Book Reviews

Rogue Knight: Five Kingdoms, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Slow storytelling in an intriguing fantasy realm.
By Brandon Mull
(2014)
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TodHunter Moon, Book 1: PathFinder Book Poster Image
age 9+
Spin-off with brave girl best for loyal Septimus Heap fans.
By Angie Sage
(2014)
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Winterspell Book Poster Image
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age 16+
No sugar plum fairies in fevered, violent Nutcracker tale.
By Claire Legrand
(2014)
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Atlantia Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Strong heroine, creative premise, but a floundering fantasy.
By Ally Condie
(2014)
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The Ice Dragon Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Beautifully illustrated dragon fantasy is short but intense.
By George R. R. Martin
(2014)
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Ambassador Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Complex adventure mixes immigration issues, space travel.
By William Alexander
(2014)
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The Sweetest Witch Around Book Poster Image
age 4+
Young witch falls for human candy in cute Halloween tale.
By Alison McGhee
(2014)
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The Jewel: Lone City, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Captivating tale of girls sold to elite women as surrogates.
By Amy Ewing
(2014)
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The Terror of the Southlands: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Girl battles scallywags, ball gowns in fast-paced sequel.
By Caroline Carlson
(2014)
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Between the Spark and the Burn: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Conclusion of gothic series about female teen lacks oomph.
By April Genevieve Tucholke
(2014)
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Otherbound Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Boy sees life through eyes of servant girl in heavy tale.
By Corinne Duyvis
(2014)
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The Zoo at the Edge of the World Book Poster Image
age 9+
Bullied kid talks with animals in colonial fantasy tale.
By Eric Kahn Gale
(2014)
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The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea:  The Story of Annaliese Easterling & Throckmorton, Her Simply Remarkable Sock Monkey Book Poster Image
age 8+
Sock monkey has heart in mystery with charm, little sparkle.
By Eileen Beha
(2014)
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City of Heavenly Fire: The Mortal Instruments, Book 6 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Fans won't mind length of mature series send-off.
By Cassandra Clare
(2014)
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Raging Star: Dust Lands, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Strong nonviolence message in exciting trilogy conclusion.
By Moira Young
(2014)
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Gasp: Visions, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Teens race to avert disaster in thrilling Visions finale.
By Lisa McMann
(2014)
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The Thickety: A Path Begins Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thrilling, brilliant witch tale is vividly violent, scary.
By J.A. White
(2014)
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The Luck Uglies Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Strong heroine faces monsters and mayhem in fun fantasy.
By Paul Durham
(2014)
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Half Bad Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Exciting witchy fantasy is riveting but grim and violent.
By Sally Green
(2014)
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Dreams of Gods & Monsters: Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Too-long send-off to an otherwise fantastic fantasy trilogy.
By Laini Taylor
(2014)
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