Fantasy

Jan 19, 2022

In this twisted fairy tale, Marissa Meyer reveals the backstory of the Queen of Hearts in her book Heartless. Set in Wonderland, main character Catherine must decide what life she wishes to lead. Catherine is the daughter of a Marquess, however, she wishes she could own a bakery with her maid Mary Ann. Unfortunately, her societal role prevents this career and her parents wish for her to marry the King. Her life is turned around when she meets the court jester and must choose if she wants to be the perfect daughter or choose the path that makes her happy.


I enjoyed reading this book because

Jan 8, 2022

When she was younger, Jude and her sisters were taken to a strange land, different from their earth. The High Courts of Faerie where different types of fey live. Though, her and her sisters were the only humans in this kingdom. The fey are not fond of humans and think of them as inferior. Jude wants to prove herself worthy and become a knight in the court. As she tries to make her way up, betrayal happens within the court, making it crumble. Jude uses deception and other tricks to work her way in which then leads to her having to create bonds with feys to keep her sisters, and herself. 


Jud

Jan 4, 2022

Yadriel is a Blacksheep. His whole family brujos and brujas fit into their roles as spirit savers and healers respectfully. But Yadriel, a transgender boy, is stuck in the middle identifying as a brujo but being acknowledged as a bruja by most of his family. To prove he is a brujo, Yadriel appoints his cousin (the other Blacksheep of the family) in saving the day through the powers of the brujos. Yadriel succeeds in using the brujo powers but summons the wrong spirit. Instead of helping his family, he summoned the spirit of bad boy Julian...


The book had a good premise I enjoyed the

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Namesake

5
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Jan 4, 2022

Fable has yet to reach her happily-ever-after as she has now been snatched into a world of smoke and mirrors after being abducted by Zola, her father’s rival. In Namesake, plans unfold, intentions are set, and love keeps getting in the way. Meanwhile, Fable is caught in the middle.


I enjoyed Namesake, as Adrienne Young continued to impress. Fable’s world continued to catch my attention as danger and politics intertwined. But, I will say that Namesake wasn’t as memorable as Fable. Many messes were made and relationships twisted plans, and I was less entranced. Like most series, the second

Fable by Adrienne Young

Fable

5
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Jan 4, 2022

“You weren’t made for this world, Fable,” were the last words Fable’s father, Saint, said as he abandoned her on the dredger island of Jeval. Abandoned on the island, Fable fought to escape Jeval dredging gems and trading them for copper to West, a helmsman to the ship named Marigold. Meanwhile, as Fable accumulated copper, she began to draw murderous gazes...


This book was a dream to read. Fable was an admirable heroine, introspective, clever, and independent. Her resourcefulness and nerve latched me into turning pages faster than usual as the plot passed through an enrapturing adventure

Dec 29, 2021

Divergent is a heartwarming and heart wrenching fictional novel by Veronica Roth. This book is about a girl named Beatris (she goes by Tris).  Since she is sixteen she has to choose between the 5 factions, Candor the honest, Amity the peaceful, Abnegation the selfless, Dauntless the brave, and Erudite the smart. Tris finds out that she is divergent. She chooses Dauntless and trains to get a good ranking. One night the Erudite and the Dauntless attack the Abnegation; now she has to decide to fight for her faction or for the right side. I love the way the author brings balance between love

Dec 29, 2021

The Oracle Code is a mysterious and thrilling graphic novel by Marieke Nijkamp. This book is about a girl named Barbra, but everyone calls her Babs.  She got shot and has to go to a rehab school where they try to fix kids like her. Barbra makes some friends who help her find former students who disappear without a trace. I love the way the author tells the book like tiny stories woven together to create a mystery, but I didn’t like the way the author presented the plot, I for one thought it was a little creepy and boring. I recommend this book to anyone who likes creepy or scary things. That

Dec 23, 2021

Black Wings Beating is the first book in Alex London’s young adult fantasy series, Skybound. This novel follows twins Kylee and Brysen as they find themselves in the middle of a war between the sky and the earth. Together, the twins will venture into the treacherous mountains to find the deadly Ghost Eagle that could help their people win the war. I enjoyed the complex relationships that London presented, but I hated how Kylee kept dimming herself to fuel Brysen’s arrogance. Furthermore, the world-building had great potential, but it was detailed to the point of confusion at times.

Cover for The Once and Future Witches with floral background

The Once and Future Witches

By Alix E. Harrow
5
Rated by Tiffany R
Dec 15, 2021

“Witchcraft isn’t one thing but many things, all the ways and words women have found to wreak their wills on the world.”


“A witch is just a woman who wants too much”.


The Once and Future Witches is a deftly told historical feminist fantasy novel about three sister witches who help bring witching back into the world. The story unfolds alongside the late 1800s suffragette movement, and the women's movement soon turns into the witch's movement as the ways of witching slowly spread through town, and women reclaim the power they lost to time.


The novel is rich with historical details but

Dec 7, 2021

When Alina Starkov is sought to have a special power, she is sent to a school for the magic to learn and train with the best of the best. During the process she encounters new acquaintances, romance, and plenty of secrets. This book was amazing! Bardugo does a fantastic job of world building; from the moment the book starts, you immediately feel like you are in the Grishaverse with Alina. The imagery the novel provided was spectacular, and I was hooked off the bat. The concept was very unique, and it made me that much more engaged. This book has everything a reader could ever want: adventure

Dec 2, 2021

Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker (Spider-Man) in Mark Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, made in 2014. In this sequel, Peter must deal with new foes Electro (Jamie Foxx) and his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), as Oscorp betrays them both. His relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is also in the balance for he does not want her to get hurt because of what he does.


This movie was entertaining. Mark Webb does an amazing job at making Peter and Gwen’s relationship feel natural. Electro was an amazing villain with a backstory that we could understand. This film dives more into

Nov 30, 2021

Welcome to #NewTitleTuesday, where we take a brief look at a new title that's hitting the shelves - and patrons' holds lists - at your library.


I always love spotlighting fantasy novels, however it can sometimes be a difficult thing, as fantasy novels often come in a series, so patrons rarely want to jump in to the third book in a series if they haven't read the first two yet, but in this particular case, the series is so strong, I might have to make an exception. Or, better yet, point you toward the FIRST book in the series to get you set up for the latest installment. Today markes the

Nov 29, 2021

9 from the Nine Worlds is a funny and distinctive fantasy fiction by Rick Riordan. This book is about Magnus Chase’s friends and their individual journeys through the 9 worlds. I love the way the author makes each chapter different and the way he transforms everyday things into something funny. I recommend this book to anyone who already read the other three Magnus Chase books or someone who wants to read a few funny short stories. That is why I rate 9 from the Nine Worlds a 5/5.

Nov 29, 2021

Soman Chainani’s Quests for Glory is the fourth book in The School for Good and Evil series; however, it begins a new trilogy. Students of the School for Good and Evil are on their required fourth-year quests, Sophie is the acting Dean of Evil, and Agatha and Tedros are trying to return Camelot to its former glory. As the reader revisits some of their favorite characters, Chainani introduces a new cast, including a villain who tries to take Tedros’ throne. This book wasn’t bad, and it had good plot twists, but I lost interest. This new plot’s main characteristics felt repetitive, and compared

Nov 23, 2021

15-year-old Frannie is dealing with the death of her father when she discovers that he had made her a 1000-piece puzzle. Frannie is then suddenly transported back in the past to learn more about her father.

I personally did not like this book. It felt way longer than it should have been. This book did not flow very well and felt fragmented.  The plot seemed odd also, considering how she randomly traveled back to the past. I didn’t really like the characters either, they did not seem very redeeming. I would rate this book a 2/5.

Nov 19, 2021

Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead is a thrilling and funny fiction novel by Rick Riordan. This book is about a guy named Magnus Chase.  He and his friends travel across the nine worlds in search of a way for them to defeat Loki and return him to his chains and delay Ragnarok at the same time. I love the way the author makes the most serious moments really funny and exciting. The sarcasm in this book is so funny and original, I couldn’t stop laughing! I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh with adventure and fighting mixed in. That is why I rate Magnus Chase and the Ship of

Nov 17, 2021

Princess Talia, who is woken by Jack, comes to the future. She realizes that she has slept for three-hundred years and does not know what the new world is.  Princess Talia believes that she can escape her village and live with Jack, whom she must seduce to fall in love with her. However, she must do so before the witch takes her away.


This book is mostly well written. I particularly enjoy that A Kiss in Time is mostly related to Sleeping Beauty. However, there are multiple changes and real-life situations. I also enjoy that each chapter is from different perspectives. This gives me an idea

Nov 3, 2021

Meet two rival magician assistants, Jack and Wilhelm. Jack works for the Enchantress, and Wilhelm works for Laszlo. During the Exposition, they both cross paths and form a secret romance. Does the romance between Jack and Wilhelm keep them together? Or does it fall apart? Read more to find out!


I had high expectations for this book, I thought it would be entertaining and romance filled. Thought I think that the book was an okay read, it didn’t really exceed my expectations that much. There was just not anything memorable in this book. I enjoyed the romance between the main characters, but

Nov 3, 2021

Two soulmates, Tamar and Fayard, have both lived a multitude of lives and have died together. They are tired of finding romance and losing it, so when they discover a way to break the cycle and live a long fulfilling life, they fight that chance. Will they break the cycle? Read more to find out!


The cover of the book really enticed me to read it, however, the plot of the book wasn’t what I was expecting. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, but the middle and the end of the book made me really confused. I think that the idea of the book was interesting, but it just doesn’t seem well

Nov 2, 2021

The only reason Alessandra attends the Shadow King’s ball is to win his heart — and to kill him once he makes her his queen. She’s selfish, manipulative, and murderous. After all, she did kill her first love after he broke her heart. Alessandra has been cast aside all her life, the spotlight focused on her foolish, naive older sister, Chrysantha. She’s tired of being powerless and ignored, she knows what she wants, and she isn’t afraid to do what it takes to achieve it. There’s just one obstacle that she didn’t anticipate — her heart.


In all honesty, I was quite disappointed by this book

Oct 27, 2021

Shadow and Bone is a fantasy YA novel by Leigh Bardugo. The book centers around the main protagonist, Alina, as she discovers who she is and who she can trust. During her childhood, she lived in an orphanage with her best friend, Mal. As she’s tasked to cross the Fold with her group, she discovers something about herself that could potentially change the entire fate of the kingdom, for better or worse.


Overall I thought the book was ok, but it felt like it lacked something. I would rate it a 3 stars out of 5. In my opinion, the story was a little all over the place and the ending wasn’t

Oct 21, 2021

Tony Stark has announced that he is Iron man and many issues come to light and he is faced with new challenges. Since the government knows his true identity they now want his advanced technology. However, someone is trying to kill Stark but of course, he won’t let that happen and will put up a fight. So he tries to find new ways to hide his precious technology and stop his enemy Justin Hammer from killing him. Will the government get Tony’s technology or will his enemy be able to kill him? You’ll have to watch to find out.


 I would recommend this to anyone who loves superhero action movies

Oct 21, 2021

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor is a funny and absorbing fantasy fiction by Rick Riordan. This book is about Magnus Chase who entered the world of Norse Gods. He is given the task of retrieving Thor’s hammer from the king of earth giants. He and his friend’s scheme and travel to every length, even if it means that they have to let out the God’s oldest prisoner. I love the way Rick Riordan portrays the gods, he makes them act either serious or super funny. I recommend this book to those who don’t know what to read or too bored and need something to do. That is why I rate Magnus Chase and

Oct 21, 2021

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer is a humorous and adventurous fantasy novel by Rick Riordan. This book is about a homeless 16-year-old boy named Magnus Chase. He travels the nine worlds as an einherjar. He and his friends find a way to keep the Norse God’s enemy tied up on a magical island. I love the way Rick Riordan humorizes even the most tragic events. I recommend this book to anyone wanting something good to read or anyone wanting a good laugh. That is why I rate Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer a 5/5 stars.

Elantria by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris

5
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Oct 21, 2021

Elantris, written by popular fantasy author Brandon Sanderson, tends to fall under the radar when talking about his best books considering it is a small standalone story while he has written massive series and 1000 page books. Despite this, and despite being his first book, it not only manages to hold up well, but it is an incredible book in its own right. Often, books in the fantasy genre feel boring and similar, and they often follow the same formula with the same menagerie. Elantris is different. It tells a much more unique story, one of a fallen city, and a dangerous religion. The world

Oct 21, 2021

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the most recent new Zelda game. It feels very unique as opposed to older Zelda games, which, while good in their own right, often followed a dull and very similar pattern. Breath of the Wild, or BOTW, changes this up, giving players the freedom to explore the world and complete tasks in any order that they see fit, or even skip tasks completely. In fact, the only required areas are the tutorial and final boss, the massive world filled with main quests, side quests, enemies to fight and collectibles to find are all optional. Of course, going straight

Oct 21, 2021

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, written by Grace Lin, is a fantasy novel inspired by Chinese mythology and folklore. The book follows Minli, a young girl who lives in the Village of Fruitless Mountain, working hard and farming despite the terrible land of the Fruitless Mountain. Her father tells her stories and she wishes to have an adventure of her own. One day, she uses her money to buy a goldfish, and it turns out that the goldfish can talk. She lets it go, and it gives her directions to the Never-Ending mountain where the Old Man of the Moon lives, so she sets out determined to change

Oct 21, 2021

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander is an example of a textbook someone would find at Hogwarts. It gives a history of magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe, as well as notes from Harry and his friends. Along with the history, it also gives specific information about the creatures within the magical world. Along with the information, it tells the reader how dangerous the creature is. Not to mention, information about Newt Scamander himself.


I am a personal fan of the Harry Potter series and I think this book is a great extension of it. It tells you about certain

Oct 21, 2021

The sixth and final book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, Last Sacrifice, was a great finale. Queen Tatianna is murdered, and Rose is framed by an unknown source; Rose, Lissa, and friends must figure out who framed Rose and find Lissa’s hidden half-sibling to make things right. This installment was much better than Spirit Bound; it took on more of an exciting and mysterious thriller quality than its predecessors, and Rose seemed more like her old self. This book provided a great conclusion to the Vampire Academy but left enough to the imagination that I am excited to read the

Oct 21, 2021

Spirit Bound, the fifth novel in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, was all over the place. After returning from her journey to Siberia, Rose is caught up in the hope of turning Dimitri back into a damphir. Rose recruits Lissa, Eddie, and some unlikely friends to return Dimitri to his original state while preparing to become an ocial guardian. This book was more drawn out than it needed to be; it was especially slow initially; however, things did pick up closer to the middle of the book. The most memorable thing about Spirit Bound was Rose; she was absolutely infuriating and seemed unlike