Maximum Ride: The Final Warning

 By James Patterson

This is the fourth book in this series with at least three books following. I listened to all of these by audio book and for the first two books I would sit in my car just a little longer to hear what happened next. They always kept me on my toes. Around the third book they began to almost slow down. This fourth book felt very watered-down compared to the first books.

This book starts out with Max and the gang looking for their next mission in saving the world. People high up in the government are lookinginto building a school or facility for the flock to learn at while the government studies them. The flock, always wary of people wanting to ‘study’ them, denies them and leaves. Max’s mother contacts them later claiming to have found a way for them to help save the world. They met and the next thing the flock knows they are headed to Antarctica to help research global warming. Angel gets lost in a snow storm after trying to get her very own Penguin (can’t
say I wouldn’t want one either) Max and Fang come to save her only to all be captured by some evil Frankenstein like soldier. Once the gang in bought in front of the Uber Director he reveals his plan to auction them off to as weapons for war all the while a hurricane is brewing outside. As the auction
begins and the Uber Director realizes that the flock is not so easily controlled the hurricane outside reaches category 4 and finally bursts through the windows destroying the Uber Director and his soldiers. Max and the gang stick it out through the storm and head back to Washington where Max’s mom and Jeb wait. Max ends up talking in front of the congress in the behalf of global warming and attends
the opening of a new school especially for the flock and other kids like them. In the end the voice in Max’s head comes back with more coordinates to save the world.

I don’t know if you can tell or not but I didn’t really like this book at all very much, nowhere near as good and action packed as the earlier books. Although I do plan to finish the series hopefully they will not
go downhill from here.

Your thoughts?

-Taylor

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The Deception of the Emerald Ring

 By Lauren Willig

This is the third installment in the Pink Carnation series and by far my favorite. As any series goes I highly recommend reading the first two books before this one, otherwise you will be very lost in a great deal of the plot.

Eloise Kelly is a history major researching spies, from the French and English war, in London where she meet Mr. Collin Selwick who happens to be a decedent of the great Purple Gentian. After Collin abruptly ended Eloise’s research through his family papers, she obsesses over reasons for why her cell has yet to ring with his number on the called id. Continuing her research she comes across the hasty marriage between Letty Alsworthy and Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe.

As Letty does her best to thwart the midnight elopement between her older sister and Sir Pinchingdale, her identity is mistaken and causes quite the scandal. Because of the man Geoffrey is, he does the honorable thing in asking for Letty’s hand in marriage. As soon as the “I do’s” are over Geoffrey heads to Ireland in aid of the Pink Carnation. Letty, not wanting to stick around to hear the town talk of her groom not being able to stand his new bride and leaving her, she catches a boat to Ireland traveling under the name of Mrs. Alsdale. Letty is soon caught up in the plans of the Pink Carnation to extinguish the brewing Irish Rebellion and possibly help her marriage.

Although sometimes it throws the reader off switching between the time periods, Willig creates a wonderful complex story. Most if the time I prefer reading the historical romance parts of the book but Eloise’s story captures my attention as well. Sometimes she may seem desperate and needy but then again most women are even though they’d never admit it. All together I would definitely recommend this book and series to all of my friends.

My favorite character in this series has to be Jane. She is a smart woman who is well respected and, what I relate to most can become any person she wants. She is my favorite spy also since she can blend in or stand
out when necessary, has a sharp mind, and always a cunning retort. My least favorite of course would be Captain Pinchingdale, even though he was just bought into the story plot he has rightfully won this title. Before Jasper came along the title belonged to Lord Vaughn for his haughty behavior and superior outlook on life. I am interested to see inside his head and how his love story unfolds in the next book.

Again I am new at this and would love your feedback. Please let me know if there is more you’d like to know or anything I can do to improve.

-Taylor

Royally Crushed

Royally Crushedby Niki Burnham

This book is actually three books in one. Royally Jacked, Spin Control, and Do-Over.

I was in the mood for a royal love story, after the whole royal wedding and what not, and I saw this at Books-a-million so I had to pick it up. I had actually already read at least the first book and most of the second but I re-read it all and thought it was a cute book. Definitely a feel good read. Although the character is young and only about 16 there are some serious emotional problems Valerie has to go through only making the story better.

Basically, Valerie moves to a small country across the ocean with her father where she meets and goes to school with Prince Georg. They become fast friends but once school starts things become a little more complicated. As any young couple they have their parents overseeing their every move, but when you try to date a prince not only are your parents watching but so is the entire country.

Although I don’t believe this story would ever happen to me in real life it’s a good book to make you believe in happy endings.

So I saw on my stats board that people were searching for the actual location for the setting of this book (if I understadn it right). I forgot the places name when I was first writting this so I went and found its set in Schwerinborg. Hope that helps. =)


Since this is my first post I would love to know what you think. Is there something else I should add? Should I go more into the plot even though it may have some spoilers? What do you like or dislike? I would also love to know what your reading, recommend, or would like me to read and review. Let me know your thoughts. =)

-Tay