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Rrrrrrggggle! (The Wesley Series) by Monsieur J and Mister F

30 Jan

wesley Rrrrrrggggle! (The Wesley Series)

By Monsieur J and Mister F

Illustrated by Papaya

139 pages – ages 9+

Available as an ebook

Published by Monsieur J & Mister F on November 10, 2013

Wesley is a 5th grader who just happens to be a zombie. He and his family have just moved to Stuff Falls, and he will go to Stuff Falls Middle School, which is a regular human school. Everyone knows that he’s a zombie, so he makes a friend with a half-zombie (whose mom is human, and dad is zombie), who shrinks every year because of him being half-zombie (I don’t really understand that, so please don’t ask detailed questions ;) ), and is obsessed with acting. He also becomes friends with a young yeti girl. The school bully, a human, is not one of Wesley’s friends, and has challenged him to a hard, deadly game, which will decide if  he will be left alone (or tormented) by the bully for the rest of the school year.

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I usually do not accept books about zombies or monsters. It usually isn’t my thing, but I try one every now and again. This is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved this because it didn’t focus on the scary “zombie brain-eater apocalypse” part of zombies. True, the zombies eat organs, but Wesley’s parents eat animal organs, and Wesley is a vegetarian. I love how in the story, zombie is passed via genes (like the half-zombie kid). I like that the story is about a young zombie trying to make friends and fit in. That was pretty funny. I like how Wesley’s dog is allergic to humans. :) The illustrations are cute and cartoon like. They are fun to look at and add to the story. You can see examples above this paragraph, and below it too. The story isn’t really about monsters, it’s about having a good family and good friends. I like how the authors puts a zombie in as the “new kid.” This book is a quick, humorous read, great for reluctant readers, especially boys. I can’t wait for book two!

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I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms! fivebooks

Visit the Wesley the Zombie website HERE.

Like Wesley on Facebook HERE.

Follow Wesley on Twitter HERE.

BOOK BLASTY BLOG TOUR for The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets (by Stanley and Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge)

17 Nov

WOO! IT’S THE STANLEY AND KATRINA BOOK BLASTY BLOG TOUR!!!

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Click on the picture above or the one on my side bar to ZOOM over to the Stanley and Katrina blog and find out how to enter to win the $25 Amazon gift card! Plus check out the other awesome stops on the tour!

Now – let me tell you again about The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets! I just LOVE this book! :)

sandkThe Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets

by Stanley and Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge

86 pages – ages 8+

Published by CreateSpace  on December 21, 2012

Katrina Von Cat, Master of Wisdom and Knowledge, has had it with the dog eating her food all the time. Katrina realizes that they have been living in the same house for a while and she really hasn’t bothered to find out the dog’s name. So she writes a letter to the dog to ask his name and that he stop eating her food. Stanley (the dog) says the letter is nice, but he  won’t stop eating her food. Katrina decides to take Stanley to kitty court! And that’s just the start of the trouble they cause!

This story was extremely well written! The way it starts out with the cat and dog writing letters to each other is unique and also hysterical (the letter writing continues throughout the book)! I love the plot idea of two pets living in the same house for years and pretty much ignoring each other until the one starts eating the other’s food. The characters (Stanley and Katrina) were great and there are other great characters like Mandy the bluebird and Mr. Fluffypants, a guinea pig that lives next door who thinks he’s an astronaut, so he calls himself “Zorg.” I also love the story being told through the POV on the animals. This is a VERY fun book! The illustrations in it are pretty simple, but fun to look at. I reviewed this book a while ago, but it now has a cool new cover!!!

Five out of five bookworms for “The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets”

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The trailer is even hysterical! Check it out!


To learn more, please visit Stanley and Katrina’s website by clicking HERE.

Otis Dooda: Strange but True by Ellen Potter

14 Oct

otisdoodaOtis Dooda: Strange but True

Written by Ellen Potter

Illustrated by David Heatley

Soundtrack by David Heatley

225 pages – ages 7+

Published by Feiwel & Friends on June 4, 2013

Otis Dooda and his family have moved from the small town of Hog’s Head, to the big city of New York.  They live on the top floor of Tidwell Towers, neighboring a girl whose bedroom is on the ceiling, a boy who has a rare “French Gerbil Hound” (It’s really a miniature horse/pony, but the apartment doesn’t take horses, but it takes dogs), and some weird old lady. And it doesn’t help that there is some strange lady named “Ms. Yabby” who writes news that goes on in the Towers, called the Tidwell Tidbits – and, the fact is, most of it isn’t true, just rumors and gossip. That’s a problem, especially when it targets a new family in the Towers… The Doodas! And, apparently, Otis is cursed by a guy hiding in a potted plant, saying that Otis will break all of his bones before the next full-moon. Otis finds out that the weird potted plant guy’s predictions ALWAYS come true. What can a kid do?

I will say that I am a fan of Ellen Potter. I have read Spilling Ink and Slob. Ms. Potter didn’t disappoint me with Otis Dooda! It is a hilarious book! I really like the unrealistic (but possible) things that happen – it actually makes the story even more hilarious! I like the cannon that shoots you into a giant vat of marshmallow fluff, and Peaches (the horse/dog/rodent :) ). The illustrations are pretty funny, realistic, and they are incorporated into the text, similar to  Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or Big Nate. The illustration style of the book makes it more fun to read. Otis Dooda is great character and I LOVED reading about him. He makes some really dumb decisions in the book (but what kid doesn’t) that leads to hilarious outcomes! This is a great story that is guaranteed to make young boys (and girls) laugh out loud (I’m a BIG boy, and I sure laughed out loud! :D )! I am already waiting for Book 2 (which is titled Otis Dooda: Downright Dangerous and due out March 2014)!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

BONUS!  Did I mention that there is also a soundtrack for the book, which you can find HERE? Yes you heard me right! A book with its own sound track! It’s pretty good and VERY silly! Kids will love it! The soundtrack is written and performed by the very talented David Heatley (who also illustrated the book). It is based on the book and the 16-songs in the soundtrack go well with the story. I especially like the “Poodles of Mass Destruction” song. My sister liked paging through the book while the songs were playing and finding which parts of the book the song was about. The theme song is very catchy. In fact my sister and I sang the “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Dooda” for two days straight (then my dad started singing Surfin’ USA and we all agreed to just stop). You can hear samples of the soundtrack HERE!

Visit the Otis Dooda website HERE!

Check out the cool trailer for the book!

Secret Doors: The Challenge by Brian Meeks

12 Oct

secretdoorSecret Doors: The Challenge

By Brian Meeks

ebook sold by Amazon Digital Services

Published July 25, 2013

Approximately 159 pages – ages 12+

Summary - Abby and Stevie are best friends. Abby is neglected by her foster family (her real parents had died in a fire) and is bullied at school. Stevie is an orphan and sneaks out of the orphanage. One day they spot a very small door at the back of a store they were in (they are friends with the owner). Abby and Stevie get teleported into a large room full of kids and some grown-ups. They get teamed up with 3 other kids for a mysterious challenge (called The Challenge) that none of the kids really know what it is for, but Abby and Stevie figured it was better than going  back home. They are told they have to work together to get from a cave they are magically transported to, to a door that when they go through, completes The Challenge. Their path leads them through a strange world where they encounter dangers,  puzzles they have to solve, and meet new friends (and enemies).  They are guided on their journey by Alouicious who shows up now and again (but far too little). The kids must learn to get along and use their talents to make it through this weird world and succeed on The Challenge!

What I think - The plot idea of this book is intriguing. Two kids find a door and get challenged to The Challenge! Sounds cool. The world the kids go through was interesting. In this world humans were tiny and the animal there were huge. There were also some other creepy creatures like a rock-like giant and beasts from the Pit of Woe (a cool name).  Besides Abby and Stevie there are 3 other kids. One of the kids is a nature lover (Jo), another is a fashionista, a pessimist and kind of mean (Cindy),  and a nice, optimistic boy (George). Out of the 5 kids I think my favorite character is George, but none of them really stuck out for me. Abby started out as a strong main character but faded around the middle of the book. All of the characters were likeable (except for Cindy, but she kind of grew by the end of the book).  The conversation between characters was odd. The characters are 12, but they way they talked to each other sometimes sounded too young. There were a few instances of bad language that parents of younger kids may not like (he**, da**, pi**) and a couple of editing mistakes I found. It bothered me because I was never really sure why they were going on The Challenge other than to just do it. But, I also figured what kid would not just want to go on an adventure. I like the idea that the kids have to work together and get along to complete the journey. Overall I liked the story and I hope we get to learn more about the characters and the challenges they go on in future books in this series.

I give this book 3 out of 5 book worms. threebooks

Sir Princess Petra’s Talent by Diane Mae Robinson Review and GIVEAWAY!

5 Oct

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Today I get to be part of a blog tour for a book I have been looking forward to – the next book in The Pen Pieyu Adventures – Sir Princess Petra’s Talent! The blog tour was organized by the Marvelous Ms. Morris of Kid Lit Reviews (click HERE). What’s more exciting is that I get to give away a copy of the new Princss Petra book to one lucky reader! WOO! Read to the end to figure out how to enter!

I reviewed the first Pen Pieyu Adventure in 2012 for International Read Aloud Day (click HERE to read that review).

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I loved the character of Princess Petra, the princess who didn’t want to be 2012-07-13 08.57.08“princessy” but wanted to be a knight. I really liked the writing style of Ms. Robinson too. I was very happy to hear Ms. Robinson wrote a second book in the series!

prncesspetSir Princess Petra’s Talent – Book 2 in The Pen Pieyu Adventures

by Diane Mae Robinson (Author)

92 pages – ages 7+

Published by Tate Publishing on September 24, 2013

Petra Longstride, princess of Pen Pieyu, the kingdom’s only princess knight (and the only actual knight), is angry.  Her father, King Longstride, has made a new rule in the Royal Rulebook, one which states that all princesses in the Kingdom must go to a Talent School and get a certificate. Why can’t Petra’s parents just let her be a knightly princess, instead of a girly princess? Instead she has to go to talent school and figure out what talent she has.

This is a great sequel to “Sir Princess Petra!”  There is action, romance (that Petra hates – apparently some guy is supposed to marry her, and he doesn’t want to, and Petra doesn’t want to marry him, so they call the thing off), excitement, burning buildings (Snarls, Petra’s friend and trusty steed, is a dragon…), and a lot of fun! I like the character of King Asterman, the guy who runs the Talent School.  I really enjoyed the dialogue in the book. It made it fun to read. I love the character of Princess Petra! I like that she doesn’t want to be the girly princess! Her parents want her to be like this -

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But knows she can be a brave and tough knight like this -

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(NOTE: Thank you to Josie for being my Princess Petra model) The pencil sketch illustrations throughout the book are great and gives the reader an idea of what the characters look like. I also LOVED the talent Princess Petra finds out she has! The reading level is good for young advanced readers if you are looking for a god book for one. Ms. Robinson’s writing style makes this adventure fun and gets you into the characters. I am already looking forward to the next book!

20.1Now for my rating of Sir Princess Petra’s Talent…

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Umm excuse me, I think I hear someone here…

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Wh-Who’s there?

It is I.

Oh – HI Lord Vader! I forgot today is

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This is a book review blog, right?

Yes it is! Thanks for dropping by! I am reviewing a great book today! Sorry I forgot it is Star Wars Reads Day.

I find your lack of memory disturbing, Young Reviewer.

Sorry. I am about to give this great book I am reviewing on Star Wars Reads Day five out of five bookworms!

I read this book. I like the feisty princess in the book. It reminds me of my daughter.  Make it seven.

But my scale only goes to five.

I said make it SEVEN!

Uhhhh… I can’t Darth – QUICK – I give Princess Petra’s Talent FIVE out of FIVE bookworms! fivebooks

Sorry Darth, I have to stick to my rules.

Hey – why are you raising your hand like that?

*GAK* Stop force-choking me! *GAK* I have to tell the readers about *GAK* the *GAK* GIVEAWAY!

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You have a point Young Reviewer. I shall allow this.

I get to give away a copy of Sir Princess Petra’s Talent to one lucky commenter! Just leave a comment in the section below and I will announce a winner  (drawn randomly out of a hat by Josie) next Friday, October 11th! 

I would like to add one thing Young Reviewer.

Okay Darth…

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It’s pretty cool how you make your cape flutter like that. Can you teach me how to do it?

No.

Okaaay… Well, anyway:

For a list of all the stops on the blog tour click HERE!

You can find out more about Ms. Robinson and her books at her website (click HERE), blog (click HERE), Facebook (click HERE), Twitter – @DianeMaeRobinso, Linkedin (click HERE), Goodreads (click HERE).

You can visit the Tate Publishing website HERE.

Visit Ms. Robinson’s Amazon page (HERE) and B&N page (HERE).

MAY THE READING FORCE BE WITH YOU!

Choose Your Own Path: Quest for the Dragon’s Treasure by Gerry Gaston

9 Sep

Before I get to today’s review, I wanted to tell you to please check out the first stop on my book’s blog tour. Today I am over at Michelle Isenhoff’s blog – click HERE to go THERE! Mrs. Isenhoff was a big help to me when I wrote the book. She helped me with grammar and how to write conversations well. She is a great mentor to me and I am happy that she is reviewing my book! :D

Tomorrow, be sure to visit Kid Lit Reviews for the next tour stop.

To see the other dates and blog tour stops, please click on the banner below – HEY but don’t leave until you read today’s review! ;)

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Choose Your Own Path: Quest for the Dragon’s Treasure

Author: Gerry Gaston

Illustrated by Laura Livi

Format: Children’s Picture Book

66 pages – ages 4-8 yrs

HERE YE, HERE YE! The king’s royal crown has been stolen by a terrible red dragon! Many have tried to get it back, but no one has succeeded! Calling all brave knights! You must choose your own path. Will it be the right one?

I have to admit I think the choose your own path type of story like this works better as an ebook than a paper book. Because it is an ebook the whole interactive part works a lot better (and I can’t flip back through the pages and kind of cheat to see where I am going ;) ). I love the choose your own adventure idea for books. It makes me feel like I am the character in the story. I like the fantasy element in the book – dragons and stolen treasure. It is a good theme for kids. The creatures in the book are cool. The illustrations are great. They fill the page and have plenty to look at. Have a look -

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The “choose your own”  part of the book was easy to use. You could easily go back if you wanted to turn around. It worked really well.

Five out of five bookworms for this adventure! fivebooks

This is the second Choose your own Path book I reviewed by Gerry Gaston. See the first HERE!

The book is  available as an ebook on Amazon. Click HERE to go THERE.

Chupacabra by Roland Smith

5 Sep

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By Roland Smith
336 pages – ages 9+
Will be Published by Scholastic Press on October 1 (although Amazon has it as September 24), 2013

I HAVE BEEN WAITING (not so patiently) FOR THIS BOOK! Imagine my happy face when I won an ARC copy of it from Mr. Smith’s website! :D WOO! (Side note – Mr. Smith always has a cool contest going on — check them out by clicking HERE). Chupacabra is the next book in Mr. Smith’s series about cryptids (Book 1 is Cryptid Hunters and Book 2 is Tentacles). “What’s a cryptid?” you ask? Well maybe you didn’t, but I’m going to tell you. Crypids are creatures that are reported to exist, but it hasn’t been proven (like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster).

In the first book of the series (Cryptid Hunters), we meet Grace and Marty.

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After their parents are lost in an accident, thirteen-year old twins Grace and Marty are whisked away to live with their Uncle Wolfe-an uncle that they didn’t even know they had! The intimidating Uncle Wolfe is an anthropologist who has dedicated his life to finding cryptids, mysterious creatures believed to be long extinct.

In Chupacabra, Marty, Grace, and Luthor (Marty’s best friend, who came into the story in Tentacles) are back! Grace has “willingly” gone with the evil Noah Blackwood (Grace’s grandfather who goes around collecting rare animals to put in his zoos, and after they’ve hit their prime, he stuffs them, plus, he always tries to foil Wolfe and his team, and only for the money and fame). In reality, one of the team (good guys) was held at gun-point to force Grace to go with Noah.  And now the team (Wolfe, Marty, Luthor, etc.) have to get Grace back. It doesn’t help that Blackwood has started making weird genetic mutations in a science lab. Blackwood determined that the Chupacabra was really only a myth so he does what any other evil guy would do… he made his own CHUPACABRA! He plans to release it into the world (to be exact, the small town of Glen Rose, Texas, home of the AWESOME Reading with Rhythm blogger dog! WATCH OUT RHYTHM!!!) so he can come in, capture it, save the day, and put it on display at his zoo. Well, that can’t happen. Oh no. Not at all. The good guys have got to stop this (and rescue Grace)!

I LOVE this series and this is the best book yet in it!  The action is incredible! The humor is unbearably FUNNY! Mr. Smith knows how to mix the right amount of humor into his books. I like the new character, Daniel. He’s cool. I think the cover is cool, but, in case you find it scary, don’t worry. This is NOT a horror book. This is a clean, fun read, and the scariest part is when Luthor is crawling through a maze of vents and Chupacabra was released into the vents (okay THAT was pretty creepy). The book has exciting moments that will have you on the edge of your seat (or in my case beanbag chair)! I also like how Mr. Smith has characters from his books from his other series show up in other books. It’s kind of cool. I thought it was cool that Mr. Smith wrote a couple chapters in the book from the perspective of the Chupacabra – very cool. I’m lovin’ Mr. Smiith’s writing skills even more, with each book I read of his! His writing style is great – a cup of surprises, 2 cups of suspense, a pinch of scariness, and 5/6 of a cup of humor!

I should mention that you don’t have to have read the other books in the series to totally enjoy Chupacabra (although you should – they are great reads).

I give Chupacabra 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

See my reviews of Crytid Hunters HERE and Tentacles HERE. Also, check out Roland Smith’s website HERE!

THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL By Fowler DeWitt

4 Sep

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Before I get to today’s review, I want to announce the winner of the Sea Monster Books by Kate Messner! Josie has randomly picked a name out of a hat and we have a winner!

Congratulations SUSAN CABAEL who teaches at a school that has a shark for a mascot (I hope the shark is a good fish friend)!

I will be emailing you to get your address so your books can be sent to you!

Didn’t win the Sea Monster Books? Well have no fear! I have ANOTHER super give away today! WOO! It is for a fun middle-grade book called -

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THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

By Fowler DeWitt

Illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo

272 pages – ages 7+

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers on September 3, 2013

Wilmer Dooley didn’t know what kind of illness would be turning his sixth-grade classmates colors. Not just red from sunburn, or yellow from jaunitis, we are talking purple, green, and orange! The illness also seems to super-charge the kids who have it. Wilmer decides it is up to him and his scientific abilities to find a cure and save the day (especially after the girl he has a crush on comes down with the illness). Wilmer figures if he can find a cure, he will surely win the science fair. Unfortunately Wilmer’s arch-nemesis Claudius Dill is out to steal all the credit for himself and the school’s science teacher is out to get Wilmer, too. Can Wilmer use his scientific skills to erase these colors and save the sixth grade class?

This book was SUPER fun for me to read. I love the science part to it! I liked the combination of science, sickness, silliness and a sinister science teacher (I couldn’t think of an “s” word for teacher ;) ). The book made science sound really cool (which it is). The story plot has pretty much everything a kid could want, excitement, good guys, bad guys, romance between Wilmer and Roxie, his crush, and a diabolical teacher. Mr. Dewitt’s writing style makes the book enjoyable for kids at all different levels of reading. I have to say that there are some “gross-out” moments in the book, which I found funny, but I could see where that would turn some people off. For this reason, I know some people won’t like it, but as a kid, I found the book hysterical.  Wilmer is a great character and I think a lot of kids can relate to him.  I also loved Mr. Dooley, Wilmer’s kooky dad.

Five out of five bookworms for the funny Contagious Colors! fivebooks

Now for the give away! The prize will ship directly from the publisher and they will only ship to US addresses (sorry). One lucky blog reader will win Custom-made Contagious Colors Band-Aids and a copy of The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School! Just leave a comment to be entered! The contest runs from today until September 10th. My sister, Josie, will randomly pick a name out of a hat from all the entries. I will announce the winner on Wednesday September 11th.

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I thought the trailer was hysterical too.

To learn more about THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL, please visit the book’s official website by clicking HERE.

One More Candle by Merry Susiarjo

2 Sep

 

Happy Labor Day USA!

Before I get to my review today, I want to announce the winner of the Carnivores prize pack!

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Congratulations R. Newman! Ms. Newman’s favorite Carnivore is her dog Madeleine! :) I will be emailing you to get your address so I can have your prize sent to you!

onemorecandleOne More Candle
By Merry Susiarjo
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Twelve Elves Books on September 1, 2013

Nora wants to have her birthday party on the same day as Betty, her older sister, even though Betty is one year older, and their birthdays are one month apart. When the combined birthday party-day comes, Nola and Betty have a lot of fun. But, Betty has five candles, and Nola only has four… and the year after that, Betty has six, and now Nola has five! What can Nola do? Betty always has one more candle than Nola! It’s not fair! Nola asks everything that glows for help!

This is a great picture book! I love the message – good things come to those who wait, and somethings just can’t happen. The illustrations go with the story very well! I like the “warm” feeling it gives off! Nola is a nice girl who wants to be exactly like her sister, especially in having the same amount of candles. This is a very cute book. I like the part where Nola asks things like fireflies, the moon, and a lanternfish to “light up one more candle on my next birthday” – but the fireflies didn’t understand, the moon only reflects, and the lanternfish doesn’t have a strong enough light. This is a great story for every kid who ever thought “that’s not FAIR!” (which is pretty much every kid ;) )!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Audie the Angel and the Aging Plague (Book 2 in the Angel Archives) by Erika Kathryn

21 Aug

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by Erika Kathryn

184 pages – ages 9+

Published by CreateSpace on May 5, 2013

After banishing Samuel and his league of evil follows to the underworld, Audie and the Angel Army just wanted a break. But that isn’t what happens. In fact, it gets worse! Audie sees Dare Demons attacking her father and  she knows that she must rescue him. With the Angel Army and Cave (a human friend), they go down to Earth and try to save him from the demons. Sadly, Audie’s dad gets bitten (and so does Cave) and they get infected with a virus.  It is a plague that causes people to grow old rapidly. When the infected people can’t age anymore, they die, but then turn into zombies! And the only way to stop it is to have the Fountain of Youth rain on the Earth and make everyone young again (which is no small task).

This is the second book in this series. Check out my review of Audie the Angel & the Angel Army (book 1) HERE. I really enjoyed reading book 1 in this series and was happy when book 2 came out. I wasn’t disappointed! I think I enjoyed this story even more than the first.  I like the plot idea in the book especially the idea of the Aging Plague. The story had me very interested all through the book.  Like in book 1 of the series, Heaven is described beautifully and very well. The reader can really picture the setting. I like the many places described in heaven. I love the cliffhanger at the end of this book! One problem I did have with the second book is that there is really no introduction for people who haven’t read book 1 or may have read it a while ago and forgot somethings. In this book, like the first, Cave is a great character! I like his humor! Ms. Kathryn has written a great story that is appropriate for all ages!

I give this book 4 out of 5 book worms!fourbooks

For more information about Ms. Kathryn and The Angel Archive Series, please visit the official website HERE.

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