The Nightblade by Matthew Olney is the first book in The Sundered Crown Saga, I believe, though, I could be wrong.
This story gives some insight to the Nightblades and their mission. This is such an interesting story with great characters. The only problem I had with the story was that I feel as if the ending was rushed a bit, but I would still recommend this book.
The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix is the first book in the Greystone Secrets. Chess, Emma, and Finn Greystone always knew who they were, but things change when three other children with the same names and birth dates catch their attention.
This was an extremely interesting and fun read. I loved the characters, and the mystery that Margaret Peterson Haddix creates kept me turning the pages. I highly recommend this book to lovers of middle grade mystery.
First Rider’s Call by Kristen Britain is the second book in the Green Rider series. Karigan G’ladheon refuses to heed the Green Rider’s Call. She has went back home in hopes of having a normal life, but things aren’t always so easy.
I really loved Karigan in the first book, but for some reason I couldn’t get into her character in this book. She seemed like a different character, which is the reason for my rating. The writing and the world Kristen Britain has created is interesting but it wasn’t enough to continue with the series.
Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl is the second book in The Cogheart Adventures trilogy. Lily and Robert are trying to figure out what the Moonlocket is, but they get a rude awakening when secrets from Robert’s past come to light.
This is a story that can be read as a stand alone, though there are mentions of instances from the first book, it will in no way ruin this story for the reader.
I thought this was a fun, yet sad story at times. I love the characters and the world the author has created.
Waters of Salt and Sin by Alisha Klapheke is the first book of the Uncommon World series. Kinneret is determined to have a better life for her sister and herself.
This story had the potential to be a really good read. There was action and magic, which are great for a fantasy novel, and what I look for as a lover of fantasy, and I was hoping to read of a strong female character, but the swooning became too repetitive, and the decisions the MC made were not of a strong willed female.
Others may enjoy this story, but it just wasn’t for me.
The Ashen Levels by C.F. Welburn is all five books in one edition, FLEDGLING; JOURNEYMAN; ADEPT; HERO; PARAGON. Welburn has a beautiful writing style, and a wonderful imagination. This story has a very unique magic system and odd, wonderful characters. I can’t say enough about this story. If you read one book this year, or any other year, for that matter, you must read The Ashen Levels! You will be thoroughly delighted!
Siege of Shadows by J.A. Andrews is the final installment of The Keeper Chronicles. Sini came from the streets and is now with the Keepers, but she feels she doesn’t fit in. Will she be able to find a place to call home?
J.A. Andrews’ storytelling is delightful, her characters alive, and her world vivid. Andrews has a unique way of bringing her characters forth and bringing them to life, and making you care for these people as if they are your family and friends. I don’t usually get so emotionally attached, but Andrews’ characters had my emotions running all over the place. I laughed, cried, got angry, and hopeful. This story has everything a great fantasy novel should have.
I love this trilogy so much that it has a place right next to my Tolkien books on my shelves, and there is no higher honor that I could give Andrews’ story than that. This is a clean fantasy and a must read. I highly recommend Andrews’ works. You will not be disappointed.
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate is about Red. A tree, but not just any tree. Red is a Wishtree.
This story wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, but I found it to be imaginative and creative. I loved the characters, and the writing was simple but enticing. A great story of the differences of people around us and the feelings these differences can evoke. I feel all children should read this book.