Archive for category Young Adult
My Take on The Wrong Sword:
Mendelssohn creates a witty tale outside the pages of myth in his depiction of the legendary Excalibur, King Arthur of Camelot’s famous sword. Set in Europe in the time of the Plantagenet family rein, a crafty thief is forced to use his guile and intellect to find Excalibur and deliver it to an unsavory contender for the British throne but when he finally pulls the famous sword from its resting place, he finds the sword has its own ideas about who should wield it. Read the rest of this entry »
A solid opening for The Elgean Chronicles – The Tears of Elios by Crista McHugh
You’re first introduced to Ranealya, a very primal shape shifter, focused solely on her own survival. When she meets Gregor, a quirky and introverted mage, everything begins to change and Ranealya finds she is conflicted about humans and her purpose. Through all of the supporting characters you’ll learn about the trouble that’s plaguing the land of Elgean, forcing non-humans and humans alike to form a resistance in an effort to save themselves from a mad king and obliteration. It’s a hunt for magical talisman and a race for their survival as Ranealya and those closest to her face tough choices and personal sacrifice.
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A Little About The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis:
Fear can be the current that threatens to pull you under or simply a challenge to test us and be overcome…
Elle Thornton’s debut novel reintroduces us to an important time in America where the seeds of social transition were beginning to sprout. It happens that our 12 year-old main character, Gabriella is also in the early stages of her own important transition. Gabriella begins the story a child but with the help of caring mentors and her own inquisitive nature, she may learn to see beyond herself and her fears to truly know how to love and embrace compassion. It’s this racially charged atmosphere of the 1950s and the tragic death of the young Emmett Till that test Gabriella’s courage. She will either stand against this society’s nefarious elements, who threaten to tear her from those she cares for, or be swept away by the fear of their bigotry and hate. Read the rest of this entry »
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Charm is Alana Siegel’s debut novel and kicks off what could be an excellent YA, Fantasy series – Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program. Her first-person narrative introduces us to a complementary host of characters and an interesting set of myth-borne fantasy components that she can greatly expand in her subsequent books.