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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

WANTED by R.L. Stine
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Pure, Goosebumps-style terror-by-formula, polished through use to such a high gloss that it slides along frictionlessly—a worthy celebration of the series' 20th anniversary. (reversible dust-jacket mask [not seen]) (Horror. 10-12)"
Making its fourth appearance and by now practically a recurring character in Stine's creep-show opus, the evil mask with a mind of its own kicks off a new Goosebumps spinoff—the first to be originally published in hardcover. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUPERSTITIOUS by R.L. Stine
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"With zillions of aging young readers awaiting his newest work, Stine's may be just the fresh-flowing jolt of harmless horror pap to turn cash registers rhapsodic. (Film rights to Miramax; author tour)"
First adult novel by a children's author who already sells better than Stephen King, with 45 million copies in print of his 56 titles: a serial-killer suspense story that turns into romantic horror. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FALCONMASTER by R.L. La Fevers
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Sequels may be on the way: don't wait up for them. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Wooden dialogue, weak storytelling and a slow start consign this promisingly premised fantasy to the status of an also-ran. 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

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

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

DON'T STAY UP LATE by R.L. Stine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Despite a strong start, the book doesn't stick the landing, but it's still suitably scary for fans. (Horror. 10-14)"
A teen babysitter encounters monstrous demons as the nightmares on Fear Street continue. Read full book review >