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Ship Out of Luck Book Review

Not only did I finally finish a book, but I’m actually getting to the book review in a somewhat timely manner! This review is about the young adult book, Ship Out of Luck by Neal Shusterman.

Ship out of Luck book review


In honor of Old Man Crawley’s eightieth birthday, the Bonano family has been invited to celebrate with a weeklong cruise to the Caribbean aboard the world’s largest, grandest ship. But whether on land or at sea, Antsy can’t manage to stay out of trouble: He quickly finds himself the accomplice of stowaway and thief Tilde, whose self-made mission it is to smuggle onto the ship and across the U.S. border illegal immigrants from her native Mexico. When Antsy steps in to take the fall for Tilde, he becomes the focus of a major international incident and the poster child for questionable decisions. {Amazon}

 I liked the plot of Ship Out of Luck, and the many twists in the story line. The characters are interesting, but I felt that Antsy’s behavior was inconsistent. I had a hard time keeping up with the swing between his immaturity to his surprisingly vast knowledge of trivia and ‘mature’ view on life. He sounded like a teenager through the eyes of a middle aged man. I know I’m overly sensitive of what I want my kiddos reading, but there were some descriptions and social commentary that I’m not comfortable offering up to my children.

Besides the interesting story, Antsy had some witty lines. When Antsy was talking to Howie, his accident pr

one friend, he said, “You’ll just have to cross that bridge when you fall from it.”  My other favorite line is when Antsy’s sister Christina came back from her snorkeling trip, “I found Nemo,” she told him. “Like fourteen thousand times.”

I would like to thank Media Masters for providing me a copy of Ship Out of Luck.

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The Battle for Skandia Book Review

Continuing my Ranger’s Apprentice journey, I’m excited to share my book review of the fourth book The Battle for Skandia. Battle for Skandia book review

Still far from home after escaping slavery in the icebound land of Skandia, young Will and Evanlyn’s plans to return to Araluen are spoiled when Evanlyn is taken captive. Though still weak, Will employs his Ranger training to locate his friend but soon finds himself fatally outnumbered. Will is certain death is close at hand, until Halt and Horace make a daring last-minute rescue. But their reunion is cut short by the horrifying discovery that Skandia’s borders have been breached by the Temujai army – and Araluen is next in their sights. Only an unlikely union can save the two kingdoms, but can it hold long enough to vanquish a ruthless new enemy? {Amazon}

This is my favorite book so far in John Flanagan’s series. It is action packed and I love the interesting alliance between the Rangers and the Skandians. Will, Horace and Evanlyn continue to mature and work out their places in the kingdom. It still makes me smile to think how far Will and Horace have come since the first book. Even the rugged Halt evolves. I am also glad Erak’s character continues in this book. If you haven’t started reading this young adult series, you are missing out! I give The Battle for Skandia 5 slices!

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