Friday Barnes

By R.A. Spratt

“When Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery, she uses the reward money to send herself to Highcrest Academy, the most exclusive boarding school in the country – and discovers it’s a hotbed of crime! Soon she’s investigating everything from disappearing homework to the terrifying Yeti haunting the school swamp. But the biggest mystery yet is Ian Wainscott, the handsomest (and most arrogant) boy in school who inexplicably hates her. Will the homework be found? Can they ever track down the Yeti? And why is Ian out to ruin her?” Continue reading “Friday Barnes”

Lockwood & Co

Book One (American cover, I think)

By Jonathan Stroud

“When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . . For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive. Set in a city stalked by specters, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humor and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again . . .” -Official summary Continue reading “Lockwood & Co”

The Revenge of Magic

Book One

By James Riley

Overview: If you are looking for a fun read with a few fantasy elements set in the real world, this book would be perfect for you! I wasn’t really a fan, but a lot of people have different tastes, and I bet other people would like it. Perfect for ages 10 and up. No bad words or anything, a little bit of violence but it’s mostly okay. Continue reading “The Revenge of Magic”

Unearthed

Book One

By Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

Overview: Overall, it was a really fun read! There was a lot of action and suspense, and it was a really creative idea. It even got philosophical, and there are a bunch of deep thoughts from these characters that will probably hit you right in the feels. I give it five stars! There were a couple parts that got a little slow, however. Those were hard to trudge through, but the plot sped up again quickly! I’d recommend it to kids ages 14 and up. Content level and reading level are both pretty high. Continue reading “Unearthed”

Impyrium

By Henry H. Neff

Overview: I was absolutely blown away by this amazing book! It took me a few chapters to get really hooked, but only because there was SO MUCH world building involved. This is such a rich universe, and I loved reading about it. Once I slipped into the reading trance, I didn’t come out of it until like, midnight. I’m not sure I have ever been this entranced by a single-book fantasy, it was that good. This book would be great for anyone ages 10 and up. Content level is fine, there are a few bad words and a little bit of violence though. Continue reading “Impyrium”

Harry Potter

Book One

By J.K. Rowling

Overview: I doubt anyone needs me to tell them to go read Harry Potter! This series is insanely good. The characters are well developed and all go through their own character arc. Anyone ages eight and up will absolutely love it! Content level is okay the first few books, it gets a little more violent in the later books but it’s pretty okay for younger, advanced readers. Continue reading “Harry Potter”

I Am Princess X

By Cherie Priest

Overview: The mystery was so well written, and I was glued to my seat the whole time! The characters and relationships were well-written, and the art was so beautiful that now I want a full Princess X comic book! This book is great for kids twelve and up. It’s kind of a murder mystery, but other than that everything should be okay for younger readers if they are advanced. Continue reading “I Am Princess X”

Six of Crows

By Leigh Bardugo

Book One

Overview: The grishaverse is a really rich world, where no detail is spared and everything feels so realistically described! The heist is really well-planned, and everything was so well paced and excited! The characters were all so realistic, and they all grew and changed over the course of the story. I would recommend this to people ages 14-17. The content level is definitely for older kids, along with the reading level. Continue reading “Six of Crows”

The Sisters Grimm

By Michael Buckley

Book One Cover

Overview: These books remain one of my favorites of all time. The way Buckley recreates these classic stories in ways other people couldn’t have imagined is amazing. The twists and turns are captivating, and you will not be able to put it down! Anyone grade two plus would love these books. Fairy tales are fun for everybody! Continue reading “The Sisters Grimm”

The Rithmatist

By Brandon Sanderson

Overview: I loved this book so much! The Rithmatics system was so well thought out, and while the worldbuilding needed more work, the magic system was one of the best I’ve read about in a while. The Rithmatist would be perfect for people grades five and up. When I say grades five though, I mean more advanced readers. While there isn’t any mature content, the reading level is definitely higher. Continue reading “The Rithmatist”