Children - Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Hunter

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ISBN: 9781484707845
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - 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


The Orphan Queen

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ISBN: 9780062317391
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - April 5th, 2016

Wilhelmina is the teenage queen of a kingdom that doesn't exist anymore — Aecor was conquered when she was a child by a king who had her parents executed and her magic outlawed. Now Wil is a member of the Ospreys, a rebel group of highborn teens from Aecor who are planning to reclaim their kingdom. Working against them— or so they believe— is Black Knife, a vigilante who takes down criminals and magic-users... until he meets a nameless girl who makes him question whether what he does is right. A fast-paced fantasy with an almost comic-book superhero element, The Orphan Queen is a compelling start to a new series by popular YA sci-fi author Jodi Meadows. ~ Reviewed by Paige Mushaw


Fourteenth Goldfish

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ISBN: 9780375871146
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Published: Yearling - April 5th, 2016

So much fun that I read it in one sitting! Ellie's life is pretty normal, until her 13 year old "cousin", whom Ellie has never met, appears on the doorstep. He wears tweed suits and fights with her mom, and Ellie soon catches on - this is her grandfather, the scientist, and he accidentally turned himself young! Things just get wackier from there! He needs her to help break into his lab get his experiment back, or he might be stuck as a teen forever...
Full of real history, Ellie learns from grandfather about Marie Curie and the Manhattan Project, and she realizes that science is interesting! ~ Reviewed by Leah Moore


The Alex Crow

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ISBN: 9780525426530
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2015

There's a bionic crow in Andrew Smith's latest novel--a crow formed out of old DNA and a new genetic process called "chipping." There's also a boy, Ariel, who has been adopted into a family in suburban West Virginia after a harrowing escape from a refugee camp and a litany of traumas. There's a woman--a kind of warped therapist figure--who distributes her book, "Male Extinction," at an all-boys summer camp. And I guess there's also a man who believes that Joseph Stalin whispers in his ear to make him do evil things.

On the simplest level, Smith's novel is the tale of Ariel, the refugee. It's the story of a boy trapped in a coming of age story into which he believes he does not fit: trapped in America, trapped in a weird summer camp, trapped into "bonding" with his new teenage brother--all of these things are surreal to Ariel, who is sick of being saved (or surviving) time and time again. But Smith's novel, which can be described as sci-fi, coming-of-age, and a critique of the patriarchy and Western humanitarianism all at once, quite deftly resists reduction to being any one thing. And perhaps this is appropriate, insofar as the novel seems to strive to articulate the sense that some stories cannot be simply told.

I loved that this book was exceedingly cerebral while still being so heartfelt and appropriately adolescent at times. Even with so many moving parts, Smith navigates the bizarre landscape of the summer camp and Ariel's history with an understated confidence that refuses to lose the reader's trust or attention. I wish I could give away all the reasons to love this book, but that would only do sophisticated teenage (and adult) readers a disservice. Smith is a game-changer for YA--and this novel truly showcases his strengths as a genre-bending storyteller. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - May 5th, 2015

When 19-year-old human girl, Feyre, kills a faerie in the form of a wolf, the High Lord of one of the four Fae courts comes to bring her punishment — death, or to replace the life she took by living out the rest of her days in the faerie realm. This retelling mash-up of "Beauty and the Beast" and "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" is unique, lyrical, and even more compulsively readable than Maas' Throne of Glass series. Perfect for adults and older teens looking for new spins on old tales. ~ Reviewed by Paige Mushaw


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