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Review! Blaze of Embers by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz

14 Jun

Blaze of Embers
Series: The Third Book of Ore #3 (1, 2)
Cowritten by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz
313 pages – ages 9+
Published by Disney Hyperion on April 11, 2017

Synopsis- Phoebe Plumm, our young hero, is dead. That is an obvious fact. The Foundry, the company that profits off of seemingly original products (but with a sinister origin), is losing all hold on Mehk, the world of living metal. The country of Meridian is facing an inevitable war. And now the Mehkan deity has returned, prepared to unleash her fury on the Foundry and raze the human world to right the injustices to her people. Micah Tanner, Phoebe’s companion and peer, feels a bit over his head. It is up to him alone to figure out how to stop all of this from occurring, and to try to mesh these worlds seamlessly back together. And he thought school was stressful.

What I Thought- This was very good. Baity and Zelkowicz really know how to create suspense and throw the odds against their characters. The descriptions of the scenery, of the actions of the personas both Mehkan and human, of the prevailing thoughts of the main characters; they are all top-notch excellence – you really feel as if all of this is possible. As the conclusion to the Books of Ore, this book ties up all the loose ends that came through in the story. There is a great deal of action and several mini-stories going on, as several of the characters are scattered, and all of this provides for a fascinating read. There are subtle aspects to the story about doing the right thing, good versus evil, and how people can change, or how they aren’t who you thought they were. It is a thought-provoking story, especially because these themes are present but not really spotlighted. The world Baity and Zelkowicz created is one I gladly got lost in. The imagery created in their words, took me to Mehk and I enjoyed every minute of it. At the base of all of this is a truly well-written story that draws readers in and makes them think. I really enjoyed this conclusion-and, in fact, the entire series-and I wish to read more from this creative duo.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Review! Waybound by Cam Baity & Benny Zelkowicz

23 Jun

ore2Waybound

Series: Ore book #2  (book #1 review)

By Cam Baity & Benny Zelkowicz

368 pages – ages 11+

Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 12, 2016

Synopsis- Phoebe and Micah are still in the metal world of Mehk, and are now helping the Covenant, a secret Mehkan resistance group fighting against the evil human-run Foundry. Phoebe has been declared Loaii, which is similar to being enlightened in the religion of Mehk. Phoebe and Micah were given a mission to find the Occulyth, which belonged to the Ona, the Mother of Ore of whom the religion is based, and had been lost in a supposedly barren wasteland. They must go deep into Mehk, while also staying under the Foundry’s radar. It’s going to be hard, but the Ona knows they can do it.

What I Thought- This was a gripping book. There is a lot going on as Phoebe and Micah try to find the Occulyth, and Dollop, their mehkan friend, tries to find himself. You can see how both Phoebe and Micah grew from book 1 throughout the story. There is still language (cussing) throughout the book, but it is less than in book one – just a note for parents of younger readers. In book 2 you “see” more of Mehk, and the lifeforms in it. It was enjoyable to see the authors breathe life into the world by expanding the story. The co-authors write well together, and make the story realistic, even if it is put into a dystopian world. The series is perfect for middle grade and young adult readers who are looking for a great fantasy story to get lost in. I highly recommend this book!

I give this book five out of five bookworms.fivebooks

Review! The Foundry’s Edge by Cam Baity & Benny Zelkowicz

16 May

oreThe Foundry’s Edge

Series: The First Book of Ore

By Cam Baity & Benny Zelkowicz

448 pages – ages 11+

Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 15, 2014

Synopsis- Phoebe Plumm was waiting for her dad to come back home. He was gone, probably on a work trip, but for around three months – his longest yet. One day, Phoebe’s dad is suddenly home, and they need to leave – immediately. Only, they don’t make it away in time. The two of them are captured by identical robot men. Only their housekeeper’s son, Micah, sees this happen, and he decides to rescue them. Phoebe escapes on her own, and ends up meeting up with Micah. They try to find Dr. Plumm, Phoebe’s dad, but end up in a fascinating world, where everything is made of metal, and it seems like the machines there may actually be alive!

What I Thought- This was an exciting book! I enjoyed the world that Phoebe and Micah discovered, along with the secrets they uncovered about the company her dad worked for. The book was an interesting dystopian story, and I enjoyed reading about it. The coauthors worked well together, creating memorable characters in a realistic setting. Micah was a fun character, and you can see him grow from a mean-spirited, selfish person into a mature(-ish) person. Phoebe was a brat (a good-natured one, but still pretty naive) in the beginning, and she really evened out as the story went on. The dystopian world spun by the authors was fascinating and one that the reader can loose him/herself in. One downside- there was some minor language (cussing) throughout the book that didn’t need to be there. At 448 pages the authors give kids a full story that will keep them wrapped up until the last sentence. I cannot wait to read the Second Book of Ore!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

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