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REVIEW:  The Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent’s Curse by Tony Abbott

REVIEW: The Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent’s Curse by Tony Abbott

The Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent's Curse by Tony Abbott

The Copernicus Legacy is a quest to find the ancient Copernicus artifacts. Four kids named Darrel, Wade, Lily, and Becca are the ones trying to find the artifacts and obviously with a little help they will find them all. There are always some challenges and one of them is Galina Krause and her army of Teutonic knights. It’s a race for the artifacts!

I have read only the second book but found it easy to understand but I would recommend reading the first in the series. The first book must have contained more information about how their enemies were made. The beginning explained a lot about what had happened in the first book.

There are four main characters: Darrel, Wade, Lily and Becca. Darrel is Wade’s stepbrother and he more concerned about finding his mom than anything else. Wade has the same goal as his brother but he is also very focused on finding the artifacts. Lily likes to be in charge but not in  a way that would make their group fall apart. Lily and Becca are best friends. Becca is mostly worried that their nemesis–Galina Krause–will hurt her sister.

Lily is Wade’s cousin. One of their ancestors is Copernicus. He owed a number of artifacts and if they all were put together something unexplainable would happen–such as giving the owner a lot of power. It is not revealed in the book. Galina made them search out the artifacts because she wants them and they are trying to protect the artifacts to prevent Galina from taking control.

I did not like the fact though that there were some languages that I did not understand and that they somehow were not able to add in a translation. Some of the sentences in the book were very hard to understand you’d have to read it over and over again to make sure that you could understand but otherwise its great.

Now its time for the best parts, I thought that it was so funny when Wade always wanted to know what Becca’s opinion was even in times when it did not matter also during dangerous tasks. For example Terence-a helper, Wade, and Lily rolled down a hill and got onto a moving truck, Terence said. “Everyone thinks were crazy and that we should not be doing this.” Then Wade suddenly said, “What does Becca think?” Lily looks at him and says, “Seriously, Wade now!”

I enjoyed all the action and adventure in this book its just what grabbed me and pulled me in to reading it but what they talk about sometimes is really sad. It took place in Italy, New York, and Russia. I would rate this book a B+. Over all it was one of the best books ever. It pulled me in, and made me want to keep reading until I could stop.

Tot (Not a Tot anymore though)

(Posted by Jane)

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REVIEW:  A World without Princes (The School for Good and Evil Series #2) by Soman Chainani

REVIEW: A World without Princes (The School for Good and...

A World without Princes (The School for Good and Evil Series #2) Soman Chainani

Dear Kathleen:

Thank you for sending this book to us. It arrived right around the time I finished reading The School for Good and Evil for my bookclub. I was really excited to discover that there was a sequel. My mom asked if I would review it for her blog and I agreed.

Agatha and Sophie are finally home and safe—well not exactly. In the first book, the two girls battle the idea of what it means to be good and what it means to be evil. In the end, they realize that there are some of both in every person. When they return to their homes in their village, Sophie—a former student of the School of Evil is trying her best to be good. Agatha—a former student of the School of Good is hoping that Sophie remains good not evil. 

But the Red Coats don’t want to allow them to have the happy ending they earned in the first book. They are magically transported back to the school grounds only to find out that the Schools of Good and Evil have changed into the School of Girls and Boys.

Agatha and Sophie are trying to capture the Storian, a magical pen, to rewrite the ending of their story. But the Boys are the only people that stand in their way.

Agatha was once a girl that nobody ever cared about. Everyone also said that Agatha was a witch and parents told their kids to stay away from her until Sophie came around. Sophie first did it because she viewed Agatha as her “good” deed but eventually their connection turned into a real friendship.

When Agatha and Sophie are back at school they are facing a lot of challenges like the trial where boys and girls compete to win for their school by making the other school participants fail. They are also facing forces that are trying to tear them apart and people trying to tell Agatha that she is better with a prince rather than a friend like Sophie.

Sophie undergoes some surprising changes–like literal changes–in order to capture the Storian. In the first book Sophie pretended to be friends with Agatha because she thought that is what a “good” person would do. In this book, Sophie is afraid of losing Agatha’s friendship because of a prince who is interested in Agatha. The prince also believes Sophie is evil and tries to separate her from Agatha. Agatha struggles with her feelings for the prince as well as her desire to remain best friends with Sophie.

I did not like the fact that there had to be a prince in the story. But I really liked the storian and that Agatha had to choose between her prince and her best friend. I was really surprised of how the story turned out. Also Agatha’s crazy plan on how to get the Storian. There are a lot of people that I had no idea would come in to the story like people that were only mentioned little in the book one. I would give this book an A. I really hope that you love this book as much as I do.

~The Tot

Jane’s Note: These books are surprisingly about female friendship which I liked. Their message is very much like the movie Frozen and the first book has a very Frozen like ending (the book came out in advance of the movie so there’s no copying here). The books do tend to enforce gender norms and focus a little too much on looking good. I.e., you’re beautiful outside when you’re good inside and vice versa.

But as a book for my daughter, I loved the message of the importance of female friendship. The ten year old girls in our book club enjoyed the book quite a bit and are eager to read more.

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