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Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle


Title: Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle
Author: N.D. Wilson
Series: Outlaws of Time
Recommended for: Tweens and up, especially those who’ve read Percy Jackson/Harry Potter and want more, but any who love action/adventure/fantasy/sci-fi, or are at least willing to try it. Also Firefly Fankids.
Pages: 329
Call Number/Link: J FIC WILSON

Synopsis: “Misfit twelve-year-old Sam Miracle’s life is made up of dreams, dreams where he’s a courageous, legendary hero instead of a foster kid with two bad arms that can barely move. Sometimes these dreams feel so real, they seem like forgotten memories. And sometimes they make him believe that his arms might come alive again. But Sam is about to discover that the world he knows and the world he imagines are separated by only one thing: time. And that separation is only an illusion. The laws of time can be bent and shifted by people with special magic that allows them to travel through the past, present, and future. But not all of these “time walkers” can be trusted. One is out to protect Sam so that he can accept his greatest destiny, and another is out to kill him so that a prophecy will never be fulfilled. However, it’s an adventurous girl named Glory and two peculiar snakes who show Sam the way through the dark paths of yesterday to help him make sure there will be a tomorrow for every last person on earth.” —

My Review:

Hold onto your hats! This book picked me up and spun me around and dropped me into a world of Old West gunfights; time travel; mysterious magic; and more until I didn’t quite know which way was up (in a good way). The adventures are exciting and the story is excellent. While there is a fair bit of violence, it is at the service of the story–that is, it is NOT violence for violence’s sake, and its costs and effects are clearly shown–and the story would probably not be a problem for an average reader.
Time travel, although a very tricky thing to write, is handled well here, too; I have no idea if it jives at all with the laws of physics, but I was able to follow the line of logic without too much trouble, and don’t think it would confuse readers who are used to fantasy or science fiction. As for the characters, the heroes and villains are all very well and clearly drawn without veering into stereotypes (although I think the author let himself have quite a lot of fun with the villains.) The ending, while fairly satisfying, requires a sequel. No ifs, ands, or buts about it; we have to know what happens next!

Highly recommended.


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The Hidden Oracle

hidden oracleTitle: The Hidden Oracle

Author: Rick Riordan

Series: The Trials of Apollo

Recommended for: 4th – 8th Grade

Pages: 376 pages

Synopsis: How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor.

But Apollo has many enemies-gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

Another great read.  This one is not like the others where they are just finding out they are a demigod, Apollo or Lester already knows who he is.  Apollo has to figure out how to get back in Zeus’s good graces, the last two times this has happened he had to serve a master for many years.  In comes Meg a young demigod that helps Apollo and then becomes Apollo’s master.  Apollo has to do as Meg asks until Zeus is satisfied.  Also weird things are happening at Camp Halfblood and Apollo feels like he has to be the one to solve what is going on.  He would rather get a demigod to do all of these things for him, but now that he is mortal he can’t make a demigod take on the challenges.

This will be an interesting series to follow and of course some of our famous demigods make some appearances.

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Posted by on June 6, 2016 in Adventure, Fantasy, Juv


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22323658Title: Ignite
Author: Sara B. Lawson
Series: Defy #2
Recommended for: 6th grade & up
Pages: 304
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Lawson, S

Synopsis: Alexa continues to harbor a secret love for the newly crowned King Damian, yet she remains by his side as his guard and ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people. However, when a new threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on the once friendly nation of Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. Once again the fate of her country hangs in the balance. Will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?

This is book two in the series and does not disappoint. Not a lot of time has passed between book 1 and 2; maybe about 6 months at max. Alexa is known by all as being a girl now (hidden as a boy in book 1) and she’s getting a lot of gruff about if from the newbies. Well, that is until she proves how good she is and kicks their butts. Alexa has made it to King’s Guard for a reason. The girl is good. I enjoyed getting to know her even more in this book. We’re should how tough and smart she is, but we get to see more of her softer side as well. There’s still a lot of trouble in the romance area, but all love triangleness is gone. Damian is the only one who holds her heart; she just doesn’t believe she’s worthy of him/would be a good queen for the kingdom. The new threat is quite believable, especially when it’s all untied. I look forward to what book 3 will bring!

Read-a-likes: Alanna, Graceling, & False Prince are perfect pairings with this book.


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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in Fantasy, Teen


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