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Dragon Captives

Title: Dragon Captives
Author: Lisa McMann
Series: Unwanteds Quests
Recommended for: 4th – 8th grade
Pages: 419 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION MCMANN, L. 

Synopsis: Identical twins Fifer and Thisbe Stowe have amazing yet uncontrollable magical abilities. They’re naturally more gifted than even their brother, Alex, the head mage of Artimé, could hope to be. But when they accidentally use their magic in the jungle of Artimé to strike down a beloved creature, Alex is furious, and threatens to lock them away until they can learn to control their power.
The threat is soon forgotten, though, when Hux, the ice blue dragon, comes to Artimé bearing the horrible news that his siblings have been enslaved by the notoriously evil Revinir, ruler of the dragon land.
Seeking a chance to right their wrong and escape their brother’s wrath, Thisbe, Fifer, and their friend Seth sneak away to rescue the dragons from grave peril. Will their untrained abilities be enough to save the dragons—and themselves—when they come face-to-face with the Revinir?

This is a spin off series from the original Unwanteds series.  If you wanted to begin with this one, enough information is revealed that you would be ok.  I would highly recommended that you read the other series while you wait for the next book in the series, you will enjoy it.  If you have read the series you will be able to see some old friends from the original series and see what has happened to them. This series was a fast read, with short chapters and a lot of action.  I felt that the main characters had growth and that they will continue to see more growth.  This book ended with some twists and a cliff hanger so we will have to see what comes next.  I am hoping that some of the unanswered questions from the first series will get answered. I will definitely be reading this series.  On a side note I listened to the audio of most of the first series, so I was unable to for this series because the old characters were just awful to me. Simber the huge cat/ tiger with wings voice was grating.  I understand that the series is now following the sisters, so they chose a female voice, but it was hard to adjust I gave up after listening to 3 disc.  I finished the book by reading, much more enjoyable.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2017 in Adventure, Juv

 

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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

land of storiesTitle:The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
Author: Chris Colfer
Series: The Land of Stories
Recommended for: 4th grade and up
Pages: 438 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION COLFER, C.

Synopsis: “Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about”– Provided by publisher.

Alex and Conner have had a hard year, since their father has died and now their mom has to work on their birthday.  Mom saves the day by having Grandma come and spend the day. Grandma is just what they needed, and she comes bearing all kinds of gifts. One gift is an old story book that their father use to read to them from when they would visit at Grandma’s.  Alex makes a wish when she is reading it and it starts to buzz.  After a bunch of weird things, Alex and Connor end up in a land of fairy tale characters.  They have to find a way home back to their mother.  Once they reach the fairy tale world it is one adventure after another.

I found that it moved faster once in the fairy tale world.  I love fairy tales so to see what happens to them after their stories is great.  Alex and Conner are always in some kind of trouble, that they have to find there way out of.  The cool thing is they really work through the trouble on there own.  Alex talks a lot about the life lessons that she has learned from the different tales and is a recurring theme.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2016 in Adventure, Fairy Tales, Juv

 

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The Season

The season

 

Title: The Season
Author: Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer
Series: n/a
Recommended for: 8th grade and up
Pages: 344
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Dyer, J. 

Synopsis:     “When her mother enters her and her twin sister as debutantes for this year’s deb season in Dallas, soccer star Megan McKnight is furious. She has no interest the dress-filled life of a socialite deb, but her season turns out to be one full of twists and turns – and more than one dashing suitor!”–  

I really liked this book, it was fun, full of exciting events and you would never have guessed the ending.  A fun read for upper middle school, high school and college.  Previous readers have said is related it to pride and prejudice meets tomboy and the texas tradition.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2016 in Realistic, Romance, Teen, Uncategorized

 

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The Hidden Twin

hidden twin

 

Title: The Hidden Twin

Author: Adi Rule

Series: N / A

Recommended for: Grades 7-10 

Pages: 272

 

Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Rule, A.

 

Synopsis: In Adi Rule’s stunning new novel, The Hidden Twin, the girl with no name, must finally choose a name and a path for herself, drawing a line between myth and history to prove herself more than a monster if she is to save both her sister and her home.

Thoughts: This was a very unusual book but interesting.  If you like fantasy, magic and intrigue this is the book for you.  The twin was born a Redwing and comes to know the power she posesses as the story unfolds.  I applauded for the twin throughout the book and felt her pain. A great book to keep a reader engaged.

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2016 in Adventure, Fantasy, Teen

 

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The Lost Twin

lost twin 1_Title:The Lost Twin

Author: Sophie Cleverly

Series:Scarlet and Ivy

Pages: 290 pages

Recommended for: 3rd – 6th Grade

Synopsis:After her troublemaking twin, Scarlet, vanishes from Rookwood Boarding School, shy Ivy tries to track her down, using pieces of Scarlet’s journal carefully hidden all over the school for Ivy to find.

Ivy is invited to go to Rookwood Boarding School to take her twin sisters spot at the school.  Ivy doesn’t want to go, but isn’t given a choice.  Once, she gets their the headmistress tells her she has to pretend that she is Scarlet. Ivy knows something is up, but not sure what to do.  She stumbles pieces of her sisters diary and starts to piece together what happened.

This is set in the 1930, but really the only thing that sticks out as different from modern times is that corporal punishment is still allowed.  It is an interesting story and I would read the next in the series, but it was not a book I couldn’t put down. It is even paced and well written.  I like that Ivy is a strong main character, even thought she doesn’t thing she really is.

 

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2016 in Historical, Juv, Mysteries

 

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Talon

TalonTitle: Talon
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon Saga
Recommended for:
Pages: 461 pages
Call Number/Link: TEEN FICTION KAGAWA, J.

Synopsis:Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George. Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon‘s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey–and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him–and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons. 

This is another great series by Julie Kagawa.  Ember and Dante are twin hatchling dragons that up to this point have only ever been with trainers.  This summer they actually get to be around humans and no trainers.  Unfortunately, the next level of training is moved up and for the first time  Ember and Dante are separated for training.  This starts a riff between the two sibling.  Throughout the book you can see how the Ember is maturing and growing.  Dante you see a little from him but he is secretive.  The book also introduces Riley a Rouge dragon and Garret Xavier Sebastian a soldier of St. George. These are the guys that bring in a love triangle to the story and make Ember question everything she has been taught.  This is a good set up for the Talon Saga.  It is a good pace with action spread throughout.  I have read the second book and am eagerly awaiting the third book.

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2016 in Fantasy, Teen

 

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The Unwanteds

UnwantedsTitle: The Unwanteds
Author: Lisa McMann
Series:The Unwanteds 
Recommended for: 4th – 8th Grade
Pages: 390 pages
Call Number/Link:  J MCM

Synopsis: In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.

An excellent adventure series.  A group of thirteen-year-olds from Quill are brought to the death farm to be killed for being creative.  The group is shocked when they are not killed at the death farm, but welcomed to Artime. Artime is a secret, magical world where creativity is celebrated.  Alex is a twin and the head mage is afraid to teach Alex magic because of his twin connection.  The causes a lot of conflict between Alex and his classmates and also internal conflict for Alex.  When he is finally allowed higher training that is when we see the bond between Alex and Aaron become a problem.  This book sets up the series of seven books. (At this point)  I have finished the first six books and it is a great series that I think children will enjoy. In each book you learn more about the world and its history.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Fantasy, Juv

 

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