Review-o-Rama! or The Aftermath of a Blogger’s Illness

18 Jun

HELLO BLOGGING WORLD!

So I have been sick since Sunday which is weird because I pretty much never get sick. I’ve had a 104 fever until Wednesday. Today it’s down to like just over 100 but I feel a bunch better… and I’m pretty hungry and a shower after laying on the couch 24/7 for four days felt pretty good – so I think I’ll live.

“Why are you telling me this Erik?” you ask.

Well maybe you didn’t but let’s pretend you did. I am telling you so you’ll know why I am posting a bunch of reviews at once – I missed posting on a few days (except Wednesday because that one was written a while ago and I had a guest) – hey if you didn’t read it click on over – click HERE – plus that post has the honor of being my 1000th post of my blogging “career.” 😉

SOOOO HERE WE GO!

nerd12_2Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind

Nerdy Dozen Book #2

By Jeff Miller

272 pages – ages 8+

Published by HarperCollins; Reprint edition on March 10, 2015

Synopsis- Neil Andertol is an expert video-gamer. He’s in the top twelve in the US. And he’s only a kid. He and the other top players (also kids) were recruited by the US Air Force, in order to stop an evil plot (thought out by a wayward genius kid). Now they are joining NASA to recover a top-of-the-line space shuttle that was stolen. It doesn’t help that another giant asteroid (like the one that may have killed the dinosaurs) is supposed to hit Earth in about two weeks…

What I Thought- This was an amazing book! I honestly don’t know how I missed book one! This book brings you up to speed, so reading book one isn’t necessary, but it would make some minor points clearer. Neil is a great character, who, while not perfect, is extremely realistic. The other nerds in the book are people you would probably like to meet in real life. I know I would! It’s pretty cool how all the kids are expert video-gamers, and because of it, they are government secret mission pilots. That would be neat if it would ever happen (or maybe it did, but it’s a secret). Mr. Miller’s writing style has a good mixture of humor, adventure, vivid descriptions, wit, and great characters for an overall enjoyable experience.

I give this book five out five bookworms!fivebooks

zariaZaria Fierce

By Kiera Gillett

224 pages – ages 9+

Published by Keira Gillett on March 6, 2015

Synopsis- Zaria Fierce was not fierce. Or so she thought, that is, until a river troll kidnaps her best friend. Then she, pitted together with his other friends (one of whom is actually a changeling (a creature swapped for a look-alike human)), goes on an adventure up the river, into a world mixed with the modern world and the ancient myths of Scandinavia.

What I Thought- This was a really good book with a great setting and cool plot line. I really liked how it didn’t hide that Zaria was adopted and she knew it . I also liked how her adoptive parents were nice. You don’t see that often in books (as an adopted kid, I like it when adoption is portrayed well). The characters and mythology are realistic, and the mythology was well explained, too. I like how Zaria tries her best to make do in a world she knew nothing about. There are some instances of d*** throughout the second half of the book that some parents may have issues with for younger kids. This was a good book and I will be looking for book 2.

I give this four out of five bookworms.fourbooks

HEY IT’S ALSO ….

CREATIVE KID THURSDAY!!! WOO!

My Creative Kid guest is JOSIE my little sister. 😉

Today Josie is doing a guest review.

peridotThe Peridot Pendant

By Emma Homes

75 pages – ages 9+
Published by Spark Street Communications Pty Ltd on April 17, 2015

 

Summary (from Amazon) Fabrina is devastated when her mother suddenly vanishes. When she stumbles across her mother’s necklace, Fabrina sets out to untangle the mystery of her disappearance. With feisty best friend Vicky, bookish boy-next-door Harry, and her enigmatic cat Mr Whiskers, Fabrina begins to unlock the secrets of her mother’s magical green pendant.

A fast-paced fantasy where stories from long ago are entwined with present, ‘The Peridot Pendant’ is an imaginative tale that will appeal to children nine years and older.

What Josie Thought – This story was cool. I thought it was going to be a mystery but it had fairies in it and the people traveled to another world. I liked Fabrina. She is smart and brave. I liked Vivky and Harry too. They were all goo characters. The Red Cap guy was creepy (the evil fairy that kept her mom). I liked that there was magic in the story and how Fabrina could travel to different worlds. The book wasn’t too long for me, some of the words were kind of hard but I used my kindle dictionary to help me. I liked how well all the characters are described and all about the fairy world. It was a good book to read.

I give it five bookworms fivebooks

 

23 Responses to “Review-o-Rama! or The Aftermath of a Blogger’s Illness”

  1. Joanne Fritz June 18, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

    So sorry you’ve been sick, Erik! I have too. But I didn’t have a high fever. Glad you’re on the mend. And congrats on the 1000th post!! Woo hoo!! Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind sounds like fun.

    And Josie did a nice job with her review too.

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  2. rnewman504 June 18, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

    Erik, Sorry to hear you’ve been so sick, but it sounds like you’re on the mend. My son would love Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It’s going my list. Great reviews!

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  3. Michelle Isenhoff June 18, 2015 at 10:01 pm #

    Glad you’re feeling better. Being sick sucks. I bet you read a LOT while you were down. I like that you included a Josie review in this post. 🙂 (Oh, I didn’t leave a comment there, but I LOVED the cover for that last cover reveal post!)

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks June 24, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

      Thank you! Sadly, I’ve been diagnosed with pneumonia. 😦 At least I have the right medicine now (they were giving me medicine for a sinus infection)…
      Thank you! 😀

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  4. Brenda June 18, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  5. Jilanne Hoffmann June 19, 2015 at 2:33 am #

    Great reviews, both of you! And Erik, I’m glad you’re feeling better. That must have been quite a bug!

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  6. Patricia Tilton June 19, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    Glad you’re feeling better – 104 is high. I love to see great nerdy heroes in stories. And, Josie I enjoyed your review. I like fairies too.

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  7. Alan Tucker June 19, 2015 at 10:49 am #

    Awesome reviews! Hope you can now spend the rest of your summer illness-free!

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  8. Penny Parker Klostermann June 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

    So glad you’re feeling better, Erik. I hope I never get Blogger Illness! I don’t think I blog enough to be exposed 😉

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  9. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews June 19, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

    So glad you are feeling better. I know how being sick can ruin your blogging and reviewing schedule. 104 is pretty high. Books are amazing. I really like the first one, especially the cover.

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  10. Darlene June 20, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

    So glad you are feeling better. Some great books here. 😀

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  11. Elle Carter Neal June 22, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

    Hope you’re completely better now, Erik 🙂

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