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ARC Alert: Paying Magic’s Price: The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr

Thank you to Netgalley and Chronicle Books for an ARC of this novel! Below is my honest review.

Weyr, Garret. The Language of Spells. Illustrated by Katie Harnett. Chronicle Books, 2018. Hardcover $14.64, ISBN 978-1-45215-958-4

TL;DR: Do I recommend this book? Yes

Genre: Fantasy

Part of a series? No

Book Summary:

Grisha the dragon has not lived your average dragon’s life. Instead of being able to go to battle and fight, a sorcerer’s trick robs him of his freedom for a very long time. Now, however, he is able to go about life as he pleases (for the most part), and he gets to spend a great deal of time with Maggie, a very serious girl who loves Grisha more than anything. Are the dragons of Vienna really free? And what, if anything, can be done to help them?

Reader’s Comments:

This book is so wonderful. It is sweet, gentle, and addresses tough topics like love, freedom, and what is right. I am a little concerned that it is too quiet for most readers; there is epic feeling and the stakes are very high for Grisha and Maggie, but the tone of the novel is very calm even at the book’s most intense moments. That said, the book is gorgeous, and the story is deeply moving.

Grade Level: 5-8

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ARC Alert!: Left my heart in San Francisco: The City on the Other Side by Mairghread Scott

Thank you to Netgalley and First Second for the ARC! Below is my honest review.

Scott, Mairghread. The City on the Other Side. Illustrated by Robin Robinson. First Second, 2018. Hardcover $20.54, ISBN 978-1-25015-255-8; PLB $21.07, ISBN 978-1-54901-897-8; TR $14.49, ISBN 978-1-62672-457-0

TL;DR: Do I recommend this book? Yes!!

Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)

Part of a series? Not at this time.

Book Summary:

Isabella loves the city of San Francisco despite her mother’s strict warnings to stay indoors, away from dirt, and certainly away from any adventures. When Isabella is sent to spend the summer in Carmel with her sculptor father, she is upset to leave her beloved city behind. Little does she realize that in Carmel, she’ll be able to get her hands dirty … and fall through the Veil into the fairy world where the Seelie and Unseelie courts are deep in battle. Can Isabella help the Seelie win? And will her beloved city hold the key to overthrowing the power hungry Unseelie king Coscar?

Reviewer’s Notes:

I’m a sucker for fairy courts and San Francisco separately, so when I saw this book, I knew I needed to read it. This is a great through the looking glass type adventure. San Francisco landmarks abound in this early twentieth century rendering of the city, and the fairies are varied and fascinating. The adventure really delivers, too, which is of course an important element of all fantasy stories 🙂 This is a great dive into the world of Seelie and Unseelie conflict with content more appropriate for our younger fans.

Grade Level: 3-6

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ARC Alert!! Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable

Thank you to Netgalley and First Second for an ARC of this book! Below is my honest review.

Annable, Graham. Peter & Ernesto A Tale of Two Sloths. First Second, c2017. Hardcover $14.59, ISBN 978-1-62672-561-4

TL;DR: Do I recommend this book? Yes!

Genre: Animal Story/Graphic Novel

Part of a series? Not at this time

Book Summary:

Peter and Ernesto are two best friends. Happily watching the clouds from their canopy of trees, everything changes when Ernesto decides he loves the sky so much that he needs to see it from EVERYWHERE. Peter, a bit of a worrywart and certainly a homebody, sees no reason to leave the tree. Ernesto sets off alone, ready for adventure, and Peter worries until all he can do is follow. Will Ernesto see the sky from everywhere? And will Peter find his friend?

Reader’s Thoughts:

This book is the SWEETEST. Peter and Ernesto are two adorable sloths, and the animals each encounters along the way are interesting, funny, and diverse. The themes of home, friendship, and adventure are fun in this novel. I look forward to having this to offer our readers looking for some non-scary adventure that they can really get into.

Grade Level: K-3

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ARC ALERT!! Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter by Marcus Sedgwick

Thank you to Netgalley and First Second for the ARC! Below is my honest review.

Sedgwick, Marcus. Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter. Illustrated by Thomas Taylor. First Second, 2018. Hardcover $20.54, ISBN 978-1-25015-984-7; PLB $19.36, ISBN 978-1-54901-896-1 ; TR $12.79, ISBN 978-1-62672-026-8

TL;DR: Do I recommend this book? Yes

Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)

Part of a series? Yes; this is the first.

Book Summary:

Scarlett Hart’s parents were truly amazing monster hunters. Following their death, Scarlett is determined to be just as great a hunter. That’s more easily said than done, however, given that she is too young to actually be a monster hunter, and her continued attempts at catching monsters for the reward money lands her in danger of getting arrested. That and her dwindling funds make for a tough situation.

Reader’s Notes:

This is a really great first installment. It has adventure, humor, and creepiness galore. It’s a fun adventure with a female protagonist who refuses to give up. Highly recommend!

Grade Level: 5-8