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  The Jefferson Key is the newest installment in the Cotton Malone series by Berry.  This time, rather than traveling the world, Malone stays in the U.S.  After an attempt on the President’s life, Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt are hired to uncover a plot that is hundreds of years old.  The Commonwealth was given free license to harry enemies that the U.S.  was engaged in war with back during the time of Washington.  They have continued their pirating ways, secure in the knowledge that they would not be persecuted.  However, they have not gone too far and it is up to Malone to track down a missing document that gives them license for their pirating and deliver it to the President.  Plots abound and the book is told in alternating narratives between the good guys and the bad guys.  A riveting read that takes us to some key sites in the U.S. and also explores our country’s past.  I liked this a lot better than The Emperor’s Tomb.  A very good adventure story.

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In the 7th book in the series, Vayl has lost his memory and think it is 1777 again.  Jaz is devastated.  She and Vayl have finally found each other, but now he doesn’t remember her.  While she and her team try to rein Vayl in, they are also trying to track down a mythical device that will heal Jaz from the demon residing in her head and find out who put the curse on Vayl that has made him think it is the 1700s.  As usual, Rardin has a varied and fascinating case of characters that bring humor to this action packed series.

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Gutman scores again with the first book in a new series.  Here we meet Coke and Pepsi, twin brother and sister, who are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.  After a man in a bowler hat tries to kill them, they learn that they have been selected to be part of the Genius Files, a group of kids that have been selected to solve the world’s problems.  On a trip across America with their parents, the two must decode messages, stop an OCD terrorist, and figure out who is good and who is bad.  A riveting read that will surely become very popular.

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Cotton Malone is back, but not better than ever I have to admit.  I listened to this one on audio and thought that it would be great, but I was left feeling unsatisfied.  Cotton is called in to help his friend Cassiopeia Vitt when she is kidnapped.  Soon they are traveling to the Orient to save a little boy and discover the secret of the 1st Chinese Emperor’s Tomb.  Except that it all rings a bit false.  I just was not interested.  Maybe it was the narrator, but I think it was the story line.  It didn’t grip me the way the others in the series have.  Maybe it was due to the fact that it was set in China, which I did not really know much about.  I just don’t know.  Hopefully the next will be better.

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I very much enjoyed the first book in the Archer Legacy series.   It is about Gerald, a young boy who inherits his aunt’s billions upon her death.  He has never met her, but she knows he is the right person to have her wealth.  But she asks him a favor in return…figure out who murdered her.  Gerald immediately gets to work trying to solve the murder of his aunt and soon meets Sam and Ruby, a brother and sister, who become his friends as well as help him try to figure out why his aunt was murdered and who stole the largest diamond in the world.  Full of action and adventure, The Billionaire’s Curse reminded me a bit of Chasing Vermeer and The Sherlock Files series.  It is not up to say Percy Jackson’s standards, but is nevertheless a good book.  I look forward to reading more about the further adventures of Sam, Ruby and Gerald.

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A great pseudo horror book for kids.  Olive moves into an old house after the owner passes away.  Her parents are rather absent minded and she is left on her own quite a bit.  She explores the house and discovers many odd paintings that really disturb her.  Then, she finds a pair of glasses and discovers that she can enter the paintings.  But all is not well in the world of the paintings and it is up to Olive to sort it all out.  This is the first in what promises to be a great spine tingling series for kids.

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Willis once again comes through for me with a great book about time travel.  It is set in the same “universe” as To Say Nothing of the Dog and is just as engaging.  Kirvin is being sent back to 1320 to study life in the time of the Middle Ages.  Meanwhile, her professor is back in the current time (2050s) and is trying to determine if she made it there all right.  Unfortunately, the person who can tell him falls very ill and a quarantine is set for the entire town of Oxford.  While Dunworthy tries to help with the sickness, he is also frantically searching for a way to determine if Kirvin is ok.  Meanwhile, Kirvin made it there, but is horribly sick.  Nothing goes as planned and there is a stunning twist about 2/3 of the way through that make you gasp out loud.  While not a 100% happy ending,  it is a satisfying ending.  A great book with wonderful characters.

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