The Morrigan’s Curse
Middle Grade / Juvenile / January 19, 2017

Eighth Day #3. Author: Dianne K. Salerni. Summary: Evangeline’s younger sister, Addie, is working with the dangerous Kin who originally kidnapped her. They value her power, and they’re willing to teach her more, an irresistible offer. She doesn’t understand the true consequences of the work – the devastation they mean to unleash on the world by undoing the eighth day spell. Jax, meanwhile, is frantic to help, to get her out of there, but entangled in his promises. As usual, he’s in trouble again, having somehow claimed a powerful artifact that won’t rest until it kills. As the battle between Kin and Transitioners comes to a head, both sides race to accomplish their opposing goals, manipulating meanwhile by the sinister figure of the Morrigan. My Thoughts: The Morrigan’s Curse picks up straight away where the previous book left off, providing no back information. (This is good or bad depending on how recently you read the last book.) Action-packed and definitely fast moving, the story felt almost too hasty – the characters had no time to think and neither did the reader. The narrative went back and forth, for the most part, between Jax and a new view point, Addie. Jax…

Ghostly Echoes
Young Adult / January 1, 2017

Jackaby #3. Author: William Ritter. Summary: Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder—her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, Detective R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected. Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced. (Goodreads summary.) Content Review: Sexual content: One kiss. Language: 3 d***, 3 derogatory terms, 1 hell Violence: Man tries to steal life-force from another character. Nixie attacks people with water. Ghost throws bathtub around and smashes it through a wall. MC comes across a couple of kids tormenting a girl and drives them off. Other: There’s a transgender…

Heroes of the Valley
Young Adult / June 23, 2016

Author: Jonathan Stroud. Summary: Halli Sveinsson has grown up in the House of Svein, listening to the legends of the heroes as all his forefathers did. His is a peaceful society where the violence of the past has been outlawed and disputes are settled by the Council. But young Halli has never quite seemed to fit in with the others. Bored with the everyday chores and sheep herding, he can’t help himself from playing practical jokes on everyone, from Eyjolf the old servant, to his brother and sister. But when he plays a trick on Ragnor of the House of Hakonsson, he goes too far, setting in motion a chain of events that will forever alter his destiny. Because of it, Halli will have to leave home and go on a hero’s quest. Along the way, he will encounter highway robbers, terrifying monsters, and a girl who may finally be his match. In the end, he will discover the truth about the legends, his family, and himself. My Thoughts: Heroes of the Valley follows an interesting theme, juxtaposing myth with reality, and bringing out the discrepancies between legend and the past. This is the story of a boy who wants…