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

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