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Archive for the ‘Fantasy’ Category

THE GAUNTLET, by Karuna Riazi

October 17, 2017

The story: On her 12th birthday, an intriguing game gives itself to Farah” The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand. Before she knows it, she and her friends Alex and Essie are pulled into the game–literally–in search of her younger brother, Ahmad, who’s disappeared. They must overcome the dangerous challenges given by the Architect of the […]

YORK, by Laura Ruby

October 5, 2017

The story: Three kids trying to save their building from destruction stumble upon a mystery more than a hundred years old. If they can figure it out, they’ll find a treasure–maybe enough to buy the building themselves. But it’ll take more than luck…more than hard work…more than fast thinking, to make THAT happen. Because the […]

THE SERPENT’S SECRET (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1), by Sayantani DasGupta

October 5, 2017

The story: Kiranmala gets something unexpected on her birthday: a rakkhosh–a type of demon from the mythology of India–attacks her house and wants to eat her. Luckily, a couple of handsome prince also come along to rescue her. Kiran finds out that she’s the daughter of the Serpent King (kind of a downer) and that […]


September 29, 2017

The story: Arianwyn has FAILED her witch’s exam, and gets sent to Lull as as apprentice witch instead of the full-fledged variety. Not to worry, though–there’s plenty in Lull to keep her busy, what with the dark magic of the Great Wood threatening to spill over, spirit creatures following her home, and that accidental unleashing […]

IMPYRIUM, by Henry H. Neff

September 28, 2017

The story: Hazel Faeregine is a princess; Hobson Smythe is a backwoods miner. But events in the past–magic, betrayal, worldwide disaster–threaten to overthrow the royal house, and Hob, planted as a spy in the royal household, is there to move the revolt along…yet as he befriends the princess, he comes to see her in a […]


May 22, 2017

The story: Four very different teens are thrown together on Pearl Harbor Day, and discover that their mission is to pick up where King Arthur and his followers left off in medieval Britain in order to fight the evil that has survived since Arthur’s day–now manifesting itself as the Nazis. But in order to realize […]


May 22, 2017

The story: Jack comes from a long line of Trackers–people whose ability enables them to find things in service of king and country–not exactly an ability he was expecting. But then, he never expected to lose his father, almost drown in a steampunk submarine, or see his 12th great-grandfather stop the plague in London by […]

HUNTED, by Meagan Spooner

May 22, 2017

The story: Yeva’s father taught her to hunt, and now that he’s lost his fortune, she’s relieved to leave the castle and get back to the woods. But deep in the forest, the “fairy” tales her father told her as a child now seem to be coming true, and they’re not the nice ones where […]


May 22, 2017

The story: Mary wants nothing more than to escape from the orphanage–so who cares if the old lady that comes to adopt her looks like a witch? Trouble is…Madame Z IS a witch, the kind that eats children. Now Mary’s really going to have to use her head (and maybe her feet) to keep herself […]

THE SECRET KEEPERS, by Trenton Lee Stewart

April 13, 2017

The story: When Reuben discovers an antique watch, he soon realizes there’s far more to it than meets the eye–in fact, it’s what DOESN’T meet the eye that’s most astounding. Its owner can use it to become invisible. Even more amazing…and worrying…is that the watch has a twin, and if someone can get hold of […]