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The Blackthorn KeyCan sometimes sound amateur if not done right but Sands does it right The mix of real history and events is blended well and keeps it interesting however I m very surprised there was no mention of the plague that hit London in 1665 That sort of feels like a missed opportunity but nevertheless the history that was iven was welcome Edit The plague is mentioned by the end of the book I completely recommend this book to anyone who loves to read about apothecaries alchemists potions poisons and anyone else who likes middle Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts grade I look forward to see what Kevin Sands publishes in the future The Da Vinci Code meets The Apothecary minus Tom Hanks s unflattering hairstyleYep there s even a secret bookcase door Often keys in this book are the chemical kind that would make Professor Snape RIP proudI thought that for a MG book this was actually pretty well thought out While it can be a bit dry in parts the characters themselves are pretty clever and inventive Itoes to show that books aimed at kids don t have to be full of forced snark la Nickelodeon or Disney Channel seriously what happened to the programming there to be interestingTigger Warningsview spoilerThere s violence in this book There s some bloody carnage and even child abuse Also there s lots of talk of religion hide spoiler It is never the tool that decides It s the hands and the heart of the one who wields it As always my reviews are based off of my true and honest opinion and I do my best to keep all reviews spoiler free Christopher Rowe is an apprentice to the apothecary Benedict Blackthorn He s learning not only how to create recipes but how to make and decipher codes However before he knows it Christopher Rowes life comes crashing down and now its in danger as well Together Christopher and his Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind good and loyal friend Tom must figure out a secret worth killing forI absolutely loved this book It was almost impossible to put down It reminded me a lot of National Treasure with its codes and puzzles not to mention being chased and by both theood and bad Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus guys Parts of it made me cry and feel for Christopher It also reminded me of adventurehidden objectsames that I enjoy playing from time to time because Christopher needs to use his knowledge of codes and puzz 425 starsI thought this was fantasy but it s actually a historical fiction adventureIt was a lot of fun for me It features 14 year old Christopher is an apprentice apothecary in 1665 He Rudram in Tamil gets caught up the schemes of some really loathsome villains He follows clues and solves puzzles set up by his master while escaping the villains a bit like Goonies I really enjoyed how Christopher uses chemistry and logic to defeat the baduys The book is clever fast paced and full of adventure and explosionsPerfect for late MGearly YA readers but enjoyable to everyoneClean language No sexual content Moderate amount of violence This is a fantastic fast paced historical mystery and I honestly did not want to put it down Aimed at middle raders but definitely one that any READER COULD ENJOY THE BLACKTHORN KEY IS THE COMPLETE could enjoy The Blackthorn Key is the complete mysterious puzzles and codes thrilling and suspenseful action history and science and exceptional friendships Set in 1665 in the city of London this book introduces us to Christopher Rowe our clever hero who is apprenticed as an apothecary to Master Benedict Blackthorn Having rescued Christopher from an unknown future in the orphanage Master Benedict acts as a compassionate father and mentor to this boy who is eager to learn everything he can about potions puzzles and books The baker s son Tom makes a wonderful friend and sidekick being constantly dragged into Christopher s little schemes and experiments These two make a reat pair and I really enjoyed every minute of their adventures with one another When a menacing cult begins to systematically murder the city s apothecaries Christopher is determined to et to the bottom of this mystery before he finds himself the next victim He must use all of the knowledge he s *Gleaned From His Master *from his master with plenty of courage and ingenuity to solve the biggest mystery of all and escape imminent danger There are bad uys alore and Christopher must learn who he can truly trust I must say there is a lot of page turning action in this book The Blackthorn Key ives us a snapshot of a piece of history that is uite informative but not at all mundane or too mystifying for the middle rade reader The potions and puzzles should interest anyone that enjoys science or magic However one bit of warning from this reader there is a fair amount of violence and danger in this book that could be disconcerting to a younger middle school child Some ruesome descriptions of the murders and other brutal assaults may be okay for the mature middle Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION grader but I hesitate to recommend this to the completeamut of rades 3 7 readers as noted on the back of the book But as always parents use caution you know what your children can handle This is definitely a book worth reading and has huge potential for this debut author I would love to see a seuel to this book I think Kevin Sands left just enough open at the conclusion for this to be a possibility at least I hope so 45 starsI received an advanced reader s copy of this book from Goodreads and Aladdin Books in a first reads iveaway in exchange for my honest opinion. Met zijn beste vriend Tom moet Christopher het raadsel zien te ontcijferen Kevin SandsDe sleutel van Sleedoorn is een razend spannend verhaal vol vriendschap humor mysterie en evaar De auteur Kevin Sands werkt als natuurkundig onderzoeker en docent aan de universiteit van Toronto De sleutel van Sleedoorn is zijn debuut en wordt in 13 talen vertaal.

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T Up I extend thanks to Simon and Schuster for providing me with the opportunity to review this bookview spoilerAfterthoughtsPremiseChristopher Rowe a once orphan now budding opportunity to review this bookview spoilerAfterthoughtsPremiseChristopher Rowe a once orphan now budding to Master Benedict Blackthorn is plunged into the ritty underbelly of the alchemical world when a string of murders claim the lives of prominent apothecaries With the perpetrator at large and signs pointing to the Blackthorn shop Christopher finds himself with the key to uncovering the mystery behind the disturbing deaths and the scheme at the heart of it allSettingLondon 1665 cobblestone roads stone mausoleums imposing cathedrals dusty wooden shelves lined with material knick knacks and a bird house for the Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens greatest avian side kick ever Sands has crafted an explosive literally alchemical historical fiction with medieval flair and a tone that vividly portrays its time The story doesn t inundate readers considering target audience with religious diatribes that detract from the cat and mouse narrative NarrationI ll admit I don t usually do hist fic because the past is blergh interpret that how you will The Blackthorn Key I found was packed with intrigue and creditoes to the story the adventurous and impeccable pacing and the penmanship to weave a page turning experience This book elicits a range of feels it s courageously resilient full of hilarious tomfoolery and painfully tragicThe story made me cry If that s not a powerful thingthen I don t know what isThe coolest thing is that readers can for the most part unlock the puzzles before oing forward as if it were an interactive experience The narrative provides the codes and kinks to uncover the mystery before you turn the page Note it s not a immick The exposition pulls you into the eyes and world of Christopher Rowe and connects readers to the conflict in a smart wayThat being said the writing may not be for the faint of heartWhat I will say in terms of What Am I Doing with My Life?: And other late night internet searches answered by the great philosophers gore is this as a kid I was immersed in a lot of violence through videogames and multimedia Am I suggesting that this book will be fine for all MG kids Not at all This book has bleak as shit moments but you don t witness the brutality It s like a fade to black This is just a discretionary warning to those incapable of stomaching the high stakesame of survival It is in the context of its time and not as censored as things seem to be based on its intended audienceCharactersChristopher Rowe is simply precious and I adored his voice He s emotionally invested to a life that has iven him than just borrowed time There is so much to root for as the story promotes the cultivation of adolescent experimentation and ingenuity Christopher isn t a special snowflake he s not the only one who could have unlocked the mystery The puzzles are his to crack because he s the product of initiative and work ethic and his development is one keenly demonstrated by action Subtext learning is important but you should also blow things up in the processThe bromance *Is Sublime Christopher And Tom *sublime Christopher and Tom like two peas in a pod Their friendship can easily be mistaken as blood related due to loyalty and it s wholly organic I d call Tom a comic relief but that would short sell his importance to ChristopherBridget is one badass scene stealer This pigeon deserves all the love and then some If you appreciate the value of Manchee for Todd s character in the Chaos Walking Trilogy Patrick Ness you will surely love every feather of this flappy birdIf there s one thing that can be considered amiss it s that there s no real female presence Aside from Tom s siblings and his mother the only female with potential of a role is an orphan irl with a line or two The implication is that this can be considered a book about boys for boys It s so much than thatOverallThis book punched me in the face with feels And then did it again and again While this first installment is a self contained story it s seuel explores the Great Plague of London in 1665 You don t need to worry about cliffhangers So yeah if there s one middle How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar grade title you should considering reading in 2015 it s Kevin Sands The Blackthorn Key If not because I told you to then for the explosionsor the bromanceor the interactive mysteryor most importantly for Bridget a damn pigeonSee the full review at thoughts and afterthoughts hide spoiler Video Review Brilliant Utterly brilliant I won an advanced reader s copy book from a GRiveaway and I am so happy I did This book is set to release on September 3rd 2015 which is when you should buy and read it To be blunt it s amazing and uite honestly one of my new favorite middle More scary stories for sleep-overs grades London 1665 A world of wiggedentlemen drunkard peasants and orphaned children Christopher Rowe is an orphan at Cripplegate Orphanage when he impresses an elite member of the apothecaries uild and is then taken in as an apprentice to Master Apothecary Benedict Blackthorn Christopher learns all kinds of remedies potions and lethal poisons in his master s care skills that will save his life than a few times Whispers of "murder are spreading through the streets and London s apothecaries seem "are spreading through the streets and London s apothecaries seem be The Cult of The Archangel s target Christopher is set on a perilous journey involving conspiracies codes secret alchemists puzzles and pigeons Who doesn t like pigeons Kevin Sands writing is superb This book is written in 1st person which to me. Hij heeft nog een boel te leren als de stad wordt opgeschrikt door een serie moorden Christopher ontdekt dat een mysterieuze sekte het niet alleen op zijn meester heeft voorzien maar een evaar vormt voor de hele mensheid Als Sleedoorn wordt aangevallen heeft hij nog net Heads of the Colored People genoeg tijd om Christopher op pad te sturen met een cryptische boodschap Samen.