Hey guys, so I talked about the book Chupacabra by Roland Smith a few posts back. I have had the hardest time getting my hands on it, but I promise I will read it and review it as soon as possible. Hang in there with me guys! Also the book Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan comes out Tuesday!!! I am a huge fan of the Percy Jackson series and I can’t wait for this book, I will review that one as soon as possible too.
I hope you are all doing well! Remember that you are all awesome and wonderful and beautiful!! Have a little confidence and you can rule the world, I’m working on that myself.

Happy Reading,Maddie

The Grimm Legacy

I have been sick, so I thought I would do a review.

The Grimm Legacy is about a girl who stumbles upon The New York Circulating Material Repository. Which is a library for objects. When she applies and is given a job there, she discovers the basement  is filled with magical objects from The Grimm Fairy tales. People can borrow the objects just like a regular library, but they soon start disappearing. Elizabeth, Marc, Anjali, Aaron, must figure out who is taking the objects before they end up in the wrong hands.

This was a very enjoyable read! I loved the way she developed the characters, how they all had such distinct personalities. While being exciting and riveting there was also an element of romance. The romance was not smothering though, it wasn’t truly revealed until the end, but if you read between the lines it was there the whole time.

Written by: Polly Shulman   325 pages   27 chapters
There is a sequel!! Which I only recently found out about, but I can’t wait to get my hands on it. The sequel is called The Wells Bequest. If any of you read it let me know how it is!

Happy Reading

New Followers

Hey guys! So I gained quite a few new followers yesterday after I posted about the Cryptid Hunters. Which is awesome by the way guys!! Anyways, I was wondering what made you guys like it so much? It has gotten more likes and I have gained more followers than I have in a while. So what made that post so special? Please comment, so I can continue to make posts that you guys like.

Happy Reading,

Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith

Okay, so I’m really nervous about writing this post, but I have been putting it off for too long. This review is about the book/series Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith. The reason I’m so nervous about writing this review is because this series is like top three in my favorites and I can’t truly put into words how awesome this series is. So bare with me.

Cryptid Hunters is about Grace and Marty, (whom are twins,) who find out that their parents went missing while in the Amazon. Their parents are famous photojournalists, and went missing after their plane crashed. The twins uncle, (that they didn’t know they had,) comes forward and decided to take the twins under his wing. They find out that their uncle lives on his own island, he owns a company called ewolfe, and most surprising about their new found relative, is that he searches the world for cryptids. A cryptid is an animal that is thought to be real, but can’t be scientifically proven. Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and the Yeti, are all cryptids. Anyways, Travis Wolfe, (the twins uncle,) finds out that a man named Dr. Blackwood is going to the Congo to hunt down the Mokele-mbembe, which is a cryptid dinosaur. Travis decides that he must go and stop Dr. Blackwood before he finds the dinosaur. Can he get there in time?

I fell in love with this series the moment I opened the first book. This series is actually what led me to realize that I wanted to be a photojournalist, so it holds a special place in my heart.

There are two books in the series and the third will be coming out September 24th!!!!!  I am so excited!!!!
1st book: Cryptid Hunters  348 pages (paperback)  33 chapters
2nd book: Tentacles  319 pages (paperback)  48 chapters
I will be sure to review the third book, which is called Chupacabra, as soon as I get it. Roland Smith is an amazing author, so be sure to check out his other books!

Happy Reading!!!!!

It’s been too long

Hi guys! I don’t know how many followers I still have since I haven’t posted anything in like forever. I have been so caught up in school, it is unreal! I literally have like 3 papers due every night, and weekends aren’t any better. But things are starting to level out so hopefully I will be able to start posting again! Yay!
I have also been thinking about starting another blog. I know what you guys are thinking, “How is she going to keep up another blog if she can’t even update the one she has?” But I will make it work, and it’s not set in stone or anything, just a thought. I have even come up with a name, “Being a Writer is Slowly Killing Me.” Hence the title, it will be about the struggles of writing and maybe I will even share a few of my pieces with you. Who likes the idea? Let me know if I still have any followers out there!!

Happy Reading!

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

This book is more for the younger crowd, but I still enjoyed it immensely!

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer is about a boy who has an interest in law. Throughout the series Theodore helps his friends with their problems using his expertise in law.                 In the first book he finds himself in the middle of a case much bigger than he’s used to. Theodore knows something about a murder trail that could set a man free or imprison him.
In the second book Theodore’s friend April is kidnapped. When Theodore sees that the police aren’t doing a good enough job, he takes matters into his own hands. Can he find April before something bad happens?
There are two more books in the series so far. I didn’t read them though. I really enjoyed these books when I was 12-13, but then they got a little boring and predictable. But for the 11-13 range, I definitely recommend them! The series is written by John Grisham

1st book: Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer   263 pages   22 chapters
2nd book: Theodore Boone: The Abduction   217 pages   24 chapters
3rd book: Theodore Boone: The Accused   304 pages   ? chapters
4th book: Theodore Boone: The Activist   272 pages   ? chapters

Happy Reading,


Wonderstruck is written by the same author who wrote The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Click the link for info on that book.
 Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret are not a series from what I can tell. Both books are beautifully illustrated! The pictures in Hugo Cabret are clues to help you solve the mystery, whereas the pictures in Wonderstruck are more to help with the storytelling. I really enjoyed Wonderstruck. It looks really long, but most of it is pictures. It’s kinda hard to describe what the book is about, but it is wonderfully written, so I definitely recommend it.

Written By: Brian Selznick
608 pages

Happy Reading!

J.K. Rowling’s Secret Book

The news was released that J.K. Rowling has actually written and published more books than even her number one fans know about.
She used the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith to write The Cuckoo’s Calling. Robert Galbraith was ex-military, he came up with the idea to write a story about a war veteran turned private investigator who is called in to probe the mysterious death of a model- 
J.K. Rowling went about this very well, but she was no match for The Sunday Times.
The Sunday Times claimed it was investigating “how a first-time author with a background in the army and the civilian security industry could write such an assured debut novel” when it connected the dots. The paper said clues included the fact that Rowling and Galbraith shared the same agent and editor, and that Little, Brown published Rowling’s novel for adults, “The Casual Vacancy.” It also said the book’s style and subject matter resembled Rowling’s work.–
J.K. Rowling said it was nice to be able to write a book without people reading just because she she wrote it, and to get genuine feedback on the book.
Have any of you read The Cuckoo’s Calling?  If so, what was your opinion of it?

Good work Sunday Times!!

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Happy Reading,

Witch and Wizard

In Whit and Wisty’s world, all music, books, and anything else fun is banned. They have gone from a democracy to a monarchy of sorts. Sounds pretty bad, huh? Ya, it gets worse for Whit and Wisty. They soon find out that they are a witch and a wizard after they are abducted in the middle of the night. Ripped from their warm beds and placed in front of millions of people, to die for something they didn’t even know about. Can they escape?

I really loved these books! There are four books in the series so far. Written by: James Patterson

  • Book 1: Witch and Wizard  314 pages  105 chapters. (don’t worry they are short chapters)
  • Book 2: The Gift   340 pages  101 chap
  • Book 3: The Fire   336 p.   88 chap.
  • Book 4: The Kiss  357 p.   86 chap.
    Definitely worth reading!!Happy Reading,

House of Dark Shadows

In the House of Dark Shadows, the King family move into an old house. (This again, right?) But they soon discover a hidden part of their house with portals that can transport them to places far away. In distance and in time. If they can go through the portals then surely things can come in from the other side too. And that is just what happens. A mysterious creature slips in from the portal in the cover of night, and snatches their mother. Throughout the six book series the Kings have to figure out how to get their mother back from the grasps of time.

I really liked this series for the most part. The portals added a different element to the books, that many time travel series’ don’t have. I do think the series is a bit long, but it is still overall a good read. I had a hard time finding the books though. If you are interested in reading them, they are considered christian books, so check in the religious section of bookstores and libraries.  (But it isn’t a big part in the books , so if that isn’t your thing then you will still like the series.)

First book: House of Dark Shadows  286 pages  40 chapters
Second book: Watcher in the Woods  290 pages  45 chap.
Third book: Gatekeepers  305 pages   50 chap.
Fourth book: Timescape  305 p.  52 chap.
Fifth book: Whirlwind  310 p.  35 chap.
Sixth book: Frenzy  340 p.  ? chap.  (I don’t have the book with me.)

Happy Reading,