- See the app in iTunes
- Legendary Cauldron, S.L.
- Price: Free, includes first book in each series. Subsequent books purchased in-app for $3.99
When I was younger, there was a series of books called Choose Your Own Adventure. These books would introduce a storyline and then give you two choices to continue the story. Each choice had a different consequence and would take the story in different directions. I would read these books for hours going back and choosing different paths, curious to see how different choices would affect the outcome. Storyrider is an app that takes that concept and transfers it to a digital format.
This app includes three different book series: Heroes of Arcannia, The Secret of the Chosen One, and Lost in Time. The free initial download gives you the first book in each of these series for free with the additional books in the series available to purchase in-app for $3.99. I chose to review The Secret of the Chosen One. This story is about a young girl named Lara who is away at summer camp. One night she has an ominous dream in which her mom warns her of danger and tells her to trust no one but someone named Dario who will keep her safe. She awakes the next morning and is starting her typical activities when she receives the terrible news that her parents have been in an accident. The camp director wants her to go with a man and a woman who are supposedly a police detective and social worker. They are to take her to her parents. Something doesn’t seem right to Lara, and after remembering her mysterious dream, she refuses to go. This is where the first twist in the story occurs and you can choose whether she goes or stays. The story unfolds from there and Lara must trust her own survival instincts and intuition to try to stay alive and uncover the mysteries behind her parent’s disappearance and the strange things that are happening to her.
I was instantly hooked by this story. The storyline is very engaging and well written. It is exciting and keeps you wanting to read more and more. I loved being able to choose how my story would proceed and I am certain your adolescent children will as well. iTunes rates this app as appropriate for children ages 9 and up. The app rates the Heroes of Acannia story for children 7 and up and the other two as 11 and up. Based on the story I read, I would even suggest 12 or 13 and up. In the parts I read of my story, there were two instances where the word “damn” was used which some parents might deem inappropriate for younger children. Aside from that, I think these stories were well written for their target audience.
If you are looking for a unique and exciting way to keep your kids excited about reading over the summer, then Storyrider is one you definitely need to get. It would be a perfect way to pass time over summer vacation or on long car rides while traveling. You might need to fight for your turn with the app too, because if you are like me, you’ll want to read them as much as your kids do!