Fantasy Book Reviews

THE MONSTER RETURNS by Peter McCarty
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"It might lack the mild menace of its predecessor, but it satisfies in its supply of companionship all around. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Jeremy hatches a plan to cope with his monster's unexpected return. Read full book review >
HAVOC by Jeff Sampson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"Plenty of thrilling action, clearly with more to come. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)"
The second exciting installment in the continuing saga of a dorky daytime girl who morphs into a savvy, hot chick and/or werewolf at night. Read full book review >

THE BOOK OF WONDERS by Jasmine Richards
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"A sprightly, accessible series opener recommended for those ready for a change of venue from standard-issue, middle-grade fantasy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Dipping into the deep plot well of Middle Eastern fairy and folk tales, this buoyant debut offers a fresh plot, brisk pacing and engaging characters. Read full book review >
THE CABINET OF EARTHS by Anne Nesbet
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A charmingly creepy European vacation for fans of chillers and thrillers. (Suspense. 12-15)"
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 27, 2011

"An exciting and inspirational must-read that begs a sequel. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
High-school temptresses wield magic to emancipate a lovelorn girl from her pain in this finely wrought tale. Read full book review >

BESWITCHED by Kate Saunders
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 13, 2011

"A ripping English boarding-school story with a perceptive heroine and time-travel twist guaranteed to appeal to modern schoolgirls. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A spoiled, contemporary English schoolgirl travels back in time to 1935, where she must adjust to a different life style, make new friends and complete a mysterious task. Read full book review >
CLOCKWORK PRINCE by Cassandra Clare
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"A purple page turner. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
This sequel to Clockwork Angel (2010) pits gorgeous, attractively broken teens against a menacing evil. Read full book review >
THE PLEDGE by Kimberly Derting
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"More great suspense from a prolific new writer with a vibrant imagination. (Dystopian fantasy. 12 & up)"
A girl reluctantly faces her destiny in this gripping dystopian fantasy. Read full book review >
INHERITANCE by Christopher Paolini
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Despite the long, anticlimactic wind-down, it is a strong conclusion to the crowd-pleasing series. (maps, multilingual word list) (Heroic fantasy. 12-15)"
Capping the former Inheritance Trilogy, this fourth epic-length episode brings teenage Dragon Rider Eragon at last to a decisive faceoff with his greatest enemy. Read full book review >
THE TWILIGHT CIRCUS by Di Toft
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Definitely a continuation rather than a freestanding episode, but the author keeps her ongoing plot galloping along and adds an assortment of marvelous new creatures to the cast. (Fantasy.10-13) "
An old foe sets a deadly trap for two young werewolves in a sequel framed by family reunions and positively festooned with hideous vampires. Read full book review >
THE SPACE BETWEEN by Brenna Yovanoff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A dreamy, atmospheric take on Judeo-Christian mythology that prioritizes character. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up) "
A dark love story between a girl from Hell and a boy from Earth, both with heavenly heritage. Read full book review >
CROSSED by Ally Condie
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Both rich and easy to digest, this will leave fans hungry for the third book. (Science fiction/romance. 13 & up)"
Cassia and Ky grapple with secrets, wilderness and the tumultuous meanings of love in the second installment of this addictive, layered dystopic trilogy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >