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5 - Amazing book & I loved it!
4.5 - Great book & I loved it!
4 - Good book & I loved it!
3.5 - I liked it a lot!
3 - I liked it!
2.5 - Ok book, but nothing special!
2 - Not a bad book, but not a good one!
1.5 - I didn't like it!
1 - I hated it or I couldn't finish it!
There are two motives for reading a book:
one, that you enjoyed it;
the other, that you can boast about it!Bertrand Russell
Who needs a treasure map when you have a pirate pig with a nose for gold?Stout Sam and his deckhand, Pip, find a pig washed up in a barrel on the beach. They want to keep her as a pet, but they soon realize Julie is no ordinary pig. She can sniff out treasure! What happens if Barracuda Bill, the greediest and meanest pirate who ever sailed the seas, hears about Julie’s special talent?Bestselling author Cornelia Funke brings her signature charm to this quirky, whimsical chapter book for young readers.
The Pirate Pig is a fun, interesting & entertaining children's book with lovely illustrations!
I have to admit that I actually read this book twice: once to my 6-year-old nephew, and once by myself. The first time, I didn't pay as much attention, mostly because I had to translate it to my nephew (he knows some English, but not enough, he's still learning), but I thought it's an ok book. And, at least I got the feedback of a child for whom the book is intended.
He thought that the book was quite interesting, and he loved it, and he kept asking me when we'll finish it. We had to read it in two sittings, and only because I had to go home, but he wanted to know what will happen next. I mean, pirates and a pig that can find treasure. Any boy would love that! And he loved the colour illustrations. He loved finding the characters on the illustrations while we were reading it, and there was a 2-page picture of the pirate boat with all the names of its parts, and he loved learning them, too. So, yes, this book is amazing for children, and actually, I decided to give it to him, because I know he'll read it again & again, and probably by himself soon.
That being said, of course I was going to read it again so I can review it, and let me just say, I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I expected, even though I knew the story. It was quirky & fun, even funny, and the colourful illustrations really added to the story, so yes, it's a great book for children, and I highly recommend it for every child that loves books, no matter if it's a boy or a girl.
The territory of Veelox has achieved perfect harmony. Fifteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon arrives on this territory in pursuit of the evil Saint Dane, but all is peaceful on Veelox — because it's deserted. The inhabitants have discovered a way to enter their own personal dream worlds, where they can be whomever they want, wherever they want. Their bodies lie in stasis while their minds escape to this dream realm.
Fresh from his battle with Saint Dane in 1937 Earth, Bobby is confident that they can defeat whatever Saint Dane has planned for this world. But once Bobby enters the virtual world, will he be able to resist the lure of the ultimate in escapism?
And the adventure continues... The Reality Bug - the 4th book in the Pendragon series - is a little bit different, but still quite imaginative, suspenseful, adventurous, and maybe just a tiny bit scary because of the possibilities in the future that can actually happen. Sure, Lifelight was awesome & so amazing, but it makes you think & wonder...Once again, Saint Dane is on the move, but he's not as present in this book, because at the beginning of the book, Saint Dane leaves the territory of Veelox, saying that his job there is already done, and Veelox is about to crumble.I loved the story of Veelox. I mean, I loved getting into the world of Lifelight, it was quite interesting, but yes, Veelox was about to fall, and the blame was mostly on its people, and ultimately, I wouldn't want to live there... Aja (the traveller from Veelox) has realized the dangers that Lifelight presents to the territory, and has been working on sort of a cure, that's actually a virus, called the Reality Bug, and needs Bobby's help to implement her plan & hopefully save Veelox.I won't go into details, but I loved meeting the new & quite interesting characters, seeing Loor again, and learning more about the acolytes, too. Mark & Courtney want to become acolytes, and I enjoyed that part quite a lot, it was great.And the story as a whole was fast-paced, full of danger, twists & turns, entertaining & imaginative, and quite the adventure. And that ending, OMG. Both for Veelox & Eelong. Things just got real. Not that they weren't already, but I think that the stakes has never been higher, and I can't wait to read the next book, and see what will happen next!I can't recommend enough the Pendragon series! They're books that boys would love, but girls as well, and adults alike, despite being YA. Pretty much any fans of adventure stories, so I highly recommend it! It's one of my favorite series, and I know I'll enjoy reading the books again & again!
Love is ever near. But trouble is never far.
Nantucket Island is haunted, but only sixteen-year-old Jade Irving knows it. Ignoring the disturbing spirits isn’t an option, because one dwells in the enormous historic home she shares with her newly blended family. Jade is finding it more and more difficult to explain away Lacey’s ghostly, anguished tantrums, especially with Charlie, her gorgeous, almost step-brother, living right across the hall.When a power-hungry ghost hunter tracks down Jade and blackmails her, Jade’s secret teeters on the edge of exposure, and her entire future hangs in the balance. If anyone finds out Jade can talk to ghosts, her life will be forever changed.Can she save herself, free Lacey, and hang on to her tenuous connection with Charlie? Or will everything she ever wanted slip through her fingers?
Ever Near is one of those ghostly stories that will keep you interested & that just has that mysterious allure when it comes to that type of stories.I really enjoyed the setting of the story. It being set on Nantucket Island, and all the scenes that happened on the beaches & the water made me long for a vacation, especially on these extremely hot summer days, so it's the perfect summer read.I didn't really connect with the characters. I mean, they were ok, I didn't dislike them, I guess they were likable enough, and the romance was ok, but I don't know... But, that didn't stop me from enjoying the story. I loved the ghostly part of the book, and learning about Jade's past when it comes to ghosts, I really felt like I knew her.It was a fast read, and even though I didn't find this book to be scary, if I was Jade's shoes, I would probably be scared to death. The things she has to endure... And even though it was a little bit predictable, I still enjoyed the journey.Overall, Ever Near was a nice paranormal YA read that I enjoyed quite a lot, with a good mystery, characters & ghosts, and good writing style, and I'm interested in reading more. The sequel sounds quite interesting. So, I recommend this book to every fan of YA ghostly stories!
"Stories are like spiders, with all they long legs, and stories are like spiderwebs, which man gets himself all tangled up in but which look so pretty when you see them under a leaf in the morning dew, and in the elegant way that they connect to one another, each to each."
from Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys