Secrets of Tamarind

Secrets of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar
Nadia Aguiar
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  ESel0411
The book starts while a family is staying at their grandmother's house in Bermuda after finding the mysterious, lost island of Tamarind hidden inside the Bermuda triangle three years earlier.Maya,16, Simon,13, and Penny, 6, now find themselves in a strange and dangerous situation. The company they were working for, The Red Coral Project, an undercover company, decides to post guards around their house to keep them from leaving their grandmothers home. The children are restless because they must stay near the house, away from school, and they know nothing about what is happening. Their adopted brother, Helix,16, has mysteriously left, and only their parents know the reason. The children's dad has been receiving mysterious radio calls. So the children try to return to Tamarind to find out what is happening to their brother Helix.

This book is one of those books that you take off the shelf and you like it....but its not anything special. This book is alright, nothing more but nothing less. You are sort of want to read it, but you sort of just want to be done with it. The characters are only alright, and the plot is really stretched out into more pages then it can hold. I don't recommend this book.

Reviewer Age:11

Reviewer City, State and Country: philadelphia, PA United States

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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  DHarve
The fact that it has taken me months to "get around" to reading this book just might tell you how I thought it was. I kept picking it up and putting it down, picking it up and putting it down, you get the picture. The tone of the book, I felt was over all appropriate for the story, a light adventure tone, and the characters were believable for their ages (Maya,16, Simon,14, Penny,5), the plot, good, but the voice for the story was boring. In my opinion the author did not live up to what is a great plot and what could have been an excellent book. In school, english teachers tell you to always put details in your stories because it provides for a more interesting book and helps the reader visualize the story. I generally agree with this, except for the details in this book. The author OVER-detailed everything. Even things that were unnecessary to detail, making it very hard to get through certain areas. That doesn't go to say that there were never areas I didn't enjoy. I thought there were great characters and I enjoyed the interesting names of the locations they went to, other peoples names etc. Maybe if I had read the first book in the series I would of been more immersed into the book, but I really doubt it. I would not recommend The Secrets Of Tamarind to others because the writing style is dull and not very interesting or enthralling. I am fourteen so maybe a younger reader would enjoy this.

Maya, Simon and Penny return to Tamarind, the mysterious island they first encountered in The Lost Island of Tamarind(Book one in the series), after alarming messages from their friend Helix and strange deceased animals washing onto the shores of Bermuda. The three children and Helix board the Pamela Jane (the family boat) and sail to Tamarind only to find the Island to be invaded by the Red Coral a mysterious, private and dangerous organization. The children discover the island in chaos as the Red Coral is invading and destroying homes looking for the valuable and magical element, ophalla. The children go on a quest to save and restore Tamarind to its former glory, before it's to late.

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: annandale, VA United States


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