Tag: fantasy

  1. Book Review: Rose and the Lost Princess

    Rose and the Lost Princess by Holly Webb In the first book, Rose was thrilled to be selected for a position as a housemaid for a prominent magician. As an orphan, her dream was to get out of the orphanage and earn her own living. But when she discovered that…

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  2. Book Review: The Archived

    The Archived by Victoria Schwab It hasn’t even been a year since Ben died, and Mackenzie Bishop is already forgetting what her brother looked like. Her mother copes with the grief by throwing herself with artificial cheerfulness into projects, while her father copes by retreating into himself. Mac knows…

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  3. Book Review: Shadows

    Shadows by Robin McKinley It’s not just that Maggie misses her father, or understandably resents her new stepfather, Val. No, it goes beyond that: Val has too many shadows. Whenever Maggie looks at him, she sees him surrounded by wiggly shadow shapes with too many appendages. It can’t…

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  4. 2013 Cybils Awards: Suggested Nominations

    There are only about five more days to nominate for the Cybils Awards, and while there are some great books nominated, I’m surprised at some of the books released in the last year that haven’t been nominated yet. If you haven’t nominated yet, here are some suggestions…

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  5. Book Review: Rose

    Rose by Holly Webb Synopsis: Rose is a practical girl. When the other orphans daydream about finding their parents, Rose dreams of getting a position in domestic service, of being independent, working hard, and earning a living. So when the housekeeper for a leading magician comes to the orphanage looking…

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  6. Book Review: Conjured

    Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst Synopsis: Eve remembers nothing. No past, and not even any recent memories. Eve isn’t even her real name – she has no idea who she really is. All she knows is that she’s in the witness protection program, and that she can do magic.…

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  7. Book Review: Grave Mercy

    Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers Plot: Ismae Rienne still bears the scars of the poison her mother took in an attempt to abort her. Her survival from that, and the scars from the incident, prove that she was sired by the god of Death. At seventeen, when her abusive father…

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  8. Book Review: Throne of Glass

    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Plot: 18-year old Celaena Sardothien was an assassin with a feared reputation, until she was sentenced to hard labor in the death camp of Endovier. After she has suffered a year of torture in Endovier, Crown Prince Dorian visits her in the prison…

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  9. My Favorite Books that Didn't Make the Shortlist

    I used to think that the job of a book awards committee was to pick the best books of the year. After six years of serving on the Cybils Awards panel choosing the shortlist for science fiction & fantasy, I know differently. The truth is that there are any number…

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  10. Cybils 2012 Finalists Announced!

    It’s Cybils Finalist Day! The Cybils shortlists have been announced, and what a fabulous group of books! Go check them out! Here’s a list of the Fantasy/Science Fiction finalists: Fantasy & Science Fiction (Young Adult) And All the Stars by Andrea K Höst Every Day by David…

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