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Mini Review | Zet and the Egyptian Amulet Mystery | Scott Peters


 Zet and the Egyptian Amulet Mystery
(Zet Mystery Case #2)

by Scott Peters

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Middle Grade | Mystery
156 pages
Released 2nd November 2012

 

Do You Love Mysteries? “Zet and the Egyptian Amulet Mystery” Will Keep You Up All Night, Guessing Until The Last Page.

Zet and Kat are back.

When the Nile town of Thebes is threatened by a scarab-amulet eating ghost, Zet is determined to uncover the truth. Is the ghost real?

Meanwhile, Zet’s best friend, a jeweler’s apprentice, is in trouble. Could the ghost and his best friend’s ominous master be connected somehow?As if he didn’t have enough trouble to deal with, special orders have gone missing at Zet’s family pottery stall. With angry customers on his hands, his family reputation is going downhill fast. Soon the investigation becomes a race against time. Zet and Kat must solve the ever-twisting puzzle before it destroys the people they love. GOODREADS


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Zet is an immersive adventure that takes young readers through the daily struggles of Egyptian life. The story picks up a short time after book one and the scene is set well. I could almost feel the heat and smell the dust of Thebes.

Zet and his sister, Kat, have another mystery to solve and must use their own ingenuity to help their friend, without arousing the suspicion of the bad guys. The story is a well-paced mystery for young readers to solve, with clues being well spaced to keep interest and entice further reading. The readers learn at the same pace as Zet, so we are in synch when the final secrets are uncovered.

In a Nutshell | This is a great middle-grade read that focuses on friendship and teamwork while solving a mystery, with a good dose of history thrown in.

My review of book 1, Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll is here.

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More books by Scott Peters

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Series Trouble | I’ve Started, Should I Finish? | TimeRiders

The next series in my Series Trouble series is…

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Regular visitors will know that I’ve decided to do a series (yes it’s completely ironic) of posts to share my impressions (from when I read the books) of some series that I’ve started but not yet finished.

I’ve realised that I’m part way through so many series that I need to sit down and do some soul-searching about which ones I should continue to ride, and which ones to gently let slide.

I have to admit that this TimeRider series has slipped off my radar. I don’t know how, given how much I loved reading it. I’m leaning toward RIDE on this one, but seven more books is quite an investment in time, so I’d really appreciate some votes and comments from all of you on what to do.  Should I … RIDE or SLIDE


TIMERIDERS by Alex Scarrow



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(TimeRiders #1)
By Alex Scarrow

Read in February 2013


Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912.
Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010.
Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026

Yet moments before death, someone mysteriously appeared and said, ‘Take my hand …’

But Liam, Maddy and Sal aren’t rescued. They are recruited by an agency that no one knows exists, with only one purpose—to fix broken history. Because time travel is here, and there are those who would go back in time and change the past.

That’s why the TimeRiders exist: to protect us. To stop time travel from destroying the world… (GOODREADS)


In a NutshellThe TimeRiders is a great book that has hooked me for the rest of the series. The blurb for this book is brilliant. How can you not be intrigued?

For any of my usual Middle-Grade followers, here’s a tip. The target audience for this book is YA and there is violence in some parts, so I wouldn’t recommend it for Middle Graders.

See my original review in full here.


TimeRiders 2Day of the Predator
(TimeRiders #2)
By Alex Scarrow

Read in August 2013


Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912.
Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010.
Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2029.

But all three have been given a second chance—to work for an agency that no-one knows exists. Its purpose—to prevent time travel destroying history . . .

When Maddy mistakenly opens a time window where and when she shouldn’t have, Liam is marooned sixty-five million years ago in the hunting ground of a deadly—and until now—undiscovered species of predator.

Can Liam make contact with Maddy and Sal before he’s torn to pieces by dinosaurs—and without endangering history so much that the world is overtaken by a terrifying new reality? (GOODREADS)


In a NutshellAlex Scarrow has followed book one with a cracker. Day of the Predator is just as exciting and addictive as book one. This is another awesome book.

I’m so keen to move on to book 3 as soon as my to-be-read pile allows it. My thanks go out to Alex Scarrow for such a great adventure. No wonder I get the feeling that his fan-base is very strong and loyal.

See my original review in full here.

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The books I haven’t read in this series.

TimeRiders 3 TimeRiders 4 TimeRiders 5 TimeRiders 6

TimeRiders 7 TimeRiders 8 TimeRiders 9 TimeRiders Alex Scarrow

With 7 more books in this series should I…

  RIDE or SLIDE

Please vote and leave a comment on why you voted that way🙂


 

Abandoned Subways of New York City

Everyone knows the magic that is, New York City. The limitless landscape of skyscrapers hugged by the Hudson and East Rivers. Plus the message of the Statue of Liberty, the bustle and glare of Times Square, and the lush oasis of Central Park. There are too many icons to name.

But what about the other hidden treasures that are so close to the millions of citizens and visitors, yet never seen. There’s a whole side of New York that lies hidden, just below the surface of the chaos, the magic, and the dreams.

The subway is a lifeblood of veins that pump life around the great city. Moving millions beneath its gridded surface, threading them far below the crowded sidewalks and yellow cab streets. Those who catch the trains never know how close they are to secretive pockets that have long been forgotten.

Stations that once bustled with commuters are now abandoned and shrouded in darkness. One such station is Worth Street, on the Lexington Avenue Line (formerly Manhattan Main Line). It was closed in 1962 when another one nearby was enlarged. Just like Worth Street there are others that remain on the grid, passed through each day in a flash by rattling metal tubes packed full of busy New Yorkers.

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Worth Street Station – Photo source: By 3am.nightly – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Perhaps they are ignored like most scars from the past, or maybe condemned by their darkened hollows to remain undiscovered. It’s sad that in a world that is constantly moving forward, things of value are often forgotten by the passage of time.

If there was a jewel in the crown of abandoned stations, it would undoubtedly have to be City Hall Station. First opened on the Manhattan Main Line (now Lexington Avenue Line) on October 27, 1904, it was like no other. City Hall station was beautifully designed and built to a standard never before seen in New York.

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City Hall entrance – Photo credit: http://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/IRT_East_Side_Line

Brass chandeliers and coloured glass tilework added touches of glamour and class. Guastavino tile, along with skylights above the platform and mezzanine allowed natural light from above to enter and reflect its warmth across the platform. City Hall was a showpiece for the subway and it bustled with action for decades, but eventually, over time, progress took over.

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Its wonderful curved platforms, which mirrored the beautiful arches that bridged wall and ceiling, became its enemy and sealed its fate. As trains got longer, the curved platform presented problems that no station could endure. Quite simply, the trains had become too long.

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The nearby station, Brooklyn Bridge, was better suited to the higher volumes and longer trains. So, on December 31, 1945, City Hall station was closed, and its wonderful beauty and elegant design were locked away from the eyes of the world.

Sadly, the station’s only purpose today is for trains to pass through as a turning loop. Passengers who know or have enough care for the past can remain on the train while it loops, and are rewarded with a short journey through this hidden treasure.

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City Hall station is a silent testament to the great achievements of the past, but sadly it is an icon that has been almost forgotten. It sits quietly and patiently beneath New York’s City Hall, waiting to be rediscovered. Hoping for a new life, and to once again become a great landmark of New York City.

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Series Trouble | I’ve Started, Should I Finish? | Royal Institute of Magic

The next series in my Series Trouble series is…

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Regular visitors will know that I’ve decided to do a series (yes it’s completely ironic) of posts to share my impressions (from when I read the books) of some series that I’ve started but not yet finished.

I’ve realised that I’m part way through so many series that I need to sit down and do some soul-searching about which ones I should continue to ride, and which ones to gently let slide.

I’d really appreciate some feedback and advice from all of you on what to do.  Should I … RIDE or SLIDE


ROYAL INSTITUTE OF MAGIC by Victor Kloss



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(Royal Institute of Magic #1)

By Victor Kloss

Read in December 2015

Two years ago, Ben Greenwood’s parents walked out the door and never returned. The police have all but given up finding them when Ben stumbles upon a peculiar letter addressed to his dad. “You are the most wanted man in the Unseen Kingdoms. Unless you come to us, we cannot help. For your child’s sake, tell us what you know.”

The letter is from an organisation called the Royal Institute of Magic and is dated a day before his parents disappeared. Like most people, fourteen-year-old Ben hasn’t the faintest idea what the Royal Institute of Magic is, but he has his first clue: the logo on the letter.

Armed with nothing but his wits and the help of his good friend Charlie, Ben sets out to find the Institute and, through them, his parents. To succeed, he will have to navigate a land filled with fantastic creatures and Spellshooters, where magic can be bought and sold, to unravel an ancient family secret that could hold the key to defeating an evil the Institute has been fighting for the last five hundred years. – GOODREADS


In a Nutshell | Elizabeth’s Legacy is a good start to a series, and the search for Ben’s parents is set to continue into next books.

Given the subject matter, it’s natural for other wizarding books to come to mind, but I think the author has succeeded in building a world sufficiently different to those that we already know.

See my original review in full here.

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The books I haven’t read in this series.

 ROYAL INSTITUTE 2  ROYAL INSTITUTE 3 ROYAL INSTITUTE 4

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 With 3 more books to go, what should I do?

RIDE or SLIDE

Please vote and leave a comment on why you voted that way🙂


 

Mini Review | Awakening (Benjamin Dragon #1) | C.G. Cooper

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(Benjamin Dragon 1)

by C.G. Cooper

Middle Grade | Fantasy | Mystery
Released  8th July 2014

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This is my first freebie from Bookbub. The name suggests Dragons, doesn’t it? I will reveal that it does have Dragons, but I won’t reveal the type.

The story follows, Ben, a young gifted ten year old adjusting to his latest move to a new school. He’s likable, he’s vulnerable, he’s different, and he’s gifted.

It’s this gift that is the focus of the story as it explores the trials of his journey to determine his path in life. Young Ben has some big decisions to make. It’s an engaging read and I did find myself reading it whenever I had the chance. (Make sure you keep an eye out for the Hagridy guy.)

In a Nutshell  |  Quite an enjoyable read that nicely sets up the series. Love the cover too. Book 2 is called Legacy.

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More books by  C.G. Cooper.

C.G.Cooper Legacy C.G.Cooper Adrift C.G.Cooper Back to War

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It’s been a couple of years since I gave away a paperback edition of a Quest book, so I thought it was about time to do it again. I’m running a giveaway on Goodreads for the next couple of months.

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Here’s an early blurb.

In a world that’s self-obsessed, every moment is shared, and every move is posted. If you don’t follow, you don’t care. Those who don’t care, aren’t worth the time.

The city of New York grows by half a million people per annum. Each year over 20,000 people go missing – that’s more than 50 per day. Of these, 6,500 are runaways, and 12,700 are found alive, but 1400 are never found. Does anyone notice? What happens to them?

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Series Trouble | I’ve Started, Should I Finish? | Janitors

The next series in my Series Trouble series is…

Tyler Whitesides' Janitors

Regular visitors will know that I’ve decided to do a series (yes it’s completely ironic) of posts to share my impressions (from when I read the books) of some series that I’ve started but not yet finished.

I recently realised that I’m part way through so many series that I need to sit down and do some soul-searching about which ones I should continue to ride, and which ones to gently let slide.

I’d really appreciate some feedback and advice from all of you on what to do.  Should I … RIDE or SLIDE


JANITORS by Tyler Whitesides


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By Tyler Whitesides

Read in November 2013

Have you ever fallen asleep during math class? Are you easily distracted while listening to your English teacher? Do you find yourself completely uninterested in geography? Well, it may not be your fault. The janitors at Welcher Elementary know a secret, and it’s draining all the smarts out of the kids.

Twelve-year-old Spencer Zumbro, with the help of his classmate Daisy Gullible Gates, must fight with and against a secret, janitorial society that wields wizard-like powers. Who can Spencer and Daisy trust and how will they protect their school and possibly the world? Janitors is book 1 in a new children s fantasy series by debut novelist Tyler Whitesides. You’ll never look at a mop the same way again.


See my original review in full here.

In a Nutshell | I enjoyed the originality of the story. Never before have I read about (or even contemplated) janitors having such amazing powers.

I’ll never look at a janitor in the same way, I’ll always be wondering which side they’re on. Great for lovers of grease and grime.


The books I haven’t read in this series.

Janitors 2   Janitors 3

Janitors 4   Janitors 5

With 4 books to go, what should I do?

RIDE or SLIDE


 

Mini Review | The Timer | Arden Banks

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The TimerTHE TIMER

by Arden Banks

Young Adult | Time Travel | Science Fiction
Released 9th February 2016

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From the start this reminded me of another book, The Maze Runner. It was a similar concept, but tamer and with simpler language that would be understood by a younger audience. That said, it’s important for parents to know that there are older/YA concepts in this book…violence…death.

At first I’d decided that Timer was a mix of upper middle grade and young adult, but at the 75% mark the plot detail confirmed to me that this book is definitely above the typical MG level. More teen I’d say.

In a Nutshell  |  This one is a mixed bag. Great cover too.


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It’s been a couple of years since I gave away a paperback edition of a Quest book, so I thought it was about time to do it again. I’m running a giveaway on Goodreads for the next couple of months.

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Series Trouble | I’ve Started, Should I Finish? | Heroes of Olympus

I’m a writer, but I’m also a reader, and it has recently dawned on me that I have a series problem. I love reading books that are part of a series, so whenever a new one catches my eye, l’m up for it.

That’s where my problem starts. I’ve realised that I’m part way through so many series that I need to sit down and do some soul-searching about which ones I should continue to continue to ride, or should I let it slide.

So I’ve decided to do a series (oh that’s ironic) of posts to share my impressions (from when I read the books) of some series that I’ve started. I’d really appreciate some feedback and advice from all of you on what to do.  Should I … RIDE or SLIDE


HEROES OF OLYMPUS by Rick Riordan


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Read in July 2013

See my original review in full here.

In a nutshell: This is a great start to another series. I’m already engaged with the characters and I’m keen to see what they get up to next. I recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure laced with the magic of mythology and modern-day settings.


 IMG_1166The Son of Neptune (Book #2)

Read in July 2014

See my original review in full here.

In a nutshell: It’s another cool PJ tale, which was hard for me to initially get into, but once I did, I enjoyed the read. It’s a no brainer that it will appeal to fans of Percy Jackson.


The books I haven’t read in this series.

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With 3 books to go, what should I do?

RIDE or SLIDE


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