Kid’s Book Review: The Seven Wonders – Lost in Babylon

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This is book 2 in the series. When Aly, Cass, and Jack realize Marco is missing, the Kurai Institute sets off to try and find him. They find Marco near a river and he has found a wormhole where he believes is where the second Loculus is. The four children go through the wormhole and find that they are not in the modern world anymore.

Rating: 7/10 – There were some really slow parts in this book, and they didn’t reveal any answers until the very end. Besides this, it was well written and an interesting story.

 

 

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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: How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword by Cressida Cowell

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Hiccup and the other warriors-to-be have one final test to climb Angry Mountain to reach Flashburn’s Palace. There, they will compete in the sword fighting tournament to achieve higher ranking. When they arrive, something is wrong. Nobody is there except a witch who happens to be the mother of Alvin the Treacherous.

Rating: 1/10 – The entire storyline was drawn out and slow. Every time it showed any sign of getting better, it would take a nose dive. The villains are horrible and there is so much negative drama that I found it depressing at every turn.

Kid’s Book Review: The Summer We Saved the Bees by Robin Stevenson

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The title of this book is misleading and gave me the impression that it would be about saving bees. Since I am passionate about the subject, I was hoping it would be about an adventure where the family makes progress spreading awareness or actually helping bees somehow. Instead, it was about a dysfunctional family and an overbearing mother who humiliates her children by forcing them to do things they were not passionate about or even comfortable doing.

Rating: 2/10 –  I gave it a couple of points because it was easy to visualize the imagery the author projected. It does give a little information about awareness, but was negated by the inability to take the mother seriously. I do not understand the point of this book. I didn’t learn anything about saving bees or how to overcome family conflicts, and at no point did I feel entertained. Too much drama, not enough substance.

Kid’s Book Review: The House of Mirrors by Pierdomenico Baccalario.

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This is the third book in the Ulysses Moore series.

Now that the children are home, they learn that Ulysses Moore isn’t the only one who has one of the keys to the newly discovered doors. Now they must follow him back in time to try to get the key before Oblivia does.

Rating: 8.5/10 – I enjoyed this book a little more then the rest of the series. A lot of the mysteries from the previous books came together in this story.

 

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