Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

30831912Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017 by Bloomsbury Publishing
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Short Stories
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The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling – from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman’s own award-bedecked, bestselling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman’s gods are thoroughly alive on the page – irascible, visceral, playful, passionate – and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarok and the twilight of the gods. Galvanised by Gaiman’s prose, Thor, Loki, Odin, and Freya are irresistible forces for modern readers and the crackling, brilliant writing demands to be read aloud around an open fire on a freezing, starlit night.

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Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

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Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

34499221To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Publication Date: 
March 6th, 2018 by Feiwel & Friends 
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: 
Young Adult, Fantasy
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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

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Mini Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

29367958The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
Publication Date:
February 28th, 2016
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, Sports – American Football
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Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

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Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

33152795Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi & Fantasy, Time Travel
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Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

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Review: Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

35133826Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry
Publication Date: 
January 30th, 2018 by Harlequin Teen
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre:
 Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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When Drix was convicted of a crime—one he didn’t commit—he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society.

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Mini Review: Your Name (light novel) by Makoto Shinkai

32856011Your Name (light novel) by Matoko Shinkai, translated by Taylor Engel
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2017 by Yen On
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Magical Realism, Romance.
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Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a rural town deep in the mountains, has a dream that she is a boy living an unfamiliar life in Tokyo. Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo, dreams that he is a girl living in the mountains. As they realize they are changing places, their encounter sets the cogs of fate into motion. The light novel is written by director Makoto Shinkai of the animated film Your Name.
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