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A-Mazing: The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

 

Infernal Devices Book 1 - Clockwork Angel Cassandra Clare Rating; 5!

Infernal Devices
Book 1 – Clockwork Angel
Cassandra Clare
Rating; 5!

Oh, Infernal Devices…You were amazing. The recovery process from the overload of emotions has taken a while, but I feel progress is being made. So much happened within your pages. So much love and hate, mixed feelings, action, heartbreak, and I met many, many wonderful people…I mean characters.. And that ending, in Clockwork Princess? OMG. I tried not to sob, I did, but it didn’t work. Now that you’re over…I feel empty. I’ve picked up 3 books since then and only finished one. I wasn’t even all that impressed with the one finished either. I have a feeling you have something to do with this. Nothing can quite compare to my friends the Shadowhunters. I miss Tessa, Will, and Jem along with all of the others and feel a little lost without them, but happy for having met them.

So my readers…go out and read the Infernal Devices, but beware that the books will change you…

The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

Serpent's Shadow Rick Riordan Genre: Junior Fiction Rating: 5

Serpent’s Shadow
Rick Riordan
Genre: Junior Fiction
Rating: 5

Super sad that this is “supposed” to be the last book in Riordan’s Kane Chronicles series which start with The Red Pyramid.  However, fingers crossed, this isn’t actually the case.  I got the feeling after reading this book that maybe (hopefully) a book combining Egyptian mythology with the Greek/Roman mythology is in the future.I love Riordan’s junior fiction books, but I do find the Kane Chronicles more difficult to follow  than the Percy Jackson or Lost Heroes of Olympus series.  Most likely because I am just more familiar with Greek mythology than Egyptian mythology.  That being said, I love being able to learn more about Egyptian mythology through this series.

I tend to recommend these books to just about everyone, but particularly middle school aged boys, because they are SO fun! Riordan’s writing style is funny and fast-paced and in my experience, boys are the toughest to sort to find a book which will keep them interested until the end, but these will keep all reader’s hooked. (Don’t be discouraged girls these are great reads for us too!)

Review:

In this book, the battle to stop Apophis, the god of Chaos, is the center of the plot.  Of course Carter and Sadie Kane’s messy yet entertaining love lives are also part of the plot line.  The Kane children face numerous challenges and obstacles which make for a book packed full of non-stop action and adventure. Don’t start this book unless you have plenty of time to read because it will be one which is really hard to put down.

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Extraordinary Education of  Nicholas Benedict Trenton Lee Stewart Genre: Junior Fiction Rating 4.5

The Extraordinary Education of
Nicholas Benedict
Trenton Lee Stewart
Genre: Junior Fiction
Rating 4.5

I was so excited when I saw that this book had come out.  I absolutely love the three previous Mysterious Benedict Society books by Trenton Lee Stewart (The Mysterious Benedict Society, TMBS and the Perilous Journey, and TMSC and the Prisoner’s Dilemma).  They are great reads for kids and young adults (and adults too of course : ) The books are packed with adventure, mystery, and drama, while at the same time teach valuable lessons about friendship, bullying, and other weighty issues.

 Review:

This book tells us about Nicholas Benedict’s (the “teacher” of the children in the three previous novels) unusual childhood.  I was skeptical.  I thought I would be disappointed since the children I have grown to love in the other novels weren’t in this story, but that was not the case.  I loved the characters just as much in this novel!  It was very cool to see how all of the characters in this novel grow and some of the reasons why they turn into the people they do in the previously published novels. 

Nicholas Benedict is your not-so-typical, super-smart, narcoleptic young boy. This story begins with his journey to a new orphanage (as Mr. Benedict is an orphan himself) called Rothschild’s End.  He dreams of a fresh start where he will have friends and fit in, unfortunately that is not what immediately happens.  Nicholas’s first warning by a fellow student  is of the Spiders, the orphanage’s notorious bullies, before he even enters the building.  And his new Headmaster, Mr. Collum,  is not a compassionate or caring man. 

However, Nicholas’ stay at Rothschild’s End isn’t all bad.  He is able to learn many valuable life lessons, gain a couple amazing new friends (John and Violet), all while on the hunt for a hidden treasure.  Will Nicholas and his two friends figure out where the treasure is located before the Mr. Collum?  Can Nicholas ever “defeat” the Spiders? Is it possible for someone so different to fit in?

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