In Book Two of The Stones of Bothynus trilogy, Minimize, the Greene sisters’ escapades continue. This time it’s Annie, Red’s younger sister, whose life is changed by new experiences made possible by the Stones of Bothynus.
Fifteen-year-old Annie is bold, curious, and possibly in over her head when she “borrows” a device that Uncle Alistair brilliantly crafted from ancient and powerful artifact dust from the Stones of Bothynus. Using the device, she shrinks herself to explore a hidden cave behind a waterfall on her grandmother’s Smoky Mountain farm. After glimpsing an angelic being in the cave she works feverishly to decipher ancient writings copied from the cave wall. Intrigued and awed she discovers that the writings reveal a half-angel’s world of pain and longing and strives to learn more.
Minimize continues the sci-fi/fantasy adventures of the Greene family as they become more deeply enmeshed in adventure, this time in the angel realm.
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Using a device she took from her Uncle, Annie is able to shrink herself. In doing so, she finds a cave hidden behind a waterfall. She thinks it’d fun to be able to explore. That is, until she stumbles upon a strange mystical creature. Feeling in over her head, Annie flees before she is able to learn anything from the creature. But having glimpsed strange writing before fleeing, she is spurred on to learn more about this interesting creature. Join Annie and the Greene family and dive into a world of mystical fun. Opinion: It’s usually hit-or-miss for me when it comes to the fantasy/mystical genre. Minimize was definitely a hit. The book started out very quickly. I was incredibly impressed with how swiftly it grabbed my attention. I haven’t read the first book in the series, so I was a bit worried that I’d be confused. However, that was not the case. The plot was very easy to follow and understand. I really liked the main character, Annie. I enjoyed the fact that she wasn’t an annoying, bratty, all-about-my-cell-phone type of teenager. One thing that I hate reading about in books is stereotypical characters. I am so glad that the author did not take that route. Annie was strong without being in your face about it. She knew when to ask for help and when she could do things on her own. I wish that the whole book had been from her view point, since I wasn’t too big on the other characters. Maybe I would have been had I read the first book, but simply reading Minimize on its own, I didn’t care much for Red or Erik. The only other thing I would change would be to rate it for 12+, since it seems a bit juvenile to be geared towards mature young adult. Overall, this is a very entertaining read that any fantasy lover is sure to enjoy. Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer Age 18