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Review: The Humming Room by Ellen Potter


The Humming Room—buy it by Ellen Potter—her website Recommended Ages: 12+ Roo Fanshaw is a runty thief, good at hiding with her hoard of trinkets in tight spaces where big people can’t come after her. Before we have time to find out what made her this way, we see her taken from the scene of her drug-dealer father’s murder (which she witnessed) and passed along to a series of foster families, where she is even ... Read More »

Review: Hunters of the Dusk by Darren Shan


Hunters of the Dusk—buy it by Darren Shan Recommended Ages: 12+ “Vampire War,” the third trilogy within the 12-book “Saga of Darren Shan,” begins with this book. More like the previous “Book 1” than the first book in the overall series, it does not so much tell a free-standing story as set the gears in motion for a new chapter in the career of Darren Shan, half-vampire, magician’s assistant, and (increasingly now) warrior prince. It ... Read More »

Review: Vampire Mountain by Darren Shan


Vampire Mountain—buy it by Darren Shan—his website Recommended Ages: 12+ First, let’s get the confusing part out of the way. This is Book 4 of “The Saga of Darren Shan,” also known (at least in the U.S.) as “Cirque du Freak”—which happens to be the title of Book 1. Darren Shan is both the name of the narrator and main character in this 12-book series, and the pen-name of Anglo-Irish author Darren O’Shaughnessy, who in ... Read More »

Review: Ironside by Holly Black


Ironside—buy it by Holly Black—her website Recommended Ages: 14+ Subtitled “A Modern Faery’s Tale,” this companion-book to Tithe and Valiant brings back characters from the previous two books in a climactic tale of magic, romance, court intrigue, and hard-hitting action. Once again, the Bright and Night Courts of Faerie collide against the urban backdrop of New York City and its down-and-out New Jersey suburbs. Once again, a spotlight shines on the spine-chilling side of fey ... Read More »

Book Review: Valiant by Holly Black


Subtitled “A Modern Tale of Faerie,” this companion to Tithe transports the magical world of mermaids, trolls, and other fey creatures into present-day New York City. Parents concerned about “adult content” might want to evaluate this book for themselves before sharing it with their kids, or prepare to discuss it with them. This isn’t your godmother’s fairyland. It’s a gritty, “ghetto” Faerie featuring runaway children and orphans squatting on an abandoned subway platform, getting mixed ... Read More »