By Second Mate Embry, guest reviewer

Title: Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
Author: Suzanne Collins
Page Count: 309
Format: Hard Cover
Grade Reading Level: 6-8

Summary: Gregor doesn’t expect to go back to the Underland world ever again. This all changes when Boots, his sister, gets kidnapped by giant cockroaches that inhabit Regalia. Determined to save her, Gregor returns only to discover that he is trapped by a warrior and the “Prophecy of Bane.” No wonder he was so reluctant about his return! Now he’s off on another quest to the Labyrinth to kill the 8 foot (or taller) Bane.

Why I Started This Book:

I started this book because I read the first one as a class assignment. It was good and because it was good I thought I’d enjoy the second book just as well.


  • I loved how Boots called the firefly, Photos Glow-Glow, Fo Fo. I thought it was so funny and cute for the two year old girl to do that!
  • I liked Twichtip, a rat, because of her ability to smell. Yes, smell. She can even smell colors. I thought that was really cool! I also liked Twichtip’s sense of humor; very witty.


  • I didn’t like that Photos Glow-Glow and Zap were so untrustworthy. They left Gregor and the others.
  • I dislike that Luxa goes missing and that Boots almost dies. She’s only two after all!
  • I feel bad for Twichtip because she was rejected by the other rats. How mean!

Buy: Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (paperback)

Book Rating: I give this book 4 Treasure Chests!


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by Captain Lyaf Yarr

Title: Twilight
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Run Time: 122 minutes
Rated: PG 13

Summary: Bella Swan moves to the little town of Forks and meets a handsome boy named Edward Cullen. But what she doesn’t know is his secret, that he and his family are vampires. Will Edward be able to save her... from himself? Can the lion love a lamb? When Bella finally finds out it brings danger in everyone’s lives. Will Bella survive?

Why I watched this movie:

I watched this movie because, I heard it was good. Also, I read the book and I wanted to compare the book to the movie. Plus I wanted to see Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen!


  • I enjoyed when Edward sparkled!
  • I liked the scene when Edward and Bella are officially dating and they go to school and everybody is staring at them. Edward in sunglasses is hot.
  • I liked the actor Cam Gigandet (James). I think he did a good job. He looked scary and like he was going to kill someone.
  • The last scene when Bella expects Edward to bite her and he doesn’t but, kisses her neck! So cute.
  • One of my favorite scenes is when Edward takes Bella to their house and the Cullens make Italian for her.


  • I think it would be better if the actresses Nikki Reed (Rosalie) and Rachelle Lefevre (Victoria) switched places. I think Rachelle is prettier than Nikki, and would be a better actress for Rosalie.
  • I disliked that in the beginning Edward was in Bellas’ room without her knowing, watching her sleep. (I wouldn’t like it if someone was watching me sleep... it was okay after she invited him to do so, to each their own you know.)

Buy: Twilight (Two-Disc Special Edition), Twilight [Blu-ray]

Movie Rating: I give this movie 4 treasure chests! I enjoyed every scene and line, and I Loved all the actors.

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Review: The Blacksmith’s Daughter by Arley Cole

by Tavern Wench Maisie July 20, 2014
Review: The Blacksmith's Daughter by Arley Cole

Reviewed by Tavern Wench Maisie Title: The Blacksmiths Daughter Author: Arley Cole Format: E-Book Page Count: 224 pages Grade Reading Level: Ages 14+ Synopsis: This is fantasy at its best with an evil baron and a powerful wizard joining forces to take over Acwellen Lex’Magen’s land using political means, then underhand ones when he doesn’t […]

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Review: Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix

by Second Mate Embry July 19, 2014
Review: Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix

by Second Mate Embry, guest reviewer Title: Turnabout Author Margaret Peterson Haddix Page Count: 223 Format: Hardcover Grade Reading Level: Ages 12+ Summary: Amelia Hazelwood, Annabeth Flick, and 40 or more others from Riverside nursing home are selected at the old age of 100 to live forever. In a doctor’s experiment called Project Turnabout. The […]

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Review: Dread Locks by Neal Shusterman

by CaptainYarr July 18, 2014
Review: Dread Locks by Neal Shusterman

by Captain Lyaf Yarr Title: Dread Locks Author: Neal Shusterman Format: Paperback # of pages: 176 Grade Reading Level: Summary: Parker Baer is spoiled. He has everything he’s ever wanted and then some. But the only problem is that he thinks his life is dull and boring. He rethinks this observation after a girl named […]

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Review: Aries Rising by Bonnie Hearn Hill

by First Mate Keira July 16, 2014
Review: Aries Rising by Bonnie Hearn Hill

by First Mate Keira Title: Star Crossed: Aries Rising Author: Bonnie Hearn Hill Format: Paperback Page Count: 278 Grade Reading Level: Grades 7-9 Summary: Logan McRae just wants two things out of life. First, she wants Mr. Franklin to get her into the summer writing camp. Then she wants a date with Nathan. When she […]

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