When I began reading Releasing Her Powers Within: Fae Shifters I by Madilynn Dale I was fully ready to find a teenage protagonist coming of age, awareness, and powers. I really love that this book has more teeth than that. The protagonist, Liz, is in her twenties instead of a teenager, but that leads to a great deal of maturity and a more complete adult.
The further I read into this book, the more I liked it. There is an interesting juxtaposition between the prologue and the book that was always in the back of my mind and intriguing. The character development is amazing in the beginning, pulling the reader in. I checked my progress once expecting to be about 75% through and was amazed that I was only 15%.
I absolutely loved Truthstone by Mike Shelton and rate it at full stars! While this book has some of the familiarity of many fantasy fiction books with gems holding powers and different sects having little bits of powers from the stones. There are also completely new ideas and unusual concepts to make this book really interesting. The action and character development entice you to read far too late into the night.
The Immortals: Part One Shadows and Starstone by Cheryl Mackey is such a great book that I was already planning on getting the second book before I finished listening to the first. I happily rate it at full stars! In fact, I got both Book II and Book III as soon as I finished the first book. The characters are the greatest strength of this book. But the new ideas within a very popular genre were refreshing, and the tempo of the action was awesome. Also, I listened to this as an audio book and the narrator was superb.
I just finished reading Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve, a book bought for our middle school classroom. I actually wasn’t that excited to read this futuristic YA fantasy, but I really enjoyed it and rate it 3 out of 4 stars.