Book Reviews

Review: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

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Thirteen-year-old Jason is an ordinary, baseball-playing, zoo-volunteering kid from Colorado, until the day he hears music coming out of a hippopotamus. Leaning closer, he falls into the hippo’s mouth, slides down a long chute, and comes out at the bottom of a hollow tree in a completely different world. It’s not how most visitors from our reality find their way to the magical land of Lyrian. Later, Jason meets a girl his age named Rachel, ... Read More »

The Power of Choice: A Review of Divergent

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What you choose, will define you. Divergent by Veronica Roth is a must-read. Read More »

Book Review: Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell

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Give a Chicago private eye a magic wand and what do you get? Well, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, mostly. But Harry Dresden is a wizard of our time—a little rusty with high-tech gadgetry, to be sure, but also a VW Beetle-driving, pop-culture-riffing, very human wizard. One reviewer frequently quoted in jacket blurbs of the Dresden novels likens him to a mash-up of Philip Marlowe and Merlin. But actually, he’s a lot more like Richard Castle ... Read More »

Book Review: Dragons Riders of Berk – Volume 1: Dragon Down

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Snoutlout's dragon, Hookfang, is shedding scales--scales that rain down fire on the village of Berk. For this he is cast out until his shedding season ends. When Snoutlout goes to look for Hookfang the next morning, he is nowhere to be found... Read More »

Book Review: The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

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Jake Marlowe gets the news in the first sentence of this book that he is the last of his kind. At age 200, he is only middle-aged for a werewolf. But his days are numbered. Solitary hunters by nature, werewolves have been unable to… er, reproduce… ever since a sort of sterility virus ensured that no one would survive being turned into one of the lycanthropic undead. And though the vampires envy their ability to ... Read More »

Book Review: Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

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In Book 3 of the Odd Thomas series, the young fry-cook who sees dead people has retreated to a monastery in the mountains for a needed break from the stress of his quiet hometown. He only wants a little time to heal from two harrowing encounters with monsters in human form. But his respite is cut short by the appearance of bodachs at the abbey—or more precisely, in the school for mentally and physically disabled ... Read More »

Book Review: The Genius Wars by Catherine Jinks

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After being groomed from childhood to become a supervillain bent on world domination, Cadel Greeniaus, formerly Cadel Piggott, is just trying to blend in and live a normal life. He goes to computer programming classes at the University of New South Wales, as if he hasn’t already achieved fiendish levels of hacking skills. He lives in a little weatherboard house with the foster parents who are trying to adopt him. And he refuses even to ... Read More »

Book Review: Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

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When I first reviewed Odd Thomas for MuggleNet, I spotted it as a promising start to a new series. When I re-posted my original review on my own blog in 2008, I observed that there were already four books in the series. Now that I finally get around to reading further in the series, I look again and behold, it is up to seven novels. PLUS three graphic novels. PLUS a three-volume e-book series titled ... Read More »

Book Review: ImagiNation Unveiled: The Hidden Realm by Judy Probus

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ImagiNation Unveiled: The Hidden Realm By Judy Probus Hanna and Trevor want to be just like their big brother, Ace Edwards. But Zhii wants Ace to go back to earth ASAP so she can save her planet from destruction on her own. And Ace? Well Ace just wants to win the Alabama State Championship football game for his team. Little does he know that a dragon, a martial arts master magician who kind of looks ... Read More »

Book Review: The Secret War by Matt Myklusch

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In the sequel to The Accidental Hero, young Jack Blank has five days to save the world. And yet he wastes most of that time trying to keep a terrifying secret that could instantly transform him from the hero who saved the Imagine Nation to an enemy who cannot be trusted. Kids and their priorities! If you’ve followed the Jack Blank trilogy thus far, you already know that the Imagine Nation is a secret floating ... Read More »