As a fan of Maggie Stiefvater’s “Raven Boys” and “Shiver” series, I was excited to read Stiefvater’s first YA book in a while that explores a world totally different from those two. And though “All the Crooked Saints” employs a number of recognizable Stiefvater touches – mainly a memorable magic system and a reverence for cars – she has managed to conjure a completely magical world that’s much different from any of her earlier works.
A doomed prison escape attempt gets Callum and his friends Tamara and Jasper imprisoned in Constantine Madden’s old fortress by those convinced that some part of Callum’s soul remembers how to be Constantine. He’s determined to escape – until he learns that there might be a chance to bring Aaron back.
One fateful summer, fate convenes a ragtag group of people together on the remote Scottish island of Nin: locals Fraser and his eccentric younger brother, Dunny; Haley, a rebellious American girl; Ben McCaig, a scientist who studies whales; and the mysterious man who seems to be hiding in one of the island’s caves.
Everyone knows not to enter the Puszcza, the strange, deep wood where magic and wolves lurk. There are dark forces at play in the woods, manipulating wolves, pigs, and little girls alike into stories they’d rather not be a part of. Can Magia foil the witch and save her family?
When Stanly notices a bone growing in his backyard, he knows he’s made a special discovery. When his younger sister, Miren, finds out about the bone – which seems to be growing into a full-on skeleton – she seems to have a special affinity for “Princy.” But is Princy what’s making Miren so sick, or is there something else going on?
“Graveyard Shakes” tells two intersecting stories – one of sisters Katia and Victoria, who have just started boarding school after years of homeschooling, and one of Little Ghost and Modie, who have a friendship that bridges this world and the next.
The momentous events of the summer, during which Sierra learned the true extent of her shadowshaping powers, still loom large in Sierra’s and her friends’ minds when fall arrives. But just because a few months have gone by doesn’t mean they’ve let down their guard.
Maddie’s life isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty good – there are only a few things that she wishes she could change, like her parents’ fighting all the time and worrying about paying for a good college. On her 18th birthday, she buys a lottery ticket on a whim… and ends up winning 50 million dollars.
It’s been just over a year since author Goldy Moldavsky’s debut novel “Kill the Boy Band” was published, and now she’s back with her follow up “No Good Deed”. Though “No Good Deed” isn’t a sequel to “Kill the Boy Band”, it does take place in the same universe, and readers of Moldavsky’s first novel will enjoy nods to it in her second work.
While we’re all waiting on Philip Pullman’s continuation of “His Dark Materials” in “The Book of Dust”, due out October 2017, we can tide ourselves over with Pullman’s very first graphic novel – “The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship”!