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Vision of the Griffin’s Heart by LRW Lee

The fifth Andy Smithson book, Vision of the Griffin’s Heart, is just as wonderful as the previous four. My 10 and 12 year old boys loved it, of course, as did I. The end was a bit of a shock that none of us were expecting. This one is a little harder/darker than the previous four books. Andy is getting older and things are getting more serious as he nears the point where he’ll have to lift the curse and take over as ruler of Oomaldee. I highly recommend this book and the whole series. They really have made an excellent read-aloud/bedtime story for my boys.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 125
Pages Read in 2018: 32,769
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Resurrection of the Phoenix’s Grace by LRW Lee

After a frustrating year with no contact from his father and friends, Andy begins to be hunted by zolt crossing into his world. When he finally is transported back to Oomaldee, he must find the next ingredient to break the spell: a phoenix feather.

Resurrection of the Phoenix’s Grace is just as good as the previous three Andy Smithson books. My 10- and 12-year-old boys and I all loved it and of course will continue reading the series. I highly recommend this book and the whole series. It makes a great family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 120
Pages Read in 2018: 31,157
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Disgrace of the Unicorn’s Honor by LRW Lee

After learning who his mother is and the truth of who he is, Andy is very happy to return to Oomaldee when Daisy arrives to fly him there. His assignment this time is to retrieve a unicorn’s horn which is much easier said than done. After being caught by the unhealthy Abaddon, Andy, along with Alden and Hannah, must track down the unicorns to save their family and friends.

As with the previous two Andy Smithson books, my 10- and 12-year-old boys and I really enjoyed Disgrace of the Unicorn’s Honor. It’s exciting without being too scary. The character development that has continued throughout the series is excellent. I highly recommend this book (and the whole series) to middle grade age kids and up. It makes a great family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 116
Pages Read in 2018: 29,906
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The Angel Knew Papa and the Dog by Douglas Kaine McKelvey

People seem to love The Angel Knew Papa and the Dog, but I’m just kind of meh about it. It was a relatively sweet story, but I never really cared much about what happened to any of the characters. The angel part was very anti-climactic. It’s very short, so if you want to read it, it’s not much of a time investment, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 94
Pages Read in 2018: 21,841
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Blast of the Dragon’s Fury by LRW Lee

After finding a mysterious trunk in his attic, Andy Smithson suddenly finds himself in the magical land of Oomaldee, a land cursed with eternal fog and a king who will never die. Andy is told he may be the one who is able to finally break the curse, but, first, he must get the scale of an adult male red dragon. Will all his time spent playing video games have prepared him for the battle?

I read Blast of the Dragon’s Fury to my 10- and 12-year-old sons and we all loved it! It’s funny and exciting. The end is a bit of a cliffhanger and the boys immediately told me I had to get the next book to read to them. I highly recommend it to upper elementary/middle school age kids. It’s makes a great read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 91
Pages Read in 2018: 21,252
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Bug Island by RG Cordiner

When a cruise ship blows up near an uncharted island, the survivors are attacked by giant (as in 9 foot long) bugs.

Bug Island is a very strange book. Mostly, we (my 10- and 12-year-old sons and I) really did not like it. Often, there were random strings of letters representing sounds. What some of those sounds were supposed to sound like or represent, I have no idea. It was pretty graphic and often gross. Finding out what the bugs were was a bit disturbing and then the end was kind of sudden. The writing, however, was decent. The storytelling jumped between people/groups of people and that was quite effective. Those redeeming qualities just aren’t enough for me to recommend this book. It’s one you’ll probably want to skip.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 79
Pages Read in 2018: 18,773
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is really, really strange for the first half. The second half is also strange, but a little less so. My 10-year-old son liked it. I don’t think it’s especially worth taking the time to read, though.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 68
Pages Read in 2018: 16,465
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