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From the top ten bestselling author of Middle School and I Funny comes a brilliantly original new adventure series, jam-packed with action, humour, and heart!

The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and travelling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after their parents disappear on the job, the kids are suddenly thrust into the biggest treasure hunt of their lives.

They’ll have to work together to defeat dangerous pirates and dodge the hot pursuit of an evil treasure-hunting rival, all while following cryptic clues to unravel the mystery of what really happened to their parents – and find out if they’re still alive.

Treasure Hunters: Treasure Hunters #1

James Patterson with Chris Grabenstein


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Reviewed by Maree

Bick, Beck, Tommy and Storm are searching for their parents who have gone missing while on a treasure hunting job. The Kidd family are full time treasure hunters but not all is as it seems and treasure hunting can get you in a heap of trouble. There are Caribbean pirates, gold, cryptic clues and an evil rival to contend with in the search. And then there is Uncle Timothy. Do they dare trust him? How much and is he really their uncle and how is he connected to the CIA? Is he all he seems? A cracking good story told in the “children out of any parental control” style of  the books I grew up with; if Arthur Ransome, the Famous Five, Pippy Longstocking and Rick Riordan had a baby…..


just my rotten luck

Just my rotten luck is another instalment from brilliant author James Patterson, who is revered for his use of comedy art in the books he writes. This book is no different, and is a hilarious thrill ride for everyone to enjoy, and goes something like this…

Meet Rafe Katchadorian, a weird kid in a school where drawing is all he’s good at. English and maths never was easy for Rafe, and the bullies of his middle school make him suffer for it. If that isn’t bad enough, his problems worsen as he is put in a special needs programme for kids who need help with learning. But when he makes a new friend, his school life changes forever.

Just my rotten luck is a wonderful story for all to enjoy. Once again James Patterson managed to include a slightly adult element to the book, making it a great read for anyone. The book displays a detailed sense of drama giving it a reality rarely seen in other children’s books.

I loved Just my rotten luck. It’s a spectacular piece of writing and I highly recommend it for the book’s comedy, drama, and all round believability. It’s a great read, and I’m glad it’s in my book collection.


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Reviewed by Dylan

cross my heart

Alex Cross will do anything to protect his family.

Thierry Mulch is a psychopathic serial killer who committed murders he got away with and now thinks he is “the perfect criminal”.

Marcus Sunday is a writer who theorizes the philosophical world-view of a perfect killer in his book The Perfect Criminal.

Alex, Bree, and the FBI have been involved in an investigation of a recent spate of murders. Alex writes about the murders in a publication, drawing the wrath of the killer who decides to tear his family apart and make him suffer.

His conviction and his love is about to be put to the test. With a madman fanatical with being the perfect criminal on the stalk, can Alex Cross crack the most important case of his career and protect his family?

I liked the start; we see Alex in a desperate situation and then we go back several days and see the events leading up to that moment. The plot has several stories cleverly interweaved; a psycho is after Alex and his family, a killer that attacks massage parlours is on the loose, someone is kidnapping babies, Alex and Bree’s missing foster daughter Ava; and moves along quickly.

The ending was abrupt and had no resolution, it was a cliff-hanger and you’ll have to read the next book in the series to resolve it. Very annoying when you’ve invested time in a story and it feels a bit moneygrabberish to me. I doubt I’d buy the next if this book was one I’d bought, not sent to review.


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Reviewed by Jan

the lost

James Patterson is an immensely popular author – he holds the the Guinness World Record for being the first person to sell 1 million e-books. Does that mean that he’s any good? I’m not so sure. Let’s assume in this collaboration that, as the senior author, he’s done the world-building and plot outline, and Emily Raymond has done the bulk of the writing. Now, I’ll admit that I’ve picked up the fifth (and last) book of a series, without reading any of the earlier novels. But, I still expect to get some kind of feel for the setting. Which isn’t much.

There is a City, somewhere in a dystopian future. Somewhere outside it is a desert where Horsemen come from. And that’s about it. There’s no infrastructure, and certainly no “rest of the world”, so how do all these people get fed? There is technology and there is magic, so this qualifies as urban fantasy – except for some reason the magic felt more like a super-power, giving a comic book quality to the whole thing. This might have something to do with the over-the-top no-limitations nature of magic in Witch & Wizard. Or it might relate to the way a major character submits to the excision of magic, having their power removed by machine-generated infrasound of all things. No, I didn’t understand why – why that would work, or why anyone with any kind of gift allow it to be arbitrarily removed.

The plot seems to be mainly about the recycling of old villains so the sibling Witch and Wizard can save their City from darkest evil (yet again, apparently). There are some good bits, some exciting scenes, and some excellent lines – for which I think we must thank Ms Raymond. I particularly liked, when the TV came on with ranting villain at 5am… “If this dictator business doesn’t work out, he’s got a great future as an alarm clock”. The fans seem to be divided, but to me this feels like a sausage of a book, made of bits and pieces, a link in a chain, churned out without much thought or care. And, frankly, I did not much care for it, either.

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Reviewed by Jacqui

private LA 7

Jack Morgan is the head of the LA branch of the Private security business and his week is not going well.   As well as a client calling to report the burnt bodies of four surfers on his beach, his twin brother is trying to frame him for the murder of Jack’s ex-girlfriend.

Private is hired to locate a missing Hollywood family, known for their philanthropy and good works. The superstar golden couple have disappeared without a trace along with their three adopted children.

A group called No Prisoners is holding Los Angeles hostage; randomly killing innocent civilians and making ransom demands. Local law enforcement need help so call Private in…

There are two main storylines and various subplots so you have to pay attention but the short chapters help. The action moves at a breathtaking speed and is well-constructed and very enjoyable, holding your interest effortlessly.

I’m looking forward to reading more Private books.


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Reviewed by Jan

first love

Good girl Axi has had it tough growing up – her little sister did young, her mother walked out, and her father crawled into the bottle for comfort. So when she decides to ditch school and run away she takes her best friend, Robinson, along. A tall, attractive bad boy, Robinson decides they’ll start their journey in style and leave town in a stolen car. An exciting journey of new experiences follows, with the two of them making fun memories and meeting interesting people. Then reality hits and the sobering realisation that some things you can’t run fast enough to escape from……..

A really sweet story aimed at teens, I enjoyed this story though I got the ending totally wrong.   Though Robinson seems a little too good to be true, he and Axi are likeable and easy to empathize with. Be warned; the ending is sad and you will need tissues. Lots of them.


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Reviewed by Jan

nypd red 2

Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald are part of the elite NYPD Red squad that solves crimes committed against the elite citizens of New York. A vigilante serial killer is on the loose, tracking down and murdering people whose crimes have not been punished. After taping a confession of past crimes, victims are murdered and left in a HAZMAT suit in a public place. When his latest victim is a woman of vast wealth who had many influential connections, Zach and Kylie are assigned the task of tracking down HAZMAT killer.

With four seemingly unconnected victims they are stumped, recruiting more help from a pair of beat cops. After a potential fifth victim is identified, they are in a race against time to find her and stop the killer.

Zach is worried about more than the case though – Kylie has been acting strange recently and her secrets might implode on the case. Will they catch the bad guy in time to save the victim?

A very well plotted mystery with a lot of action, there are many ‘a-ha!” moments occurring with titbits of info I hadn’t seen coming. This can be read as a standalone book; I hadn’t read the first but quickly figured out who as who without being flooded with back-story. I was caught up in this book and eagerly await the next.


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Reviewed by Jan