Tag: Middle Grade Fiction

Book Report: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Let me be honest here.  The reason why I picked up this book in the first place is that the book is about Nicholas Flamel, and Nicholas Flamel is mentioned in the first Harry Potter book.  Does anyone else pick out books like that? …

Book Review: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley

I almost missed work because of this book. I started reading The Fairytale Detectives on a particularly rainy day while sipping on a mug of hot Earl Grey tea. By the first few pages and the first crack of thunder from outside, I was sucked…

Book Review: Any Witch Way by Annastaysia Savage

If I cannot live in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world pre- or post- Vol-Vol…he-who-must-not-be-named, can I live in the world Annastaysia Savage created in Any Witch Way?  I thought Annastaysia’s world-building was superb.  The story starts in our reality, but as Sadie learns of her…

In Which I am Determined to Finish a Series Other than Harry Potter

I’m notorious for starting book series but never finishing them.  I think the problem is, I read the first few books of the series with fervor but then lose gusto after a while.  Spending upwards of a month with the same characters, the same…

Book Report: House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo

When I downloaded House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo, I had the wrong impression of it.  I thought it was just a horror story.  I hate horror movies, but I love horror novels.  I thought I’d give it a go since I haven’t read…

Book Review: So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane

I just finished re-reading the Harry Potter series, and my thirst for fantasy, wizardry, and magic had not been quenched, so I picked up So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane without knowing much about it. I have to admit, I…