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Return Fire by Christina Diaz Gonzalez ARC {5 Stars}

Return Fire by Christina Diaz Gonzalez ARC {5 Stars}

Return Fire by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Moving Target #2)
Published by Scholastic Press on September 27, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 214 pages
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The thrilling sequel to Moving Target! When a young girl can determine the destiny of the world, the wrong choice could lead to disaster . . .

Cassie Arroyo has found the long-lost Spear of Destiny -- only to have it stolen right out from under her!

In Return Fire, Cassie and Asher must regain the spear. This time, however, it's not enough just to find it: Cassie realizes that when she used the spear, she sent the world down a path that could eventually lead to serious trouble. Can she find a way to stop the terrible chain of events that she set into motion?

As she tries to reshape her own destiny, Cassie takes off on a breathless adventure across Italy, leading her to a forest outside Rome, a Caravaggio painting full of clues, and a villa by the sea. There, in the ultimate showdown, Cassie has to decide who she can truly trust. And when the chance to use the spear presents itself again, she has to figure out if she can even trust herself.

Kids will be clamoring for this sequel after finishing Moving Target, and this has even more thrills, riddles, and page-turning excitement!

5 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of RETURN FIRE from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

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Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez ARC {4 Stars}

Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez is a middle grade adventure/thriller/mystery and a tough book to put down!! I found myself making time to get back to Gonzalez’ trio of seekers to root for them in their search for the Spear of Destiny in the hopes of saving the main character’s father. It would definitely be a good book for pre-teens who like Rick Riordan’s mythical series but are looking for something quick and fast-paced. And this would be especially good for a young woman who likes adventure stories. She will find a good role model in Cassie!!

There’s plenty of action to go around, a magical artifact to locate, and various factions who are hunting for our protagonist and her friends in order to gain control of the Spear’s magic. The main character is likable and sympathetic to the reader – spunky without being obnoxious – and seems to have the hopes and fears of any ordinary 8th grader. The book starts out with a plan to play hooky from school and rapidly moves into a hunt for a historical/mythical artifact worthy of National Treasure or the DaVinci Code. By the end of the book, some loyalties are tested and secrets unveiled, but the end is just the beginning for Cassie and her readers!!

Note: I received an advanced copy of Moving Target from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez ARC {4 Stars}

Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Published by Scholastic Press on August 25, 2015
Genres: MG, Thriller
Page Length: 248 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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In this exciting and action-packed adventure by an award-winning author, a young girl discovers her secret ancient bloodline. The fate of her family, and the world, may rest in her hands...

Cassie Arroyo, an American studying in Rome, has her world ripped apart when someone tries to kill her father, an art history professor at an Italian university. Is she their next target?

Cassie sets out to uncover what is happening, only to learn that she is a member of an ancient bloodline that enables her to use the Spear of Destiny--a legendary object that can alter the future. Now running from a secret organization intent on killing those from her bloodline, Cassie must--with the help of some friends--decipher the clues that will lead her to the Spear.

Christina Diaz Gonzalez has created a fast-paced thrill-ride of a book, rich with riddles and myth, that young readers will not want to put down.

4 Stars

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