Posts Categorized: fantasy

Classic YA/MG Readalongs!

Classic YA/MG Readalongs!

Are there classics you’ve always wanted to read, or favorites you’ve wanted to revisit? Our list is a mile long, so as we previously mentioned, this year we thought it’d be fun to read them with you! As bloggers, we chase so many shiny new books that it’s easy to forget that there are lots of amazing books that have withstood the test of time. One of my personal goals for the year is to read more for pleasure, and as Kate pointed out, it’s also great to choose books that are readily available at the library for all of us to experience together. Classic YA Readalong: February 2014 Beginning in February, we’ll discuss one classic or middle grade title on the last Friday of each month. We’ll also have a #tmgreadalong hashtag so that we can discuss all of the books on Twitter throughout the month. The first book… Read more »

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Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2): review

Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2): review

Rebel Spring is the much anticipated second installment in Morgan Rhodes’ Falling Kingdoms series. Right where we left off: Princess Cleo’s kingdom has been conquered, King Gaius has won. Jonas is the leader of a rebel group. Prince Magnus is at his father’s side and Princess Lucia is trapped in her magically-induced slumber. As Rhodes made clear in Falling Kingdoms, this is not a fantasy novel of war, power, and magic sugar-coated for its young readers. She doesn’t skip over brutality — in fact, she seems to relish in it. Her world truthfully depicts the heinous and cruel acts of battle…and in turn, its consequences. The good thing: this is highly readable. It’s an easy story to get into and it has enough grit to suck you in. It’s a pretty thick book but pages fly and the story takes you for a ride. The characters are also mostly likeable…. Read more »

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Endless review

Endless review

Title: EndlessAuthor: Amanda GrayRating: 3 out of 5 starsRelease Date: October 8, 2013Publisher: Month9BooksAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher I read “time travel” and “Romanov Russia” in this novel’s synopsis and thought this book must have been written for me…because let me tell you, I have quite the fascination with the last ruling royal family of Imperial Russia. A revolution, an assassination, an escaped princess whose body was never found? That is the stuff of my childself’s imagination. (Also, this is one of my favorite movies of all time — judge me.) In fact, I’ve immersed myself so much that I can recite the particular characteristics of each sister, so finding out that Gray centers on my personal favorite grand duchess just blew me out of the water. That is where it ends, however, because Endless is an occasionally effective mystery book, an at-best adequate suspense story and a… Read more »

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Shadows: review

Shadows: review

Title: Shadows (The Rephaim #1)Author: Paula WestonRating: 3.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: September 10, 2013 Age Group: YASource: Tundra BooksShadows by Paula Weston is the first installment in her Rephaim series. This Aussie YA title has had a lot of buzz  since its release a year ago, and at long last it’s arrived here in North America. It’s certain that most fans of readers of paranormal romance who try out this series will clawing for the next. Shadows is based on angel lore. So yes, you’ve read the same story, the same myth, the same names, only, as in all other angel books, there are little tweaks here and there to differentiate it from the crop. But, as I’ve always said, whatever the material, if the writing is good then the book is good. It’s only been a year since the death of her twin brother, Jude, and Gaby has run away… Read more »

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The Dream Thieves: review

The Dream Thieves: review

Title:The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle #2)Author:Maggie StiefvaterRating: 5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: September 17th, 2013Publisher:ScholasticAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher This is the fantastical story of a boy tormented by nightmares that literally–literally!–become real. Set shortly after the events of The Raven Boys, the students of Aglionby Academy are still on the hunt for a legendary sleeping Welsh king. This time, while we continue to get perspectives from multiple POVs, the story primarily focuses on Ronan Lynch, a troubled and angry 17-year-old who pulls dark objects out of his dreams. But when ley lines running through their sleepy town are awakened, incredible power is unleashed, and none of the boys are prepared for the ordeal that awaits them. I liked The Raven Boys so much that I was nervous going into this one–but I think this book actually surpasses its predecessor, in no small part because of… Read more »

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The Year of Shadows: review

The Year of Shadows: review

Title: The Year of Shadows Author: Claire Legrand Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Release Date:August 27, 2013 Age Group:Middle Grade Source:Simon & Schuster Middle grade books always get to me. Why? Because childhood and innocence are sacred to me and when injustices are done to either of these two precious things, it’s difficult to accept. Claire Legrand’s The Year of Shadows is not a walk in the park. It is not an action adventure that you can read on and off for a few giggles. This is a story of loss. Many losses. Olivia and her Nonnie and her maestro father have moved into the music hall because money is tight and they’ve had to sell their belongings. This is, of course, after Olivia’s mother left them about a year ago, having just given up on their life changing for the better. Olivia’s life is hard — practically homeless,… Read more »

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Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway!

Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway!

AHHHH. You guys. YOU. GUYS. We’re so excited to be hosting the exclusive cover reveal for Emma Trevayne’s upcoming Middle Grade release Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times, coming from Simon and Schuster BFYR in May 2014. Not only because the book is seriously amazing, but because holy god is this cover BEAUTIFUL. Just look at it. click to see full size This has to be one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve ever seen. It encompasses so much of the story, seeming to reveal it layer by layer as you scroll. Just stunning, and absolutely perfect. Early Synopsis: A boy accidentally travels from his home in Victorian London to an alternate, fairy-populated, steam-clogged version of the city, only to be caught in a web of dangerous politics; his only hope of returning home lies with the legend of an enormous, wish-granting clockwork bird. Add Flights and Chimes and Mysterious… Read more »

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