of my goals in 2019 is to read more of the types of genres on my shelves and a massive gener on my shelves is middle grade!  I am super excited to tackle these books!

  1. The World Greatest Detective
  2. The Revenge of magic ( march)
  3. The Dreaming (October)
  4. Time Castaways: The mona lisa Key (September)
  5. Angel and Bavar (November)
  6. The Magicians of Elephant County (October)
  7. The Adventures Guild
  8. Wizards of Once
  9. The Keeper of lost Cities
  10. The Libary of ever (April)
  11. Granted (Febuary)
  12. Sal and Gabi Break the universe (March 2019)

Let me know your thoughts about these novels or if you are excited to hear my thoughts on them!

The Burning Maze (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

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Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 1, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Mythology

Pages: 448

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor–and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles–somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. . . .

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read. I really found this book to be a super compelling read. I loved the character cameos that got we in this read and also just what happened to Apollo character and I really loving him as a lead character. I also also really liking how all the books in this series features different characters from the rirodan canon. I thought this book was a super fast pace read and found it to have really gut punch moments that really caught me off guard. I think rick really brought the emotions in this read and I am really am excited for book 4 this fall!

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow: Non-Spoiler Review!!

Nevermore  The Trials of Morgan 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: 480

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 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  Brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. It was such a prefect middle grade adventure with a mix of fantasy and magic. I really was captivated by the world building and also the characters. I thought the “tasks” kept the plot to be super fast pace and engaging It was such a fun novel to read and hard to put down. I enjoyed the characters alot and loved the developing the “trio of characters that we met. The ending was a tad rushed but Overall, I really loved the book and hope to read book 2 soon!

My Extended Thoughts:

Plot: I thought the plot was super fast pace and so well crafted. I really enjoyed the plot and enjoyed how the”trials” acted as a nice way to structure the novel. It reminded me alot of harry potter book 4. I thought the ending of the book was a tad rushed but overall I really enjoyed the plot!

Characters: I really grew so invested into these characters. I really loved Morgan as a character and also the “trio”that developed throughout this novel. I also thought they characters were so well crafted and was invested in all the characters.

Mystery: I really enjoyed the mystery overall. I was suprised by it for sure and thought he ending was a bit of info dump at moments but really am excited for book 2!

Book 2! I hope to read it soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle Grade Saturday: Train to Impossible Places!!!

I have been reading a lot of middle grade reads recently and this is the next book on my TBR!!

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Summary!!!!!

A train that travels through impossible places. A boy trapped in a snow globe. And a girl who’s about to go on the adventure of a lifetime.

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.

Author Information:

P. G. Bell is a native of south Wales, where he was raised on a diet of Greek mythology, ghost stories, and Doctor Who. He’s had all sorts of jobs over the years, from lifeguard to roller coaster operator, but has always wanted to write stories for a living. His dream comes true with the publication of the Train to Impossible Places series. He currently works as a library assistant for Cardiff University and lives in Wales with his wife, Anna, and their two children.

Book Information!!

Age Range: 10 – 14 years

Grade Level: 5 – 9

Lexile Measure: 750

Series: Train To Impossible Places (Book 1)

Let me know in the comments if this book is on your TBR!

Later book lovers!!

 

The Magic Misfits: The Second Story: Non-Spoiler Review!!

The Magic Misfits: The Second Story by  Neil Patrick Harris

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Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 25, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure story

Pages: 36

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4  for a review.

Summary!!!

Growing up in an orphanage, Leila was bullied for being different. She turned her hardship into skill by becoming an escape artist–a valuable trait when belonging to a group of magical best friends. But when a famous psychic comes to town, Leila and her pals won’t be able to escape the big mystery heading their way. Whether chasing mad monkeys or banishing ghosts from haunted hotels, these six friends will do their best to keep Mineral Wells safe–but can they still protect themselves in the process?
Join the Magic Misfits as they discover adventure, friendship, and more than a few hidden secrets in this delightful new series. Whether you’re a long-time expert at illusion or simply a new fan of stage magic, hold onto your top hat!
…have more questions? I thought you might. Here’s some answers:
WHERE? A sleepy town in New England. Within the town is a magic shop, run by the friendly but mysterious Dante Vernon–the gang’s caped and top-hatted mentor.
WHO? Carter, who can make things vanish. Leila, who can escape from anything. Theo, who can make things levitate with the aid of his violin bow. Ridley, who can invent anything. And of course twins Olly and Izzy, who can make anyone laugh.
WHY? Because together, these six magical misfits will discover adventure, friendship, and the town’s long-hidden secrets.
(Psst. Hey, you! Yes, YOU! Congratulations on reading this far down. As a reward, I’ll let you in on a little secret… This book isn’t just a book. It’s a treasure trove of secrets and ciphers and codes and even tricks. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll discover more than just a story–you’ll learn how to make your own magic!)

 

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be so much fun to read. I really enjoyed this book and loved the new character POV that we got to follow. I thought the mystery was a tad predictable at points but really loved again the focus on family and also found family and also on using magic as a art form. I also really loved the focus on friendship!This book just put a really big smile on my face. I really enjoyed reading it!

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden: Non-Spoiler Review!!

The Vanderbeekers and the hidden garden by Karina Van Glaser

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Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on September 25, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade  contemporary

Pages: 336

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Return to Harlem’s “wildly entertaining” family in this funny, heartwarming sequel. When catastrophe strikes their beloved upstairs neighbors, the Vanderbeeker children set out to build the best, most magical healing garden in Harlem—in spite of a locked fence, thistles and trash, and the conflicting plans of a wealthy real estate developer.

While Isa is off at sleepaway orchestra camp, Jessie, Oliver, Hyacinth, and Laney are stuck at home in the brownstone with nothing to do but get on one another’s nerves. But when catastrophe strikes their beloved upstairs neighbor, their sleepy summer transforms in an instant as the Vanderbeeker children band together to do what they do best: make a plan. They will create the most magical healing garden in all of Harlem.

In this companion to The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, experience the warmth of a family and their community as they work together to bring a little more beauty and kindness to the world, one thwarted plan at a time.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this sequel novel. I loved seeing what new adventures this family went thought. I also enjoyed how again the parents were such a important part of this novel and it was a prefect slice of life novel for 2018 NYC. I loved the time line of this book and also the plot. I really thought it was a fast pace book and i loved seeing both new and old characters. I loved the summer adventure but also how it handled harder issues like older people getting sick but also a save the day plot, like in this first book. This book just put a smile on my face and I really liked it. I will def be checking out book 3!