Book Reviews

Darkness Brutal:  The Dark Cycle, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Demons lurk in drawn-out, angsty fantasy.
By Rachel A. Marks
(2015)
A Grimm Warning: The Land of Stories, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Slapstick, sweetness, sorrow in epic fairy-tale-world saga.
By Chris Colfer
(2014)
Nick and Tesla's Special Effects Spectacular: A Mystery with Animatronics, Alien Makeup, Camera Gear, and Other Movie Magic You Can Make Yourself!: Nick and Tesla, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Kids use science, smarts to sniff out saboteur on movie set.
By Science Bob Pflugfelder, Steve Hockensmith
(2015)
Half Wild: The Half Bad Trilogy, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Mature, gory, riveting story of warring witches.
By Sally Green
(2015)
Astrotwins — Project Blastoff: Astrotwins, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Serious science, engaging tale for space-loving kids.
By Mark Kelly, Martha Freeman
(2015)
Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk Book Poster Image
age 8+
Exciting, funny, fractured fairy tale of boy vs. giants.
By Liesl Shurtliff
(2015)
Witherwood Reform School, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Creepy school holds kids captive in dark, funny fantasy.
By Obert Skye
(2015)
The Whispering Trees: The Thickety, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Creepy sequel has violent clashes, ethical dilemmas.
By J.A. White
(2015)
Fork-Tongue Charmers: The Luck Uglies, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Tween girl fights foes, evil in sweet, exciting sequel.
By Paul Durham
(2015)
Mark of the Thief, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Exciting kickoff to fantasy series in ancient Rome.
By Jennifer A. Nielsen
(2015)
The Forgotten Sisters: Princess Academy, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Thrilling series conclusion spotlights value of education.
By Shannon Hale
(2015)
Red Queen Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Action-packed fantasy will grip fans of powerful heroines.
By Victoria Aveyard
(2015)
The Chosen Prince Book Poster Image
age 10+
Appealing tale of flawed, noble prince offers strong values.
By Diane Stanley
(2015)
The Darkest Part of the Forest Book Poster Image
age 14+
Teen sibs battle magic foes in convoluted fantasy.
By Holly Black
(2015)
Half Magic: Tales of Magic, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 7+
Delightful, charming classic has adventure, humor, heart.
By Edward Eager
(1999)
Rogue Knight: Five Kingdoms, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Slow storytelling in an intriguing fantasy realm.
By Brandon Mull
(2014)
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)
Winterspell Book Poster Image
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age 16+
No sugar plum fairies in fevered, violent Nutcracker tale.
By Claire Legrand
(2014)
Atlantia Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Strong heroine, creative premise, but a floundering fantasy.
By Ally Condie
(2014)
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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