Month: October 2015

Evermore, by Alyson Noel

Evermore, by Alyson Noel

This novel has all the downside of Twilight. Our high-school heroine lets love take over her life, and our hero doesn’t seem to have much character development beyond being dreamy. There’s some interesting mythology development towards the end, but I won’t be reading the rest of these. 16 and up.

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Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas

A terrific follow-up to Throne of Glass, this book sweeps you in with its dynamic heroine and fantastic, in-depth world-building. As Celaena takes her rightful place in the despised King’s Court, her deepening relationships with two young men and her growing friendship with the visiting princess tie her ever more firmly to the kingdom’s fortunes and its mysteries. For 16 and up due to sex and violence.

Keys to the Demon Prison, by Brandon Mull

Terrific ending to a strong series, as Kendra, Seth and their friends face the literal end of the world. I admire the author for having his characters, Seth in particular, make seriously bad choices for good reasons, and then walk the character through the steps needed to repair what damage you can, and acknowledge the losses that take place. Strong writing for middle school-aged kids and up. Recommended.

Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas

An assassin-with-a-heart-of-gold plot, designed for middle school readers, the book was a well-done page-turner, and most of the stomach-turning violence is kept off-page. The book raises terrific contrasts about who our heroine can trust in her glamorous castle surroundings and the romantic elements are also kept mostly off-stage for age-appropriate reasons. A great read, and my 7th-grader ate it up and moved onto book 2.