Books4Hearts – Book Reviews: August 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wishing Moon by Michael O. Tunnell

Aminah threw up her arms to shield herself from flying shards of brass, but she felt nothing.
“Say whatso thou wantest!” a deep voice thundered. “Thy slave is between thy hands!”
Aminah is one of the many orphaned beggars who live in the streets of Al Kal’as, which is an Arabian city. When one night Aminah goes to the princess to try to beg for a job, and the princess throws a dusty lamp at her, Aminah curses herself for bad luck. why couldn’t she of gotten a jeweled cup instead? but when the lamp turns out to be the famous genie lamp of Aladdin, Aminah’s fortunes turn around. Soon she is rich, and is living well, but she can not get the pictures of the other orphans out of her head. soon she is risking everything to help people, a tailor, a baker, all who help others. But the princess is hunting her down, trying to find the lamp, and she won’t rest until she does.
“Good enough,” said the Jinni. In the blink of an eye, the alley was as still as a tomb. “all I wanted was a please. Was that so difficult? Besides, the noise was for you only. No one else could hear. Impress the master, but do not draw attention-one of the basic rules to which I adhere. Most of the time, at least.”
I liked this book a lot. I read it when I was 8, and I re-read it a couple of nights ago. I liked Aminah, and this book has just the right amount of romance and adventur needed. I also liked the Jinni. My favorite character would have to be Idris. I would give this book about four stars. I just recently (today) found out that there is a sequal, and I will be trying to find that one. 😀

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney

“Lady Macduff?” she whispered.
“Dead” he said, smiling.
“And the children?”
He smirked.
“You killed the children?” she cried
“I’ll kill anything,” said the man she had to marry.

This is a re-write of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Mary, who is in the charge of Lord and Lady Macbeth has no home. When her father is found to be a traitor to the king and hanged, Mary knows her life might be forfeit. but when she goes deeper into this mystery, she understands that something more horrible might be at stake here.

Pony with a crooked star
Runs a ride that goes to far.
The owl wins against the wren,
the hollow tree a pen for men.

I really did like this book. the beginning was a little tough for me to understand, but as it gets going it was fabulous. It had just the right about of romance, and It wasn’t at all scary. Also, I was surprised, but it was rather funny as well. I would say that it would be good for ages 10 and up, and I would give it five stars.

He was just in time to see Lady Mary send some other boy off on her pony. She was yelling about eggs.
Fleance was mystified.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Witch Child by Celia Rees

I am Mary. I am a witch. Or so some would call me.
When Mary’s Grandmother is taken and accused of being a witch, Mary’s life is changed. They kill her grandmother, and Mary knows it’s only a matter of time until they go after herself. So she crosses the ocean with some puritans, heading toward the new world, where she hopes she shall not have to worry about her witchcraft being discovered. But instead of refuge, she finds only worse superstitions. In the small town near Salem, she must either give up the witchcraft, or pay the price.
I have the power; none may doubt it. Whatever I may of hoped, I cannot escape my destiny. What happened today has served to prove that to me.
I liked this book… a little. I really didn’t like the beginning, and the middle wasn’t so good either. Mary was unlikable, not because of her attitude, but just because the author made her so different. she has to stand out in everyway. I would give this book 2 stars. I would still recommend reading it, but just be warned that it doesn’t have a good beginning or middle.
I’ve seen his past. I have seen his future. I know how death will come to him, and I feel the knowledge like a burden.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Pendragon by D.J. MacHale

I’d been meaning to read the Pendragon series for a very long time, but every time I went to my local library the first book was checked out (I finally came to the conclusion that it was lost) So one day I went to a Barnes and Noble looking for a new book to read, and I saw Pendragon: The Merchant of Death (the first book) I picked it up and looked at the back cover, it looked slightly interesting, and even though I’ve never really had an interest in Science Fiction I bought it (or rather my mom bought it) And let me tell you, It is one of my all time favorite series. There are 10 books in the series (I’m reading the second book currently.) And so far it is awesome. It’s the story of a 14-year-old boy named Bobby Pendragon who is a seemingly ordinary boy until he gets sucked into a war involving everything and place in the universe. As the reader we get to read journals that Bobby Pendragon sends to his friends back on earth. These books are amazing, mostly because a couple of chapters into the book I actually cried, and I’ve never cried because of a book before, but the author makes you really care for the characters. So if you have any free time I would defiantly recommend the Pendragon series.



Thursday, August 13, 2009

Leven Thumps (series) by Obert Skye

When I first saw the book Leven Thumps at my local Wal-Mart I almost snorted. I mean come on, a book whose main character has the name ‘Leven’? And a magical world called Foo? I count myself very lucky to have looked past the weird names and bought this book. So the very next weekend I (reluctantly) opened the book and started the first chapter… five chapters later people were waving their hands in front of my face to make sure I was still alive. Shockingly I loved the book. It had adventure, action, suspense, and it was funny. I found myself smiling more then once. So my advice? Go to your local book store or library and get this book! Like right now! Look past the weird names and the childish book cover, you’ll be in for a real treat!



Sunday, August 9, 2009

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book 1. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is a normal boy. Or at least somewhat. He has ADHD and learning problems, and he gets expelled from school every year, though he really is a good boy. He never knew that all of those problems were deeper. And they didn’t lead to anything that anyone could guess either. Is Percy really a ‘half-blood’ of olympian origin? Is he just a weirdo? Can he fit in at camp? How long will his stay be at his new favorite place, camp? and if it leads to it, can he save the world from a war of the gods.

What I thought: I thought it was really good. 4 stars. An interesting and intriguing story. Some of the elements of the story are kind of predictable or old, yet other parts of the story, the result, and everything else is completely unexpected and mysterious. It is very good. I recommend it to anyone that likes books such as Charlie Bone, Harry Potter, Spiderwick, Series of Unfortunate Events and more, as well as anyone who appreciates mythology.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

book carnival… is it even still existing?!

cause no one has submitted anything! please people! (other than our blog, of course.) I’ll put something on my blog, but people, I really, really, really hate posting these things if no one is gonna submit anything. ’cause it seems like I’m just wasting space using this post.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Daniel X: Watch The Skies by James Patterson & Ned Rust

In this near to brand new, highly anticipated sequel to the original Daniel X book, “Daniel X” by James Patterson &Micheal Ledwidge, another intriguing view of the world from a somewhat superhuman person being the main character, Aliens taking over the world, aliens exhisting, and life as a good alien although appearing human life form is depicted as intriguing (like I said), rather then cheesy or dorky, and the whole alien thing sounds.

Summary/Description: Daniel X is a boy who wants revenge, and he is going to go up and down the “list” to find and hunt every bad alien there is, leading up to the big alien, the prey, number uno, who killed his parents when he was younger. He has plenty of powers to fight them with, whether he is teleporting himself, transforming himself (or others), making things appear (such as the pack of friends that help him), or something as simple and innocent as playing music in his head. Will he succeed in hunting and destroying Number 5 on his way up to the number 1? Will he live to tell the tale? You’ll have to read this one to find out.

I thought this book was pretty great, though I think I liked the first better. I rate it 4 stars! As dumb as the descriptions may sound, it’s a great story, with many elements of adventure and surprise. Obviously, you should read the first book first, which is also a great book. Have fun reading. 🙂

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz

I read this book, because I heard about it after I read the Alex Rider series, and the Horrowitz Horror books. It is a great adventurous book, and I give it 4 stars. I recommend it to anyone who liked Alex Rider. 🙂

Description/Summary: Mathew Freeman ‘matt’ is a juvenile delinquent. But it didn’t start that way. He was just another 8 year old when his parents died, and he went to live with his Aunt. He didn’t like it at all, but who would? The only person that seemed to be nice to him was his new friend Kelvin, and they got involved in some crime. Little did they know that their next crime would start such weird things. After breaking into a warehouse and they get caught, Matt will have to go to another home far away as part of the LEAF project. His new guardian seems pretty crazy, but what he thinks is only the half of it…
…and you’re going to have to read it to find out more. I need to go get the sequel, like, now. (Evil Star)

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