The Wizard Killer

By Adam Dreece

I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up

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Summary

A world once at the height of magical technology and social order has collapsed. How and why are the least of the wizard killer’s worries.

Leaning my bloody head against the back of the crashed levitating carriage, I flex my cramped fingers. With a renewed grip on the mana-pistol, I steal a quick breath. The others better wake up fast, otherwise we’re all going to burn.

Enjoy all 20 pulse-pounding episodes, and an all new side to best-selling YA author, Adam Dreece.

Recommended for adults, appropriate for most 12+ .

Note: This is written in an episodic, serialized style. (Goodreads)

My Review

As the Goodreads summary says above, this book was published in a serialized way. Even though I read the book all at once, I tried to keep in mind how the story would progress to someone who was reading it in parts. I felt like overall the book would still come together fine to someone reading it in pieces. There were not too many characters, so there wouldn’t really be a chance of getting the characters confused. There was only one perspective and a straight forward plot so that would not cause a problem either.

Adam Dreece has a way of immersing his readers in the worlds that he creates no matter how small the book is. The Wizard Killer is a book that is fewer than 100 pages, and yet it felt like I had been there for an entire series worth of books. There is never any info dumping or unnecessarily long description; everything flows perfectly and is easy to understand. The characters were also, extremely likable in the short amount of time that they had.

In all of Adam’s books there has always been a specific scene that is vivid and really stands out to me more than the rest of the book. When thinking back on his books I feel like those specific scenes encompass the story well. Looking back on this book there is, once again, a scene that I remember more strongly than the rest, and I really enjoy that.

Adam has a way of writing opening chapters that make you want to keep reading. In his two most recent books the beginnings have been some of the most interesting, and memorable starters of books that I have read in a while. Having said that, I felt like the ending sequence of The Wizard Killer became slightly dragged as it went on. Overall, that was not a deterrent as this book was great and it set up nicely for the sequel, which I am very excited to read.

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violence: 2/5                               Stars: 4/5

Romance: 0/5                             Pages: 95

language: 0/5                              Buy Book Here: Amazon

Scarlet

I would recommend this book for ages twelve and up.

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Summary

Will Scarlet is good at two things: stealing from the rich and keeping secrets – skills that are in high demand in Robin Hood’s band of thieves, who protect the people of Nottingham from the evil sheriff. Scarlet’s biggest secret of all is one only Robin and his men know…that she is posing as a thief; that the slip of a boy who is fast with sharp knives is really a girl.
The terrible events in her past that led Scarlet to hide her real identity are in danger of being exposed when the thief taker Lord Gisbourne arrives in town to rid Nottingham of the Hood and his men once and for all. As Gisbourne closes in a put innocent lives at risk, Scarlet must decide how much the people of Nottingham mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin, whose quick smiles have the rare power to unsettle her. There is real honor among these thieves and so much more – making this a fight worth dying for. (Goodreads)

My Review

I was a little bit nervous going into this book; there aren’t many retellings of Robin Hood, so I didn’t know how the author was going to go about it. I had no reason to worry, because this whole book was absolutely amazing! This book is a perfect example of another who decided to let her characters speak in the way that they would in that time, which I love! Scarlet’s character was  incredibly and realistically written. 90% of the time, I am not a huge fan of the main character of a book series, but Scarlet was one of the few 10%.

Almost everything about this book was stunning. The characters, the dialogue, the plot, and the setting were all fantastic. With that being said, I did have a problem with the romance. From the very beginning we know that Scarlet is in a love triangle with Robin hood and little John. I felt like the love triangle was completely pointless; there was never a time where it wasn’t completely obvious who she would end up with. It was clear from the start that one of the boys had no chance. In the end that is only a small issue, and in no way ruined the book.

I don’t really have to much more to say about this book except that I highly recommend it to anyone who is even vaguely interested in the story.

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This book had medium language and violence. Overall the romance was pretty mild, with a few somewhat descriptive kisses.

Other notables: Scarlet is kissed by another girl while she is dressed up as Will Scarlet. The other girl is not aware that Scarlet is a girl, and Scarlet is made fun of by Robin and the other boys for it.

Four Out of Five Stars

Pages: 304

Author: A.C. Gaughen

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Finding Audrey

I would recommend this book for ages twelve to thirteen.

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Summary

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family. (goodreads)

My Review

I picked this book up for two reasons: It was the book chosen for a monthly read along (booksplosion) and because it was about an anxiety disorder. This is the first book I have ever read about a mental disorder and it was easily one of my favorite books that I have read this year. I have never read a Sophie Kinsella book and all I knew about her is that she’s supposed to be funny. I wasn’t sure how a book about a mental illness could be funny, but it was also one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Sophie Kinsella can seamlessly interweave the seriousness of this book’s topic and absolute comedy together.

The characters in this book all seemed to be extremes of one stereotypical personality, which I really enjoyed. Two that come to mind is Audrey’s older brother Frank, who does nothing but play or talk about video games, and her mom who is obsessed with reading magazines on how to improve her family. All of the characters were equally funny, but yet equally sensitive towards Audrey and what she is dealing with.

My only minor complaint with this book was that I didn’t think that the characters acted like the ages that they were supposed to be. If I had to guess Frank’s age I would say 17, not 15. I felt that Audrey acted more like a 16 year old rather than a 14 year old.

When it comes to writing books about mental disorders, people tend to judge the book harder and more unfairly than usual. I didn’t feel like Audrey’s anxiety just disappeared randomly. I thought that Sophie Kinsella did a great job slowly showing Audrey get better and grow more confident in herself.

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This book had heavy language, no violence, and minor romance.

Other Notables: There are some details about anxiety attacks and what they feel like.

Five Out of Five Stars

Pages:286

Author: Sophie Kinsella

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Doon

I would recommend this book for ages 12 to 13 and up.

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Veronica and Mackenna have been best friends their entire life, so when Mackenna buys them both tickets to visit Scotland for the summer, Veronica doesn’t hesitate to agree. Now, she can get away from her terrible life at home and spend the whole summer alone with Mackenna. Then, Veronica starts to have visions of a kingdom called Doon, and one of the princes, named Jamie, that rules the kingdom.  The girls uncover two rings left by Mackenna’s great aunt along with a letter with instructions that transports them to Doon. Veronica and Mackenna’s excitement soon dies down when the whole kingdom, including Jamie, believe that they are witches sent to destroy Doon. Now the girls are stuck in a world they don’t know and have to convince everyone around them that they are not the witches of Doon.

I originally read this book two years ago, right when it came out. I could not get into it, and I eventually gave up. Now, this book has become extremely popular along with the whole theme of Scotland, thanks to Outlander. I decided to pick Doon up and give it another try. While many of my opinions are the same, some have changed. I enjoyed this book, and have already picked up the second one.

My biggest complaint with this book is still the same as before; the writing style. I feel like the dialogue was extremely cheesy and juvenile. Since the dialogue was cheesy, it made the characters seem younger and overall unlikeable. Most importantly, it didn’t make the story feel serious. The characters kept saying how dangerous things were, but it never felt life threatening. Each of the characters fell into a different YA cliche, but I was able to over look that.  My last complaint with this book, was the romance. This books main focus is the romance, which isn’t a bad thing, but I felt like the story kept getting lost because of it. Also this book suffers from insta-love which makes the driving force of this book feel unbelievable.

With all of that said, I still really enjoyed this book. My favorite thing about it was the world building. It was obvious that the authors knew exactly what they were talking about when it came to Scotland. To make the world even more believable, the authors wrote in a Scottish accent. For example, “lord” was written as “laird.” It felt like I was in Scotland.  I always enjoy when an author puts a lot into the world building. The thing I loved most about this book was that I wanted to keep reading it. Even though it was not the most well written book in the world, I still wanted to keep reading, and I immediately picked up the sequel. The ending was great, and gave me high hopes for book two.

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This book had almost no swearing, but I caught one minor curse word near the end of the it. The violence was also extremely mild. I would say the romance was medium, but some people will still say it was minor. While there was only some minor kissing, there was still lots of thinking about romance.

Four out of Five Stars

pages: 395

authors: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

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Red Queen

I would recommend this book for ages twelve and up.

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Mare Barrow lives in a world where everyone is split into one of two groups- silver bloods and red bloods. Silver bloods are the royals, they control the city because of their abilities. Each silver blood is born with an advantage, whether it is control of an element or being able to stay young. Red bloods are the commoners, they have no special abilities. Mare is a red blood who is a couple months away from being put in the army along with her best friend. Her older brothers are already there, and her sister will soon follow. That is before Mare is taken to the palace where she finds out that even though she is still a red blood, she has a silver blood ability. To hide this, the king keeps her in the palace and forces her to become engaged to one of his sons. Now Mare is thrown into a world that she knows nothing about, but when a group of rebels come to her for help, she may be willing to join them even if it means her death.

I was so excited for the release of this book. It had been advertised so much and most of the early reviews I read were all positive. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book. The characters all seemed to be copies of previous characters, and they felt very 2 dimensional. The plot is also an overused one. I ended up skimming the last hundred pages, because I felt like I had read this book 100 times before. Another major discussion involving this book was the plot twist at the end. Once again I found it to be predictable, and I guessed it extremely early on. This could be because I have read so many things similar to it. If this book had come out two years ago, I think I would have really enjoyed it, which is why I think people who are new to young adult fantasy will love this book.

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This is based off of the parts of the book that I read fully.

The romance was mild, with medium language (infrequently used,) and medium violence. All though the acts of violence were darker, nothing was described in great detail.

Two Out of Five Stars

Pages: 383

Author: Victoria Aveyard

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All Fall Down

I recommend this book for ages 12 and up.

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Grace Blakely has been labeled crazy by the rest of her family. Three years ago Grace’s mother died, and while the rest of her family believes she died in a fire, Grace witnessed the horrific event and knows that she was murdered. Three years later, Grace comes back to her home country of Adria to live with her grandfather, who is an ambassador. Grace becomes reunited with some old friends, along with some enemies. While in Adria, Grace becomes convinced that she saw the man who killed her mom; but how is a girl who is perceived as crazy supposed to prove anything?

I have loved Ally Carter’s books for years now, so it was safe to say that I was beyond excited when I heard she had a new series coming out. I was definitely not disappointed. Grace is an extremely likable character and I found her to be one of the most relatable characters that I have read in a long time. The plot moved quickly, but still had enough dialogue to keep you interested in the characters and their personal lives. All of Ally Carter’s books, no matter how serious, still have a fun or funny element to them, and this book was no different. All Fall Down never felt dragged down, but always had a fun and up beat feel. I highly recommend this book.

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My favorite character was Noah, because he was the light hearted and fun character in this book.

This book had no language, no romance, and mild to medium violence pertaining to spies.

Other Notable: Grace suffers from severe panic attacks

Five Out of Five Stars

Author: Ally Carter

Pages: 310

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All the King’s-Men

I recommend this book for ages twelve plus.

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The third book in Adam Dreece’s Yellow Hoods series follows all of the plot points that were opened up in the first two books. Although the overall main character is still Tee, there are many different story lines that are taking place both in the past and the present.

While I have enjoyed the rapid pacing of the developing plots in the first two books of the series, the third book took a bit of a breather, but still impressed me with how the story boldly moved forward. Since this is the middle book in the series I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. There was more “traveling” and getting from point A to point B in this book, as the characters adventure moved them into strange and fantastic new places.The slightly slower pace of the book allowed the author to build fresh and deeper perspectives that brought the characters new life as the story unfolded through their eyes. Every single one of the characters have come extremely far from the first book, and it is incredible to see. One of the most fun things when reading one of Adam Dreece’s books is seeing how he intertwines fairytale characters into his books. I have read many “fairytale retellings,” but this series is probably the best I’ve read when it comes to how fairytales are used. Sometimes the character will blatantly be a representation of a fairytale, and some can only be figured out by a certain sentence or quote. Another amazing yet frustrating thing about this books is how they all seem to have the most amazing cliffhangers, making you impatiently excited for the following book.

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My favorite character(s) are Gretel, Hans, and Saul. I think they are my favorites because there is so much that could be done with their characters. I’m very excited to see where Adam ends up going with them.

This book had no swearing, extremely mild romance, and minor violence.

Five out of five stars

Author: Adam Dreece

Pages: 238

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Breadcrumb Trail

I received this book for review from the author.

I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up.

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This is the second book in Adam Drecce’s The Yellow Hoods series. You can read my review of the first book, Along Came A Wolf here. After the adventures of the first book Richy, Tee, and Elly have continued their adventures as the Yellow Hoods, and have grown a lot in the process. When kids go missing in the woods, the Yellow Hoods join to help find them, but they find more during their search than just children. What they don’t know is that one of Nikolas’ friends, another inventor, has sent his son on an urgent mission to deliver something of great importance to Nikolas, an item some do not want delivered.

I absolutely loved this book! Breadcrumb Trail is a complex, yet accessible adventure with a clever plot that constantly urges the reader to turn another page.  There were many different story lines and characters – all of which are highly enjoyable. Side characters from one plot line would become main characters in their own plot, and the more you read, the more their backstories are revealed.  Also, Dreece’s attention to character development continues in this book and undoubtedly readers will grow even more attached to Richy, Elly and  especially to Tee.

I also enjoyed the fact that Richy was more involved in this book. In this one he got a story line of his own and it was fun to both read and learn more about him.

The only small complaint I had regarding book one, Along Came a Wolf, as I mentioned in my review, was that the main character acted a lot younger than she was, but that was not a problem in this book.

Again, I loved this book and I have no complaints about it. I am so excited to read the third one and see where the story continues, especially with how this one left off.

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My favorite character in this book was still Bakon even though he was not in this book as much as the first one.

This book had no swearing, no romance, and mild violence.

Five Out of Five Stars

Author: Adam Dreece

Pages: 222

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Infected

I read an ARC of this book: Release date-January 6, 2015

I would recommend this book for ages twelve and up.

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Infected follows a girl named Carina who has recently been orphaned after the death of her Uncle Walter. At her uncle’s funeral Carina finds a letter saying not to go home with her new caretaker Sheila. On the letter is an address that Walter left for her to go to instead. Carina and her boyfriend Tanner run away from Sheila and make it to the address that was left to them. Once they are there they find a series of videotapes left behind by Walter for them to watch. As they listen to each one, they learn that Walter had been working on a serum that gives you supernatural strength, speed, and senses. After the serum was tested on humans they began to notice something go wrong. After a while, the subject began to twitch, and as the hours went on the worse it got. After thirty six hours, the subject was dead. Carina begins to notice things, like the twitch in Tanner’s eye and the uncontrollable movement in her leg. They have the infection, and they only have three hours left.

This book was a fast read, but was also very enjoyable. The main characters had a wonderful and believable relationship together that continued through the whole story. In most young adult books it seems that teen relationships are portrayed as either perfect, or a complete disaster; but this book showed both. Although Carina and Tanner were very close, they still got frustrated with each other when they were stressed. The world building in this book was mediocre, but I’m not sure if this is going to continue into a larger series. It ended in a way that could easily be a stand alone, which I think I would prefer. My only real issue with this book was that a couple of the scenes felt cut off. When Tanner and Carina were talking, a couple of their conversations felt like they ended abruptly. It seemed like the author didn’t take enough time to fully finish the scene.

Over all I really enjoyed this book and will be looking for anything else that this author has coming out.

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I didn’t necessarily have a favorite character in this book because all of the characters seemed to play their roles perfectly. The villains were great at being villains and the heroes were great at being heroes.

The violence was mild to medium, the swearing was medium, and the romance was medium. This book was hard to define in content rating because both the violence and the romance fell somewhere in between mild and medium. If you have any questions you can contact me or check my content rating scale page.

Four And a Half Out of Five Stars

Author: Sophie Littlefield

Pages: 242

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Deadzone

I would recommend this book for ages twelve and up.

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This summary may contain mild spoilers for Blackout: This is the second and final book to the Blackout duology. This installment continues from where Blackout left off, with Jack and Aubrey separated in two different war training camps. Desperate to find a way to get back together, Jack and Aubrey agree to join a small group of other teens like them to help in the war as spies. The problem is that the leaders of their group are slowly turning them into their personal assassins instead of spies. Now Aubrey is no longer sure if she wants to stay and when someone gives her and Jack an opportunity to escape, the temptation to leave becomes even stronger.

 

I was very excited for this book to come out, because I loved Blackout and have been waiting impatiently for this one. I wasn’t sure how much I would remember the summary for this book because I read Blackout so long ago, and there were some things that I forgot, but overall it was easy to get back into the story. I did not enjoy this book quite as much as Blackout, because this book focused more on the politics of the war, over the action of it. We are introduced to some new characters, who I did not enjoy as much as I would have liked. They did however,  add something darker and creepier to the story which was very interesting. Overall this was a great sequel and it reached my expectations. I thought that it was a great ending to another one of Robison Well’s amazing duologies.

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My favorite character was Jack, because he always thought logically and considered what was best for his whole group, not just for him.

This book had practically no romance, medium language, and medium violence. Overall, all four of Robison Well’s young adult books are completely appropriate for anyone twelve plus.

Four Out of Five Stars

Pages: 384

Author: Robison Wells

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