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Guest review: Paradox

August 17, 2013


When I discovered that Ryan, the grandson of one of my mother-in-law’s closest friends, is an avid reader, I asked if he’d be interested in reviewing a few books, and he readily agreed.  I sent a couple books his way, and he dug right in.  I’m proud to welcome Ryan here today with his review of Paradox by A. J. Paquette.

Ana wakes up alone and confused. All she finds is a blank mind and a note. After reading it she knows what she must do, Experience, Discover, and Survive. Ana does not know where she is or how she got there, but she knows for sure it’s not Earth. The book takes place on Paradox, a planet that was assumed to be hospitable but is not. Making her way across the planet she finds friends who help her make it to the destination. Ana may even find love along the way. For this group of friends, saving themselves would mean saving Earth. In the race against time one enemy may ruin it all.

The author, A. J. Paquette, did a great job of making it seem like you are in the book describing the planet very well. Although at times it was difficult to know I was not getting all the information from Ana’s past, it made the book hard to put down. I thought it was very suspenseful and kept me guessing. I believe boys and girls from 10 years and older would enjoy reading this book. I would caution for younger readers that the descriptions can bring to life some gruesome scenes that Ana encounters. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys futuristic action packed novels.

Here’s a little bit about Ryan in his own words:

My name is Ryan and I am 12 years old. I live in Oklahoma with my Dad, Mom, and brother. My favorite things to do are play football, read, and do pretty much anything outside. I play a lot of different sports like golf and basketball, but my favorite is football. I play quarterback on my team. I get straight A’s in school and I am excited to start the seventh grade.

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Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
19 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2013 6:47 am

    What a well-written review! I’m so impressed. Ryan, thank you for even mentioning a caution regarding some content that may be scary for a younger audience. I hope to read more reviews from you on Kathy’s blog.

  2. August 17, 2013 7:04 am

    Holy cow, I’m impressed too! Great review, and so well written! And made me want to get the book. (And the box – so lovely with the background shading!)

  3. August 17, 2013 10:31 am

    Hello, Ryan! Nice to “meet” you! Enjoyed reading the review! This is a new-to-me book and it sounds exciting! Plus your review is so thoughtful and well-written! I hope to see more of your reviews here! 🙂

  4. August 17, 2013 12:18 pm

    Paradox sounds like a terrific book! Thank you for a wonderfully written review, Ryan! 🙂

  5. Patty permalink
    August 17, 2013 1:00 pm

    Good job, Ryan! Keep on reading!

  6. August 17, 2013 1:57 pm

    What a great review by Ryan! 🙂 Paradox sounds like a good one.

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    August 17, 2013 2:39 pm

    Wow … I’m impressed. Bravo to Ryan for such a well written post!

  8. August 17, 2013 2:59 pm

    Nice review. Something about that cover makes me think: Dune.

  9. August 17, 2013 3:51 pm

    Well done Ryan! Makes me want to read this book too. Maybe one day! You write wonderfully!

  10. Kathy Miller permalink
    August 17, 2013 5:06 pm

    Nice job Ryan!!! Very proud of you!!

  11. August 17, 2013 7:31 pm

    thank you very much Ryan, I love reading these reviews, since I purchase books for my nieces and now I have a good idea of what this age group might like.

  12. Murhl Blessing permalink
    August 17, 2013 11:01 pm

    Ryan, well done. The book sounds very interesting. Sounds like you enjoyed reading it. I hope to see more reviews from you. Keep reading!

  13. wrinkles permalink
    August 18, 2013 1:19 pm

    Ryan. this review even makes me want to go get the book…..Wrinkles

  14. August 20, 2013 12:28 pm

    Wow, impressive review Ryan! The books sounds awesome too!

  15. Jennifer permalink
    August 20, 2013 11:52 pm

    What an impressive review! I don’t read a lot of YA lately, but this definitely sounds like a YA book that I would have really enjoyed when I was that age!

  16. August 21, 2013 10:31 am

    I’ll have to start a list for Gage. This one looks great. Thanks, Ryan!

  17. August 21, 2013 5:58 pm

    Too precious! Straight A’s AND the quarterback?!? AND reads?!? And does fantastic book reviews? He’s definitely a keeper for some lucky girl and I imagine you’re all very proud of him and his accomplishments! Great review Ryan!

  18. August 22, 2013 11:03 pm

    Thanks Ryan…. This book just went onto my son’s wishlist!

  19. August 29, 2013 8:47 am

    I’m so happy that you shared this review from this budding book reviewer at Booknificent Thursday! Please let him know he is welcome to join us anytime, and he can also join us at each Friday for Five Minute Friday Kids’ Edition where we write for 5 minutes on a one-word prompt and then share it.
    Have a magnificent week!

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