Sunday, August 26, 2012

Vordak The Incomprehensible #3 Double Trouble: Book Review

Muahahaha! It is with great evil pleasure that I tell you the nefarious Vordak the Incomprehensible is back. Try as you must to escape his lair, you'll be sucked into his sinister plan to rule the world.

Lucky for you, The Blue Buzzard challenges Vordak to enter a contest for evil villians and their sons. Instead of hatching his brilliant plan to rule the world, Vordak must find a way to produce a son and rise to the challenge.

When Vordak enlists the help of a cloning scientist name Fred, the comic style book takes a a turn from funny to hilarious. A string of accidents in the Cloning Chamber produce an army of scientists, all named Fred, who will have you splitting your sides with laughter. 

By drawing you, the reader, into his wicked world, Vordak,(ahem... I mean the author, Scott Seegert with the help of illustrator, John Martin) get it right in Double Trouble with their mix of comic style storytelling. The third book in the Vorkak The Incomprehensible Seriers is a definite must read for the comic book and humor lover. Highly recommended for ages 9-12. Just don't say I didn't warn you that the supervillian might be more fun to read about than the good guy.

Publishing Information:
  • Publisher: Egmont, USA (Aug. 28 2012)
  • Ages: 9 and up
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 978-1-60684-372-7 & 978-1-60684-373-4
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Ouroboros Book Giveaway

I am giving away my review copy of Ouroboros by Christopher Turkel, to one of my lucky readers.

To find out more about Ouroboros be sure to read my review. A good fantasy novel for the young adult.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ouroboros by Christopher Turkel Book Review

When Thomas of Xueltion finds his father has been murdered, he vows to avenge his death.  He works at becoming a skilled assassin. However, he must use his ingenuity when he discovers his father's killer is one of the Prakani, a superhuman race who rules the land of Xuelition. 

When the government hires Thomas to recover bonds from an employee, his life becomes like the ancient ouroboros symbol, a never ending cycle that returns to where he started. In a surprise twist of events, Thomas receives a new challenge that will change the course of his life.

Author Christopher Turkel's dystopian future fantasy will delight the young adult fantasy fan. While the prologue initially distracts from the story placement, once the pieces fit together, the pacing picks up. Good for the fantasy minded reader who likes a quick read and easily connects to the main character.  Also good for the reader who looks forward to new books in a series.

Publishing Information

Publisher: Booktrope (June 2012)
Pages: 168
Ages: Young Adult 14 and up
ISBN: 978-1-935961-37-6

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Vin and the Dorky Duet: Book Review

Vin will do anything for an autographed David Beckham soccer shirt including letting his older sister manipulate him. 

When his sister, Meg, informs him he will play a duet with her in the student concert, Vin knows he is doomed. The last concert they played together didn't turn out so well. Meg does leave the door open for Vin to escape his fate. However, he must get Meg's dream boy, Brad Stewart, to play the trumpet with her instead. They only problem is that Vin doesn't know Brad, but he does know Brad's nerdy brother, Eyeballs Stewart.

Vin hatches his brilliant plan he calls operation BS. He tries to befriend Eyeballs Stewart in order to convince Brad to play the duet with Meg. In some laugh out loud, albeit predictable moments, his plan goes awry, leaving him scrambling to save his skin and the duet. 

Author, Maggie Lyons, creates a fun adventure full of humor a friendship. The novella format makes for a quick read, especially appealing for that boy who hates reading. The antics of 12-year-old, Vin, will have the reader at full attention, trying to anticipate what hilarious antic comes next. Recommended for the reluctant middle grade reader.

Publishing Information (Paperback)

  • Publisher: Halo Publishing International (August 1, 2012)
  • Pages: 94
  • Ages: 8-12
  • ISBN: 978-1612440910 and 1612440916

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Book Review: Popular Clone by M.E. Castle

Tired of the constant bullying he endures from thugs he calls the "Vikings," twelve-year-old science whiz, Fisher Bas, devises a brilliant plan to clone himself in an effort to avoid going to middle school. For his plan to work, he must steal his noble prize winning mother’s Advanced Growth Hormone without her noticing.

With the successful creation of his clone, Two, Fisher almost pulls off the perfect plan. However, just as he becomes comfortable at home monitoring his clone on his computer while eating junk food, his plan begins to unravel. First, his clone becomes wildly popular, which gives Two the confidence to stand up to the Vikings.  Unfortunately, drawing attention to himself, makes Two the target of a kidnapping by the sinister Dr. X.

With an amusing mix of brainiac technology and well paced action, Popular Clone by M.E. Castle will have the middle grade reader enthusiastically rooting for Fisher, the underdog while at the same time presenting an enjoyable way to learn challenging scientific vocabulary. Popular Clone is the first book in the Clone Chronicles, a series middle grade readers are sure connect with. Recommended for a great mix of action packed sci-fi and fantasy.

Publishing Information:
  • Publisher: Egmont, USA
  • Pages: 320 Hardcover
  • Date: Jan. 24, 2012
  • ISBN: 978-1-60684-232-4 (1-60684-232-3)
  • Ages: 8 and up

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