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14 01, 2012

Review: Elphame’s Choice by P.C. Cast

By | January 14th, 2012|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |5 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Elphame, daughter of the goddess Epona’s Beloved, has always been treated differently by the citizens of Partholon. Born a combination of human, goddess, and centaur, Elphame’s uniquely beautiful figure is met with awe and shock by all she meets. Having never been comfortable with being an object of worship among her mother Etain’s people, Elphame is led by her prophetic dreams to set out on her own and rebuild the castle of her ancestors. Damaged in the war against the Fomorians centuries earlier, the MacCallan Castle requires all the assistance it can get to be restored to its former glory.

With the assistance of her centaur brother Cuchulainn and a small group of followers, Elphame makes the MacCallan Castle her new home. Instead of looking at her through worshipful eyes, the new tenants of MacCallan Castle become the

14 11, 2011

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

By | November 14th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

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Reviewed by Megan Saldecki

I’ve been extremely excited to read Shatter Me for a while because every review I saw has been a positive one. I’m so glad I got my hands on a copy! It was definitely one of the best young adult books of 2011!

Juliette was such a great character. I’ve been reading a lot of books full of tough, independent young women lately and Juliette was such a different story. She was thrown into independency and all she craved was for someone to love her. Tahereh Mafi really did well with describing just how lonely and attention-deprived Juliette was. I could relate to her as sometimes I question everyone’s love for me. Mafi sends a message that sometimes you just have to trust people.

Juliette stood her own ground, though, and I grew more and more proud of

30 10, 2011

Review: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

By | October 30th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Grace Soledad

Hades picks off where Halo left off. Bethany and Xavier are still very much in love. They’ve banished Jake, proven their love, and all they have to do now is finish the school year without anything going wrong. Bethany is in heaven. But, when one Halloween seance goes terribly wrong, Bethany ends up in Hell, the formal name being “Hades”.

Jake is convinced that Bethany will fall in love with him, Xavier, Ivy, and Gabriel are desperately trying to find her, and bringing an angel into Hell symbols the start of the end of the world, the battle between Heaven and Hell. Everything is going wrong and Bethany needs to find a way out in order to make it right. Surviving amongst demons and hellhounds is even harder than it looks when every good deed is punished and

27 10, 2011

Review: Nocturne by Christine Johnson

By | October 27th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |7 Comments

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Reviewed by Grace Soledad

Nocturne, the sequel to Claire de Lune, is the story of a girl named Claire. She’s nervous about her boyfriend asking her to the Autumn Ball, tangled friendships, and most importantly, the fact that she’s a werewolf.

With the date of her confirmation as a complete werewolf looming, she’s worried that she won’t be able to do her part. What if she’s incomplete? Something that should come naturally is causing her to struggle.

Her best friend may be drifting away from her, her boyfriend may be uncomfortable about his role in the pack, but these are the least of Claire’s problems. When somebody discovers Claire’s secret, she could lose everything.

Christine Johnson manages to convey a sense of culture and ceremony when talking about the werewolves. I felt like I was right there when she described the full

13 10, 2011

Review: Drink, Slay, Love by Sara Beth Durst

By | October 13th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

After being stabbed through the heart by a unicorn’s horn after snacking on her favorite human entrée, 16-year-old vampire Pearl begins experiencing some rather strange symptoms. The most shocking occurs after two teenage “vampire hunters” capture and cage her, and she doesn’t burn at dawn’s early light. Because Pearl can withstand the daylight, her vampire Family comes up with a clever idea: they will enroll her in high school, and she will lure humans to the Fealty Ceremony as a treat for the King of New England.

Pearl agrees to the plan, but as she interacts with the humans, she discovers that she has a conscience and no longer wants to drink their blood. Evan, who once looked like a tasty morsel to her, now makes her experience true human feelings. Pearl decides she must find the unicorn

21 09, 2011

Review: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

By | September 21st, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Talbott

Megan Rosenberg has always moved around a lot. After her mother’s death, her father just can’t stay in one place for too long. This time, they are moving to Ireland because of her father’s new job at a marina. When she goes to her new school for the first time, she immediately notices Adam DeRis and feels a magnetic connection to him. Unfortunately, he seems to avoid her at all costs. Other than this anomaly, Megan makes many friends like Caitlin, who tell her about the rumors that Adam and his family are druids and cast black magic. This doesn’t deter Megan from her crush. As she spends more time with him, she notices strange things happening around him and his family. Is Adam some sort of druid? Is he dangerous? Why does she feel such a

20 09, 2011

Review: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

By | September 20th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |7 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Three sisters, separated at birth and unaware of the others’ existence, are about to be reunited for the first time in 16 years. Gretchen has always known it is her destiny to hunt down the mythological monsters that come through the hellmouth in San Francisco. Under the tutelage of Ursula, Gretchen has become a fiercely independent young warrior. When fate throws Grace into her path, she is hesitant at first to share her legacy with someone else. Slowly, the idea grows on her that she has a sister–a twin.

Grace has always known she was adopted, and has often been curious about her birth parents. Finding Gretchen makes her feel like she really belongs, even though she has a terrific adoptive family. What neither Gretchen nor Grace expected was to find a third sister, Greer. Spoiled and one

7 08, 2011

Review: Bloodspell by Amalie Howard

By | August 7th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |12 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

On Tori’s 17th birthday, she is given a mysterious family journal that once belonged to her ancestor, Brigid. Upon reading the entries, Tori discovers that Brigid was a powerful witch, and that Tori has the same powers. Through Brigid’s story was one full of pain and heartache, Tori vows that she will not have the same demise.

After Tori switches schools, she meets the mysterious Christian Devereux. Like Tori, Christian has a secret of his own–one that should keep them apart forever. Against everyone else’s wishes, Christian and Tori begin to fall in love. The blood that runs through both of their veins may be their own undoing as they fight against friends and foes for what their hearts want.

The description of Bloodspell by Amalie Howard and the intriguing cover hooked me right at the beginning. Eager to

26 06, 2011

Review: Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

By | June 26th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Just as Bryn has finally embraced her new role in her pack, a new threat rises to challenge the werewolves of Cedar Ridge. A broken and bleeding teenage werewolf named Lucas has found his way onto Bryn’s territory–a boy who belongs to the Snake Bend pack, whose alpha Shay is Bryn’s strongest opposition. Lucas wants Bryn to claim him for her pack, but in doing so she will have to invite Shay into her territory.

But other werewolves are not the only threat to Bryn–Shay has allied himself with a group of psychics who think werewolves are nothing more than monsters. Though Bryn’s personality is definitely the most dominant, her human strength cannot rival that of the werewolves. In order to protect her pack, she is going to have to become even more like an animal

9 05, 2011

Review: Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus

By | May 9th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Meghan Saldecki

Persephone “Phe” Archer is grieving the tragic death of her sister, Athena. So when she receives a letter from a school in Shadow Hills – which Athena just so happened to mention in her diary the night she died – Phe decides to enroll there, armed with nothing but Athena’s diary as guidance.

Once in Shadow Hills, Phe starts having vivid nightmares that seem to be trying to tell her something. Are they visions of the future or of the past? What are they trying to say? One thing is for certain, Phe has just stumbled into the heart of the ancient secrets residing in the small town of Shadow Hills.

I immediately was drawn into the world and mystery of Phe Archer and Shadow Hills. There were some slow points, but other than that I thoroughly