Category: Fantasy

A Curse So Dark and Lonely: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

A Curse So Dark and Lonely: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer.

Hmm. I had heard a ton of great press about A Curse So Dark and Lonely long before I read it. I have librarian friends who have read and loved […]

The Witch Boy: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Witch Boy: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag.

I’ve had some difficulty focusing on novels during this self-quarantine period, so my boys have been recommending graphic novels and comics for me to read. My 13-year old son recommended […]

Last Bus to Everland: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Last Bus to Everland: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Last Bus to Everland by

Today’s featured review for Last Bus to Everland features a cool new “librarian’s perspective” format! I want my reviews to be as helpful as possible for secondary school librarians and […]

The Wicked King : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Wicked King : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Wicked King by Holly Black. The Wicked King is the sequel to The Cruel Prince.

I am feeling ALL THE LOVE for The Wicked King by Holly Black! I’ve come to expect sequels to be a bit less-than their predecessors, but The Wicked King has […]

Damsel : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Damsel : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a YA librarian's review of Damsel by Elana K. Arnold. Lots of trigger warnings with this one.

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold is currently raising a lot of eyebrows in the YA world. It’s marketed as YA and got two starred reviews from SLJ and Booklist. It […]

Three Dark Crowns : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Three Dark Crowns : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.

I have been so excited to read Three Dark Crowns! The Shanghai Librarians Network is sponsoring our first-ever High School Battle of the Books this year (yay!), and this book […]

The Cruel Prince : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Cruel Prince : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

Want to live in a beautiful, magical faerie world? Think hard about that! For humans who live in the world of The Cruel Prince, life is full of poisonous fruit, […]

Bull : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Bull : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Bull by David Elliott.

Bull is not your typical mythology novel for teens. It’s nothing like the Percy Jackson series, and I don’t recommend it for most middle school readers. Some readers will find […]

Caraval : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Caraval : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

Caraval is a weird, twisty, wicked-fun must-read. Watch for Caraval by Stephanie Garber on award lists–it’s a page-turning, action-packed adventure for upper middle school and high school readers! AUTHOR: Stephanie […]

An Ember in the Ashes : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

An Ember in the Ashes : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

I am one of like 5 people in the world that did NOT like An Ember in the Ashes. Underdeveloped characters, poor world-building, and extreme violence turned me off so […]

Sun and Moon and Ice and Snow : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Sun and Moon and Ice and Snow : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Sun and Moon and Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George.

I liked Sun and Moon and Ice and Snow okay, but I’m not jumping out of my chair over it. Middle school students who like fairytale retellings will appreciate that […]

A Stolen Kiss : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

A Stolen Kiss : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating.

A Stolen Kiss has everything you would expect from a Disney princess adventure. There’s romance, darkness, secrets, fantasy creatures, castles, evil, princesses, and lots of magic. It’s not the greatest […]

The Great Hunt : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Great Hunt : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins.

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins was a bit of a roller coaster, and I say that in a good way. After an unforgettable opening scene, the action slows considerably […]

Pokemon Adventures : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Pokemon Adventures : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Pokemon Adventures by Hidenori Kusaka.

I read Pokemon Adventures, book 1 at my 11-year old son’s urging. He loves Pokemon and like many his age, is pretty obsessed with it. I’m just happy he’s reading […]

Cardboard : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Cardboard : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Cardboard by Doug TenNapel.

I’ve only read six books in my 2016 Graphic Novel Challenge, but I think Cardboard by Doug TenNapel is my favorite so far. So creative! AUTHOR: Doug TenNapel SERIES: none […]

Spelled : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Spelled : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Spelled by Betsy Schow.

I was so excited to receive Spelled by Betsy Schow for review. The blurb sounds fantastic, and I always love a good Oz retelling, especially one with a dash of […]

Sweet Shadows : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Sweet Shadows : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a librarian's perspective review of Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs.

Sweet Shadows is the second book in the Medusa Girls series by Tera Lynn Childs. Is it worth buying for your library? AUTHOR: Tera Lynn Childs SERIES: Medusa Girls, book […]

Sweet Venom : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Sweet Venom : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a librarian's perspective review of Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs.

As a librarian, I get book recommendations from students and teachers all the time. I really do try to read at least some of them, especially if the recommendation comes […]

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