Category Archives: Book Review

Fantastic Recommends: Cinder

Cinder by Marissa Meyer Cinder has a problem with her foot. It’s the wrong size. Not her shoe, her foot. Because Cinder is a cyborg. Intriguing twist on Cinderella huh? Fairy tales seem to be made to be re-told and … Continue reading

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Cold howling teens in love: Review of Shiver

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater This is a teenage werewolf love story. I’m not giving anything away here. A wolf attack survivor, Grace is obsessed with the a wolf she’s seen in the woods behind her house, every winter ever since … Continue reading

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Odd and the genius of Neil Gaiman

Odd and The Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman This is a story for kids and for adults, in typical Gaiman style. Odd is a twelve-year-old Norse boy with a twisted foot, a terrible step-dad, and an annoyingly constant smile. One … Continue reading

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Book v. Movie and Howl’s Moving Castle

In the ongoing battle over which is better: the book or the movie, I’m usually on the book side. However, Howl’s Moving Castle is a special case: the book is fantastic and so is the movie—but they are almost completely … Continue reading

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Fantastic Recommends: The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater What would you do if your kiss was fatal? Never kiss anyone, right? Sixteen-year-old Blue knows that she’s fated to kill her true love with a kiss. She knows this because everyone in her family … Continue reading

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Review of The Lost Girl

Guest post by Madhvi Ramani, author of the magical children’s book Nina and the Traveling Spice Shed (for ages 7+) The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna Can you imagine living someone else’s life? Looking like them, eating exactly what they eat, dressing, … Continue reading

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Review of Raven’s Gate

Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz Matt, a troubled 14-year-old, goes a step too far and lands himself in England’s juvenile court system. He opts for a special rehab project that sends him to the countryside, only to find himself trapped … Continue reading

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Zombie pulp fiction: Hollowland by Amanda Hocking

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking This is a zombie apocalypse book, pure and simple. Remy is a teenage survivor is also a kickass zombie killer. A virus that turns people into zombies is ravaging the world, and the book opens, the … Continue reading

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Fantastic Recommends: The Emerald Atlas

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens Three siblings who keep getting kicked out from orphanages find a secret  magic book that transports them to another world. Orphans, a magic book, a secret world—I have to confess I didn’t have high … Continue reading

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The Book of Three and echoes of LOTR

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander This is the story of an Assistant Pig Keeper with delusions of glory. Who couldn’t love that? The adventure really starts when Taran, the pig keeper in question, suddenly gets a taste of … Continue reading

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