Rating for Overall Series: High Five!
Synopsis of the Series (from the book): "Welcome to Ultimate Ending, where YOU choose the story! That's right - everything that happens in this book is a result of decisions YOU make. So choose wisely! But also be careful. Throughout this book you'll find tricks and traps, trials and tribulations! Most you can avoid with common sense and a logical approach to problem solving. Others will require a little bit of luck. Having a coin handy, or a pair of dice, will make your adventure even more fun. So grab 'em if you got 'em! Along the way you'll also find clues, tips, and even items that can help you in your quest. You'll meet people. Pick stuff up. Taking note of these things is often important, so while you're gathering your courage, you might also want to grab yourself a pencil and a sheet of paper. Keep in mind, there are many ways to end the story. Some conclusions are good.... some not so good. Some of them are even great! But remember: there is only ONE ULTIMATE ENDING!"
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We absolutely LOVED the Ultimate Ending books. They were unlike any series we’ve ever seen before, even though we’ve read other Choose Your Own Ending books (which couldn’t even compare to these ones). Along with being action-packed, exciting, and suspenseful, these books read like a mystery series. In fact, it reminded us a lot of The Blackthorn Key and Book Scavenger, due to the fact that the Ultimate Ending series was teeming with ciphers, codes, and clues to puzzles and mysterious plots. It felt almost like a board game, too, in that we had an ultimate goal of finding the “Ultimate Ending” to win the “game.”
After seperately reading and completing one of these books, we would meet up and talk ecstatically about what dangers we faced, what ciphers we had to solve, and what ending we ultimately came to. In short, this is definitely a life-changing series (all the better that it’s a series, too!) for reluctant-readers. The stories were really creative as well - and really well-organized. You couldn’t turn a page without meeting another danger; therefore, there was never a “slow” point of the story.
Oscar’s favorite book, The Treasures of the Forgotten City, had more of an element of adventure - very similar, in fact, to Indiana Jones, if you could imagine it as a book. Olivia’s favorite book, Sabotage in the Sundered Sky, was more of a mystery book. Who was the sabateur? And why’d they do it? and so on. It was so much fun trying to navigate these books (as well as the rest of them) to find the Ultimate Ending. There was also a slight element of fear added in to picque the suspense, mystery, and intrigue. In one book, there was a haunted hotel. In another, a mysterious, dark dungeon with a writhing, glowing, terrifying monster-like being. In yet another, a strange beast that seems to wreck havoc in a zoo. Neither of us care much for scary stories (in fact, we refuse to read them), but the Ultimate Ending books had just enough “scare” in them that it served only to bring up the level of suspense - so much, in fact, that it was nearly palpable.
Overall, a brilliantly done Choose Your Own Ending series with danger, suspense, fear, adventure, mystery, and action at every turn.
NOTE: We received Treasures of the Forgotten City, Secret of the Aurora Hotel, Sabotage in the Sundered Sky, Enigma in the Greensboro Zoo, and the Tower of Never There (all Ultimate Ending books) for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.