Book Review: The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith

The Library of the Unwritten (Hell's Library #1)

Paperback, 375 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Ace Books

This is one that I contacted the publisher about and, happily, they sent along a finished copy to review after it released.  This is no way affects my honest opinions.  Nor should it affect yours!

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Book Review: Field Trip by Molly Brooks

Field Trip (Sanity & Tallulah, Book 2)

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Disney-Hyperion

I’m going to start by saying that I didn’t love this one quite as much as the first volume.  I think it was the distinct lack of three-headed kitten though.  The replacement “bees” were absolutely amazing though.  The friendship and characterization of Sanity and Tallulah were just as fun as the previous and shows a bit more the difference between the not-quite-evil genius and the spacy creative one.  It works and I love it!

The science in this one was spectacular.  I don’t know how true the science was, but it made logical sense within the story, and that’s all that matters to me.  It introduced some concepts that made you think about the consequences.  And what might happen if it were a reality.

I’m hoping that this series continues because it is adorable and presents several wonderful things that I think are lacking in the middle grade graphic novel category (POC main character, smart/science engaged girls, etc.).  I look forward to seeing what else the author comes up with after this.

PS It kinda reminds me of the DCOM Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.

Summary:

Sanity and Tallulah are going on a field trip-to a real live planet! Some of their classmates are nervous (none of them have been on a planet before, and they’ve heard terrible things), but Tallulah is beside herself with excitement. Sanity would be more excited if her grumpy older sister, Prudence, wasn’t coming along to supervise the trip. Things get off to a rocky start (asteroid-y start, to be specific) and Sanity and Tallulah find themselves separated from their school group, pursued by a pirate, and stranded on a planet that’s about to explode, with nothing but the wreckage of a crashed space shuttle and the contents of Tallulah’s overloaded backpack to work with. These best friends will have to stretch their problem-solving skills to the limit in order to get everyone home safe, and it’s going to take their whole class-plus an accountant, a math hermit, a group of mysterious beekeepers, and even the murderous pirate-to make it happen.
This second adventure in the Sanity & Tallulah series by Molly Brooks is out of this world!

Blog Tour: Master of the Phantom Isle by Brandon Mull

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Master of the Phantom Isle (Dragonwatch, #3)

Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Shadow Mountain

Brandon Mull has a delightfully wicked way of wrapping up a story by introducing what the next story arc is going to be or where it will happen.  Then follows it up with a book that picks up right where the previous one left off.  This is great!  For anyone who has all the books and binge them one after the other.  But incredibly frustrating for those of us who read them before the next book releases!!

That being said, this third installment is marvelous!  We learn more about what happened to Seth at the end of book two as well as Bracken’s whereabouts.  Kendra does a fantastic job of coping with the loss of her brother while trying to maintain her responsibilities.  We get to see Warren and Vanessa again.  And my favorite, the Fairy Queen, makes an appearance 🙂

If I say too much more, I’ll give away spoilers for either this book or the previous ones.  Hopefully you’ve already read them, but here are links to my reviews if you want to check those out.

Dragonwatch

Wrath of the Dragon King

Summary:

Cursed by the Key of Forgetting, Seth has lost all memory of his past—his relationships, his experiences, and who he really is. For now he will align with his new mentor, Ronodin, the dark unicorn, who takes him to the Phantom Isle, the secret gateway to the Under Realm. Though Seth is not formally a prisoner, Ronodin wants to use him and his shadow charmer powers for his own dark ends.

Kendra is frantic to find her missing brother, but the quest will take her and her companions, including Warren, Tanu, and Vanessa, far from Wyrmroost to Crescent Lagoon—a recently fallen dragon sanctuary made up of many islands and underwater domains. Its caretaker has regained a foothold on one of the islands. If Kendra and her friends can save that sanctuary, they might uncover the answers they need to rescue Seth.

With each sanctuary the dragons overthrow, Celebrant, the Dragon King, comes closer to the dawn of a new Age of Dragons. With the forces of darkness on the march, can Kendra and her allies gather enough power to win the epic dragon war?

New Releases October 2019

Once again, we have a month jam-packed with so many amazing SFF releases across the ages!  I’ve already had a chance to read a few of these, so you can find my reviews of Smarter Than a Monster up now and Master of the Phantom Isle should go live very soon!  I’m working on The Never Tilting World right now for review and have a review copy of The Library of the Unwritten to read next!  Hopefully, I’ll be able to squeeze one or two more into my reading schedule this month as well 🙂

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Book Review: Smarter Than a Monster by Brandon Mull and illustrated by Mike Walton

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Shadow Mountain

Summary:

No monster wants you to read this book. The more you know about monsters, the more you will know how to defeat them.

Little kids have big fears, which they often imagine to be scary creatures, like monsters. But this book helps explain how knowing “Monster Facts” can help kids outwit them.

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