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29 11, 2015

Review: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

By | November 29th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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whole new world book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

I was excited to get by hands on A Whole New World by Liz Braswell. I love a twisted fairy tale and the book is about what would happen to Agrabah if Aladdin never kept the lamp after finding it. I love a good villain and Jafar – along with his sidekick Iago – is one the creepiest and vilest of the villains. Unfortunately,  A Whole New World fell flat for me and turned out to be nothing special.

If you have watched the Disney movie Aladdin, then you really don’t have to read this book–they are the one and the same. Reading this book is like reading the screenplay for the movie, word for word. I’ll correct myself…the second half of the book is slightly different than the movie. This quickly became annoying and I found myself putting the book

3 10, 2015

Review: The Leveller by Julia Durango

By | October 3rd, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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the leveller book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

The Leveller is a new contemporary novel about virtual reality. Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller–a bounty hunter who takes kids out of the virtual reality world, MEEP, and brings them back to their parents and the real world. Kids in the MEEP play with their minds while their bodies remain in an almost sleep-like state. The MEEP allows players to create whatever world they might desire.

Nixy’s new mission has her in for the biggest adventure of her life. The game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son, Wyn, in the virtual reality world and Nixy is hired to retrieve him back. Wyn, it seems, does not want to be found and he even leaves behind a suicide note. Nixy discovers that Wyn’s not actually hiding but is being held captive; she does not know who the captor is but must find

20 08, 2015

Review: The Fog Diver by Joel Ross

By | August 20th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

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the fog diver book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Fog Diver is the first book in a new young adult series by Joel Ross. I have to say I found it to be a great beginning! We meet Chess and his salvage crew while Chess is ‘diving’ for things to collect from from the ‘Fog’. A couple generations earlier a nano-tech was set loose to fix many of the issues affecting the planet in order to save it. Turns out it got wise enough to understand that humans were the constant problem that needed to be cleaned up after. So the little buggers started killing people.

In the end, people had to move to mountain tops to escape the ‘Fog’ of nanites that to all humans, looks just like a fog covering the entire Earth other than the mountain tops.  However, it did not

28 07, 2015

Review: Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

By | July 28th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

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illusionarium book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I’m a fan of steampunk and of young adult literature, so it isn’t much of a surprise that I loved Illusionarium by Heather Dixon. I did not read Dixon’s first novel, Entwined, but I can say that Illusionarium is an enjoyable action-packed adventure. Dixon does a fantastic job of illustrating a new world full of well-rounded and likable characters.

The story begins in the aerial city of Fata Morgana where Jonathan leads a normal life, ready to escape the small city’s boundaries. All of that changes when the king appears with a request of Jonathan and his father – they must work together to cure the queen of a deadly plague afflicting women called Venen. Jonathan must convince his father to use an experimental drug called fantillium that induces accelerated shared dreams. Since the team only has five days to cure

23 07, 2015

Review: The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings

By | July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Dystopian, Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

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the death code book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Sometimes you get your hands on a book and it sinks its claws into you and will not let you go until you devour ever word. The Death Code did that to me. No only were the chapters short, but they were so fast paced it was nothing to sit and read one hundred, two hundred pages in one sitting. And talk about ripping your heart out at the end (and then handing it back). Brilliant Lindsay Cummings. Brilliant.

The Death Code is book two in Lindsay Cummings Murder Complex series. It picks up pretty quick after book one ended (so be sure to read book one first. I read it late last year and character were still a little foggy . . . I caught up quick though). Meadow, Zephyr, and the rest of their

19 06, 2015

Review: King by Ellen Oh

By | June 19th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

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king book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

King is the third, and final, installment in the Prophecy series. Kira is a female warrior and she is ultimately a demon slayer. She’s the tiger spirit of the Yellow Eyes, and now Kira is prepared for her final quest. Kira used to be an outcast in the village she once called home, however, things have definitely changed. She is the only being who can save her kingdom. The person she has to save is her own cousin; it’s his destiny to be King of the new Kingdom.

Kira is a strong character as she is the only female warrior in an army full of men. Kira’s character definitely grows in the finale and she is finally learning to realize her own potential and worth. She must find her place in the army and the Kingdom; she also has

19 05, 2015

Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartmann

By | May 19th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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seraphina book coverReviewed by Rachel Mann

As soon as I saw that Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman, was YA fiction about dragons, I thought I’d enjoy it, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. Seraphina is awesome—it’s engaging, well plotted, and a delightful read.

The book’s heroine Seraphina, a musician, lives in Goredd, a country inhabited by both people and dragons. The dragons, which hang out in human form and are known as saarantrai, or saars, have their own country and government, and they coexist with humans thanks to a treaty. (Goredd is also home to other non-humans, quigutls, which have some dragon-like characteristics.) Each saar always has his or her real dragon form lurking beneath the surface; changing back and forth is limited by bureaucracy but is always a possibility.

While the saars look human, they are identifiable as

9 04, 2015

Review: The Prey by Tom Isbell

By | April 9th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Dystopian, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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the prey book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

It is rare for me to see a book marketed as highly as The Prey by Tom Isbell. I saw ads for the novel all over the internet, popping up on Amazon and GoodReads. Those ads definitely contributed to my excitement for reading The Prey. I’m into dystopian novels, and The Prey promised a post-nuclear America contaminated by a corrupted government and questionable morals. What I did not expect was for the book to be so poorly written that I could barely make it to the last page, let alone enjoy a coherent story with well thought-out characters.

The Prey starts off in the middle of some sort of rehabilitation camp for orphaned boys. You don’t know much about the camp other than that the boys have all been exposed to radiation as a result of the nuclear blasts

2 04, 2015

Review: In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

By | April 2nd, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |5 Comments

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in the afterlight book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

In the Afterlight is the closing novel of the spectacular young adult series, The Darkest Minds. The story picks up a month or so after the headquarters of our main character, Ruby, have been destroyed in a citywide bombing. Ruby and her rebel comrades have suffered huge losses, and even though they feel especially low, they are not going down without a fight.

Although Ruby has lost one of the people she was closest to, she has also let one back into her life. Liam now remembers nearly everything that went on between the two of them, and he’s more than ready to forgive Ruby and move forward in their relationship. But in a world where Ruby cannot guarantee that she will be alive from one day to the next, how can she open herself up

30 03, 2015

Review: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

By | March 30th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

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never fade book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

Never Fade is the second book in the Darkest Minds series, and the tone of the novel is dramatically different than that of its predecessor. Whereas in the first book the reader gets to see the main character, Ruby, as a somewhat fragile, confused ex-prisoner, we now get to see her as a soldier working towards the cause of saving other young people like herself.

The book picks up six months after the events of The Darkest Minds. Ruby has joined and very reluctantly risen up the ranks to become a respected leader in the Children’s League. She is often called upon to use her psi abilities to read the minds of those who know important information about what the League is trying to accomplish. All this has come at quite a price to Ruby: the friends