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The Storm Runner by J. C. Cervantes

It’s another Rick Riordan Presents book, this time about Mayan mythology. Miss Adventure started it and said it was worth reading. (I should have waited to see if she finished it to decide whether or not to read it, but oh well.)

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 431 pages

Setting: New Mexico and California, as well as Mayan divine realms, present day

Summary: Short version: Zane has three days to save the world from a Mayan god Continue reading

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Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine

This is the third book in the Great Library series the kids and I are reading.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA alternative history/fantasy

Length: 338 pages

Setting: mostly Philadelphia, right after the events of Paper and Fire

Summary: Short version: Jess and his friends survive the Burners of Philadelphia Continue reading

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The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang

It was a free book provided by Tor. I decided to read it now because Mr. Curiosity read it and enjoyed it.

Published: 2017

Genre: fantasy

Length: 236 pages

Setting: the Protectorate, a pre-industrial Asian society

Summary: Short version: Twins rebel against their mother, the Protector Continue reading

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

I wanted something lighter than what I’ve been reading lately and went looking through the Newbery Medal books. Middle grade books will always work out in the end.

Published: 2016

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 386 pages

Setting: near the Protectorate, a Middle Ages level society

Summary: Short version: The importance of stories you tell yourself to be true Continue reading

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Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

I had heard good things about this book and decided to read it to the kids. It’s set in the winter, so it made it appropriate to read this late in the year.

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade fiction with a touch of magic

Length: 370 pages

Setting: mostly the Winterhouse hotel, in a northern climate, present day

Summary: Short version: Who can find The Book and decode the secret message first? Continue reading

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Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon

This is the eighth and currently final book available in the Outlander series. This means I have completed my goal of being up to date on the Outlander series. (I can’t say “finishing” since the series isn’t complete, but I’ve read all the books available.)

Published: 2014

Genre: historical fiction with time travel

Length: 825 pages

Setting: near Valley Forge, in 1778, and 1980s and early 1700s, Scotland

Summary: Short version: Outlander characters at the start of the Revolutionary War Continue reading

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Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

This is the third book in the Immortals Quartet I started listening to with Miss Adventure. We listened to it together on the way to gymnastics meets (meet season has started again).

Published: 1994

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 294 pages

Setting: mostly the Kingdom of Carthak, soon after the events of Wolf Speaker

Summary: Short version: Daine is drawn into Carthaki politics Continue reading

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