3 Points, Mystery, Reviews, Thriller, Young Adult

The Game | The Valley #1 | ISBN 9781907411656 | Atom, 2012 | 3.5 out of 5 Points

“The famous Grace College, located in a remote valley in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, is an elite school for the highly gifted. To Julia and her brother, it’s the perfect place to hide.  But strange things are happening in the valley. Why can’t the college be located in Google Earth? What happened to the students who went missing in the mountains in the 1970s? When Robert finds a dead body in their first week they’ll learn they can only run so far from their past. And that the valley has secrets of its own. . .” Continue Reading

5 Points, Favourites, High Fantasy, Reviews, Young Adult

Six of Crows | Six of Crows #1 | ISBN 9781627792127 | Henry Holt and Company, 2015 | 5 out of 5 Points

“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.” Continue Reading

1 Point, Historical Fiction, Renaissance, Reviews, Thriller

The Botticelli Secret | Stand-Alone | ISBN 9781848547988 | Hodder Paperbacks, 2012 | 1.5 out of 5 Points

“When part-time model and full-time prostitute Luciana Vetra is asked by one of her most exalted clients to pose for a painter friend, she doesn’t mind serving as the model for the central figure of Flora in Sandro Botticelli’s masterpiece “Primavera.” But when the artist dismisses her without payment, Luciana impulsively steals an unfinished version of the painting–only to find that somone is ready to kill her to get it back.

What could possibly be so valuable about the picture? As friends and clients are slaughtered around her, Luciana turns to the one man who has never desired her beauty, novice librarian Brother Guido. Fleeing Florence together, Luciana and Guido race through the nine cities of Renaissance Italy, pursued by ruthless foes who are determined to keep them from decoding the painting’s secrets.” Continue Reading

2 Points, Reviews, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Dream a Little Dream | Silver #1 | ISBN 9781627790277 | Henry Holt and Co., 2013 | 2.5 out of 5 Points

“Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yes, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially the one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys conduct dark magic rituals.

The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But what’s really scaring Liv is that the dream boys seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn’t possibly know–unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute….” Continue Reading