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The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)
Here's what I expected from this book: that it would maintain the part snarky, part serious, part romantic tone of the first two books; that the chara ...more
Mar 23, 2008
Mar 17, 2008
The Secret of Platform 13
Chapter book - fantasy
For grades 2-7

An ogre, a wizard, a fey and a hag are sent to our world to rescue a young prince who was stolen as a baby in this
Nov 06, 2008
Nov 04, 2008
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2)
This is probably more of a companion than a sequel to Wicked Lovely, and one of the more entertaining aspects was seeing the characters from WL from a ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Mar 03, 2009
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)
I can't decide if this just wasn't my kind of thing, or what. I think it's a book that would appeal enormously to teen readers who like slightly dark ...more
Feb 20, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
Yet another title to add to the collection of novel-length Cinderella retellings, and this one is distinguished by a few things. It's the only one I k ...more
Feb 19, 2010
Feb 17, 2010
100 Cupboards  (100 Cupboards, #1)
100 Cupboards is like the Brambly Hedge book The Secret Staircase, only creepier and for older kids. The atmosphere is wonderful - there's a great sen ...more
Jun 03, 2008
May 16, 2008
Silver on the Tree (The Dark is Rising, #5)
A satisfying conclusion to the series. I realized, listening to the books, that they're not so much about what happens as about the tone, the sense of ...more
Jul 19, 2008
Mar 11, 2008
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
A rich, absorbing fantasy world. The whole experience reminded me of Robin McKinley's work - a bit of a slow build, with plenty of character developme ...more
May 12, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)
**spoiler alert** Was it the chapters and chapters of battle scenes? The lack of real surprises? The trying-to-feel-more-serious tone? I'm not sure - ...more
Jul 05, 2009
Jul 04, 2009
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1)
With the only fantasy element being the use of dragons, this would be a great cross-over title for fans of historical fiction and all those sea-faring ...more
Mar 02, 2009
Dec 22, 2008
Pretty Monsters: Stories
This collection of fantastical short stories covers a wide range of styles, moods and lengths, but they all include an element of the mysterious, the ...more
Nov 30, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
The Subtle Knife
Another fabulous installment in the trilogy. Plenty of adventure but also a real depth to the characters that makes them so compelling. Like The Golde ...more
Apr 30, 2008
Apr 18, 2008
The Graveyard Book
After hearing so much gushing about Gaiman, and being a little disappointed with Coraline, I had fairly low expectations going into this one. I'm happ ...more
Nov 28, 2013
Jan 06, 2009
Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic, #1)
While the parallel stories are compelling, the world is fascinating, and the characters complex, I just didn't click with either of the main character ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 27, 2007
Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo, #1)
While the story follows a fairly traditional line - orphan is sent into world to be apprenticed, encounters strange creatures and adventures along the ...more
Dec 28, 2008
Dec 23, 2008
Silver Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia, #1)
Here's the thing about kick-ass girl characters in historic settings (or historic-inspired settings) - I have to be convinced that they are a product ...more
Apr 22, 2010
Apr 21, 2010
Tam Lin
There may be a fantasy sticker on the spine of my library copy, but for me the fantastical elements of the story were an afterthought (and really only ...more
Jan 05, 2009
Jan 04, 2009
An absolutely fun read that I'd recommend to fans of fairy tale retellings - although was more of the Princess of the Midnight Ball variety (read: fun ...more
Feb 29, 2012
Feb 28, 2012
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)
I had mixed feelings about this fantasy/adventure title - on one hand, it's a straightforward story with plenty of appeals for readers who like action ...more
Feb 22, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
This is a light fantasy with the feel of a fairy tale. I picked it up after seeing it mentioned on the blog Collecting Children's Books, mostly becaus ...more
Jul 22, 2011
Jul 22, 2011
Kat, Incorrigible (Kat, Incorrigible, #1)
The premise is a bit like Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (set during an alternate Regency period that includes magic), although fo ...more
Jul 26, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)
While I ONLY read this because the bookgroup I lead chose it, I did manage to finish it. It gets the second star for unintentionally making me laugh. ...more
Sep 15, 2009
Sep 14, 2009
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)
This is an absorbing fantasy that really shows off its excellent world-building. It's the kind of story where the landscape, buildings, culture, food, ...more
Oct 06, 2011
Oct 04, 2011
Tender Morsels
I'd been carrying the book around for a few days before I noticed the two faces of the bear on the cover. It was also a few chapters in before I remem ...more
Dec 13, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
The False Princess
Thoroughly enjoyable. A few things I particularly liked were Sinda's growth as a character and the way magic was handled. Sometimes the magic in fanta ...more
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
The Merchant of Death (Pendragon, #1)
The kids' bookgroup that I run at the library chose this book for May, and it was suggested by a bright, articulate girl so let's just say that expect ...more
May 18, 2010
May 17, 2010
Lips Touch: Three Times
I can't argue with the National Book Award nomination for this one. Taylor's fantasy never feels derivative, even though she acknowledges various sour ...more
Oct 31, 2009
Oct 30, 2009
The Celestial Globe (The Kronos Chronicles, #2)
I was so thrilled to read this sequel to The Cabinet of Wonders that I had it on my "to-order" list months in advance. It didn't disappoint, although ...more
Jul 06, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire, #1)
The perfect thing to hand to young fans of animal fantasy (but a little too cliched for this reader who prefers more nuanced characters and clever wor ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 14, 2012
The Grimm Legacy (The Grimm Legacy, #1)
I picked this one up hoping that it would be as fun as its premise - there exists a collection of magical objects collected by the Brothers Grimm, obj ...more
Oct 25, 2010
Oct 25, 2010
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