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11 September 2016

Reading With John : The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White

A new school year is upon us and so is a new installment of Reading With John! It was a long summer with very little reading done that didn't involve re-reads of Wimpy Kid books and lots of comics ... but as the start of school started to get closer I nabbed a couple of books on NetGalley from him that I thought looked good. The first he picked was Wade Albert White's The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes, which is set to be released on September 13th.

He's a bit out of practice with writing neatly and completely -- he said a lot more about the book than he wrote -- but here's his "review" sheet:

Title: The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes
Author: Wade Albert White
Year Published: 2016
# of Pages: 384
Stars: 4 1/2
Main Setting (Time/Place): Future/Tiers
Main Characters: Anne, Penelope, Hiro, Matron Jocelyn, Jeffrey, Nana, Rokk ("The picture is of Rokk since he's my favorite" - John)
What Happened In The Story: First Jocelyn gives Anne a gauntlet and Ann activates a quest. ("Really, first they were in the orphanage at Saint Lupin's and it was horrible. I didn't really like that part. I felt bad for them." - John) Then, Anne, Penelope and Hiro go to the tower with no door. Next, they meet Rokk. Lastly, Saint Lupin's is turned into an Academy.
Why Did You Give It The Rating You Did? Why I gave 4 1/2 stars if both Shard's and Matron's deaths because they were distrubing. [Also] the ending with Oswald was just weird.


It was a fun book for the most part -- in spite of John being confused at the end and freaked out so much by the "black smoke stuff" that he took half of a star off. He's already looking forward to the next book in the series so he can see his new book friends again, though, so that half of a star obviously isn't very detrimental in the grand scheme of things.

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