Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review: Discoveries In The Overworld (Lost Minecraft Journals book 1) by Winter Morgan

25494166Title: Discoveries In The Overworld
Author: Winter Morgan
Published: Oct. 6, 2015
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Pages: 98
Genre: Middle Grade
Review: Book from library
Buy Links: Amazon, 

Harriet, Jack, and Toby are treasure hunters, searching the Minecraft world for its most valuable hidden secrets. In an abandoned mineshaft, they discover what they hope is an enchanted book. But what they’ve found turns out to be much more valuable.
William is one of Minecraft’s most renowned explorers. He’s a legend in the world of Minecraft, but, under suspicious circumstances, he’s gone missing.
The book they’ve discovered is a journal—a lost journal that once belonged to William the Explorer. Ignoring the ominous DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOK! warning scribbled across the journal, the treasure hunters delve into the book’s pages. Filled with the knowledge William has gathered during his adventures, the journal offers invaluable information for the treasure hunters. The promise of hidden strongholds filled with treasure is too good to resist, and the trio begins an epic journey in search of rare goods and possibly even the long-lost explorer himself.
This is the first book in the new Lost Minecraft Journals series. The chapters of each book alternate between the journal entries (William’s story) and the story of the treasure hunters. Fans of Minecraft won’t want to miss this wild new adventure.

So K is into Minecraft and when I saw this book I thought maybe he would enjoy this story. Now this story is not authorized or sponsored by Microsoft Corp and its affiliates as this is written on the back of the book. 
Three kids Harriet, Jack and Toby are treasure hunters which is pretty cool and they find this journal but unknown to them until they start reading it that something seemed to have happened to William and his friend Oliver. They are warned not to read this missing journal as bad things will happen but hey who ever listened to warnings. From the time they start reading it things start to happen. They fight skeletons among other things but it all seems to happen when they read something from that journal could it really be cursed? If it is why was it cursed and where is William at? Now the journal is William's account of what Oliver and him went through as explorers of the Overworld. At the end of the story someone is found but will that person have answers?
K really liked it as he knew some of the things that were in the book via the video game and he was very interested to see if William would be found or if the three friends would ever survive. We do plan on getting book two when it is available from the library. 
I do like the whole journal idea especially when we go from what is happening to the three friends to the entry of what William and Oliver are seeing and doing. It flows very nicely. 

Winter Morgan, a pen name, is the author of numerous children’s books including national bestseller The Quest for the Diamond Sword. She is the author of four other series for Minecraft fans: an Unofficial Gamer’s Adventure, the Unofficial League of Griefers Adventure, the Lost Minecraft Journals, and the Unofficial Minecrafters Academy. Morgan has a Minecraft-addicted son, who inspires her. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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