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”

Keeper of the Lost Cities

Book One

By Shannon Messenger

Overview: So much awesome adventure and mystery and suspense is packed in here! This was soooo good! It’s my absolute favorite. The series is so complicated and the worldbuilding was so good that even after reading and rereading all the books over ten times I still find stuff that I didn’t see the first times through. Perfect for 8 and up. This book is middle grade and there are no bad words or mature topics. However, there is a lot of violence, though the elves can’t kill people or even hurt people because they will go insane, so I guess that teaches kids not to do bad stuff? The book definitely is for younger kids, though it feels like it gets older and older as the series goes on. Continue reading “Keeper of the Lost Cities”

An Enchantment of Ravens

By Margaret Rogerson

Overview: I thought this book was really sweet and fun, a little more fluff than was probably necessary, but otherwise it was really good. I loved it, and I’m sure you will too! It was super creative and a fantastically suspenseful book! Kids ages 13 and up will love. Content is kind of high and the faerie political stuff might be hard for younger kids to understand. Continue reading “An Enchantment of Ravens”

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”

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”

The Hero’s Guide to Saving your Kingdom

Book One

By Christopher Healy

Overview: This story has such an original idea. All of the characters are quirky and lovable, and their story is definitely a page-turner. Their adventures are exciting and some points can be serious, but the characters are always finding themselves in ridiculous situations. Perfect for ages eight and up. Continue reading “The Hero’s Guide to Saving your Kingdom”

Half Upon a Time

By James Riley

Book One

Overview: James Riley is a really funny author, and there are a lot of majorly-comical scenes that people of all ages will love! The characters are well developed, and the plot is exciting and fun. I’d say people grades six and up would most enjoy this book. It has a higher reading level, but no mature content. Continue reading “Half Upon a Time”