Review: Shifting in The Realms

Shifting in The Realms
Shifting in The Realms by Theresa Snyder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this novella, which introduces the reader to The Realms, a shared-world project. It was a fast and fun read, with a main character I’d be interested to see more of in the future. The world seems to offer lots of possibilities for future stories–as does a shape-shifter who also seems to be dead? Free this month, so why not give it a try? Recommended if you like YA protagonists, shape-shifting, fantasy in general.



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Review: The Breach

The Breach
The Breach by Patrick Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you are looking for a fast-paced, well-written, science fiction thriller, I recommend you pick up this book. I picked it up (the audio edition) mainly because it was available on my library’s site, and wasn’t disappointed.

There’s a certain amount of violence, (and one scene of torture, which skated just to the edge of my comfort zone) but it is not glorified or described any further than it must be to convey the scene.

Current day politics and future technology revolve around a main character with an intriguing backstory and an uncertain future. In short, it kept me intrigued from intro to end.



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Review: The Dark Deeps

The Dark Deeps
The Dark Deeps by Arthur Slade

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved this book–and I did that thing where you listen to the second book because that’s the one you can get, even though you haven’t read the first one yet, and you just hope it’s going to be okay? Yeah, I did that. And it was perfectly okay. The author provides enough background information to bring the reader up to speed, without ever making it feel cumbersome.

Intriguing and well-developed characters, lots of adventure, and a complex plot kept me listening even when I should have been doing other things. Highly recommended for anyone of any age who loves YA.



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Review: The Iron Trial

The Iron Trial
The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A highly engaging book with interesting and believable characters, a plot that’s just complex enough, and lots of imaginative storytelling. (And no, it’s not a clone of Harry Potter. That was not the first book to be written about children learning magic, and there’s no reason it should be the last.) Despite the age of the main character (12), I would suggest the book can be read and enjoyed by readers of any age who enjoy YA. There is no romantic subplot (which is good, because it would be completely unnecessary) and the level of writing/language is complex enough to be very enjoyable as an adult reader. Highly recommended to all lovers of YA!



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