The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
This was a book that I picked up from the library on a whim. I started it later that afternoon and within three days I had not only finished it but had also devoured the book’s two sequels! The story features a young, grubby orphan who finds himself, against his will, enve
lopedin a conspiracy to gain the royal throne. It is a fast-paced adventure yarn brimming with surprising compassion, wit and a few edge-of-your-seat twists. I loved the humor, loved the surprises, and loved the characters. I would recommend this book for both children and adults
The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Book 1 in the Red Queen series.
Although I felt this book was slow to hook the reader, I really enjoyed the story once the momentum picked up. It has a medieval fantasy vibe and while the story premise overall is not new to YA readers, the little details make it feel like it’s a completely unique story! I’m convinced this is going to be a movie one day as long as the author can hold it together for the second and third books.
The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee
(Geared toward grades 4-7)
This action packed book explores the powers of the Chinese Zodiac. Young adults already struggling with their place in life are suddenly given the powers of one of the zodiac creatures. This is the first in a series and briefly touches on character development and back story, which will expand in future books as the adventures in good versus evil continue. Good themes of leadership, trust, and team building. The illustrations are an excellent addition.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Thirteeth Tale is full of intriguing characters, descriptive writing, and surprising twists and turns that move the story well. The story is about an aging writer telling her life story, which is filled with secrets, ghosts, death, and madness, to a chosen biographer with secrets of her own. The book concludes well with secrets disclosed and mysteries solved in a satisfying way. This is a clean read.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Every decade one village girl is forced into ten years of servitude to a wizard known as “The Dragon.” The girl always comes back, but never stays, always choosing to leave the village for a rich life in the city. Once chosen, Agnieszka’s understanding of her world and her part in it is forever changed. This book has all of my favorite things: magic, romance, coming-of-age, a grumpy misunderstood hero, a feisty heroine and a plot that kept me guessing. A must-read for all Fantasy Genre fans.