Monday, November 20, 2017

All About Middle Grade Review: The London Eye Mystery

The London Eye Mystery (London Eye Mystery, 1) by Siobhan Dowd, June 7, 2007. 333 pages. Published by David Fickling Books. Source: Borrowed from Library.
Monday, 24 May, 11.32 a.m. Ted and Kat watch their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye. He turns and waves and the pod rises from the ground.

Monday, 24 May, 12.02 p.m. The pod lands and the doors open. People exit in all shapes and sizes – but where is Salim?

Ted and his older sister Kat become sleuthing partners since the police are having no luck. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain runs on its own unique operating system, to find the key to the mystery.
First Sentence
My favourite thing to do in London is to fly the Eye. 

While I did not love The London Eye Mystery half as much as I had hoped, it was still a fairly enjoyable read. Let's see why!
  • I came across the second book in the series, written by a different author a decade later, and decided to give book one a chance since my library had a copy. While it was not as good as I was hoping, it was fairly interesting. I particularly enjoyed reading about Ted and the way he saw the world; that and the fluctuating relationship between him and his sister Kat. 

  • What really disappointed me with this book was the mystery. It was just so flat and predictable. For me, the clues were just too out there from the beginning; it made the mystery aspect of the book no fun at all for me. I'll tell you this, he hadn't even disappeared and I already knew what was going to happen and the outcome. Sometimes I feel like Sherlock declining a case as it's not enough to hold his interest. sadly though, this is not the first, nor likely the last, mystery that has not been, well, mysterious or hard to crack.
  • While the mystery was not very interesting, I thought the characters were better. When I say characters, I mean more than just Ted and Kat, I liked the craziness of the entire clan. Yet, the one aspect of the book that really flew off the pages was how well Siobhan Dowd captured the fear and anguish that everyone felt after Salim vanished. She really excelled at capturing the various emotions that can run through a person's mind during any kind of tragedy. 

Final Verdict: The London Eye Mystery- The mystery was lackluster, but the characters emotions were really well done. 

A copy of this book was borrowed from the library. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Spinning Pages (34): Hurricane Rescue

Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, the inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 

This week on Spinning Pages takes us to Gulfport, Mississippi where a hurricane is barring down upon them; and where a rescue to save the life of their missing friend is underway during one of the biggest storms to hit. 

Who's ready to see what song will be paired with Jennifer Li Shotz's Hurricane Rescue!! This week's song is totally out of left field for me; it was a song that one of my sisters listened to that happened to pop into my head while putting this post together!

Hero by Skillet-
I need a hero to save my life
I need a hero just in time
Save me just in time
Save me just in time

Who's gonna fight for what's right
Who's gonna help us survive
We're in the fight of our lives
(And we're not ready to die)

I warned you that the song was completely out of the norm for me, yet these lyrics fit the situation so well that I could not not use them for this book. I mentioned above that the main character and Hero, the retired rescue dog, set off to rescue their friend who is lost during the hurricane; for me, these lyrics really touch upon the feelings that went through not only their Ben's head but also the one being rescued.

You can always check out my review of Hurricane Rescue to see my thoughts on it, or read the book then listen to the song and see if you agree with the pairing!!

If you're not familiar with Hero by Skillet, then check out the music video below to listen to the entire song!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I Want to Read It (79): The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the ones, I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, 1) by Alexandra Bracken, September 5, 2017. Published by Disney-Hyperion. Source: Want to Read.
Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

I have never, as far as I can recall, read anything by Alexandra Bracken. I've thought about trying some of her other books, but never got around to it.

Yet, The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding sounds really good. The kind of good where you want to know what will happen to the main character, Prosper Redding in the case of this book; like will he be able to break the family curse? I need to know the answers to these questions!!

Have you read The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding? If you were to recommend another book by Alexandra Bracken, which would you recommend?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Hurricane Rescue

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, November 13, 2017

All About Middle Grade Review: Hurricane Rescue

Hurricane Rescue (Hero, 2) by Jennifer Li Shotz, June 20, 2017. 192 pages. published by HarperCollins. Source: Publisher.
When a dangerous hurricane strikes town and Jack and his puppy, Scout, go missing, retired search-and-rescue dog Hero is the only one who can track them down.

Hero and his human, Ben, set off into the woods, but when the storm surges out of control, the group is suddenly trapped with no way out. Now it’s up to Hero to get everyone home safe and sound. Together, Hero and Ben fight for their lives—but can Hero battle his way past alligators, mudslides, and raging floods?
First Sentence
Hero was perfect.

I contemplated not reading this book because I'm not really into books with animals as they usually end poorly...for the animal. Yet, I decided to give this one a chance because, well, there was the possibility of at least one hurricane heading our way and it just felt fitting to read it during that time. Weird reasoning, I know.

  • For me, the story itself was interesting as was the characters. Though not necessarily a story that will leave a long-lasting impression on my mind. It was just one of those books that you read and enjoy in the moment, but don't necessarily love with a plan on ever rereading. You know. 
  •  My intention is not to be rude with the above statement, that's just how some books leave me feeling. Though I did really enjoy the close relationship Ben had with his dog, the retired police/rescue dog, Hero. The trust and teamwork that they used during the book were really well written. I guess you could say Ben and Hero were my favorite aspect of this book; that and the way they were written.
  • You know what, the circumstances that lead Ben and Hero out into the hurricane to search for their friend made me incredibly sad. I just felt so badly for his friend that was hurting so much and missing his father that he would do something as stupid as not heading the warnings. Though the whole situation definitely improved the friendship between Ben's two friends. 
  • For being such a short book. Jennifer Li Shotz did a great job creating tension during the rescue and showcasing how well the characters, dog included, could work together to weather the storm. 
Final Verdict: Hero: Hurricane Rescue- An entertaining way to talk about the dangers of being out during a hurricane and to show the skills that rescue dogs are capable of. 

Hurricane Rescue earns
A copy of this book was received for review consideration. All thoughts are my own.


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