Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Review: Prophecy of Days #1: The Daykeeper's Grimoire by Christy Raedeke


Book Reviewed: The Daykeeper's Grimoire
Author of the Book: Christy Raedeke
Series: Prophecy of Days, Book #1
Publication Date: May 1st, 2010
Publisher: Flux
Recommended Ages: 11 and Up
Type: Young Adult Fiction
Page Count: 384 Pages
Date Finished: April 22nd, 2011
Reviewer: Roshini
Acquired/Source: Received a review copy from Elise who received the book from the author.

Synopsis:

Can one (super smart) girl
(who just wants to be discovered)
decipher the cryptic Mayan calendar prophecy and SAVE THE WORLD?

When her safe-cracker mom and code-breaker dad inherit a dreary Scottish castle, sixteen-year-old Caity Mac Fireland is not happy. Ripped from her cushy life and friends in San Francisco, Caity’s secret fantasy of being discovered by a Hollywood agent, talent scout, or even just a pageant coach seems more unlikely than ever.

But when Caity stumbles across a hidden room in the castle, its walls covered in strange symbols, her life takes a bizarre turn. She finds herself center stage in an international conspiracy involving warring secret societies, assassins, the suppressed revelations of the Mayan Calendar and the year 2012, plus the fate of humanity.

With the help of her friend Justine back home, and Alex, a gorgeous and mysterious Scottish boy, Caity must race to decipher the code and reveal its message to the world before time runs out. (Via Goodreads)

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Review:

We've seen many books out there on the specific date, December 21st, 2012, but this book has been the best out of the enormous list of books. The book was filled with well written information that clearly had hours upon hours of research stringed to it. The first book in the series, Prophecy of Days, The Daykeeper's Grimoire, has conspiracy theories, a bit of...attraction between Caity and Alex, humor, and twists galore. Though the book had all of these great plot enhancers, my favorite thing about the book was an animal, a monkey that can do origami to be specific! I mean really, have you EVER heard the words monkey and origami in the same sentence before? Not including the time when a friend was making origami shaped like a monkey, of course! Mr.Papers, the origami making factory...oops...I mean monkey...has got to be the best part of the book!

What makes this book different from all the others out there about the Mayan calender prophecy? Well, instead of the usual "the world is ending" this book contains another theory on what would happen on the date. This new type of theory includes that instead of the world just plain old ending, it will just start over again...in simple words...a new beginning.

Caity, the main character of the plot, is a incredibly smart and tricky girl that has to get the code made up of strange symbols deciphered. She usually gets help from her friend, Justine, back in San Francisco, throughout the book. Her love interest is Alex, the inhumanely handsome Scottish boy.

I just love the setting of the book! An old Scottish castle? Count me in for the ride! Who wouldn't want to live where mystery and suspense is magnified?

The book in all was just a bit dull near the beginning, but once I got through the first few chapters, it progressed very quickly to an intricate plot with many scenes that hook the reader in. Miss Raedeke has certainly created a master piece! With the cliffhanger at the end that makes you want to JUMP off an actual cliff for the next in the series, I have to conclude that this book is epic!

My Take on the Cover:

I love how bunnies fit in to the cover! Most people who have not read this book would say this: BUNNIES?!?

Well, you gotta read the book to find out! Hehe...

Okay now for the actual thoughtout MTotC! I think that the ancient symbol truley brings the cover and the whole book to life! The symbols in the background also add the feel into the ancienty...is that a word?....and mysterious plot. The cover describes the book perfectly!

Rating:

4: Super but not superior! Go out and buy this book!



*Thanks to the author who gave Elise the book, who gave it to me, to review!*


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