Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Jim Butcher
Cold Days:  A Novel of the Dresden Files
This is the 14th title in the series.  Harry is back and he is now the Winter Knight to Mab the Queen of Air and Darkness.  As the Winter Knight, he must do her bidding, so when she orders him to kill an immortal, her daughter Maeve, he sets out on his mission.  But in true Dresden fashion, following orders does not come easy so he gets involved in other pursuits.  He discovers a plot to destroy humanity which he must stop.  So he must save the world, kill an immortal and come to terms with his destiny all before Halloween night ends, no problem.  It wouldn’t be Harry if he didn’t multi-task. You’ve got to love the messes that he gets himself into, glad he’s back!

The Skybound Sea

From  Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Sam  Sykes
The Skybound Sea
This is the third book in the Aeon’s Gate series that includes Tome of the Undergates(bk 1)and Black Halo(bk 2). Lenk and his band of adventurers are still on the quest to find the elusive tome that could destroy the world. Their journey, thus far, has left them battered, disillusioned and distrustful of each other, outsiders and themselves. When they must face their most difficult battle with the Kraken Queen and her minions, secrets are revealed that are best kept hidden. The over the top battle scenes, nonstop action, and witty banter make this an entertaining treat.

 

The Night Circus

From  Ellen  Druda
Author:  Erin Morgenstern
The Night circus [sound recording CD]
This is the story of the romance between a man and woman destined as children to become opponents in a magical game in which only the winner will survive.  We follow them through their studies and formative years as they develop their skills as illusionists, able to manipulate the physical world around them.  Their stars cross and uncross and cross again working in the Cirque De Reves as the story draws to its fantastic conclusion.  Told in lush descriptive passages, the images are vivid of this turn-of-the-century steam punk night extravaganza, filled with eccentric characters, arcane magic spells, and dramatic love.  Narrator Jim Dale weaves the dialog around the plot points with a talent that enhances the richness of the text.

Witch & Wizard. Battle for Shadowland

From Wendi, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Patterson, James
Witch & Wizard. Battle for Shadowland
 I read the book WITCH & WIZARD BATTLE FOR SHADOWLAND, an original graphic novel adventure by James Patterson. It was an interesting book about a brother and a sister named Wist & Wisty.  Wist and Wisty have magical powers.  They can do amazing things like heal themselves from gunshot wounds and freeze people.  They are fighting with lots of help from their friends to beat the evil adults in the New Order.  They go into different dimensions through portals and are faced with danger all the time.  They go to a dimension called Shadowland that is really scary. The illustrations, by Victor Santos are terrific and make the book as exciting to read as it is to look at.  I enjoyed this graphic novel and would recommended it to everyone who likes scary adventure stories.

Karma Bites

From Alexandra, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Kramer, Stacy
Karma Bites
Karma Bites was an awesome book. I couldn’t put it down. It was really interesting and it kept pulling me into the book. All girls would love this book. Franny’s best friends aren’t talking to her, her parents divorced and her grandmother has moved in. Franny then finds a magic box filled with recipes to fix all problems. But Franny learns that you can’t play with magic or karma and when messed with, it came come back unexpectedly to bite. Most girls have drama and can relate to this book in some way. I was able to relate to this book and many will. I
really enjoyed this book and I hope you will to.

The Stepsister Scheme

From Rosalia Millan
author: Hines, Jim C.
The Stepsister Scheme
This book picks up a few months after the Cinderella story ends. Danielle(Cinderella) is happy with her husband, but her stepsisters just can’t leave well enough alone. They plot to steal Danielle’s husband and her child. Queen Bea, the prince’s mother, introduces Danielle to Talia and Snow (Sleeping Beauty and Snow White). These two princesses are Queen Bea’s spies, they help her maintain balance in the kingdom. Through out the book we get details regarding the “real stories” of the lives of all of the princesses and get to meet some new and interesting characters. The book is fun but maintains an aura of darkness that keeps it from getting overly silly. This is the first book in a trilogy about a sisterhood of women who are tough and smart.

The Bartimaeus trilogy. Book one : the Amulet of Samarkand

From Erik Schmid 
author: Stroud, Jonathan
The Bartimaeus trilogy. Book one : the Amulet of Samarkand 
Bartimaeus is a Djinni, one of many demons in the world of this trilogy. He is not evil; he just is what he is. Djinni and their ilk are treated like slaves by the human Magicians in this story, set in a fictional London where Magicians have overthrown the non-magical governments and are the lords above all other people. Bartimaeus’s new master is just a boy with a chip on his shoulder who is out to prove to his aging master that he is special. Along the way in this action packed and well written tale we meet other Djinni.  Bartimaeus knows and uncover a secret resistance while dealing with a mysterious challenger to the prime minister. This is truly a great fantasy series, using Harry Potter as a muse while not stealing from the former series. It also doesn’t repeat the mistakes of the Potter series; not being overlong; not dwelling on minute details as much. This volume is followed by The Golem’s Eye and Ptolemy’s Gate.