Reviews by Category: Fantasy

Teen Review

The Glittering Court

By Richelle Mead
4
Rated by Dawna O.
Aug 1, 2016

Adelaide is a countess used to getting anything she wants, but she is tired of all the comfort and luxury. So she poses as a servant to escape and start a life in the new world by going to the glittering court. It was designed to transform impoverished young women into the upper class so they can gain powerful and wealthy marriages in the colonies across the sea. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from everyone but the son of the man who created the court, who is a hiding a dangerous secret of his own.

Teen Review

The Cabinet of Wonders

By Marie Rutkoski
4
Rated by Dawna O.
Apr 10, 2017

Petra’s father has been summoned to Prague by the prince to build the world’s finest astronomical clock. But when he returns home blind with the prince having stolen his eyes, she knows she must steal them back. Along the way, she discovers hidden talents and finds that many people in the castle are not what they seem.

I love books with strong, spunky heroines. And The Cabinet of Wonders has one of the spunkiest heroines out there.There is a charm to her that draws you into her world and keeps you there right beside her as she has adventures through life.

Teen Review

The Great Hunt

By Wendy Higgins
4
Rated by Dawna O.
May 25, 2017

When a dangerous beast begins to terrorize the kingdom, fear panics the citizens. But soon a proclamation is sent out: kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of the king’s hand in marriage. Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom, but she can not bear to marry a complete stranger, until a mysterious young hunter catches her eye. She can’t deny her attraction to him, or his strange resentment against her. As they both continue to surprise each other, Paxton’s perilous secrets he has so meticulously buried begin to surface.

Teen Review

Bitterblue

By Kristin Cashore
5
Rated by Dawna O.
May 10, 2016

Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea. Her kingdom has finally escaped the terrible reign of her father, a violent psychopath able to control minds. But his influence has had lasting effects on the hearts and minds of the people. Her advisors plan to pardon everyone who worked for the former king, and forget every bad thing that happened. Monsea's past has become shrouded in mystery, and only once Bitterblue begins sneaking out of the castle at night does she begin to learn the truth.

Teen Review

Fire

By Kristin Cashore
4
Rated by Dawna O.
May 9, 2016

Fire is the last remaining human monster. She has the ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of the innocent people around her. One day, the prince summons her to the castle. The royal family needs her to help them uncover a plot to undermine the king. Soon she begins to discover there is more to her power than she ever realized, it could save the kingdom. If only she wasn't afraid of becoming the monster her father was.

My head hurts from crying but other than that, so very good! Loved this book!

Teen Review

Vessel

By Sarah Beth Durst
4
Rated by Dawna O.
Feb 11, 2016

Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of the goddess of her village. She must dance to summon the deity who will then inhabit her body and use magic to bring water to the desert. But at the end of the dance, she is still there. She is blamed by her tribe and abandoned in the desert. She thinks all is lost until she meets, Korbyn, a god inside his vessel. He tells her that the other tribal gods are missing and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. The desert tribes cannot survive without their gods’ magic.

Teen Review May 4, 2017

Janner, Igiby, Tank, and their disabled sister Leeli are gifted children living in a cottage above the Dark Sea of Darkness. But even with their gifts and the help of their mother and former pirate grandfather, they still struggle to survive as the evil Fangs of Dang pursue them and take over the land by killing anyone who stands in their way. For these children are not only special, but the Fangs believe they hold the secret to finding the legendary jewels of the former king.

Teen Review

The Ring and the Crown

By Melissa de la Cruz
4
Rated by Dawna O.
Mar 6, 2017

Princess Marie is sickly, quiet, and shy. She has never lived up to the standards of Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. She lives in the most powerful empire the world has ever seen, due to the help of the Head Merlin and his control over the only supply of magic in the world. Marie must marry and produce an heir to keep the empire strong against their greatest enemy: Prussia. The two kingdoms need to unite to stop the never ending war, and the only way is for Marie to marry the heir to the Prussian throne.

Teen Review

Paranormalcy

By Kiersten White
4
Rated by Dawna O.
Mar 6, 2017

Evie’s life may not be normal, but she likes to think it is, even if she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her former boyfriend is a faerie, she can’t help but fall for an incarcerated shape-shifter, and she is the only one who can see through the glamours worn by paranormals. But when she learns that she is at the heart of an age-old prophecy that foretells the destruction of all paranormal creatures, she realizes her life may not be what she thought it was. So much for normal.

Teen Review

Eragon

By Christopher Paolini
5
Rated by Dawna O.
Feb 17, 2016

One day, Eragon finds a polished blue stone when he is hunting in the forest. He thinks only that it might be able to help feed his family during the winter. But when a baby dragon hatches out of it, he realizes he has accidentally stumbled upon an ancient legacy as old as the Empire itself. Overnight, his life is shattered and he is forced to embark on a dangerous journey through the Empire that is ruled by an evil king who wants to kill him. With only the help of a powerful sword and an old storyteller, will he be able to take on the duties of a dragon rider and save the Empire?