Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Spaced Out (Moon Base Alpha Book 2) by Stuart Gibbs

Spaced Out (Moon Base Alpha #2)
This is a fun second book in the series.  Once again, something has gone wrong at the Moon Base and it is up to 12 year old Dashiell, along with his alien friend, Zan Perfonic, to solve the mystery and save the day.  This time, Nina, the base commander, goes missing.  She disappears and no one can find her.  Dash was the last person who saw her before she disappeared. The book is a fun to read mystery and I think that kids from grade 4 and up will totally enjoy it!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Raelia (The Medoran Chronicles #2) by Lynette Noni

I totally loved this second book in the series and I eagerly awaiting the rest of the books!  In this book, Alex returns to Medora for the next year of school and she further develops her powers.  She is the chosen one and only she will be able to save  - oh, probably the world - from the evil Aven and his lackeys.  There is a little romance, lots of action and fighting and there is one Harry Potter reference.  I liked Alex's spunky personality.  I really look forward to the next book!  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Not If I See You First
Parker is just starting her junior year of high school.  Her father passed away 3 months ago and her aunt and uncle and their children have moved into Parker's house. She is blind, but very self-sufficient. The story has some romance and deals with several heavy issues.  It is well-written and I enjoyed reading it.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Akarnae The Medoran Chronicles Begin by Lynette Noni

So fun!  It is like a little bit of Harry Potter, some Alice In Wonderland, a bit of The Wizard of Oz and some Hunger Games all mashed up together!  Sixteen year old Alex is going off to a boarding school as her parents will be traveling in a country with no way to communicate with them.  She gets to the school which seems totally dreadful, but when she goes inside to check in, she opens a door to another world and winds up at Akarnae, a school for gifted teens in a different world.  There is a sentient library and books that open doorways and lots of adventure and friendship!  I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I look forward to reading the next book.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Sign of the Cat by Lynne Jonell

I loved this book! A boy who can talk cat who is kidnapped and trained as a ship's boy.  A missing princess.  "It would have been so much better with a tiger".  And of course, there was Brig, the tiger.  Cats and kittens and bad guys and so much adventure!  I think that kids in grades 4-8 will enjoy this book, although sensitive children should beware and stay away because kittens are squished, ground, and eaten. There is not a lot of description of that, but it is one thing the bad guy does, so be aware.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I enjoyed the story very much.

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson

Wow!  This is quite a gripping story.  Laila is a refugee from an unnamed middle eastern country in which her father had been the dictator.  After her father was killed by her uncle's men, she and her mother and brother were brought to the United States.  Now, Laila and her 6 year old brother go to American schools and struggle to fit in to a foreign and frivolous culture while the war continues in her country.  Laila tries to fit in and enjoy the American culture, but as she learns more about what her father did, she wants to right the wrongs that he committed.  The story is fast paced, tense and compelling.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust : A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley

I have not read the other books in this series, but I thought this one was quite good.  Twelve year old Flavia de Luce has been sent from her home in England to a boarding school in Canada that her deceased mother had once attended.  On her first night there, a dead body falls out of the chimney in  her room giving Flavia a mystery to pursue.  Flavia is smart and spunky and a fun girl to read about.  I enjoyed this book and may read others in the series as well.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.