#18 The False Prince

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The False Prince was written by Jennifer Nielsen. She has written many other books, This series is continued with the runaway king. The book is set in medieval times. It is at a time of discord, because the heir and all royalty have been murdered. One man tries who calls himself a patriot tries to save his country this is the story of that mans plan.

The main characters are Conner, Sage, Imogene, Mott, Roden, and Tobias. Conner is the patriot I was referring to. He is a nobleman, with plans to take over his country with a cleverly fiendish plan. Sage is the most unmanageable orphan ever, but he also has a strong devotion to his friends and will do anything to help them. Mott is one of Conner’s servants, he is one of the higher ones, he would do anything for Conner except kill. Imogene is one of Conner’s kitchen staff, she pretends to be mute to keep herself safe from more mistreatment than she already has to deal with. Tobias is a smart orphan who knows how to read unlike almost all the orphans in the world. Roden knows how to use a sword, because he trained with a veteran who wanted to keep his abilities up to average.

Sage, Roden, Tobias, and one other boy are collected by Conner to fill out his devious plan. Conner has decided to pretend to have found the long lost second son of the king of Carthya. As the boys arrive at Conner’s house they start to train to become the prince of Carthya, because if they lose they will die. As their lessons progress Sage gets hurt in more ways than one. His trait to fight back starts to bend as he gets closer and closer to the deadline of when he will become king or he will die. Along the way Sage is sabotaged by Tobias who cuts his back with a knife. He is also whipped by Mott, because he stole his rock from his dad back from Conner. To see how this adventure of forgery and dangerous truths, buy the book.

I thought this book was good, but I found it confusing the first time I read it. I would recommend this book to any readers of medieval works. I hope those who read it like it as much as I did, I hope you recommend it to all of you friends.

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Throw back Thursday #4 A Children’s garden of Verses

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This book was written by Robert Louis Stevenson, and was illustrated, by Barbara McClintock. Robert Louis Stevenson, has written many other books, Barbara McClintock has also illustrated many other books. This book is about the adventures of childhood, and I grew up with my parents reading it to me.

There is no substantial plot or major characters. there are three favorite poems which I liked the most. The first one is called “My Shadow”, it is about a boy who believes that his shadow is a person. He calls it odd, because of its height, he also calls him cowardly, because he is always just behind the boy. Another one is called, “The Moon”. It is about all the things that are shined on by the moon. My favorite one is “The Swing”. It is about all of the things someone can see in one swing, from the garden in front of you to the hills over the fence, and the rivers that go swiftly along.

My mom grew up reading these poems, and so this is like passing it along to us. I would recommend this book to any parents who have restless children so that when you put them to bed they will probably just go to bed.

#17 The Gates

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The Gates is written by John Connolly. He has also written many other books. His common genre is anything to do with death, from “the gates” of hell to someone dying of old age. This book takes place in an everyday town on the week before Halloween.

The main characters are Samuel Johnson, Nurd, and Ba’al- A.K.A Mrs Abernathy. Samuel is a really bright kid. He has some friends, a dachshund named boswell, and some crazy neighbors. Nurd is a demon who was sent into banishment, by the Great Malevolence( Satan, the Devil whichever you prefer). He is bored by everything in banishment, until he is somehow sucked into the human world. Ba’al is one of the Great Malevolence’s most powerful agents, she is one of the only demons to have actually met the Great Malevolence.

Samuel decides to go trick or treating on October 28, to get a head start on the rest of the world. He meets the Abernathys who are do an evil chant to summon evil demons from beyond, when they do one devours each of them, to help accomplish the Great Malevolence’s commands. As Sam realizes that things are about to go horribly wrong he calls on his friends to help stop the rampage on Earth, all the while he makes friends with Nurd who promises to find a way to put a stop to all of the chaos. The reason for all of this chaos is from a particle accelerator. The Great Malevolence decided to infuse some of it’s power into the accelerator’s particles, so when the particles collided one escaped and created a portal in the Abernathy’s basement. Then the demons took over their bodies to do the Great Malevolence’s bidding.

This book was very short. It was an easy read for me, but I really liked it. There were concepts that they talked about in the book that were complicated, and mostly about science, but if you ignore the foot notes it shouldn’t bother you much. I would recomend this book to anyone who beileves in the Devil in a simpler way than the whole torture and death thing.