13 Year old This Kid Erik will no longer be reviewing books.

Dear blog readers, it is with a sad heart that I announce today that 13-year-old Erik will no longer be reviewing books.

Why? – you ask (well maybe you didn’t but I am going to tell you)


As of Christmas Eve, I am now 14!


As my first official review as a 14-year-old, I give you…



Series: Seed Savers #4

By S. Smith

209 pages – ages 9+

Published by Sandra L. Smith on November 17th, 2015

Synopsis- Keeper is the fourth book in the Seed Savers series. The series starts off in a world where government controlled food processing in the law and it is illegal to grow your own food. The story centers on siblings Clare and Dante and their friend Lily who all seek ways to learn about growing their own food and trying to save a mislead world. Lily had found her dad, who just so happened to be the leader of the Seed Savers Resistance. They were hiding in the Smoky Mountains, waiting to be able to visit Seed Savers Headquarters. Clare and Dante are finishing up their training in Canada and plan on returning to their mother. With GRIM at the verge of falling, and Seed Savers getting into government positions, it looks like the US may be heading for a change. But when someone starts leaking federal information, the citizens start rioting, and it looks as if all of the work of the Seed Savers is for naught.

What I Thought- Β The next book in the Seed Savers series is here! It is a well-written story, and one I whole-heartedly recommend. Just one thing I would like to say – the first chapter of the book was somewhat confusing, as it didn’t refresh the previous book much, but I think the reader can catch on and enjoy the story. From the end of book 3 and into book 4, there is a lot of tension building, and Ms. Smith does a great job of escalating the story while keeping it believable. I like the fact that the characters (and the reader by extension) are uncovering/figuring out the conspiracy as the story goes along. This keeps you involved in the story. Ms. Smith has a great writing style that has a way of making it all seem real and possible. Plus it ties into some of the things going on in the world today, which kind of makes it a bit frightening.Β  The different perspectives of Lily, Clare (and Rose) in the story make it an interesting read and lets you see a bigger picture (but not all of it, of course).Β The plot was compelling, and rather unique. The US is almost having a revolution over government control of food supplies – very cool and pretty scary!


I give this book five out of five bookworms.

You can read my reviews of books 1-3 HERE, HERE and HERE.

Categories: Age 9+

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87 replies

  1. Great review! Happy Birthday, Erik!

  2. Don’t scare me like that Erik! LOL! Happy birthday! It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy πŸ™‚

  3. You get me every year with this! lol I hope you had a great birthday and your family had a wonderful Christmas!

  4. You had me worried there for a second, Erik. You’re an institution. How would we survive without you? I have a couple of books in progress that I’m hoping to toss your way in 2016.
    Happy 14th, I hope you had a great day and I hope your first Scolastic interview went well too.

  5. HAPPY 14TH Birthday Erik πŸ˜€

  6. Happy birthday, Erik! Actually, when I saw your blog post headline, I gasped! And then I read the first paragraph…sigh of relief!!! Hats off to you for your ability to read and review all the books that you do…and I know school work and other activities keep you busy…but somehow you manage. You are awesome!!!

  7. Phew! You scared me with that title. Happy Happy Birthday to the coolest 14-year-old on the planet! Thanks for another year of wonderful posts and for today’s great review. I’m raising my tea cup in your honor today! πŸ™‚

  8. Yes, congrats and Happy 14th!

  9. Erik, you rockπŸŽ‚. Happy, Happy Birthday and many more. Metaphors be with you!

  10. This made me giggle. I knew what you were up to. Fabulous review. As always. I do agree that the first chapter should have spent a couple of sentences (at least) reviewing the last book. Can’t wait to read it.

  11. Erik, you rockπŸŽ‚.
    Happy, Happy Birthday and many more.
    Metaphors be with you!

  12. Happy 14th Birthday!! You had me fooled for a minute there. So glad the 14 year old you is still reviewing books!!

  13. Happy belated birthday! And if you ever want to visit our National Seed Storage Lab, you can bunk here – just a few blocks away!

  14. Happy Birthday Eric! Looking forward to more reviews from the 14 year old kid lit reviewer!

  15. Happy birthday Erik! I hope you have a great day! πŸ™‚

  16. Happy #14, Erik!!! You had me worried there – no more book reviews! You are such a funny teen! Keep up the great work and I continue to read your wonderful reviews!

  17. Hapy belated Birthday! Erik, glad you aren’t leaving the blogging community.

  18. So glad to have Keeper be your first official review as a 14-year-old! thanks πŸ™‚

  19. Reblogged this on Author S. Smith and commented:
    Reblogging Erik’s review of Keeper

  20. Oh my! you scared me with that heading. πŸ™‚ Awesome review and Happy 14th Birthday to you.

  21. Hope you have a very Happy 14th Birthday, nice review too!

  22. Ah, Erik…SLOW DOWN! You’re growing up much too fast! I really enjoyed Sandy’s first three Seed Saver’s books. It’s a great MG dystopian series. I’ll certainly read this one. But probably after I finish this long, very long (never ending?) WIP. Happy birthday, Erik, and congratulations, S. Smith, on a new release!!

  23. Happy (belated) Birthday, Erik.
    I’m so happy and join with everyone else in saying I’m glad you’re going to continue doing the fine work you do. I don’t always have time to comment however I always check out your reviews. You have a clean, clear style which I like. Very nicely done! πŸ™‚

  24. Haha! You had me going:) So glad you’re still blogging!

  25. I hope you had a wonderful birthday. We were traveling for the holidays and I didn’t have a change to sing, er, leave you a birthday comment. I hope you have a wonderful 2016! I always enjoy your reviews.

  26. Happy Birthday, Erik! So glad you will still be writing your wonderful reviews.

  27. Happy birthday, buddy! I hope somebody planted you a birthday cake for the big day, and that it grew up fluffy and sweet and yummy for your celebration. xo

    Love and licks,

  28. Phew! I was worried there for a second!!!

  29. Erik, I can’t believe you fooled me this time! I knew you were kidding last year, but this time you got me for a few seconds. Whew! I’m glad you’ll stay with it.
    I hope you had a fantabulous Christmas Eve birthday. (((Hugs))))

  30. Wow! Happy 14th Birthday. Are you considering changing to This Teen Reviews Books?

    As always, you provide another great review of a title I need to add to my TBR list. Thank you πŸ™‚

  31. Happy birthday! That was kind of a cruel headline though. πŸ˜‰

  32. What a great hook! You certainly had me worried. You are doing such a wonderful job. Keep up the good work and happy, happy birthday! Best wishes for a wonderful 2016!

  33. Seems 12-year-old Erik used that same headline. It still works, think you caught more than a few readers off-guard. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ERIK! (Want to make sure you hear this in PA all the way from OH) πŸ™‚

  34. Great news. I’m looking forward to more fantastic reviews.

  35. Happy (belated) Birthday πŸ™‚

  36. Happy 14th! Enjoy each year — although now you really review YA books. Looking forward to another great year of your reviews.

  37. Happy Belated 14th, Erik! I always know where to come to get great reviews and ideas to add to my reading list.

  38. I know 14 is going to be an amazing year for you. You have so many wonderful things going on. I hope you had a wonderful birthday! πŸ™‚

  39. Happy Birthday – a few days late on your blog.. I KNOW 14 is going to be a great year for you!!!! Enjoy every minute! ~Mrs. M.

  40. Happy belated birthday, Erik! You are an amazing young man!

  41. Wow, Erik—what a title! I actually got sad for a minute there! lol You stinker! I hope you had a very Happy Birthday and that all is going well πŸ˜€ oxox

  42. Sing-a-long books for kids! http://www.kidiokemedia.com. Happy Birthday!

  43. Happy belated birthday, Erik! I was on a blogging break then, myself. Hope it was a fun day for you and that 14 is your best year yet!

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