Cliff Hangers – Which One To Read?

I just went on vacation to Arizona. It was amazing! The color of the ground was like rust red and there were prickly pears everywhere. (As stupid as I am, I felt one just for kicks. It’s not very prickly if you touch it between the spines.) I even saw the Grand Canyon! But needless to say, it wasn’t THAT amazing. I mean, it was just this big hole, sort of. I’ll probably appreciate it when I’m old. Like my mom.



Anyway, enough about that. Now about this post: I decided to read¬†3 series books and rate them on how much of NOT a cliff hanger it was. (If that even makes sense…)

  1. The Royal Treatment (Princess For Hire Series): Okay, so there’s this teen girl named Desi Bascomb. She works as a sub for princesses who need a break from they royal life. Desi¬†is finally a level 2 sub and gets all sorts of awesome free stuff. Life seems sweet… but after a few days in the job and a run in with a sub gone wrong, she begins to wonder – is Fascade actually the good guy company? After all, they have to get their magic from SOMEWHERE…
  2. Mira In The Present Tense (Jasmine Skies Prequel): Mira, like any other 12 year old girl, is sort of confused. Her Nana Josie is dying (AND PAINTING HER OWN COFFIN), she seems to be drifting away from her best friend, Jide appears to like her, AND girl problems just had to creep up on her now. Can Mira somehow figure out this tangled mess?
  3. H.I.V.E. (H.I.V.E. Series): Otto Malpense hypmotized the Prime Minister. But that doesn’t mean getting abducted and locked in a school of evil is easy for him. Or for Shelby, Wing, and Laura, who are also geniuses who have been selected for the school.¬†They want OUT. So together, they form a plan to escape the super secure building and its ruthless teachers. But is fleeing their best option?

In my opinion, Mira In The Present Tense is the best. The ending is complete with NO suspense. You can’t even tell that there’s a sequel. It leaves you with a warm feeling at the end. And no internal shouting about the unfairness of having to track down the next book.

The Royal Treatment is second. It’s a tad confusing in the beginning when they talk about Desi’s job and past, but you catch on pretty quickly. Only thing is that the Fascade’s magic situation isn’t completely cleared up. So I got the next book. And the first one.

And finally, H.I.V.E. It was a tad boring and the end¬†just tells you that Otto MAY go through some unfortunate events. And that the head of the school MAY know something about someone’s parents. And so on. I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oop. Computer freezing. Better post this now…

Cliff Hangers – Which One To Read?

Ms. Marvel: No Normal

No, I am not a Marvel fan, and yes, I still like this book anyway.

I was so glad when my mom went to the library to pick up some books I ordered online. Finally, something interesting to read! Anyway, when I saw this book today I thought two things.

a) Its a graphic novel! (I should have researched that on Amazon.)

2) It looks shorter than Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack.

But I usually don’t back away from a book, so I read it anyway.

And I loved it!

Ms. Marvel: No Normal is about a Muslim teen named Kamala Khan from Jersey City. She has had¬†a HUGE¬†obsession with superheroes¬†and the Avengers.¬†Her parents have strict rules and says she can’t go to a party. Kamala goes anyway and develops superpowers. She’s always wanted to be the blonde, pretty, strong Captain Marvel, and now she’s just like her. But Kamala soon learns that being Ms. Marvel isn’t as great as it looks, and her mission to rescue her best friend’s brother doesn’t go as planned.

I’m glad they¬†made a Muslim superhero! I mean if you think about it, most superheroes are:

a) From outer space

b) American

(At least that’s what I think. Like I said, I’m not a huge superhero fan so I don’t know a lot.)

This is probably good for 6th to 8th graders.

I would give this book 5 stars!

P.S. If I ever read the rest of the series, I’ll review that for you.

Ms. Marvel: No Normal

My Life as a Joke

I read one of the books in this series during 4th.

(The whole school had to, so I really had no choice.)

So, I remembered the “My Life” books and I was like “Oh look. They added on more ‘My Life’ books! I guess I’ll try one!”

And I did.

In My Life as a Joke, Derek makes a New Year’s resolution to take things more seriously. Obviously, it isn’t really working or there would be NO PLOT whatsoever.

Shortly after making his resolution, Derek volunteers for a toy drive (hence, the resolution) and of course get stuck with finding dolls for the drive. (In his opinion, the WORSE CATEGORY EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Then Derek finds out that someone donated a Baby Karen doll, which is worth hundreds of dollars. He ditches trying to take things more seriously and sells Baby $ on ebay.

But the person who buys the doll demands her money back and Derek spent it all on a monster truck bouncy house.

I thought it was interesting to see how Derek would get himself out of this mess.

My Life as a joke also has a bunch of mini illustrations of words in the story, which is a nice side addition.

Overall, I guess I would give this book four stars, and I would recommend it to 3rd to 5th graders.

My Life as a Joke

Calamity Jack

This is the sequel to Rapunzel’s Revenge, which I asked for for my birthday. At least I think it was my birthday. It was pretty good, but I liked the first book better.

So Jack is going back to his hometown to see his mom with Rapunzel. He accidentally destroyed his mom’s house (AND HER BAKERY!!) with a beanstalk, so he’s on shaky ground with her.

When they get there, there are giant ants attacking the city. When Jack sees an “ant person” helping up a police man in the midst of the commotion, he begins to suspect the ant people attacks are staged.

The graphics were actually, in my opinion, better and more detailed than Rapunzel’s Revenge, but the plot was less exciting¬†to me. But is was still pretty good. At least, good enough that I would recommend this book to other people.

So overall, I would give this book a 4 out of 5 star rating and recommend it to the same age range as Rapunzel’s revenge.

Calamity Jack

Rapunzel’s Revenge

I’m not usually a fan of graphic novels, but¬†Rapunzel’s Revenge¬†is one of the few graphic novels I read.

You know the story Rapunzel, right? You know, her dad steals rapunzel lettuce for her mom from a witch named Gothel, Gothel takes their daughter, Rapunzel, and traps her in a tower. A prince comes and they live happily ever after. The End. (Gothel interferes before they live “happily ever after,” but I’m not going to get into that.)

Anyway, Rapunzel’s Revenge is sort of a wild west story with a western version of Rapunzel that lassos and whips things and people with her braids. (If you look on the cover of the book you’ll see Rapunzel wearing cowboy getup.) Here’s how the story goes:

Rapunzel is living with Gothel in a huge villa and thinks she is her mom.

She also doesn’t know that Gothel uses growth magic to make people pay her taxes. If they don’t, she makes their farmland dry up. I guess you could say Gothel was the Supreme Ruler of the Universe or something like that.

When Rapunzel meets her real mother, who is forced to work in Gothel’s mines, Gothel locks her “daughter” up in a really tall tree with a room at the top. Ta da! An organic tower.

Rapunzel escapes her tower and meets Jack (and the beanstalk) at a Western Saloon where he tricks her into stealing horses. They become friends and go back to Gothel’s to teach her a lesson on blackmailing innocent people and enslaving Rapunzel’s mother.

I also really love the pictures and the fact that the authors incorporate humor and sarcasm into the story.

I first read this book in 3rd grade and I’m 12 now, so I would probably say this book would interest 9-12 year olds. Or maybe 9-14.

I would give this book a 5 out of 5 star rating.

Rapunzel’s Revenge