I’m back! and Review of Archie Greene and the Alchemists’ Curse by D.D. Everest

Hello! It’s been a while! I really fell off the face of the Earth for a while. It’s a long story, but, I’ll try to explain. I had things going on in my life that I had to get through, and I’m not even really sure that what I did or how I did it was the best way. But from what I’ve gathered, that just kind of seems to be what life is. Things going on that you need to deal with – good and bad things. That being said, I’m sorry that I’ve been pretty vacant over the past four months. I’ve had brief bursts of productivity, but it’s never been sustainable. For anyone that has tried to contact me or that is looking for reviews, I am profoundly sorry that your emails have not been answered as they have been for years. This hurts me, because it’s not fair to all of you and it is not the way I have run my blog since I was nine (PHEW! seven years of blogging!!).  So why am I here? First, truth be told – I completely missed this wonderful community I distanced myself from. But, to continue the honesty, it’s also because life circumstances have created a cynic and I want to heal myself. To be frank, I’m not sure if this will work in that way. But I will be back. I’m going to be bringing back my blog in force and we’ll just have to see how it goes. I truly hope you come along with me for the ride! Viva el Blog del Libro!

Archie Greene and the Alchemists’ Curse
By D.D. Everest
352 pages – ages 9+
Published by HarperCollins on November 28, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher- “It’s been nearly three hundred years since anyone’s received the Golden Circle firemark, but when the symbol appears on Archie’s palm, it marks the resurgence of the Alchemists’ Club and its dreaded curse.
Archie Greene is doomed, and he’s got the firemark to prove it. The last time the Golden Circle appeared, the marked apprentices were never heard from again. The rebirth of the Alchemists’ Club is met with uneasiness, but it’s clear the present is not so different from the past. The charms protecting the magical texts the Flame Keepers have sworn to look after are fading. If the spells are not rewritten, the little magic left in the world may fall into the hands of the dangerous Greaders.
But can Archie and his friends rewrite the magic in time or will the Alchemists’ curse strike once more?”

What I Thought- This book thrilled me. Even though this is the second installment of the series and the only one I’ve ever read, Everest does a marvelous job at summarizing the previous book without spoiling it, which is a difficult task for many. The characters are marvelously realistic, as well as the limitations of magic, making the book well-fleshed out with a heart to its story. It was all wonderfully done, with just enough description to leave you informed yet not spoil it, actually enticing you to read the first book. In fact, even though the first book was summarized, Everest’s writing and story-telling has me adding the first book in the series to my “to be read” list.The plot is fascinating, leaving you on the edge of your seat as you navigate through the twists and turns of the action and subterfuge. Everest does a terrific job at bringing the details in slowly, leaving you guessing but never quite certain. The writing is perfect for middle-graders, with the right amount of thrills and humor, and enticing characters and a hooking plot. It was a wonderful piece of work, and I cannot wait to read what comes next!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

 



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29 replies

  1. Welcome back, Erik! You and your blog have been missed. I applaud you for your honesty and problem -solving. How grown up you must feel (some days). I agree with your idea of reading and reviewing a book in the middle of a series. I often have had to soothe same. How valuable it is for your readers to know if they need to read a series in order or does the author explain enough of the back story for readers to ” begin in the middle. “? Your review answers that question well. Stay well and keep writing! Still hope to see you in May!

  2. Darn that auto correct! “Soothe same” was supposed to read “do the same.”

  3. Welcome back, Erik 👍😃
    When life gets tough, the tough keep going – and you’re tough, as well as talented 😎

  4. Oh, Erik. You’re 16, as is my daughter. Please be patient with yourself to make mistakes, to choose one way to handle a situation that might not feel like the “right” way one week later, and to not have any idea why things seem so yucky sometimes. Anyway, please know you owe nobody— NOBODY— an apology EVER for taking care of yourself. Your peace is not out there anywhere. It’s right where you are.

  5. I am so glad to see you back as, to be honest, I was a bit worried. I hope all has been sorted out to the best of your ability. I always told my kids, life is like a rollercoaster. Hang on and enjoy the ride. My son still uses that saying for his kids. I have heard a lot of good things about D.D. Everest’s book so it was a good one to get back in the swing of things. Congrats on 7 years of blogging BTW!

  6. Welcome back Erik! You are right– life is full of surprises and how we deal with those ups and downs says a lot about us. There’s no roadmap, but it sounds like you are taking the right turns. Be good to yourself.

    • Thank you very much Mr. Kardos – I appreciate your taking the time to comment. I also really want to apologize for not responding to any of your recent emails – I had been off of my computer for a majority of the time, and when I was on, I was too swamped to actually get anything done. I’m really sorry for that, and I am interested in your next book…it’s just been an interesting time.

  7. Good to see that you are back, Erik! I was wondering about you but I figured you were just busy with the life of a teenager. I hope that everything is okay now.

  8. Welcome back, Erik! Definitely missed you. Hope smoother sailing is ahead for you now . . .

  9. Welcome back, E. Life has an ebb and flow to it that we just have to roll with sometimes. Since you’ve been gone, I got a new sweater and got in trouble for trying to eat a KitKat wrapper I found in the park. Ebb and flow, right…?

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  10. Life throws monkey wrenches and sometimes it’s harder to dodge them than at other times. I’ve had episodes where I neglect my blog, too. No need to apologize, Erik. We get it. Seven years of blogging is mighty impressive, as are all the other accomplishments you’ve achieved.

    This book sounds like a winner! Thanks for sharing your review with us. Take care!

  11. Glad you’re back. Sometimes, you have to take time away, and then when you’re ready, jump back into the swing of things.

    I enjoyed this review. Sounds very intriguing 🙂

  12. Nice to see you back. Lots of us who started around the same year as you have been struggling to keep it up – and your life is changing faster than most of ours!
    Blog when you can, but look after the real life first of all. 🙂

    • I know what you mean – especially for us still in high school. I think that out of the already small amount of kids that started, only a few (if any) are still at it. It’s really an upsetting thing. I can only think of one who posts semi-regularly, and he was also absent for at least one year or so.
      It’s things like this that really makes me want the school system to be fixed – for me, I would say that that was around 60-70% of the problem for why I stopped. But I won’t rant about this right now. 🙂 It’s good to be back! Thank you for your support!

  13. Glad you are back. I totally understand. Junior year of high school is intense. Take care of yourself. Blogging and the KidLIt community will always be here for you!

    • Thank you Ms. Wenjen! Junior year has been rough, but also not as bad as I was expecting. (I was expecting lots of hard work, but it turned out to be either lots of work or just some hard work, depending on the class) That being said, it’s also been an interesting few years. But it’s good to be back. 🙂 Thank you so much for all of your support!

  14. Dear Erik, I, too, must apologize … to you! .. because I have not keep up with blogging or emails. Sometimes life just feels so heavy and complicated, and we have to do things to keep ourselves from sinking under it. I’m glad you are back.
    This is a really good review and I’ve added the book to my long to-be-read list. I borrow as many as I can from the library so they’re very busy. 🙂
    Hugs and blessings!

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