Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier

 Posted by on July 29, 2015
Jul 292015
 
Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier

What is the secret of the chronometer that the Guardians are so determined to protect? Who is the Count? Can Gwyneth ever trust Gideon? Who can she trust? This is a fantastic tale of time travel and intrigue. The characters [Read More…]

The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier

 Posted by on July 29, 2015
Jul 292015
 
The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier

This is a fantastical tale of dragons and empires and magic, focused around a boy and his cousin. Interesting balance of societal restrictions and bold actions. The whole way through I could see it in my mind as a Miyazaki [Read More…]

Jan 132015
 
the unbecoming of mara dyer by Michelle Hodkin

This is a really disturbing psychological thriller. Is Mara crazy? Is Noah? It is a love story too but the drama is intense. Fast paced with lots of twists and surprises. Not for the faint-hearted or squeamish, the trilogy becomes [Read More…]

Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer

 Posted by on January 13, 2015
Jan 132015
 
Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer

Although this begins like a fantasy “other realm” type novel it is a fantastical tale of northern England/Scotland and vikings. The main character is great, the trilogy action packed.

Nightmares by Jason Segel

 Posted by on September 21, 2014
Sep 212014
 
Nightmares by Jason Segel

As the name suggests this book is about bad dreams and feeling bad. Charlie and friends are having some bad dreams that take them to very scary places. Can they be brave and face their fears? It is well written [Read More…]

Mar 302014
 
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

I have recommended this before based on reviews from friends and colleagues. The beginning is a bit slow and a tad convoluted. The chapters are pretty short and alternate between the demon (sorry, djinni) and the boy. The former has [Read More…]

Boom by Mark Haddon

 Posted by on January 25, 2014
Jan 252014
 
Boom by Mark Haddon

Can’t tell you much without giving away the story. Weird teachers, best friends, quirky family members. Funny and quick read. It’s English so there is a headmistress and marmalade. Did I mention it is funny?

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

 Posted by on January 25, 2014
Jan 252014
 
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

A fast paced, exciting novel about bizarre happenings and strong characters. A well-written nail-biter of a book. If you liked Divergent this is better (in my opinion and I liked Divergent too). Don’t be fooled by the ridiculous cover choice, [Read More…]

Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks

 Posted by on January 25, 2014
Jan 252014
 
Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks

A disturbing and very tense story of a boy and his drunkard father. This mystery type novel keeps you thinking. As an adult I couldn’t decide whether I felt sorry for Martyn or was cross with him. Some obscure English [Read More…]