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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Blog Tour Review of, Crater Lake: Battle For Wizard Island by Steve Westover

Product Details:

  • Title: Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
  •  Author: Steve Westover
  • Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599559609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599559605






Book Description:

"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 main course."

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.
My Review:   
 Crater Lake In Oregon
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!

Follow this link to read other reviews of Crater Lake that are part of the blog tour.

***I want to thank Cedar Fort Books for the review copy of Crater Lake. In no way did this influence the honest review that was given.***

If you want to know more about the author or the publisher, here are all of the links that you will need to find them.



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2 comments:

  1. This sounds like a fantastic book. I really enjoyed your review and want to read this one. I love MG and YA books and National Parks and nature areas. From your description I think I will love this book. This is the first time I have heard of it- so thanks for sharing!

    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

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