Book Review: Ocean Academy (The Lost Talisman)

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Summary

Coral the Octopod, finally reunited with her mysterious aunt Aquatica… Therefore, she was considered an enemy of the underwater world. King and Queen’s scheme of trying to obtain Coral’s earring talisman and even the lost talisman of the First Nymph King must be stopped! Coral was determined to locate her father and to protect the ones she loved despite being warned by her aunt….”You will regret if you choose incorrectly…”

Conclusion

This was book 4 of the series, but I thought that it could be read by itself. There was a lot of details that really highlighted the ocean depths and their surroundings in the middle of the book. The fight scenes were also quite elaborate too.

Book Review: Alex Rider (Stormbreaker)

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Summary

Alex was a 14 year old orphan living with his banker uncle Ian Rider. Then one day, Ian was in a car accident and he was left with his caretaker. However, Alex didn’t believe that his uncle would forget to wear a seatbelt and he began to investigate by himself… He discovered many bullet holes on the car, he knew that he was right! Uncle Ian was a secret agent! Suddenly, Ian’s boss appeared and confronted Alex about his investigation, he was forced to join the secret service, MI6.

Alex was very suitable as an agent since he was very skilled in many fields, sent to infiltrate a billionaire’s company. This billionaire was going to donate a large amount of computers that contained a program called Stormbreaker…..

Conclusion

To force a teenager to be a spy seemed quite irresponsible and a bit ridiculous at first…. However, considering this was a series for 10 years old and older, it would be easier for young readers to accept.

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Book Review: Cara The Beginning (Cornelius Saga #9)

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Summary

Cara, had inherited the gift or the gene just like Matilda, from many years ago. This gene was like a curse that she thought was a blessing at times. In 1894, she was burned at the stake by the townsfolk of Newport.

She had ran away with her lover, Stephen, from her home as her secret was going to be exposed. Matilda could move things with her mind…. She was able to make a rattle snake strangle itself to save her sisters….. Their mother had to hid its body to avoid discovery…

Fortunately, Matilda and Stephen found a new home and some great neighbours too. It was a family with three children. Everything was fine until the stepfather questioned their backgrounds and past…. She also noticed there was something odd about him….

Conclusion

The witch trials and its horrendous past was the focus of this story. No matter what good the suspected woman did, made no difference to the townsfolk. The cruelty of the human heart could be extremely barbarous at times.

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Book Review: The Scarlet Thread

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Summary

If she touched you, Kadence could see how you would die. Not when or even where, just how… As a little girl, she tried so hard to tell others when she saw her brother die. No one believed her, until he really died and she was the suspect. She was convicted and sent to juvenile hall.

Then, one day, someone finally listened and believed that she had the power to foresee death. She was going to leave this prison and be free! But, at what cost? Why would anyone believe her and want to save her?

Conclusion

This book combined Greek mythology and the darker sides of human nature. The constant search to differentiate good and evil, right and wrong could be confusing and difficult at times. What one might believe was correct might also be wrong in another sense.

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Book Review: The Graveyard Book

Summary

A man was murdering a family and the baby boy walked out the front door, escaping his possible horrid demise….

The baby waddled down the road into a graveyard and the spirits residing there, adopted him. The ghostly Owens couple named him Nobody Owens, nicknamed Bod. He was loved and cared for by all the residents at the graveyard. They protected him till he became a teenager. Then, it was time for him to explore the human world.

Why was his family murdered? How would life be like for him as he got older?

Conclusion

The story background combination of a graveyard and a baby was very intriguing to me. There were many funny inserts in the dialogue, especially as the reader got to meet the spirits and the inscriptions of the gravestones.

I recommend this as a follow up for fans of Coraline, his other famous book.

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Book Review: Fortunately, The Milk

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Summary

One day, Mother had to leave for a business trip. Reluctantly, she left the household into the hands of Father. Besides the typical chores, he had to pick up the groceries, most importantly, the milk. That should be a simple task. The children waited for a long time for Father to arrive home with his groceries. As he unpacked the groceries, the children questioned him about the reasons why he took so long…..

Father began to unfold an elaborate story that involved dinosaurs, time travel and aliens!

Conclusion

The illustrations in this book was colourful and very whimsical. They really elaborated the details of his vivid imagination. What a fun book for the young ones.

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Book Review: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

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Summary

In 1940, four siblings were sent away to avoid the Blitz, the Germans plan of bombing the United Kingdom. They arrived and began exploring in the mansion of Professor Digory, who was the same Digory in The Magician’s Nephew.

Lucy, discovered a large wardrobe and walked inside to hide. She discovered that there was a snow covered world inside! This world, Narnia, was enchanted by the White Witch, according to a magical creature named Tumnus. He revealed that the White Witch ordered that all human beings to be brought to her and eventually, took Lucy back to the wardrobe to go home. He couldn’t betray Lucy as he grew to enjoy her company.

Arriving back home, Lucy told her siblings, who laughed at her imagination. Finally, Edmund followed her into the wardrobe, but he landed in another part of Narnia. Edmund met the White Witch, who promised to make him a Prince, when he brought her his siblings. There was a prophecy that mentioned about four children of Adam and Eve ending her reign in Narnia. She had to turn Edmund against his siblings…..

On the other hand, the White Witch’s power began to weaken when the snow started to melt. Where once Christmas was stopped because of her magic, suddenly Father Christmas appeared….. Aslan, the Lion was also spotted…

Conclusion

I was enchanted with the television series in 1988. This was the first time that I read this book. I felt like reliving the images of the series in my mind. As the background was the beginning of World War Two, one could say that the children were searching to hide from the cruel realities of war. Hiding in a sturdy wooden wardrobe among thick fur coats sounded very comforting.

This book continued to be on the reading lists for school-aged children. The magical world of good versus evil with children being the heroes and heroines appealed to young children. The sense of controlling your own destiny and making a difference in their own world was very exciting for them!

Book Review: Short Dates

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Summary

This book was a collection of short stories about lost love, rejection, coincidental meetings and above all, surprises in life. These surprises could be bad, but it could be good too! Some of the stories might move you to tears, but some might shock you.

Conclusion

There were quite a few stories that made me smile. A couple left me surprised and wanting more! So many questions arose in my mind as each shirt story ended.

If you were looking for a quick read to inspire your imagination, this would be a good choice!

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Book Review: A Girl Called Ari

Summary

In a dystopian future world, there was a walled city called Alice. Everyone inside this city was very privileged, while the people outside in the Wastelands were struggling to survive each day. The mayor’s daughter, Starla, was one of the most privileged in the land. She was turning 18, but she was not satisfied about being locked behind the wall. She felt like a bird locked inside a cage, looking outwards. Starla wanted to be free.

Suddenly, she was kidnapped and landed into the Wastelands. She met Ari, a mysterious girl who used to live in Alice, but somehow ended up exiled in the Wastelands with her parents. Then, she was alone, toiling in the salt fields to survive. Seeing this as an opportunity to change her fate, Ari agreed to help Starla get back to the Walled City, if she could move back into it.

However, was Alice really the dream city that they want to go back to?

Conclusion

This story line was the background story that introduced the existence of Ari. Reading about Starla reminded me of how many of the privileged young people who didn’t understand the suffering of the poor in the world. They despised and looked down on others who had less than them, while craving for more.

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Book Review: Coraline

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Summary

A little girl named Coraline moved into a new home with her inattentive and preoccupied parents. This apartment, with some interesting tenants, made her world more fun! Then, she discovered a mysterious door that led to a world that was just like hers, except it had everything she ever wanted there.

In this alternate world, there was a set of Coraline’s parents. The Other Mother and Other Father would let her do everything she wanted to do or eat everything she wanted to eat. She loved it! When she compared to her real life, this was the perfect world!

However, one day, she discovered that this world was just a scheme to trick her soul to stay there forever. Coraline discovered that there were previous children who died and whose souls were trapped by the Other Mother. In order to free herself and the children’s souls, Coraline challenged the Other Mother to a game….

Conclusion

This was definitely a scary story. To be living in a home that was a living nightmare would be many children’s fear. But to discover that there was a hidden door and pathway to another world, sounded like many children’s imagination acting up. Since her own parents were ignoring her, the need to find a world where she was wanted became her goal in her mind.

One could easily say that this whole story was all in her imagination. She might even be hiding from her sad reality in her mind…

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