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7 05, 2011

Review: Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

By | May 7th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

When Bronwyn was 4 years old, she watched a rabid werewolf brutally attack and slaughter her parents. Marked by the Alpha of the werewolf Pack that came to her rescue, Bryn is caught between two worlds. Though she was never turned into a Were, she still must run with the Pack and obey Callum, the Alpha.

Rebellious Bryn breaks into Callum’s home and discovers a teenage werewolf boy named Chase caged up in Callum’s basement. She feels a connection and wants to get closer to him. Then, Bryn disobeys her Alpha’s direct order, which jeopardizes her future safety among her Pack. Bryn’s human adoptive mother Ali relocates them to Wayfarer, where Bryn uncovers a dark secret that her Pack has been covering up for her entire life–one that affects Chase’s Were identity as well.

I loved the premise of

3 05, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Abandon by Meg Cabot

By | May 3rd, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |274 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

In Abandon, best-selling author Meg Cabot offers up a darkly romantic modern retelling that is almost straight out of Greek mythology. Pierce Oliviera died when she was 15, but she fought her way out of a dreary Underworld ruled by a seductively handsome older boy named John. Nobody believed Pierce when she told them what she had seen, and everyone–including her parents–thought she needed therapy.

Now in the small town of Isla Huesos, Pierce and her mother are getting a fresh new start. Making friends with her classmates proves difficult for Pierce because of her family name and the rumors about Pierce that followed her to the island. And although it has been two years since she last saw John, he keeps appearing before her. Afraid that he wants to take her back with him to the

24 04, 2011

Review: Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

By | April 24th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |5 Comments

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Talbott

Sydelle is a young girl who lives in a mountain village that has had a drought for seven years straight. Life isn’t the best there, but it’s all she’s ever known. When the king of Palmarta dies, suspicion is cast on a nearby kingdom and war is ignited. As enemy soldiers invade her village, a wizard named Wayland North passes through and ends their drought. Her father, the village elder, offers him a gift in gratitude. The wizard unexpectedly chooses Sydelle and they are forced to comply. Now, she has to guide him to the new ruler of Palmarta because he has information that the king was assassinated by a third party, a dangerous and evil wizard, trying to incite war on purpose.

As much as Sydelle hates her situation, she knows she must help to save

12 03, 2011

Review: Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

By | March 12th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Talbott

Lenah Beaudonte remembers her life as a bloodsucking, remorseless, savage vampire in great detail – all 592 years of it. She wakes up in a new century in a new place and in a very mortal, human state. She tired of her unsatisfying existence, and her soul mate and best friend Rhode sacrificed his life so that she could become human.

Lenah’s vampire coven is compiled of four vampires she made herself because of their utter ruthlessness, unparalleled skill, and detachment from humanity. To become completely human, Lenah must immerse herself in human life and grow new attachments with her fellow classmates at her new high school. Can a centuries old vampire bring herself to care about the trivialities of teenage life? How long will it take her vampire coven to find her? Will she be able to protect

31 01, 2011

Review & Giveaway: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

By | January 31st, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Giveaways, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |250 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer J.

Meghan Chase has always been different from the other kids, teased and bullied for being poor. She had at least thought she was human, until the day she turns16 and discovers she is the illegitimate daughter of King Oberon of the faeries, and that her best friend, Robbie Goodfell, is actually the famous Robin Goodfellow of poems and ballads.

When Meghan’s 4-year-old brother Ethan starts acting strangely, she learns that he has been replaced with a changeling and that Ethan has been taken to the Nevernever, the land of the fey. Desperate to bring him home, Meghan begins a perilous journey into the NeverNever to find him. Both the Seelie and the Unseelie Court will go to great lengths to woo Meghan to their side, and she can trust no one. Allied with Ash, a prince of the

26 11, 2010

Review: Wish by Alexandra Bullen

By | November 26th, 2010|Categories: Children's Books, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |8 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer J.

After the tragic death of her twin, Olivia Larsen is having a difficult time adjusting to life without Violet. Everything is harder without Violet–making friends, choosing the right wardrobe, and even interacting with hot guys. Moving to a new city offers Olivia the perfect opportunity to start over, but all she can think about is the past. If she could just have her sister back, her life would be absolutely perfect. When a stunningly beautiful ball gown promises the gift of one wish, Olivia doesn’t hesitate to wish for her sister to be alive again.

Now with Violet’s ghostly presence at her side, Olivia’s life is slowly getting back to normal. With a bit of prompting from Violet, Olivia is starting to make friends and gaining a confidence in herself that she never had before. With just

25 10, 2010

Review: Darklight by Lesley Livingston

By | October 25th, 2010|Categories: Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Lauren K.

Darklight, the sequel to Lesley Livingston’s first novel, Wondrous Strange, is a fluid and exciting follow up in the series. The reader is instantly brought up to speed on the life of the half Faerie, half mortal teenager Kelley Winslow. Livingston excels at catching a new reader on the original story line from the first book while at the same time manages not to bore a reader who is familiar with the back story. Both books from Harper Teen are great for any age and the fanciful events are just realistic enough to evoke excitement without too much disbelief.

Back in New York City, Kelley has returned to normalcy; Sonny Flannery, her hero and love, has returned to the Faerie realm to attend to some unfinished business. The two are miserable apart, but know that

28 09, 2010

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

By | September 28th, 2010|Categories: Children's Books, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Paranormal, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |9 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

The Sword and Cross boarding school in Savanna, Georgia feels like a prison to Luce. Security cameras monitor the students’ every move, cell phones are forbidden, and all of the students seem like nothing but trouble making misfits. Luce wants to make the best of her situation and forget the incident which landed her at Sword and Cross in the first place. As Luce tries to fit in with the other students and make friends, she is shown nothing but hostility and disdain from handsome, aloof Daniel Gregori. When Luce starts to become romantically entangled with Daniel’s rival Cam, the secrets of Daniel’s past start to reveal themselves. Luce will learn that her past and future are tied to Daniel in more ways than she ever could have imagined.

Fallen, the first in a new young adult

24 08, 2010

Review: Siren by Tricia Rayburn

By | August 24th, 2010|Categories: Paranormal, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |8 Comments

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Reviewed by Cal C.

Siren, Tricia Rayburn’s first novel aimed at Young Adults, falls pretty squarely into a familiar genre for its audience: supernatural romance. Vanessa Sands has always played second fiddle to her gorgeous, fearless, outgoing older sister, Justine, but they were still remarkably close. One night, however, after a fight at home that reveals Justine’s relationship with Caleb Carmichael to her whole family, Justine runs away… and washes up on the beach the next morning, dead, leaving Vanessa and the rest of her family bereft and confused. While Vanessa’s family returns home, she opts instead to return to Winter Harbor for the remainder of the holiday season to try and piece together any explanation she can for why her sister might have killed herself.

The romantic aspect is pleasantly underplayed for the first two-thirds of the

21 06, 2010

Giveaway: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

By | June 21st, 2010|Categories: Giveaways, Paranormal, Young Adult|Tags: |237 Comments

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Catch up with a copy of Shiver before you read Linger!

Read our review of Shiver. Here’s what you have to look forward to in Linger:

This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one.

Just a few months ago, it was Sam who was the mythical creature. His was the disease we couldn’t cure. His was the good-bye that meant the most. He had the body that was a mystery, too strange and wonderful and terrifying to comprehend.

But now it is spring. With the heat, the remaining wolves will soon be falling out of their wolf pelts and back into their human bodies. Sam stays Sam, and Cole stays Cole, and it’s only me who’s not firmly in