Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider #8)

Crocodile Tears by Anthony HorowitzCrocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2009
Publisher: Puffin Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action


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It’s just another day in the life of an average kid. If you’re Alex Rider, that is. A con artist has realized there is big money in charity: the bigger the disaster, the greater the money flow! So that is what he will produce: the biggest disaster known to man, all thanks to genetically modified corn that can release a virus so potent it can knock out an entire country in one windy day. But Alex Rider will face whatever it takes – gunfire, explosions, hand-to-hand combat with mercenaries – to bring down his most dangerous adversary yet.

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Scorpia (Alex Rider #5)

scorpiaScorpia by Anthony Horowitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2004
Publisher: Puffin Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Espionage, Action, Mystery, Family


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Alex Rider, teen spy, has always been told he is the spitting image of the father he never knew. But when Alex learns that his father may have been an assassin for the most lethal and powerful terrorist organization in the world, Scorpia, his world shatters. Now Scorpia wants Alex on their side, and Alex no longer has the strength to fight them. That is, until he learns of Scorpia’s latest plot: an operation known only as “Invisible Sword” that will result in the death of thousands of people. Can Alex prevent the slaughter, or will Scorpia prove once and for all that the terror will not be stopped?   Continue reading

Eagle Strike (Alex Rider #4)

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2003
Publisher: Puffin Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Espionage, Action, Mystery, Summer, Science Fiction


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Sir Damian Cray is a philanthropist, peace activist, and the world’s most famous pop star. But still it’s not enough. He needs more if he is to save the world. Trouble is, only Alex Rider recognizes that it’s the world that needs saving from Sir Damian Cray. Underneath the luster of glamour and fame lies a twisted mind, ready to sacrifice the world for his beliefs. But in the past, Alex has always had the backing of the government. This time, he’s on his own. Can one teenager convince the world that the most popular man on earth is a madman bent on destruction-before time runs out?  Continue reading

Skeleton Key – Alex Rider

9780142406144_lSkeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2002
Publisher: Puffin Books
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Espionage, Action, Mystery, Summer


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Teenage superspy Alex Rider is enlisted by the national security services again – this time for a routine reconnaissance mission at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. But before long, Alex finds himself caught up in a terrifying chain of events that leads from the Chinese Triad gangs in London to an undercover assignment in Cuba. Alex begins to make chilling links between suspicious deaths, an illegal nuclear weapons deal and the plans of his host, Russian General Sarov, for the future of the world… Continue reading

Point Blank – Alex Rider

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2001
Publisher: Puffin Books
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Espionage, Action, Mystery, Boarding School


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MI6 assigns Alex Rider, 14, undercover at an elite prep school for teen rebels after two fathers are assassinated. Principal Dr Grief and vicious cigar-smoking Mrs Stellenbosch are the only teachers. All the students act studious, perfect – and identical. When Alex finds the plot, the villains find him, and the mountain peak has only a black ski run escape. Continue reading

Minuscule, Adorable Reviews for Good and Awful and Amazing Books (LOL, What a Title)

Hello, friends, readers, perusers! As you know, bloggers have lives, too. Sometimes, they don’t feel like writing a review for a book, so they just tweet something about it instead. I usually try my best to write complete reviews, but sometimes I just don’t feel like it. BUT, I still want to share some of the books I’ve read this year, even though I have not reviewed them properly. Here they are, them (mostly) tweet-sized reviews!

Ivory and Bone by Julie EshbaughIvory and Bone by Julie Eshbaug

The only thing remotely good about this book is the cover. Am I the only one who felt deeply uncomfortable being spoken to by the main character as if I were his lover?
Uprooted by Naomi NovikUprooted by Naomi Novik 

I think this book was uprooted from Heaven’s grounds and magically brought to Earth.

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