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Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville

Title: Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (A Magic Shop Book #1)

Author: Bruce Coville

Publisher: Sandpiper 2007

Genre: Children’s Fantasy

Pages: 176

Rating:  4  / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: YA; Mount TBR

How I Got It: I own it!

In this entertaining fantasy readers will soon realize that things are not always as they seem. Jeremy Thatcher is plagued with all of the problems of a 12-year-old plus a few extra. He is pursued by Mary Lou Hutton, whom he detests, and is constantly put down by his art teacher for reasons he does not understand. One afternoon, in an effort to escape Mary Lou, Jeremy runs through alleys, side streets, and byways and finds himself in a part of town he has never seen before. He enters a small magic shop where he purchases a strange egg. A dragon that only Jeremy and Mary Lou can see enters the picture. The book is filled with scenes that will bring laughter and near tears to readers. Jeremy and his friends are believable characters; their actions and reactions are typical of the children’s age. Once again, Coville offers a fantasy that younger readers can handle easily, and one in which dragons really exist for a little while.

The boys and I picked this up as an in between our Riordan books.  And I have to say that this was great.  I remember reading Coville’s books in the 90s.  This is a newer series, but just as good.  The boys loved the magical twist on the story and the dragons.  I think dragons are the boys’ new favorite creatures.  After finishing, they quickly inquired as to if they are other Magic Shop books.  We own three of the five and are on the lookout for the other two.

Magic Shop

  1. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
  2. Jennifer Murdley’sToad
  3. Goblins in the Castle
  4. The Monster’s Ring
  5. The Skull of Truth
  6. Juliet Dove, Queen of Love
  7. Charlie Eggleston’s Talking Skull
  8. The Vampire’s Tood
  9. The Mask of Eamonn Tiyado
  
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Posted by on July 7, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Hyperion 2010

Genre: Children and YA/Fantasy

Pages: 576

Rating:  5  / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Mount TBR; Mixing It Up — Children’s and Young Adult;

How I Got It: I own it!

After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own:Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they’ll need the help of some familiar demigods.

An absolutely amazing follow-up to the Percy Jackson series.  We started with a bang and ended with a bang.  Riordan knows how to pull the reader in, let them get to know the characters, and then throw the characters into heart-pounding situations.  I loved that we get to meet three new major characters while revisiting some of our old favorites (Annabeth, Rachel Dare, Chiron).  Piper quickly became my favorite new character.  She had a great sense of loyalty and confidence (except when it came to Jason).  And all of the action sequences were great.  Lots of mystery.  I always love trying to figure out the new characters (friend or foe) before the heroes do.  I am glad to say that I called two of the major baddies before the reveal.  (The one in the department store was definitely my favorite).  My boys loved every minute of it.  Just like the Percy series, they learned a ton of mythology along the way.  They are definite fans of Riordan.  Of course Riordan ends this book with a cliffhanger.  Thankfully we have the second book and will be starting soon.  Unfortunately we have to wait until the fall for the third book… Oh well, I must be patient for great books.

Heroes of Olympus

  1. The Lost Hero
  2. The Son of Neptune
  3. The Mark of Athena
  
 
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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Title: Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy #1)

Author: Cornelia Funke

Publisher: Scholastic 2003

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 535

Rating:   4 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges:  2011 – Bablefish

How I Got It: I own it!

Meggie’s father Mo has an interesting talent: when he reads aloud, things, and sometimes people, come out of their stories and into the real world! But now the evil Capricorn wants to use Mo’s talents to bring himself great wealth and power. Then Meggie discovers that maybe Mo isn’t the only one who can read things to life. This is an enchanting story full of adventure, suspense, and magic. The characters are vivid and delightful. Unlike many books for younger readers there is a distinct emphasis on the importance of family as seen in the close relationship between Meggie and her father. Unfortunately the author does include several instances of mild profanity which seems totally unnecessary in a children’s book and is perhaps the biggest detractor from the story. Lightly magical, humorous, and fun, Inkheart will appeal to those who like adventure and fantasy, and to anyone who ever wished a story could come to life.
I wanted to like this book so much… I really did.  But somehow I never became completely immersed in the book.  I liked the main characters.  I loved the villan, Capricorn.  I felt for the characters.  I wanted Meggie and Mo to succeed and even for Dustfinger to find his happy ending.  But I wasn’t willing ot put these characters’ stories above other activities.  I’ve decided that that is a mark of a favorite story. If I basically stop eating, sleeping, and everything else, I loved the book.  That just didn’t happen here.  I liked it, but that was all.  The story is well written.  I especially loved the quotes from other stories at the beginning of the chapters.  They always seemed very appropriate and often foreshadowed the chapter to come.  Again, I liked the book, I just didn’t adore it.
By the way, the movie was crap.  Just saying…
Inkheart
  1. Inkheart
  2. Inspell
  3. Inkdeath

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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Departure from Normal

I like routines.  I liked knowing the basic schedule of my day when I wake up.  I like having a general idea of the week to come.  I’m not one oto plan out every day all day, but I do like routines.

Have you ever had one of those weeks where everything gets so jumbled up?  Yeah, that’s my week… and I don’t like it.  It’s thrown off my whole week.  This is the last full week of school (they have to go back for Monday) for the boys.  We were already going to be pretty busy and then everything went crazy.

Monday:  The entire second grade went on their year end field trip to the zoo.  I went along as a chaperone.  Why do I do these things?  I enjoy being the parent volunteer.  I like spending time with the boys.  I don’t like all the whining, complaining, and sticky heat.  I was in charge of three 8-year-old boys.  Not my ideal situation, but whatever I could do it.  So we began our zoo trip.  It started out nice and cool and then the temperature skyrocketed.  It ended up being int he 90s.  And you know what that means… whiny, hot, sticky 8-year-olds and a lost patience parent chaperone.  We got home and I immediately took a shower and changed clothes.  Blech!  While it was still not unbearably hot, we did have a lot of fun.

So that meant that Monday I didn’t get any blogging, packing, writing, or other errands done.  I had high hopes for Tuesday.  No volunteering time, no specific appointments.  I was going to go to the coffee house and blog.

Tuesday: I woke up to a kid with a fever.  Great!  There goes my day.  So I took the other one to school and can back to cajole the sick one into taking some medicine.  He was really upset that he couldn’t play Wii all day.  It’s in the four season room where I think the temperature got above 100 degrees.  So he spent most of the day curled up in the chair playing the iPad.

I got a lot done, but kept getting distracted by the sick kid.  So my work seems very disjointed at best.  I was due to start working on my Quote Wednesday post or at least picking it.  And I didn’t get around to it.  I did catch up on my Hulu queque and finished my Disney notes.  But i really should have been writing grad cards and blog posts.

Today: Another sick day for the boy.  We finally got a prescription called in for antibiotics, but the pick-up had it’s own obstacles.  By the time I got back home, his fever had broke, but he was still coughing.  Another day at the house.  Another day trying to finished my weekly tasks, but not doing so great.  I still have a long list to do.

Tomorrow?: Hopefully the kid will be good enough to go to school.  The 2nd grade is having their hot dog cookout for lunch and I volunteered to help.  I can’t if the boy is still too sick for school.  And the other one will be upset that I didn’t come see him.  Argh!  Hopefully I can at least get half of the grad cards done and some Disney packing done.

Wish me luck!  And Hopefully I can get back to my normal routine, cause next week is Disney vacation.  Definitely won’t be normal, but hopefully lots of fun.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in Life

 

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