Genre: Middle Grade

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Nov 16
Foxheart by Claire Legrand (review)

Foxheart by Claire Legrand (review)

I’m not sure what it was about this book, but it was kind of a chore to get through it. It’s not that I disliked the characters or the story, but I just kept coming up with all kinds of things to do other than read. When I was reading it, I really liked most of what was happening, and wanted to know what would happen next. But the moment my attention wandered, it was like pulling teeth to pick the book back up again. I loved Quicksilver and Fox, they really were the best parts of the book. I… Read more »

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Oct 27
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Technically a re-read, but as I haven’t read it in 10 years or more and I wanted something spooky for October… This totally scared the crap out of me as a teenager. It isn’t as scary as an adult, but there are a number of spooky moments in the book. Heather is a horrible brat, constantly trying to get her step-siblings in trouble with her father, and trying to split up her Dad’s new marriage. But she is fairly well redeemed in the end, and the reason she was such a little terror is both believable and sad. I liked… Read more »

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Sep 14
The Last Phoenix (Genie #2) by Linda Chapman (review)

The Last Phoenix (Genie #2) by Linda Chapman (review)

I didn’t like this one as much as the first book. I still liked it, but there were a number of cringe-worthy moments that made me want to skim past them. Like the first book, the 4 siblings stumble upon something magical. And they go on various adventures to help the phoenix hatch her egg. I liked Fenella, she didn’t act like I expected a phoenix to in my head, but she was a fun character if a bit ditzy. I liked how the kids had to work together in order to get each item that Fenella needed. And while… Read more »

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Sep 07
The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat (review)

The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat (review)

I really liked how the story started off in the modern world, but with Izzy’s fascination for faerie tales and folklore. Their next door neighbor is an old woman who is said to be a witch, and knows even more about the Fae than Izzy does. And then Hen is stolen away, and Izzy chases after her and falls down a rabbit hole like Alice in Wonderland. Only she ends up in a faerie realm. You know immediately that the bottle she takes from Mariam is going to be important in the story. But the way it’s actually used was… Read more »

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Aug 10
Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

I loved the idea of a sentient castle. One who would add on rooms when bored, or just because. I also liked how it seemed to love Celie, and added things or changed where things were in the castle to help her. I liked Celie’s siblings, though Celie was my favorite of the characters. I also liked the intrigue, and how the bad guys tried to take over the castle. It was believable, and made perfect sense as to why they were doing it. Sometimes it was hard to remember how old Celie was supposed to be, as some scenes… Read more »

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Jul 27
The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #2) by M.A. Larson (review)

The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #2) by M.A. Larson (review)

The first book concentrated a lot on what was happening inside the Academy. On the lessons, friendships, intrigue and day-to-day. This one had a little of the school day stuff, but mostly skimmed over that to focus on the friendships, things that happened before school started, and the mysteries Evie was trying to solve. For a lot of the book, the four friends were separate from each other a lot. Not in physical distance, but emotional. From hiding away, to finding other friends to hang out with, it didn’t have the closeness of the previous book. They do eventually work… Read more »

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Jul 21
The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh (review)

The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh (review)

Witches. Firebirds. Rusalka. Friendship and magic. I love how Baba Yaga was portrayed, and how you’re never quite sure who is the bad person and who is the good one. Mary and Jacob’s friendship is one of the central plot threads. I liked getting to see how it developed during the book. I also liked how we were shown instead of told, a lot of the important information. We discovered things right along with Mary. Learning about magic and her new life, and getting to see all the changes that happened just because she had been picked instead of some… Read more »

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Jul 06
A Ghost Called Dog by Gavin Neale (review)

A Ghost Called Dog by Gavin Neale (review)

This was such a fun book! The characters were all interesting, the children were believable, and I liked figuring out the mysterious bits. You don’t get a lot of magic right away (other than the ghosts), but you do get a little bit of history as to why magic is mostly gone from the world. I liked the ghost animals, though I didn’t like how cats are portrayed. The ghost T-Rex was a fun surprise. The book is apparently set in the UK somewhere, as there were a few phrases that were different than what we would say in America…. Read more »

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Jun 30
A True Princess (Fairy Tale Princesses) by Diane Zahler (review)

A True Princess (Fairy Tale Princesses) by Diane Zahler (review)

I loved how devoted Lilia, Kai and Karina were to each other. Even though Lilia was basically adopted (found floating down the river in a basket as a baby), they all love each other like siblings. I was expecting the reveal about who Lilia’s parents were, but it was still interesting to find out how she was lost all those years ago. There was a good bit of world building for such a short book. I liked the elves, Odin and the Wild Hunt. I also liked the bit about the Royal Beds. There is a tiny hint of romance… Read more »

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Jun 16
Be a Genie in Six Easy Steps (Genie #1) by Linda Chapman (review)

Be a Genie in Six Easy Steps (Genie #1) by Linda Chapman (review)

This was really cute. The step-sibs got along a lot better than I was expecting them to. And there were a few unbelievable moments, but all in all, I enjoyed it. I was expecting the bad guy to be worse than what turned out to be the case. Though it totally worked with the reveal at the end, and with the age group the book is aimed at. I liked how the kids had to work together in order to complete each step, and that even when they failed they were able to figure out why with a little help… Read more »

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