ARC Reviews, Fantasy, Series, YA Fiction

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

Grades 9-12

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Carnissa Gardner is the last prophesied black witch, and there is evil on the horizon. Her granddaughter Elloren hopes to fight this evil, but there’s just one problem: she has no power in the magical society whatsoever. Elloren puts the evil out of her mind when she is given an opportunity to study to be an apothecary. She is excited to pursue her lifelong dream, but she soon realizes that evil has followed her to the university and life as a student there won’t be as easy as she thought.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Fantasy, Middle Grade Fiction, Series

Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure by Brandon Mull

Grades 3-6

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In this first installment of the sequel series to Fablehaven, the dragons no longer feel safe as they once did. Their king, Celebrant the Just is plotting revenge to bring the dragons back to safety. This book is filled with familiar characters, adventure and a journey that Fablehaven fans won’t soon forget.

Thanks to School Library Journal for  a review copy of this book.

 

Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction, Series

The Librarians and the Lost Lamp by Greg Cox

Ages 18+

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Fans of TNT’s The Librarians will love this new trilogy based on the TV show. This first book takes place in the past and the future. In the past, Flynn Carsen is on a mission to find Aladdin’s lamp before a criminal organization gets a hold of it. In the future, the guardian Eve Baird and a new group of librarians take on Las Vegas and dive into a mystery involving the Lamp and the djinn it can summon.

 

Fantasy, Middle Grade Fiction

The Only Thing Worse Than Witches by Lauren Magaziner

Grades 3-5

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Rupert Campbell is a human boy who is enthralled with the witches who live near him, but he can’t ever seem to get too close, because his mother won’t allow him to interact with them. One day he meets Witchling Two, and she isn’t at all how he imagines witches to be. Can he help her pass the exams to become a real witch?

Fantasy, Middle Grade Fiction

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver

Grades 3-6

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Liesl’s evil stepmother makes her live alone, locked in the attic, with no friends. Until one day, she meets Po, a ghost who is also lonely and they become friends.

Then Will, the alchemist’s apprentice, makes a huge mistake when he switches two boxes: one has very powerful magic, and the other one is just a plain old box. This accidental switch brings consequences for Liesl and Po, and together they embark on an incredible journey.

Fantasy, Independent Reading

Princess In Black and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

Grades 2-3

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In Princess In Black and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale, it’s Princess Magnolia’s birthday and she’s so excited! She wants everything to be perfect. She makes sure that the castle is clean, decorated and ready for her party. Then, there’s a monster attack! This is a job for Princess in Black, so Magnolia dresses in her black outfit and prepares to save the day! Read all about her adventures in Princess In Black and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale.

 

Fantasy, Mystery, YA Fiction

I Woke Up Dead at the Mall by Judy Sheehan

Grades 9-12mall

Sixteen-year-old Sarah is dead. And she’s at the mall. The first person she meets is Bertha, who claims to be her Death Coach. She tells Sarah that she has been murdered; poisoned to be exact. Sarah is in a limbo of sorts, and Bertha tells her that her mission is not to get to heaven or hell, but to simply move on and finish her unfinished business. She is only sixteen, after all, and had her whole life ahead of her. Now she has no choice but to make the best of her situation. Readers are taken on a non-stop ride as Sarah becomes acquainted with the after-world and tries to figure out who murdered her, and why.