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Five Dark Fates: Three Dark Crowns, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Bloody but satisfying end to mature magic-sisters series.
By Kendare Blake
(2019)
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Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland Game Poster Image
age 14+
Crafting adventure creates engaging, accessible gameplay.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows
(2019)
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KidzByte - Curated News for Curious Minds App Poster Image
age 14+
Pressure to buy, privacy issues, typos tarnish cool idea.
Devices: Android
(2019)
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Two Dark Reigns: Three Dark Crowns, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Characters lack drive in third volume of triplet queen tale.
By Kendare Blake
(2018)
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The Iron Flower: The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Dramatic, overlong sequel tackles prejudice thoughtfully.
By Laurie Forest
(2018)
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Rampage Movie Poster Image
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age 14+
Big, loud, occasionally gory game-based adventure.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Mulaka Game Poster Image
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age 14+
Artistic adventure based on a rich cultural mythology.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
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Dynasty Warriors 9 Game Poster Image
age 14+
Fun open-world action also has glitches, repetitive play.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
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All the Wind in the World Book Poster Image
age 14+
Gripping romance, touch of magic in futuristic wasteland.
By Samantha Mabry
(2017)
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Kong: Skull Island Movie Poster Image
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age 14+
Battles are brutally violent in diverse, '70s-set reboot.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Gorillas in the Mist Movie Poster Image
age 14+
Gripping biopic has violence, animals in peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1988)
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The Ivory Game Movie Poster Image
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age 14+
Powerful docu shines light on efforts to save elephants.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Three Dark Crowns, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Thrilling but very dark tale of murderous triplet queens.
By Kendare Blake
(2016)
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The Assembly Game Poster Image
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age 14+
Good story, use of VR, but mediocre, short adventure.
Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
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Monster Hunter Generations Game Poster Image
age 14+
Tough, deep adventure is monstrously fun for adventure fans.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2016)
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7 Days to Die Game Poster Image
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age 14+
Clunky survival sandbox-style game with unmoderated play.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
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The Wrath & the Dawn, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Hint of magic in absorbing 1,001 Nights-themed love story.
By Renee Ahdieh
(2015)
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The Winner's Kiss: The Winner's Trilogy, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Winning trilogy ends on a more mature note.
By Marie Rutkoski
(2016)
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Half Lost: The Half Bad Trilogy, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Gory and too-quick ending for riveting witch series.
By Sally Green
(2016)
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The Longest Ride Movie Poster Image
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age 14+
Formulaic but still romantic Sparks adaptation gets steamy.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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