Fantasy

Jul 30, 2021

It’s a shame Maia wasn’t born as a boy. She has the makings of one of the best tailors in all of A’landi — she spins silk into the finest thread, weaves gossamer cloth that almost floats in its delicacy, and embroiders scenes that seem to dance with life — but as a girl, she is destined not for greatness as a tailor, but for marriage. However, when her elderly father is summoned to the palace to compete against eleven other tailors for the position of imperial tailor, Maia assumes the identity of her brother Keton and travels to the palace in her father’s stead. This could be her chance to not

Jul 29, 2021

The Thousandth Floor is a futuristic fantasy, set in Manhattan, New York in 2118. The world has evolved drastically, with mind-controlled objects and more. The first edition to this trilogy has me intrigued and I can't wait to read the next book. I love the way each chapter is told by a different character and how everyone is connected at the end. The plot is very well-thought and detailed. I recommend this book if you like suspense and are a fan of fantasy.

Jul 28, 2021

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, written by J.K. Rowling, is the second book in the Harry Potter series. It’s a compelling book with diverse characters and I couldn’t put it down. Harry and his friends try to figure out who is trying to killing the kids at Hogwarts. When word gets out that Harry is Slytherin's heir, everything gets more complicated for him. The most compelling aspect of this book is the beginning, when Harry is rescued by his ginger-haired best friend. I love this book because it made it seem that fantasy was real. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a very

Jul 19, 2021

The fifth book in George R.R. Martin’s famous A Song of Ice and Fire series was just okay. This novel is essentially a repeat of the events from A Feast for Crows but from different characters’ perspectives. I was excited to revisit some of my favorite characters that I didn’t get to hear from in the last book, but they didn’t really add anything to the story. Daenerys had the most exciting scenes, in my opinion, but even she didn’t further the storyline; basically, in over 1,000 pages, nothing was accomplished. Overall, I was disappointed in this novel. After reading the previous books in the

Jul 18, 2021

Dragonslayer follows the story of three children and their experiences with dragons in the land of Pyrrhia. Wren was left by her village as a sacrifice for the dragons. She runs away and finds a lost dragon, and the two of them travel the world together. Leaf is distraught by her sister being eaten by dragons, and swears revenge against them. He sets out to become a dragonslayer and protect humans from what happened to his sister. Ivy thinks her father, Dragonslayer, is not trustworthy. She teams up with her friends to find out the truth about her father and what happened when he killed the

Jul 17, 2021

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a story about friendship in the face of adversary, a story about loyalty to others, a story about destiny. Tolkien’s world building and character development is extremely well executed. Bilbo Baggins as a character works extremely well with the obstacles presented to him and the characters that he meets, allowing the reader to get engaged with the story and with Bilbo. The descriptions of the fantastical areas in this world are extremely detailed, allowing for more immersion in the story.


While the book excels in these two departments, there are some

Jul 13, 2021

The Tyrant’s Tomb is a fantasy book by Rick Riordan. It is an absorbing page-turner that I could not put down. The book is the fourth book in the Trials of Apollo series. The Tyrant’s Tomb is about a former god named Lester Papadopoulos and his master Meg McCaffery. They go on two quests to find out information about their enemies. When they return from their second quest they find their temporary home nearly destroyed.


I think the most compelling aspect of this book is its humor. When I read The Tyrant’s Tomb, I felt like crying and laughing at the same time. I rate his book 5/5 stars.

Jul 11, 2021

Our Dark Duet is the sequel to This Savage Song. It’s been six months since August Flynn fell. Six months since Kate Harker fled V-City. Six months since the world they knew was ripped apart. Kate is working as a monster hunter in the neighboring territory of Prosperity, while August is learning to embrace his duty as a monster, reaping the souls of sinners in South Verity. Without the iron fist of Callum Harker gripped around North Verity, it has long since become the domain of Corsai and Malchai, monsters born out of violence and sin. But there’s a new monster in town, one that feeds on

The One Kiera Cass

The One

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Jul 9, 2021

Kiera Cass has written a thrilling, magical, suspenseful novel that will leave readers wondering what comes next. The One continues the story of the competition, and America discovers who her true love really is. At the same time, the rebels attack frequently, setting a charged atmosphere throughout the entire story. America fights her way to Maxon, and discovers that her rivals aren’t to be underestimated. She realizes that friendship is always the better choice, and it’s bittersweet when the official winner of the selection is announced.


The One is a fantastic book, full of varying

Jul 5, 2021

The world is broken. The “Phenomenon” has fractured Verity into the North and the South, led by two leaders who have drastically different ideologies of how to rule. In the chaos, acts of violence and sin are physically manifested in monsters — Corsai, who feed off of fear, Malchai, who feed on blood, and the rare Sunai, who survive on the souls of sinners. August is one of the three Sunai that exist in Verity under the protection of Henry Flynn, the leader of South Verity, and is constantly torn between the desperation of wanting to be a human and the overwhelming hunger that reminds him that

Jul 4, 2021

Red Queen is a Fiction, Fantasy novel by Victoria Aveyard. This book tells the story of a 17-year-old girl, Mare Barrow, in an Alternate reality. In this world, the color of your blood determines whether or not you have superpowers. People with red blood are powerless, and people with silver blood have superpowers. Mare has red blood and lives in a poor town called the Stilts, but when she finds herself working in a silver palace, she discovers that she has a power of her own. Now that she and the royal family know her secret, she has to go undercover as a silver princess to hide her secret

Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly

Poisoned

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Jul 3, 2021

Poisoned brings an interesting alternative plot line to the classic fairytale Snow White. Sophie is both compassionate and the heir to her father’s throne. Her stepmother shares different ideas when it comes to ruling. She orders for the hunter to bring back Sophie’s heart. Unlike the traditional tale, the hunter accomplishes his task. Sophie is thankfully saved by many mysterious strangers that she meets along the way. She of course has also saved many creatures of sorts, and many of them return the favor. Sophie must learn to gather enough courage to defeat a yet strong and dangerous enemy.

Jul 1, 2021

This fantasy book by J.K Rowling is one of my favorites. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is about an 11-year-old boy named Harry, who is taken in by his cruel aunt and uncle. One day he gets a letter that changes his life forever. He meets new friends and enemies, and adventures towards his old enemy.  I think the most compelling aspect of this book is when Harry learns about the wizarding world from a big man named Hagrid. I recommend this book to anyone who is willing to explore the land of fantasy.

Jun 29, 2021

This fantasy novel by Rick Riordan (Book 3 in The Trials of Apollo series) is a book that lifted my spirits and crushed my soul. In The Burning Maze, we go back to Meg’s roots and the “people” there help Lester (Apollo) and his friends defeat the burning maze. Lester and his friends help him get on the enemy’s ship to steal a valuable object. The most compelling aspect of this book is when we meet two old characters from Riordan’s other series.


Personally, I recommend this book to anyone who would like a good laugh and a good cry. I rate this book 5/5 stars because I can’t imagine a better

Jun 28, 2021

Nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts, and a new generation of witches and wizards are born. Albus Severus Potter, the son of Harry Potter, gets put in the house that no one wanted, Slytherin. After this, Albus changed drastically. He has a new attitude and a new friend, Scorpius. But not any Scorpius, Scorpius Malfoy! With this Albus has uncovered secrets and uses time travel to change the past. But, with that comes a lot of problems. Do you think they can fix these problems before Harry, and the golden trio find out? Read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to find out.


I loved this

Jun 27, 2021

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte is captivating, dynamic, and contains numerous twists and turns. This fantasy fiction book consists of murder mystery and hints of romance and sci-fi. Perplexing characters with complex motives and a fascinating fantasy world elevated this book to another level. The novel is centered around Keralie Corrington, a seventeen-year-old girl  who steals, lies, and deceives for a living. Mackiel, her childhood friend and employer tasks her with stealing a case. This case ends up spiraling her into a mystery filled conspiracy with the man she stole the case from

Jun 21, 2021

Scrooge, a selfish and rude man, does not know the true meaning of Christmas. When his dead friend’s ghost visits him and tells him that he needs to change his ways, Scrooge has no choice but to change his feelings. Three ghosts pay Scrooge a visit to teach him the power of Christmas. Does Scrooge change? Or is he still the selfish, rude man?  Read the book to find out!


I think this book should be rewarded because it helps people realizes the true meaning of Christmas. Honestly, I would have been a lot like Scrooge if I hadn’t read A Christmas Carol. I think this would be a great book for

Jun 17, 2021

Skylar Welshman is a 7th grader who wants to be cool and is a huge fan of famous TV star, Ruby Rivera.  She sneaks into her movie set where she and the actress wish to have each other’s life...their wish actually comes true! But soon, both girls find out that each other’s life isn’t as perfect as they thought it would be and desperately want to switch back.


I really liked this book because it is a funny and happy book about two girls. I would recommend this book to 10-13 year olds. I like how the book inspires people that being yourself isn’t too bad. People who like books with two people

Jun 16, 2021

Prince George has tried his entire life to be like his father, but in his magic, he will always be like his mother. Animal magic, the ability to understand and talk to animals, has never been officially outlawed by his father, but those with animal magic are rarely left to live in peace, and before her death, George’s mother made it clear that his magic was best left a secret—even from his father. When the king of a rival kingdom offers his daughter, Princess Beatrice, in marriage, George can’t refuse. Princess Beatrice is unlike any woman George has ever met. She is inseparable from her odd

Jun 13, 2021

Steelheart is an amazing book written by Brandon Sanderson.  There is no way to predict what is going to happen in this novel. It is action packed, funny, and a good overall book.


David has seen Steelheart bleed and he intends to see him bleed again. David is on a mission. Today he is trying to find the Reckoners (those opposed to superpowers) and after a long time of research he has observed the Reckoner’s path and has sought them out. David finds them but they are in the middle of an assignment. David tries to prove himself to resist and help in the fight against the Epics and the High

Jun 11, 2021

The sequel to The School for Good and Evil, A World Without Princes, was very engaging, but It had problematic gender representation. In this book, Sophie and Agatha begin in their village, but when Agatha wishes for the prince that she left behind, the two friends return to their former fairytale school. The only problem is that the school has changed due to the unique ending to Sophie and Agatha’s story; it’s no longer a school for good versus evil, but rather a war between boys and girls.


The main problem is the sexism that plagues the story throughout; there is no equality, girls are

Jun 4, 2021

10-year-old Alanna of Trebond wants to be a knight. Unfortunately, in the land of Tortall, girls of noble birth are sent to the convent to learn the skills they will need as the wives of knights and lords. Her twin brother, Thom, wants to learn to use the powerful magic that they were both born with, but as the only son of the fief of Trebond, Thom must become a knight of the realm. Alanna and Thom trade places, so that Alanna, disguised as a boy, can travel to Corus to become a great knight and Thom can travel to the City of the Gods to study magic. Assisted by her servant and former soldier

Jun 3, 2021

You-Know-Who is back. Harry did not think he would return, but he did. Harry has to go back to Hogwarts, thankfully, and has protection from his professors. Until he doesn’t. A new professor has joined the Defense Against the Dark Arts class, where Harry learns all about new spells and new techniques to defend himself from Voldemort. But, this professor is not a good one. She teaches in the “safety” of her classroom. The pink might look like she is friendly, but trust me, she is not. Harry goes through a lot in this book, and if you want to find out what happens to Harry and Voldemort, read Ha

Jun 2, 2021

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is about two main characters, Malik and Karina. This book is fantasy fiction with a little bit of West African culture as inspiration for key parts of the book. The point of view shifts from Malik and Karina throughout the book to show two very different perspectives, one a poor refugee, and the other a princess. Unfortunately, both Malik and Karina need the other to die in order to save someone they love. Throughout the entire book, the reader can see Malik and Karina grow together, while simultaneously trying to work up the nerve to kill the other.


I thought

May 31, 2021

Alianne of Pirate’s Swoop wants nothing more than to have fun and be a spy like her father, the spymaster of the kingdom of Tortall. After an argument with her mother, the famed Lioness and King’s Champion, Aly decides to leave home for a brief taste of independence. When she is captured by slavers and taken to the Copper Isles, she finds that her knowledge in the art of spying is about to be put to the ultimate test. Navigating a confusing world of colonialism and magic, Aly makes a deal with the god of tricksters: keep two girls alive for the summer, and he will return her home to her family

May 30, 2021

Zahra, a Jinni, has been imprisoned in her lamp ever since her last master and best friend, Queen Roshana, was killed by a Jinn. She has just resigned herself to an eternity alone when a boy, Aladdin, stumbles across her lamp—and picks it up. Now Aladdin, the son of long-dead revolutionaries, has the power to finally create the change he had believed impossible—and to get revenge on the monarchy that killed his parents. However, in this Aladdin retelling, Jinn and their magic are outlawed, and Zahra’s existence, and Aladdin’s association with her, could get them into trouble both with the

May 23, 2021

The Starless Sea is about Zachary Ezra Rawlins who discovers a rare book hidden in a library. As he turns through the entrancing tales, he finds a strange story from his childhood. He then finds a bee, a key, and a sword which leads him to a doorway–a hidden place far below the surface, a place of lost cities, seas, and lovers. As Zachary travels through this strange yet magical world, he discovers the purpose of his own life and in his story.


When I first picked up this book, I thought it would be an interesting read and keep me hooked. It did turn out to be good, however, I was confused

May 17, 2021

The Hinterland — a fairytale world filled with magic, violence, and wickedly beautiful promises. In this collection of twelve dark fairytales, author Melissa Albert brings to life the stories that make up the very backbone of her debut novel, The Hazel Wood. Within these pages, girls grown from apple blossoms, women in bearskins, and grooms with the eyes of lions perform a precarious dance, toying with the fibers of life. Travelers look for truth, sisters seek vengeance, and maidens strike deals with Death, whose shadow is an ever-present reality that looms over the stories’ throbbing

May 14, 2021

Restore Me​ is the fourth novel in Tahereh Mafi's ​Shatter Me ​series. This book is primarily based around Juliette's struggles as she tries to lead with almost no knowledge of how to do so. As the children of the other Supreme Commanders come to visit and her past is uncovered, Juliette must figure out who to trust. My opinions on this book are mainly based on structure. I loved the excerpts that Mafi included from Juliette's journal and dual perspective in this novel; insight into Warner's thoughts is always exciting. However, this book was slower than the others and a little bit all over

May 10, 2021

Alessandra has successfully seduced and led many men to her bed. Behind all the breaking of each man's heart when she leaves them, she devises a plan. Make the king, The Shadow King, fall in love with her so she can gain the kingdom for herself. She knows she has to seduce him the way no other woman has and successfully has him lured to her trap. However, the tension between Alessandra and The Shadow King may be too much for her to handle.


Personally, I enjoyed the book. It was a quick read, a standalone for when there are no good books and you have time for a short one. It wasn’t my