Fantasy · fiction · young adult

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

The Falconer

The Falconer #1

author : elizabeth may

pages : [hardcover] 378

memorable quote “You know my mother thinks the waltz is indecent.”

“Your mother would find the sight of a chair leg indecent.”

favorite character : derrick

summary :

One girl’s nightmare is this girl’s faery tale

She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder—but she’ll have to save the world first.

The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

review :

This book was so interesting and a take on fairies that I’ve never seen before!

Aileana is a Falconer, though she doesn’t know this until about halfway through the book so it’s a little surprising that’s revealed in the synopsis. And there are parts of the job that haven’t exactly happened to her yet so I’m assuming they’ll occur in the second book, hopefully, because it sounds like they’ll be pretty awesome if these events do happen.

Anyway, it’s her job to kill as many fairies as possible because they love to kill and torture humans–for the most part. Her mentor is an exceptionally attractive and dangerous fairy. She even has a little pixie living in her closet who helps to mend her clothes in exchange for honey–and is such a good friend to her that I couldn’t help but love him. Despite evidence that fairies technically could be nice, every other one is presented as lethal and Aileana can sense when they’re nearby so she can kill them.

And she’s really good at it, despite the fact that it’s ruining her reputation. It was painful to see how society’s view of her went down every time she needed to make her excuses to go off and save lives. No one would understand what she’s doing, of course, and the era in which it was sent was so restrictive on how women should behave that there’s no way Aileana could have preserved her reputation as well as kept the city safe.

I love how the action fit in with the time period–attacks at a ball, illicit rendezvous after dark, courting someone so you’ll seem less suspicious running around killing fairies. It was so fun to read on and see what was going to happen next because I honestly couldn’t predict where this book was going. And that cliffhanger? Totally and completely unfair!

I can’t wait to read book two when it eventually comes out!

4/5 stars

4 stars · Fantasy · fiction · young adult

Indelible by Dawn Metcalf

Indelible

author : dawn metcalf

pages : [paperback] 384

favorite character : ink

summary :

Some things are permanent.

Indelible.

And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future…and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Somewhere between reality and myth lies…

THE TWIXT

review :

I really loved the concept of this book! Fantastic creatures, invisible to most people, have always been a favorite of mine. Maybe because it’s fun to dream there are fantastical things out there that only certain people can see so that’s why most people’s lives are normal. Indelible has a nice little twist because there are two creatures Joy has most contact with-Ink and Inq-are unlike any others I’ve read about so I couldn’t stop myself from reading on and finding out more about them.

Unfortunately, as the main character and the reader’s point of view, Joy really disappointed me. She needed to find her own strength, yes, but I feel like half of the book had horrible things happening to her and other people saving her from them. While the ways in which this was happening were incredibly interesting at first, as time went on I started to wonder just how she was still alive . . .

But! I liked almost every other character and with the development I’ve seen in Joy, if I read the sequel I think I’ll like it a lot more. Although I can’t say I didn’t enjoy reading this book and I also can’t say why this would need a sequel. I honestly thought that it was a stand alone until I looked it up on Goodreads.

I know it’ll turn people off from the book because most people need a great main character to get them through, but with the plotline, creatures, great world building, and general intrigue I was able to generally enjoy this. I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys interesting plots and well-defined and captivating secondary characters.

3.5/5 stars

If you like this book, you might also like Wicked Lovely or The Iron King.

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series · young adult

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet

Lunar Chronicles #2
Book 1: Cinder

author : marissa meyer

pages : [hardcover] 452

memorable quote She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him.

favorite characters : wolf & scarlet

summary:

The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

review :

Oh. My. Goodness. I could NOT wait to read this book after I read Cinder. I took such a long time getting my hands on the first book that I didn’t delay in running off to get the sequel as soon as I was finished. Now, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not because I can’t quite read Cress, book three, yet. Not until 2014. 2014. 

This book introduces another set of main characters, the two most exciting to me being Scarlet and Wolf. Again this sci-fi take on a fairy tale surprised me. Wolf . . oh! He gave me all of the lovely, fluttery, agonizing emotions that make me wish his character was real so I could date him. He’s just so adorable, even though he’s also lethal and mysterious and did I mention lethal? Prince Kai never gave me so many feels in Cinder but I can forgive him because Wolf more than makes up for that!

But even before Wolf was fully introduced to the story I was in love because there was another kick-ass heroine to love. Scarlet isn’t going to let anything stand in the way of her rescuing her grandmother even when she realizes that investigating this further could get herself killed and doesn’t even guarantee her grandmother’s freedom. It’s really awesome how she’s been through so much and is such a great girl. Plus she never loses her signature red hoodie!

Cinder’s story picks up just where it left off in book one and I’m so, so happy to see how tough and awesome she is. Not that she wasn’t before but it’s so easy to see how she’s growing and changing because of all of these events and revelations. Even if she has to deal with an annoying partner in crime, who I thought was hilarious!

You really, really need to read this book and you won’t regret it. I promise! Stars, it’s great.

5/5 stars

If you loved this, you might also like Tyger Tyger or Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

Check out the book trailer!

3 stars · fiction · romance · young adult

Towering by Alex Flinn

Towering

Author : Alex Flinn [also wrote: A Kiss in Time, Beastly, and Cloaked]

pages : [hardcover] 293

favorite characters : rachel & wyatt

summary :

At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on.
Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying.

Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her.

Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.

Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.

A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Alex Flinn knows her fairy tales, and Towering is her most mind-bending interpretation yet. Dark and mysterious, this reimagining of Rapunzel will have readers on the edge of their seats wondering where Alex will take them next!

review :

I’ve loved all of Alex Flinn’s fairy tale retellings and when I heard she was doing one based on the tale of Rapunzel I was overjoyed. I love Disney’s Tangled and wanted to see what one of the most well-known names out there in modern fairy tales could do with the story. I was excited for the creativity, how the girl would react to being saved, what the evil villain would be like . . Towering was nothing like what I expected and not really in the best of ways.

First of all, and a little thing too that probably only annoyed me, I was kind of hoping for a more romantic, fairy tale name for the heroine rather than Rachel. Second, in the book she mentions that she can clearly see a lake from her tower and can see people there in the summer, etc. The town that this story is set in is one where everybody knows everybody else and there’s practically nothing to do. Don’t tell me that no bored group of teenagers wouldn’t go and investigate a tower that they can see out in the woods, even if it does seem abandoned. It kind of seems impossible that no one but Wyatt could have ever found it.

I didn’t really feel the entire evil plot going on, either. It was an interesting take on things but just didn’t work for me. It seemed too little and insignificant, contained in that small town. At times it just felt . . off.

I did like how Wyatt was with Rachel, being so kind and gentle and allowing her to experience things that she’d never had before because she’d been kept up in that tower because of Mama. I loved hearing about his past and what had brought him to stay in that place, so far away from home and everything he’d ever known. That said, I do hope that I enjoy Alex Flinn’s next book more than I did this one. I’d recommend checking out another of her tales before trying Towering.

3/5 stars

If you like this, you might want to try Sisters Red or Tiger Lily

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series · young adult

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince

The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1

author : julie kagawa

pages : [paperback] 379

favorite characters : kenzie & puck

summary :

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

This novel is one of Julie’s books that will have you demanding for the second one as soon as you finish your read.

review :

The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa is one of my favorites of all time. When I heard that she was doing a spinoff with Ethan Chase at the center, I knew that I had to get my hands on it. There’s an entirely new concept to it and we get to see Ethan as he is grown up. Plus, old characters return, which is fantastic because I love all of them. It’s nice seeing them in slightly different roles and seeing how their lives are now, several human years after the Iron Fey series concluded.

While Ethan is a good leading character, I’m hoping that I’ll like him more in the second book. I ended up caring about the secondary characters a lot more than him, except for Todd. Because they’d only met a few days beforehand I couldn’t fathom the fixation he had on him. Ethan says that he’s been keeping himself away from people for years to keep them safe. Doing something like that for such a long time would definitely make it habit and make it hard for anyone to break through the barrier. Yet Kenzie manages it in a few days. It all just doesn’t make too much sense to me.

But I loved this new story. The creepy, eerie new enemy; their newest allies; the perfect descriptions of everything. I could really picture the Never Never. Of course Grim was his usual fantastic self and I was so happy to see Puck again.

I think that this series has a lot of potential and I can’t wait to see where it will go. A lot of this novel just seemed to be setting up the major plot points, but it was done in a way that was so interesting and captivating that I didn’t mind in the slightest. I hope that everyone will give this series a chance, even if you haven’t already fallen in love with the Iron Fey. You’ll still be able to enjoy The Lost Prince!

5/5 stars

4 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series · young adult

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight

Book 4 in the Iron Fey series
Book 1: The Iron King 
Book 2: The Iron Princess
Book 3: The Iron Queen

Author: Julie Kagawa

Pages: [paperback] 361

memorable quote:
“Geez, you guys. I know I’m popular and all, but seriously, you’re a bit too co-dependent for me. I’m going to need you to step away from my personal bubble.” A wispy vine-woman curled ivy tendrils around his arm, and he sliced through them with his dagger. “No! Bad Wraith! No touchie!”

favorite characters:
puck & grimalkin

summary:

Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

review:

 Halergr;ogljrgaerifrlaqoiereo.

I think that about sums up all of my love, frustration, and Team Puck-ness for this fourth and final installment of the Iron Fey series. Or maybe it’s just a bunch of random letters.

I first fell in love with Julie Kagawa’s characters all the way back in 2010 . . . Okay, not so long ago, but that’s nearly two years of anxiously wanting to get my hands on each installment and devouring them as fast as possible, then still wanting more. While I was disappointed to learn that this wouldn’t be from Meghan’s point of view, as it’s all about Ash’s journey and wouldn’t really make sense any other way, I liked it more than I thought I would. (Possibly because Puck was in nearly the entire thing. But I won’t let my review be partial to him . . . much. 😉 )

Filled with the humor, suspense, romance, and action that I’ve become accustomed to in the Iron books, The Iron Knight is equal parts thrilling and nerve-wracking. The world Ash lives in isn’t the safest place to roam in, and more than once I was convinced they would all end up dead, stuck somewhere, and the rest of the book would be empty pages, to fool everyone. Maybe that was just paranoia. But that would be a good, unexpected tactic to use . . .

One thing that I didn’t like about it was how some parts-and I can’t point them out specifically without being spoilery-seemed to drag on longer than I thought necessary, while others were rushed over or plainly summarized when I thought they could have used more explaining. At one point, I knew what was happening and wanted to know what would happen next, but was stuck in a writing-rut for a while to get to where I wanted to go. And I’m glad that, picky as this is, it’s the only thing I can think to complain about in this finale.

The characters were, as always, awesome. (And not just Puck. I swear.) Ash the stoic, brave knight he needed to be; Grimalkin, the cunning and ever-clever cat; even the Big Bad Wolf was exactly how I’d picture he would be, did he exist as a manifestation of his many incarnations.

I love Julie Kagawa’s writing style, and can’t wait to read more by her. Now that this is over. That’s painful to type. But, good news on the horizon! I heard she’s at work on a new series, this one about vampires. Not sure about that transition, but I’m definitely reading it. Bring it on!

A STUNNING CONCLUSION. 4.5/5 stars

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series · young adult

In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton

In the Forests of the Night

Author: Kersten Hamilton

Book 2 in the Goblin Wars Series
Book 1: Tyger Tyger

Pages [hardcover]: 288

Favorite Characters: Finn & Abby

Summary:

The battle against goblinkind continues . . . but which side will Teagan be on?

Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive, but the Dark Man’s forces are hot on their heels. Back in Chicago, Tea’s goblin cousins show up at her school, sure she will come back to Mag Mell, as goblin blood is never passive once awoken. Soon she will belong to Fear Doirich and join them. In the meantime, they are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or kill Tea’s family and friends. Tea knows she doesn’t have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn or her family to be tortured and killed. A wild Stormrider, born to rule and reign, is growing stronger inside her. But as long as she can hold on, she’s still Teagan Wylltson, who plans to be a veterinarian and who heals the sick and hurting. The disease that’s destroying her—that’s destroying them all—has a name: Fear Doirich. And Teagan Wylltson is not going to let him win.

Review:

I didn’t think it’d be possible to fall in love with this cast of characters again, after I finished Tyger Tyger back in April. I was so, so happy to see that I was wrong. In the Forests of the Night  is a better sequel than I could have ever imaged it would be! Packed with scenes that’ll make you laugh so hard you’ll cry, then gasp and [possibly, if you have a good enough imagination] give you nightmares.

Those goblins and creatures certainly can’t be romanticized. These are villains that have impact. On Tea’s life, definitely, but on the reader as well. Sure, I have no idea how to pronounce half [or all] of the goblins and such, but that makes them no less memorable. Only a little harder to rave about to my friends.

While I greatly support the whole Finn/Teagan connection, I love how she keeps her head about it, and keeps her own goals in mind. Everything that makes her her is what made me like her as a character in the first place-her love for animals, how she puts others before herself. And she’s not about to give up her future for some boy. Not even the Mac Cumhaill. And he respects that. Which is even better. Some of the greatest parts were when Finn was talking with her father.

Once I picked up this book, I literally couldn’t stop. I’d try to find a place to leave off for the night, but just reading to the next page turned into the next chapter, turned into two chapters . . . You see where I’m going with this? It was that addictive. I really recommend this series to . . . Well, everyone. I never thought I’d like books about goblins. But this series is one of my favorites!

WONDERFULLY BRILLIANT. 5/5 stars

5 stars · classic · fiction · young adult

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Peter Pan

Author: J. M. Barrie

Pages: [paperback] 208

Memorable Quote: To die will be an awfully big adventure.

Favorite Character: Peter Pan

Summary:

The classic tale of a boy who refuses to grow up, Peter Pan follows the Darling children as they accompany this boy away from their London home to a world of dreams, Neverland.

Review:

 I’ve been in love with Peter Pan ever since I first saw the Disney movie. It’s taken me until now to read the full novel version of the story, and I wondered if it would meet with the expectations I had set for it. Peter Pan blew those thoughts away, and then some. This story, light and childish while also being harsh and, at times, cruel, was a joy to read. I’ll definitely be rereading this classic throughout my life.

Peter Pan is both mischievous and selfish when he first meets the Darling children, first wanting nothing more than to get what is his and get back to having fun. Then he realizes that they-more specifically, Wendy-have something he wants, and he does whatever he can to get the children to come along with him. The story shows how kids tend to only think of themselves, and that nothing has any consequences. The magical fantasy backdrop makes the reality of the children running away seem less jarring and more adventurous.

This book is certainly more violent than the movie productions let on, but much of it is implied, so don’t think that everything is constant killing. It didn’t detract from the story, but add to it, contrasting the usual view of innocent children with these tendencies that are more adult and foreign.

This book is filled with great quote-worthy lines, and I loved all of them. I’d post them here if I could, but it would take up too much room. Suffice it to say that I was alternately laughing and gasping at the narrative, and I never had to struggle to figure out just what was trying to be said, always a plus with an old classic.

I give Peter Pan 5/5 stars. It was a great, fun read that will stick with me forever. I loved every moment of it, and hope that others who haven’t given it a chance decide to pick it up. It’s more than worth it!

4 stars · fiction · romance · young adult

Fractured: Happily Never After? by Joanna Karaplis

Fractured: Happily Never After?

Author: Joanna Karaplis

Pages [paperback]: 128

Summary:

Everyone knows a fairytale or two. They’re the kind of stories that seem to stick with you. Maybe it’s the magic. Maybe it’s the handsome prince. Or maybe they’re just the absolute perfect place to lose yourself for a little while.

But what would happen if Snow White were around today? Would Cinderella still need a fairy godmother? And would the Little Mermaid show up on YouTube?

Joanna Karaplis has put an unexpected spin on Snow White, Cinderella, and The Little Mermaid; she’s quietly fractured the stories and then reassembled them for the 21st Century. So, while there may not be a whole lot of horse-drawn carriages and magic potions, you can be sure that there will be at least one evil witch and maybe even a handsome prince (or two)…

Review:

I am in love with any and all retold fairy tales. I’d give any of them a try. Thankfully this very quick read was not a waste of time, but rather a delightful way to revisit three well-known tales (Snow White, Cinderella, and The Little Mermaid) in new and different ways.

The first story in the book is “Snow White and the Seven Dorks”, and I think you can figure out what tale that is based on. This was quick and smart. I loved reading about Yuki, how she was trying to figure out her life and find where she fit in. The seven dorks were adorably geeky, Kevin most of all. And while the new ‘Evil Queen’ wasn’t as impressive as they could have been, it all worked. I really liked this version of Snow White.

Second came “Cyberella”, which has to be my favorite of the three. It’s written completely in blog posts and instant messaging. At first I assumed the story would be a train wreck because of this, but it actually worked, and made it better. The entire thing was hilarious, had me laughing to myself, and wondering what could happen next. Very well done!

The final story was “Swan Song”. I’ve no idea why it was called that-it doesn’t make me think of mermaids at all. Nevertheless, the story was good enough, until the end. It held great impact, was jarring, but seemed rushed. Perhaps a few more pages would have smoothed it out and done some good.

Overall, I loved Fractured. It’s a very fast read that I’ll turn back to again and again, if I’m looking for something to pass the time. I give it 4/5 stars, and really recommend it to those looking for something short to blaze through or who love fairy tales.

5 stars · action · classic · Fantasy · fiction · series · young adult

Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

 
Peter and the Shadow Thieves

Authors: Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

Peter and the Starcatchers #2
Book 1: Peter and the Starcatchers
Book 3: Peter and the Secret of Rundoon

Pages [hardcover]: 576

Memorable Quote: The boys had asked why, if it acted slowly, was it called quicksand. The Mollusks had replied that, as far as they were concerned, most English names for things were silly. The word that they used for quicksand was a deep grunt that translated roughly to “uh-oh”.

Favorite Characters: Peter & Tink

Summary:

The sequel to Peter and the Starcatchers grabs you by the collar and pins you against a wall. In this exciting novel, Peter abandons the calm of Mollusk Island to pursue a dangerous mission in the dark, distant streets of London. With Tinker Bell as his companion, Peter searches through the unfriendly great city even as the slithering man/beast called Lord Ombra hovers nearby, plotting to unleash his dreaded powers.

Review:

I really loved the first book in this series, Peter and the Starcatchers, as well as the classic it is based on, Peter Pan. This sequel was not a disappointment, continuing the magical fun with Peter hiding on a ship bound for England, determined to save Molly from a horrible fate, a jealous pixie-excuse me, bird-girl-named Tink, and a band of orphaned boys who loyally follow Peter, but are steadily growing older, as he remains young.

This book wasn’t as fast paced as the first, or as gripping, though it didn’t lack for that. It was sort of expected, and not entirely worrisome. I loved reading about Peter, who is an awesome character in these books, trying to figure out his relationship with Molly, the boys, and himself. He knows he can never live like a normal person, but that doesn’t keep him from wanting to.

The evil characters keep getting better and better. Lord Ombra was the epitome of creepy, slinking around and making me cringe every time he came near someone else. Even though he was awesome, I would not want to run into that guy. A familiar foe returns in Shadow Thieves and plots against the flying boy and his friends.

There was never a dull moment, never a time when I questioned why on earth I was reading this book. I’m just thankful it was labeled as young adult in my library, as I wasn’t sure if it would slip away into the children’s shelves. There are several things that bring the level up-deaths and things like that-but I think that anyone could really enjoy it, if they love a good, adventurous fairy tale, and have the mind of a child in their hearts.

I give Peter and the Shadow Thieves 5/5 stars. I’ve already rented the 3rd installment from the library-that’s how excited I was to continue this series. I can’t wait to see what these authors come up with next!