Splintered is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland that I had been meaning to read for a while now. Alyssa learns that her mother isn’t really insane, they are both descended from Alice Liddel, who was the first to Wonderland and brought back with her a curse that afflicts her family. In order to stop this curse, Alyssa must journey into Wonderland herself. Once she gets there, alongside her best friend and love interest Jeb, she finds things are quite a bit more complicated. Her guide Morpheus is an old friend who appeared to her in her childhood, in her […]
Publisher: Amulet Books
The Night Gardener may be pegged as middle grade, but it certainly scared me as a reader at times. The story is of two Irish siblings, Molly and Kip, whose parents were lost at sea and they are on their way to find work in England. At least they would be, if anyone would tell them where to find the house in the woods, one that no one dares to near. On the way they meet an old woman, who tells them the way in exchange for a story, she is curious as to what happens at the house they […]
Will and Whit is a graphic novel I had heard quite some buzz about and having read her previous graphic novel, I was esctastic when I found it at the library. Will has lost her parents recently and lives with her aunt and finds solace in her artwork. She crafts lamps of many different varieties to keep things lit in the dark. Ever since the tragedy, she has feared the dark, feeling shadows close in on her. I love the way that the illustrations depict her fears, like shadows are swarming around her. With the help of friends old and […]
Growing up, I have always loved Alice in Wonderland. From the kid-friendly Disney version to the horror story style movies to my personal favorite, The Looking Glass Wars, there are so many different variations to get lost in. With one of the latest variations, Splintered, I will admit that I put this one on the back shelf for a reason. I was afraid of it. Well, maybe not in the way that you are thinking. Of course, I was not scared of the book, but rather the unknown. Would Splintered be a literal retelling or seem like a completely different […]
I'm a sucker for books about young boys who are thieves. My favorite book of all time is Oliver Twist (of course). So when I heard about this one, I couldn't resist picking it up. Peter Nimble is not only the greatest thief that has ever lived, he is also blind. When he must steal a set of glass eyes for his evil guardian Mr. Seamus, he puts a pair in and is instantly transported to an island. Here he sets off on an adventure that is amazing. Filled with interesting characters, evil villians to be conquered and children to […]
Short & Sweet: Another great addition to a series that is easily becoming one of my favorite middle grade fantasy/mystery series. I just love reading these books. They're quick reads for their length and always very entertaining. The characters are so unique and the world is so well-built I feel like I am there when I read these books. I can't wait for the next one. Final Verdict: Fans of fairy tales and mysteries ought to check this great series out!
Short & Sweet: First of all, this graphic novel is beautifully illustrated. It’s a fantastic story that is from a point of view that you don’t see a lot – from that of a Jewish girl. I love the attitude of Mirka and how eventually she has to defeat the troll in the end. Hoping for more graphic novels about this brave girl. Final Verdict: great fantasy story with a deeper meaning and an unusual heroine.
Short & Sweet: A great follow-up to the first novel. Sabrina is dealing with a lot of issues – such as treating all fairy tales as if they are evil. It's going to take her a few more books I believe before she gets over it. Another daring adventure, with some new characters and the introduction of formal schooling thrown into the mix. Final Verdict: Another fun addition to a great mystery series.