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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Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! by Jeff Cohen

30 Jun

evaEva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER!
By Jeff Cohen
Illustrated by Elanna Allen
32 pages – ages 5+
Published by HarperCollins on June 3, 2014

Eva and Sadie are sisters. Eva’s hair is long and curly. Sadie thinks that it is too long, too curly, and too much of a bother. It is practically impossible to tame! Then, Sadie had an idea – why not give Eva a haircut? Awesome idea, right? Maybe not so much…

An NPR radio reporter, Jeff Cohen has 2 little girls, Sadie, 5, and Eva, 3. He interviewed his kids after a disastrous hair cutting incident. Click HERE to go to the original interview (it’s hilarious). Apparently the interview went viral and Mr. Cohen turned the story into a very cute picture book. The story is very well-written, and has a great message. The message that Sadie learns is “It’s okay to make mistakes, as long as we learn from them, and try not to do them again.” Sadie and Eva are great characters, ones you can relate with - after all who hasn’t done something like this when you were little?  Ms. Allen’s illustrations put the finishing touch on the book, like the whipped cream and cherry on the sundae. I think children will love learning from Eva and Sadie’s mistake. :)

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Check out the trailer!

 

The Chocolate Challenge Stops At This Kid Reviews Books

28 Jun

C.L. Murphy awesome author extraordinaire of the Loveable Lobo series (click HERE to go to her blog) invited me to participate in the CHOCOLATE Challenge! In the chocolate challenge, you name six of your favorite books and pair them up with a type of chocolate! :)

Here is my list -

Counting Down:

dumas-three-musketeers6. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas = Milk Chocolate – old-fashioned, but still tickles your taste-buds – just like this book, a classic read to whet your sense of adventure!

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5. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan = Dark Chocolate with Coconut-filling – a slightly healthy, tasty chocolate treat – this book is incredibly amazing and you learn a little about Greek Mythology while reading a great story!

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4. Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger = Chocolate milkshake with chocolate jimmies/sprinkles – Sounds funny, tastes funny, but is still great – like this hilarious book – it sounds funny, it IS funny, and it is awesome!

 

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3. Chupacabra by Roland Smith = Chocolate with Peanut-Butter Inside – the perfect blend of flavors, like this book has the perfect blend of humor and adventure.

 

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2. The End of Infinity by Matt Myklusch = Caramel-filled milk chocolate – A tasty treat with a creamy inside – The end of Infinity is a solid ending to the Jack Blank series, and it leaves a great feeling in you.

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RedwallUSCover1. Redwall by Brian Jacques = Cookies’n’Cream white chocolate – an unhealthy pleasure to eat with lots of crunch – in this book, you don’t gain much education-wise, but it is a fun read with lots of action, adventure, and excitement!!!

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Now on to the next CHOCOLATE TAG team’s posts scheduled to go live July 5th…

I am nominating kids! :)

Rena Marthaler, of www.renawrites.com, kid-author extraordinaire of Magic the Crest.

Felicia Maziarz, of www.stanleyandkatrina.com, kid-author phenom of The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets.

Josie, of www.animalsandart.wordpress.com, kid-artist, animal lover and my little sister.

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! The Starburst Juju by Monica Strang AND GIVEAWAY!!!

25 Jun

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Ms. Strang has offered to give away a copy of her book to one lucky person (USA addresses only)! Read to the bottom to find out how to enter!

The Starburst Juju

By Monica Strang

278 pages – ages 12+

Published by Pants on Fire Press on January 3, 2014

15-year-old Pepper Jones was shocked. The Maddocks, aliens that are kidnapping the best of the best humans on Earth (the best architect, the best artist, the best scientist, etc.), just kidnapped her parents. Two ordinary, run-of-the-mill school teachers. So, what were they the best at? Pepper and her best friend Parker wondered that, until they were met by a human-like cat-looking man. He says his name is Ando and that he is a Popoki (not a cat!) and that he was a friend of her parents – brilliant inventors from an academy on a different planet! Pepper and Parker go to the academy and hatch a plan. They plan on how to save her parents by finding the Starburst Juju, a powerful alien stone that can help free her parents.  But Pepper and Parker are only two humans and they are up against an entire race of aliens.

This was a great story. I loved all of the cool gadgets, especially the Orico. I really want one – they are bracelets that can do a bunch of things at a command. I love that the book made me think about some things. For example the story says all planets that can support life are about the same size, same distance from their sun, same temperature range, etc. compared to Earth – I never thought about it like that. But I guess that only goes for life-forms like us but what if there are other types of life… okay getting off topic… Back to my point – I like books that make me think! :) The characters in the book were developed well. The aliens were fun to read about. I like Ando. He is really interesting, and I would love to spend a day with him. Pepper is a great character – smart, realistic, and nice. I also liked Parker. He’s a great friend to Pepper, and an immature normal teenage boy. ;) I think that this book is awesome, but I am slightly sad that this is a stand-alone novel. It ended well though. I think Ms. Strang closed it very nicely. Ms. Strang has a great writing style. I think this is another cross over type book – one that advanced MG readers will love as well as younger YA readers.

I give “The Starburst Juju” five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Watch the awesome book trailer!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!!!

To enter in the contest, all you need to do is comment and say that you want to win a copy of this great book (USA addresses only please)!

If you want to make it fun, name your favorite alien from any novel, TV Show, comic, movie, etc. For example, I would say “Superman” or “General Grievous”.

Next week my sister Josie will pick the winner from all of the names put in a hat! :)

Good luck and thanks for reading my blog!

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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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?!?

Facebook

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Twitter

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

Amazon

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IndieBound

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!

 

Double Review of the Novellas The Greenest Valley AND Orisow by Ross Rosenfeld!

17 Jun

I reviewed Ross Rosenfeld’s The Stolen Kingdom  a while ago (see my review HERE). I thought it was a great “cross-over” book that is kind of YA and kind of MG. It is a great action-adventure story and I enjoyed it very much.

Mr. Rosenfeld has written 2 companion stories (novellas) to go along with The Stolen Kingdom.

These short, companion stories to The Stolen Kingdom tells the stories of Winkle, the Pooglie-Wooglie who was high-elder of the Pooglians when The Stolen Kingdom took place. (The Pooglie-Wooglie people (or Pooglians) are a group of ugly, disfigured, scarred, handicapped, etc., people whose ancestors had been banished from the face of the Earth because they were so ugly and the people didn’t want them to have children, so they lived below ground) These books tell of Winkle’s adventures as a young man.

greenestThe Greenest Valley

By Ross Rosenfeld

Illustrated by Erick Romero and Christine Choe

50 pages – ages 10+
Published by Fun Books on April 16, 2014

The Pooglie-Wooglie village was running low on food, and the land above them was covered in frost (for a few miles). An expedition of 8 Pooglians (love that name!) went to find food. Winkle had volunteered to go, thinking that it would have been a normal hunting trip. Boy, was he wrong! The Pooglians only came back with 3 of them alive…

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orisowOrisow

By Ross Rosenfeld

Illustrated by Erick Romero and Christine Choe

51 pages – ages 10+
Published by Fun Books on May 15, 2014

Winkle is back with another one of his stories. This time, on a hunting expedition, above ground, getting veggies from a field, a human above ground spots one of the Pooglians. They call the Pooglians “demons” and rush to tell the nearby village. The Pooglians flee. The elders decide that the Pooglians have to move out of the area, in case the locals above do an intense search of the area around them. On the way, the Pooglians, gathering food above ground, spot a castle with slaves coming into it. They watch the evil lord of the castle whip a woman for doing nothing. The Pooglians are moved, and want to help. But how can they?

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This is a good series. I loved “The Stolen Kingdom”, and these books are marvelous follow-up short stories/novellas. The stories are imaginative and original and fun to read. The settings are creative and you feel like you are there with Winkle. There is some violence, but nothing graphic (just fighting). In “The Greenest Valley”, there is a monster that eats the Pooglians. In “Orisow”, the Pooglians raid the castle. Winkle is a cool character, and he is a great soldier. I think that you can really connect with him. I love Mr. Rosenfeld’s writing style in these books. I like how they are told in first person, because Winkle is writing them as if he were telling the young Pooglie-Wooglie children the stories, which was really cool. The illustrations in the book are very nice, colorful, and they add to the story. The books, at 50-ish pages, are perfect for reluctant readers or kids just looking for a good story. While it would probably be better to read The Stolen Kingdom first, it isn’t needed because enough back-story is included in these novellas. I am looking forward to other books in this series!

4 out of 5 bookworms for these novellas!fourbooks

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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