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Editor's Note: Dave T. is a literature loving twelve year old who also enjoys writing reviews (under the nameReviewer Inc.). Since he does his ratings in dragons we are calling his section Dragon Picks. At the bottom of each review you can see how many dragons Dave gave the book out of a possible five.______________________________________________________Hearts at Stake (Drake Chronicles vol. 1)By Alyxandra HarveyReview by Reviewer Inc.
Two high school girls named Solange Drake and Lucy Hamilton are best friends, but Solange is nearing the change from human to vampire. When Lucy’s parents go away on vacation, she goes to stay at the Drakes’ house and everything goes wrong.
Solange has a prophecy that foretells of her becoming vampire queen, and the current ruler, Lady Natasha, is none too keen on giving up her post. She sends minions to attack the Drake house and capture Solange. The ensuing battles are bloody, and she’ll need all the help she can get from her seven older brothers, Lucy, and her enemy Kieran Black.
This was a very good book because it had intense battle scenes and romance. The battles were excellent and this was a true vampire book because the stake through heart = turning to ash, sunlight = ash, and holy water = burning. This was a very good book!
Published by Bloomsbury January 2010Blood Feud (Drake Chronicles vol. 2)By Alyxandra HarveyReview by Reviewer Inc.
Blood Feud is the sequel to Hearts at Stake. The same family- the Drakes, who have 7 kids- but is a different story line.
A few days after the climactic battle in the caves of Lady Natasha, the mess is still being cleaned up. Unfortunately, the mess also includes a few assassins, sent by Montmartre to kill Helena Drake before her coronation as queen. A party from the Hounds (the Drakes allies) are sent to show their good will. The party is led by Isabeau St. Croix. When the Hounds get to the caves they’re met by Logan Drake. He takes Isabeau to the Drakes’ house, where she meets the rest of the Drakes.
Logan’s youngest sister, Solange, keeps getting “presents” from Montmartre, who wants Solange to be his queen. Logan and Isabeau track down the present givers, and then return to the caves. Then they have to go to the Hounds’ lair because Isabeau feels her mistress, Kala, is in danger. Kala is, and the caves are surrounded by Hel-Blar- mutant vampires working for Montmartre. Isabeau and Logan fight their way through the vampires and succeed. Isabeau and Logan like each other, and their friendship is the key to victory.
This book is extremely well written. The action and battle scenes are very well described and even when there are no battle scenes, the book is still very suspenseful. There is some hard vocab - French? But still, the book is very well written.
Published by Bloomsbury August 2010
Both Books 5/5 DragonsComments0
Editor's Note: Dave T. is a literature loving eleven twelve year old (happy birthday Dave!) who also enjoys writing reviews (under the nameReviewer Inc.). Since he does his ratings in dragons we are calling his section Dragon Picks. At the bottom of each review you can see how many dragons Dave gave the book out of a possible five.______________________________________________________Calamity Jack (graphic novel)By Shannon and Dean Hale / Illustrated by Nathan HaleReview by Reviewer Inc.
This book is about Jack, the baker’s son and he is always scheming. Sometimes his “capers” are bad, although his intentions are good, most of the time. His mom is poor, so he plans to get money from the giants (not the transaction way) and meets a hermit who gives him 5 beans. He plants one that grows and gives him a ride to where he needs to get the money from. A giant catches him as he’s trying to steal the favorite golden egg laying goose of the he head giant, Blunderboar. The giant pursues him down the beanstalk but Jack chops it down, killing the giant.
Blunderboar is having his morning tea when he sees the giant, accompanied by a falling beanstalk, slam into the ground and die. Blunderboar wants to kill Jack so Jack runs out west and meets Rapunzel. When they’re on the “iron horse” (train) heading home to Skyport, they are attacked by the Ant people but Rapunzel’s trusty braids save them.
When they arrive at Skyport, they find it in ruins. The Ant people did this. So now Jack must solve the case, with the help of a couple of friends, why the Ant people destroyed Skyport. While Jack’s doing that task, he must also save Skyport from another enemy.
This book is a graphic novel and is in full color. I don’t really like any full color graphic novels or comic books because I’m used to reading black and white. This was a good novel because it had non-stop action and some funny parts, too. I didn’t like how Jack was sometimes a thief, but it was good to see he redeemed himself in the end.
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Editor's Note: Dave T. is a literature loving eleven year old who also enjoys writing reviews (under the name Reviewer Inc.). Since he does his ratings in dragons (instead of stars) we are calling his section Dragon Picks. At the bottom of each review you can see how many dragons Dave gave the book out of a possible five.______________________________________________________An Awfully Beastly Business:Werewolf versus DragonBy David Sinden, Matthew Morgan, Guy MacDonaldReview by Reviewer Inc.
This book is combined with Sea Monsters and Other Delicacies which to read you must flip the book over. But I’ll get to that later.
Right, to Werewolf v. DragonUlf is a 10 ½ year old werewolf who lives with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Beasts (RSPCB). He has had a peaceful life but that all ends. A mother dragon and her hatchling that the RSPCB has been tracking disappear. The baby turns up shot dead, but the mother is gone. Now Ulf must find the mother dragon before the Baron poacher kills her, too.
An Awfully Beastly Business:Sea Monsters and Other DelicaciesBy David Sinden, Matthew Morgan, Guy MacDonald
Ulf is back again and is back to having a normal werewolf life. Eating meat and turning into a werewolf at the full moon. But this time, an injured giant squid shows up and once again Ulf is plunged into another adventure with the Baron clamoring for this beast. It won’t be long before the Baron shows up, and Ulf had better be ready.
I liked these two books because they had a werewolf, action and adventure. I liked the gargoyle Druce (Ulf’s friend) because he reminded me of Peeves from the Harry Potter books, who in my opinion is very funny and mischievous. This book had some blood, so if you don’t like blood then you probably won’t like these books.
Editor's Note: Dave T. is a literature loving eleven year old who also enjoys writing reviews (under the name Reviewer Inc.). Since he does his ratings in dragons (instead of stars) we are calling his section Dragon Picks. At the bottom of each review you can see how many dragons Dave gave the book out of a possible five.______________________________________________________
Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Night WolfBy Paul Stewart & Chris RiddellReview by Reviewer Inc.
Barnaby Grimes is a London tick-tock lad in the 1800’s. A tick-tock lad delivers messages at anytime of day to anyplace. While he is jumping from roof to roof, he is attacked by a “hellish creature.” Then people he’s been delivering messages to start disappearing. Barnaby sets out to solve this mystery with the help of his friend, Pinkerton Barnes, who is an absent minded research scientist.
I liked this book a lot. It had good action, good characters, and a good mystery and suspense. Be warned: if you don’t like creatures of the night, you probably won’t enjoy this book.
Nota bene: David Fickling Books, Random House, marketed this as 8 – 12 years old, but I say ages 11 and up.
Editor's Note: I would like to introduce to you David T., a literature loving eleven year old who also enjoys writing reviews (under the name Reviewer Inc.). Since David does his ratings in dragons (instead of stars) we are calling his section Dragon Picks. At the bottom of each review you can see how many dragons David gave the book out of a possible five.______________________________________________________
Murder At Midnight by Avi
Review by Reviewer Inc.
Fabrizio is a 10 year old boy whose parents have died. Once homeless, he now is a servant for a magician who does not really like him. The magician’s wife, the mistress of the house, does like him. The mistress leaves to tend to a sick cousin, leaving Fabrizio alone with the magician, Mangus, and Mangus’ other 2 servants.
All of a sudden, papers announcing treason against the king pop up all over the
city of Pergamontio, Italy. These papers are exactly alike but there are no photocopying machines back in 1490. Mangus is accused of making them by magic. Fabrizio, in a promise made to his mistress to protect Mangus, sets out to prove his master’s innocence.
I enjoyed this book because of its mystery and suspense. I enjoyed the Italian setting with the street vendors on the sides of the roads and the magic performances by Mangus. I liked that Fabrizio can make friends very easily. I would have given this book 5 dragons but for the complex pronunciations and titles of the Italian names. Good reading.
David Says: 4/5 DragonsComments0