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Blog Tour Review of, Crater Lake: Battle For Wizard Island by Steve Westover
Title: Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
Author: Steve Westover
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (March 13, 2012)
"Wailing and thrashing for escape, Allie’s dad disappeared first, the
dirt covering the crown of his head. Ethan and Jordan’s parents
followed, gasping for breath before the dirt covered their faces and
muffled their screams. Mercifully, they descended faster than Allie’s
mom. She had been the appetizer, and the other three adults were the
While visiting his crazy Uncle Bart at Crater Lake
National Park, thirteen-year-old Ethan's world collapses when all the
adults at Crater Lake disappear, including his parents. Now Ethan must
rally his new friends and decipher the legends of Crater Lake to find
the key to rescuing his parents from their earthen prison before he s
captured too and their captivity becomes permanent.
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All of the adults at the park have disappeared in front of loved ones eyes. Those only under the age of 16 are still around. Ethan, Jordan, Allie, Jacob and Brady, team up to try and figure out what has happened to all of the adults. A Native American boy, Che-Tan, shows up to help the teens in their search. They soon find that Che-tan is a magical being, who one minute is a boy, and the next he turns into several birds. The teen characters all play very important roles that go along with their strengths. The great part is how they all learn and grow so much as the story progresses. I also liked how there were both male and female protagonists to cheer for. This is why both boys and girls will really like the book.
There is no romance in this story, but maybe a little flirting that takes place. Crater Lake is a great book that teens, and tweens will love to read. It is full of adventure, fantasy, and mystery. It also had the allotted balance of plenty of bad guys and some "good" guys (I use this term loosely because the one who you think is a good guy, really turns out to be a bad guy) to balance things out. The ancient people are in a battle that has been going on for 7000 years. Chief Llao and Chief Skell, and their many minions, battle, so Chief Llao and his people can escape their underground prison that they have been contained in for all of those years. The final battle is very exciting! I enjoyed reading about it and don't want to say what happens, because that is not how I review a book. ;) You have to read to find out if the teens succeed in saving their parents from the underground prison.
Even though I said this book was mainly written for tweens and teens, I still felt like this was a good read and it kept me wanting to read more to find out the outcome. I do know that Steve is writing book 2, so I am looking forward to reading what else will happen with this group of kids. My own kids are the most excited that I am done with this book, because they now will fight it out to see who gets to read it first!
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