Search Results: "Sarah Beth Durst"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM by Sarah Beth Durst
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Funny, warm, and highly imaginative. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Sophie, whose overprotective parents run a bookshop but have a risky, secret side business collecting and selling people's dreams, suddenly faces, on her 12th birthday, all the dangers of the dream trade. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"From the gripping first line, a fast-paced, thought-provoking and stirring story of sacrifice. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
When a summoning goes awry, Liyana must try to save her people and learn how to live for herself, in this sweeping adventure. Read full book review >

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THE LOST by Sarah Beth Durst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2014

"This exuberant fantasy is finely crafted, filled with humor and very moving."
A daughter caring for her terminally ill mother must find her way out of an unusual desert town in Durst's debut novel for adults. Read full book review >

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ICE by Sarah Beth Durst
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Fans of fairy-tale retellings are the natural audience for this story. (Fantasy. YA)"
This slipstream novel unites tropes of fantasy, science fiction and adventure by including nods to Asbjørnsen/Moe and Perrault tales and scientific research and plunging a courageous but reckless teen heroine into the Arctic wilderness. Read full book review >

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INTO THE WILD by Sarah Beth Durst
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"Deeper than most rewritten fairy tales, this existential story is chunked with big ideas about the fairy-tale genre, yet the story is lightened with touches that will connect with its audience. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Imagining something called "The Wild," which might eat your shoes while living under your bed, might be easier for a 12-year-old than an adult. Read full book review >

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JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS by Sarah Beth Durst
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An enjoyable coming-of-age fantasy-adventure that also showcases the deep bond between sisters. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two princesses conquer self-doubt and learn to trust in each other in order to save their people and the only way of life they know. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN OF BLOOD by Sarah Beth Durst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Enough substance to break from the pack; here's hoping that future volumes pull even farther ahead."
In the first of a new fantasy series by Durst (The Girl Who Could Not Dream, 2015, etc.), a woman with apparently weak magical abilities but exceptional smarts and determination competes to rule her land. Read full book review >

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CHASING POWER by Sarah Beth Durst
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A quick but complex read—enjoyable on both counts. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Telekinetic teen Kayla lives a charmed life with her hippie mom until the past catches up with them. Read full book review >

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DRINK SLAY LOVE by Sarah Beth Durst
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Even jaded fans of the supernatural will find fun in this one. (Paranormal. 14 & up)"
A unicorn gives new life to the now-tired teen supernatural romance—kind of literally. Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE WILD by Sarah Beth Durst
ADVENTURE
Released: June 19, 2008

"Fairy-tale-savvy readers will enjoy the inside jokes and be impressed by the overall intelligence of the writing. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Having decided that they no longer want to live the same stories over and over again, fairy-tale characters have escaped The Wild (where fairy tales are nurtured) to lead ordinary lives in the real world. Read full book review >

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THE RELUCTANT QUEEN by Sarah Beth Durst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Still worth following, at least for now."
The second in a fantasy series set in a heavily forested continent whose vitality depends on bloodthirsty nature spirits controlled by magically gifted women. Read full book review >

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CONJURED by Sarah Beth Durst
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Patient readers will respond to this slow thriller about a girl with memory loss and magical powers, and a murderer on the loose. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Someone is killing atypical teens, and Eve is a witness, a target or an accomplice—she just can't remember which. Read full book review >