Video Vednesday! Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic by Armand Baltazar

After a bout with the stomach bug and winter snow storm-induced internet outages, I am finally getting to roll out my newest blog feature – Video WVednesday! Every Wednesday (or pretty close to every Wednesday) I will be releasing a video review of a book I really enjoyed. Today is the first installment! The book I am featuring is Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic by Armand Baltazar. Below my video review is my usual, written review. Hey – why not take this chance to go subscribe to my Youtube channel? Click HERE to go THERE!

Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic
Series: Timeless #1
By Armand Baltazar
624 pages – ages 9+
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on October 10, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher- “You’ve never seen Earth like this before: continents reshaped, oceans re-formed, cities rebuilt, and mountains sculpted anew. Dinosaurs roam the plains alongside herds of buffalo, and giant robots navigate the same waters as steam-powered ships.
This is the world Diego Ribera was born into. The past, present, and future coexisting together. In New Chicago, Diego’s middle school hallways buzz with kids from all eras of history and from cultures all over the world. The pieces do not always fit together neatly, but this is the world he loves.
There are those, however, who do not share his affection. On his thirteenth birthday, Diego learns of a special gift he has within, a secret that is part of something much bigger—something he cannot understand. When his father, New Chicago’s top engineer, is taken by the Aeternum, Diego must rescue him and prevent this evil group from disrupting the fragile peace humanity has forged.”

What I Thought- This is an absolute gem of book. There is absolutely nothing about it that I did not like. The first thing that hits you about the book is not its stunning cover, even if it does have one – the thing that hits you the most is the weight of the book. For an average sized book, it has a weight more like those of its larger counterparts. And I love that. The book is filled with gorgeous full-color illustrations (which are probably the main contribution to the heft of the book). They seem to be original works by the author, and are actually used to tell the story in part, much along the lines of a graphic novel or comic book – just with more text. I like it because the pictures aren’t scenes from the chapter, they’re scenes of the chapter – there’s a subtle difference. It’s completely riveting. Baltazar’s writing style is quite satisfying, giving you the perfect amount of details. I really liked how the dystopian world was explained, giving reason to the steampunk and space-tech times – the world ended and something happened, and no one knows how it happened. It’s oddly fulfilling. Besides all of these, the book actually has a solid plot, and was predictable only when you realize that everything bad that could go wrong will, which was fairly understandable. The characters are extremely well-developed, and are a joy to watch as the story unfolds. I sincerely enjoyed this book, and I cannot wait until the second book hits the scene.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

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17 replies

  1. Great review, Erik! Enjoyed watching the video.

  2. Love the background, and, of course, your review is perfection. Well done, and love the new feature! It looks like you beat the stomach bug, too. Woo hoo!

  3. Great title for your series, Video Vednesday! I love it. This book sounds fantastic! What a great concept for a time travel book (one of my favorite genres).

  4. Wow! You never cease to amaze me. What a great addition to your blog. You are so well spoken and it is great to see the actual book. A fabulous review.

  5. Oops. Hey Erik… love the new video feature. That book looks incredible. As you said, it’s great to see the publisher has obviously invested in the quality and amazing illustrations. At over 600 pages it’s huge! How much of that is text and how much is pics?

  6. Love the new video feature, Erik! Very cool review (and I LOVE the bowtie). 🙂 You rock!

  7. Great review, Erik! I really like your new video series coupled with a written review, so people can choose to read or view or do both. I like your analysis.

  8. Wow, Erik, I love the look of your blog. And video Vednesday is terrific. I’ve thought of doing this the past few years bbbut stage fright keeps me away. You did a terrific job. And then wrote out a review?! Now, you’re killing it (I think that’s the correct phrase).

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