Children - Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062570604
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 3rd, 2018

“See, the problem in this world ain’t sinners, or even the dead. It is men who will step on anyone who stands in the way of their pursuit of power.” Zombies and a very different post-Gettysburg America set the stage for one of the most memorable and subversive dystopias in YA history. Even those hesitant to grapple with fantasy will love this novel’s ruthless and unstoppable Jane McKeene! ~Aubrey Restifo

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780689860089
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Published: Aladdin - April 1st, 2003

In Pern, dragons fly overhead, protecting the people from the poisonous Threadfall, and many have wondered where these great creatures came from. Ancient legends say the were once tiny creatures known as Fire Lizards, but no one believes that - until Menolly finds them. ~ Reviewed by Leah Moore

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781481472678
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2016

Although Nemesis has been told that she doesn't "have humanity," she knows enough about being human to serve and protect. When her charge is arraigned, Nemesis goes in her place in order to keep her safe. Suspenseful, edgy, and original, this is the must-have YA fantasy of the year. ~Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo

Seven Black Diamonds

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ISBN: 9780062011176
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Published: HarperCollins - March 1st, 2016

This book is a new story on the fae, but set in a different world than the rest of Marr's novels. In Seven Black Diamonds, we meet Lilywhite "Lily" Abernathy, the daughter of a crime boss, and a criminal herself, but only because of her faery heritage. Protected her whole life up until now, Lily is sent by her father to a school, where she meets others of her kind who turn out to be part of a faery sleeper cell tasked with killing humans. As Lily becomes friends with these half fae, she learns more about her own heritage, begins to fall for one of these faeries, and finds herself drawn into the dangerous world of faery politics.
I really enjoyed this new faery world that Marr has created and love the premise behind it. Faeries and humans are at war over the earth's pollution, which while only hinted at in the books, is beyond reversing, and has wiped out almost entire continents. The technology and human parts of this world are eerily similar to our own, and has left me wondering if this is where Marr believes we are headed. ~ Reviewed by Amy Williams


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ISBN: 9781484707845
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 1st, 2015

If you like books with a dystopian/post apocalyptic futures, advanced technology, mythology, and reality TV, then this book might be for you. Set in a distant future that's part futuristic, part post apocalyptic, humanity is trying to recover from a rip in reality that has caused monsters from every mythology imaginable (known as otherworlders) to spill into the human world. Humanity's only hope of fighting these monsters off is a small group of "hunters", humans with a magical ability to work with hounds the only 'good' monsters to come from the otherworld. This book was a little tough for me to get into at first, but by then end I had fallen in love with this world.
Lackey has created a unique magic system, with enough leeway to expand on the way the characters interact with this magic, but with enough rules to ground the magic in this new reality. I'm all for mythology done in new and interesting ways, and I can't wait to see where this new series goes. ~ Reviewed by Amy Williams

The 13th Continuum

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ISBN: 9781681622545
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Published: Turner - April 19th, 2016

I loved the premise of this book, from the first page I was hooked. A thousand years after a catastrophic event forces humanity to the edge of extinction, two colonies created to help save the earth, are on the brink of destruction themselves as they learn that it is time to return to the surface of earth. At the bottom of the sea, we meet Myra, a young engineer struggling to survive in religious almost cult like thirteenth continuum. In the vast reaches of space we meet Aero, a young captain from the second continuum who will lead the first ground mission back on earth.
The novel starts out with a dystopian/ post apocalyptic feel, but quickly turns more into science fiction with underwater colonies, advanced spaceship technologies, and the "beacons" small bracelet sized pieces of technology that after melding with whoever claims them, are supposed to show the way back to earth and to the first continuum. This novel is the first in a trilogy, and I'm interested to see where the next novel will take these characters. ~ Reviewed by Amy Williams


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