Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Review- The Jaguar Stones Book One: Middleworld

When Max's archeologist parents leave for a dig in Central America, he is set on a boring summer of video games, TV and junk food.  When Zia, their housekeeper, sends him off with a packed backpack and a plane ticket, Max is not prepared for what's waiting.  His parents have gone missing and it's up to Max to save them. With the help of Lola, a talkative Maya girl and two howler monkeys, Max is in for an adventure of a life time.  What will it take to rescue his parents? Does Max have it in him to live out this real life video game?

I was skeptical when I saw the cover of this book and a quick flip through showed that each chapter contained pictures.  I was expecting a childish easy read at maybe a JR high level.  I was completely wrong.  Jon and Pamela Voelkel have created an amazing thing with The Jaguar Stones. Middleworld was an amazing book. The way they laid out the adventure in this novel was well thought out and presented perfectly.  I was drawn in and enthralled from beginning to end. I absolutely adored the characters of Max and Lola and I found that they complimented each other perfectly.  I don't think there is a better team of characters out there.  I loved reading this book and learning about all the Maya life that existed in the past that the Voelkel's painted.  The setting, challenges and characters of this work were beautiful mastered and so realistic that they leap from the pages. I can not wait for the next book in this series and I can honestly say this is a great book for anyone middle age and older to experience.  Well done!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Goodman Media and Egmont USA. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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