Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom sequel to Six of Crows begins right where the author, Leigh Bardugo, left us.   Every character continues to fight with inner demons. Kaz is mysterious as ever but struggles with his feelings for Inej and feelings of revenge for his brother. Parem has altered Nina’s Grisha powers.  Matthias struggles to put his warrior past behind him so he can be there for Nina as she fights parem cravings. Inej still dreams of freedom.   Jesper and Wylan deal with family concerns. But the Dregs are back in Kerch ready to put another grand scheme into play.  Kaz’s masterful con that takes the reader on a wild ride.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

While Clary Frey and her best buddy, Simon, are enjoying the music scene at the Pandemonium Club in New York City, Clary points out a suspicious trio to Simon, but Simon doesn’t see them.  One of the boys in the group is carrying a long-handled knife.  Clary watches as the trio sneaks into the storage room, and fearing that they are up to no good, she follows while Simon finds the bouncer.  In the storage room, Clary witnesses a murder and is introduced a world of Shadowhunters and demons. Things in Clary’s life are becoming odder.  Jace, one of the Shadowhunters, turns up the next evening at another club where Simon and Clary are watching a friend’s poetry slam. Jace shares a little more of his world with Clary. During this meeting with Jace, Clary receives an urgent phone call from her mom telling her not to come home, to go to Simon’s,  and to tell Luke that “he’s found me”.  Clary hears strange noises in the background, and then the phone goes dead.  She rushes home to find her mother missing, the apartment ransacked, and a demon lying in wait. Crouched against the floor, a ravener hisses, “Girl. Flesh. Blood. To eat, oh, to eat.”  Clary is in a fight for her life against this demon!


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


Mare Barrow lives in the Stilts with the other Reds.  Mare lives in a world divided by blood.  The lowly Reds serve the powerful Silvers.  Whether by fighting in the army or working in harsh conditions to supply what the Silvers need, the Reds must submit to the will of the Silvers for they have supernatural abilities which they use to control the Reds. Mare and her best friend, Kilorn, pick pockets to survive.  A series of troubling events lead Mare to make some desperate choices to help her family and save Kilorn from conscription into the army.  When she is caught picking the pocket of a Silver servant, she ends up getting a servant position at the king’s summer palace. While serving royalty during the Queenstrial, it is discovered that Mare has her own supernatural powers.  The royal family has no choice but to cover up who Mare really is and pass her off as long lost royalty, a Silver princess. As the Silver Princess, Mare begins to play a very dangerous game hoping to make change.

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly


Daughter of Merrow, find the five

Brave enough to keep hope alive.

One whose heart will hold the light,

One possessed of a prophet’s sight.

One who does not yet believe,

Thus has no choice but to deceive.

One with spirit sure and strong,

One who sings all creatures’ songs.

Togehter find the talismans

Belonging to the six who ruled,

Hidden under treacherous waters

After light and darkness dueled.

These pieces must not be united, 

Not in anger, greed, or rage.

They were scattered by brave Merrow,

Lest they unlock destruction’s cage.

Come to us from seas and rivers, 

Become one mind, one heart, one bond.

Before waters, and all creatures in them,

Are laid to waste by Abbadon!

Serafina dreams a vivid nightmare of witches chanting this song to hold back an evil being the night before her Dokimi. At the Dokimi (trial), Serafina must perform three tasks to prove that she is the rightful heir to the Miromaran throne and next in line to the throne after her mother Isabella.  Sera must face Alitheia, a twelve-foot venomous sea spider that will test her blood to ensure that Sera is not an imposter. Next, she will perform a songcast demonstrating her magical talents.  Finally, she will recite her betrothal vows to Mahdi, the crown prince of Matali, and swear to provide the kingdom with a female heir. There is tension in the Miromara realm. Rafe Mfeme, a terragogg (human) with no respect for the sea, is working with Traho to attack the mer kingdoms all over the world.  Someone wants to find the six talismans and set Abbadon free.  The chant in her nightmare begins to make sense to Serafina as troubling events unfold.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Kaz Brekker, an enforcer and mastermind for the Dregs gang, puts together a team of six dangerous outcasts for an impossible task.  His team will earn 30 million kruge if they can break into a high-security Frejdan prison and break out Yul-Bayur, a scientist who has developed jurda parem, a drug that enhances Grisha powers.  Whoever is control of this substance could rule the world, if he can control the Grisha’s magic. Kaz’s puts a plan into action and will need to utilize the distinct skill set of each member of his team, but will this team of outcasts ever be able to work together and trust each other enough to accomplish this impossible task?

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

scorpio races

Every November on the beaches of the town Thisby, crowds come to view the Scorpio Races.  Riders attempt to ride the wild and dangerous capaill uisce (water horses) for the fame and profit.  This year Puck Connelly is determined to ride her beloved horse Dove against the blood-thirsty capaill uisce and win.  Winning will mean her brother, Gabe, can stay on the island along with her and her younger brother, Finn, and they can remain a family. The capaill uisce drowned both her parents leaving Puck and her brothers to fend for themselves.  If she enters, if she is allowed; it will be the first time a female has entered the races.  It will also pit her against Sean Kendrick, the returning champion, who works for the Malvern stables. At ten, Sean witnessed a gray uisce horse kill his father while training for the Scorpio Races.  Every year at the Scorpio Races, some riders finish, some riders die and there is only one winner.

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Book One of the Ranger’s Apprentice series, The Ruins of Gorlan, finds Will excited about the prospect of improving his station in life. Will  is a ward of Baron Arald, the Lord of Redmont.  He arrived as a baby in a basket with a note which stated, “His mother died in childbirth.  His father died a hero.  Please care for him.  His name is Will.”  On Choosing Day, Will and the three other wards, hope to select their jobs with the Castle Redmont. Will desires to join battle school and become a knight. Sadly, he is rejected from battle school but his stealth and ability to blend into the surrounding are noticed by the Ranger Halt.  Will is selected to become Halt’s apprenctice and train to be a member of the Ranger Corp.

Meanwhile, the evil Morgarath is amassing a platoon of Wargals and deadly Kalkara which he found in the Mountains of Rain and Night. Morgarath readies his army for revenge on the kingdom.

At some point in this tale the two shall cross paths and the adventure will draw you in.

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

As a fan of fairy tales and libraries,  I couldn’t help but be drawn to this book.  Mr. Mauskopf, Elizabeth’s social studies teacher, recommends her for a job at the New York Circulating Material Repository after reading her research report on the Brothers Grimm. The Repository is similar to a museum with artifacts but the patrons may check out these items like a library.  Elizabeth has a successful interview and passes her strange sorting exam to be hired as a page at the Repository.  Soon she discovers that mysterious things are happening in the Repository, and much of the mystery is connected to the Grimm Collection, magical objects, like the seven-league boots, right out of the fairy tales.  Elizabeth and the other pages, Marc, Anjali and Aaron, get swept up in the fantasy and mystery as these objects begin to disappear from the Repository and they set out to discover what is going on.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Jacob, tramatized by the violent death of his grandfather, travels to a British island near Wales with his father to honor his grandfather’s last wishes.   Exploring the island,  Jacob finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  Rummaging through the ruins of the old house, Jacob discovers a trunk of pictures that show that the children are indeed peculiar and that his grandfather was one of them.  And then Jacob finds evidence that they may still be alive! Jacob is about to discover a whole new dimension and set off on a thrilling adventure. 


The Land of Silver Apples by Nancy Farmer

The Land of Silver Apples is Farmer’s sequel to The Sea of Trolls.  Back from his adventure with the Vikings, Jack is continuing his training as a bard.  Lucy is even more spoiled by their father, and nearly brings the whole village bad luck during the Need-Fire ceremony by wearing a metal necklace.  At the last minute, she is replaced by Pega, a slave girl.  When his father, Giles Crookleg, tries to buy Pega for Lucy, Jack purchases Pega’s freedom.  Giles kicks Jack out of the house.  Lucy’s behavior further deterioates leaving the Bard to believe that she has been possessed.  But then Giles reveals that one day when Lucy was a baby, she was switched by small, misshapened men while he picked hazelnuts. These men took the real Crookleg baby and left Lucy in her place.  Mother insists that Giles find these little men that took their daughter and bring her home.  Giles, the Bard, Father Aiden, Pega, Lucy and Jack set off on another adventure that will take some of them into the world of hobgoblins, kelpies and elves.