The Hero of Ages

THE HERO OF AGES (Mistborn #3) Written by Brandon Sanderson Published by Tor Teen, October 7, 2014 My star rating: 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the…

When The Sky Fell On Splendor

WHEN THE SKY FELL ON SPLENDOR Written by Emily Henry Published by Razorbill, March 12, 2019 My star rating: 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Almost everyone in the small town of Splendor, Ohio, was affected when the local steel mill exploded. If you weren’t a casualty of the accident yourself, chances are a loved one was….

The Giver: Graphic Novel

THE GIVER: GRAPHIC NOVEL Written by Lois Lowry, Illustrated by P. Graig Russell Published by HMH books for young readers, February 5, 2019 My star rating: 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Now in graphic novel format, Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal–winning classic story of a young boy discovering the dark secrets behind his seemingly ideal world is…

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ Written by Heather Morris Published by Harper, September 4, 2018 My star rating: 3.25 stars THE SYNOPSIS: This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity. In April…

The Kingdom of Copper

THE KINGDOM OF COPPER (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) Written by S.A. Chakraborty Published by Harper Voyager, January 22, 2019 My star rating – 5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust…

In An Absent Dream

IN AN ABSENT DREAM (Wayward Children #4) Written by Seanan McGuire Published by Tor, January 8, 2019 My star rating – 5 stars! THE SYNOPSIS: This fourth entry and prequel tells the story of Lundy, a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to…

Enchantée

ENCHANTÉE Written by Gita Trelease Published by Flatiron/Macmillan, February 5, 2019 My star rating – 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money…

Skyward

SKYWARD (Skyward #1) Written by Brandon Sanderson Published by Delacorte Press, November 6, 2018 My star rating – 5 stars! THE SYNOPSIS: Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little…

The Librarian of Auschwitz

THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ Written by Antonio Iturbe Published by Henry Holt, October 20, 2017 My star rating – 2 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust….