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The Wind in the Willows: The Centennial Anniversary Edition by Kenneth Grahame - Book Review

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By Kenneth Grahame, Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator), Margaret Hodges (Preface by)
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ISBN: 9780684179575
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 1983

True story: A few months before I got around to rereading The Wind In The Willows, a coworker, nearly out of nowhere as I recall, dropped a reference to a specific chapter of this classic childrens' book as being “quite a chapter”(Piper At The Gates of Dawn). “How strange,” thought I, “to name drop the chapter of a childrens' book!” I had already been planning to reread this book which I had treasured from childhood and had recently come across a free copy. Kenneth Grahame's famous animal adventure has a bit of everything from rollicking adventure to the joys of high tea and sumptuous feasting in one's underground, furnished, lair and his cast of woodland characters carry on with the highest levels of anthropomorphic personage any animal could ever aspire to! But on full display here beyond the high adventure is a sumptuous feast of verdant prose and lush imagery (and yes, most strikingly in the above named chapter) that ranks Grahame as one of our most gifted writers, for any age. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


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 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 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 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


Hunter

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ISBN: 9781484707845
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 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


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