Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor

 Hope is seventeen years old and eight months after her mother passed away in an earthquake (body never found), her mom's sister has invited Hope to stay a few weeks with her in England where Hope learns that her mother is not dead, but rather, lost in time, and it is up to Hope and two other teenagers to travel back in time and rescue her.  Much of the story is spent in 12th century England at the beginning of the reign of King Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine. Hope's past is a mystery since she had been adopted and cannot remember anything other than a frightening, recurring nightmare.  Mystery, time travel, and romance combine in this novel that I think many teens will enjoy.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Fog Diver by Joel Ross

This is a fun to read, middle grade, dystopian science fiction/fantasy novel.  In this imaginary future, a fog made of nanobots that only bothers and can kill, humans, has taken over the world, forcing people to live on mountaintops and floating cities tethered to the earth. Thirteen year old Chess has a fog-eye, caused by the bad guy, Lord Kodoc, in a strange genetic experiment.  Chess and his friends are hiding from Kodoc, with Chess as their fog diver, scavanging from the fog-covered earth.  Now, Kodoc has learned of his existence, and Chess and his friends must escape the slums and to help find a cure for Mrs. E's fogsickeness.  Action and adventure abound in this award winning middle grade story.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Under These Restless Skies by Lissa Bryan

A lovely mix of well-researched historical fiction, fantasy and romance make this novel a delightful read.  Will, a hunchback who is being given to the king to be his fool, finds Emma, a selkie, in her female form on the beach.  He falls in love with her and takes her pelt and she becomes his loving wife.  Selkies are creatures of love and their relationship is beautiful.  Will becomes a fool for King Henry VIII and Emma is a fool for Anne Boleyn. As their fools, they are confidants and as close as family and part of the royal court and all of it's intrigue. I found the facts about the time period and the monarchy fascinating and learned some things that I did not know about that time period.  I love the magical elements as well.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

This is a well-written young adult novel.  Amanda has moved in with her father for her senior year of high school after an incident in her home town occurred.  She wants to just be a normal teenage girl, which is a newish thing for her because she is transgender and didn't have that sort of life where everyone had known her as Andrew.  The book simplifies some aspects of being transgender, but it is still a good story that shows what it can be like.  Amanda also has her first boyfriend, Grant, who does not know she is transgender. I think the book does a good job of showing what a parent of a transgender child goes through as well.  I enjoyed the story and I think that teens will enjoy it too.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer

I think that fans of Kurt Cobain will enjoy this book since it includes a lot of information about him and his music as fifteen year old Nico searches for meaning in her life through his songs.  When she sees a man who she thinks is Cobain and hides in his car she begins an odd adventure that will lead to her searching for her mother who had been missing since Nico was four years old.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)
This is a totally fabulous book! I like it better than some of the other recent books by Riordan. In this book, Apollo has been cast down from Olympus by his father, Zeus, and is now a mortal. He lands in a trash heap and is rescued by a 12 year old demigod named Meg, who helps him get to camp Half-Blood where he must rely on Percy Jackson and the other campers to help him. He realizes that he will have to go through trials in order to regain his godly status. His character is funny, narcissistic and he soon realizes that the mortal human life is not fun at all. Can he save the oracles, his children, and the world from a previously unknown threat? Only time will tell. I look forward to reading the other books in this series!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne

This book is a fabulous story! In this second book, Kyra must learn to embrace her heritage and finds herself agreeing with James's point of view as she fights to save the city she loves.  There is lots of action and adventure and a bit of romance as well in this satisfying conclusion to the series.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.