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REVIEW-Michael Vey: The Final Spark by: Richard Paul Evans

Hey guys,

I’m BACK! Today I just finished a book, and I felt obligated to talk about it!

For those who don’t know, way back when I was at the beginning of my reading ages I felt inclined to pick up Michael Vey and the Prisoner of Cell 25.  It helped MAJORLY in getting my feet off the ground, and made me want to talk about books! Through the past couple years as I’ve grown up I’ve been reading these with my Grandpa and it’s become a tradition to read the next Michael Vey book each year, but now, it’s finished. While I was not a fan of this last book, I do have to say that the series as a whole is AMAZINGLY well done, and I would highly recommend you check this out if you’re into some light Science fiction.

The Electroclan is facing a devastating loss: Michael is missing. What’s next?

The battle on the island of Hades ended with a devastating explosion that left the island a smoking ruin and much of Hatch’s army dead. Hatch survived, however, and while his plans have certainly suffered a setback, he’s more determined than ever to bring the world’s governments under his control. But first, he wants to wipe out the resistance and capture the remaining members of the Electroclan.

As Hatch’s forces storm into action, it seems nothing can stand in their way. The Electroclan is divided. The voice is captured, and Michael’s mother is being used as bait to lure the leader of the resistance out of hiding. Can anything—or anyone—stop the Elgen? Or is this the end?

I have to say, coming back into this world, getting back into the minds of these wonderful characters, it was refreshing and amazing. As soon as I started the first page I instantly found myself engaged in their success than in any other book from before.

One of the things I found that surprised me was the lack of the main character in the whole book. Instead, we followed the Tuvaluan Rebellion. It was a very interesting spin for a Michael Vey book, and I found myself pleasantly enjoying each and every second pertaining to it. I just loved how it showed how important everything was, and that Michael Vey and all of his friends played a HUGE part in their lives. Over the course of the other books you don’t really get to see the effects of what they’ve done, and in this book, you get to see EXACTLY what happens after the big battle in the last book.

While there were some great moments in this book, the majority of the book was not as nearly as good as the others. In the book, the MC Michael is all but absent for a large majority of the book.  By the time we actually see him roll around we really get no description or explanation and it’s actually pretty annoying. For me, I would’ve thought that if you name your book after the main character, it’s sort of important that he plays a big roll in the story. Thoughts? Or is it just me?

Another thing I disliked, (with the exception of 4 chapters) was the absence of all of the electric children. We spend 6 books building up to this point, we learn about their abilities, their motivations, their frustrations, and then all of that it tossed out of the window and ignored completely.  The most annoying this is that then, even after all this, the author chooses the two non-electric children as the central focus of the book. Out of at least a dozen of choices, he chooses them.

The book felt rushed, and we really had little to no character interaction between the electric children and the two non-electric children.  At this point in the series, I personally believe Richard (the author) was done writing Michael Vey books and he rushed the process to finish the series. In my opinion, he should have broken this last book into two, giving more time for the characters to progress, build up the momentum, and give more time for the story to progress.

Overall, this book was just okay. While I would recommend you give it a try, don’t go into it expecting all of your hopes and dreams for the series to come true. It was rushed, and too slow for my taste.

STAR RATING:

3/5

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Review-Winter by: Marissa Meyer

cooltext133089402245467 Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

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cooltext133089343094800 Okay did anyone else think they wouldn’t like this book a lot because of the little snippet and the end of Cress? I for sure did but I ended up being really surprised at how good this book ended! I love this series so much,  Words cannot describe my love for it! I actually did a review for the first book Cinder (I’ll link that below) DISCLAIMER: Cinder was my first ever review, and it sucked so if you would like to just go straight to Goodreads I would prefer you do that. But if you’re in a laughing mood go right on ahead! Anyway back to the review. I ended up loving this book way more than I was anticipating! I loved that as you were reading through the book you’d be coming up with theories for the end, and then a huge plot twist would come and destroy all of them! For those who have not read the series I’d pitch it to you as Fantasy + Terminator + Star Wars.

cooltext133089378843909Well I have to admit that sometimes I’d  just keep on thinking when does it end, but then a plot twist would come and would make this book amazing again!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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May Book Haul 2016!

Hey guys,

So today I wanted to do my long-awaited Book Haul in which I show you guys the books I’ve accumulated from the past few months. Well without further ado let’s dive in and start with the books!

The First book I received for my birthday way back in March was the Harry Potter Coloring Book! It’s so amazing, and the pictures in the book make me almost not want to color it, almost.
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On the Right is a picture of one of the Drawings, doesn’t it look so pretty?
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Next I want to share with you about an event I’ve attended the last two years, I went to Free Comic Book Day 2016! Basically every year on the first Saturday in May they have a thing called Free Comic Book Day! You just go to freecomicbookday.com and go to the store locator to find a store near you. For more info about Free Comic book day go to Freecomicbookday.com or you could read my horrible description of it, if so read on. Basically this is the time where Comic Book People set aside certain comics and from big companies like Marvel, Dark Horse, Dc etc. print free stories of comics for free of the taking no strings attached. Well let’s get to it, this is what I got this year!

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From Left to right,

Dream Jumper, Doctor Who, Serenity Firefly Class, and Archie #1.

Next in my book haul our the remainder of the books.

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Going from left to right we have.

Mistborn by: Brandon Sanderson, highly suggest this, it’s my favorite read so far this year!

Cress by: Marissa Meyer, this is part of a series of Fairy Tail re-tellings but Sci-Fi. I would compare 16this series with Fairy Tails meet Star Wars!

Finally we have Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians:The Knights of Crystallia, book three in the Alcatraz series. I did reviews for the first book and I’ll link that below. It’s basically people with magic glasses, mixed with weirdness. But a good weird if you know what I mean.

Review: Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians: The Knights of Crystallia

Well Thank’s for reading this post and learning about what I’ve collected recently as always I’d like to mention I’m starting a schedule of every Friday and Wednesday. So stay tuned for that, anyways thanks for reading this post, thanks for subscribing, and read on!

-Jared

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CLOSED-Review+ Giveaway The Fire of Invention by: J. Scott Savage

Age: 10-13

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cooltext133089402245467 13-Year old Trenton Coleman lives in what most people would say is a total nightmare. in the cove, (A city that has sealed itself in a mountain) Creativity is bad, and Invention is a swear word. Life is always normal. the government has a strict set of rules for making or building something. It has to be approved and it can’t be new. Until one day Trenton bends the rules to impress a girl named Simoni The government catches him and says he has 2 options. First he be sent to re-Training (Which most people don’t ever act the same when they finish it) Or to go inside one of the coal machines to grab a piece that was messing up the electricity in the Cove. We then follow Trenton as he chose to go inside the machine. He ends up finding a clue to something, Something not approved by the Government. but everything goes downhill from there, Then we meet Kallisa Babbage. the daughter of a “crazy” inventor (oops I swore (;  ) Kallisa’s father, Leo was tampering with a water heater (which is not approved) By the way and made it explode killing everyone in the building. Kallista believe’s that the clue Trenton found was left for her and she needs to continue to find the rest of the clues her father has left behind for her. They then partner up to find all the clues Leo Babbage has left. Did I forget to mention that at almost every clue there was spare parts. But what exactly do they make? Is Leo Babbage really crazy? Is everything what It seems to be? Find out in The Fire of Invention by: J. Scott Savage.

cooltext133089303484155I really liked the characters in this book. My favorite character has got to be Trenton (Main character) Right off the bat you can tell Trenton isn’t someone who follows rules. His personality was just so realistic and human. At the beginning of the book he was a shy/confident guy  what I mean by that is that he was shy on the social side of things but confident in his machines. But by the end of the book he was confident!

cooltext133089343094800 In short, everything!

In long: I loved the story line! The plot was just so rich and the story left you wanting more! This world is just so interesting! I just loved this story! Notice I’m doing a lot of !’s But seriously it was great!, No swearing! (Which is always good in a children’s book)  I’ve never read anything by Savage but now I can see I totally missed out! I seriously read this book in two sittings. Right of the bat Savage just captivates the audience into this irregular world that leaves you hungry for more. I just can’t begin to describe this book, it’s just plain amazing! I am so excited for everyone to read this! If you have a 10-13 year old that likes fantasy this is the book for you! So if you do get it ASAP! This is a must read!

cooltext133089378843909I have to wait for the next book NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Rating: 5/5 Stars!!!’

 

 

 

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I have been lucky enough to be able to be sponsored by Shadow Mountain publishing to giveaway one copy of Mysteries of the Cove: Fires of Invention! You must be 13 years old or have a parents approval before entering this giveaway. May the odds ever be in your favor…

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2nd: Write a comment on this post 

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And know that this is US only I’m sorry I just don’t have the money…  but know that I might try to do one in the future..

If you’ve done this than your in… All you have to do is be able to provide me your address and you will get the book ASAP

 

SYNOPSIS:

Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and “invention” is a curse word.

Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion—an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.

Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlikely anything they’ve ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on—and quite possibly their very lives.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Scott Savage is the author of the Farworld middle grade fantasy series and the Case File 13 middle grade monster series. He has been writing and publishing books for over ten years. He has visited over 400 elementary schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and lives with his wife Jennifer and their Border Collie, Pepper, in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains.

 

Game On: An Alien and Space Adventure by: R.E. Rowe

# of pages:  281

Suggested Age: 10-12

Author: R.E. Rowe

Source: ARC/NetGalley

Summary: Jayden Banks was an average 13 year old. That is until his friend’s sister Nora gets kidnapped and he and his friend stumble upon a secret Alien War! Jayden must lead a rebellion of kids to overthrow the evil alien king, Nuk’ana.

Charecters: Well my favorite charecter in this book has got to be Nora. She is the sister of the main charecters friend. This book is very centered on space. (If you couldn’t tell by the title) Nora is a super smart girl. so smart she was taught by an MIT student that had a PHD in Astro Physics  Nora is one of those girls who isn’t a complete nerd but knows a heck a lot about tech!

What I Liked: Well to start of with this I really like the idea for this story. The Imagery was just so vivid! I loved the plot twists! I would highly recommend this to someone who’s kid has his face glued to a tablet! It’s video games in a book! What More could a kid and parent want?

What I didn’t like: Well first off R.E. rowe I think explained the tech overboard. Sometimes I had to check my phone to see what  some of the things were. One example of this is parsecs. This book is classified as children’s fiction. What 10 year old would know what parsecs are? I don’t even know what they are. So unless your an  Astrophysist (In which I doubt most 10 year olds are) I would suggest to include a simpilar term. I also would like some different view points but overall this was an okay book.

Game on

Rating: 3.5/5

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Cinder by: Marissa Meyer

This is basically a sci-fi version of the cinderella story that we all know. Where society looks down upon Androids and basically anything mechanical.

There is a strange plague called letumosis that is basically a sci-fi futuristic version of Ebola. Everyone who develops signs of the plague are shipped away by society to basically just go and die there because there is no cure. Oh and did I forget to mention there are people on the moon called The Lunars that have strange powers and don’t develop the plague. Meanwhile on earth 16-year old Cinder is 36% cyborg and is adopted by some random lady named Adri. It basically follows the same plot of the cinderella story but with a twist. One of the sister’s Peony develops the plague and is unfortunately the nice one in the family. She is shipped away and the one thing on Cinder’s mind is to find a cure for Peony and for the human race.

Will Cinder find the cure In time? Will she realize her true path and overcome what people say about Androids. Find out in amazing journey that leaves you breathless and waiting for more!

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