Dragons of Starlight – Book 1: Starlighter – By Bryan Davis

Hey Jared,

I picked this up in an airport for something to read in flight. There wasn’t much to choose from and this was the best there. Both Lisa and I have read this and we agree that it’s an odd one. Somewhere between Middle-Grade and YA but lacking in the strengths of either one.

starlighterTitle: Starlighter
Series: Dragons of Starlight; Book 1
Author: Bryan Davis
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Teen/YA
ROTS Setting: UU, Magic, Dragons
Synopsis: Jason Masters doubted the myths that told of people taken through a portal to another realm and enslaved by dragons. But when he receives a cryptic message from his missing brother, he must uncover the truth and find the portal before it’s too late. At the same time, Koren, a slave in the dragons’ realm, discovers she has a gift that could either save or help doom her people. As Jason and Koren work to rescue the enslaved humans, a mystic prophecy surrounding a black egg may make all their efforts futile.
Recommendation: This book is recommended for teens.

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Dragons of Starlight – Book 1: Starlighter – By Bryan Davis

Book 1 – Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth

Hey Robert,

Since I read the Divergent series a few years ago and moderately enjoyed them I was intrigued enough to give Carve the Mark a try.

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Series: Carve the Mark; Book 1
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Science Fantasy, Young adult, romance
Audience: Teen
ROTS Setting: AU, Space Travel,
Synopsis:In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another? (summary from Goodreads)
Recommendation: Teens would really like this book. Not a bad book just not that great either.

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Book 1 – Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth

DNF – The Invaders by John Flanagan

Flanagan,_John,_The_Invaders.jpgSo I was giving this series another chance. I had hoped that the momentum of the first would have corrected most of the issues I had with it…..but it didn’t. All too soon it became apparent that we were picking up right where it was left and I just can’t be bothered to deal with it.

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Brian’s Saga – Book 5: Brian’s Hunt – By Gary Paulsen

How’s it going Jared?

Finding decent covers for these books has been disturbingly hard. It’s like they don’t want people to see them or use them in their reviews. A good cover image can really sell a book, so it seems counter-intuitive to make them hard to find.

brianshuntTitle: Brian’s Hunt
Series: Brian’s Saga; Book 5
Author: Gary Paulsen
Genre: Fiction, Survival
Audience: Teen
ROTS Setting: CU, Canada
Synopsis: We find Brian still in the Canadian wilderness, picking up right where we left him.
Recommendation: Perfect for Teens. This book is recommended, but note that this book assumes that the events of all 4 previous books took place.

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Fablehaven – Book 5: Keys to the Demon Prison – By Brandon Mull

Jared,

This is it. The end of the series. I’ve been eat, sleep, and…..other stuff, this series for weeks. I am more hyped than ever for Dragonwatch. I’ve pre-ordered it and if all goes well you should expect a review this Friday, Mar.17.2017.

keystothedemonprison.jpgTitle: Keys to the Demon Prison
Series: Fablehaven; Book 5
Author: Brandon Mull
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Youth/Teen
ROTS Setting: EU, Modern, Magic, Fairies, Demons
Synopsis: The final battle between Light and Darkness looms. Desperate, reckless moves are all that’s left to try and prevent the demon prison from opening. Can Kendra and Seth prevent the all but inevitable? Either way, they will risk all in the attempt.
Recommendation: Highly recommend this series. Early teens and up can easily handle this book. I advise moderate caution with younger readers as there are some darker themes.

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Fablehaven – Book 5: Keys to the Demon Prison – By Brandon Mull

Fablehaven – Book 4: Secret of the Dragon Sanctuary – By Brandon Mull

Jared,

I’ve begun fervently reading the last book in the series because I’ve got 3 days before the eBook is due. I just need to stay focused……Oh, look. Books.

secretofthedragonsanctuaryTitle: Secret of the Dragon Sanctuary
Series: Fablehaven; Book 4
Author: Brandon Mull
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Youth/Teen
ROTS Setting: EU, Modern, Magic, Fairies, Demons, Dragons
Synopsis: Kendra and Seth returned home at last. The threat against them is still real and their friends are watching them closely. But the unthinkable happens. Kendra dies. (Mwhahahahahah!)
Recommendation: Highly recommend this series. Early teens and up can easily handle this book. I advise moderate caution with younger readers as there are some darker themes.

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Fablehaven – Book 4: Secret of the Dragon Sanctuary – By Brandon Mull