This dystopian racing extravaganza is reminiscent of both “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Hunger Games”. Author Chris Wooding’s thrilling races and desert wastelands conjure the excitement of Mad Max’s best races, and the dangerously engineered tracks Cassica and Shiara must race will immediately bring to mind Katniss’s arena. Still, Velocity doesn’t quite live up to its (admittedly intimidating) precedents.
All Anya wants to do is sit in her library and read books about sorcery. Unfortunately, her wicked step-step-father Duke Reginald has turned her older sister’s true love, Denholm, into a frog, and Anya has sworn to change him back (even if only to get Morven to stop screaming). But before she’s able to complete her task, the royal dogs have sent Anya away on a Quest.
“The Crystal Ribbon” chronicles the life of 11-year-old Jing after her aunt sells her in marriage to a cruel family. Jing’s husband is only three years old, and Jing is expected to be both his nursemaid and the family’s servant.
A war orphan, Blue disguises herself as a newspaper delivery boy to survive. Three years later, she’s one of the best newsies around, and her secret is still safe. But when Blue becomes apprenticed to an eccentric inventor, Jack, and befriends a mysterious boy named Crow, everything changed.
Ilse Stern is a normal 15-year-old girl: she fights with her mother, daydreams about Hermann Rød, the boy next door, and can’t wait for the chance to travel the world. Yet as a Jewish girl in Norway in 1942, any semblance of normality will soon vanish.
Alfie Bloom is a pretty normal kid (with the exception of his inventor father) until he receives a letter telling him that he’s inherited Hexbridge Castle. From that point forward, things are decidedly not normal: Alfie finds he can slip through time, he and his father are flown to a secret location to meet with an otherworldly lawyer, and the castle itself seems…magical.
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.
The conclusion to Maggie Stiefvater’s “Raven Cycle” has got to be one of the most anticipated YA book releases of the season. Although many fans were disappointed when the release of the book was pushed back a few months, I think you’re going to find that the delay was worth the wait!
After losing her mother in a tragic car accident, Sass finds herself being shipped to Cornwall, England to live with an uncle she’s never met. The English seaside is beautiful, but it can’t heal the hole she feels inside of her. Alex is British royalty, fleeing to his ancestral home by the sea to try to escape the paparazzi swirling around him in the wake of his parents’ divorce. When he runs across Sass trespassing on family land, captivated by the family’s old race horse, Bo, he can’t believe she has no idea who he is. And Sass can’t believe that after all she’s lost, there just might be something to smile about again.
JT loves the fact that he’s gay – but it’s one of the only things he likes about himself. With high school graduation looming and lacking the funds for college, he worries that he’ll never make it out of his small Florida town and build a life for himself where he can be happy. When his boyfriend, Seth, and best friend, Heather, get wind of a Drag Teen competition in New York City where the winner takes home a full college scholarship, they’re convinced JT should enter. He’s tried drag before and loved it, but a disaster of a school talent show has him questioning if he’s fabulous enough to be a queen. But it’s his last shot at getting out of Clearwater, Florida, and so he’ll have to take the chance.