Category Archives: Fantasy

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

emberThis book is about two people: Laia who had a loving family, and Elias, a young soldier in Blackcliff that serves the Empire.  The Empire has spread fear and danger to everyone.  Laia becomes a slave in Blackcliff with an underlying reason- to save her brother from a death sentence.  Elias is a soldier who hates working for the Empire.  The two start to work on escaping.  My favorite character is Laia.  She is courageous, loving, and does all of these crazy things for her brother.  My favorite part is where Laia fakes her death and saves Elias from execution while bombing the Academy.  I would rate this book four stars because it’s action packed.  There is some violence in this book.

Submitted by R. T.

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers

This was the third book in a trilogy, and my least favorite.  For one, I Jacket.aspxcouldn’t see much chemisty between Annith and Balthazar.  I love the banter between Ismae and Duval in the first book, and Sybella and the Beast in the second.  Annith felt like Balthazar’s daughter.  She was somewhat useful in the war, but I felt like Ismae and Sybella were moreso.  I also thought the plot was a little dull except for two revelations.  Annith wasn’t comfortable with killing and hardly did at all.  I just couldn’t work with her character like I did with Ismae and Sybella.  I am guessing it’s because I got attached to the point of view of the first two characters, and didn’t want to go through a new one.  There were a few twists in the story, and it ended acceptably.  I would give this book 3 stars.

Submitted by Foha.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

jacket-aspxThis book is about a girl named Hazel and her brother Ben. They are
trying to free Severin, who is a horned boy, from a cursed coffin.
Severin’s job is to slay his dad, the elder king, and to save the
town of Fairfield from the fairies and mass destruction. I would rate this
book an 8. My favorite character is Severin. He is very mysterious and
cool magic skills. My favorite part is when Hazel saved the school from
Severin’s sister, who was controlled by darkness.I would probably
recommend this book to anyone who is interested in books about fantasy
and magic.

Submitted by Thomas Alvino Jr.

 

There once was a young girl named Hazel who dreamed of being a knight.  She would go with her brother Ben on occasion and fight faeries.  Ben was special because he was blessed by a woman that would make his music the best in Fairfold.  In the forest, is a glass coffin that holds the Prince of Fairfold.  The townsfolk call him “the horned boy” because of his horns and his brown curly locks.  Eventually, Hazel’s dreams of being a knight become true, but not without betrayals, choosing sides, experiencing love, and more.  My favorite character is Hazel because she is brave and fearless.  My favorite part was when she went up to random people and kissed them- it showed her bravery.

Submitted by J. K.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

FfordeJennifer Strange was a foundling from the Sisterhood of the Lobster or as she calls them, the Lobster Ladies.  She was given to Kazam Mystical Arts at age 12.  Now at 15, she has three years until she can leave.  Now with the Great Zambini missing, she has to handle all paperwork and phone calls.  Magic is weak and then a new foundling arrives from the Sisterhood of the Lobster.  Magic has been reduced to pizza deliveries on magic carpets.  But only one thing can fix it – big magic.  Follow Jennifer Strange in this fantasy novel as she goes from receptionist at Kazam to…(oops, no spoilers)!
The best part was at the end when Jennifer was in a life or death situation.  It was suspenseful and thrilling.  I would give this book a 9 out of 10.  It was an amazing book and I plan to read the sequel.

Submitted by RR

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. In a world when Magic is real, but technology is slowly drying it up, 15 year old Jennifer Strange takes over a company that employes magicians. When she has visions of the last dragon being slayed, she asks herself if she should do something about it. This book is a hilarious novel, and i would recommend it for someone who likes to laugh.

Submitted by Amar

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

RhodesWhy?!  Why did this book have to end?  It was almost perfect, for which it deserves 5 stars.  The storyline, the plot, characters, mystery and myths were a perfect blend.  The only problem was that they gave us a whole bunch of characters in the very beginning, which was confusing and almost discouraged me.  But I kept reading and thank goodness I did.  It was amazing.
There are four main characters: Cleo, Jonas, Lucia and Magnus.  Cleo is a princess who has a rebellious nature and was at the scene of an accident that started a war.  Jonas is a peasant who wants revenge for his murdered brother.  Magnus is a prince willing to do wrong to please a father he hates.  And finally, Lucia is a princess that has powers her father will exploit for his ambitions.  The lives and destinies of these characters are woven together in an unforgettable journey.

Submitted by EN

There are no words good enough to describe this book.  It was amazing, outstanding, and definitely worth my time.  It has been awhile since I read anything this good (since Divergent).  I didn’t think it would be in a series but I am glad it is.  This book has so many twists, and a lot of irony that kept stunning me at every turn.  This book definitely deserves at least 4 stars.  I love that the book is portrayed in the point of view of four different people.  I loved reading all four perspectives.  As soon as I got over the shock of the ending, I immediately searched online for the second book.  I’m really excited.

Submitted by FN

The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee

FoxleeOverall, I would give this book 3 stars.  The reason for this is the plot and characters.  The overall story seemed unfinished, with most of the book concerning Edie and the making of the dress, with some useless characters such as Paul and Vanessa.  I might have given the book 4 stars, but these characters just got on my nerves, making the story gloomier than it already was by popping up here and there.  However, there were good points in the book such as Pearl’s search for her father, the history of the fabric that Edie is making the dress from, and of course the first sentence.
I’ve never read a book in which they tell you the ending in the beginning, so it hooked me in on the spot, and I had to finish the book.  Overall, for anyone who likes fantasy or tragedy this book is for you.

Submitted by FN

This book is about a girl named Rose.  She moves to a run-down town with her father.  She didn’t expect to like the town Leonora, or become friends with Pearl Kelly.  She thought it was better not to get attached to people and the town because whenever her father gets too settled, they move.  Yet Rose couldn’t resist.

Pearl convinces Rose to visit an old dressmaker named Edie Baker who makes her a dress for the festival.  Together, Edie and Rose hand-stitch a magnificent dress for Rose.  My favorite character is Pearl.  She is my favorite because she is so sweet and unique.  My favorite scene in the novel is when Edie Baker tells her family background.

I rate this book 9/10.  It was well written and I love the plot! I would definitely recommend this to my friends.

Submitted by J. S.

The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee, was pretty interesting.  Rose and her dad never settle in one place for long.  They’re always on the move.  When they arrive at the little town named Leonora, Rose thinks the routine will start all over again…. the routine of her becoming an outcast in her new school.  She was wrong, way wrong.  Pearl Kelly bought her out of the dark and they became the best of friends.  Even little old Edith Baker brought some light to her.  Throughout the making of the “midnight dress” for the Harvest Festival, Rose will never forget the love, loss, and friendship she has experienced at her stay in the small town named Leonora.  My favorite character would have to be Edie Baker, the dressmaker, because she always brought a smile to my face when she would tell stories about her life.  I would rate this book a 7 out of 10 because it was pretty hard to understand what was going on most of the time.  I would recommend this book to someone older than myself, because they might have a better understanding of the book than me.

Submitted by Purnava Zakaria

 

 

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lyn Anderson

AndersonTo start off, I absolutely loved this book.  This is a romantic story of a girl who falls in love with a boy in the Netherlands forests.  This book was, I mean is, one of my favorite stories because their love story is so extraordinary.  This fairytale is so unique because I have never dealt with a story that the girl can’t be with the man she truly loves for another that she is forced to marry.  This story makes me see the romantic life from another perspective.  I’ve learned that the relationships in real life actually face challenges that are not that easy to rebuild.  This story helps me realize that the romance built is easy to start but gets extremely challenging in the end.  The story of Tiger Lily and Peter blew my mind away.  I think that people who enjoy living in a world of fantasy and will risk going through ups and downs finding the happily ever after will absolutely love this type of work.  If I were to rate this book I would give it 5 stars!

Submitted by Tamara

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

KontisSunday Woodcutter, the seventh child of the Woodcutter family, was born during the Christian Sabbath to Jack and Seven Woodcutter.  Jack Woodcutter was hoping it would be all boys.  Monday is beautiful, Tuesday is thankful for life, Wednesday always goes through a grieving process of being unhappy, Thursday is adventurous and spirited, Friday is loving and giving and Saturday is honest and hardworking.  Sunday will always be good.  Since the book’s name is Enchanted,Grumble the frog is also involved in the plot. This fairy tale is the same thing as “The Princess and the Frog,” the movie.
My favorite character in this novel is Grumble – he is loyal and wise, who wouldn’t be his friend?  My favorite part is when Sunday was telling the story on how to turn the Grumble to a human once again.  The relationship grows stronger.  I would rate this book 3/5 stars.  I would recommend this to my friends because they might like fairy tales such as this one.

Submitted by M.K.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

HartmanWhen Seraphina, or Phina, was born, she knew that she was different from other people.  Seraphina was gifted with unusual musical talent.  Her father then forbid her to play any kind of music.  He kept the well-guarded secret from her ever knowing what she really is.  Her kind is called “ityasarri.”

In the kingdom of Goredd, there has been peace for 40 years until the murder of Prince Rufus.  The humans suspected dragons of killing him and this spawned a conflict between dragons and humans.

Orma, Seraphina’s tutor, is my favorite character; I liked when she saved a dragon who had adjusted to humans.  This is evidence of Orma being heroic in the story, which I would like to give this book a 5.  I would recommend it to those who like fantasies because this, in my opinion, is the best fantasy I’ve read.

Submitted by MK

Every Other Day by Jennifer Barnes

BarnesEvery Other Day is a book about the fantasy of a normal 16 year old teenager’s life.  Kali D’Angelo is a cheerleader in high school and has to attend pep rallies to support her school.  That’s a life of a normal human.  This happens every day, call it “A” day.  Based on the novel’s title, on every other day (a “B” day) she isn’t human.  She is a monster hunter from the family’s blood.  Kali hunts, traps and kills demons, especially hellhounds that threaten her world.  She is like this every other day, a hero who comes in and saves the day.
It is like a man vs. supernatural, literally.  Kali lives a double life, but when the demon strikes, Kali is on the normal 16 year old teenager day.  My favorite character is Betheny and my favorite part is when Kali starts to notice that she is a monster that kills other monsters but doesn’t know what’s happening.  I liked this because it brings suspense and I give the absolute best, 5/5.  I would recommend this.

Submitted by M.K.

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