Plot: Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have jumped from foster home to foster home after their parents went missing and were presumed dead. They are eventually taken in by their “Granny Relda” Grimm, who they decide must be crazy when she starts spouting fantastical stories about the town’s residents: Fairy tale characters! When a giant begins rampaging through town, they realize the Granny was right about the town, and they have to save it before it’s too late!
Writing: The writing is simple (in a good way) and doesn’t over complicate anything. The mysteries make sense and the conspiracies connect into an amazing web of twists and turns that are still exciting every time you reread them. The characters all have their own specific voice, and even when something goes wrong you love them all anyway.
Age Level: Anyone 8+ would love these books. Fairy tales are fun for everybody!
Overall: 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.
Plot: Joel has alwasy wanted to be a Rithmatist, one of the wizard-like people who can use chalk to draw fortifications and weapons used to battle wild chalk-creatures. Joel has taught himself so much about the Rithmatic brand of magic, he knows that he probably knows and cares a whole lot more than the people who have the abilty! When Joel finally becomes an assistant under a great Rithmatist, he finds himself helping to unravel a plot that could mean the end or many great Rithmatics users. Continue reading “The Rithmatist”
Plot: Eragon is a lowly citizen in an obscure town. When he finds a shiny blue rock in the wild one day, he brings it home and discovers it is a dragon egg! Suddenly, he finds himself involved in a war to take back his oppressed country from an evil tyrant, with the help of his new dragon companion. Continue reading “Eragon”
Plot: Seraphina is a normal girl… except for the fact that she is a halfblood, the spawn of a dragon and a human. Her society fears dragons and dragon look down on humans, but neither side feels much sympathy for half-bloods. When a rogue dragon infiltrates the royal court, Seraphina is the only one who can stop them. Continue reading “Seraphina”
Plot: Nova Artino has hated the Renegades, a group of superheroes that is the governing power in her world, ever since they didn’t show up to save her family many years ago. Now she is bent on revenge as she infiltrates the Renegades in order to bring them down from the inside. Once initiated, she finds herself making friends and more and wonders which group is right or wrong. Continue reading “Renegades”
Plot: “Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a hero, the Chosen One, was born . . . and so begins every fairy tale ever told. This is not that fairy tale. There is a Chosen One, but he is unlike any One who has ever been Chosened. And there is a faraway kingdom, but you have never been to a magical world quite like the land of Pell. There, a plucky farm boy will find more than he’s bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower.” Continue reading “The Tales of Pell”
Plot: The great traction city London has been skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, the sinister plans of Lord Mayor Mangus Crome can finally unfold. Continue reading “Mortal Engines”
Plot: Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. Continue reading “Jackaby”
Plot: Tea lives on a small farm, dreaming of an unreachable goal: becoming an asha, a powerful, beloved position across the lands, restricted to women with magic. When Tea’s brother dies, she realizes she is a bone witch, a witch who specializes in raising the dead and using dark runes. After her raising her brother back to life, she is taken in by another bone witch. Soon, the fate of her world depends on her rare powers. Continue reading “The Bone Witch”
Plot: Sophie Foster is a prodigy in the human world, but she feels out of place. She realizes why when Fitz Vacker, an elf, tells her she is actually one of them! She is whisked off to the Lost Cities, home of the elves, where she learns the Lost Cities is in trouble, and only she can save it… Continue reading “Keeper of the Lost Cities”