Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

THE GOBLIN WAR by Hilari Bell
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"This rewarding resolution caps off a fascinating, engaging trilogy that holds appeal for a diverse fantasy audience. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
In this fantasy sequel, the final volume in the trilogy that began with The Goblin Wood (2003), a highly suspenseful plot leads to a thoroughly satisfying and surprising conclusion. Read full book review >
ALWAYS NEVERLAND by Zoe Barton
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"There are many good stories still to tell about the Boy Who Never Grew Up, but this isn't one of them. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A petulant brat brings Girl Power to a Neverland devoid of whimsy and charm in this unnecessary sequel to Peter Pan. Read full book review >

AWAKE AT DAWN by C.C. Hunter
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Overly chatty and overlong. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up) "
The continuing adventures of somehow-supernatural Kylie focus on her identity crisis: What kind of supernatural is she? Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A quick read, with plenty of rococo weapons, characters and creatures (notably reindeer). (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Streaks of preciousness mar, or at least mark, an "origins" tale framed as a monumental struggle between the King of Nightmares and a Cossack bandit plainly destined for a later career bringing gifts to children on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >
THE CARRIER OF THE MARK by Leigh Fallon
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Misses the mark. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
This obsessive, Twilight-like romance and teen debut, first discovered on inkpop.com, misses the benefit of thorough editing in a rush to be published. Read full book review >

SWEET VENOM by Tera Lynn Childs
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"For teens who hunger for a chick-lit alternative to Rick Riordan. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A 21st-century reboot of the Gorgon mythos. Read full book review >
THE SON OF NEPTUNE by Rick Riordan
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Should pacing and wit continue unabated into the third volume, whose foretold European setting promises further freshness, fans will eagerly await numbers four and five. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
After spinning his wheels in series opener The Lost Hero (2010), Riordan regains his traction with book two of The Heroes of Olympus. Read full book review >
DARKFALL by Janice Hardy
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Though lacking some of the punch and rapid-fire excitement of the first two volumes, the finale offers suspense, resolution of prior wrongs, the sweetness of first love and a battle-tested heroine who fights with her head and heart. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
In this final installment of The Healing Wars series, warrior Nya desperately searches for her missing sister while fighting to preserve her heritage even as the Duke of Baseer prepares to invade Geveg. Read full book review >
IN THE FORESTS OF THE NIGHT by Kersten Hamilton
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"Teagan has a plan for what comes next; fans will have a hard time waiting for her to bring it on. (Urban fantasy. 14-18)"
The Wylltsons have barely escaped from the underworld of Mag Mell only to face a new threat to 5-year-old Aiden and to Teagan herself in this fantasy sequel to Tyger, Tyger (2010). Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE SEA AND THE SKY by Jaclyn Dolamore
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A simple but effective fantasy. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A mermaid braves the human world to find her lost sister and to seek her only love in this new fantasy. Read full book review >
THE HAPPY ELF by Harry Connick, Jr.
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Kids who are familiar with the song or movie about Eubie may enjoy the story, but adult readers might be tempted to offer Eubie a lump of unburnable coal for his Christmas stocking. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Eubie is a relentlessly cheery elf whose story is based on a Christmas song by Connick, which was also previously made into an animated movie. Read full book review >
RIDDLES AND DANGER by Bryan Chick
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"While there may be enough interaction between the Scouts and zoo animals like Podgy the flying penguin and P-Dog the prairie dog to please animal lovers, readers looking for a fast-paced thrill will likely be disappointed. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
In the third installment of this fantasy series, the four Action Scouts, Richie, Ella, Noah and Megan, must band together to save both the magical world beneath the Clarksville Zoo and their own from the evil "Shadowist" DeGraff and his army of Sasquatches. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >