April 30, 2014

[Book Review] Sting the Scorpion Man (Beast Quest, #18) by Adam Blade

The good Beasts of Avantia have been imprisoned in the kingdom of Malvel the evil wizard. Tom has already fought five terrible Beasts and is nearing the end of his Quest. But in order to achieve victory, Tom must navigate through the tunnels under Malvel's castle, where Sting the Scorpion Man awaits.

April 29, 2014

[Book Review] Tusk The Mighty Mammoth (Beast Quest, #17) by Adam Blade

Tom is forced to follow Malvel's latest evil Beast into the dreaded forests of the Dark Realm. Tusk the Mighty Mammoth is a massive Beast with a monstrously powerful trunk and two razor-sharp tusks.

But when Elenna is injured on the Quest, Tom is forced to make a choice. Can he save his companion and the good Beast, Ferno the Fire Dragon, from Tusk's path of destruction.

April 28, 2014

[Book Review] Kaymon the Gorgon Hound (Beast Quest, #16) by Adam Blade

As the Quest to free all six good Beasts of Avantia from the Dark Realm continues, the evil Malvel uses all of his powers to stop Tom's progress.

But our hero is relentless on his mission to save Tartok the Ice Beast. Even when faced with Kaymon the Gorgon Hound. Kaymon prowls the ruins of a forgotten castle and has a dangerous hidden ability. This will be Tom's toughest battle yet!

April 27, 2014

[Book Review] Narga the Sea Monster (Beast Quest, #15) by Adam Blade

After all the adventures so far, Tom and Elenna are more determined than ever to make their way through the Dark Realm and defeat the Evil Wizard Malvel.

But within the perilous Black Ocean lurks Narga the Sea Monster. Aside from preying on the rebels, Narga is holding Sepron the Sea Serpent hostage. Only Tom and his friends can bring an end to this evil Beast's reign.

April 26, 2014

[Book Review] Skor the Winged Stallion (Beast Quest, #14) by Adam Blade

As Tom and Elenna navigate the horrid terrain of Gorgonia, they quickly realize that nothing is what it seems to be. Each step brings them to another dangerous encounter.

But Tom won't give up. Not when Epos the Winged Flame is being held captive somewhere in the Dark Realm and Malvel has created a wicked winged Beast of his own. With the help of his friends, Tom is determined to chase down the evil wizard and return all of the good Beasts back to Avantia.

April 25, 2014

[Book Review] Torgor The Minotaur (Beast Quest, #13) by Adam Blade

The good beasts of Avantia are in danger. They have been captured by six terrible new Beasts and taken to Gorgonia, kingdom of the evil wizard Malvel. To free the Beasts, Tom and Elenna must journey into the sinister Dark Realm.

There, Tom meets one of the deadliest creatures he has ever faced. Huge, with terrifying horns and a shining golden ax, Torgor the Minotaur will stop at nothing to serve his master. But Tom is determined to defeat the Beast, bringing him one step closer to victory over Malvel.

April 24, 2014

[Book Review] Spiros the Ghost Phoenix (Beast Quest Special Bumper Edition, #2) by Adam Blade

The evil wizard Malvel has committed his worst crime yet--kidnapping Tom’s uncle and aunt. But before Tom can rescue them, he must endure the toughest chapter of his Quest so far. He must face a Beast the likes of which he has never seen: Spiros the Ghost Phoenix.

Tom’s journey will lead him to an unimaginable place--without the help of his animal companions Storm or Silver. Does Tom have the courage to save his uncle and aunt before it’s too late?

April 23, 2014

[Waiting on Wednesday] December Dog (Calendar Mysteries, #12) by Ron Roy

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that
Spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.
The graphic above uses public domain clip art from Open Clip Art.

My choice for this week is December Dog (Calendar Mysteries, #12) by Ron Roy, which will be released September 23rd 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers. Oddly, Goodreads has a blurb for December Dog despite lacking one for November Night. Here it is:
In the twelfth book of the Calendar Mysteries, an early chapter-book mystery series featuring the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries detectives, Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy find a lost puppy on Christmas Eve. The poor dog was meant to be a present for someone. It has a ribbon with a tag around its neck, but the tag is ripped. Can the kids find out who bought the puppy or who was supposed to receive it?
Since I assume this is going to be the last Calendar Mysteries book, I expect that in addition to involving Christmas, it's also going to at least mention the fact that Lucy is going to be moving back home. Or perhaps Roy will surprise me and continue the series for another twelve installments. I suppose it's possible!

[Book Review] Kristy's Big Day (The Baby-sitters Club, #6) by Ann M. Martin

Kristy's mom is getting married, and Kristy's a bridesmaid. The only trouble is, fourteen little kids are coming to the wedding, and they all need baby-sitters. Here comes the Baby-sitter's Club!

Stacey, Claudia, Mary Anne, Dawn, and Kristy think they can handle fourteen kids. But that's before they spend five days changing diapers, stopping fights, solving mix-ups, righting wrongs... and getting sick and tired of baby-sitting!

One thing's for sure: This is a crazy way to have a wedding. But it's a great way to have a lot of fun!