With Embers of Destruction, J. Scott Savage could have easily coasted. Instead he continues to build his characters and world in a fresh and exciting way.
Browsing: ages 10 & up
I’ve never been a fan of soccer. So when I received Ten: A Soccer Story, by Shamini Flint, I opened it with some trepidation. I was pleasantly surprised.
Patricia Forde has crafted a world that is terrifyingly realistic. There’s nothing that screams, “this is imaginary,” and that’s why The List works so well.
A week ago, I read Ann Dee Ellis’ latest novel, You May Already Be a Winner, and I couldn’t put it down. It’s one book I will read over and over again.
Mary Downing Hahn’s One For Sorrow is a well-written book that is delightfully creepy, but without at least one sympathetic character, it fell flat.
In anticipation of the release of Philip Pullman’s latest novel, The Book of Dust (Oct. 19), His Dark Materials is being rereleased with updated covers.
Lauren Wolk’s Beyond the Bright Sea is a beautiful read. And though its target audience is upper middle grade, it should appeal to YA readers and beyond.
The Crystal Ribbon, set in medieval China, would be very hard to read if not for the magical elements author Celeste Lim has weaved throughout.
A Single Stone very much reminds me of Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy. Author Meg McKinlay’s quiet, but determined, prose evokes the same feel.
Tricked, by Jen Calonita, is the third book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series, and this time around, the third book is better than the second.