My Rating: 3 Stars
Very enjoyable read even if a bit short in my opinion, maybe because I'm used to reading relatively big books. The story though is really good bringing together adventure, time-travelling, mystery and mythology.
The story starts with a museum visit where a 14-year-old boy named Jon hears the sphinx whisper to him. When he returns at night, curiosity getting the best of him, Jon is introduced to Neb, a spirit trapped inside the sphinx after being murdered by an evil sorcerer in Ancient Egypt. In order for Neb to be released, Jon has travelled back in time and find his killer. How to go unnoticed? By assuming the identity of the pharaoh's son of course.
The story is fast-paced and very easy to follow and enjoy. Jon is a very likeable young boy with a thirst for adventure and reveals a level of courage beyond his years.
I would have liked to see a more detailed description of the old Egyptian world. I'm a big fan of mythology and it would have been nice some more depth in this field.
I recommend this book for YA/children that love mythology and like quick-readings!
Thank you NetGalley, the publisher Tambora Books, and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.
My Rating: 3 Stars
This book was recommended to me by my fellow bookseller and I couldn't help but be a bit disappointed.
I lot of this book reminded me of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" where the children jump from orphanage to orphanage, living adventures and misadventures along the way. In this story, you just change a mean uncle for a good one and mix magic with it. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
The story of "The Emerald Atlas" is about three siblings that are forced to leave their home and have their memories almost completely erased. Without memories of their parents and no last name, the children go from orphanage to orphanage, ending up with a mysterious man, Dr Pym and end up finding out a world across time and space where magic is real. As they discover the existence of three very powerful books, The Books of Beginning, they are faced with the task of having to find the Emerald Atlas to return home. The thing is they are not the only ones that need it desperately.
It's a very easygoing reading, flowing nicely and you really get to know the three main characters, Kate, Michael and Emma that are thrown in a world they don't understand. The story builds up quite nicely and I really enjoyed reading how events affected each sibling differently.
I wouldn't say that it arrives to the level of Harry Potter, not even close in my opinion, but I still want to read the next book.
My Rating: 4 Stars
A great novel! It has everything: adventure, time travel, magic, twists non-stop.
This story-line is very good, very engaging as you follow the characters around in their own adventures. One of the details I liked the most were the historical references, which give middle-graders a glimpse of history and understanding of the events.
I really liked the characters and how they deal with the reality they find themselves in, both children and adult alike. It's very believable and their reactions are genuine.
A very enjoyable and exciting adventure for all ages!
Thank you NetGalley, the publisher Mountain Arbor Press, and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.
My Rating: 5 Stars
This book was recommended to me by my fellow bookseller, it's one of her favourites and it walked right into my Top 10 books. I fell in love with this book, with everything in it.
The story is touching and goes in depth into the discovery and the understanding of ourselves when we grow up. It's about friendship, love and how we all need someone that truly understands us in this big world. It's also about acceptance and the support that all children should have from their parents, the support that should never disappear no matter how old we become.
The characters are beautiful from the parents to the main characters, Aristotle and Dante. The writing is amazing, poetic and the small phrases and dialogues show the feelings and the connection between the characters and the reader.
I couldn't put it down, and I'm sure you won't either. In the end, you have this warm feeling and you'll be very happy that you bought it and read it. A book not to miss!
My Rating; 5 Stars
Absolutely loved it! I was convinced it was a YA genre but boy was I surprised!
The story is centred around Jacob, a young boy that spent most of his childhood with his grandfather, who told him several stories about unique and peculiar people and terrifying monsters. As he grew up, he began to question the stories and if they were actually true. Unfortunately, Jacob's world is turned upside down when a tragic event falls upon him and makes him question his sanity. Determined to find out more on his own, Jacob departures to a Welsh island where his grandfather took refuse during the Holocaust in search of answers. What he finds throws in a loop and an adventure that will make him discover who he really is and make new peculiar friends.
From the start, I really got into the story. The environment of Jacobs house and the relationship between him and his grandfather sounded very familiar to me and I could almost imagine myself there. The way the novel is written, is simple, like a child's innocence and the best part is that you can see the evolution of the character in the writing. Simply mesmerizing!
Absolutely loved Emma, a fierce fireball that isn't afraid to speak her mind and take a leap and defy the rules when a friend is in trouble. Millard is an amazing character too, a nerdy caring invisible boy with a unique sense of humour and sarcasm. Each peculiar child is unique and their characters and abilities make any reader fall in love with them.
All put together: the characters, the plot, the settings, the way the novel is written and the amazing photos come together in an unique way. The photos really become essential in the story and it helps put a face on all the characters. It's authentic and beautiful and I will definitely start the second volume soon!
Hope you find an idea for your next reading here.