Author: Kimberly Kinrade
Year published: 2013
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Number of pages: 80
Recommended age: 6+
Reviewed by: Renee and Danielle (Mother and Daughter)
To purchase: Amazon
Summary (from Amazon): Lexie is very unhappy this Valentine’s Day. She can’t get anything right, and her hearts all look horrible. In fact, everyone at school seems to be in an extra grumpy mood. When she and her sisters consult her magic Mirror of Ice to find out what’s going on, they are transported to Heartland, the home of Cupid herself, which is under attack by a scary monster. When Cupid is captured, the girls must navigate the Maze of Misdirection, pull themselves out of Apathy, and survive against attacking Cruel Crawlies in order to find the Chasm of Broken Hearts… and save Cupid.
But first, Lexie has to learn to love herself just as she is, otherwise Valentine’s Day will forever be filled with broken hearts.
1. What is the story about? This book is about three girls named Lexie, Bella, and Maddie who have to go to Heartland to save the world, Valentine’s Day, and Cupid because of grumpiness and a monster.
2. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? The cover was kind of weird because Cupid was reaching out to grab the sisters and it looks a bit too dramatic. The cover looks like it’s for a teenager or older and it doesn’t go with the story which is for younger kids. But I still like this cover better than the cover of Lexie World because that cover looks weird and more cartoony than this one. There were no pictures in this book but that didn’t bother me.
3. Who are the main character? What did you think of them? The main characters are Lexie, Bella, and Maddie who are sisters. They are nice to each other and it would be nice to have sisters like that. But I have an awesome little brother instead.
4. What is your favorite part of the story? My favorite part of the story was when the girls defeated the monster (I can’t give too much away here) because after, the monster didn’t know what had happened. It’s cool how the sisters get transported to other worlds. I wish I could get transported to other worlds. But me and my brother have a game we invented where we travel to magic islands, like Danielle Island and Dominic Island. I wish I could get transported to the islands in our game.
6. What is your least favorite part of the story? I didn’t like how there were mostly only girls in the story (the sisters, Cupid, the teacher, Lexie’s friends) and one of the only boys in the story was the monster. So it felt like the message was that girls are better than boys and boys are evil. But at least the dog is a boy and he’s nice. I didn’t like how Cupid was a girl in this story because I learned that Cupid is a boy. I also would have liked for the sisters to be my age and older. They were all either younger than me or just a bit older.
7. How did the story make you feel? There was nothing scary and nothing funny, but it was a good adventure.
8. What lessons did you learn from this story? I liked how there are discussion questions in the back of the book and you answer them and it teaches you to deal with stuff. For example, it teaches you to be kind to others even when their outside looks different or bad.
9. Who do you think would like this book? I liked the book, but I would have liked it better when I was younger. I would recommend it to girls under 10 years old.
Daughter Rating: ★★★½☆
Daughter Rating: ★★★½☆
My Thoughts: Cupid’s Capture is one of the books in The Three Lost Kids series featuring three sisters, (Lexie, Maddie, and Bella), who have the ability to travel to magical worlds and are endowed with magical gifts when they are in those worlds. All the books feature an obstacle they must overcome by working together and using their magical abilities. In Cupid’s Capture, the sisters are magically transported to Heartland where trees, flowers, and other objects are shaped like hearts. But something is amiss when they arrive. The Grey Death is slowly rolling over the land leaving it grey and dismal. Just when they think nothing worse can happen, Cupid, who inhabits Heartland, is whisked away by a horrible monster. It is up to the sisters to save the day.
We were fortunate enough to win a copy of the first book, Lexie World – the first book in the series – in a giveaway a few months ago. When I read Lexie World to my kids we all really enjoyed it and were very eager to read the next two books in the series, Bella World and Maddie World. I hesitate to say that someone should read the first (and likely the second and third books) before reading this one, but it does help the set the context in which the kids find themselves. In the first book, the sisters are just three normal kids, who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Cupid’s Capture does make a few references to events that occurred in the earlier books.
While all three girls are featured in the books, the stories are told from the perspective of Lexie, the youngest of the sisters, and I have to say that as far as main characters go, I like her plenty because she is portrayed so realistically. In Cupid’s Capture, she is in first grade and when she is faced with danger she does what any 6 year old girl would do: cry and be scared. What else? She’ll talk about her fears and state things like “I’m only 6”, “I’m too little”, “I’m never good enough”. But what Kinrade does so beautifully is show how through positive thoughts such as “I can do this”, Lexie can overcome any obstacle. And, isn’t that such an important life lesson?
There are also many other teachable moments in Cupid’s Capture and I love how there are discussion questions in the back of the book to help children think through some of the things the main character experiences in particular experiences. Some of the concepts and themes touched upon in the book include building self-confidence through positive affirmation, the impact of our actions on others, and the meaning of love and its capacity to transform others, for example. In fact, I found some of the concepts (e.g., The Grey Death, the “unmaking” of the monster) to be quite complex for young children (i.e., my son who is 6), but the discussion questions in the back provide an opportunity for explanations and dialogue between parents and their children.
I found the discussion of the opposite of love to be very interesting. Kinrade proposes that “apathy” is the opposite of love. Whereas hate is traditionally thought of as being the opposite of love, apathy is described as “a lack of feeling or emotion”. In the story, the girls learn an important lesson about love and when they grow tired and listless and must defeat apathy to continue on their quest. This gave me much to think about as I usually think of “fear” as the opposite of love because when you are afraid you make selfish decisions and often end up hurting others around you. For example, when I think about racism, I’ve often pondered about whether fear, rather than hatred, motivates the offenders. Uh-oh…I digress…. The point is, there is much to mull over in this story.
Like my daughter, I will comment about the cover. I agree with my daughter. At first glance, it reminded me of the cover of a Harlequin romance. The image of Cupid specifically seems a bit “grown-up”. To the right is the cover of Lexie World. I think it is more kid-friendly, but I also think there is room for improvement. I think a balance needs to be struck between the two different styles. Don’t get me wrong … Cupid’s Capture has a beautiful cover but I’m not sure it’s appropriate for children.
My bottom line: I think Kimberly Kinrade has written a wonderful series of books featuring strong characters, a touch of magic, and important life lessons. We really enjoyed Lexie World. In fact, I have a feeling Danielle Island and Dominic Island may have been created after we read Lexie World. I do think girls as young as 6 who enjoy reading books with fantasy and magic would like these stories.
Grown-up Rating: ★★★★☆
Grown-up Rating: ★★★★☆
*** The Three Lost Kids and Cupid’s Capture by Kimberly Kinrade was provided to us free-of-charge by the author through the Cupid’s Capture Blog Tour organized by Vicki from I.O. Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.***
About The Author:
Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for children, YA and adults and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal novels Forbidden Mind and Forbidden Fire and her illustrated children’s fantasy chapter books Lexie World, and Bella World, all on Amazon.
She lives with her three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers, her two dogs who think they’re humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.
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