Book Reviews

The Lives of Saints Book Poster Image
age 14+
Brief, bloody, lushly illustrated tales of the Grishaverse.
By Leigh Bardugo
(2020)
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Bookish and the Beast: Once Upon a Con, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Cute, modern, but bland take on "Beauty and the Beast."
By Ashley Poston
(2020)
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Wicked as You Wish: A Hundred Names for Magic, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Chaotic save-the-kingdom mashup tale with rampaging ogres.
By Rin Chupeco
(2020)
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Crown of Coral and Pearl Book Poster Image
age 13+
Exciting, well-paced royal fantasy marred by rushed ending.
By Mara Rutherford
(2019)
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Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun Book Poster Image
age 14+
Dark, magical adaptation matches the intensity of the movie.
By Guillermo del Toro, Cornelia Funke
(2019)
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A Curse So Dark and Lonely: Cursebreaker, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Modern "Beauty" tale has complex characters, gore, humor.
By Brigid Kemmerer
(2019)
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Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix:  Rise of the Empress, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Exciting fantasy sequel is less dark, more adventurous.
By Julie C. Dao
(2018)
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A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Book Poster Image
age 13+
Modern authors meet Asian mythology in stellar anthology.
By Ellen Oh, Elsie Chapman
(2018)
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The Hazel Wood, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Captivating tale of teen thrust into the world of folklore.
By Melissa Albert
(2018)
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Wild Beauty Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Lush, lyrical magical realism tale of love and family curse.
By Anna-Marie McLemore
(2017)
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An Enchantment of Ravens Book Poster Image
age 13+
Magic and romance mix well in intricate faerie tale.
By Margaret Rogerson
(2017)
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The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic Book Poster Image
age 13+
Deliciously dark, illustrated Grisha world fairy tales.
By Leigh Bardugo
(2017)
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The Rose & the Dagger: The Wrath & the Dawn, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Satisfying sequel with surprising magical twists.
By Renee Ahdieh
(2016)
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Hunted Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Strong hunter-girl Beauty takes on Beast in this retelling.
By Meagan Spooner
(2017)
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Stealing Snow Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Dark "Snow Queen" reboot will thrill fantasy fans.
By Danielle Paige
(2016)
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The Shadow Queen: Ravenspire, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Magic, dragons, and romance bolster mildly flawed fantasy.
By C. J. Redwine
(2016)
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Wink Poppy Midnight Book Poster Image
age 14+
Lyrical, haunting novel casts a spell on readers.
By April Genevieve Tucholke
(2016)
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Winter: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Blockbuster finale to addictive sci-fi fairy-tale series.
By Marissa Meyer
(2015)
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Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel Book Poster Image
age 14+
Adult sequel to popular Princess Diaries series delivers.
By Meg Cabot
(2015)
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The Sin Eater's Daughter Book Poster Image
age 13+
Romantic fantasy has strong writing, weak heroine.
By Melinda Salisbury
(2015)
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