Miri has been tasked by the King and Queen to go to a swampy area of the kingdom to teach the royal cousins how to be proper princesses. UnfortunatelyMiri has been tasked by the King and Queen to go to a swampy area of the kingdom to teach the royal cousins how to be proper princesses. Unfortunately when she arrives she finds that the girls have been so focused on staying alive and finding enough to eat that they don’t have any time to worry about non-essential things like deportment, history, or reading. Miri knows the girls should have been getting a stipend from the King and Queen, so where is the money going and can Miri get it back? Someone is controlling the mail, the money, and Miri’s letters pleading for help. She is on her own in a place so different from her mountain home that it seems like she’s already failed before she can even start. Can Miri fix all these problems teach the royal cousins and unravel the mysteries that have been long hidden in the swamp? This was an astounding end to a series that I wish didn’t have to end. For those who have read the other two and can’t wait to read more set in this world....more
Archie knows that he is part of the new League of Seven and can’t wait to start going on adventures with Hatchie and Fergus. But Hatchie is consumed bArchie knows that he is part of the new League of Seven and can’t wait to start going on adventures with Hatchie and Fergus. But Hatchie is consumed by her need for revenge and decides to follow the only lead she has to New Orleans. The massacre of every man in her village haunts her and she cannot rest or even fight the monsters she knows she must until she knows who and why. What she finds first is a terrible monster trying all it can to destroy New Orleans and what she finds second might destroy her. Archie has to go alone with Mr. Rivets to track down the Dragon Lantern a dangerous artifact that a fox eared girl who can shape shift has stolen from him. Along the way Archie discovers another hero or two and a dark secret that the Septemberists have long since buried and walked away from. With so much secrecy can Archie keep the new league together or will he crack? An amazing read, fast and interesting. For fans of Percy Jackson, Steam punk, and alternative history America. Fifth grade on up this is a series that I can’t wait to go out and buy for myself and read them again. ...more
Archie thinks he knows everything about the Septemberist society. His family has been working for this secret organization for generations. When the mArchie thinks he knows everything about the Septemberist society. His family has been working for this secret organization for generations. When the main headquarters is under attack and his parents are under the influence of some sort of terrible parasite its up to Archie and Mr. Rivets an old family retainer to stop them from awakening the terrible monster that lives in a puzzle trap put there hundreds of years ago. There are monsters all over the world and when they start to wake up they wreak havoc and chaos wherever they go. Luckily when the world needs them a League of Seven appears and forms. There are always seven heroes and there is always – a Maker, Warrior, Hero, Trickster, Scientist, Law bringer, and a Shadow. These seven must work together to fight the ancient monsters. Archie has always dreamed of being the Hero. He loves the stories of Theseus an ancient League of Seven Member who was the Hero/Leader of his generation.
Mixing the old myths into this world is very well done. I really enjoyed this Steam Punk America, with some alternative history, and mythology thrown in. Fast paced, action packed, this book was amazing. I’m a little bummed I haven’t ever heard of it before. For fans of Riordan, Kenneth Oppel, and Scott Westerfeld this series might read a little lower than Oppel and Westerfeld but has the plot and writing to interest those who enjoy them.
Typically I don’t really enjoy it when authors throw random historical figures into their books but in this one I loved it. It was fun and done in a way that it didn’t feel forced or crammed in. This is a great book and I am so happy that I was able to read it and can’t wait to see where this series goes. For boys and girls 5th grade on up! ...more
So far everything that I have read by Jonathan Stroud I have found to be heavier, darker, and more interesting than I had originally thought it wouldSo far everything that I have read by Jonathan Stroud I have found to be heavier, darker, and more interesting than I had originally thought it would be. His world building is phenomenal and unique. I am currently in the middle of a Stroud bender.
The Skull that George stole before leaving one of the 'adult' run agency's has started talking and Lucy is the only one who can hear it. It is the most coherent ghost anyone has ever heard of, and it's eroding the relationship Lucy has with Lockwood. What is behind that door, does he have everyone's best interests at heart? Seeds of doubt are sown and take root in Lucy's head. On top of that Lockwood and Co. has been commissioned to help soothe a graveyard ghost. They know where the body is and when they dig it up they find a Victorian coffin of a doctor who dabbled in the dark arts hundreds of years before the ghosts and ghouls came back. He was buried with a mirror of bone that seems to kill anyone who looks into it. So why is it so alluring? George is determined to learn more about it, Lucy is fighting the sinister whispers of the skull, and Lockwood is being himself. Which to me is a little bit like a Sherlock Holmes though that might just be me.
A great read, scary, action packed, coupled with great writing for boys and girls fifth grade on up who are looking for something bigger, scarier, and better written than a typical Goosebumps. ...more
I was able to read this as an uncorrected proof/ pre-read through my work.
Set in the future where there aren’t any planets there are just different pI was able to read this as an uncorrected proof/ pre-read through my work.
Set in the future where there aren’t any planets there are just different plateaus floating in space with magic. Anne is an orphan who has to mine until she is free to leave at 13. Her and her friends dream of escaping and becoming Adventurers finding lost treasures, using magic, and rescuing prince’s from their towers. The orphanage is not a place you want to stay in or think about too much even if you are stuck there. Anne sneaks in and out of the library to read to the others. Her last day at the orphanage, she and the other 13 year olds get to hitch a ride on the supply ship that stops by once a year, until she is told by the headmistress that since her 13th birthday isn’t until the day after the supply ship arrives she has to wait another year. Another year working in the mines, another year with dirt caked into her skin, eating gruel she decides to escape. She finds the book “Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes” but there’s hardly anything written in it it’s a dud… until it’s not.
The book is more than she thinks, and with the help of her friend Penelope, a gauntlet, the rules of adventuring, and a school that only has three students Anne has to fulfill a prophesy and save the worlds. Chalk full of dragons, magic, and robots this was a great read! I loved it, and I am super excited for this to be a series and can’t wait to see where it goes. A fun read that girls and boys fourth grade on up will enjoy if they like fantasy and sci-fi.
If you are like me and an adult who loves kid books you will also enjoy this book and it’s fun little asides, and ‘commentary’ on story book tropes and themes. ...more
I was able to get an advanced copy through my work, and I am so incredibly happy that I did.
This book is beautiful. The ending it perfect, and honestI was able to get an advanced copy through my work, and I am so incredibly happy that I did.
This book is beautiful. The ending it perfect, and honestly if I hadn’t been reading it while at work I probably would have cried. This is the perfect end to the series, though to be honest I would love more, full books, different series set in the same world, novellas, short stories, everything. My heart bursts and fills over and over again when I read these books. Every time I read one it makes me want to go back and re-read them all over again.
September is in a race to rule fairyland. Everyone and anyone is welcome to the Derby, but it’s not just a race they also have to find the heart of fairyland to win the crown and rule. Every ruler of fairyland is back from the beyond and everyone wants to win. With the help of Ell, and our beloved Saturday September wants to win fairyland but can she compete with the Fairy Queen, or the Ice Cream Man? How about fighting the Marquess again? Duels if you are in the same space as another racer determine if you have to go back from whence you came, and of course we have to travel all of Fairyland to find her heart. Is it in Ell’s Great Grandmother on his father’s side? Is it in the Sea that Saturday grew up in? Is it somehow in the land of Wom? Oh September how my heart loves you.
With the dreamy and romantic verse that we all love, let the narrator tell you the name of the amiable dog, let the narrator take you to the briary but this time with a queen, and let the narrator tell you the story of September and just let your heart sigh sweetly.
For those who have read all the others and are hoping this isn’t the last one read this book you will love it. ...more
There are some people who will be mad about this book because it does not contain our beloved September. But this book comes back to her and touches oThere are some people who will be mad about this book because it does not contain our beloved September. But this book comes back to her and touches on her story and tells you why we don’t have September, and what her parents are doing, but in the way that we knew what the key was doing in the first book. I love these books, I love their style and I love their love of fairy stories. I think that these are beautiful books and anyone who loves an overly poetic form of description who doesn’t mind the narrator talking directly to you and of course doesn’t mind a mixing of fairy tales from all over. A healthy dose of Troll, and the feeling that you don’t quite belong. This follows the story of a changeling; a young troll is taken from his home in fairyland by one of our beloved winds. He then grows up in the life of a normal human boy, but he isn’t normal, and he knows it. He likes to name inanimate objects, he like strange creatures, and he doesn’t ever seem to get social norms. Looking at our world with an eye that is set towards magic he finally finds out who he is and when he makes it back to fairyland he of course is part of the story!
Beautiful and wonderful a bit of Fairyland in our world for those who have read the others and loved them. This book like all the others is heartbreakingly good and makes you want to read all of them again and again. ...more
What a fun read, I love these books. Carriger is my guilty pleasures. Who doesn’t love a good book about a Boarding/Spy school, Victorian, Paranormal,What a fun read, I love these books. Carriger is my guilty pleasures. Who doesn’t love a good book about a Boarding/Spy school, Victorian, Paranormal, Romance, Steampunk, with a dash of tea? I’m going to have to go and read all her books in chronological order so that I don’t get all my people too mixed up! Fun, fast and wonderful what a great way to end this series. One small note one that seemed super out of place was what Lord Mercey ended up doing… but other than that I liked it!! I also really enjoyed how it all connected to her Parasol Protectorate series. ...more