Genre: Action & Adventure

Book Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis

Book Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis

“Do not cite the Deep Magic to me, Witch. I was there when it was written.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe The Good…: All of the characters feel so real when you read the book. Edmund is just as annoying as the first time I read this book, but that makes his […]

Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Caution: This review may contain spoilers! The Good…: Author Rick Yancey paints a terrifying, post-apocalyptic picture in his novel The 5th Wave. In the novel, aliens arrive and begin to systematically destroy the human race. The 1st wave sets off an EMP that plunges the world into darkness, setting it back to the Dark Ages. In the 2nd […]

Book Review: Half Bad by Sally Green

Book Review: Half Bad by Sally Green

The Good…: Sally Green’s novel of a young boy persecuted for being the son of an infamous black witch is spellbinding. We meet Nathan as a sixteen year old boy who has been caged as punishment for being born. A halfbreed son of two powerful witches: One White, the other Black. In a world where […]

Book Review: The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole

Book Review: The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole

  The Good…: I read this book with my 5th grade students and they were completely sucked into the novel. So much so, that they didn’t balk at having reading for homework, and doing extensive writing about some of the novel’s themes and events. The book also helped reenforce what they’ve learned all school year […]

Book Review: The Scorpio Races

Book Review: The Scorpio Races

The Good…: Author Maggie Stiefvater excels at setting the scene for the titular Scorpio Races. The story is told from dueling viewpoints of race champion Sean Kendrick and newbie Puck Connolly. Each of them have a reason they need to win the race, yet develop a relationship that is at odds with their goal. Puck and Sean are […]

Book Review: The Space Between (An Outlander Novella) by Diana Gabaldon

Book Review: The Space Between (An Outlander Novella) by Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon’s novella, The Space Between, takes place between books 7 and 8 in the Outlander series, An Echo in the Bone and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. While this story doesn’t feature Jaime and Claire Fraser, it does feature the villainous Comte St. Germaine last seen in the third book, Dragonfly in Amber, […]