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Book Review | THE STONEKEEPER, by Kazu Kibuishi

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The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1), by Kazu Kibuishi

Publish Date: January 1, 2008 
Published by: Graphix
Length: 187 pages
Genre: MG Graphic Novel/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

There’s something strange behind the basement door…

After a family tragedy, Emily, Navin and their mother move to an ancestral home to start a new life. On the family’s very first night in the mysterious house, Em and Navin’s mom is kidnapped by a tentacled creature. Now it’s up to Em and Navin to figure out how to set things right and save their mother’s life!


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Book Review | THE DEEP & DARK BLUE, by Niki Smith

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The Deep & Dark Blue, by Niki Smith

Publish Date: January 7, 2020
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Length: 256 pages
Genre: MG Graphic Novel/Fantasy/LGBTQ+
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

After a terrible political coup usurps their noble house, Hawke and Grayson flee to stay alive and assume new identities, Hanna and Grayce. Desperation and chance lead them to the Communion of Blue, an order of magical women who spin the threads of reality to their will.

As the twins learn more about the Communion, and themselves, they begin to hatch a plan to avenge their family and retake their royal home.While Hawke wants to return to his old life, Grayce struggles to keep the threads of her new life from unraveling, and realizes she wants to stay in the one place that will allow her to finally live as a girl.


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Book Review | THE CHANGELING KING, by Ethan M. Aldridge

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The Changeling King (Estranged #2), by Ethan M. Aldridge

Publish Date: October 1, 2019
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 224
Genre: MG Graphic Novel/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

After years of pretending to be human, the changeling Edmund Carter has assumed his rightful role as Cinder, king of the World Below. But not everyone at the royal palace is happy about his return.

Meanwhile, Ed is adjusting to human life in the World Above. His birth family treats him with a kindness he never knew growing up in the Fay court, but Ed misses the sense of purpose he had as a knight.

When a mysterious new threat emerges in the World Below, Cinder must call on Ed and their older sister, Alexis, for help. But nothing can prepare them for the family secret that awaits at the end of their perilous quest.


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Book Review | ESTRANGED, by Ethan M. Aldridge

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Estrangedby Ethan M. Aldridge

Publish Date: August 7, 2018
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 224
Genre: MG Graphic Novel/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Edmund and the Childe were swapped at birth. Now Edmund lives in secret as a changeling in the World Above, his fae powers hidden from his unsuspecting parents and his older sister, Alexis. The Childe lives among the fae in the World Below, where being a human makes him a curiosity at the royal palace.

But when the cruel sorceress Hawthorne seizes the throne, the Childe and Edmund must unite on a dangerous quest to save both worlds—even if they’re not sure which world they belong to.


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Book Review | CITY OF GHOSTS, by Victoria Schwab

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City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1), by Victoria Schwab

Publish Date: August 28, 2018
Published by: Scholastic Press
Pages: 272
Genre: MG Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher at BookCon 2018 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.


My Review:

Being a fan of V.E. Schwab’s other books, when I heard that she was working on a middle grade novel about ghosts, I knew I had to read it. This book was a fun and suspenseful read, full of some interesting characters and world-building, and a wonderful story about friendship and ghosts. Continue reading “Book Review | CITY OF GHOSTS, by Victoria Schwab”

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Book Review | ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME, by Roshani Chokshi

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Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1)by Roshani Chokshi

Publish Date: March 27, 2018
Published by: Disney/Rick Riordan Presents
Pages: 368
Genre: MG Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an egalley of this from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from their latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?


My Review:

I have some mixed feelings about this book, mostly because my critical and personal views of it are somewhat different. Critically, I can look at this book and say that, yes it is a decent middle grade novel that is fun, adventurous, full of laughter and great mythology. Personally, though, I just don’t think it was for me. Continue reading “Book Review | ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME, by Roshani Chokshi”