Natalie’s Review of Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix

24737347A slightly magical girl disguises herself as a man in order to reclaim her magical emerald. She turns out to be more resourceful than the men around her believe her to be, but her affection for a man she meets hinders her successful recovery of the gem.

I recommend this book for people who enjoy historical fiction involving magic and a sweet romance. However, those who enjoy mystery might be disappointed by the book’s anticlimactic resolution that’s atypical of mystery novels.

Natalie rates this book 3.5/5



Sai’s review of My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

22840421To generally start off, the genre of this book is romance. At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger suggested by the man who is at the right hand of Jane’s cousin, King Edward (the king must get someone ready for the throne because he is sick and about to die). However, there is also a conspiracy that people trying to rob him of his throne. Unfortunately, right after Jane’s marriage there are rumors in the country that the King is dead. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England. Unless…

I would recommend this book to a person who is interested in revenge, adventure, and romance. I would recommend this book to someone who is willing to dedicate their time to read it thoroughly. Even though there are detailed details on very page, every page kept me going. I have finished this thick book in a matter of two days! It’s really good!

Sai rates this book 5/5

Alicia’s review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

8490112Karou, a girl with magical blue hair, is mysterious–she draws monsters and seemingly fantastical creatures, disappears on mysterious “errands”, and speaks many languages. She actually collects teeth and items for Brimstone, her father-like figure who is not what he claims to be. However, black hand prints are appearing around the world, including on Brimstone’s doorway. What is happening? Karou also does not know who she is; she has no memory of life before Brimstone. When Akiva sets his sights on Karou, they begin to unravel the mysteries surrounding the fantastical world. Who is Karou and why is she related to these creatures?

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and magical elements in a story. Laini Taylor has a way with words, and her writing is flowy and beautiful. Taylor is also very creative when coming up with these unique monsters and creatures.

Alicia rates this book 5/5

Aanand’s review of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

shadow-and-bone_hi-res-677x1024Alina is a girl in love with a flirtatious boy named Mal. When she is forced away from him when she finds out she is a “Grisha” (wizard), and a very rare type of one, a Sun Summoner. When she arrives at the palace, the Darkling, a ruler of mages, is eager to welcome her. Over the course of her stay, she receives a teacher that warns her of the Darkling being an opponent of the kingdom, and being the creator of the evil the kingdom if facing, the Fold. Alina escapes the palace, and reunites with Mal…

I recommend this book to My Fellow Students, because it spreads messages about love and being a good friend that really resonated with me.

Aanand rates this book 5/5 stars

Kennedy’s Review of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

17675462Blue, a psychic’s daughter, has no real psychic power, until one day she sees the future spirit of a boy walking along a ley line. His name is Gansey, and he is a rich student at the local private school. Blue meets Gansey and his three friends, and soon learns they are searching for the ley line. For Blue’s entire life, she has been warned that she will cause her true love to die when she kisses him, but never thought it would be a problem. But the more she gets involved with the boys and the magical powers of the ley line, she is less sure of what her future will bring.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in magic. Anything can happen in the ley line, so this book keeps you on your toes. The book has a slow start, but once the mystery picked up I could not put the book down without being drowned by questions of what happens next. When I finally finished the book, some questions were still left unanswered, but I guess that’s what the next 3 books are for!

Kennedy rates this book 4/5

Review: A Fierce & Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

fiercesubtlepoisonLucas lives in Puerto Rico part of the year, where his dad is a developer.  He has friends, but he knows he’s tolerated–an outsider who, despite his nonchalance, desperately wants a place in this world.  Throw in the mystery of the wish granter, missing girls that show up dead on the beach, and poison, and you have the elements of the plot.

If you’ve read any gothic romance, especially of the Nathaniel Hawthorne/Bronte variety, or if you enjoy magical realism, you’ll get a kick out of this book, which takes you from the winding streets of Old San Juan where the old ladies tell tales to the jungle, where not only is the weather out to get you, but the flora and fauna are too.

Mrs. Ashworth rates this book 4/5 stars.

Renee’s review of The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

49f5f3cd-d73a-4adc-b6e9-cb40275305fb-_cb300381115_Nix has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. Her father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

I really enjoyed The Girl From Everywhere. The main character, Nix, is both strong and vulnerable. She’s well-developed, and I could sympathize with her. I also really liked her relationship with Kashmir. It was realistic and sweet and based on a real friendship, unlike the silly romances in most YA novels where the hottest guy imaginable sweeps a girl off her feet. It might have been because I took so long to read it (and maybe also because my concentration wasn’t so good at the time) but towards the end all of the time-traveling and paradoxes got rather hard to follow. I just went with the flow and kept reading because trying to figure out the logistics was too difficult. I still really enjoyed the novel, and would recommend it those interested in topics such as time travel, the past/regrets, and family.

Renee rates this book 3/5 Stars.  Congratulations on your graduation, Renee!