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The Adventurers Guild (Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos)

5 Dec

The next great adventure is upon us, Squinks.  Even if you don’t initially choose to be part of the Adventurers Guild, you will find yourself hooked and wanting more.  Clark and Eliopulos’ story  is one you must get your hands on right away.


Adventurers Guild Squinklethoughts

1.  One of the first things I look for in an adventure story is whether the main character has someone he or she can count on.  I don’t like stories where there’s only one main character traversing lands and discovering things on his or her own because there’s no one for that character to talk to, bounce ideas off, or just generally depend on.  I was in luck with The Adventurers Guild, for there are TWO main characters at the beginning of the story, with a handful more of important secondary characters that join by the end.

2.  Zed (the city’s only half-elf) and Brock (his handsome, long-time best friend) each hope to be chosen for the Mages and Merchants Guilds, respectively.  But just when they think they’re about to start new chapters in the lives as members of their guilds, Alabasel Frond, the Guildmistress of the Adventurers Guild chooses Zed.  How could Brock not follow his best friend, even though this guild is known for losing its members to fates worse than death?  Brock’s decision to volunteer for the Adventurers Guild because Zed is chosen may not have been entirely altruistic, but all throughout the story, over and over again, there is evidence of how much Brock truly cares for his best friend.  And Zed feels the same about Brock.  If I cared not at all for the story, that fact might have been enough to keep me reading.  Their friendship is one for the ages, and you just wish you could be friends with both of them.  These two characters are funny and fun to be around.  I’m really glad the authors decided to alternate the focus of the chapters between the two of them.  The story is still told from third-person perspective, but readers get a slight bias towards one of the boys in each chapter, which adds depth to each character in turn.

3.  I love the Guildculling and the energy and anticipation that surrounds it.  I’ve always enjoyed doing surveys or quizzes that sort me into a particular group, so I liked learning about the different guilds in Freestone and how each is responsible for the safety of its citizens.  I’m very eager to learn more about the different characters in each guild, especially those in some of the lower guilds that didn’t get much screen time.


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4.  I also love Liza’s character.  She can hold her own both in wit and with weapons.  She puts up a tough façade, but she slowly reveals bits and pieces about her to the boys, and it turns out that she can make Brock blush.  She’s by no means perfect, but she’s definitely interesting.  I love the way her storyline is going, and I can’t wait to see how she develops as an Adventurer.

5.  Alabasel Frond is a wonderful character.  Most of the time, I think she’s unfeeling, but she’s fierce and unabashedly loyal to her apprentices and Freestone.  Of all the characters in the story, she’s the one that has so much more to give, and I really want to know more.  Like Brock, I don’t know that I’d want to be friends with her, but …

6.  What makes this story great is that it is both a plot- and character-driven one.  The kids have a mission to save the world, and there are tons of great twists and turns and Dangers along the way.  You never know who to trust!  But what makes this story a must-read is the cast of characters that Clark and Eliopulos have created.  They jive together in a way that is at once recognizable and unique.  Even the annoying Micah has his moments that make you feel something beyond your initial loathing for him.


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7.  Teachers/parents, The Adventurers Guild is a story you must have on your shelves.  If your kids haven’t read Zed and Brock’s adventures yet, buy or borrow a copy of this book, and give them an early Christmas present.  They’ll never forget it.  Of course, that means that you’ll be on the hook for the next titles in this awesome series, but you’ll get there when you get there.  The co-authors’ writing is funny and fresh, which make for an utterly compelling story.  (There’s a line on page 80 where Zed laughs out loud in response to something that Jett says, and I laughed out loud even before I read that the character laughs out loud.  Oh, and my eyes got misty in a few places.)  There’s so much to love about this one.  I can’t wait for what’s next.

8.  Which Guild would take you in?  Find out here.


5 Squinkles


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Thank you, Disney-Hyperion, for sending me a copy of The Adventurers Guild in exchange for an honest review.

All Squinklethoughts expressed herein are entirely my own.


Bookcation 2016 #6: Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den

16 Mar

Another book that you might have seen me toting about lately is Aimée Carter’s Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den. As a huge mythos nerd, I really enjoyed Carter’s The Goddess Test series, which centres on Persephone’s trials, so I was super excited to begin her new MG series.

  Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den 

Simon Thorn is your typical 12-year-old. Well, typical in the sense that he lives in a tiny apartment in a large city (Manhattan), and he often gets bullied in school. Oh, and he can talk to animals and change into one at will. Not to mention that he might be the key to peace on Earth. Pretty typical, right? No? Well, neither is this book. It’s a really fun ride and a great series starter that I’m positive you’ll enjoy.

Simon has tons of flaws and a lot of figuring-stuff-out to undergo, but he’s got heart, self-worth, and loyalty towards his family. He makes some infuriating decisions sometimes, but you just can’t help but root for him through and through. This first book, which pubbed just last month, will definitely leave you excited for the next one (though I have no idea when that will be released). But rest assured: Carter has left lots of nooks and crannies waiting to be filled with backstory and plot points to fill up many more books in the series. Come find me when you’re done reading Book 1, and let me know how you enjoyed it!

Bookcation 2016 #5: The G-Man Super Journals: Awesome Origins and Heroes Rising

16 Mar

Okay, so this one is way far off into the future … so far off that most of you won’t even be in my classes anymore by the time this title pubs. But it’s part of Bookcation because I’m excited to read it. And I know how much you all enjoyed the first installation, The G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins, so I want to remind you to read that one first to prepare yourself for Heroes Rising.


G-Man Super Journal - Awesome Origins


Awesome Origins: Michael G has to keep a journal for school, so what better topic to write about than his ambition of having superpowers and joining the Avengers (no, I’m kidding … I meant, well, the superheroes in his city). And so a wonderful tale of hopes and dreams, triumphs and setbacks, and general LOL thoughts about life and learning to fly is born. Most of you have already read this. For those who haven’t, what are you waiting for? Check this title out now, and let me know how you liked it.


G-Man Super Journal - Heroes Rising


Heroes Rising: This follow-up promises to have even bigger and better adventures (and musings) than the first. Mikey and his friends encounter monsters from myths, prophecies from ancient times, and a wise wizard … all while trying not to die from exhaustion thanks to superhero training. Do you need more information than that? Sadly, it is a very long wait until Book 2’s birthday, but I have no doubt it’ll be worth it. And if I do get an ARC of this, well, mwahahaha … guess I’ll just have to leave tantalizing tidbits for you until October.

Oh, and if you just can’t get enough of G-Man, check out this really cool collection of webcomics from the man, himself, Chris Giarrusso. He posts a brand-new G-Man comic strip every Tuesday, which are just the bee’s knees.

Mon ami thé #3

2 Apr

Ami Thé - Echo


Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
[music, magic, mystery, children, courage, strength, heroes]


Apple Custard by David’s Tea
[apples, golden raisins, coriander, chamomile, vanilla]


When I came upon the scene of Friedrich describing his sister’s apple strudels, I just knew that this would be my tea pairing.  The only thing that makes this tea not quite Elisabeth’s strudel is the lack of cinnamon, but for those who enjoy the smell of apples, this is a lovely cup of tea.  Que pensez-vous ?

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1: The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)

27 Jun

Lightning Thief


J’adore ce livre! Riordan is still at the top of my authors-to-meet list, especially since I was out of town when he was actually IN town. I can’t say enough about the fabulous friendship among Percy, Grover, and Annabeth … May you all be as blessed as these three are! And hey, this was great preparation for those of you who will end up studying mythologies in the next couple of years, but be forewarned … Riordan has taken some liberties in modernizing the Greek pantheon!

What is it about this book that I love so much? I just enjoy being immersed in a world that has one foot firmly planted in Greek mythology and the other squarely set in the modern era. So much of who we are now comes from who we were back then—our writing, our government systems, our Olympics, our olives, and, of course, our stories—that it’s neat to be in that society again, if only for a little while. Of course, Percy and his pals don’t necessarily traipse around Camp Half-Blood in togas with laurel wreaths on their heads all day (Or do they? No spoilers here!). But a storyline full of Greek gods and goddesses is my cup of tea, and I hope yours, too.

Merci d’avoir prendre ce parcours avec moi! Now I can’t wait for the rest of the movies to catch up!



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