Return to Cardamom; the Adventures Of Caramel Cardamom Book #2 by Julie Anne Grasso

19 Jul


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returntocardamomReturn to Cardamom; the Adventures Of Caramel Cardamom Book #2
By Julie Anne Grasso
136 pages – ages 8+
Published by Julie Anne Grasso on July 7th 2013

When Carmel Cardamom, a young elf living on the planet Cardamom, learns about how all of the precious cardamom crop has fallen and became bad, she is devastated (Caramel lives in the city and the crop is in the forests). Now the elves won’t be able to make their harvesting quota (and cardamom crystals wouldn’t be the galactic energy source anymore) All this was done because Alexander222, (an evil clone), Lex, (another evil clone), and Caramel’s evil Aunt Isabel (Phew that’s a lot of evil!) want to replace it. Caramel knows it’s the work of Alexander222 and Aunt Isabel again (they were in book 1 – see my first review HERE). Sadly, no one believes her because “Who could hide on a planet of mind-reading elves?” And it all gets worse when Alexander222 infects the people of Earth, including Caramel’s friends, with some kind of computer virus, putting everyone in a coma. This is a pretty hard problem for just one elf girl.

I really enjoyed this book – in fact, I read it in only one day! The book was very exciting and entertaining! I liked all the plot twists. They kept me on the edge of my seat. I really like Jorde, Caramel’s friend. He’s nice and pretty cool and good with computers. I think I would be very good friends with him. The story idea is great! I really hope that there will be a Book 3 in this series. Like Book 1, Book 2 was super clean and a great read for young readers!

I give Return to Cardamom 5 out of 5 book worms!fivebooks

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Return to Cardamom Blog Tour Schedule (2013)

July 17

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch)

The Wise Owl Factory Book a Day (Review)

Jemima Pett (Review)

July 18

Amanda’s Books and More (Review)

Tales of a Bookworm (Review)

InkSpired: A Blog (Review)

July 19

Sher-A-Hart (Review)

This Kid Reviews Books (Review)

July 20

Fiona Ingram (Review)

swlothian | author (Review)

A Library Mama (Review)

July 21

Imagineer – ing (Book Spotlight)

Stanley and Katrina (Review)

July 22

Published Bestsellers (Author Interview)

The Jenny Evolution (Review)

July 23

Word Spelunking (Guest Post)

Stitch Says (Author Interview)

July 24

Nik’s Picks Book Reviews (Review)

R.K. Grow- reading.writing.blogging. (Author Interview)

Diane Estrella @That’s What I’m Here For… (Review)

July 25

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Review)

Guiltless Reading (Review)

July 26

Kid Lit Reviews (Review)

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

July 27

Mel’s Shelves (Review)

Learning and Growing the Piwi Way (Review)

July 28

My Devotional Thoughts (Author Interview)

Daisha Korth Books (Review)

July 29

Fiona Ingram (Author Interview)

Published Bestsellers (Review)

Bookworm for Kids (Review)

July 30

Nayu’s Reading Corner (Guest Post)

Stitch Says (Review)

July 31

Cheryl Carpinello’s Writing Pages (Guest Post)

Nayu’s Reading Corner (Review)

Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog (Review)

41 Responses to “Return to Cardamom; the Adventures Of Caramel Cardamom Book #2 by Julie Anne Grasso”

  1. stanleyandkatrina July 19, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    Great review, Erik!

    I loved the book as well. Caramel can handle just about anything. I can’t wait to read book three. Have a great day, oh, and we all here enjoyed the picture of the bass you caught!

    ~Cool Mom/Christine M.
    Techie for Stanley & Katrina


  2. Jemima Pett July 19, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    Lovely review! I thought it was age 9 plus, though – but then what do I know!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

      I usually list what I think the age should be (not necessarily what the publisher says) as part of my opinion of the book, but I could be wrong. 🙂


      • Jemima Pett July 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

        That’s a good strategy 🙂


      • thiskidreviewsbooks July 20, 2013 at 8:33 am #

        Thanks! 🙂


  3. wilhcarm July 19, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Fun review! Cleverly written!


  4. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews July 19, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Yay Erik! Thanks for your great review – so, so, so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂


  5. Patricia Tilton July 19, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    I love pure fantasy! This sounds like a great read. Went back and read your review of the first book. What a great escape for kids, but with some good messages.


  6. LovableLobo July 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Great review! Mind reading elves and cardamon crystals! What a fun read for middle schoolers!


  7. julie rowan zoch July 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    I want to live on a planet that smells all over of cardamom!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 20, 2013 at 8:32 am #

      What exactly IS cardamom?


      • julie rowan zoch July 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

        A spice. I buy the little seed pods in bulk and crack them open. I then crush the little dark round seeds with mortar and pestle to add to zucchini muffins – with chocolate chips of course!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks July 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

        Sounds yummy! Is mailing bread easy to mail and inexpensive? I hope it is! 😉


      • julie rowan zoch July 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

        How about I send the recipe?


      • thiskidreviewsbooks July 20, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

        Good enough! 😉


      • julie rowan zoch July 21, 2013 at 12:30 am #

        I’ll send it tomorrow. You always make me giggle!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks July 21, 2013 at 10:30 am #

        I do?
        P.S. You don’t need to send the recipe! 😉 Maybe email it? 😉


      • Julie Grasso July 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

        LOL, great question Erik, if you take a really close look on the cover of book 2, Caramel is reaching towards a Cardamom pod. That is exactly what they look like. Cardamom is actually grown in cleared rainforest, so that is how I got the idea to have a rainforest planet. Also, cardamom is a core ingredient in chai teas, like the chai late that you can get from Starbucks. The cake that I endlessly rave on about in book 1 lol is an actual cake that I make, with ground cardamom added. I hope that answers your Q and thanks again for a great review.


  8. lionelsnod July 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    Great review Erik! I loved this book and can’t wait to read the first one. Ms. Grasso did a spectacular job and I think young readers will just love this book. I hope you are enjoying your summer vacation.

    Paul R. Hewlett


  9. Michelle Isenhoff July 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Love that cover illustration!


  10. Julie Grasso July 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    Thank you to Erik for taking the time to join my blog tour and read my sequel. Your review made my smile stretch to the moon. And thanks to everyone for their kind words. I love this cover so much and I can’t wait to reveal the next book……Stay tuned January 2014, he he


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 20, 2013 at 8:35 am #

      Thank YOU for letting me review this and for taking the time to comment on my blog! 😀


  11. ontheplumtree July 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    I love stories with elves. And what great blog tour! Wow!


  12. readingwithrhythm July 19, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    Boy! this one sounds pretty exciting! An elf named Caramel sounds yummy. I’ll have to check it out! Thanks!


  13. swlothian July 20, 2013 at 2:33 am #

    Well done Erik, another cool review. This book has a great mix of fun and adventure. The plot twists surprised me too.


  14. KidLitReviews July 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Nice job, Erik. That is a lot of stuff to post on one review. I had no idea what cardamon was either. So, we are reading a spicy tale. Yum!



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