Posts tagged with fantasy

Jan 27 2010

Moon Called, by Patricia Briggs

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If I had to describe Patricia Briggs's novel Moon Called in a single line, I'd probably go for something like: “A lot like Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series—only way less annoying...

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Jan 26 2010

Patricia Briggs

Patrica Briggs is an urban fantasy author based in Washington State. She's best known for her Mercy Thompson series about a shape-shifting VW mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area. (The first t...

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Jan 22 2010

Dream Life, by Lauren Mechling

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Dream Life is Lauren Mechling's follow-up to 2008's Dream Girl, and it's even more enjoyably far-fetched than its predecessor. Both novels feature improbably-named 10th grader Claire Voyante, whos...

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Jan 19 2010

Isobelle Carmody

Isobelle Carmody is the Australian author of both the Obernewtyn Chronicles (the first book of which is one of our Featured Titles) and Alyzon Whitestarr, an excellent standalone young adult fanta...

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Jan 19 2010

Obernewtyn, by Isobelle Carmody

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Isobelle Carmody wrote Obernewtyn, the first novel in her Obernewtyn Chronicles, at the ripe old age of fourteen. Admittedly, the book wasn't actually published until she was thirty, so we'r...

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Dec 1 2009

At long last...

Megan Whalen Turner has finally announced another book. It's been three and a half years since the superb The King of Attolia came out (and I thought the series was over, frankly), so this news is...

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Nov 18 2009

Diana Peterfreund

Diana Peterfreund is the author of both the "Secret Society Girl" series and the YA horror/fantasy novel Rampant, one of our Featured Book titles. Note: While you should, as always, check out Ms....

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Nov 18 2009

Rampant, by Diana Peterfreund

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The idea of carnivorous unicorns ranks pretty high on both the kitsch-o-meter and parody scale, but Diana Peterfreund's novel Rampant is neither. Instead, this surprising young adult book is...

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Nov 16 2009

Killer unicorns

Megan has been nagging me to read Diana Peterfreund's Secret Society Girl books for about a year now, and I keep forgetting 'em when it comes time to read something that's not for the site. But th...

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Oct 12 2009

Rosemary Clement-Moore

Rosemary Clement-Moore is the author of the excellent YA novel The Splendor Falls (which we loved, and chose as one of our Featured Book titles), and the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series (which ...

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Oct 12 2009

The Splendor Falls, by Rosemary Clement-Moore

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One of my least favorite romantic clichés is the Relentlessly Average Heroine. Teen literature is full of these girls: boring, hapless “heroines” whose appeal is limited to some passive attr...

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Sep 18 2009

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is best known for his insanely entertaining Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, but he is also the first contributing author and outline-producing mastermind for The 39 Clues, one...

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Aug 30 2009

Amanda Grange

Amanda Grange has written several bestselling Jane Austen continuations. We haven't fully forgiven her for making Lydia full-on evil (see the Bitter Aftertaste section) in her book Mr. Darcy's Di...

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Aug 30 2009

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, by Amanda Grange

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Jane Austen continuations and vampire romances have been two of the great literary success stories of the past five years, so we're actually a little surprised we haven't already seen a combi...

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Aug 7 2009

Alyzon Whitestarr, by Isobelle Carmody

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The title of Isobelle Carmody's book Alyzon Whitestarr sounds like an eighties hair band, the cover model looks like Gossip Girl's Little J in a bad Goth wig, and the ...

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Jul 20 2009

Fate, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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YA author Jennifer Lynn Barnes has quite the talent for creating unlikely heroes. Her The Squad series features cheerleader secret agents, while 2007’s Tattoo and its recently released...

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Jul 20 2009

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Jennifer Lynn Barnes wrote her first novel as a teenager, and she’s written five others since, including the Wordcandy Featured Book pick Fate, Tattoo, and the 'Killer Squad' series. Her far-fetc...

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Jul 6 2009

Storm Front and Welcome to the Jungle, by Jim Butcher

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When it comes to pulp fiction, I usually think shorter is better. This is why I’ve always liked Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, but I love his graphic-novel reworkings of the same material. The...

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Jun 8 2009

The Awakening, by Kelley Armstrong

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Kelley Armstrong’s 2008 novel The Summoning was her first attempt at writing teen fiction, and a rousing success. Set in the same world as her Women of the Underworld series, The Summoning...

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May 28 2009

Erica Kirov

Erica Kirov is a Virginia-based YA author of Russian descent. Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass, her debut novel, is the first book in a projected series, and one of our Featured Book picks.

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May 28 2009

The Eternal Hourglass, by Erica Kirov

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The Eternal Hourglass, the first book in Erica Kirov’s Magickeepers series, introduces readers to a tantalizing new fantasy world. Kirov’s protagonist is Nick Rostov, the teenage son of the ...

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Apr 2 2009

Have they failed to notice that we are collectively broke?

Brace yourselves, fantasy fans, because the fine people at Tor Books have decided to split the late Robert Jordan's final work into three pieces.The three releases combined make up A Memory of Lig...

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Mar 30 2009

City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare

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Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, the first book in her Mortal Instruments trilogy, has a lot going for it: the twists and turns of the plot make sense, the dialogue is lively, and—unlike so many...

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Feb 27 2009

Tom Becker

Tom Becker is a British fantasy author. Darkside, his debut novel, is both the first installment in a projected series and one of our Featured Book titles.Note: We feel a strong sense of kinship ...

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Feb 27 2009

The mind boggles

I cannot BELIEVE they're going to do this, but The Hollywood Reporter assures me it's true:Hollywood is looking to remake The NeverEnding Story.Scarier still, the article linked above suggests tha...

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Feb 12 2009

Heroes of the Valley, by Jonathan Stroud

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For my money, Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy was the best young adult fantasy series of the past decade. Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass was better than any individual book in Stro...

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Jan 12 2009

Evil Ways, by Justin Gustainis

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I really enjoyed Black Magic Woman, the first book in Justin Gustainis’s Morris and Chastain Investigations series. I liked his just-released sequel, Evil Ways, too... but with considerably more r...

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Jan 11 2009

Osamu Tezuka

Osamu Tezuka was a Japanese manga artist, animator, and producer, and is frequently referred to as the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney. He is best remembered as the creator of Astro Boy and Ki...

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Jan 11 2009

Black Jack: Vol. 1, by Osamu Tezuka

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An English translation of Osamu Tezuka’s award-winning manga Black Jack is available again, thanks to the fine people at VIZ Media. The first two volumes of this enjoyably bizarre medical dr...

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Dec 22 2008

A little look-see

We were impressed by Justin Gustainis's gore-filled monsterfest Black Magic Woman, so we're stoked to see the sequel is almost out. Evil Ways will be on shelves on December 30th, but if you're all...

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