Caramel recently discovered the Cleopatra in Space graphic novel series by Mike Maihack, and he has already reviewed the first two books. (You might find it useful to check out his reviews of the first book Target Practice and the second book The Thief and the Sword before continuing on.) Today he talks about the third book in the series: Secret of the Time Tablets. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel you know what I am going to ask you.
Caramel: Yes, I know you will say: “So Caramel, tell me about this book.”
S: Do you not want me to say that then?
C: I don’t know. I guess it is a reasonable way to start our reviews.
S: Okay, let us start differently this time. How do you want to start?
C: I don’t know. I guess I can still tell you about the book.
S: I think that would be nice.
C: Well, in this book we find the startling truth about the true identity of Xaius Octavian!
S: That sounds kind of ominous.
C: Well, Xaius Octavian is the villain of the book, so it is kind of ominous to find out that he was all along–
S: Wait, that sounds awfully like a spoiler. So let us stop right there. Don’t tell me who he turns out to have been all along. I think I can wait.
C: Okay I won’t tell.
S: Instead tell me about the secret of the time tablets. Are these the tablets that brought Cleo to the future from all the way back in Ancient Egypt?
C: Yup. But I think the tablets do not play a big role in this book actually. They give Cleo a ton of power, but other than that, i’m not sure if we learn the secret or anything. It is kind of like in the How to Train Your Dragon series, you do not really learn about how to train your dragon. I mean, there are pages of the books that look like the could be parts of a manual, but mostly there are stories about dragons and their Vikings.
S: Hmm, will you read me out loud what it says in the back of the book?
C: Okay, let me read:
Cleo and her friends journey from Yasiro Academy to the city of Hykosis, where some of the most notorious thieves and assassins live. They’re in search of information about the time tablets that could determine Cleo’s fate — whether she wants them to or not. But the group is separated when Xaius Octavian’s fleet attacks their ship, and Cleo and Akila are on their own until they run into an old nemesis. Will Cleo find the information she needs and get out of Hykosis alive?
C: Did you like my dramatic voice?
S: I did. And I could also see a bit how the tablets come into play in this book. It seems to me that they are important, but then Cleo and her friends have a lot of other things to worry about through the book.
C: I guess you could say that.
S: Okay, so it seemed like you read through this book very quickly, and then turned over to the first page and began rereading. I’m guessing this means you liked it.
S: So tell me your three words to describe it then.
C: Colorful, adventurous, and funny. <switches to dramatic movie trailer narrator voice, as much as a little bunny can do it> Danger awaits them in Hykosis!
S: Oh, that sounds mysterious! And exciting!
C: And dangerous! But then that would make four words. So I cannot say it.
S: I think you can say it if you want to.
C: Okay, I want to. The adventure is dangerous.
S: So are you excited about the fourth book?
C: Oh yes. I actually got both of the books from the library at the same time. So I will dive into the fourth book right after this review.
S: Hmm, so we should probably wrap things up then.
C: Yes, I definitely think so.
S: Do you think there will be a review of that fourth book too?
C: Yes, I am quite sure.
S: Okay then, what do you want to tell our readers as we wrap things up?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!