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The Silver Chains - Book 2 in the Mastermind Academy Series Paperback – October 12, 2015
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This story is obviously written for much younger people than myself, but I found it a riot from beginning to end. It was fast paced and suspenseful. The plot has a number of magical creatures which are just a twist from what we’ve come to suspect. The magic is also believable and not over done. This along with great settings, give this book fantastic transport into Clarkson’s world. My only criticism is the ending did not deal out punishment for the villains. Instead our three heroes were blamed and punished, which I thought was realistic, but a bit of a downer for a finish.
I’d recommend the book not just for the younger audience it is intended, but like Harry Potter, I think people of all ages would enjoy this one.
Isabelle has got herself into a right pickle and while she thinks that keeping problems to herself will help her, well, let’s just say she’ll be learning some lessons. And she’s not the only one with secrets—Boldrick gets himself into a number of sticky situations that you have to read about. You won’t be disappointed.
I adored this book and devoured it in one sitting.
Can’t recommend this book enough and I’ll be doing that to my nieces and nephews. It made me laugh out loud, the writing is crisp and clean, and every scene was brought to life. Well done, Clarkson. Now, where is book 3??
Isabelle is finally starting her first term at Mastermind Academy. Esme and Boldrick return to escort her to the Academy but get sidetracked when they stop to investigate some suspicious Terran activity. After barely escaping with their lives, the trio makes it to Agartha. When Isabelle is placed into a class and begins her studies of magic, she is disappointed and frustrated with how difficult things are for her. She struggles to control her magic and she has to deal with Namaya, the daughter of a woman Isabelle helped to imprison. To top that off, she starts receiving horrible threatening A-Mails. She makes a few new friends and gets mixed up in more Esme/Boldrick mischief. Can she learn to control her magic, save her family, and stay out of trouble?
I thought that the pace and the style of this book was a little different than the first book, but I loved it! There was plenty of action and excitement. The technology is pretty awesome - there are replicators with the ability to project holographic programs, bracelets with the ability to turn into flying crafts, suits that can meld to your body seamlessly and cool/heat as needed, hovering beds, and more! I just LOVE the Esme/Boldrick parts. They are such a great duo.
This book ended on a little bit of a cliffhanger and so I am eager to read the next one. I still have a few questions that I would like answered (for example, what was up with the holographic simulation with her friend? Was it real? Was it not?) The time difference (Agarthan time runs 6x faster than Terran time) was getting a little confusing. I was also just a little distressed at the treatment of Isabelle by the authorities at the end. She definitely broke some rules but I felt like their punishment was too harsh.
Overall, another great book by LJ Clarkson. I really am looking forward to the next one (waiting for me on my Kindle!) as well as the prequel about Boldrick.
Grammar/Editing: Needs Work- The grammar was a little rough at times. There were not too many misspellings or word usage errors, it was mostly odd wordings and fragments that didn't get caught. There were things that could have been worded better. It was not too bad overall.
Violence: Mild- There was very little real violence in this book. There were a few times that energy weapons were shot. People were put in dangerous situations, abducted, and told that they would be killed. The most distressing thing in this book is that someone threatens to kill Isabelle's family if she does not do what they want.
Profanity: None- Apart from a few made up curse words, this book was clean as a whistle.
Sexuality: None- No sexuality whatsoever.
What I Thought- Oooh! This was intense! And mysterious! And thrilling! Ms. Clarkson writes realistically, especially when creating a fantasy world! The setting of Agartha is fleshed out in the book, giving it more depth, and making it into more of a world in general. I liked that a lot. Isabelle is a character who isn’t sure of what to do. She is going through trials about what is the right thing to do and learning about herself in the process. Ms. Clarkson’s writing style keeps the tense situations light with just the right amount of humor. The book will work well as a stand-alone. I think the reader may be brought up to speed a bit quicker if you read book 1 (plus it’s good so you don’t want to miss it). I also think Ms. Clarkson does a good job at summing up the first book so it isn’t necessary you do. This was a fun book that kept you reading! Great cover too!
*NOTE* I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book
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