Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Secret Keepers
This is a fun to read mystery/fantasy for kids. When eleven year old Ruben, a loner who sneaks around town exploring, finds an old pocket watch that had been hidden in a crack in a wall, his life becomes an adventure.  He tries to find out about the watch, hoping to sell it and get money so that he and his mom can move into a better neighborhood, but he learns that the mysterious leader of his city, known only as "the Smoke", is interested in the watch, and now he and his mother are in danger. I enjoyed reading this adventure story and I will definitely recommend it to middle grade readers!

Monday, January 9, 2017

The King Slayer (The Witch Hunter #2) by Virginia Boecker

The King Slayer (The Witch Hunter, #2)
This book is an excellent conclusion to the two book series.  Elizabeth no longer has her stigma, and must learn to live without it's self-healing properties.  John, who now has the stigma, is changing due to Blackwell's magic, and Elizabeth wishes to save him and kill Blackwell.  There is war and romance, magic and transformation and growth of the main characters.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Timekeeper (Timekeeper, #1)
In this young adult fantasy steampunk novel, time is controlled by the clock towers that fables say are inhabited by clock spirits.  Mechanics are strictly forbidden from becoming involved with clock spirits.  Danny is a 17 year old clock mechanic whose father has been trapped in a town where the clock tower was damaged and time has been stopped for the past 3 years.  Danny was also injured in a clock tower explosion.  Even so, he is determined to find a way to repair the clock tower in the stopped town and release his father.  When he meets a handsome young man while repairing a clock in Enfield, he finds himself in a forbidden romance.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Gender Game (The Gender Game #1) by Bella Forrest

The Gender Game (The Gender Game #1)
In this dystopian young adult novel, there are two cities, divided by a poison river surrounded by a toxic forested area.  Violet lives in Matrus, where women rule and men are weeded out if they are deemed violent and are otherwise considered second class citizens.  Violet, an orphan, was put into the prison system when she tried to smuggle her younger brother out of the city after he failed the test of male violent tendancies. When Violet gets into an altercation in prison with a bully that results in the death of the bully, she is supposed to be euthanized, however, she is given the option of going on a top secret mission in Patrus, the male-dominated city across the river.  In Patrus, women have no rights and cannot even go out in public without a husband or male guardian.  Violet needs to befriend a handsome fighter named Viggo in order for the plan she is there for to work, however, her new "husband", Lee, never tells her all the details of the plan.  There is action and romance and the book ends in a cliffhanger.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Raven (Chronicles of Steele #1) by Pauline Creeden

Raven (Chronicles of Steele, #1)
Raven Steele is a reaper - an assassin.  She was trained that she must redeem a life for each one she takes.  Now that her score is even, she is ready to settle down, but that is not what fate has in mind for her.  Instead, she is hired to protect Darius, the 10 year old son of a baron - from his own father, who wants him murdered because Darius has epileptic fits that short out any mechanical parts nearby and the baron is, himself, partly  mechanical.  This is a short, quick steampunk romance with some fantasy included as well.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Garden of Dreams and Desires (Crescent City #3) by Kristen Painter

Garden of Dreams and Desires (Crescent City, #3)
This is the last book in the trilogy and it gives the story a satisfying ending.  Harlow struggles to be free of Ava Mae, her dead twin sister who is possessing her, while trying to keep the secret that dwells within her house.  Augustine is working to free her and find out why tourists are disappearing and Giselle, the witch is trying to get rid of Augustine and get the witches out from under the rule of the fae.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Run by Kody Keplinger

Run
An unusual friendship between a girl who is legally blind and a girl from a very dysfunctional family who become best friends and run away together.  The book goes back and forth between the present - when they are on the run, and the past, describing how they became friends, until you finally learn why they are running away.  Many issues are addressed in the book from foster care to having a disability to bullying, courage and friendship.