My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Published: November 6th, 2018 Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books Recommended Age: 14+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Violence, LGBTQIA+, Sex, Power
In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest. Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Published: January 3rd, 2017 Publisher: Speak Recommended Age: 13+ Pacing: Slow Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Demons, Mystery, Romance
London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap? Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: HBG Canada Publication: August 8th, 2017 Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: YA, Urban Fantasy, Demons, Romance
When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: August 16th, 2016 Publisher: Delacorte Press Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 13+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Paranormal, Action, Demons
Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.
In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.
Nina isn’t about to let that happen…even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice. Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: September 10th, 2013 Publisher: Tundra Books Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Paranormal, Angels,Action, War, Demons, Romance
It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters watched her twin brother die. In the sunshine of a new town her body has healed, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she fights and kills hell-beasts. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams, he tells her things about her brother and her life that cannot be true, things that are dangerous. Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And who is Gaby? The truth lies in the shadows of her nightmares.Continue reading →
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Received: Bought Publication Date: December 6th 2011 Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative Recommended Age: 13+ Pacing: Very Slow Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Steampunk, Fantasy, Adventure, Demons, Mystery, Family
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them. Continue reading →
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Received: Bought Publication Date: March 27th 2007 Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Point of View: 3rd Person Recommended Age: 12+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Demons, Vampires, Angels, Romance
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end. Continue reading →