Even though, thirteen- year-old Marcus Kanenas is restrained to a wheelchair, he sees himself as a survivor and a dreamer. In fact, his favorite dream is of a world far far away, a world where magic is as common as breathing, where animals tell horrible, corny jokes, and where trees beg people to pick their delicious fruit. He even has a name for this place- Farworld. When Marcus magically travels to Farworld, he meets Kyja, a girl without magic in a world where spells, charms, and potions are everywhere, and Master Therapass, a master wizard who has kept a secret hidden for thirteen years, a secret that could change the fate of two worlds.
But the Dark Circle- a group seeking to control Farworld- has learned of Master Therapass’s secret and their influence and power are growing. Farworld’s only hope is for Marcus and Kyja to find the mythical Elementals: water, land, air, and fire , and convince them to open a drift between the Farworld and Earth. As Kyja and Marcus travel to Water Keep, they must face the worst the evil Dark Circle can throw at them; Summoners, who can command the living and the dead; Unmakers, invisible creatures that can destroy both body and soul by sucking out your magic and your life ; and dark mages known as Thrathkin S Bae. Along the way, Marcus and Kyja will discover the truth about their own heritage, the strength of their friendship, and the depths of their unique powers.
This book is a thrilling novel that has you gripping the edge of your seat at every turn. It is an extremely well-written book, that is easy to connect and has a sort of reality to it even though it set in a magical world. This book is the first of four, and I can confidently say that all of the books are amazing. I would give this book a 9.5 out of 10, because sometimes, I was extremely confused on what was even going on. All in all, this book is a must-read, and I hope you give it a chance
15-year-old Laurence Roach wants nothing more in life than normality. Unfortunately, having a normal life is hard when you have a little brother who acts like the dog from Scooby- Doo (literally), and your mother is a depressed alcoholic after your father died in a car crash. Laurence thinks that if he wins the luxury vacation offered by a local radio show, he can finally make his mother happy and pull from her depression. It all begins to fall apart when his mother doesn’t come home from work one day, and Laurence finds all of his mother’s’ belongings gone. He must now face the facts: his mother might not ever come home.
Laurence quickly realizes that if people realize that his mother is gone child services will come for him and his brother. Therein lies Laurence’s biggest fear. That when and if child services come to take him and his brother they will end up getting separated. To prevent this Laurence spins a web of complicated lies to cover his mother’s disappearance, while singlehandedly handling and taking care of brother who wants to know where his mother his. This is a story of family, forgiveness, friendship, and love, that teaches kids to never give up even it seems impossible.
This book is an 10 out of 10. One of my favorite things about this book is the moral lessons that it can teach, and how it shows that life is not all cupcakes and unicorns. This book is both extremely heartbreaking and heartwarming, with just the right amount of light-hearted humor. The author did an amazing job of pouring emotions into the book, that it begins to feel like you are the actual characters of the book as story goes on. This book is definitely not one to pass up on any circumstance. It is truly a magnificent book.
Yuri Strelnikov, a 17-year-old Russian physics prodigy, finds himself whisked to the United States to find a way to prevent an asteroid from hitting the Earth. If Yuri fails, the western half of the United States will be obliterated. To Yuri, this could be his one big chance to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Something he’s wanted for his whole life.
The second he arrives at NASA, Yuri is faced with a multitude of problems. The first being the fact that no one in NASA trusts him or wants to listen to some upstart 17-year-old. Consequentially, Yuri cannot get some of the information he needs to calculate the functions. At this point Yuri really needs to swear, but he doesn’t know how to, so he placates himself by thinking venomous thoughts about the other physicists.
Then, Yuri meets a normal teenage girl by the name of Dovie, who lives a normal life, and goes to a normal school. Dovie is absolutely oblivious to the impending doom she faces at the hands of an asteroid; if NASA doesn’t destroy it. Hanging out with Dovie, and joining her on the adventures she plans when Yuri is free of obligations to NASA, Yuri understands what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.
This book is an 9 out of 10. It extremely funny in every way while still pulling at your heartstrings. I think the one thing I really enjoyed about this book is that it is very easy to connect to no matter who you are or where you come from. The author has put a lot of work into the characters and their personality, that even the smallest quirks have certain complexity behind them, that is hard to put into words. All in all, this book is amazing, and I would highly recommend giving it a chance.