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The Map to Everywhere

 

 

The Quick Review:
This is the best read of the year. I loved it so much I will buy the hardcover when it comes out, even though I got the E-book for free. This book series will fit well into a shelf filled with Brandon Mull and Rick Riordan. The cover is one of those covers that make you want to buy the book (because everyone does judge books by their covers) and the story doesn’t let you down. Everything about this story feels different, original, and all blends together perfectly.

Story Summary:

(Taken from Goodreads) To Master Thief Fin, an orphan from the murky pirate world of the Khaznot Quay, the Map is the key to finding his mother. To suburban schoolgirl Marrill, it’s her only way home after getting stranded on the Pirate Stream, the magical waterway which connects every world in creation (Apparently she shouldn’t have climbed aboard the mysterious pirate ship that sailed out of nowhere and into a dry Arizona parking lot. How was she to know?).

With the help of a bumbling wizard and his crew, they must scour the many worlds of the Pirate Stream to gather the pieces of the Map to Everywhere, but they aren’t the only ones looking. A dark and sinister figure is hot on their tail, and if they can’t beat his ghostly ship to find the Map, it could mean the destruction of everything they hold dear-not least of all themselves!

In Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis’ first installment of a fantastical new series, adventure, magic, and hilarity collide in the treacherous skies and dangerous waters of the Pirate Stream. Heart-pounding escapades and a colorful cast of characters will have readers setting sail through this wholly original and unforgettable tale.

The Longer Review:

This book had a lot of “Why hasn’t anyone thought of that before” moments. It felt very original. Fin, one of the two main characters is fresh and completely out of the box. Many of the characters just struck me as different I didn’t find myself thinking about stereotypical characters types at all. There is no info dump and all the characters still have some mystery about them by the end of the book.

The scenery and locations in this book are fantastic. There all unexpected and it is hard to guess ahead to what’s in store as Fin and Marill travel down the pirate stream. They, along with the corky wizard Ardent and stern Captain Coll, hope from realm to realm on a magic induced goose chase that is hard to foreshadow. The story is very well thought out, the authors must have layered and re-layered the plot along the way. Every little detail in every chapter is related to the ending. Things I read over as such minor details became important at the end. There was no fluff or unnecessary chapters.

I disagree with the reviewers who say this book is too confusing. Middle school readers will have a fine time following along with this book. If the intended reader can keep up with a Fable haven book, then they will be fine reading through The Map to Everywhere.

There are a bunch of visuals that are going to be added to the final version that were left out of the advanced read copy. I want to know what they are! The book doesn’t need pictures, the writing is great, but the inner child in me wants to see the pictures. I want to see the movie as well. Can we get started on making that? There’s going to be a lot of cgi involved, so they need to get started now.

Conclusion:
Again, my read of the year. And that’s after reading Some Riordan earlier in the year (one of my favorites.) This book has the potential to be huge. I really hope it is. I want this to become a long series.

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The Son of Sobek-by Rick Riordan


The Son of Sobek is a long needed crossover of Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Kane Chronicles; written in the point of view of Carter Kane, who unknowingly crosses paths with Percy Jackson. The two boys have to team up to defeat a Pegasai eating crocodile wearing an Egyptian necklace.

The whole story could have easily been a few chapters in either of the main characters main books. Humorous and light hearted despite a creature trying to kill the both of them. Riordan opens the door for the two boys’ storylines to merge into (I’m hoping) a crossover trilogy or series of some sort. That would be awesome.

My critique and reason for the 3.5 stars can’t be said without spoilers, so here goes it.
Spoiler Time………
The all intelligent, ever studious, Carter Kane cannot put two and two together and just assume Percy Jackson is of Greek origin. He went on for half the book talking about how they were so similar, but unfamiliar. They both talk about monsters and gods, but in different ‘dialects’ (Greek terminology vs Egyptian.) But by the end of the story, the two boys decide it is best not to tell each other their origins.

I can believe Percy is none the wiser; he needs Annabeth to teach him Greek history. I don’t expect him to know a lick of Egyptian history. But Carter claims he could probably discover what it all means, but he shouldn’t dig. Carter is a book worm, he should be more aware than most high school age students on a little bit of Greek history. I don’t buy into the play dumb card that Riordan used for Carter. This is as bad as Clark Kent taking off his glasses and no one can figure out he is Superman.

An Annabeth and Sadie short story just came out. I am anticipating much more from that short story. Annabeth should have no problem figuring out what Carter Kane failed to.

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