Children's Literature · Modern Fantasy · Review

The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Series: The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Pub. Date: 2003 Genre: Children’s, Fantasy Pages: 107 Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars The three Grace children—Mallory, Jared, and Simon—and their mother move to Aunt Lucinda’s house. Mallory, Simon, and Jared uncover a nest of odds and ends and a hidden… Continue reading The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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Children's Literature · Modern Fantasy · Review

The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

Synopsis from Goodreads: Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life… Continue reading The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

Children's Literature · Modern Fantasy · Review

Flunked by Jen Calonita

Synopsis from Goodreads: Would you send a villain to do a hero’s job? An exciting new twisted fairy tale series from award-winning author Jen Calonita. Full of regret, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Flora, has founded the Fairy Tale Reform School with the mission of turning the wicked and criminally mischievous into upstanding members of Enchantasia. Impish,… Continue reading Flunked by Jen Calonita

Children's Literature · Modern Fantasy · Review

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Synopsis from the Back Cover: In which a witch bewitched the hatter’s daughter—and then some…. Sophie lived in the town of Market Chipping, which was in Ingary, a land in which anything could happen, and often did—especially when the Witch of the Waste got her dander up. Which was often. As her younger sisters set… Continue reading Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Children's Literature · Modern Fantasy · Review

A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani

I’m so sorry about not posting in a long time and not getting the reviews up that I promised to get up. I’ve been busy with school. Better late than never, I guess. Except that I finished this book four months ago. I’m trying to get caught up on reviews, so here’s the review for… Continue reading A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani

Children's Literature · Classics · Modern Fantasy · Review

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann

Synopsis from Goodreads: The Nutcracker is a Christmas story about a little girl named Maria and her wooden doll, the Nutcracker, who becomes alive to fight the evil seven-headed Mouse King. This edition includes 20 illustrations by Artuš Scheiner and Ludwig Willem Reymert Wenckebach. Review: E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the basis for… Continue reading The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann

Children's Literature · Review · Science Fiction

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry’s Gathering Blue (the second book in The Giver Quartet) is about Kira, the two-syllable orphan with a twisted leg, who is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. They want to use her gift of weaving to be the “designer of the future” (179) once she has completed re-threading the Singer’s Robe. My friend chided… Continue reading Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Children's Literature · Historical Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner is the first book in the Spirit’s Princess series. It also expands the Princesses of Myth series/chronicles. It is set in Japan and features a map to help give a visual of where Himiko goes. This is the synopsis on the cover flap: Himiko shouldn’t have a care in the world. As the daughter… Continue reading Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner