Kid’s Book Review: Seven Wonders – The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis

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After collapsing at school and ending up in the hospital, Jack is brought to an island in the middle of nowhere. There he meets a scientist who tells him that he has a rare genetic condition that will end his life at fourteen and there is only one cure. He is also told that this condition makes him superhuman in certain ways.

Rating: 7.5/10 – This book is very imaginative and vivid. The story of this first book of the series is unique, and there is lots of fun and adventure without interruption from bad guys. There were some slow parts, but all in all it was an enjoyable book.

Kid’s Book Review: The Long Lost Map by Pierdomenico Baccalario

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This is book two in the Ulysses Moore series. Here is the review of book one.

The children find an abandoned ship in a mysterious cove and try to use it to get back home. They manage to get the ship moving, but when they arrive at the exit, they realize it doesn’t lead where they expected it to. Instead, they have somehow arrived in ancient Egypt, and the only way to get back home is to solve one of the many mysteries of Ulysses Moore.

Rating: 8/10 – The storyline was interesting, but I would like to find a book where adventure and mystery can be enjoyed without evil characters. I have read so many adventure books and cannot remember one that didn’t have someone there to mess up the fun. If there is a writer reading this, please consider this in your next book.

Kid’s Book Review: The Battle for Wondla by Tony Diterlizzi

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This is book three in the series. Here is a link to my review of book one, and here is my review of book two.

This is about a battle that breaks out between humans and the aliens of Orbana. There were some violent parts, but other than that, it was a good book. Tony Diterlizzi is just a really great author because he makes beautiful worlds that you can fully immerse yourself in. His drawings tie together so well with the book, that it is really easy to imagine.

Rating 8/10 – The general the story line is interesting, there was just a bit too much violence for me.

– Kid

 

 

Kid’s Book Review: The Door To Time by Pierdomenico Baccalario.

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This is book one of the Ulysses Moore series.

When Julia and Jason move into a new home, they notice the house has many rooms and mysteries. The kind of mysteries like a chair moving when you are not looking. While playing, Jason falls from a cliff and finds a mysterious box in a little hole in the rock face. In this box is a coded message that sends the children on an adventure trying to figure out what it means.

Rating: 8/10 – I did enjoy this book quite a bit but there was a lot of problem solving and not much action.

Kid’s Book Review: “The Spiderwick Chronicles – The Ironwood Tree” by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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This is the fourth book in the Spiderwick Chronicles series.

After some strange events at school, Mallory goes missing. The children find out who is behind all the mischief, and that there is a much bigger problem going on.

9/10 – There is a very sad part in this book also, and I feel the story would be much more fun and just as powerful without it.

Kid’s Book Review: “Fyre” by Angie Sage

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This is book seven in the Septimus Heap series. Here you can read about book six.

Alchemist Marcellus Pye is preparing to light the Fyre to denature the Two-Faced (evil) Ring, while the town folk are preparing for the mid-winter feast.  Many people are starting to notice little puddles on the ground that shouldn’t be there, and Marcia Overstrand wants to find out why they are there. While everyone is distracted with the puddles, the evil ring takes over Ed and Eric Heap while they are trying to keep the ring from escaping.

There was a scene in this book where Hotep Ra (the first ExtraOrdinary wizard) takes a handful of sand from a pouch in his belt and throws it into the air, creating beautiful lights to guide he and Septimus through the caves. I was really inspired by this image, so I have begun a drawing of it which I will post soon when I am finished.

Rating: 9.5/10

I really liked this series. Angie Sage creates worlds that I could never imagine on my own, and they are really fun to visit. If you like to read about fine imaginative details creating strong images in your mind, then Sage is the author for you.

Here is how Kid took up writing book reviews.

Kid’s Book Report: “Syren” by Angie Sage

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This is book five in the Septimus Heap series. Here you can read about book four.

After Beetle, Jenna, Snorri and Septimus returned from back in time, they were met by Jenna’s father Milo, who offers to give them a ride back to the castle. When Septimus remembers that his dragon Spitfyre is nearby on a beach, he decides to ride him instead. Jenna and Beetle also decide to also go along with Septimus.

While riding the dragon, a big storm passes them and lightening strikes Spitfyre’s tail, forcing them to land on the Islas of Syren. At first glance, it looks like a paradise, but they soon realize they are in a dangerous place.

I thought this was a great book. A lot of people think this is one of Sage’s best books. I like all of her books a lot, but this was definitely one of my favourite.

Rating: 9.5/10