Reviews of books

Aru Shah and the End of Time A Pandava Novel #1 By Roshani Chokshi 368 pages – ages 9+ Published by Rick Riordan Presents on March 27, 2018 Synopsis from Publisher- “Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by Roshani Chokshi about twelve-year-old Aru Shah, who has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she'll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur? One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru's doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again. But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in [...]
Mon, Mar 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The Downward Spiral Lock and Key #2 By Ridley Pearson 432 pages – ages 9+ Published by HarperCollins on October 10, 2017 Synopsis from Publisher- “This bravely reimagined origin story of the rivalry of literature's most famous enemies—Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty—is told from the perspective of James's observant little sister, Moira. At the thrilling conclusion to book one, we left off with James and Moira's father dying horribly and unexpectedly. Now the search is on to find out what really happened to their father. Did he fall or was he pushed? Sherlock, James, and Moira reluctantly partner up, trusting no one, not even each other, as they uncover a secret sect, a rare jewel, and a sordid history. Blood is spilled, trusts broken, and friendships lost in this story of how one simple mistake cost Father his life and James his heart, and sent the Moriartys spiraling ever downward.” What I Thought- It is at this point that I am befuddled. I could have sworn I officially reviewed book one, Lock and Key: The Initiation, but it appears that I have not. To be very brief, for the sake of my memory remaining accurate, the first book is absolutely excellent. It is [...]
Sun, Mar 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source

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