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. 

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue  by Karina Van Glaser

Published by  HMH Books for Young Readers on September 17, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade, contemporary

Pages: 364

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

For the Vanderbeeker kids of Harlem’s 141st Street, spring break couldn’t be off to a better start. Isa’s back from band camp, Oliver’s building his first-ever treehouse in the backyard of the brownstone, and Laney, Jess, and Hyacinth are excited to help their mother when she gets the once-in-a-lifetime chance to star in a cooking magazine.

But the Vanderbeekers’ plans go off the rails when an unexpected visit from city officials puts their mother’s bakery in jeopardy. Now they’ll have to band together to save the day before they’re out of business. Perfect for fans of The Penderwicks and Front Desk.

My Thoughts:

I really adored this read. I thought this was such a solid read and a nice sequel. It is the prefect middle grade contempory novels with hints of adventure that are super realistic . This book focused on the kids trying to save their mother dream business. I really loved the parent role in this series. and the adorable kids were awsome. I really loved the structure of this novel and also he large cast of side characters and this book just put a massive smile on my face. I loved the focus on animals so much! I can’t wait to read the other books in this series when it comes out in 2020! 

The Okay Witch (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Okay Witch  by Emma Steinkellner

Published by  Aladdin on September 3, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade , Graphic Novel

Pages: 272

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Roller Girl in this hilarious, one-of-a-kind graphic novel about a half-witch who has just discovered the truth about herself, her family, and her town and is doing her best to survive middle school now that she knows everything!

Magic is harder than it looks.

Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she’s about to discover that witches aren’t just the stuff of movies, books, and spooky stories. When some eighth-grade bullies try to ruin her Halloween, something really strange happens. It turns out that Founder’s Bluff, Massachusetts, has a centuries-old history of witch drama. And, surprise: Moth’s family is at the center of it all! When Moth’s new powers show up, things get totally out-of-control. She meets a talking cat, falls into an enchanted diary, and unlocks a hidden witch world. Secrets surface from generations past as Moth unravels the complicated legacy at the heart of her town, her family, and herself.

In this spellbinding graphic novel debut, Emma Steinkellner spins a story packed with humor and heart about the weird and wonderful adventures of a witch-in-progress.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this adorable graphic novel. I thought it was such a heartfelt coming of age story with a witchy twist. I really did enjoy the main character and the world building. I thought the art style was adorable and really hope we get more books focused on these characters. I thought this book handled common topics like friendship and being different in such a fun way! I thought this was the prefect halloween read!

EverBlaze (Non-Spoiler Review)

Everblaze by Shannon Messenger

Published by  Aladdin on August 4, 2015

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure

Pages: 640

Format: paperback

Source: personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Sophie uncovers shocking secrets—and faces treacherous new enemies—in this electrifying third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Sophie Foster is ready to fight back.

Her talents are getting stronger, and with the elusive Black Swan group ignoring her calls for help, she’s determined to find her kidnappers—before they come after her again.

But a daring mistake leaves her world teetering on the edge of war, and causes many to fear that she has finally gone too far. And the deeper Sophie searches, the farther the conspiracy stretches, proving that her most dangerous enemy might be closer than she realizes.

In this nail-biting third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must fight the flames of rebellion, before they destroy everyone and everything she loves.

My Thoughts:

This book has so far been my total favorite. I am becoming so invested in these characters. I really did like how complex not only the characters are but also the plot. The world building is so complexed and such a fun engaging world. I loved the new groups of characters we focused on in this read. I also really liked how political this book got as well. I am loving the adult character group dynamics with the younger characters. This book was super fast read, and i am dying to read book 4 soon.

Geeks and the Holy grail (arc review)!!

The Camlot Code: Geeks and the Holy Grail by 

Published by   Disney-Hyperion on October 1, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 368

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Time travel, dragons, and saving the world? Sophie and Stu’s spring break just got epic! 
Sophie is now a Camelot Companion, tasked with protecting the spirit of King Arthur throughout the ages, so it’s no surprise when she and Stu get sucked in to another Arthurian adventure. This time, the two best friends must get the Holy Grail into King Arthur’s hands so he can drink from it and recover from a deadly illness. Simple, right?
Not so much. Because Merlin’s apprentice, Emrys, has accidentally turned the Grail into a gassy, fire-breathing baby dragon. And Merlin is the only one who can change it back. But Merlin’s on spring break in modern-day Las Vegas (at the Excalibur, of course). And Sophie’s super-popular (not to mention super-annoying) future stepsister, Ashley, has invited herself along for the ride. From sneaking a baby dragon through airport security to the ultimate showdown with the sorceress Morgana, deep in the land of Faerie, this new Camelot Code adventure will test not only the two geeks’ courage, but also their very friendship. 
Don’t miss a single moment of the action in this exciting sequel to The Camelot Code #1:The Once and Future Geek!

My Thoughts:

I thought this was an enjoyable second book in this series. I really did enjoy the new storyline and the plot of this book was super engaging. I also liked the new characters that we met and the new dragon that was the focus of this novel. I really did enjoy the focus on the new characters that we met in this novel. I did miss the characters that were the focus in book one, but the book was still enjoyable. I really did like how this book went to new “world” and i also did like the relationship dynamics between sophie and Stu! I am hoping we get another adventure in this world soon!

Race To The Sun (Arc Review) (Non-Spoiler Review)

Race to the Sun by Rebecca RoanHorse

Published by  Disney Hyperion on October 2, 2019  

Genres: Middle Grade, Mythology

Pages: 416

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Lately, seventh grader Nizhoni Begay has been able to detect monsters, like that man in the fancy suit who was in the bleachers at her basketball game. Turns out he’s Mr. Charles, her dad’s new boss at the oil and gas company, and he’s alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. Nizhoni knows he’s a threat, but her father won’t believe her. When Dad disappears the next day, leaving behind a message that says “Run!”, the siblings and Nizhoni’s best friend, Davery, are thrust into a rescue mission that can only be accomplished with the help of Diné Holy People, all disguised as quirky characters. Their aid will come at a price: the kids must pass a series of trials in which it seems like nature itself is out to kill them. If Nizhoni, Mac, and Davery can reach the House of the Sun, they will be outfitted with what they need to defeat the ancient monsters Mr. Charles has unleashed. But it will take more than weapons for Nizhoni to become the hero she was destined to be . . . Timeless themes such as the importance of family and respect for the land resonate in this funny, fast-paced, and exciting quest adventure set in the American Southwest.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I think this book did a prefect job of exploring a new myth system but still used the tired and true riordan format that works so well. I loved the fact that the lead character in this story was female and really loved her point of view. I thought the myths we were exposed to was super compelling and I really loved learning about them. I also loved how this story also developed a trio of characters that I loved learning about. I really loved the family dymancis in this story and really flew through this book. I will def check out a sequel as well. I really enjoyed this read and loved the quest elements in this book. It made me keep reading. I hope to see these characters again in the sequel! I thought the pacing in the start was was a bit clunky but overall i enjoyed the pacing of the novel.

Granted (Non-Spoiler Review)

Granted  by John David Anderson 

Published by  Walden Pond Press on April 9, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure

Pages: 352

Format: arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Everyone who wishes upon a star, or a candle, or a penny thrown into a fountain knows that you’re not allowed to tell anyone what you’ve wished for. But even so, there is someone out there who hears it. 

In a magical land called the Haven lives a young fairy named Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets. Ophela is no ordinary fairy—she is a Granter: one of the select fairies whose job it is to venture out into the world and grant the wishes of unsuspecting humans every day. 

It’s the work of the Granters that generates the magic that allows the fairies to do what they do, and to keep the Haven hidden and safe. But with worldwide magic levels at an all-time low, this is not as easy as it sounds. On a typical day, only a small fraction of the millions of potential wishes gets granted.

Today, however, is anything but typical. Because today, Ophelia is going to get her very first wish-granting assignment.

And she’s about to discover that figuring out how to truly give someone what they want takes much more than a handful of fairy dust.

My Thoughts:

I really adored this read. I love how John crafted the fairy world and made it some complex but also so easy to understand. I love how the book to read was a pure joy. I loved the fast pace element of the novel. I really had a hard time putting this book down. I thought this book had some predictable moments but overall this book was pure magic. I really loved the main character and also all the side characters just put a smile on my face. I would def read more by this author in the future!