Slow start to prequel series with stalwart characters.
By John Flanagan
Exciting witchy fantasy is riveting but grim and violent.
By Sally Green
Adventurous fantasy weaves Korean mythology, martial arts.
By Christina L. Farley
Action-driven fantasy finds focus as it goes.
By Carter Roy
Intense apocalyptic angel series ramps up violence, romance.
By Susan Ee
Japanese setting, mythology more intriguing than characters.
By Amanda Sun
Girl trains as elite soldier in sword-slashing fantasy.
By Alex Lidell
Sexy, mean-girl vampire story has strong language, bullying.
By Richelle Mead
Story of softballer in alternate world picks up as it goes.
By Margaret Peterson Haddix
Girl fencer fights monsters in clever fantasy graphic novel.
By Jane Yolen