Princess Ben — Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Princess Ben is a coming-of-age story about a pudgy, spoiled princess who learns magic, the art of ruling, and the secrets behind her country’s history. When Ben learns of her parents’ death, she’s so profoundly crushed that she almost doesn’t notice that her uncle, the king, died as well. Everyone assumes that these three members […]

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

This is a lyrical, wistful take on the world generations after the zombie apocalypse. Humanity has fractured, and fallen, and finally the only enclave of people left is Mary’s village. Mary herself is coming of age in a world filled with the living undead. Her village is ruled by the Sisterhood, who have established a […]

The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley

“The wolf is sitting on his haunches under our ancient chestnut tree, his eyes boring straight through me. Grace Bab always said he would come to Blackchurch Cottage, and I never believed her.” The first paragraph in The Stolen One. When I picked this book up, I thought it would be about werewolves in the […]

Graceling — Kristin Cashore

Katsa is a Graceling. This means that she’s got the gift of having one perfect, otherworldly skill. Some are Graced with the ability to read minds. Others have the ability to sense storms. Some are really awesome tree climbers. Katsa’s Grace, however, isn’t that lighthearted. She’s been Graced with the ability to kill. Her uncle, […]

Nothing But Ghosts — Beth Kephart

Publisher: Harper/Teen, June 2009 Nothing but Ghosts is a deceptively simple book, written in smooth, poetic language from the point of view of Katie D’Amore, a 16 year old girl whose mother died months before of cancer. She blames herself for not seeing how ill her mother was becoming. She thinks about this as she […]

The Red Wolf Conspiracy — Robert VS Redick

This is an amazingly fun book. Basically, Arqual is a bully of a land. They’ve conquested all the neighboring kingdoms around them and have pretty much reached an uneasy standstill with Mzithrin, the other major world power. The nations who’ve managed to resist domination have banded together into a federation based on their ability to […]

The Dead Girls’ Dance- by Rachel Caine

The Dead Girls’ Dance (Morganville Vampires, Book 2) in the Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine…wow. It’s marketed as a young adult book.  Amazon even suggests it for 9-12 year olds! I’ve read some of Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden books so I knew that Caine knows how to deliver the plot-goods. And in this book? […]