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Book Review! Virgil Creech Takes a Swipe at Redemption by Mark Myers

27 Jul

virgilVirgil Creech Takes a Swipe at Redemption

By Mark Myers

211 pages – ages 9+

Published by Pelican Hater Books on December 19, 2013

It all started with a ball game between four kids, an army veteran out for a walk, and the little town in Georgia called Portsong in the 1920’s. When Virgil Creech (the youngest in the nasty Creech family), and his friends Henry Lee, Joe, and Willie, are playing a ball game, and Virgil’s team is losing, he starts throwing a temper tantrum, kicking the ball at Henry. It went over Henry’s head, and it hit a retired military man from England, the Colonel Clarence Birdwhistle, injuring him and knocking him unconscious. The boys get an ambulance, but don’t tell how the Colonel got in that condition. Through a misunderstanding, the boys think that the Colonel was blinded by the accident. So, Henry, Joe, and Willie decide to get him a seeing-eye dog. They take a dog from the junkyard and give him a night’s training, and then Henry drops it off in the Colonel’s hospital room. Unbeknownst to the boys, the dog was once owned by nasty Virgil, and he’ll do anything to get that dog back, no matter how happy the dog makes the Colonel.

This was a great historical fiction novel about friendship, being a good person, and about community. The story was very well done, and I think that Mr. Myers got the feel, language, and authenticity of the time period down pat. Virgil is a character you come to care for, but, to me, it seemed like Henry was the real main character. I didn’t mind that. Virgil still played an important part. I loved to read about Virgil plotting to get his dog back. The cover of the book is magnificent and goes well with the story. I would really like to read other books by Mr. Myers. I think that this book is a lot of fun to read and kids who wouldn’t normally read a historical fiction-type book will enjoy reading this story.

I give Virgil Creech Takes a Swipe at Redemption five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

To read an adults view on this book, check out Michelle Isenhoff’s review HERE.

MINION by John David Anderson – BLOG TOUR!!!

14 Jul

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Have I got a treat for you! Not only do I have a review of a great superhero book, but I also have videos of the author, John David Anderson, reading aloud from it!

 

minion2MINION

By John David Anderson

288 pages – ages 9+

Published by Walden Pond Press on June 24, 2014

My Summary – New Liberty. The city that nobody’s ever heard of. The town with two rival crime bosses (Tony Romano and Mickey “Six Fingers” Maloney). The town with no Super. The town that Michael Marion Magdalene Morn lives in, with his adoptive father, Professor Benjamin Edson. They make electronic boxes with unique powers, and sell them to the highest buyer. They do small crimes, only stealing what they need. It may help that Michael has a hypnotizing “gift”. Surprisingly, the town’s crime rate isn’t out of hand (a few banks robbed, a couple of houses broken into, etc.). That is, until a supervillain calling himself The Dictator shows up, with henchmen in bullet-proof outfits and silver masks. And, as most things happen, when a supervillain comes, a superhero soon follows. The Comet. A bullet-proof, super-strength, flying superhero who leaves a blue streak in the air when he blasts off. The Comet may ruin everything that Michael and his dad have built (literally and figuratively). And it doesn’t help that The Dictator has taken an interest in the Edson family…

THIS IS AN AWESOME STORY!!! Mr. Anderson is an awesome author of superhero stories! At first, reading the summary for Minion, and seeing that it is a companion to Mr. Anderson’s book, Sidekicked, I thought the superhero would be The Sensationalist (Sidekicked’s Main Character), but I was pleasantly surprised to see a new superhero. Michael Morn is a great character. I like how this book isn’t about good or evil. It’s about doing what you believe in. It’s about being true to yourself. Michael and his dad aren’t bad, but they aren’t completely good either. They’re… neutral-ish. Mr. Anderson handles these subjects very well. New Liberty is actually nice. The crime bosses aren’t tyrants to the people – in fact, I think that most people don’t really know that they exist (except from what they read in newspapers). They’re just rivals to each other. This is an extremely well-written story, especially for us Middle Graders. I really like the world Mr. Anderson has created. The book is pretty much everything I want in a story. I can’t wait until his next book comes out!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Now, onto the fun stuff!

I asked Mr. Anderson if he’d read an excerpt from Minon for my wonderful blog readers as part of the blog tour! He agreed to do it! :) Plus he sent a hysterical version of it in which he has a “chipmunk voice.” :)

Check them out!

Normal Voice:

Chipmunk voice. (Mr. Anderson wanted me to share this too, for “people with not a lot of time on their hands” ;) )

Who is this John David Anderson?!?

John David Anderson

ABOUT THE AUTHOR, IN HIS OWN WORDS:

John David Anderson writes novels for young people and then, occasionally, gets them published. Besides Minion, he is the author of Sidekicked, and Standard Hero Behavior. He lives with his patient wife and brilliant twins in Indianapolis, Indiana, right next to a State park and a Walmart. He enjoys hiking, reading, chocolate, spending time with his family, playing the piano, chocolate, making board games, chocolate, not putting away his laundry, watching movies, and chocolate. Those aren’t his real teeth.

To find out more: www.johndavidanderson.org

Check out the book’s trailer too!

 

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Check out the other stops in the blog tour!

June 23 Maria’s Melange

June 24 The Library Fanatic

June 25 The Next Best Book 

June 26 Jean Book Nerd

June 27 Book Egg

June 28 Word Spelunking Book Blog

June 30 Ms. Yingling Reads

July 1     The Book Monsters

July 2     The Book Monsters

July 3     Read Now, Sleep Later

July 6 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

July 7 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

July 8 Candace’s Book Blog

July 9 Middle Grade Mafioso

July10 Librarian’s Quest

July 11 Unleashing Readers

July 12 Trisha Perry

July 14 This Kid Reviews Books

July 16 Charlotte’s Library

July 17 Literacy Toolbox

Go to Mr. Anderson’s website HERE!

Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Astounding Adventure of the Ancient Dragon by Jose Prendes

8 Jul

elementaryElementary, My Dear Watson – The Astounding Adventure of the Ancient Dragon

By Jose Prendes

174 pages – ages 9+

Published by Curiosity Quills Press on March 3, 2014

12-year-old John H. Watson was distraught. His mother was dying, his father was depressed because of it, and he was going to Candlewood Boarding School for Boys and Girls because his home was not a happy environment (and because he was neglecting his studies, of course). When a bully, calling himself Moriarty, orders Watson to hand over his money, a young boy, Watson’s age, saves him from Moriarty. The boy introduces himself as Holmes, Sherlock Holmes. When classmates start disappearing, Sherlock starts investigating, along with his new friend. Where are all the missing students going? And who is responsible for it?

First of all, I am a huge fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books. Sherlock Holmes never ceases to amaze me.I was a little worried that reading about a young version of Sherlock would not live up to what I would expect. This book however, was a great read (cool cover too)! I really like how Mr. Prendes mixes up Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters and jumbles them into middle school. It was marvelously done. I especially like the irony in one scene, where Holmes, Watson, and another student are investigating the case, and the Head Mistress of the school walks in on it. Holmes says that they are acting out a play with 3 characters from Shakespeare’s plays. When the Head Mistress points out that they aren’t from the same play, Holmes states that it is pretending if the characters had met each other in Middle School – just like they are in this book! ;) Mr. Prendes also included of the thrill from Doyle’s mysteries, and I loved every second of it. The book was a very fast read for me. I read this book in less than a day. The plot of the story kept me on the edge of my seat, and I immediately liked John Watson. Mr. Prendes has written a great book. I would like to read other books written by him, especially from this series.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

The Dragon Hollow Trilogy by Christy Bower

2 Jul

Before I get to today’s review – I get to tell you Stephanie The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow blog (Click HERE to go THERE) won my give away copy of The Starburst Juju (see my review HERE). Congratulations! I will be emailing you to get your mailing address. :)

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HELLO BLOGOSPHERE! :D

Happy Wednesday to you! Today I have not one, but 3 books to tell you about! An exciting and fun TRIOLOGY!

The Dragon Hollow Trilogy

By Christy Bower

draghol1Book 1: The Legend of Dragon Hollow

212 pages – ages 9+

Published by CreateSpace on May 25, 2013

Summary (From the back of the book): When an enemy army attacked Mirabeau, Peter and his friends, Sebastian and Alexandra, lost their parents, their homes, and their city. They set off in search of the dragon’s treasure that Peter had read about in his favorite book, The Legend of Dragon Hollow.

On their journey, they encounter all sorts of people and adventures, and they learn valuable lessons that will help them fulfill their destiny – a destiny that is greater than dragon treasure.

draghol2Book 2: The Secret of The Sword

186 pages – ages 9+

Published by CreateSpace on September 23, 2013

Summary (From the back of the book): [SPOILER ALERT] After Peter learned he was the rightful heir to the throne, he returned to Mirabeau to discover a tyrant had made himself king. When Peter and his friends, Sebastian and Alexandra, try to spy on the tyrant king, they are captured as traitors. It looks as if things will end badly for the three young people, especially when an invading army attacks the city, complicating the situation.

draghol3Book 3: The Rise of The Dragon King

196 pages – ages 9+

Published by CreateSpace on October 8, 2013

Summary (From the back of the book)[SPOILER ALERT] In this third book in the Dragon Hollow Trilogy, young Peter Cole has just taken the throne of Mirabeau, but being a king is not what he expected. In addition to the city’s financial crisis that left knights and workers unpaid, King Peter is also faced with the disappearance of a friend; a dragon bent on revenge; a call for help from an ally; and a horde of barbarians on the march for his city. Meanwhile, his two friends, Sebastian and Alexandra, face problems of their own. Alexandra is coming to grips with being scarred by the dragon burns and Sir Sebastian is learning to be a knight while dealing with a bully in Knight School. Peter’s destiny as the foretold Dragon King is liked to whether he can navigate these difficulties and fulfill his calling.

What I Liked About the Trilogy: This series was action-packed, hilarious, and great for kids. The books are full of “references to fairy tales, fables, fantasy fiction, classic literature, nursery rhymes, and children’s songs”. I laughed at “The Three Musket Deer”, a tyrant king named Ham Burger (or King Burger), King Cole, and his wife’s name, Nat (some kids may not get some of the references – I didn’t get a couple and asked my parents about them), and so much more! I think I fell off my beanbag chair a couple of times laughing at the book! The story, itself, very good. Ms. Bower’s writing style is enjoyable and the self-published book is edited well. I liked the story-line a lot. Peter was a great main character. He was brave (for a kid), smart (for a kid), and awesome (for anybody). He handles situations very well. Donkey Oatie was hilarious too. In the book, there is a** repeated, but it is normally talking about Donkey Oatie (as in Donkey Oatie said things about him, like his mother always said that he was a “smart a**”). The theory that geckos, when put in water, turn into dragons, was a great one (and was a TOTAL surprise to me *Note to self – get geko). The books were quick, fun reads for me and I think they’d be great to bring along in the car on summer trips. If the series went on, I’d gladly read the next book, but sadly, trilogies end at three.

I give this series four out of fie bookworms!fourbooks

To learn more about Ms. Bower and her books, please visit her website HERE.

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Book Review! Little Orchid’s Sea Monster Trouble by Claudine Gueh Yanting

27 Jun

littleorchLittle Orchid’s Sea Monster Trouble

By Claudine Gueh Yanting

98 pages (estimated – ebook reviewed) – ages 9+

Published by Carry Us Off Books on April 8, 2014

Little Orchid lives in 1960’s Singapore with her family. When Little Orchid and her sister are invited  to a wealthy classmate’s house for dinner, Little Orchid realizes that they are being served a giant cuttlefish – a special animal from the sea. They brought the mighty beast in, still alive, to be prepared. Little Orchid felt a connection with the cuttlefish when she made eye-contact with it, and feels sorry that she could not help it at all. Little Orchid tried to not eat the dishes with cuttlefish – and she was doing pretty good at that – until the hosts plopped a piece of cuttlefish on  her plate. It would have been disrespectful not to eat it! While everyone is watching, Little Orchid chokes down the piece of cuttlefish. A few minutes later, she throws up. Little Orchid and her sister quickly leave the premises. The next morning, Little Orchid wakes up to find herself covered in boils and rashes. When Little Orchid finds herself stretching out, elongating, she realizes that she is turning into the giant cuttlefish. She doesn’t know why, but she is. Her family will despise her. She quickly crawls to the nearby sea, and enters it without telling anyone. She begins her new life as a sea monster, wondering if she’ll ever see her family again.

This was an enjoyable story. I love the message I got out of it- if we take something special from the sea, the sea will take something special from us. I like that it takes place in Singapore during the 1960’s. It was nice to read a novel set in a place I usually don’t read about. Little Orchid is a good main character who thinks that everywhere she goes, she brings trouble. You really care for her, and you cheer her on until the last page.  Ms. Gueh has a wonderful writing style, and it makes you feel like Little Orchid is talking to you. I enjoyed the voice of the story. I like how there are cool painting-like illustrations scattered throughout the book. This book would be great for reluctant readers, and young readers. For me, I would have liked for the story to be a bit more involved and give me more because I enjoyed the plot concept so much. It’s a good thing that I would like more.  Little Orchid earned a spot on my library shelf!

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookworms.fourbooks

Book Review! Loot: How to Steal A Fortune by Jude Watson

24 Jun

Many middle grade readers know Jude Watson from the 39 Clues books she’s written. I am a HUGE fan of the many Star Wars books she’s authored too. Ms. Watson has a distinctive writing style and is one of my favorite MG authors. When I saw she was writing a new MG book, I had to get my hands on it!

Today is the release day for the new book! WOO!

lootLoot: How to Steal A Fortune

By Jude Watson

266 pages – ages 8+

Published by Scholastic Press on June 24, 2014

March McQuin was shocked. Right before his eyes, his own father had fallen off a roof, and was dying. Of course, some would say the man deserved it, as his dad was Alfie McQuin, infamous burglar, and March was his lesser known partner-in-crime. His dad handed him a strange stone, and gave him these final words – “Find jewels”. When March is at the airport being sent to an orphanage (his mother had passed away when he was young), he meets Jules McQuin (his long-lost sister that he didn’t know he had) who was going to the orphanage with him. They soon realize that the orphanage is not much better than a prison. At the orphanage they meet Darius and Izzy, who also hate the place, and they all break out. March realizes the stone his dad gave him as he was dying is much more than it seems and the jewels he told him to find was really Jules his sister. Soon the gang of kids find themselves not only evading the juvenile authorities but also going on a crime spree to “recover” more of the strange stones. The original owner (the one who March’s dad stole the stones from) offered the kids 7 million dollars for the return of all the stones. Sounds simple? Not really. The kids have to compete with an old associate of Alfie’s, a detective turned TV Show-Host, and time.  The McQuins and friends have their work cut out for them.

This. Was. An. AWESOME BOOK!!! Ms. Watson has written an amazing, thrilling, and completely action-packed book that kept me on the edge of my seat at all times. Gordon Korman (on the back of the book) wrote that is has “more twists than a pretzel factory” and he is totally right – in a good way! Ms. Watson has a way of drawing you in, and not letting you go until that final period. Just when I thought I had things figured out, the story took another turn. I loved that I never really knew who to trust in the plot. March is a great character and not even a bad guy (for the son of a thief). He hurts no one, and makes theft an art- form. The book is appropriate for all ages but the scene where Alfie dies may be a bit much for some young kids (nothing too graphic). The first ten pages of the story had me wondering. They were a bit slower than I am used to with Ms. Watson’s books, but then **BAM** she grabs you by the nose and doesn’t let it out of the book until the end. After I got done reading the book, I realized how much of the story was set up in those first ten pages. Ms. Watson is a masterful author.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

It’s NOT Just A Dog by Pam Torres – Book Review & Blog Tour! We have prizes!

20 Jun

Today is a special day!

“What special day is it, Erik?” you ask?

Well, maybe you didn’t, but I’m going to tell you anyway -

IT’S TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY!

In honor of Take your Dog to Work day, I invited Clyde to come along with me for today’s review.

Clyde wanted to read the book “It’s NOT Just A Dog,” because he really liked the title.

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???????????????????????????????It’s a good thing he doesn’t have a real job – I think he’d get fired. :)

Now on to Clyde’s pick for today! :D

Make sure to read all the way to the bottom because there are some great prizes along this tour!

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itsnotjustIt’s NOT Just A Dog!

by Pam Torres

268 pages – ages 9+
Published by Legacy Media Press on April 24, 2014

Summary (from author) - School’s out for the summer and straight-talking Madison and her friend Cooper have big plans for the summer: working at the kennel, training service dogs and creating a dog-walking business—besides writing her dog-blog. Her stepdad has agreed to make Lilly, Madison’s foster puppy, a permanent member of the Morgan family, and Madison wants to make the adoption special.

When an injured dog is abandoned, Madison’s determined to discover the truth about the orphaned dog. To crack this crime she’ll have to sneak around some shady characters. It’ll be tricky since her dad isn’t happy about her animal detective activities. Her promise not to get into trouble won’t be easy. Madison convinces Cooper to strike out on their own, but Lilly is dognapped and Madison finds herself locked in a shed with no way out. She regrets her crime-fighting obsession and realizes her snooping has endangered everyone she cares about. Cooper rallies an unlikely group of rescuers to bust her out.

In the end Madison learns she can depend on her friends and her stepfather. And when it comes to people and dogs, relationships are never simple, and a dog is never—JUST a dog!

What I thought – I read the first book in the Project Madison Series, “When Dogs Blog” (see my review HERE). I enjoyed the great message in the book and was happy to see that Ms. Torres wrote a second book. I enjoyed this story very much too. I think that the idea of Madison having a special power of sometimes being able to see into the memory of dogs is a cool thing to write the books around. I love the cover of this book and there are illustrations scattered in the book that are a nice addition. I like Madison’s character. She takes matters into her own hands but also realizes when she needs help. She seems like a believable, independent kid. It is also nice that she has a good relationship with her step-dad (her legal guardian because her mom passed away). It’s nice to see a step-parent shown in a nice way in a story. There are some not so nice topics in the story – dog fights (like the kind where people make dogs fight), putting shelter dogs to sleep, etc., – but I think Ms. Torres handles the topics well for kids. Personally, it’s sad for me to think this stuff goes on. All together Ms. Torres wrote a great story with an even better message – It’s NOT Just a Dog! :)

5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

ERIK, WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?!?

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You can find It’s NOT Just A Dog! at the online stores below:

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torresAbout The Author: Pam Torres

Pam Torres was born in Logan, Utah and did most of her growing up in Prairie Village, Kansas. Besides playing Dorothy during tornado weather and digging Peter Pan-like underground forts she also played piano and ran cross-country. She started her family early, and had five energetic and creative children, and returned to school when the last one was four. She has fond memories of reading and playing with her children in between hefty amounts of volunteering at church and their schools. Several of her favorite memories are doing writers’ workshop, updating the art docent program, recruiting volunteers, working as the parent liaison for the curriculum team, publishing articles in the newsletter and directing a very popular after-school art club.

Writing was the one constant in her life through all the struggles of single parenthood, stepparent issues and bringing a large family together. She continued to write her brains out in hopes of writing full-time one day. After five years in sales, she quit her well-paying job to write. Her supportive husband is her biggest cheerleader and she frequently acknowledges that she couldn’t have done it without him.

The Project Madison Series is her debut middle-grade series. She organized Project Madison around its release and is donating 10% of her proceeds to the ASPCA®, animal shelters and other programs to benefit homeless or abused animals.

Erik, YOU SAID THERE WOULD BE PRIZES!

CLICK HERE to Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway

Prize Packages

Grand Prize- Set of illustrations signed by the illustrators, set of bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series, and a dream catcher.

First Prize- 3 illustrations signed by the illustrators, bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, hard copies of both books in the series.

Second Prize- 2 illustrations signed by the illustrators, bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series.

Third Prize- 2 illustrations signed by the illustrators, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, bookmarks, magnets, stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series.

Swag Packages- One 5×7 signed illustration, bookmarks, magnets, stickers, an ebook in the format of your choice.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!!

Facebook Page Contests- During the month of June the Project Madison Facebook Fan Page will be conducting contests and giveaways, so be sure to check there frequently for a chance to win some great prizes.

Attention Teachers and Parents:

Anyone who emails (torres dot pam3 at gmail dot com) a JPG of a tween holding my book, a student or relative will receive a personalized letter from Madison and signed by Lilly dog.

In addition, they will also be entered into a special drawing for an entire classroom to receive copies of the book and a visit from the author. (Sorry, this is for Washington State Teachers only.)  One entry per child, per picture. Be sure to include your school name, teachers name and contact information.

 

Book Review! The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

18 Jun

maggieThe Meaning of Maggie
By Megan Jean Sovern
220 pages – ages 9+
Published by Chronicle Books on May 6, 2014

Maggie, a super-smart, very organized, overachieving 11-year-old, was shocked. Her dad had quit his job after his legs “fell asleep” (as Maggie calls it), and their mom had gotten a job. Her dad stays at home, in a wheel chair, working around the house. It is a new scenario for Maggie. She isn’t used to her dad being around all the time, and her mom working. When her science project approached, she decided to do it on what had made her dad’s legs fall asleep – multiple sclerosis. Maggie is determined to find a cure for her dad’s disease. What she finds out is how great her family really is and she can survive getting a ‘B’ in school.

First of all I’ll say I am a bit bias on this book. The “super-smart, very organized, overachieving 11-year-old” in my description above – sounds a lot like me (only I’m 12 – but just go back a year). Speaking as a “precocious” kid (as I am tired of being called),  Ms. Sovern has gotten Maggie’s personality down pat. I felt like I was with her the whole entire time, cheering her on! I like the sibling rivalry between Maggie and her sisters. It felt like a real situation and the characters were believable. I think this is another one of those “Crossover” books – one written on a YA reading level but the story is more for advanced middle-grade readers (as an advanced middle-grade reader, this makes me more bias ;) ). The book ends extremely well, and although there are some loose ends, they are the right kind that leaves you thinking about what happens next, but you know the characters will be okay. I think that Ms. Sovern has a very distinct writing voice. I would read other books by her.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Bonus points for a cool trailer too!

 

Alice Parker & The Curse of Fate (Book #5) By Nicola Palmer

16 Jun

alice5Alice Parker & The Curse of Fate (Book #5)

By Nicola Palmer

131 pages – ages 9+

Published by Kallisto on March 26, 2014

Alice Parker and her family of Finwips (Fully Integrated Winged People) are back! The Finwips are a society of people with wings, or some other attribute, like pointy ears (but mostly they have wings), that are hidden from normal people. The Finwips have underground villages to visit but a lot of them live among normal people. The Finwips have enemies – evil Finwips called Sinwips. Isabella Rowbottom, is a Sinwip. She stole and read a book foretelling Alice’s life (the book was written by Alice’s Great-Aunt who could see into the future). Isabella didn’t like what she read. Something happens in the future (Alice doesn’t know what it is) that involves Alice and Isabella, and Isabella decides she must eliminate Alice, and her family too. Isabella continued her assassination attempts on the Parkers (Alice, her brother Thomas, their parents and grandparents) so relentlessly that  Alice, Thomas, and their grandmother are going to Berlin to visit her grandmother’s sister for a bit, to get away from Isabella. Sadly, Isabella was going to Berlin too, for personal reasons (not related to the Parkers), and she saw the Parkers on the same plane as her! She follows the Parkers, and continues to try to dispose of them (while trying to make it look like an accident, of course). Can Alice ever get rid of this atrocious assassin?

This is a wonderful, new installment of the Alice Parker series (see my reviews of book one HERE, book two HERE, book 3 HERE (scroll down on the post), and book 4 HERE). It’s an indie published series, and it is everything that is good about independently published books. In the newest book in the series, a lot of the questions from the earlier books get explained, and explained very well.  Alice is a great character, and she is a totally believable 15-year-old. Ms. Palmer is a great writer, and she kept me on the edge of my seat the entire book. I love how there is a bunch of character development in this story, but it didn’t slow it down! Ms. Palmer really knows how to keep a story moving and thrilling! I can’t wait for Book 6 (if there is one – I really hope that there is!)! :)

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

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All Hallows Eve is BACK with 2 New Episodes!

12 Jun

Last night I was at a Twitter party to kick off the Wigu books summer reading program (click HERE to learn more or on the banner on my sidebar). One of the questions was does comics counts as reading – to which I replied -

  ! Of course they do! Comics ROCK!

I have two fun comic-type stories to tell you about. I am a fan of David Eveleigh’s All Hallows Eve stories. The books aren’t comics (although the very-cool covers look like they are) they are novellas that have a great comic feel to them. I really like the Eve character in the books. She’s a great superhero. The stories are action-packed and fun.

BEHOLD the latest from this cool series!!!

covenscurseAll Hallows Eve #8: The Coven’s Curse

By David Eveleigh

Words: 14,780 – ages 9+

Published on Smashwords on March 02, 2014

 

Eve Halloran (AKA All Hallows Eve) was scared. She had a nightmare where four of the people she loved most had been poisoned, and she only had an antidote for one. And, when she woke up, her beloved cat, Scorpio, had died. In her dream, it sounded like all of her mom’s (her mom was a superhero before Eve, calling herself “The Teen Trickster”) old enemies had gotten together – Hexia, Zodiak, Judge Mental, Sister Hood, Madam Fang, and Über Alice. The next time Eve went to sleep, she and her mother (as The Teen Trickster) started one of the biggest (and craziest) battles that All Hallows Eve has fought in.

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horrorinlibraryAll Hallows Eve #9: Horror in the Library

By David Eveleigh

Words: 11,510 – ages 9+

Published on Smashwords on June 03, 2014

When Eve, eating lunch in the school library with friends, walking through the aisles, she somehow teleports inside Dracula by Bram Stoker (the book she decided to do for a book report), for a few minutes. Eve realizes that something fishy is up. She had barely gotten out of the book alive – she was face-to-face with Dracula after all! It turns out to be a magical book that is causing the trouble. A book, that, as its title says, eats people. But how can Eve stop it? How do you stop an evil book when it can spout out villains from stories and they all want to get Eve!

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First of all, I really love this series. Mr. Eveleigh writes comic action very well. I think that he gets into the mind of his character, Eve, magnificently. In these two books, there are two very awesome plot ideas – a book that lets you actually enter a story (at a price), and a super-battle in Dreamland. I like how Mr. Eveleigh heads each chapter with a small, comic image (remember these are novellas, not comics). The images are all really cool and a nice addition! All the All Hallows Eve books are appropriate for middle-school and young advanced readers. Because they are novellas, they are a great choice for some fun summer-time reading.   I love Mr. Eveleigh’s comic art and how his writing is totally action-packed. I really like how Mr. Eveleigh always fits in a message for his books. There are messages in these, too. For example, in “Horror in the Library”, the message is that “knowledge is power, and power tends to bring out the worst in us”. In “The Coven’s Curse”, it is “[T]hings are rarely as they seem”. I can’t wait for All Hallows Eve #10!

I give these books 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

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