Aaryan’s review of The Novice by Taran Matharu

51rpc4jwjjl._sx331_bo1204203200_A teenaged boy learns that he is able to summon demons, but a mishap with a bully forces him to run away. He finds a school for summoners, and enrolls for the year. He then participates in a tournament to get a commission in the army.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy. It’s a great read, and part of a trilogy.

Aaryan rates this book 5/5

Tags: fantasy, action, adventure, friendship, journey

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Review of Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart

51ysrndhv3l._sx389_bo1204203200_Mo and his daughter Meggie can bring storybook creatures to life just by reading aloud. This gift turns on them, however, when Mo accidentally summons the evil Capricorn and his henchman from the book Inkheart. Mo and Meggie must find a way to send him back before he destroys their world.

This book cuts right to the chase. There is no unnecessary or boring prologue. The action is intense, exciting, and ever-present. The end is very satisfying. Personally, I couldn’t put Inkheart down! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves action and realistic fantasy.

This reviewer rates the book 5/5

Tags: fantasy, action, mystery, family, relationships

Shivani’s review of Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

61rbe6cm27l._sx322_bo1204203200_This book is more of a retelling of the Disney movie, Tangled, but it is under YA novels. Luna is a blind, long lost princess who is forced to stay inside the tower with her caretakers (they are actually nice people) because the dark forest outside is just too dangerous. Unlike Tangled, her parents were killed by an evil guy who is now king. She has to hide from him because he wants to kill her too. Despite these dangers she wants to go outside and experience the “real world.” Of course, like every other YA romance novel, there is a guy, Fowler. Luna and Fowler now have to go on this treacherous journey through “real world” and survive on their own. But will their hearts make it? *Gasp*

I would recommend this book to those who are new to YA romance novels because this book is really not for those who have seen all the different books in the YA genre. After a while, all YA novels sound the same. This book isn’t unreadable, but at the same time, its plot isn’t all that interesting: There is a girl and a guy. They come from completely different backgrounds. Girl and guy have to journey through the unknown. Girl and guy hate each other. Girl and guy share their life stories. Girl and guy are in love. Oh wait! Girl and guy are separated by bad guy. Guy fights for girl (Cliffhanger). Overall, this isn’t a super bad book, and it is best for those who are just starting to discover the YA genre.

Shivani rates this book 3.5/5.

Tags: fantasy, romance, relationships, identity, coming of age, journey

Mrs. Ashworth’s review of In Another Time by Caroline Leech

Maisie has decided, against her parents’ wishes, to join the war effort by becoming part of the Women Timber Corps (WTC). The work is hard, but rewarding. Then Maisie meets John Lindsay, from the Newfoundland Overseas Forestry Unit, a group of men from Canada who have joined forces with the WTC to provide timber for their country. The romance between Maisie and John is impacted by past issues, assumptions, and social norms of the World War II era.

I recommend this book to those who like historical fiction. The romance piece is neither sappy nor overdone. It’s an interesting look into a part of the war effort in England that is often overlooked.

I rate this book 4/5

Tags: historical fiction, conflict, relationships, light romance, friendship, grief, PTSD, depression, family, World War II

William’s review of Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller

51u4eudupbl._sx329_bo1204203200_Simon is a young adult who’s brushed with the law multiple times. When his best friend, Kat, is involved in an accident and is diagnosed with locked-in syndrome, Simon realizes his life will never be the same. Suddenly, two engineers from the biggest tech company out there, The Company, show up with a solution: a disk that lets Kat feel and use her body in a virtual reality. Simon thinks it’s a stroke of luck until he realizes the truth about the disk- and The Company.

With elements of virtual reality, family issues, and romance, Otherworld is an interesting book for all readers. The book defies all expectations and has plot twists that no one will see coming. Combined with its humor as well as social commentary, Otherworld is a book that you won’t put down.

William rates this book 6/5!

Tags: science fiction, dystopian, virtual reality, romance, relationships, action, thriller, suspense

Sahana’s Review of Now I Rise by Kiersten White

51sc4pg1jfl._sx332_bo1204203200_“No one will be more brutal than me. No one will be more ruthless. And I will never stop fighting.” With its violent twists and compelling characters, Now I Rise is a dynamic addition to the best seller And I Darken. Through the alternating perspectives of Lada Draculesti and her brother, Radu, White tells a formidable tale of war, pain, and brutality set in the Ottoman Empire. While Lada faces countless barriers in her fight to reclaim her throne in Wallachia, her brother is sent to the enemy city of Constantinople as a spy to the Ottoman emperor, Mehmed. Amidst betrayal and violence, Lada struggles to find powerful allies in her quest to become the first female prince of Wallachia. Meanwhile, as lines between enemies and allies blur, Radu struggles to choose between his loyalty to Mehmed and his desire to keep his family alive. As relationships between Mehmed, Lada, and Radu complicate and strain against the tides of war, betrayal, and violence, will their friendship survive or fall to ruin? As befitting a sequel of And I Darken, empires crumble, thrones topple, and souls are lost.

To those who are new to the series, I would recommend that you start with And I Darken as the complicated love triangle between Lada, Radu and Mehmed, side characters, and subplots can be otherwise hard to follow. To those who enjoy gripping plots and sudden twists, I would recommend this book and the series as a whole because it was amazing! (lol, but really though XD). To those who read for complex characters and character arcs, I would recommend this book because I thoroughly enjoyed almost every character, especially the female protagonist who is so violent and brutal that it’s almost comical. However, my absolute dislike for the Ottoman Emperor, Mehmed who chooses his ambition over his friends at every turn, kept me from truly shipping him with either Radu or Lada. So if your one who loves perfect couples and lovely love interests, this would not be the best book. However, as far as character relationships go, it would be one of the most interesting and compelling of all the books I’ve read. Hope you give it a read!

Sahana rates this book 4/5

Tags: fantasy, war, kingdoms, historical fiction, violence, relationships, romance

 

Medha’s Review of My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton and Jodi Meadows

img_4404Abridged summary from Jodi Meadow’s website:

You may think you know the story. Penniless orphan Jane Eyre begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester—and, Reader, she marries him. Or does she? Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Bronte, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

Medha’s Review:

I was a little worried that this book wouldn’t live up to My Lady Jane, but it totally did. My Plain Jane is hilarious, honestly, and I loved it. It’s very light-hearted and borderline satirical even. The plot is well-done and intricate, if outlandish at times. The characters are all very lovable and realistic, and you’re rooting for them all the way through. I wasn’t really expecting this, but the ghost hunting plays a very large part in this story. It’s basically the story of Jane Eyre (which I actually don’t know at all) reimagined with ghosts and evil government officials. The book starts off a bit bland, but you really get into the groove of things halfway through, and it’s pretty hooking from there on out. The book is rather long, but it’s definitely worth the time.

Medha rates this book 4/5.

Tags: light romance, friendship, humor, supernatural, mystery, ghosts, fantasy