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Island of Fog by Keith Robinson

Eight kids growing up on an isolated island always covered in fog suddenly discover there is something very special about them when they begin to change into magical creatures. When they are told that once they change they will be moved to a place with sunshine and blue skies, they aren’t sure who to trust with their secrets.

Island of Fog is the first book in a series. It took me a bit to really get into the story, but once I did I didn’t want to stop reading because I wanted to know what creatures each kid would become and to find out the truth about why they were on the island. The book has a satisfactory ending but still left me wanting to know what happens next. I recommend it to kids around 12 or so and up.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 112
Pages Read in 2017: 30,637
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (I in PERIDOT)

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Withhold by Andrea Pearson

Keitus has found all the talismans and only needs Helen’s body to become stronger than ever. Nicole and her friends must stop him from reaching Helen before he starts a war encompassing all the worlds and earth dimensions.

Withhold is the ninth book in the Mosaic Chronicles series and the fourth in the arc that includes the world and characters from the Kilenya series. This one is packed with non-stop action. While I was reading it, I kept thinking the author isn’t very nice to her characters with the situations she puts them in (but at the same time I sure am glad she does since the book is so good!). This looks like the final end for Jacob and the other Kilenya characters so I’m a bit sad because I liked them so much and will miss them. The end of the book is a lovely wrap-up while opening it up for another storyline for the Mosaic Chronicles characters. There are very few editing errors (I could probably count them on one hand). I very highly recommend reading Withhold. Just make sure you read the rest of the series first (and maybe the Kilenya series, too) or you will be completely lost.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 100
Pages Read in 2017: 28,066
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Reason I Chose It: I really like the series

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Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner

Since the Bloody Coup, Killdeer and Billycan have ruled the Catacombs with an iron fist, but still rats are disappearing without a trace. After Clover is named as The Chosen One, her uncle Juniper must hurry up the plans to overthrow Killdeer and move the rats to the much more pleasant Nightshade City.

I have noticed that there seems to be some unspoken rule that graphic violence is not okay in books for kids unless the characters are animals. This book has some very graphic violence going on between the anthropomorphic rats. The chapters are also overly long with each chapter being 25-30 pages. This made the flow of the book awkward. My 9- and 11-year-old boys were happy when we finished the book, not because they enjoyed it, but because it was over, and said they did not want to finish the series. I don’t really recommend reading Nightshade City.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 99
Pages Read in 2017: 27,935
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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The Golden Symbol by Andrea Pearson

The Lorkon are coming for the final battle, but Jacob and his friends must first find the potion recipe hidden by Onyev long ago that will allow them to turn the Lorkon back into humans able to be killed. Once the recipe has been found, they must gather the ingredients and make the potion before the Lorkon arrive.

The Golden Symbol is the sixth and final book in the Kilenya series. It’s action packed and just as exciting as all the others. The writing is excellent and my 8- and 10-year-old sons and I all enjoyed it. Even though I knew how it would turn out, there were times I wasn’t sure the ending would be at all happy. I highly recommend this book and the whole Kilenya series to kids and adults. It makes an excellent family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 90
Pages Read in 2017: 24,950
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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Eyes of the Sun by Andrea Pearson

The Lorkon war is coming soon. But first, Jacob must learn to use his eyes and the sun and find the Key of Ayunli and join the Sheingols in defeating Lirone. He also learns just who the female Lorkon is.

Eyes of the Sun is the fifth book in the Kilenya series. It sets up the final installment, putting everything in position for the war with the Lorkon and the attempt to defeat Keitus once and for all. It is very well-written. There are a few minor editing issues spread through the book. My 8- and 10-year-old boys loved this book and so did I. I highly recommend reading it and the whole Kilenya series. It really makes a great family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 81
Pages Read in 2017: 22,831
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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Enshroud by Andrea Pearson

Nicole needs to learn to fight a fire pulser and so begins lessons with Sanso. He tries to convince her to give up on stopping Keitus since there is no way to succeed. Meanwhile, everything falls apart.

After this book, I seriously don’t know how the author is going to wrap this up. Enshroud is the eighth Mosaic Chronicles book and the third combined with the Kilenya world. There’s a touch more romance in this one, but also a whole lot of action. I noticed two editing mistakes, but they weren’t a big deal. I very highly recommend this book and, of course, the whole Mosaic series and Kilenya series. If you are going to read the Kilenya series you might want to read them first. A physical description of Sweet Pea was given in this book and I thought, “huh, I don’t remember that about him” and that very night, reading the second to last Kilenya book to my boys as their bedtime story, I discovered why I didn’t remember it – it hadn’t happened yet. But, whether you read Kilenya first or not, read this book/series! It really is excellent. I mean, I read all 8 in the series so far in less than two weeks. Even for me, that’s a lot of books in a short time. I could barely put them down.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 77
Pages Read in 2017: 22,004
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Reason I Chose It: I really like the series

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Obscure by Andrea Pearson

Still on the hunt for talismans and in a race to beat Keitus, Nicole and her friends from both Katon University and Eklaron must go to another planet in an attempt to locate the next one.

Obscure is the seventh book of the Mosaic Chronicles series and the second merging with the world built in the Kilenya series. Once again, I truly enjoyed the book. I could barely put it down. The action barely left time to breathe and some very unexpected things happened. I never dreamed it would end like it did. I highly recommend reading this book and the whole Mosaic Chronicles series (read the Kilenya series first for full enjoyment)!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 76
Pages Read in 2017: 21,872
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Reason I Chose It: I really like the series

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