Tag Archives: fantasy

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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The Best of the Best YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy for 2012

Like a good book blogger, I’ve been reading a lot of year-end lists, and I started to notice a few repeats. Those always catch my attention. I thought I’d share with you the results of my very unscientific cross-reference of … 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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The First is out in paperback

The First is now available in good old traditional paperback! Not sure how Grandpa Baumler would feel about that, but it would sure make a nice gift for the YA reader on your Christmas list (or for yourself). Check it … Continue reading

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Climate changing lit?

A recent  Guardian post complained that there aren’t many novels that deal with climate change.* The article was met with multiple reading suggestions, mostly science fiction novels. And um, hello? I have one! My YA urban fantasy: The First. Below are … 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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