Tag Archives: fantasy

The Curse of the King, Review

21 Jul

The Curse of the King by Peter Lerangis & Torstein Norstrand (Seven Wonders, Book 4)

Plot: This fantasy series is about four friends; Jack, Aly, Cass and Marco. They have to find the Seven Wonders of the World before they turn fourteen or they will die. The bad guys, called the Massa, want to find the Seven Loculi (Wonders of the World) before the good guys (from the Karai Institute) because the Massa want to raise the continent of Atlantis.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

5 stars

–Leann

Pete’s Dragon, Movie Trailer

27 Feb

Who else remembers watching this cartoon?

The Siren, Book Trailer

19 Feb

Snow Like Ashes, Review

28 Dec

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Plot: Sixteen years ago, the Kingdom of Winter was defeated by Spring, and nearly all of its people were either killed or enslaved. A small number escaped, but only eight survivors remain today. Among these survivors is Meira, who was orphaned during Winter’s defeat. Raised by fellow survivor Sir, Meira has been trained as a warrior along with her best friend Mather, who is the heir to Winter’s throne. The romantic chemistry between Meira and Mather is intense, yet they both are aware that they can never be together because one of them is of royal blood and the other is not. Magic plays a central role in the storyline. Winter’s magic was stolen during their defeat, and in order to restore the kingdom, the eight survivors must locate both halves of a magical locket. Meira finds one half of the locket, and sets off a chain of events that could never have been imagined. Meira is forced to become a passive pawn in a game of political alliances, when she would much prefer to be fighting on the front lines. As secrets are revealed, Winter’s survivors are put into increasingly dangerous situations. Can Meira ultimately do what is needed to help restore Winter? This book was a great read: plenty of adventure, a little bit of romance (including a bit of a love triangldyste), lots of ties that bind families, lots of magic, and a terrific group of characters. If you are a fan of dystopian fiction (like me!) you will find plenty of those elements in this book. Snow Like Ashes is certainly set up to be the first book in a series, and I look forward to reading the next part of the story.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars

–Jen

Glass Sword, Book Trailer

18 Dec

Magonia, Book Trailer

13 Nov

Princess Ben, Review

27 Oct

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Plot: Princess Ben is a delightful story of a young princess and her coming of age. Princess Ben (who is a princess because her uncle is the king, and he and Queen Sophia have not produced an heir of their own) becomes a royal orphan after her parents and her uncle are killed during a voyage. The widowed Queen Sophia sets about grooming Ben into Princess Benevolence, which is not an easy task at all. Ben is required to move into the castle, where she is forced to dress, act, and eat like a princess – which is not what she wants to be doing at all. What ensues is classic fairy tale mayhem! The reluctant princess is groomed by the widowed (and possibly wicked) Queen, but this is not just a story about that. Ben discovers a secret magic room where she learns spells and how to fly, but this is not a Harry Potter-esque tale either. Of course, there’s a sworn enemy to the kingdom who is a constant threat, but that doesn’t give us the whole story either. There are dragons! There is romance! There’s a girl disguised as a boy! There are several really funny references to classic fairy tales like Cinderella, Jack & the Beanstalk, Sleeping
Beauty, and Rapunzel. But really, Princess Ben is a coming-of-age story in which a young girl needs to grow up and acknowledge the mistakes she is making, and change her behaviors for the better.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars

–Lisa