The Sister Paradox, by Jack Cambell

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: eSpec Books Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: David L. Felts Sixteen year old Liam is an only child… at least until his 14 year-old sister Kari shows up, sporting an outfit that looks as though she just stepped out of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, complete with sword. And …

King of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Joshua Palmatier Have you read this book? This is the second book in Mark Lawrence’s “The Broken Empire” series. I generally like post-apocalyptic novels, but this series is much darker than most, on the verge …

Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Viking Books for young Readers Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? I’ve seen this gorgeous cover and read enthusiastic reviews of it throughout second half of the year, so I thought it was high time I saw for …

How To Be a Pirate, by Cressida Cowell

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers Published: 2010 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? Oscar and I completed this book together this last weekend when the grandchildren were staying and once more, I was struck at just how funny and …

The Grand Adventure, by David Scott Webster

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: iUniverse Published: 2003 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Paul Goat Allen Have you read this book? David Scott Webster’s The Grand Adventure, the first book in his Naxos Island Mages saga, is a young adult fantasy that follows two young brothers on a—you guessed it!–grand adventure. …

The Hollow Kingdom, by Clare B. Dunkle

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Henry Holt and Company Published: 2003 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Lynn Nicole Louis Have you read this book? In the The Hollow Kingdom, Kate and Emily Winslow, sisters, arrive at Hallow Hill Estate and into the care of a distant cousin after the death of …

The Map that Breathed, by Melanie Gideon

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Henry Holt and Company Published: 2003 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Lynn Nicole Louis Have you read this book? In The Map the Breathed, Nora and Billy, two ‘normal’ kids, discover that they actually have powerful abilities that, when combined, allow them to not only see …

The Guin Saga, by Kaoru Kurimoto

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Vertical Inc. Published: 2003 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? Young adult heroic fantasy may be overshadowed these days in a market saturated with gigantic multi-volume world-building word orgies bulging with all the jejune appeal of silicone teats (think …

The Misspellers, by Michael J. Martineck

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Our Little Secret Press Published: 2002 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Lynn Nicole Louis Have you read this book? I suppose the only thing harder than writing a review of a children’s book is writing the book itself. For a children’s book to be successful, it …

Westmark, by Lloyd Alexander

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Penguin Published: 1981 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Lisa DuMond Have you read this book? Penguin Putnam is one of the most respected names in publishing, so when they announce the addition of a new imprint, it is front page news in the book world. When …

The Light Princess, by George MacDonald

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux Published: 1969 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? George MacDonald’s name has come up on our YA SF&F thread before. (This refers to Melisa Michaels’ forum at the late, lamented, online bookstore Book Stacks.) He …

The Gammage Cup, by Carol Kendall

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Harcourt Published: 1959 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? A rising tide lifts all boats, they say. The rising tide caused by the phenomenal success of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books has indeed lifted the boats of many …