Keeper of the Lost Cities (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #1) by Shannon Messenger | I’m hooked and plan to binge-read this series!

I need to thank Regan from PeruseProject for voraciously reading this fantasy series last year, always so excited about the next installment! Her reading vlogs made me want to purchase the entire box set for myself, and that’s when I spotted the ARC of the first book on NetGalley

Simon & Schuster Children’s UK are re-publishing this wonderful middle-grade / YA series, and I’m so happy that I got approved and had a chance to try the first book.I instantly became addicted to the characters and already got myself a couple of next books in this series.

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Houdini’s Curse (The Phantom Files #2) by William B. Wolfe

Last year, I was lucky enough to read William B. Wolfe new book – «Twain’s Treasure», absolutely loved it and hoped that there will be more installments in this children’s series!

Before and during my teenage years, I used to be obsessed with children’s series, especially something like Nancy Drew. The Phantom Files brought back that nostalgia. So you can imagine my excitement when I spotted book number two on NetGalley, and was once again very lucky to get approved for this ARC. 

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Saving Fable by Scott Reintgen | Learn how to be the best book character in Protagonist Preparatory school!

I don’t think I will ever fall out of love with middle-grade books. There is something so special about the friendship, the simplicity of good vs evil and the most exciting adventures and quests. 

Ever since I read «Nyxia» by Scott Reintgen two years ago, I fell in love with his engaging writing style, the intricate worlds that he creates and also his characters. I’ve mentioned before how much I love Scott Reintgen’s competitions and now, after reading «Saving Fable», I can also say how much I love his adventures.

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Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M. Bergen

«Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows» is the first book in the magical middle-grade series ( trilogy?), perfect for the fans of “the chosen one” tropes, adventures and magic! 

Middle-grade books will always have a special place in my reader’s heart. The middle-grade books made me fall in love with reading, they made me stay up late with a torch under the blanket finishing “just one more chapter” and hoping that my parents wouldn’t notice the light coming from beneath my door.

Adventure, magic, and most importantly friendship in my favorite books made me the avid reader I am today.

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Twain’s Treasure: The Phantom Files, Book 1 by William B. Wolfe | A promising beginning to a new Children’s Fiction collection!

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When I was little, I constantly asked my parents to buy me more books. I think it was the only thing I ever asked for. My favorite book series back then was something similar to Nancy Drew – crime, mystery solving stories within a large collection of adventures.

When I picked this book up from NetGalley, I didn’t even realize that it was going to have that same adventurous vibe that I used to love in children books.

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The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson | A perfect dystopian tale for a middle-grade audience (and not only!)

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Have you ever thought that a middle-grade novel could have the perfect plot of a dystopian world? Neither did I! And I was pleasantly surprised by the world created by B.A. Williamson in this book. If someone decides to make a movie based on this story, I will be the first buying cinema tickets! Continue reading “The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson | A perfect dystopian tale for a middle-grade audience (and not only!)”

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi | 20 Things you should know before venturing into Furthermore

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No matter how inviting magical worlds might be, one should never go unprepared and under-informed into the unknown. Especially when the unknown is a large world filled to the brim with mischief, treachery and magical secrets.

But DO NOT FEAR!

It is my job and duty to prepare curious boys and girls like you to the uncontrollable magic of Furthermore, as it is a far more dangerous place than you might let yourself to believe. Continue reading “Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi | 20 Things you should know before venturing into Furthermore”

Children’s Graphic Novels | How did children’s books get so sinister?

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Happy Monday! Let’s start this week with something a little bit different and take a look at the new children’s fiction. I requested a few graphic novels from NetGalley, because frankly I was interested to see what kind of books kids read nowadays, and decided to combine all three reviews in one post. Continue reading “Children’s Graphic Novels | How did children’s books get so sinister?”

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller | The most heart-touching middle grade novel!

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What is depression, and how can you explain to your child that her mother is suffering from an illness that even adults sometimes don’t understand?

Natalie is struggling to understand. What happened to her mother that triggered these dark days? Why doesn’t she try better for her, Natalie, to push the darkness away?

Tae Keller’s witty and emotional writing, mixed with a heavy subject, resulted in a perfect book for any ages. Continue reading “The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller | The most heart-touching middle grade novel!”

Pax by Sara Pennypacker | An emotional story about the boy and his fox that broke my heart!

I’ve been eyeing this book for a very long time, especially because of this gorgeous cover, but also because one of the main “characters” of the book was a FOX! And animals in books or movies are my utter weakness.

This book was my cover-pick for one of the Booktube-a-Thon 2017 challenges and I devoured it in one day, crying and sobbing throughout the whole narrative. Continue reading “Pax by Sara Pennypacker | An emotional story about the boy and his fox that broke my heart!”

A Veil of Shadows by Michael W. Garza | A great continuation to Naomi’s and Gavin’s adventures! + GIVEAWAY

Earlier this year I read and reviewed the first book in The Shadow Gate Chronicles  – «The Last Shadow Gate» by Michael W. Garza and it was a very whimsical experience. Make sure to check my review on the first book before reading this one!

Thank you YA Bound Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to continue reading this series and to provide my opinion on Naomi’s and Gavin’s adventures. Continue reading “A Veil of Shadows by Michael W. Garza | A great continuation to Naomi’s and Gavin’s adventures! + GIVEAWAY”

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume | Incredible writing, unfortunately, was not enough

There is probably not a single person out there who read and didn’t like «Harry Potter». J.K. Rowling created one of the most innovative fantasy stories of her time. When it was first released, I was only 6 years old and it was much later, when the story was finally translated to Russian and I was of age to read it that I picked it up.

Everyone talked about it, everyone watched the movies and waited years for the conclusion of this epic adventure. Continue reading “Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume | Incredible writing, unfortunately, was not enough”

The Fearless Travelers’ Guide to Wicked Places by Pete Begler | How much weirdness is enough?

This was the first middle grade novel that I’ve read in years! I was longing for something magical and light, therefore middle grade seemed like a good choice. (Nothing is quite as good as Harry Potter though). And honestly, I had so much fun reading this! It was one of those “right place, right time” books, and should I add “right mood”?

I think there is a wide variety of very good middle grade books that are definitely worth picking up and if you are looking for something magical, very light and at some points extremely weird, this might be the book for you! Continue reading “The Fearless Travelers’ Guide to Wicked Places by Pete Begler | How much weirdness is enough?”

The Last Shadow Gate (Book 1) by Michael W. Garza | Did this middle-grade novel live to my expectations? + GIVEAWAY

It is finally time for a blog tour (Who doesn’t love blog tours?!) of «The Last Shadow Gate: Book 1» by Michael W. Garza and here is what I have for you today! Continue reading “The Last Shadow Gate (Book 1) by Michael W. Garza | Did this middle-grade novel live to my expectations? + GIVEAWAY”