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The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte by Jaclyn Moriarty

I saw this reviewed on a GeekMom post and thought it would be a good read aloud to start off the school year. I was not disappointed.

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 377 pages

Setting: various locations of a make-believe industrial (but not cell-phone) level world

Summary: Short version: Bronte travels to all her aunts’ houses after her parents die Continue reading

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Child of a Hidden Sea by A. M. Dellamonica

I had seen the third book in the series in a list of good pirate stories. I’d much rather start at the beginning of a series than in the middle and picked up this one.

Published: 2014

Genre: portal fantasy

Length: 331 pages

Setting: San Francisco and parts of Stormwrack, a connected alternate Earth, present day

Summary: Short version: Sophie prevents war from breaking out in a parallel water world Continue reading

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The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang

This is the second book in the Tensorate series. I had some digital Amazon credits expiring and used them to buy the next book in the series.

Published: 2017

Genre: fantasy

Length: 213 pages

Setting: the Gusai desert around Bataanar, after the events of The Black Tides of Heaven

Summary: Short version: A naga hunt leads to many changes for Mokoya Continue reading

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Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge

This was a random graphic novel I picked up off the library shelf.

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade fantasy graphic novel

Length: 208 pages

Setting: a big city and the Underworld beneath it, present day

Summary: Short version: Edmund and his changeling, Cinder, work together to stop a coup in the Royal City Continue reading

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Oxygen by Carol Cassella

Mr. Curiosity came across this book as he was looking for something for himself and thought it sounded like a book I would enjoy. I was thrilled to put one of his recommendations on my TBR. I was looking for something non-fantasy to read, and thought this would fit the bill.

Published: 2008

Genre: medical thriller

Length: 288 pages

Setting: Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas, present day

Summary: Short version: A child dies under Marie’s care and she is devastated Continue reading

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Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop

This is the second book in the Dark Jewels trilogy. I’m trying to finish series within a reasonably short time of starting them, so here’s the second book already.

Published: 1999

Genre: fantasy

Length: 482 pages

Setting: soon after the events of Daughter of the Blood, various locations within the Realms

Summary: Short version: Jaenelle heals and draws friends into her official Court Continue reading

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Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

I’m not sure how this book came to my attention, but it picked it up now because it was available as an audiobook and was a good length for our trip to Philadelphia.

Published: 2015

Genre: middle grade fiction with a touch of magic

Length: 587 pages

Setting: Germany, Pennsylvania, and California, late 1930s

Summary: Short version: A harmonica helps three kids overcome discrimination and find happiness Continue reading

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