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!
Categories: Age 9+