Book Review + GIVEAWAY: The “Charlie Bone” Series by Jenny Nimmo
Book Reviews , Giveaways / October 19, 2016

Way back in the year 2001, the first “Harry Potter” film adaptation had just come out. The fourth book had come out a year earlier, and fans wouldn’t get to read the fifth book until 2003. In the midst of this long wait, fans turned to any novels they could find with a spark of magic. One of the book series I turned to was Jenny Nimmo’s “Charlie Bone” books.

Book Review: “The Secret of Nightingale Wood” by Lucy Strange
Book Reviews / October 5, 2016

Something terrible has happened to the Abbott family, a tragic secret from the recent past that has torn them apart. It’s up to Henry (Henrietta) to figure out what the mysterious interfering Doctor Hardy is planning to do and use her wits to reunite her parents. Lucy Strange’s modern take on a classic children’s literary narrative is reminiscent of “The Little Princess”, “Tom’s Midnight Garden”, and “The Children of Green Knowe”. It explores the powerful influence of imagination in coping with heartbreak, with absentee parents and a trip through the wood at the end of the garden full of songs, stories, poetry, fairy tales, and a witch in a caravan. It’s a magical, lyrical mystery-adventure.

Book Review: “The Crimson Skew” by S.E. Grove
Book Reviews / October 1, 2016

The highly anticipated (by me) final volume of S.E. Grove’s “Mapmakers Trilogy” is finally here! In “The Crimson Skew”, Sophia Tims is just as determined as ever to find her missing parents – but that’s far from her only concern. The corrupt Prime Minister Broadgirdle has authorized an unjust war that just might tear the very fabric of their world apart. And Sophia and her friends are right in the thick of it.

Book Review: “Not Your Sidekick” by C.B. Lee
Book Reviews / September 20, 2016

Get ready to feel super with the supremely fun “Not Your Sidekick”, the kick-ass story of high-school-student-turned-supervillain-intern Jess Tran and her crush, Abby Jones. This is the perfect book for people who love “Ms. Marvel”, “Supergirl”, or anyone who has ever taken a “what’s your superpower?” quiz.

Book Review: “Warp” by Lev Grossman
Book Reviews / September 20, 2016

The long out-of-print first novel by bestselling author Lev Grossman is newly available again. The slim volume traces a few short days in the life of Hollis Kessler, a directionless 20-something who sleepwalks through his life daydreaming about “Star Trek” and fanciful works of literature.

Book Review: “Ghosts” by Raina Telgemeier
Book Reviews / September 13, 2016

Catrina and her family have just moved to a new city, Bahía de la Luna, in the hopes that seaside air will help with her younger sister Maya’s cystic fibrosis. Catrina is prepared (sort of) for leaving all her friends behind and starting over at a new school, but she isn’t prepared for everyone in Bahía de la Luna to believe in ghosts…or for those ghosts to be real.

Book Review: “Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 1” & “Volume 2” by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Book Reviews / September 12, 2016

Last year’s novel “Welcome to Night Vale” introduced the cult hit podcast to a whole new audience (not to mention giving devoted fans a longer narrative to chew on). Now, two volumes of episode transcripts (along with special new bonus material) have also been released in print. “Mostly Void, Partially Stars” and “The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe” collect episodes from the first and second year of the podcast’s existence.

Book Review: “Cleonardo, The Little Inventor” by Mary GrandPré
Book Reviews / August 31, 2016

It’s not often that we review picture books here on MuggleNet, but of course we weren’t going to pass up the latest release from author and illustrator Mary GrandPré, who also illustrated the original US editions of “Harry Potter”. In “Cleonardo, The Little Inventor”, GrandPré tells the story of Cleonardo “Cleo” Wren, daughter of Geonardo, granddaughter of Leonardo, and the latest in a long line of inventors.