Passenger Review

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Passenger (Passenger, #1)Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A review copy was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Passenger is a time traveling adventure that defines what makes a good book. It succeeds on every level: pacing, characters, and plot.
Etta doesn’t know it but she has the gift of being able to time travel. But there is a family in charge of time travelers that have a very mobster like mentality in how things are done. Etta is taken from her time because she is the only one that can solve riddle and find the object that the people who took her mother are looking for. But this object holds too much power for any one person and needs to be protected at all costs.
With a romance that adds to the plot without overpowering it and the perfect pacing of action and and venture Passenger is definitely one of my favorite books of 2016. Alexandra Bracken once again hits a home run. For time travel adventures, Passenger is better than The Cursed Child.

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Between Worlds

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This post is sponsored by Putnam who sent me a copy in exchange for an honest review.  

Between Worlds is a new book by Skip Brittenham.  It incorporates the use of an app  to add Augmented Reality or AR and a game into the experience. AR is the same technology that pokemon go is using to became a sensation accross the world.  Ultimately the AR and game just become a type of  gimmick to try to get readers.   The story is nothing special and readers are better off reading something by Jennifer Nielsen or Alexandra Bracken and playing Pokemon GO when their eyes get tierd and they need to walk around for exercise.   As a middle grade book the fact that the characters were older teens is a little surprising.  Usually middle grade books have younger characters. 

Ultimately Between Worlds is not even worth borrowing from the library.  

Recommendation: Skip.

The Reader by Traci Chee

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This post is sponsored by Putnam who sent me a review copy of this book.  

I’ve been reading The Reader by Traci Chee Thanks to Putnam.  It’s a fantasy about a world where nobody reads anymore and no body knows what books are for but Sofia inherits a book and goes on an adventure to find out what is for.  

So far this book has action and adventure and is really interesting.  I think dystopian fans and fans of books about books like Inkheart will enjoy it.  

Star Wars Review

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A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (Star Wars: Episode IV)A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Princess, The Scoundrel and the Farm Boy is a retelling of Star Wars A New Hoe written by Alexandra Bracken. Bracken is a master author and one of the best authors writing today. She has taken a story that I have seen as film hundreds of times and made it fresh.
Everyone reading this review knows the general plot of Star Wars so I won’t summarize it here, there is no point. I will instead talk about how Bracken delivers a fresh take on the story. Split into three perspectives, Leia, Han and Luke to tell the story it has a sort of Breakfast Club feel. In Breakfast Club the kids fit into specific stereotypes but want to be known as more than just the nerd, freak, jock, criminal etc. Here Bracken has shown that through the events of A New Hope Leia, Han and Luke are trying to break their own stereotypes of princess, scoundrel and farm boy. What a fantastic reimagining of one of the best movies ever made.
This is an excellent book for those kids who are new to the Star Wars universe.

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Review: Maximum Ride 3

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Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride, #3)Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Saving the World and other Extreme Sports is the third book in the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. Picking up from where School’s Out Forever leaves off, the story continues at a furious pace. Back in 2007, I had started this book and given up on it. Without giving too much away, Max learns more about her past and how she and the other bird kids came to be.
Characters grow and change in this volume from previous books. Fang’s relationship with Max starts to get complicated.
Overall, I’m really glad I gave 3.5 stars as I am definitely interested in reading at least book 4 some time soon.

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Unbound Review

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Unbound (Magic Ex Libris, #3)Unbound by Jim C. Hines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow! Jim C. Hines is an author to binge. I found Libriomancer earlier this year and read and loved it. Codex Born expanded the world and added a new layer to the magic. Unbound grabs the reader and jumps to warp 9 with a good story. Isaac has been stripped of his powers and is dealing with the kidnapping of his protege. Meanwhile there is an army of ghosts about to destroy the world and the world has been told about the existence of magic.
Jim C. HInes knows how to build a world that has characters you will care about and take them on a journey that expands and adds to their character as more than just violence and action. Isaac grows and is a bit different at the end of this experience than he was before.
I give this book a very strong recommendation, it did seem to drag a little bit at times but not so much that you would want to put the book down. If you haven’t read this series get on it now! This will definitely appeal to upper YA 15 and up.

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Cursed Child Review

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Harry Potter is back. Cursed Child is the 8th story about the boy wizard. Now a father of three, this play focuses on Albus, the middle child. Harry and Albus don’t really have a great relationship. Albus doesn’t like having to live up to his fathers name and there is a great deal of conflict between them. When Amos Diggory shows up and begs Harry to use the time turner that has been rumored to have survived, to save Cedric, Harry refuses and Albus decides to do it.
It felt awesome to be back in this world again. But after three weeks I had to knock it down a star as I fully processed my feelings about this book. There are a number of plot points that feel drawn from fan fiction. There will be no major spoilers in this review but not everything feels Potterish. Albus and Scorpious are the best parts of this book as they both land in Slytherin and have to deal with the shadows of their I fathers.
Despite some flaws this play is a good addition to the series but I would not rank it any higher than fourth in terms of my ranking.

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Invisible Library Review

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The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1)The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman is a fast paced book themed mystery adventure set in an alternate version of London. Irene is a librarian at the Library. The Library is a multidimensional library that collects specific books from different dimensions. The library itself contains multiple portals to many different dimensions. Irene is given an assistant Kai and told to get a copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales from a steampunkish London.
While there she realizes the book she is after has already been stolen because her contact is murdered. The blurbs compare it to Doctor Who. In some ways I guess this comparison works but only as much as they go to multiple realities. If Sliders was still on TV, it might be compared to Sliders instead. The mystery itself is well crafted and you are not sure who to trust as events force Irene to make allies in a reality where she does not know anyone.

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