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Book Review: The Wall and the Wing by Laura Ruby


The Wall and the Wing by Laura Ruby Recommended Ages: 11+ The author of Lily’s Ghosts brings us a book so funny that it hurts, set in a magical world so weird that it can only be New York City. She doesn’t come right out and name it, though. She describes it as “a vast and sparkling city, a city at the center of the universe.” But it’s also a city that has grown upward ... Read More »

Review: The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks


The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group—buy it by Catherine Jinks—her website Recommended Ages: 13+ Thirteen-year-old Toby Vandevelde falls asleep in bed one full-moonlit night, and wakes up the next day in an MRI machine. Nobody, least of all Toby himself, can explain how or why he turned up naked in the dingo pen at a suburban Sydney zoo. His mother suspects epilepsy, until a pediatrician rules that out. The only explanation anybody has to offer is ... Read More »

Review: Cold Days by Jim Butcher


Cold Days—buy it by Jim Butcher—his website Recommended Ages: 14+ Book 14 of “The Dresden Files” follows up on Chicago-based wizard/detective Harry Dresden’s apparent death in Changes and post-death experiences in Ghost Story. If you haven’t read those books yet, I’ve already spoiled that much; to say anything about this book, I’ll have to spoil a lot more. It’s too late to pull out now, so here goes: Dresden lives! Can I avoid spoilers by ... 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: The Vampire Prince by Darren Shan


The Vampire Prince—buy it by Darren Shan—wiki him—his website Recommended Ages: 12+ Book 6 of “The Saga of Darren Shan,” also known in some markets as the “Cirque du Freak” series, begins where the previous book left young half-vampire Darren—in a damp, dark place deep within Vampire Mountain, hurtling down a subterranean river toward all but certain death. Even after he (barely) survives his tumble out of the mountain, Darren faces odds stacked mightily against ... Read More »

Review: Trials of Death by Darren Shan


Trials of Death—buy it by Darren Shan—his website Recommended Ages: 12+ In book 5 of the “Saga of Darren Shan,” a.k.a. “Cirque Du Freak”—or book 2 of the “Vampire Rites” trilogy, which is the second of four trilogies within the same—half-vampire Darren starts to look less like an eternally whiny teenage git and more like someone with the potential to be a hero. But it looks as if he may need to be drowned, roasted, ... Read More »

Review: Polidori’s Vampyre


The Vampyre—buy it by John Polidori—wiki him Recommended Ages: 12+ Fourscore years before Bram Stoker‘s Dracula, give or take a couple, this short story laid the foundation of English literature’s growing obsession with all things vampire. Based in part on an unfinished novel that Lord Byron conceived during the same evening of ghost-story-telling that inspired Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein, John William Polidori’s tale was long misattributed to Byron—indeed, it first appeared under his name in an ... 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: The Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull


Keys to the Demon Prison—buy it by Brandon Mull—his website Recommended Ages: 12+ It’s the fifth and final “Fablehaven” adventure, and the world is coming to an end. More of the world’s magical game preserves are falling to the Society of the Evening Star, which is collecting the five hidden talismans needed to open the demon prison of Zzyzx. Young Kendra and Seth Sorenson, along with their family and friends, are charged with protecting these ... Read More »

Book Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness


Her website Recommended Age: Adult with crossover appeal, 15+ The first in a series of adult novels that are filled to the brim with details that place the magical world directly in to modern day Oxford. The story of reluctant witch and keen academic of alchemy, Diana Bishop, begins in the dusty and mysterious setting of the Bodleian library. For those missing Hogwarts these libraries feel wonderfully familiar. Likewise fans of Pullman’s Lyra will get ... Read More »