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The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 54 user ratings
ISBN:0316089184
LANGUAGE:English

" Not as good as the first, as is the nature of sequels, but still a quality read which I enjoyed. A lot of new things introduced at once, but it made it work in a weird way. " said.

" Honestly, usually books aren't as good the second time, but now OH MY GOODNESS THIS BOOK IS SO AMAZING! " said.

" What a treat to spend time with characters I love again. Logan, Daisy, Miles and Phillip are on another sweet adventure mystery. It just a fun adventure with twist and turns adding surprise and fun throughout. Can't wait to recommend it to those who've read the first and to share both with readers who are up good summer read. " said.

" I did skim through the book for two reasons. 1. Nothing called out to me, it was boring and not a book that I enjoyed reading. 2. I had to read it in a hurry. I really didn't enjoy reading this book. The first one was much better. I thought the plot was fine, but the way it was all placed and written didn't really reach out to my bookworm self. " said.

"In the last book, Philip, with the help of Logan, Miles, and Daisy, created the contest-winning Harmonicandy bar, that actually plays music. Now it's time to start production, so the friends gather for the celebration, though they all bring their own baggage. Ambitious Philip hears from his older brother that they might have a grandmother he never knew about--and he's worried about some of his lies coming to light. Scientific Miles figures out that his father--who, like him, is Asian--got his O'Leary surname and Irish parents because he was adopted. Spy Daisy wonders if her 18 year old mission partner is actually her brother. Logan, whose father is the Candymaker, is the one who sends them on their latest quest when he tastes the new Harmonicandy and his super-sensitive tastebuds know that there's something missing--there was some ingredient they used before that isn't there now, and that will disqualify the candy from its contest win--and Philip had great plans for the profits. Then Logan gets a box of old documents from a mysterious source, with information about his grandfather Sweet, who started the factory. Miles discovers an old map and a partially-burned contract in which four people--including Logan's grandfather--swear never to tell where they found...something. Soon all four kids, driven by AJ in a tricked-out superspy RV, are on the road in search of the missing ingredient...as well as clues about themselves and their families.

I loved the first book in this series, and think this one, while I really enjoyed it, isn't quite as tight. There are some really obvious plot contrivances--Like Logan picking up an odd stick for a manufactured reason--that show the plot wheels turning. The book is massively long, and a lot of it is just the characters meandering from episode to episode as the plot slowly unfolds. Now, I love me a meandering plot if the characters and world are well-built, which this is, but most kids will probably want more adventure and a faster pace. The stakes here are also pretty low. Philip might lose the revenue from the candy, some characters' health problems might worsen a bit, but that's really it. Personally, that's my kind of book--and I love a book in which kids are just friends and don't have drama between them--but again, readers might want higher stakes. I loved the description and imagination, and the longing for family is pretty potent, so I enjoyed it at lot. I just wouldn't recommend it to kids who want action adventure and high stakes. It's more of an episodic mystery/friends story.
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" I want more about Daisy's story.http://pussreboots.com/blog/2017/comm... " said.

" Terrific sequel! Full review here: https://sarahsbookjournal.wordpress.c... " said.

" Loved the cameo's from characters in Wendy's other books! " said.

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