Category Archives: YA Fantasy

The Book of Nonsense (Forbidden Books) (Volume 1) by David Michael Slater

The Book of Nonsense

Reviewed by Diane Pollock

What if you life depended on the next word you read? A fun and intriguing adventure story with just enough of a fantasy element for added interest. This series promises to be a winner!

Oldenglen (Volume I) by Robin Mason and Michael Mason

Oldlenglen

Reviewed by Teri Davis

“In the center of a small glade in a deep wood, an animal crouched, hidden within the shadow of a pillar of blood-red stone. One paw rested on the cool, rough granite. The eyes of the animal closed. It breathed quietly, its flanks rising and falling; its black nose quivered. It seemed to be listening…sensing. All around, the forest was still…The glade echoed with the sound of its fury. And with its fear…Danger was coming-they could feel it, though none but the beast from the glade knew what it was.”

Most people don’t enjoy moving to a new home and that is true for Jax. In England, Jackson who goes by the name of Jax, plays ball, has his friends from school and was enjoying life.

The Adventure in Divinity (The Divine Guardians) (Volume I) by Francisco Guerra III

The Adventure in Divinity

Reviewed by Rich Stoehr

Page 2 of ‘The Adventure in Divinity‘ features, among other things, a flaming tres leches cake, flying through the air like a Frisbee. As strange as this may sound, this pales in comparison to the wondrous strange things to come.

Francisco Guerra III’s ‘The Adventure in Divinity‘ is a short book – only about 138 pages in all – but within its pages lies a fantastic and original series of events quite unlike what you might expect. From a quiet beginning – a young teenage boy trying to glimpse Alcatraz Prison through the San Francisco fog – this tale leaps quickly into action. A bully, a pretty girl, police, and a chase through city streets soon ensue. And that’s literally just the beginning.

Knights of the Withering Flame (A Saga of Sword and Stone, Book 1) by Kyle R. Zeller

Knights of the Withering Flame

Reviewed by Timea Barabas
Knights of the Withering Flame is the start of a magical story named A Saga of Sword and Stone by Kyle R. Zeller. It is a book deeply rooted in Arthurian legends, but the branches of the tree flower a fresh perspective. In a way, it is a sequel to King Arthur’s story. It sheds light on what happened to him, and Zeller cautiously weaves together those mythological times with our modern days.

This fantasy adventure novel centers on a 15-year-old teenager named Garith and his unique early graduation. Although he starts out as an average boy, who leads a pretty troubled family life, he escapes into a magical realm where he is far more than average. Kyle R. Zeller draws an interesting parallel between the troubled family life of Garith and the turmoil in the magical realm he enters. While this realm is foreign both to our main characters and our readers, it is still vaguely familiar. The inhabitants and the magical elements that build it are inspired from other fantasy worlds, but they are unique enough to stand on their own. So, there is a sense of a warm welcoming feel despite the chilly dangers lurking in the shadows. Basically, it is about the eternal war between the shadows and the light. But, this confrontation is set on many planes, both geographical ones – where the armies of the two sides fight – and immaterial ones – where invisible forces battle on the field of human conscience.

Torn (The Missing, Book 4) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Torn

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Time travelers need to respect continuity and to realize that by changing one small thing, everything in the past, present, and future can and must change.

Jonah and Katherine find themselves on Henry Hudson’s ship, Discovery, in the year 1611 just as the crew is ready to mutiny. This historic event places Hudson in a small ship along with his son and a few who are near to death. The doomed boat is never to be heard from again. Jonah quickly discovers that he is to take the place of John Hudson, the son on the boat. Will history repeat itself? Life on the ship, Discovery in the early 1600s life was not easy with the crew low on food, a tired and irritated crew and a captain wanting to extend their exploration into finding the Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean. Hudson and many other explorers were certain that there had to be a waterway to the other side of the American continent. Logically with the new land explorations and the number of newly discovered waterways, there had to be rivers, streams, and creeks that were unexplored and one could actually reach to the Pacific.

Revealing Eden (Save the Pearls Part 1) by Victoria Foyt

Revealing Eden (Save the Pearls Part 1) Reviewed by Diane Pollock

Eden would be the envy of many young women, feisty, smart, beautiful and blonde. Unfortunately for her, she is born into a dsytopian future where pale skin means radiation poisoning and early death. Thus racial stereotyping is thrown on it’s head. Our heroine must mate before she turns 18 or risk being abandoned by society and forced to live a short, brutal life on the outside. She longs for a Coal (black) mate so that her children will not face the same stigma of being a Pearl (white).

Eden’s mother died of The Heat when she was younger, and her father is a distracted and intelligent scientist working to improve mankinds genetic code and save the human race. When the experiment goes awry due to interference, Eden and her father find themselves in the wilderness together with the experimental subject…now half man, half beast.

Trail of Blood by Lisa Black

Reviewed by Nancy Eaton

Trail of Blood by Lisa BlackTrail of Blood features forensic scientist Theresa MacLean. Theresa is called to an abandoned building where a decapitated body has been found. The body is decayed and everyone assumed this is the victim of The Torso Killer who murdered victims about seventy-five years ago and had never been caught.

Theresa and her cousin Frank, a member of the Cleveland Police Department, investigate a new gruesome murder and all evidence points to a killing very similar to the one done by the Torso Killer. It does not take Theresa and Frank very long to come to the conclusion that this murder is the work of a serial killer and very similar to the killings done by The Torso Killer. Could this murder be the work of a copycat killer?

As Theresa and Frank investigate, she starts to feel danger everywhere. Is the serial killer keeping an eye on Theresa? Do Theresa and Frank find the serial killer before something happens to them?