The Inquisitor’s Tale – Adam Gidwitz

29358517The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: September 27th, 2016
Publisher: Dutton BFYR
Point of View: 3rd person mostly
Recommended Age: 9+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Medieval, Religion, Adventure


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1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints. Continue reading

The Belles – Dhonielle Clayton

23197837The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
First Published: February 20th, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy, Beauty, Romance, Sisterhood


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Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. Continue reading