Sunday 24 December 2017

Temple of The Crystal Timekeeper Review

Continuing the adventure that ended in Britain just a short while ago, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair, with their friend Kim Maleka, are now hunting for the third Stone of Power, one of seven mysterious stones lost centuries ago. The third stone might be located in an ancient city, hidden in the depths of the Mexican jungle. When their small plane crashes in the jungle, Adam, Justin, Kim, and James are rescued by an uncontacted tribe. James, who is wounded, must stay behind as the kids, with only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the city. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task.

Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on in search of the lost city of stone gods. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

I am a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, I was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked my new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with my mother and two young nephews. We had a great time and I thought I’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, I had changed careers. I have now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in my MG adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! I also teach online novel writing for aspiring authors and I find that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds me enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. I love doing research for my book series. I love animals and have written two animal rescue stories. I have two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.

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5 out of 5 Stars (so far)

So as you can see from my rating above I have not finished reading this book yet. However when you find out why it might make you want to purchase this book yourself.

When I received this ARC originally I would have had plenty of time to finish the entire book  for this post without a problem. However I made the mistake of showing the ARC and synopsis to my 10 yr old daughter, and she comendered it. She loved it! Often I would find her hiding under the covers after I turned the lights off at night hoping I wouldn't notice the glow of the tablet as she read this book. She was always running up to me and saying "AAHHH I want to talk to you so bad about this book, but I don't want to ruin it for you!" She finally allowed me to start reading it when she wasn't, only so she could see where I was and talk about what was happening.

I have enjoyed this book as well. The writing is engaging and articulate. Though it is written for middle grade it is written in such a way that it can easily be enjoyed by an older audience as well. My daughter is very well read for a ten year old and though her brother is older I doubt he would be able to sit and read this book as he isn't as strong of a reader. I have enjoyed having a book that both my daughter and I can read and talk about and my daughter loves having something that just she and I share.

Overall I would recommend this as a great book you can share with your child, and both of you will enjoy the story.


Hour after hour, they trudged through the foliage, unable to see more than a few feet ahead. The incessant birdcalls and buzzing of insects seemed to tell them they were as far from civilization as possible. Sunlight filtered through the tree canopy in places, casting a soft, dim glow. Occasional clouds of butterflies rose under the kids’ trampling feet. Orchids of various colors hung from the trees and hugged the base of the trunks. It looked like an exotic movie set, but unfortunately this was about as real as a jungle could be and just as dangerous.

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1 comment:

  1. I love the fact that your daughter (the target age group)enjoyed the book and I really hope you'll let her read books 1 and 2 - just drop me a line and I will gladly send a pdf review copy.