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!
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.
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.
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.
From Alexandra, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Kramer, Stacy
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.
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.
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.
From Rosalia Millan
author: Allen, Sarah Addison
The Sugar Queen
Josey is a woman living with her mother in a small town. All anyone can ever remember about Josey is what a difficult child she was, even though now she has completely changed to the point of being totally submissive of all her mother’s desires. One day she comes home to find Della Lee hiding in her closet, the place where Josey hides her true desires: sweets, romance novels and travel magazines.
Della Lee has decided she needs to help Josey fix her life. Just like in Allen’s last novel there is a little bit of magic, whether it’s knowing when someone’s coming or books that follow you around. There is a huge twist, which is delicately hinted at and the book manages to be both fun and dark without feeling disjointed. I really enjoyed reading it and hope that Sarah Addison Allen continues to write.
From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Sturges, Matthew
Mauritaine was a war hero and a captain in the Seelie Army until he was accused of treason and sentenced to life in prison. The Queen offered him a chance for freedom but he must embark on a secret, suicidal mission. He, and five other prisoners, become fugitives who can trust no one when the enemy is everywhere. This action packed adventure is filled with battles both internal and external, magic, intrigue, a touch of romance and engaging characters. The second title in the series is The Office of Shadow.
From Robert, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Le Guin, Ursula K.
The Farthest Shore
In the fantasy book, The Earthsea Cycle, The Farthest Shore, by Ursula K. Le Guin, an Archmage and his companion must stop a mysterious magic from causing all of wizardry to disappear. In the book, certain chapters were difficult to understand until the next was read. Although the book is meant to be read in a series, it was enjoyable to read on its own. The book also required a knowledge of fantasy to be fully understood. I recommend this book to those who have read a fantasy book before, as this would be a challenging read otherwise.