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This book s synopsis has basically the same problem as the last one it makes it sound like it s April s book when it s actually Jalil s More of a minor thing, but it s still odd that this switcheroo happened.At any rate, this is Jalil s first book, and so far Jalil is the most sympathetic of the group which might not be entirely unrelated to the fact that Everworld is affecting him the worst His real world counterpart is suffering from severe OCD brought on by his complete inability to get cl This book s synopsis has basically the same problem as the last one it makes it sound like it s April s book when it s actually Jalil s More of a minor thing, but it s still odd that this switcheroo happened.At any rate, this is Jalil s first book, and so far Jalil is the most sympathetic of the group which might not be entirely unrelated to the fact that Everworld is affecting him the worst His real world counterpart is suffering from severe OCD brought on by his complete inability to get clean in Everworld for any length of time, and he can t even try to get help because telling the full story would only leave everyone thinking he s delusional.So, while I connected with Jalil as a narrator a bit better than any of the others, the point where I goofed was on the portrayal of Hel, whose Alternate Character Interpretation was not necessarily wrong, considering how few primary sources on Norse mythology are actually available, but still didn t jive with my own interpretation of her Most of what I know of Hel is that she s an underworld goddess of death and not a particularly nice person, but nowhere in either of the Eddas do I recall seeing any indication of her being a man eating sadist Just a case of incompatible interpretations, I guess This one was super good, too Loved Jalil Very creepy stuff, though I am awed at the imagination required to write this book I actually started liking Senna when she was in the pit with Jalil, before that quickly changed back Also LOL at Christopher and his leprechaun obsession hahaha. This book picks up again where 3 left off, with the kids wandering the forest, lost and clueless and without a goal in mind When they stumble upon a prison city, they come face to face with Loki s daughter Hel Desperate to escape, they jump down a pit and come face to face with Loki s son, the Serpent of Midgard Along the way they find Senna, and once again we end on a cliffhanger.I m getting sick of these cliffhangers I need to approach this serieslike how it s written as a serial This book picks up again where 3 left off, with the kids wandering the forest, lost and clueless and without a goal in mind When they stumble upon a prison city, they come face to face with Loki s daughter Hel Desperate to escape, they jump down a pit and come face to face with Loki s son, the Serpent of Midgard Along the way they find Senna, and once again we end on a cliffhanger.I m getting sick of these cliffhangers I need to approach this serieslike how it s written as a serial It would be better if it were lumped together in one big epic, each book being the section of whosever POV we re floating in at the time This time it s Jalil, and he s smart, a little sassy, obsessive, and only now beginning to accept that Everworld doesn t work like the real world does.There s lots of action in this book as the teenagers struggle to survive with mounting paranoia not always deserved It can be frustrating reading it when they have no clue what to do, are tired, hungry, and grumpy with no goal besides finding the elusive Senna and getting home, neither of which anyone has any idea how to achieve.It finally kicks into interesting when the teens are captured by Loki s weirdly gross yet attractive oversized daughter and their immediate goal is to escape, but apart from that, this book suffers the same wandering issues the previous books suffered from as well.There s only so much one can read about clueless kids, their weird dreams or other lives, and unattainable obstacles to overcome before one gets frustrated with the lack of plot It s the first Jalil book my favorite character , and I still really liked this one. Okay, that was creepy Loki s daughter Hel, half living and seductive, half dead and putrid, starts drawing our heroes into her underworld Not appetizing And there s even a nice tee shirt transfer of her face in the middle so you can iron her on a shirt Nasty.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is one of the books I remembered most clearly, both because Hel is so horrifying, and also because Jalil is unique Senna tries to control him by demonstrating that she can banish his OCD and it s rare to find a character with mental illness in fiction especially given that it s not the focus of the story.But seriously, Applegate makes a pretty convincing demonstration of why Vikings were so eager to die in battle rather than end up with Hel. reread 8 2015 Welcome back to the style of the first two books one event runs into another, with the loose plot form back, but with the advantage that the essential world building has already been done Now, we can run around Everworld in search of Senna again, meeting new and strange groups of people in scary places, without being over encumbered by stray details to remind us where we are Basically, we are back to the less coherent and cohesive plot that reigned in the first two books, but at the same Welcome back to the style of the first two books one event runs into another, with the loose plot form back, but with the advantage that the essential world building has already been done Now, we can run around Everworld in search of Senna again, meeting new and strange groups of people in scary places, without being over encumbered by stray details to remind us where we are Basically, we are back to the less coherent and cohesive plot that reigned in the first two books, but at the same time we are not having this that and the other thing thrown at us to tell us where we are At this rate pattern, I would advocate that this series be bundled in groups of three to actually get a beginning, middle, andimportantly, end for the different installments That being said, I do really appreciate all the very vivid details that are present in these books Everworld comes alive in a way that Animorphs didn t quite manage in the very visuals of the landscapes, the small details about the different people the Everworld kids encounter, and the absolute horrors which most of those visuals are Seriously, if I were a kid imagining these images, some of the things Jalil and Co see would be terrifying Okay, actually, they re still pretty terrifying to my adult imagination So vivid For the record, I checked a copy of this out from the library, and the iron on inset of Hel which comes with the book Still in the book No surprise that no one took it out to wear her lovely mug on their chest Finally, last but not least, we have Jalil narrating unless Senna is going to surprise us and narrate one Which I highly doubt maybe the last one, but only if that one doesn t rotate between the four main characters Our final Everworld kid, the one who is oh so fixated on facts and logic I thought that alone was almost enough to put him on the autism spectrum still kind of do , but the truth is, it s related to the fact that he has OCD For example, he intellectually knows that he does not have to wash his hands seven times, but he can t control the need to do it anyways, and he hates not having that control over his own mind So he makes up for it by fitting everything else in his world into logic boxes, and by trying to put the roundness of Everworld into the boxes of the real world I find it curious and convenient that he does not have to deal with his OCD while in Everworld, only in the real world It is surely the doing of view spoiler Senna, since we see his first encounter with her where she momentarily takes away his compulsion hide spoiler , but it also makes me wonder are there any aspects of the others character which get left behind in the real world while they try to survive in Everworld For David, his inability to act when faced with a wrong situation, maybe Not sure about Christopher and April, though.In Hel s City, after the Everworld kids noticed that some of its inhabitants were blind, all I could think was, Either this is going to be important, or get completely forgotten once they get inside the city I was rather disappointed that it ended up being the latter reminds me at the end of Animorphs view spoiler about James request of the Animorphs for his roommate to get the morphing ability, which just got completely forgotten by the time the book was over hide spoiler The Everworld kids make a point of noting the blindness, but nothing ever gets done with it Not even something so simple as a passing reference that they are blind so that they won t be drawn to Hel or her to them, so that there is always someone experienced in the city to bake the bread and do whatever else needs doing Hm it seems like I did not enjoy this book given my nitpicking above, but I did enjoy it I liked getting inside Jalil s head, seeing just how this mysterious boy thinks, seeing Senna get knocked down a fewpegs, seeing just howmessed up Norse mythology is view spoiler I mean, come on, other than Hel s literally half dead body, she has the Thor frozen alive inside a block of ice with a wooden toy imitation hammer in his fist Tell me that s not messed up hide spoiler , and encounteringstrange peoples and creatures The craziness of the adventure islinear, less hopscotch y, beings from before are encountered again and we get to knowabout them like the view spoiler Midgard serpent and the Hetwans hide spoiler It s still a wild, crazy adventure, but the Everworld kids are acting like a team, making decisions together view spoiler even when it involves agreeing that April gets Galahad s sword because the boys can t be trusted with it when Senna is around to influence them hide spoiler , and being smart about their moves Or at least as smart as they can be given the insanity which rules Everworld.Quotes view spoiler This was my world The world of two plus two equals four every time No wizards, no witches, no dragons, no trolls, no gods and goddesses My world, understandable, decipherable, logical But it was here, here in this world that I stood helpless at my sink, and washed my hands again because the number, you see, is seven Over there, in the place where nothing made sense, seven was not the number There was no number Obsessive Compulsive Disorder That s what it s called OCD Or just OC A brain wired to learn learns some things too well A brain wired to eliminate threats becomes fixated, staring endlessly at a threat that is no real threat at all I knew what it was called I d read all about it Knew the illness, knew the enemy But I did not know how to make it stop Only once had I felt peace here in the real world Once Because of Senna Wales I washed my hands a seventh time I would be free, for a while And over there, another me, but still me, would eventually wake up wearing filthy clothing and not wash at all, but eat a crust of black peasant bread with dirty fingers page 3 4 Canoes, hell, they could come after us with killer mermaids, or singing freaking sea serpents, or windsurfing leprechauns W.T.E., Christopher said W.T.E Welcome To Everworld It has become our all purpose phrase page 19 Fight or flee The fundamental decision made by all aware life forms Some always flee None always fights There is something about that moment when you decide to run away The recognition that you are in danger That the danger is too great to face Or that at least it represents too great a risk for too little payoff In that moment you become prey And all the instincts of prey come rushing up from the deep brain Fear And worse, growing, accelerating fear page 34 35 Sleep would take us all home Did I want that April was desperate to escape Everworld David just as desperate though less honest about wanting to stay It wasn t just that he was still under Senna s spell It was the sword at his side and the adrenaline pumping in his veins And me I always knew I what I wanted But not at this moment I was in the land of madness But here the madness was all without When sleep came I would return to the land where madness was within me Nice choice, I whispered page 63 I pulled my hand away from Senna s Broke the connection I saw the look of surprise, the swift passage of rage, coming and going like a gust of wind She regained control of her emotions As I lost control The obsession was alive in my head once again The nagging, insistent voice was back, all the louder after the brief silence You think I m weak, Senna, I managed to say You think I m weak because I can t control this part of myself You re wrong My own brain messes with me, but I am still who I am I wonder, she said, then turned and walked away I woke This time for real My pillow was damp Sheets whipped every which way I took a shaky breath A dream inside a dream But a memory, too Just as it had happened How long ago now Six, seven months I should remember the day when for one moment I was free Now I was in my room, in my world, with both sets of memories, both lives temporarily united I got out of bed Had to pee Had to wash my hands page 70 71 Hide yourselves, if you can, the Fiannan said He shot a look at April And for all the love, keep the girl from her She s a beauty, and hell will brook no competition He slammed from the room, yelling, Run, everyone out, the bloody fools have drawn her here The crone went with him, still moaning about her house I didn t think pagans believed in hell, April said But anything they call hell has got to be bad enough Let s get out of here page 74 75 She stretched out her living leg, stretched it out toward me, and touched the side of my face with her bare toe I cried out and fell back, stunned, shattered The joy The ecstasy Every cell in my brain exploded with the consciousness of pure pleasure And then it was gone I was on my knees Face wet with my own tears I would have begged her to touch me again, would have begged on hands and knees, but then she bent low, brought her face close to me Such pleasure you will know, gloomy little man And such agony I will tear your mind apart, mortal I will destroy your very soul, Jalil I jerked involuntarily She knew my name She laughed her giddy laugh Of course I know you, Jalil, with the uncontrolled demon inside your so controlled mind I know each of you Do you imagine I chose you at random David, Christopher, April, all unfortunate visitors from the real world page 94 95 I would stay here This me A me One of me would stay here, unaffected At least directly But my mind was permanently poisoned The information age, I said under my breath Information is power What a na ve little slogan What a nice bumper sticker You see it everywhere But what the fools never consider is that power flows both ways Sometimes what makes one man strong makes another weak Information was power The memories, the images in my brain, the horrific, unforgettable visions, they were power all right Hel s page 119 Power That s it for you, Senna That s the drug for you, isn t it You want the power You ve gone crazy with it I said to Senna after hearing about how she was going to sell us out to Hel so that she could take over Hel s domain to be safe from both Loki and Merlin page 133 David shook himself after Senna s touch , like a man trying to wake up after a nap and not quite succeeding We we get out of here That s what Not with her, April said, pointing at her half sister David s eyes cleared He moved away from Senna April, I know how you feel, but we re basically in hell here, literally, and it may be a long time before we find a way out We have one sword and a Swiss Army knife Like her or don t, Senna has some powers It was a good argument Even April nodded in agreement Then she smiled Give me the sword, she said What Hel s whammy didn t work on me neither will Senna s I m sorry, but I don t trust you boys around witches or goddesses To my amazement, Senna burst out laughing My half sister means to hack me up if I get out of line I think I should hang on to the sword, David said tersely I m with April, Christopher said She carries the sword David looked at me I nodded my own vote Then, just so there would be no doubt, I said, As long as Senna is with us, April s the boss Senna was done laughing Her gray eyes were polar I smiled at her No, Senna, you don t scare me, not half as much as you think page 153 154 We hadn t had a drink or eaten a bite since the inn back in Hel s harem city Hey, Senna, Christopher yelled I don t suppose you can use your whim whammies to conjure up a cold six pack, can you Senna ignored him I mean, look, if you can, let s bail, head home and go into business Start a place, call it Magic Brew I like that We do a little advertising Magic Brew, the witch s brew Colder than a witch s heart How s that sound, Senna No answer It was a tense little group I found I was grateful to Christopher, though He was managing to make clear our dislike for Senna while nevertheless treating her as part of our group Acknowledging the schism, and at the same time papering it over Senna could have made it easier by responding Even if she d slammed Christopher But Senna understood the real world magic of humor She knew that Christopher was attempting to redefine her She wasn t having it Senna would define Senna She always had Remember that, Jalil, I told myself It s the key to Senna She wants control She won t surrender control, not even for a second, not ever Why That was the question If I ever knew that answer I might have the same power over her that she had over me page 157 158 What do you say David asked Senna About which way to go She shook her head I can t tell the future All paths lead to opportunity And to danger Well, at least we have a fortune cookie, Christopher said dryly page 162 One by one, slowly, we each turned to look at Christopher He nodded Saw this coming, man Had to be Sooner or later, there had to be leprechauns page 173Swear count hell 7, 19, 33, 60, 127, 156 ass 18 damned 56, 132 damn it 98 bitch 117, 149 hide spoiler In Realm of the Reaper, we continue our journey through Everworld through the eyes of Jalil, the logical, level headed, and OCD science wiz Jalil, April, Christopher, and David find themselves trapped in Hellwell, trapped in Hel s Hell They come face to half dead eaten face with Loki s daughter, Hel She sends her eunuch guards across Everworld to collect young, healthy men to entertain her in her harem This book was pretty good It reminded me of Land of Loss in the sense that you experie In Realm of the Reaper, we continue our journey through Everworld through the eyes of Jalil, the logical, level headed, and OCD science wiz Jalil, April, Christopher, and David find themselves trapped in Hellwell, trapped in Hel s Hell They come face to half dead eaten face with Loki s daughter, Hel She sends her eunuch guards across Everworld to collect young, healthy men to entertain her in her harem This book was pretty good It reminded me of Land of Loss in the sense that you experience the main characters terror is very bright, sharp detail Like the second installment in the Everworld series, the group is faced with a fight or flight situation where if they make the wrong decision, they ll die a very painful torturous death But they stick together, and deal with being trapped in Everworld, if they should trust Senna or not, and their own personal qualms David is still dealing with his hero complex, Jalil is fighting his personal demons, and Christopher is becomingandobsessed with leprechauns I ve said before how beautiful the cover art is on each book It s not obscure at all the cover on each book really gives you an idea of what you ll be encountering Hel s description in Realm of the Reaper matches PERFECTLY to the cover um, ew Like the rest of the Everworld books, Realm of the Reaper is painted in vivid detail, which is why each book really only covers one scene, usually only lasting a day or two Will the four teenagers ever be safe Or are they destined to die in Everworld ^DOWNLOAD ☟ Realm of the Reaper ↯ There is a place that shouldn t exist But does And there are creatures that shouldn t exist But do Welcome to a land where all of your dreams and nightmares are very real and often deadly Welcome to EverworldThings have gotten way beyond weird First April, Jalil, David, and Christopher end up in Everworld Since then, they ve been hunted by trolls, entertained Vikings, fought in a war against Aztecs and their heart eating god, encountered Merlin, met some strange alien metalsmiths, and got a chance to see their very first real, live dragon It s been a strange few days, to say the leastTheir journey started out as a search for a friend, but things have turned dangerous Because now April and the others are about to discover the true opposite of heaven and it isn t a very nice place