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The Voyage Of Lucy P. Simmons by Mariconda

Have you ever wondered if your house was magic? At times such as when you desperately need a place to hide and those shadowy corners and hiding spots seem to appear out of nowhere? For Lucy P. Simmons this is true, and she’s still learning how to use it.

The Voyage Of Lucy P. Simmons
By Barbara Mariconda
Katherine Tegen Books
October 2012

This book is about a young girl named Lucille Prudence Simmons and her sailor family. When the story first opens Lucy is treated with a surprise trip on the sea on their family’s little sloop. While out a fog surrounds the boat and Lucy’s father loses sight of the house. Despite his wife’s urges to go back towards the shore immediately, he continues because he’s heard someone crying out for help farther out. After this trip out, Lucy soon finds herself under the care of her greedy Uncle Victor and his wife. They are supposed to care for her until her Aunt Prudence can come be her permanent guardian. She suspects that he may be trying to take her family’s estate and money. When she does some snooping, she thinks her home may be magic. Lucy struggles with living with her uncle and finding out what exactly could have happened that day on the water. Sirens? Magic? She’s not sure. Lucy begins her journey to find her aunt and answers.

I enjoyed this story but have one complaint: The ending. I don’t feel as if the main problem or conflict of the story was resolved at the end of the book. This leads me to believe that there may be a sequel but I don’t know for sure. I would recommend the book for fans of the Magic Treehouse Series that have perhaps gotten just a bit older, so I would guess advanced fifth grade readers and older. I recommend it to Magic Treehouse fans because of the magic/adventure/tween protagonist elements. The only thing that parents may worry about is the fact that some of the characters grow up in a messed up home and run away to escape their drunk and abusive father.


Arieltopia, Young Adult Editor, is an avid reader – usually going through a book a day – who gives readers a unique perspective on Young Adult, Teen Fiction, along with adult fiction: an actual teenager’s perspective.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Crossed by Allie Condie

Cassia Reyes is a sweet girl. She does as she is told and has never questioned the Society before. That’s about to change.

Crossed
By Ally Condie
Dutton Juvenile
November 2011

In the Society the officials make the decisions for you. Who you will marry, what your career will be, and even when you will die. Cassia is matched with her childhood friend Xavier in the first book, Matched, but her plans change when she finds out that her real match is to Ky, someone she knows but has never thought of that way. After spending time with him, though, Cassia falls in love with Ky, to Xavier’s dismay.

Ky is not allowed to be with Cassia because his father committed a crime, which makes Ky an Aberration. To remove Ky from the picture, the Society takes him to be killed in a so-called humane way: in battle, along with other Aberrations and Anomalies (the people who committed crimes,) given guns that have no ammo in them and sent to defend the borderlands from the Enemy.

Ky and two of his new friends escape and they run for the mountains. Ky plans to go back for Cassia once he can figure a way back to the Society. But Cassia isn’t waiting around to be rescued; she has run away to find Ky by enlisting herself in a labor camp nearby were the rumored battlefields are. On the way, she hears rumors about an organization called the Rising that is said to be consisted of people who survive by without the Society and are trying to take down the Society. Will Ky and Cassia ever find each other again? And if they do, will they be able to survive or find the Rising?

In book one, Cassia begins to realize how much better life would be without the Society. Now, in book two, she begins to act and break free. This is displayed perfectly on the covers of the books. The society is the bubble. Cassia begins to break out of it in the second book, but in the first she is trapped. This book is packed with adventure and romance.

Like many popular love triangle books (read Twilight,) the Matched trilogy takes readers on a ride through self discovery and through decisions that will shape all involved. Unlike some books (Twilight, again,) the heroine is not a wimpy whiner who sits around for seasons at a time frozen, unable to act until her love comes back for her. Cassia becomes a well rounded character through the first two books as she starts to act on her own outside the commands of the Society.

The series borrows heavily from 1984, which is a good thing as every generation needs the message wrapped in generational language. Unlike 1984, love is the focus here and fans of science fiction may find it slow going at times. In fact, the biggest concern about the third book is how Ally Condie will finish the series in only one book. In Crossed, very little time passes from start to finish and most of the time is spent in one location. Some will be disappointed with the quick finish to the book, when the Rising finally comes into play only to have the story end on a cliffhanger.

Arieltopia, a twelve year old, probably at the low end of the intended age market said, “I absolutely loved this book and the descriptions were terrific. I can not wait to read the next one and find out what happens next. The complex story structure insures that the reader never becomes bored. There is always something happening and some sort of looming terror nearby. The entire time I was reading the book I was filled with apprehension and suspense. I recommend this book for Middle Schoolers and up.”

Scott Asher said, “I found a complex science fiction world reminiscent of 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 with a love story good enough to keep young readers interested. Overall, a very good series so far and I am looking forward to the conclusion.”


Arieltopia is an 12 year old avid reader – usually going through a book a day – who gives readers a unique perspective on Young Adult, Teen Fiction, along with adult fiction: an actual teenager’s perspective.

Scott Asher is the founder and administrator of BookGateway.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he cartoons and writes on Christianity, Zombies, and anything else he wants to.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor by Chuck Black

This book was about Sir Quinlan and his journey to find himself and the Prince. In his hometown of Burkfeild Quinlan is known by Twitch because he often will twitch the muscles on his face. Quinlan’s parents died nine years before the story and his best friend Tav’s family took him in. Burkfeild is a peaceful isolated town with a rather large haven established just inside. Paythas are introduced to the town (sent by Lucius who is the the dark knight) and they begin to infiltrate the haven.

Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor
by Chuck Black
Multnomah Books
October 2010

Quinlan is recruited by Sir Baylor into the secret unit of knights known as the Swords of Valor. Then during the first mission tragedy strikes and all fingers are pointing at Quinlan. The knights disband ending all of the heroic deeds they had accomplished. alone Quinlan wanders the kingdom and meets a mysterious silent warrior. The warrior offers Quinlan the chance to redeem himself. Will he be able to reunite the Swords of Valor or will the knights lose the most important battle of all?

This was a really good book and I can not wait until I read another one. You do need to read the fourth book, Lady Carliss and The Waters Of Moorue, before reading this book because some of the events from that book are discussed at the beginning of this book.

I would recommend this book to somewhere beginning around third or fourth grade and up. Nothing in this book would cause parents to be upset or worried. I recommend this for parents who would like a series of books to read with their children that teach a good lesson. I think reading these books (or parts of them if you are short on time) during Sunday School would be interesting as well.

This book is obviously a Christian book but it has such an interesting way of telling the story I think even roudy school boys would be able to sit still long enough to hear the story.

I think that everyone needs to get this series RIGHT NOW!!! 🙂


Arieltopia is an 12 year old avid reader – usually going through a book a day – who gives readers a unique perspective on Young Adult, Teen Fiction, along with adult fiction: an actual teenager’s perspective.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Twelve year old September (yes that IS her name) used to have a normal life until her dad had to go and fight in a dumb war and her mom had to go work. One day as she washes the dishes she is met by the green wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket) who invites her on an adventure letting her know that her help is needed in fairyland.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne M. Valente
Feiwel & Friends
May 2011

A new Marquess rules the land and has “gotten rid” of good queen Mallow. The Marquess is as unpredictable as she is cruel and once she wants something she will get it, or it’s to the lions with you. And the new thing the Marquess wants is something that only September can retrieve. Will she get the item and be back in seven days time or will all of fairyland be stuck under her rule forever?

I would recommend this book to 5th through 8th graders. There is nothing parents would need to worry about. This book was really good! I can not wait until the author writes a sequel. I hope you enjoy this book and find my review helpful.


Arieltopia is an 11 year old avid reader – usually going through a book a day – who gives readers a unique perspective on Young Adult, Teen Fiction, along with adult fiction: an actual teenager’s perspective.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Alexis and the Sacramento Surprise by Erika Rodgers

Alexis and Kate find out that Miss maria is adding a bunch of mechanical dinosaurs that really move into her nature park. They are very excited for her because this might save the theme park. she might get enough people to come so that she will not have to close down her nature park. Then every night the dinosaurs have moved and their tracks are in the mud leading from where the dinosaurs where to where the dinosaurs are now. They suspect a news reporter that they catch snooping around the park where the dinosaurs are in the middle of the night is causing all of the trouble. They come up with a scheme just to be sure though…

Alexis and the Sacramento Surprise
Camp Club Girls
by Erika Rodgers
Barbour Books
March 2010

This book was really good and I would recommend it for anyone who liked a good mystery. This is the third of fourth book in the Camp Club Girls series and you would need to read the first book to understand who the charecters were. There is nothing parents need to worrry about and I think just about any girl in elementary school would like this book. When I say elamentary school I mean somewhere around second through fifth grade. My little sister is eight years old and she recently started reading the series so littler kids can read it.


Arieltopia is an 11 year old avid reader – usually going through a book a day – who gives readers a unique perspective on Young Adult, Teen Fiction, along with adult fiction: an actual teenager’s perspective.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

A Rush of Wings by Kristen Heitzmann

Though her panic is real, Noelle ST. Claire is uncertain what danger she is fleeing. Images and fragmented memories have scared her out of her highly privileged and wealthy home. For some odd reason she leaves hoping for a remote and safe home instead.

A Rush of Wings
by Kristen Heitzmann
Bethany House
Reprint October 2010

Noelle arrives at the Rocky Mountain horse ranch owned by Rick Spencer and his somewhat careless brother, Morgan. This causes a lot of trouble ( advanced readers should be able to pick this up but for every one else I will break it down for you: two brothers, only one pretty girl) Beautiful, vulnerable, yet strangely secretive, Noelle is an enigma the two contrasting brothers seek to unlock. But as they reach the secured wall she lives behind the past becomes a full memory. One that Noelle can no longer hide from.

This book was amazing. I could not put down the enchanting story. There are a few things that could worry some parents but the book pretty clearly explains that those are the wrong choices. Middle schoolers and high schoolers would like this book and probably some adults. This book was obviously Christian and I think everyone who reads this book will like it. This is the important thing though, there are some points in the book that you may deem the book boring and try reading it later but that is one of the ways that the climax of the story is so interesting. The fact that Wow! look at everything that’s happening then a dramatic drop and then everything starts to slowly rise. It will get half way there…then fall again. Then it will slowly rise and…SCORE! It will get there! Trust me when it gets there you want to be reading that is a really exciting book. My only problem with the book is that before I read this I had finally decided what book was my favorite. Now I have to reevaluate everything against this book 🙂


Arieltopia is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She is an 11 year old avid reader – usually going through a book a day – who gives readers a unique perspective on Young Adult, Teen Fiction, along with adult fiction: an actual teenager’s perspective.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest by Chuck Black

I LOVED this book. This author is just crazy good. This book is part of the knights of Arrethtrae series. This book was about Sir Rowan and his very long journey to find himself and his prince. He must also at the same time stop a war, fight a dark night, find his love, discover his only remaining family, and cope with a great loss.

Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest
by Chuck Black
Multnomah Books
October 2010

With all of these things coinciding the book leads to the thrilling climax. Will he be able to complete all of the tasks that lay before him and decide were his loyalties lie? He would need a miracle, or a certain Prince’s help. With all of the things going on in this book I had a tougher than usual time deciding what the main conflict was. There was so much going on. The book tells the story of Jesus’ return to Earth and what it might be like.

When you are first reading the book it may not seem interesting but trust me it is. The book is sooooooooooooo deep – for action / romance lovers it is amazing. The whole time I was saying, “how did he know?” The author even remembered to throw in medieval action. A true genius.

It is a true challenge for some authors to earn my respect but this author, that I have never met or even heard of until a couple days ago, earned it in about two hours (the time it took me to read the book – I read this book in one sitting.)

There is nothing parents need to worry about in the book and I recommend it to anyone grades 3 through infinity.This is obviously Christian (and obviously amazing:) I cannot wait to read the others in the series.

I hope you find this review helpful and have fun reading the book!


Arieltopia is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She is an 11 year old avid reader – usually going through a book a day – who gives readers a unique perspective on Young Adult, Teen Fiction, along with adult fiction: an actual teenager’s perspective.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Progeny by R.T. Kaelin

Progeny: Children of the White Lions is about Nickalys and his sister Kenders who come to realize that everything they knew, including their identity is a lie. A lie made to protect them, of course. Before they find this out, though, they watch in horror as their village is destroyed and everyone in it murdered.

Progeny
by R.T. Kaelin
Terrene Press
November 2010

As they begin their journey they travel through lands where magic is a serious crime. They soon realize that Kenders has some magical ability herself, which complicates things. They are unsure how to respond to this when help comes in the form of a mysterious man named Broedi, who helps them on their travels as they make more friends and enemies. Mostly very powerful enemies. Soon they are caught up in a magical war for an ancient and mythical cause. Their destinies are stranger than anyone could have ever imagined. Myths and legends come to life and they soon realize that their own lives, in the end, are highly likely to fit into one of those two categories.

WOW! I mean just wow! The best word I have to describe this book is ‘wow.’ This book was so good and so action packed I got into the book on the first page. I am certain that this series is going to win some awards as it its depth reminded me of books, in other genres, we now refer to as classic, like Little Women and Romeo & Juliet. It is that epic.

I recommend this book to anyone Middle School and up. And just because I said ‘Middle School and up’ does not mean that this book is for children and teens. I am saying that for literary and vocabulary related reasons; Middle Schoolers may be the earliest that someone could read this book and comprehend it. As far as anything that could concern parents in the book, there really wasn’t much other than there are gods and goddesses in the book, which may matter to religious readers, and phrases like “what in the nine hells” or “hells” appear throughout the book. Adults should have no trouble with any of this though.

I really do not think I will be able to survive waiting for the next book to come out. If I do die waiting it will be all your fault R.T. Kaelin!

Go out and pick up a copy of this book and read it immediately!


Arieltopia is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She is an 11 year old avid reader – usually going through a book a day – who gives readers a unique perspective on Young Adult, Teen Fiction, along with adult fiction: an actual teenager’s perspective.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

McKenzie’s Montana Mystery by Shari Barr

Publisher description: When Bailey and McKenzie arrive to help at a horse ranch in Montana, they’re immediately entrenched in mysteries: a horse disappearing into thin air, spookiness in an abandoned western town, and ranch hand upheaval. And with all the unexpected action going on, how will they ever find time to prepare for their rodeo competitions? Can the Camp Club Girls successfully combine their skills to help Bailey and McKenzie save the ranch…and the rodeo for Sunshine Stables?

McKenzie’s Montana Mystery
Camp Club Girls
by Erika Rodgers
Barbour Books
March 2010

This is the third book in this outstanding series of books. This mystery is about McKenzie recieving a surprise visit from Bailey right before the annual rodeo. Bailey will be staying at Sunshine Ranch with Mckenzie for a while. McKenzie is so excited she falls off her horse, Sahara. The next day Diamond Girl the farm’s prized rodeo horse is stolen. The girls team up in the password locked website Kate created and solve the mystery.

McKenzie ends up winning a contest and so does Bailey at the rodeo. Bailey and McKenzie team up for the bull roping contest and they place third. The girls have a lot of fun dancing and eating at the rodeo. They find Diamond Girl and send the thieves to prison.


Arieltopia is an 11 year old avid reader – usually going through a book a day – who gives readers a unique perspective on Young Adult, Teen Fiction, along with adult fiction: an actual teenager’s perspective.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Hatteras Girl by Alice J. Wisler

Three cheers for Alice!!! This book was AMAZING! It was a good Christian book that included a lot of self discovery and my personal favorite: romance!

Hatteras Girl
by Alice J. Wisler
Bethany House
October 2010

This book is amazing! (Have I said that yet?) I got into it incredibly quickly. This book does not contain anything that parents would need to worry about, but I would still recommend it for older kids. What I mean by that is, well, it is a book about a thirty year old going on a bunch of blind dates in order to find true love, and perhaps get a old run down property to own. If you know any kids my age who like that kind of a book, be my guest let them read it, but I do not know anyone other than myself (I’m in middle school) that would like a book like this. Then again I didn’t think kids my age would like Twilight and I was wrong there so they might like it.

I certainly did:)


Arieltopia is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She is an 11 year old avid reader – usually going through a book a day – who gives readers a unique perspective on Young Adult and Teen Fiction; an actual teenager’s perspective.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.