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Review- Kingdom Keepers: Disney after Dark by: Ridley Pearson

cooltext133089402245467In this fantastical novel, Disney’s Magic Kingdom suddenly becomes a bit eerie. Finn Whitman and four other teens have been hired as Disney World guides, but with an odd twist: With cutting-edge technology, they have been transformed into hologram projections capable of leading guests around the park. What begins as an exciting theme park job turns into a virtual nightmare as Finn and his pals attempt to thwart an uprising by a menacing group of Disney villains.

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Hey Guys!

Well I wasn’t a huge fan of the beginning. The beginning felt a little rocky. I felt like the beginning and the end are way two different parts of the story, because the beginning is boring. Things didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense. It felt like the beginning was info-dumping every other page and I’m not a fan of that. The characters seemed okay but the setting was what really enticed me to read this!

cooltext133089343094800  I really liked the setting. I was suffering from withdraw from Disneyland and this totally made me feel like I was in this world! I loved the Disney Idea! The overall writing was pretty good. I flew through this book and read it in one day! The characters were okay, as well as the plot. The thing that enticed me about this was the Disneyland plot!

Thanks for reading my review! Please subscribe as well as comment and tell me if you’ve ever read a book that fast, or what you’re reading right now. Thanks for reading my review and I’ll have another post up soon so, bye!

-Jared

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Rating:

3.5/5

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REVIEW-Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians: The Scrivener’s Bones by: Brandon Sanderson

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Alcatraz Smedry is back with a new mission!

The Evil Librarians are still up to their antics and it’s up to Alcatraz Smedry to put a stop to it! This second book will take Alcatraz and company on an exploration of the Library of Alexandria, which — despite Librarian rumors — was never destroyed. It is a mysterious place and everyone knows that it holds dark secrets. Can Alcatraz, with his talent for breaking things, break into this secret world? Or will the Evil Librarians once again prevail?

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Well first off this is a second book in a series. If you have not read this series nor book one I highly suggest this series! This is my favorite series this year! Notice the this year part? Anyways I feel like book one (which if you have not read my review for you can go to it with the link at the end of this post) was more of a world building type book. Book two we’ve sort of come to accept the facts and magic and just learn to love these characters. Sanderson just does it so well making me feel emotionally attached to all of these characters, even the new one’s who were introduced in this book I would hate to see them get hurt. My favorite character through this book was Australia, she’s a new girl being introduced in this book and is just always so calm but was so (not to be mean) dumb. I mean her character was brilliant and made me laughed but her IQ points were a little down! (:

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Man can we just take a minute and appreciate on the back of the dust jacket there is a map. Almost any Sanderson book I’ve ever read always get’s a map. Coincidence? I think not! Anyway I loved this band of characters. Instantly I was ready for more due to the climax of number one, Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians.  I was not disappointed, this book made me smile and just laugh a little. So in short terms of describing this book it is…

Basically a bunch of new as well as old characters with the most ridiculous powers trying to use them in ways you won’t normally think up.

The action in this book was spot on as well as the pacing. I love the kid friendly aspect to it as well as it is open to anyone! I really liked the magic system (What Sanderson book have I not read that doesn’t have an enticing magic system) While his other works are more serious and amazing, this was more laid back and meant for a younger audience, I think any kid from 9+ should really read this series, I went in not expecting much and went out by loving it!

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I can’t really think of anything. I was blown away by how much better this book was then the first one! I can already tell this will be on my list of favorites of 2016, it’s that good!

Rating: 5/5 Stars!

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Review for book one!
Well that’s it, both these books book one and two will be out February 16th, while you may have read them a while back they are being re-published with different covers and minor changes as Deluxe Hardcover Special Illustrated Edition.

NOTE: Thank you Tor for providing this review copy, It means the world that you sent this series to me!

Thank’s for reading this post, as always I will have another post up soon so until then read on! And if you’ve read any of Brandon Sanderson’s work please tell me in the comments below, well bye!

-Jared

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REVIEW- Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer

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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die

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Man this book was good, but the one thing that bothered me was Magnus’s voice. Rick Riordan decided to switch from 2nd person back to 1st person. It helped get into the mind of Magnus a ton, But I just felt that it sounded too much like Magnus, I feel like we need a distinction between the characters other than there looks, I feel like they need to sound a little different maybe Magnus could have been more serious? I don’t know, but I really liked this main lead, I felt like he made a strong start to a new series and feel like Magnus’s commentary was much-needed.

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I really thought this book was good, at first when I saw this book I was like, AGAIN! Another Mythology book! But I was really excited for it cause hey, this is Rick Riordan were talking about, he’s amazing! I really loved this book, Ever since The Blood of Olympus I feel like everyone was suffering from “Percy Withdrawal” and I felt like this was a solid start to a series and defiantly lived up to its praise. While the character sounds like Percy, I highly enjoyed this beginning. I especially loved the Cameos that came up in this book from the other series he has written.  The story was rich, the characters were funny, and the book is defiantly living up to the praise.

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Well like I said earlier I felt like the voice sounded a little too much like Percy, but overall this book was a solid start to a new series.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Thank you for reading this post, My name is Jared, and I hope you have a great night. Oh and yeah make sure to comment below if you’ve read this book and what you thought about it, and if you haven’t do you plan too?

Anyway Thanks for everything!

-Jared

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Author Interview-Jacob Gowans

Hey guys I got to interview the author Jacob Gowans author of the Psion books and the A Tale of Light and Shadow series. He graciously accepted my request to be interviewed so you guys should totally check him out in the future if your looking for a good book!

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So withought further ado, here we go!

What made you want to be a writer?

— I took a Storytelling class in college and enjoyed the writing of the stories as much as I enjoyed telling them.

Q.who would you compare yourself to in the world of Atolas?

–Ruther, an obnoxious person often swayed by his vices, but loyal to my friends and loved ones.

 

Q. Describe your book in one sentence

–A story of love and adventure that shows the depths of misery people will endure to help their friends and loved ones.

Q. Favorite movie?

–Ooh, tough one. Warrior or Dead Poets Society. Probably Warrior.

Q. What was your time frame for writing a tale

–I wrote Tale one in about 6 months. Give or take a few.

Q. What is your all time favorite YA author?

–JK Rowling


Q. What projects are you working on writing?

–Currently working on Super Six, a mashup of X-Men and Avatar the Last Airbender.

Q. What do you think one of your secrets to success is?

–I write stories that I would want to read, and I think that translates into what many other

 

Thanks for the interview Jacob. As Always I’ll leave his author page down below so you can check him out!
Click here to go to the Home Page

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REVIEW- The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven By: Brandon Mull

 

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This guidebook to the Fablehaven magical preserve is filled with everything a new Caretaker might need to know in order to survive. There are entries detailing important information about artifacts large and small, a complete bestiary of creatures (from fairies to trolls to satyrs), a guide to identifying demons, dragons, and wizards as well as valuable insights into the other magical preserves.

Immerse yourself into the secret knowledge that has been handed down through the generations by reading the updates and notes written in the margins by the former Caretakers of Fablehaven, including Grandpa Sorenson, Kendra, and Seth. Fully-illustrated, this unique encyclopedia has gathered the world of Fablehaven into one volume.

Scattered throughout the book are colorful fairies that also mark some of the characters, artifacts, and creatures that will be featured in the upcoming sequel series, Dragonwatch.

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This book really is an encyclopedia it is was colorful and I love learning about my favorite characters like the Brownies, Kendra, Seth, and all the gang. If you really want to learn all there is about Fablehaven I definantly think you should read this.

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cooltext133089343094800Well I liked a lot in this book I loved the art, oh the art it’s just so beautiful It’s just so well done! I really loved learning about everything about Fablehaven. I really wish this book would have came out earlier when he was doing the Fablehaven books because I feel like it would have gotten more traffic for the book but oh well, at least we have it now, Better now than never!

Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishing for the review copy! You guys are truly the best! It means the world to me that you sent me this!

 

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!

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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!

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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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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.

 

Review: A Tale of Light and Shadow-Secrets of Neverack

Recommended Age 12+

Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishing for sending me a review copy of this book, you guys are so awesome!

Announcement: I will be one of the stops for this author (Jacob Gowans)  For his blog tour for this book so you should totally come by on September 8th and check me out!

 

 

 

Summary: Henry Vestin always believed that, despite being a carpenter with no training in swordplay or survival, he could lead Isabelle and his friends to safety. He thought he could defy an emperor and protect Isabelle from harm. He was certain that love and friendship would help them survive.

He was wrong.

The second volume in the Tale of Light and Shadow series follows Henry and his friends after the disastrous battle at the Iron Pass. Horrors await the band of travelers in strange new lands. Crippled and broken, Henry must rely on his friends more than ever. New allies and foes find them at every turn, but which are friendly and which are deadly? Isabelle, now a slave in Neverak, finds herself surrounded by enemies, uncertain about the fate of her friends, and relying on only herself to survive. The Emperor moves forward with his plans of conquest, spurred on by the Seer’s dark prophecy, but he has not forgotten those who defied him.

Return to the world of Atolas, where swords and daggers extend life or end it, where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships, and where magic is feared by all but a few.

Characters: Wow! What an awesome ride! I loved that Jacob did what I wanted! More Maggie! So my favorite in these books so far right now is Maggie or maybe James. I really loved that he expanded on Maggie and her “specialness” it’s pretty cool. I also liked how we got to find more out about Henry in this book! If you have not read a Tale of Light and Shadow click the link at the top of this page!

What I liked: Ah Man what a freaking awesome adventure. Uh what is it with Jacob Gowans and his real good endings? seriously this book had me on the ropes! I especially enjoyed the dice part in this book. “Read the book and you will totally get it! (:    I also enjoyed this book overall it was a pretty good read and I think that most readers will thoroughly enjoy this read! Oh and I almost forgot to mention the Cecilia thing! Woah!! This all made sense now. When we got the Vreagen part I was a little confused but after that It made total sense!

What I didn’t Like: Well Just like book one in this series this book kinda dragged in between parts. I wouldn’t recommend this for people who are just getting into reading. I would totally recommend this to anyone who is an experienced reader!

 

About the Author: Jacob Gowans was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater studies, and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from dental school at Case Western Reserve University. Jacob and his wife and three children live in Arizona, where he works as a dentist for the Indian Health Services.

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REVIEW-A Tale of Light and Shadow By: Jacob Gowan

Recommended Age: 12+

cooltext133089402245467Enter Atolas, a world where swords and daggers both extend life and end it, where magic is feared by all but a few, and where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships. Henry and Isabelle have secretly sworn to marry despite his lowly station. Though Henry is but a carpenter, his devotion drives him to commit an unthinkable act that may cost both of them their lives. At the same time, a secret, dark prophecy has set in motion events that will affect not only them, but the thrones of rulers throughout all of Atolas, threatening to eclipse the world in shadow. But all is not lost while hope remains in the guise of an unlikely hero and the strength of friendship.

cooltext133089303484155 To start of for this section I thought Jacob Gowan did a pretty good job with his wide variety of characters. There is one character I wish he’d mention more AKA Maggie. But…… But I think I am liking Henry the best so far in this series. His honorable self as well as him always doing the right thing is pretty cool. I hope that some of that rubs off on me… (:

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First Off, Wow what a read. To start of straight I really liked Jacob’s writing style, it’s different an less common than other books that I know of but still It was a good different. Next I really appreciate the story. Oh an by the way the END THE END!!! Oh I nearly fell on the ground, that was my favorite part of the entire book! Looking back at the beginning I wasn’t really interested and this book didn’t start of with a BANG! If you know what I’d mean but after a while you can connect the pieces and be like, Hey I remember that!

cooltext133089378843909 At times I didn’t really like the slowness at some parts and I felt like at one of the parts it just wouldn’t pick itself up and be the awesome book that it is. But after a while I found that it would start flowing again and then you would have no problem with this book until the next drag. THIS IS NOT A FAST BOOK! This book will take time, But if you have the time I would say that you should give this book a try!

3.5 out of 5 stars.

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About The Author

Jacob Gowans was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater studies, and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from dental school at Case Western Reserve University. Jacob and his wife and three children live in Arizona, where he works as a dentist for the Indian Health Services.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone By: JK Rowling

# of Pages: 322

Author: JK Rowling

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Age’s I recommend: 8-12

Summary:  Eleven-year old Harry Potter is a nobody. His parents died when he was young and he was left to his evil Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia. When one day Harry Potter discoverers a truth hidden from his from his Step-Parents. He’s a wizard. Harry discoverers a world an eleven-year old boy could never had imagined. And it’s hidden right there in London.

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Characters: Okay my all time favorite character has got to Be Hagrid. I just love that he looks so tall but has a soft spot for everyone and is really a big sweetheart. I loved of course Harry Potter. *claps hands* The best character development I have read yet.

What I liked: I loved this all magical and adventurous world. I loved The plot and the great character development.  I loved that JK Rowling made this world. I just liked everything about this! I definantly  recommend this series to anyone who wants to start fantasy and doesn’t know where to start! I just loved this book I loved a lot of the magical element in this book!

What I didn’t Like: The thing I was most frustrated about this book or story was that I had already seen the movies. They were so much like each other for once I’m mad about seeing the movies.

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5/5 Stars

An Ember in the Ashes by: Sabba Tahir

# of pages: 453

Author: Sabba Tahir

Summary:  In the Martial Empire, People who do not swear loyalty are to be killed. Laia is a slave, her people are slaves to the soldiers. When one day her brother gets kidnapped and meets the Rebellion. Laia must be a spy in order for the Rebellion to get her brother back. But here’s the catch she has to spy on a school. A school of Martials.

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Characters: This book has two points of view, we have Laia who is the slave, and Elias who is a Martial. Elias doesn’t really want to be a Martial but sort of is shy about saying so.( well frankly because of the part that you get killed…..) But I personally really liked Elias’s point of view much better then Laia’s. I mean come on they were still very enjoyable. But I just was really looking forward to Elias’s scenes because of all of the action and the adventure

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What I liked: I really love this book! It has a certain feel at the end that just makes you want more. I really liked It.overall this is a very enjoyable read and I am anxious to read more. I really liked Elias’s sort of view. There was always a hook and action at the end of every chapter. I am dying to learn more about the Commandant (The “Principal” of  the school) and just why she is so evil! I am really personally looking forward to more books in the future!

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What I didn’t like: At times the book was slow. It took about 170+ pages in order to sort of get into the feel of Sabba’s writing.  But I totally think you should check out this book!

Rating: 4/5