by Aprilynne Pike
In a beautiful, yet heart-wrenching tale of good versus evil, Laurel finds herself battling more than just the trolls that are after her; the clash between her two worlds forcing her to make a choice between better and best and which boy will help her be the person she’s meant to be and live the life she’s meant to live.
Spells follows Wings, a thrilling tale surrounding a girl named Laurel, a human, who has only recently found out that she’s also a fairy. Well, not also. Laurel is in fact not a human at all, though that’s the only life she’s known for the past fifteen years. At least the parts she can remember.
In this latest installment, Laurel’s latent fairy memories continue to evade her, causing her to struggle even more between embracing her old life and retaining the human existence she’s literally grown accustomed to all these years.
The beautiful yet succinct writing kept me turning page after page until I was finished, aching along with Laurel as she battled for her life in so many ways. A truly marvelous read with oh so many surprise endings, creating all the more anticipation for the next installment.
The Candy Shop War
by Brandon Mull
Can we say Fun? Fun? Fun? I bet you could, but when was the last time you ever associated it with a book? Brandon Mull weaves a delightful tale of fun and excitement, creating a world that seems strangely familiar, yet turns out not to be quite what we expect. Where accepting candy from strangers takes on a whole new meaning, and leaves the parents in town the most vulnerable and unable to heed their own warning. But is it the stranger or the candy itself that has the children so enraptured, essentially blinding them against the truly sadistic plots taking place?
In typical Brandon Mull fashion is a tale woven so expertly as to teach a valuable lesson while taking us on a wild and dangerous ride through his vivid imagination. Perfection at its best. Almost as perfect as the candy which makes you….
Well, I think I’ll just let you find that out for yourself.