You'd have to forgive wizard private detective Harry Dresden if he didn't feel a touch of schadenfreude when Warden Morgan shows up at his door after being hunted as a traitor by the rest of the White Council. Eleven books into the Dresden Files series, and seems to have no plans to make things easy for the put-upon wizard for hire, which is good news for fantasy fans.Categories: Reviews, Staff Pick, SciFi & Fantasy
Angst! Lust! Betrayal! In City of Glass, the third book of the electrifying Mortal Instruments trilogy, Clary and the Shadowhunters try to forge an alliance with the unsettling Downworlders (the faeries, werewolves and vampires) in order to prevent her father Valentine from destroying them all. Clary re-connects with her mother, but can she forgive her? This sizzling love story, full of sharp, funny dialogue and thoughtful pondering will appeal to all older teens. If you liked Twilight, welcome to an even more compelling read that will keep you up all night. It is impossible to put down.'s Categories: Reviews
Every year a boy and a girl are chosen from the twelve districts of Panem (the post-apocalyptic United States) to compete in the Hunger Games. There's nothing fun about them. These games, held for the entertainment of the Capitol, are "Survivor" on overdrive. The person who wins the games wins fame and fortune for the rest of his or her days - but the winner, having hunted down and killed the rest of the contestants, is also the only one who comes out of the games alive.
Katniss is very well aware that she might be picked to compete; after all, she has put extra ballots into the draw for years in order to help feed her family. But she is not prepared at all when her younger sister's name is picked. Katniss knows that she herself would have a slim enough chance for survival, but Prim would have none at all. So she volunteers herself to go in her sister's stead.Categories: Reviews, SciFi & Fantasy
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Vampire romances are the most popular novels on our shelves these days, and the vampires all seem to be beautiful - a far cry from the original scary creatures of folk tales. In keeping with this new take on an old genre, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by stands out for me for several reasons.
The novel doesn't take itself too seriously for one thing. There is excellent character development and the plot moves along at a quick pace. It has well-written dialogue, a spark of real chemistry between the two main characters, and even a romantic dance scene.Categories: Reviews
This is the journal of sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, who lives in a crumbling castle with her eccentric family. Despite their exotic home, the family is on the brink of financial ruin--until the Cotton family arrives, that is. Suddenly life is full of comparative riches, excitement... and romance.Categories: Reviews, Staff Pick
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