Review: Amulet Volume 5: Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5) – Kazu Kibuishi


Amulet Volume 5: Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5) – Kazu Kibuishi

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Title: Amulet Volume 5: Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Release Date: September 1, 2012

Publisher: Turtleback Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 208

Source: Public Library

THE ENEMY GROWS STRONGER…

Emily survived the chaos of the Guardian Academy, but Max Griffin has stolen the Mother Stone. With it, the Elf King forges new Amulets that will give him the power to invade and destroy the nation of Windsor. Emily and her friends lead the soldiers of the Cielis Guard in a fight to stop him, but Max stands in their way. And when she seeks information from the Voice of her Amulet, she discovers that the Voice is much more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

3 out of 5 stars


I’m so excited to be continuing on with this series! I completely forgot about it until I saw a Youtube video about them, then saw the next three at my library. It’s been a hot minute since I read the first four volumes, but I am so happy to be reading these!

This volume follows Emily and Trellis while they fight against Max who has taken the Mother Stone. The lives of many hang in the middle of all of this fighting, and Emily and Trellis are trying to figure out how to stop the deaths from happening.

This was a really good light-hearted read after Lord of Shadows. I needed something to not put me in a slump, and I always find that graphic novels are great for that. Not going to lie, this took me awhile to get back into the story, but I think I remember quite a bit from when I read them at the end of 2015.

The art style is beautiful; I love that there is so much color everywhere, and I love the different shades of blue in this book. The art is definitely a redeeming quality for this book.

There honestly isn’t much to say about this. It was okay, not my favorite of the series. I like that it is so fast paced, and I am so excited to read the rest of the series!

Series:

The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)

The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2)

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3)

The Last Council (Amulet #4)

Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6)

Firelight (Amulet #7)

Review: Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein


Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Title: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Author: Shel Silverstein

Release Date: November 2002

Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 176

Source: TBR Shelf

Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein’s poetry books for generations.

Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. There you’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

Shel Silverstein’s masterful collection of poems and drawings is one of Parent & Child magazine’s 100 Greatest Books for Kids. School Library Journal said, “Silverstein has an excellent sense of rhythm and rhyme and a good ear for alliteration and assonance that make these poems a pleasure to read aloud.”

Shel Silverstein’s incomparable career as a children’s book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. In 1964, Shel’s creativity continued to flourish as four more books were published in the same year—Don’t Bump the Glump!, A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, and the beloved classic The Giving Tree. Later he continued to build his remarkable body of work with Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and Runny Babbit.

2 out of 5 stars


This does not have any of the magic I remember it having when I was younger. I used to love Shel Silverstein’s books and poems because they were cute and funny, but I was very disappointed. I didn’t really see one poem that I liked from this book. I’m positive because I outgrew it, but it is very strange because I have so many fond memories of his books from when I was younger.

I don’t think that I will read any more of Silverstein’s books. Runny Babbit was my favorite poem/book, so maybe I’ll consider that one again.

I gave this two stars because I think it is a readable book. I didn’t hate it, but I was VERY underwhelmed. A lot of the poems didn’t even make any sense and didn’t rhyme like his usually do. I don’t know. I didn’t want to stop reading it, but I wasn’t overly thrilled to keep reading.

Review: Amulet Volume 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2) – Kazu Kibuishi


Amulet Volume 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2) – Kazu Kibuishi

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Title: Amulet Volume 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Release Date: September 1, 2009

Publisher: GRAPHIX

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 224

Source: Library

In this thrilling sequel to AMULET #1: THE STONEKEEPER, Emily and her brother Navin head for Kanalis, a beautiful and mysterious city of waterfalls, where they hope to find the antidote for the poison that felled their mother. That cure lies in the eggs of a giant serpent atop Demon’s Head Mountain, but the kids’ archenemy, Trellis, is headed for the peak, too. A battle that will engulf all of Kanalis is looming. It’s up to Em to triumph over evil while controlling the amulet’s power . . . without losing herself!


4 out of 5 stars

Gosh, I’m really loving this series! It’s so much fun to read; it’s been a while since I’ve had a completely fun read. I liked this volume better than the first. Emily and Navin had to go underground with the animal people from a city with the best doctors. They went there in the first place to help their mother find a cure for the poison she got poisoned with in the first volume. Emily knows that the amulet’s power is growing, so she has to stay in control. The more she uses the power, the stronger the amulet gets, and the harder it is for her to control it. Her main struggle throughout this book deals with her ability to control the stone that she’s now cursed with. Emily had quite a bit of character development in this book compared to the first, so it was cool to see her growth through the book. I love Leon; he’s the fox/person who is the trainer for Emily. Both her and Navin learn so much from him and his abilities.

I’m very excited to continue on with this series; it’s been a lot of fun to read so far, and I am extremely excited to see what happens next. I also love the fact that this series is for middle grade. I love middle grade novels because of the simplicity in them; they don’t have romance, you don’t have to worry about reading something that makes you uncomfortable, you just get to have fun. It’s always nice to have a fun book to read.

Series:

The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3)

The Last Council (Amulet #4)

Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5)

Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6)

Firelight (Amulet #7)

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May Book Haul


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  1. Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew #10) – Carolyn Keene
  2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple
  3. An Off Year – Claire Zulkey
  4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) – Jenny Han
  5. Law of Attraction (Anna Curtis #1) – Allison Leotta
  6. Save as Draft – Cavanaugh Lee
  7. Covenant: A Novel (Ethan Warner #1) – Dean Crawford
  8. Paint it Black – Janet Fitch
  9. Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet – Jennifer Homans
  10. The Skin Map (Bright Empires #1) – Stephen R. Lawhead

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