Showing posts with label grandkid reviews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label grandkid reviews. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

3.1 Reviews Michael Vey 3: Battle of the Ampere by Richard Paul Evans


Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan have destroyed the largest of the Elgen Starxource plants, but now they’re scattered across the Amazon jungle. The Elgen have joined forces with the Peruvian army to capture the Electroclan, and only Michael has managed to remain free. With his friends due to stand trial for terrorism—a charge that may carry the death penalty—Michael will need all his wits and his abilities if he’s to save them.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Dr. Hatch and his loyal Electric Children have seized control of the E.S. Ampere—the super yacht the Elgen use as their headquarters. With the Elgen fleet now under his control, Hatch heads back to Peru to pick up his army and then begin his quest for global domination.

Michael will have to free his friends then find a way to stop Hatch, but the organization behind the mysterious voice that has guided him to this point has been compromised. Hatch knows Michael and the Electroclan are coming. And he’s ready for them.

Can the Electroclan win the battle of the Ampere? Or has Michael’s luck finally run out?
Michael Vey 3: Battle of the Ampere
by Richard Paul Evans

I have been reading Michael Vey, Battle of the Ampere. I really enjoy this book because it has a lot of action, adventure, damsels in distress, drama, a great hook, and a wonderful plot. This book is a must read book. It is amazing with the way things happen and how the characters react to certain things. In the book Michael Vey has to decide if he wants his friends to leave and be safe, or have them stay and defeat the enemy. Taylor, his girlfriend, is also faced with decisions similar to that. She has to decide between telling the bad guys everything she knows or choosing to lie, which is going to get her and her friends, which are in jail, killed. I really enjoy this book because of these reasons. This book includes heroics and bravery, fear and cowards. The kind of stuff that I enjoy a lot.
I think that you would enjoy this book too.


Want to read her mom's review? Check it out here

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

3.1 Reviews Elliott and The Pixie Plot and Elliott and The Last Underworld War by Jennifer Nielsen

For a review of Elliot and the Goblin War (book 1) go here

Elliot and the Pixie Plot
by Jennifer Nielsen
An entire floor of St. Phobics Hospital for Really Scared Children has been set aside just for readers of this book. You may wish to take a minute before you start reading and reserve yourself a bed there.
As you read, you may begin to understand myctophobia (mic-tofo- be-a), or the fear of darkness. However, do not expect this book to help you with arachibutyrophobia (a-rak-i-something-be-a),
the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.
If you can't get yourself to St. Phobics, then get every lamp, flashlight, and lantern you can find and drag them into your bedroom. Turn them all on. You'll need them until you're certain there is
nothing lurking in the dark.
At least, that's what Elliot wishes he had done.

I read Elliot and the Pixie Plot. It is the second in the series. The third book is Elliot and Last Underworld War. I really enjoy this book because it has action, adventure, drama, and romance. Although it is not "romance" romance, like kissing and dramatic stuff, there were still crushes and people telling other people that they were the "love of their life" stuff. I recommend this book because it has all the things that a book should have. It has a spectacular hook for every chapter, and pulls you in so you have to know what happens. I think that you would enjoy this book because it talks about mythical creatures and the Underworld that humans have forgotten about. I enjoy reading this book mainly at night so I can go to sleep thinking of Brownies, Goblins, Pixies, Fairies, Centaurs, Satyrs, Trolls, and Kovol, the bad guy. I enjoy books with mythical creatures and such and I think that you will too.

Elliot and the Last Underworld War
by Jennifer Nielsen
WARNING:
If you care at all for planet Earth, you will pay very close attention to the lessons inside these pages. We usually ask you to run away from dreadful things. But now, you are warned to turn the pages as fast as you can read them. You must know what happens inside this book to learn whether Earth gets destroyed. Because let's face it—that would be a bad thing.
As King of the Brownies, Elliot has battled Goblins, tricked Pixies, and trapped a Demon. But now, that Demon has escaped and he's ready for revenge. Elliot will face a challenge unlike any he's seen before.
The Last Underworld War is about to begin...


Spoiler alert:
 I am currently reading Elliot and the Last Underworld War. As the third book in the series, I think that the author, Jennifer A. Nielsen, knows what she is doing. I really enjoy her writing because it has action, adventure, danger, bad guys threatening to eat good guys, and young romance. One of my favorite chapters is when Tubs teaches Kovol a lesson. Tubs is Elliot's school mate who happens to be the school bully until a while ago after the Goblin War, Elliot stood up to him. He was just a person in need of a friend. The only way to defeat Kovol is to give a potion. This potion included three main ingredients, turnip juice, goat spit, and lots of earwax. Kovol said that actually soothed him to sleep. Well, he couldn't say that because he was asleep, but that is how Kovol was defeated the first time. And that is how Elliot defeated Kovol in this book too.
Both were fun books. I'd give them


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

3.1 Reviews The 5 Kingdoms: Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull

Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them—and ends up in The Outskirts.

The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. It’s an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.

And once you come to the Outskirts, it’s very hard to leave.

With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it’s up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home…before his existence is forgotten.




3.1
I really enjoy this book, I enjoy this book because it has action, adventure, and plot. It starts with kids trick-or-treating on Halloween. A bunch of kids go to a haunted house but little did they know that they would never see earth again. 

They got kidnapped by people from a different universe, they enslaved the kids and shipped them off. They were treated better then slaves in U.S. history. Some could shape things, others raid flying castles and retrieve goods.

Each time your bring (they brought) something back, it is called a mission. Once you have (they had) 50 missions, you don' t have to raid anymore.
I absolutely recommend this book, it is one if the best that I have ever read. It also has a twist ending, you will have to read it to find out what happens, I love this book.





Tuesday, November 10, 2015

More Book Favs from Granddaughter 3.1

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Granddaughter 3.1
More Favorites
Matched
by Ally Condie


Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and
a path that no one else has dared to follow.
What 3.1 thought:
A lot like Hunger Games. She liked it and gave it

She also enjoyed

Crossed

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky--taken by Society to his certain death--only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons.  On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life . . . and the enthralling promise of rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game.  On the edge of Society, nothing is as expected, and crosses and double crosses make Cassia's path more twisted than ever.

Reached


Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect façade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.

The wait is over.

One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion. With exquisite prose, the emotionally gripping conclusion to the international–bestselling Matched trilogy returns Cassia, Ky, and Xander to the Society to save the one thing they have been denied for so long, the power to choose.





Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Book Recommendations from Grandson 3.3

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Grandson 3.1

3.1 got these books for his birthday and loved them.
If your kids love adventure and inventive gadgets they'll love these books.
See what you think:

Secret Agent Jack Stalwart
The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur
by Elizabeth Singer Hunt



In The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur, Jack zooms to the city that never sleeps to try to solve the mystery of the missing Allosaurus toe. Starting at the Natural History Museum, Jack's detection takes him to a competitive grade-schooler determined to win the science fair with his experiment crossing his own dog with the DNA from the bone of a dangerous, carnivorous dinosaur. Soon the gargantuan creature is terrorizing New Yorkers and Jack must stop him before he devours the animals in the Central Park zoo!
The Search for the Sunken Treasure

In one of his most daring exploits, Jack goes down under -- literally -- to investigate the disappearance of a diver off the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Using everything in his backpack arsenal from anti-puke pills to a morphing suit, an egg-shaped submarine to Disappearing Milk, he exposes a deadly nest of pirates raiding a shipwreck site. Jack has to thwart their schemes, evade their attempts on his life, and escape the primordial hunger of three deadly species: a Komodo dragon, a set of sharks, and the most poisonous predators in the reef, the Irukandji jellyfish. Can he save the treasure and the diver, not to mention himself? Canny and resourceful,
Jack will delight readers and impress their parents. 
3.3 said this one is loaded with cool gadgets.


The Mystery of the Mona Lisa


In The Mystery of the Mona Lisa, Jack is sent to the Louvre Museum in Paris to track down the theft of the world's most beloved painting. He must match wits with a seemingly invisible mastermind in order to stop Leonardo's masterpiece from slipping into the criminal underground forever. Can Jack's Hypo-Disk overpower a glove that shoots laser beams from its fingertips? Jack's adventures in the city of light demonstrate once again that when it comes to outsmarting the baddies, Jack is the go-to agent with endless tricks up his sleeve. 
  


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

3 Book Favs of Granddaughter 3.1

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Granddaughter 3.1

3.1 loves the 5 Kingdom series by Brandon Mull

Sky Raiders
by Brandon Mull
Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house,
he dives in after them—and ends up in The Outskirts.

The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming,
reality and imagination, life and death. It’s an in-between place. Some people are born there.
Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.

And once you come to the Outskirts, it’s very hard to leave.

With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it’s up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home…
before his existence is forgotten.


Why 3.1 likes this book:
It was a very interesting fantasy adventure. Cole is the main character.
I liked him because he was independent and all alone, with no back-up. It was a little scary. Here are some fun things from this book: giant cookies and a big puddle of milk, a boat made out of candy canes, and a forest of sweets made by a Shaper.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend!

Other Books in the series:

#2 Rogue Knight

Cole Randolph never meant to come to The Outskirts, but when his friends were kidnapped on Halloween he had to try and save them. Now he’s trapped in a world that lies between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death.

Cole’s hunt for his lost friends has led him to the kingdom of Elloweer. Accompanied by new friends Mira, Twitch, and Jace, Cole teams up with the resistance movement and joins the search for Mira’s sister Honor.

But Elloweer has grown unstable. A mysterious enemy is wiping out towns, leaving no witnesses or survivors. And an infamous rebel known throughout the kingdom as the “Rogue Knight” is upsetting the balance of power.

With enemies in pursuit, Cole and Mira must resort to a fascinating new kind of magic to protect themselves. Every move is filled with danger as Cole and his friends try to outwit the High King, who will stop at nothing to regain what he has lost.


#3 Crystal Keepers


Cole Randolph ventures to a new kingdom as he continues his search for his friends—and also pursues his quest to mend what has gone awry with the magic in The Outskirts. Can he overcome the challenges ahead, or will he be stranded forever in a world between reality and imagination?

Coming March 2016

#4 Death Weavers

  




Thursday, September 3, 2015

Two Top Favorite books of Grandson 1.1

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This grandson loves to play soccer, the piano, and started playing the trombone last year. He also loves to read. He has a couple of favorite series, but today we're spotlighting two books.

Journey to the Center of the Earth
by Jules Verne

Journey to the Center of the Earth is a classic 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The story involves German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into the Icelandic volcano Snæfellsjökull, encountering many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards. 

Grandson 1.1 likes this book for its slower, more serious, technical side, building high-stakes tension.


Around the World in 80 Days
by Jules Verne


Around the World in Eighty Days (French: Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours) is a classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager (roughly £1.6 million today) set by his friends at the Reform Club. It is one of Verne's most acclaimed works. The story starts in London on Tuesday, October 1, 1872.

1.1 enjoyed this story because it was a lighter, more fun adventure.
I love that he's reading some of the classics as well as today's series of fantasies.

Other books by Jules Verne:



 





Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Favs of Grandson 1.2

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Grandson 1.2
The Ranger's Apprentice Series
by John A. Flanagan
They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. . . .
1.2 likes this series because they go on missions and do fun things.
From the reviews on Amazon (all 4.5-5 stars) this looks like a
great adventure series to engage grades 4-8.