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Reviews by Category: Fantasy

Teen Review
 Stormrise cover
Jillian Boehme
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Dec 9, 2019

Not unlike Disney's "Mulan", Rain, daughter of a Neshu grandmaster and a Neshu fighter herself, is unwilling to let her twin brother and father leave to fight in the war. Especially because when she'd been little, she and her brother had fallen sick, and Rain was accidentally given the medicine reserved for the family's only son- leaving her brother with slight cognitive scars. Certain that her brother won't return from the battlefield, Rain disguises herself as a man and goes in his place, making every move to remain undiscovered including taking a powder to hide her monthly bleed. Many...

Teen Review
The Grief Keeper cover
Villasante, Alexandra
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

The Grief Keeper tells the story of a young girl named Marisol who is trying to immigrate with her younger sister to America after the murder of their brother. She is caught crossing the border and told she must participate in an experimental study, or be sent back home to El Salvador. As part of the study, Marisol becomes a grief keeper, taking upon the grief of Rey, a young woman struggling with mental illness, to ensure she can stay in the country.

The most compelling aspect of the book, in my opinion, was Marisol coming to terms with her sexuality. Throughout the book, Marisol...

Teen Review
Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules cover
Thursday, Oct 10, 2019

Delilah Dirk is about this adventurer who has to find clues to uncover a hidden city. She goes with her assistant, Selim, and a writer of the "Weekly Observer", who is up to something more mischievous. On the way she encounters many problems- for example she has to fight a ruler of a city to get a clue! The most compelling part of the book is when we (the reader) find out Van Hassel's real plan with the city. The sudden twist made the book very hard to put down.

This book has everything: mystery, adventure, a twist, some background information, and a little mythology. I can't think...

Teen Review
The Beholder Cover
Anna Bright
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Aug 26, 2019

This book details a young girl's journey that every teenager goes on at some point- one of family responsibilities and new friends and loves, all mixed with self discovery and coming out of a childhood persona. Bright writes in a way that completely encapsulates the reader in her world, leaving them surprised and disappointed when it comes to an end. I liked this cover because the imagery of the carved and gilded ship is indicative of the adventure Selah goes on, and the somewhat tarnished appearance shows that her world isn't perfect, and being royalty doesn't mean everything is easy. The...

Teen Review
Aurora Rising Cover
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Jul 29, 2019

The action is intense and the storyline is fast-paced; there is always something going on. The setting in intergalactic space and the unforgettable characters make for a perfect storm of events that draws you in deeper the more you read. The writing style is beautiful and the slang feels so natural it's like the culmination of 7 people's autobiographies thrown backward in time.

The most compelling aspect of the book is the mystery behind Aurora's newfound powers, and the fact that even she doesn't know what is going on. I really fell in deep after they started planning to break into...

Teen Review
You Must Not Miss Cover
Katrina Leno
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Jun 27, 2019

You Must Not Miss will take you into a teenager’s messy life, and the perfect life she creates in her notebook. When Magpie is tired of all the problems life has dealt her, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She starts writing and creates her perfect world: Near. You Must Not Miss will leave you hooked from page one and until you reach the end. I feel like the cover accurately portrays the contents and includes good details to show...

Teen Review
We Rule the Night Cover
Claire Eliza Bartlett
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Jun 6, 2019

In the world described in this book, there are two types of magic: spark, which is the "legal" and "good" magic, and weave, which, in essence, is weaving the strands of the fabric that makes up the world. However, it is illegal due to its "bad" nature. When two girls, Revna and Linné are brought together by the government, they find that their government is getting desperate to win a war and will cross lines it needs to do so. 

I really liked the cover. Specifically, the font choice is excellent, and I really liked how the bird in the background (is that a phoenix?) has its feathers...

Teen Review
Descendant of the Crane Cover
Joan He
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, May 6, 2019

In this book Hesina, the princess, takes the throne and immediately begins investigating her fathers death, believing him to have been murdered. She enlists the help of a convict who is much more than he seems. Hesina also learns who can be trusted and who can't be, and those who betray her are not who you would expect

I thought the cover was gorgeous. Honestly when I picked it up I figured Hesina would be travelling outside her kingdom to seek out the truth behind her fathers death, but the entire time she stayed in the palace. But I do like the crane on the cover. I think that...

Teen Review
The Soul Keepers cover
Devon Taylor
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Mar 18, 2019

When teenager Rhett dies, he becomes a skelletor on the Harbinger, which is a ship that collects souls when people die. Suddenly, a demon appears and wants some special power that Rhett seems to have. What could it be? How will Rhett and his new friends stop her? Or can they even? 

The most compelling aspect of the book with all it's different characters reacting to the situations they were put in and to each other. I loved the cover; it gave this creepy ominous vibe without telling much about the story but sort of hinting at things. Much like the book, the cover is suspenseful....

Teen Review
The Wicked King cover
Holly Black
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Mar 7, 2019

Although this book was a sequel, it draws readers in even more than its predecessor, The Cruel Prince. Characters will be faced with even more difficult decisions, alliances will be formed and broken, all while Black manages to wow the audience with an even more intriguing world than before. I really enjoyed the cover. It well reflects the tensions in this book with the main characters and the Kingdom of the Sea, and between Cardan and Jude over the crown. The most compelling aspect of this book, other than the...

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