Search Results: "Paula Brandon"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TRAITOR'S DAUGHTER by Paula Brandon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A decently accomplished maiden effort; worth hanging in there to see what develops."
In a debut fantasy, the first of a series, a young woman begins discovering her hidden strengths in a rebellion-torn land that will soon face a much greater threat. Read full book review >

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THE RUINED CITY by Paula Brandon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Enjoyable, mostly, though even the most avid and forgiving fans will find it difficult not to be annoyed."
Sequel to The Traitor's Daughter (2011), Brandon's well-plotted, intriguingly peopled fantasy whose setting, along with magicians called "arcanists," resembles the medieval Italian city-state era. Read full book review >

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DRAGONWATCH by Brandon Mull
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 14, 2017

"Fans of the series will welcome a new story arc stocked with familiar characters, settings, and adventures. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
After narrowly averting a demon apocalypse in the previous series, Fablehaven sibs Seth and Kendra face a new threat to the world. Read full book review >

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PIRATES OF THE SEA! by Brandon Dorman
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"As pirate fare goes, this is far from the only ship on the sea, but it does sail along smartly. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A pirate yarn sails familiar territory in satisfyingly rollicking fashion. Read full book review >

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HUMANS OF NEW YORK by Brandon Stanton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A wondrous mix of races, ages, genders, and social classes, and on virtually every page is a surprise."
Photographer and author Stanton returns with a companion volume to Humans of New York (2013), this one with similarly affecting photographs of New Yorkers but also with some tales from his subjects' mouths.Read full book review >

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LITTLE HUMANS by Brandon Stanton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"These humans may be little, but their photos bring large delight. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The creator of the popular Humans of New York blog focuses his camera lens on the diverse children of New York City.Read full book review >

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THE ALIEN THAT ATE MY SOCKS by Brandon Dorman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Proof that there is such a thing as too silly. (Science fiction. 8 -11)"
The Hooligan brothers' go-cart race takes an unexpected turn when a sock-eating, foul-smelling, giant purple alien enlists their help completing his extraterrestrial merit badges. Read full book review >

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SKY RAIDERS by Brandon Mull
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"Sequels are certain, and they should be welcomed by all who like plenty of 'odd' in their odysseys. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The creator of the Fablehaven series gets his newest venture off to a literal flying start. Read full book review >

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ROGUE KNIGHT by Brandon Mull
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A flaccid, phoned-in sequel. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
In this second series installment, young Cole enters the second of five kingdoms in the otherworldly Outskirts, is exposed to a second culture and a second flavor of magic, and battles a second monster made of stolen magic as he continues the search for his fellow earthly kidnappees. Read full book review >

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WILD BORN  by Brandon Mull
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Should satisfy readers hungry for a new fantasy series. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The appearance of the Four Fallen Great Beasts in Erdas signals the re-emergence of an evil power long forgotten. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2008

"The author struggles at times to maintain her focus—too much context obscures rather than illuminates—but she never loses her profound empathy and passion for her subjects' travails."
Biographer and cultural historian Brandon (The People's Chef: The Culinary Revolutions of Alexis Soyer, 2005, etc.) traces the lives of some 18th- and 19th-century governesses, whose lot was even bleaker than that of their counterparts in Victorian fiction. Read full book review >