Search Results: "R.L. LaFevers"


BOOK REVIEW

THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS by R.L. LaFevers
ADVENTURE
Released: April 9, 2007

"Stock characters and a school of red herrings crowd the narrative; the cracking good tomb showdown rewards persistent—or unfussy—readers. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Intrepid Theodosia, age 11, narrates a fantasy steeped in invented and authentic Egyptology, clashing secret societies and pre-WWI European intrigue. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"This story is complete in itself, but the ending promises more adventure to come. (Guide to People, Places, and Things) (Adventure. 7-10)"
When his Aunt Phil flies to the western Sudan to recapture an escaped basilisk, she takes Nathaniel Fludd along, reassuring him that he is only to "watch and learn." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Straightforward sentences, chronological narrative, short chapters and Murphy's plentiful black-and-white illustrations make this appropriate for middle-grade readers looking for a series to grow with. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When his parents are declared lost at sea in 1928, ten-year-old Nate is sent to live with a cousin, who whisks him off to Arabia to watch the fiery death and rebirth of a phoenix. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 3, 2012

"A page turner—with grace. (map, list of characters) (Historical thriller. 14 & up)"
Fiction and history coalesce in a rich, ripping tale of assassinations, political intrigue and religion in 15th-century Brittany. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DARK TRIUMPH by Robin LaFevers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 2, 2013

"An intricate, masterful page-turner about politics, treachery, religion, love and healing. (map, list of characters, author's note) (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
An assassin with a will of steel fights her way through deadly palace deceptions, sickening sexual servitude and baffling assignments from her convent, becoming a major player in Brittany's 15th-century resistance of French occupation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MORTAL HEART by Robin LaFevers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Although much of this book's gravity and richness is carried forward from the first two, devotees of His Fair Assassin will be gratified to receive this closure, especially on the political front. (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
The glorious series about convent-trained assassins concludes, reframing a main character in ways that shift the meaning of the whole series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DEAD BOYFRIEND by R.L. Stine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A macabre horror comedy for die-hard fans only. (Horror. 10-16)"
A girl's boyfriend doesn't stay dead in this Fear Street novel. Read full book review >

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HOW I MET MY MONSTER by R.L. Stine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Nothing new to see here; for hard-core fans only. (Horror. 8-12)"
Goosebumps "most wanted" monsters return in all-new tales intended to terrify. Read full book review >

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RED RAIN by R.L. Stine
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"More icky than scary."
YA fearmonger Stine tries his hand at adult horror, with decidedly jejune results. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL...FOREVER! by R.L. Stine
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 19, 2011

"Great fun as ever, supplied by genre's most prolific and reliable master. (Humorous horror fantasy. 9-11)"
A preteen horror take on Groundhog Day. Read full book review >