Book Review: Elai Nelson and the Prophecy of the Child, by Michael Ban

Elai Nelson and the Prophecy of the Child, by Michael Ban

Elai Nelson and the Prophecy of the Child by Michael Ban

Published by author on February 11, 2018

Series: Fire on the Clouds Trilogy, #1

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, young adult

Format & Length: e-book, 454

Source: author

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Ever had one of those days when your parents get murdered by assassins from another planet, and your toothbrush tells you to head for an ancient castle, to shut down a dangerous inter-dimensional portal? Yeah, me too. That was last Monday.

Turns out, there’s a war going on in a land that I have to get to, through a portal to another planet. These big, mean monsters are rampaging all over, killing everyone in their path.

Apparently, I was born in that land, and some people think I’m the only one that can stop those monsters. Which is quite a laugh, actually, since I can’t even stop myself from being bullied on playgrounds.

So, armed with only my trusty schoolbag and a magical toothbrush, I head there to find out what destiny has in store for me.

Elai Nelson and the Prophecy of the Child is a young adult fantasy book, charting the hilarious and whimsical journey of a 16-year old city kid, as he journeys through a mystical realm and battles enemies, humans and monsters alike, with his smarts, his courage, and a backpack full of toys.

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Book vs. Movie: A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Published by Square Fish in May 2007 (originally published 1962)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, classics, fantasy, middle grade, science fiction

Format & Length: paperback, 247

Source: library

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Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

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Book Review: Winter, by Marissa Meyer

Winter, by Marissa Meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Published by Square Fish on January 30, 2018

Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #4

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, young adult

Format & Length: paperback, 823

Source: purchased

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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestelling Lunar Chronicles series.

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Book Review: Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword, by Keira Gillett

Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword, by Keira Gillett

Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword by Keira Gillett

Published by Keira Gillet on November 6, 2015

Series: Zaria Fierce, #2

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, middle grade

Format & Length: e-book, 272

Source: author

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“Princess, you are needed.”

If Zaria Fierce had her say, being a princess would mean you’d never have to wait for news. In the eight months since Olaf tricked her, Zaria has felt a near constant mixture of restlessness, listlessness, and hopelessness. When the time comes to fix past mistakes, she is more than ready to climb aboard the ship sailing towards the giants. Summertime in Norway promises many more adventures, but also many more perils… something sinister lurks beneath the surface following her every move, haunting her, disturbing her dreams, and stealing her peace. Can Zaria figure out what it is and stop it before it’s too late?

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Book Review: Smoke and Iron, by Rachel Caine

Smoke and Iron, by Rachel Caine

Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine

Published by Berkley on July 3, 2018 (expected)

Series: The Great Library, #4

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, young adult

Format & Length: e-book, 368

Source: Netgalley

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To save the Great Library, the unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone, Paper and Fire, and Ash and Quill put themselves in danger in the next thrilling adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

The opening moves of a deadly game have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire, and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the making…if they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies.

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Book Review: Ark of Blood, by J.F. Penn

Ark of Blood, by J.F. Penn

Ark of Blood by J.F. Penn

Published by The Creative Penn Limited  on April 16, 2015 (first published December 12th 2012)

Series: Arkane, #3

Genre(s): fiction, action, adventure, mystery, suspense, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 256

Source: purchased

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A desperate race to find the Ark of the Covenant – and save the world from a devastating Holy War.

Cairo, Egypt. When the curator of the Museum of Antiquities is slaughtered in a horrific ritual by a group wearing the masks of Ancient Egyptian deities, local authorities ask for help from ARKANE, the agency tasked with investigating religious and paranormal events. Then, in Washington DC, a decapitated Arab body is discovered. The head is placed on the replica Ark of the Covenant along with a chilling message that warns of a terrifying escalation of violence in the Middle East.

ARKANE agent, British-Israeli psychologist Dr Morgan Sierra, must race against time to uncover the real Ark – aware that her nemesis, the vicious mercenary Natasha, is also in the hunt and out for bloody revenge. Morgan travels across Egypt and Jordan, retracing the steps of the Biblical Exodus and following a trail of clues that takes her into the mists of history – and mortal danger…

The third novel in the bestselling ARKANE series, EXODUS is a pulse-pounding thriller for fans of Dan Brown and James Rollins. Filled with puzzles, adventure and excitement, it also asks serious questions about the nature of religion…and the beliefs that lie at the very heart of humankind.

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Book Review: Dragon Coast, by Greg Van Eekhout

Dragon Coast, by Greg Van Eekhout

Dragon Coast by Greg Van Eekhout

Published by Tor Books on September 15, 2015

Series: Daniel Blackland, #3

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, dystopia, fantasy, young adult

Format & Length: hardcover, 320

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Dragon Coast: the sequel to Greg Van Eekhout’s California Bones and Pacific Fire, in which Daniel Blackland must pull off the most improbable theft of all.

Daniel’s adopted son Sam, made from the magical essence of the tyrannical Hierarch of Southern California whom Daniel overthrew and killed, is lost-consumed by the great Pacific firedrake secretly assembled by Daniel’s half-brother, Paul.

But Sam is still alive and aware, in magical form, trapped inside the dragon as it rampages around Los Angeles, periodically torching a neighborhood or two.

Daniel has a plan to rescue Sam. It will involve the rarest of substances, axis mundi, pieces of the bones of the great dragon at the center of the Earth. Daniel will have to go to the kingdom of Northern California, boldly posing as his half-brother, come to claim his place in the competition to be appointed Lord High Osteomancer of the Northern Kingdom. Only when the Northern Hierarch, in her throne room at Golden Gate Park, raises her scepter to confirm Daniel in his position will he have an opportunity to steal the axis mundi-under the gaze of the Hierarch herself.

And that’s just the first obstacle.

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Book Review: Prodigy Prince, by Natasha Sapienza

Prodigy Prince, by Natasha Sapienza

Prodigy Prince by Natasha Sapienza

Published by Natasha Sapienza on September 19, 2017

Series: The Seven Covenant, #1

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, young adult

Format & Length: e-book, 335

Source: author

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At seventeen, all Prince Nuelle had ever known was safety and peace while living in the Supreme Palace of Zephoris.

But one night, his older brother, Tane, defies their father by traveling to a cursed land. Now Nuelle holds the signet-ring and carries more responsibility than even Tane bore. Thrust from the palace and sent to a knight-building academy, Nuelle must discover his purpose for the entire kingdom’s sake.

From his place of banishment, Prince Antikai has been exacting revenge through fear and rebellions. Nuelle has the potential to defeat him, but he needs the help of a powerful book called the Acumen, and six gifted youths.

Summoned by Antikai, shape-shifting beasts and other enemies hunt Nuelle and the Acumen. If either is destroyed, the faithful citizens in Zephoris will perish, and darkness will rule forever.

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Book Review: Zaria Fierce and the Secret of the Gloomwood Forest, by Keira Gillett

Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest, by Keira Gillett

Zaria Fierce and the Secret of the Gloomwood Forest by Keira Gillett

Published by Keira Gillett on March 6, 2015

Series: Zaria Fierce, #1

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, middle grade

Format & Length: e-book, 208

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“Come here Princess, and let me eat you.”

On her birthday, Zaria Fierce finds her usual path to school blocked by an ugly river-troll. At first she’s surprised and curious, but then Olaf threatens to eat her, which is an act Zaria could not in good conscience consent to, so Zaria counteroffers. A deal is struck and she goes to school, but Zaria is about to learn the hard way that one does not trick a river-troll and expect to win.

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Book Review: Pacific Fire, by Greg Van Eekhout

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Pacific Fire by Greg Van Eekhout

Published by Tor Books on January 27, 2015

Series: Daniel Blackland, #2

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, dystopia, fantasy, young adult

Format & Length: hardcover, 336

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Pacific Fire: Another thrilling ride through Greg van Eekhout’s wildly imaginative world of California Bones, featuring entertaining new characters and a dangerous magical plot unfolding in Los Angeles.

I’m Sam. I’m just this guy.

Okay, yeah, I’m a golem created from the substance of his own magic by the late Hierarch of Southern California. With a lot of work, I might be able to wield magic myself. I kind of doubt it, though. Not like Daniel Blackland can.

Daniel’s the reason the Hierarch’s gone and I’m still alive. He’s also the reason I’ve lived my entire life on the run. Ten years of never, ever going back to Los Angeles. Daniel’s determined to protect me. To teach me.

But it gets old. I’ve got nobody but Daniel. I’ll never do anything normal. Like attend school. Or date a girl.

Now it’s worse. Because things are happening back in LA. Very bad people are building a Pacific firedrake, a kind of ultimate weapon of mass magical destruction. Daniel seemed to think only he could stop them. Now Daniel’s been hurt. I managed to get us to the place run by the Emmas. (Many of them. All named Emma. It’s a long story.) They seem to be healing him, but he isn’t going anyplace soon.

Do I even have a reason for existing, if it isn’t to prevent this firedrake from happening? I’m good at escaping from things. Now I’ve escaped from Daniel and the Emmas, and I’m on my way to LA.

This may be the worst idea I ever had.

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