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  • snicker9
    snicker9's book review was featured in Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 1 The Sword of Summer.
    Mangus Chase: The Sword of Summer was as equally entertaining and well-spun as Riordan's other series. He puts a modern twist on Asgardian gods, adding to the collection of his Greek, Roman, and Egyptian series. This time though, Riordan took a fresh new spin. For one, the POV was a mix of first person and second person, which really drew me into the story. Another thing that was really awesome was that within the first few chapters Magnus Chase, the main character, dies! And yet his story continues in an amazing way, as he realizes he needs to go on a quest to avoid Ragnarok (which is the end of the Asgardian worlds). But it was such a unique way to tell Magnus's story, and I love how Riordan gives us a new perspective on the regular structure of an adventure story. I recommend this book to middle grade and young adult age groups, especially those who enjoy adventure stories in the modern world, and to those who enjoy Riordan's other books. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
    25 days ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9 added a book review.
    Mangus Chase: The Sword of Summer was as equally entertaining and well-spun as Riordan's other series. He puts a modern twist on Asgardian gods, adding to the collection of his Greek, Roman, and Egyptian series. This time though, Riordan took a fresh new spin. For one, the POV was a mix of first person and second person, which really drew me into the story. Another thing that was really awesome was that within the first few chapters Magnus Chase, the main character, dies! And yet his story continues in an amazing way, as he realizes he needs to go on a quest to avoid Ragnarok (which is the end of the Asgardian worlds). But it was such a unique way to tell Magnus's story, and I love how Riordan gives us a new perspective on the regular structure of an adventure story. I recommend this book to middle grade and young adult age groups, especially those who enjoy adventure stories in the modern world, and to those who enjoy Riordan's other books. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
    25 days ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9's book review was featured in The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy.
    The Penderwicks was a very interesting book. It is not the type of book I usually read, but I still loved it. Usually I read books about adventure, mystery, magic, etc. This story was more classical, and set in earlier times. The Penderwicks was about a family of four girls who go on vacation for three weeks and meet a boy who needs help. He is about to be sent off to military school, and his mother is going to be married to a horrid man. Nothing is going his way, and the Penderwicks decide to help. There aren't really breath-taking scenes, and it is not an action-packed book. However I recommend this book, especially those who love classics such as Little Women and the Secret Garden. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
    25 days ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9 added a book review.
    The Penderwicks was a very interesting book. It is not the type of book I usually read, but I still loved it. Usually I read books about adventure, mystery, magic, etc. This story was more classical, and set in earlier times. The Penderwicks was about a family of four girls who go on vacation for three weeks and meet a boy who needs help. He is about to be sent off to military school, and his mother is going to be married to a horrid man. Nothing is going his way, and the Penderwicks decide to help. There aren't really breath-taking scenes, and it is not an action-packed book. However I recommend this book, especially those who love classics such as Little Women and the Secret Garden. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
    25 days ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9's book review was featured in Book Scavenger (The Book Scavenger series).
    Emily and her family have been moving across the United States for most of her life. Her parents have the goal of living in all 50 states, and so they rarely live in one place for more than a few months. Now Emily, her brother Matthew and their parents are moving to San Francisco where Emily's "literary idol", Garrison Griswold (also known as the Willy Wonka of the literary world), lives. Griswold, among other endeavours, created the Book Scavenger (an game where people find books hidden in cities by using clues and puzzles. Unfortunately, just weeks before Garrison plans on launching a new game, he is attacked and hospitalized with a coma. Then Emily (and her new friend James) find an interesting book, which Emily is sure is part of Griswold's new game. But it turns out that solving this mystery is more dangerous than they thought. I really enjoyed this book. There was mystery and intrigue, and it was a true book adventure. I enjoyed watching Emily and James' friendship develop, especially since having a friend was really a new experience for Emily. I would recommend this book to middle school aged kids and above, especially mystery lovers. I think that people who enjoyed "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" would enjoy this book as well. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
    About 1 month ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9 added a book review.
    Emily and her family have been moving across the United States for most of her life. Her parents have the goal of living in all 50 states, and so they rarely live in one place for more than a few months. Now Emily, her brother Matthew and their parents are moving to San Francisco where Emily's "literary idol", Garrison Griswold (also known as the Willy Wonka of the literary world), lives. Griswold, among other endeavours, created the Book Scavenger (an game where people find books hidden in cities by using clues and puzzles. Unfortunately, just weeks before Garrison plans on launching a new game, he is attacked and hospitalized with a coma. Then Emily (and her new friend James) find an interesting book, which Emily is sure is part of Griswold's new game. But it turns out that solving this mystery is more dangerous than they thought. I really enjoyed this book. There was mystery and intrigue, and it was a true book adventure. I enjoyed watching Emily and James' friendship develop, especially since having a friend was really a new experience for Emily. I would recommend this book to middle school aged kids and above, especially mystery lovers. I think that people who enjoyed "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" would enjoy this book as well. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
    About 1 month ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9's book review was featured in The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1).
    Percy Jackson isn't your average kid. He has ADHD, Dyslexia, and is constantly in trouble with bullies or fighting at one of the many boarding schools he has attended. But life is consistent enough. Until one day his math teacher turns into a flying monster and tries to kill him. After that, things get interesting. He finds out his best friend Grover is actually a Satyr (half goat), his favorite teacher is a Centaur. And the most important thing: Percy is a half-blood. His mother is human, but his father(who he has never seen) is a Greek god. Percy soon finds out that his father isn't just a 'regular' god, he is one of the Big Three-Poseidon. Being a half-blood means that monsters are constantly attacking him-monsters he previously thought were myths. But Percy will have to face the facts at Camp Half-Blood, where he is forced to take cover. Camp Half-Blood is definitely different than any other camp. Besides the fact that Capture the Flag includes deadly weapons, there are nymphs and dryads at every corner, and even a battle arena. But of course things don't quite down for Percy once he arrives at Camp. His mother is taken hostage by Hades, who isn't the only god angry at him. Percy has been framed for the ultimate crime-stealing Zeus's master lightning bolt. In just a few days Percy must journey on his first quest with Grover and Annabeth (a stubborn and skilled daughter of Athena) in order to clear his and his father's name before the ultimate war breaks out. I recommend this book to mythology and adventure lovers. I think this is a great introduction to Greek mythology in a fun way. I think this book is primarily geared toward junior high aged kids, but I also think high schoolers will enjoy it. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
    About 1 month ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9 added a book review.
    Percy Jackson isn't your average kid. He has ADHD, Dyslexia, and is constantly in trouble with bullies or fighting at one of the many boarding schools he has attended. But life is consistent enough. Until one day his math teacher turns into a flying monster and tries to kill him. After that, things get interesting. He finds out his best friend Grover is actually a Satyr (half goat), his favorite teacher is a Centaur. And the most important thing: Percy is a half-blood. His mother is human, but his father(who he has never seen) is a Greek god. Percy soon finds out that his father isn't just a 'regular' god, he is one of the Big Three-Poseidon. Being a half-blood means that monsters are constantly attacking him-monsters he previously thought were myths. But Percy will have to face the facts at Camp Half-Blood, where he is forced to take cover. Camp Half-Blood is definitely different than any other camp. Besides the fact that Capture the Flag includes deadly weapons, there are nymphs and dryads at every corner, and even a battle arena. But of course things don't quite down for Percy once he arrives at Camp. His mother is taken hostage by Hades, who isn't the only god angry at him. Percy has been framed for the ultimate crime-stealing Zeus's master lightning bolt. In just a few days Percy must journey on his first quest with Grover and Annabeth (a stubborn and skilled daughter of Athena) in order to clear his and his father's name before the ultimate war breaks out. I recommend this book to mythology and adventure lovers. I think this is a great introduction to Greek mythology in a fun way. I think this book is primarily geared toward junior high aged kids, but I also think high schoolers will enjoy it. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
    About 1 month ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9's book review was featured in The Unwanteds.
    The Unwanteds is a book set in Quill, a dystopian world. Every year the 13-year olds are sorted. The strongest and intelligent Wanteds are sent to the university, while the creative and imaginative Unwanteds are killed. Everyone expects Alex to be sent to his death and his twin Aaron to be sent to the university, and their predictions almost come true. Aaron is deemed a Wanted, and Alex an Unwanted. However when Alex and the other kids are ushered into the gates of their death camp, they find that they are not to be put to death at all, but instead join another world where all the Unwanteds take refugee. They have formed a secret school, and learn how to increase their talents and learn magic. However Alex is determined to let Aaron know he is alive, and he wants to bring his brother over away from the cruelty of Quill. Will Alex fit into his new home? Will he keep his bond strong with Aaron? Will the good magic be able to reign over evil? I absolutely love this book! There were twists and turns, and so many surprises! I recommend this book to middle grade ages and up. Probably the best minimum age is 11 or 12, since there are many action scenes, with some violence. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
    About 1 month ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9 added a book review.
    The Unwanteds is a book set in Quill, a dystopian world. Every year the 13-year olds are sorted. The strongest and intelligent Wanteds are sent to the university, while the creative and imaginative Unwanteds are killed. Everyone expects Alex to be sent to his death and his twin Aaron to be sent to the university, and their predictions almost come true. Aaron is deemed a Wanted, and Alex an Unwanted. However when Alex and the other kids are ushered into the gates of their death camp, they find that they are not to be put to death at all, but instead join another world where all the Unwanteds take refugee. They have formed a secret school, and learn how to increase their talents and learn magic. However Alex is determined to let Aaron know he is alive, and he wants to bring his brother over away from the cruelty of Quill. Will Alex fit into his new home? Will he keep his bond strong with Aaron? Will the good magic be able to reign over evil? I absolutely love this book! There were twists and turns, and so many surprises! I recommend this book to middle grade ages and up. Probably the best minimum age is 11 or 12, since there are many action scenes, with some violence. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
    About 1 month ago

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