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.
Month: October 2015
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.
Quinn is one of the top writers in her genre, and it’s books like this that show us why. The conflict keeping our would-be lovers apart is serious and legitimate, and their responses are very human. Her characters are flawed, sometimes deeply, and that makes us pull for them even more. A good read.
Steamy, explicit paranormal romance in which shifter loves vampire. Plus, Valkyries. If you’re up for a kidnapping fantasy turned romance from a tall, dark, and handsome with a Scottish brogue, this book is your cup of tea. If certainly was mine. *ahem*
Both our hero and our heroine have a past, and if they could only share them with each other, it would draw them closer together. But, as ever with Quinn’s books, her characters face genuine challenges to being together, and these include class, station, revenge, and peril. Enjoyed this one very much.
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.
Someone is murdering vampires and that means vampire Merit is on the job as the supernatural community’s unofficial P.I. And sure, finding a killer is hard, but vampire politics can suck even harder. Neill’s series rolls on with a dynamic heroine and great intrigue equaling terrific urban fantasy.
A terrific new story in the Fablehaven series, this story brings us dragons, mysterious human clones, and another traitor in our midst. Highly recommended for 12 and up.
Slightly less dynamic than the first two, this one is still interesting enough to make a good read. As a mysterious plague sweeps the fairy sanctuary, Fablehaven may be in more jeopardy than ever before. Fortunately middle-schoolers Kendra and Seth are on hand to help! For 6th grade and up.
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.