The second in the Magisterium series of YA fantasy novels, The Copper Gauntlet continues the secret war of its teenage mages against a megalomaniacal necromancer.
The Copper Gauntlet returns us to the world of the Magisterium mage school and the continuing adventures of Call Hunt and his friends. When we last left Call he had just discovered that he is the reincarnation of chaos mage the Enemy of Death, and after Call’s father steals a magical artefact that can destroy anything infused with chaos magic, Call is unsure whether or nor not his intention is to save him or kill him. Read the rest here.
When We Were Animals is a coming of age drama about a teenage girl trying to fit in with her friends in the supernaturally tainted town where they’re growing up. It was a bit pretentious and really not all that good. And despite the implication of the opening paragraph below, it’s nothing to do with werewolves.
The small town of Pale Miranda has a secret. Every full moon the teenagers go all call of the wild and riot naked through the town and the surrounding woods. Known as breaching, it’s seen as a rite of passage for all local young people. The awkward and isolated Lumen is sure she will never breach, nor experience the animalistic side of her peers. Read the rest here.
Demon Road is a new young adult novel from Skulduggery Pleasant author Derek Landy. Mixing horror and fantay with a touch of teenage angst, it’s a never-ending road trip of legends, monsters and yes, demons. I enjoyed it.
Amber is not having a good day. First: she’s just found out that her parents are demons, and so is she. Second: they and their friends are going to kill and devour her to absorb her demonic energy as they have been doing with all their previous children over the last century. To escape she goes on the run aided by mysterious driver Milo, who may or may not be the manifestation of an urban legend, and Glen, a talkative and slightly annoying young Irish man doomed by a death curse. Together they travel the Demon Road, a metaphysical highway linking the supernatural underworld that hides in plain sight throughout the dark heart of America. Read the rest here.
New Starburst review. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a young adult fantasy novel partially inspired by Beauty and the Beast, partially the original fairy tale and partially the Disney film. Partially.
As punishment for mistakenly killing a faerie in animal form, teenage hunter Feyre is taken to the Spring Court of the High Fae to spend the remainder of her days as their prisoner. However, the faeries she encounters turn out to be far from the vicious killers she grew up believing them to be (and oddly all have their faces hidden by masks they cannot remove), while her feelings for her captor slowly grow from contempt to attraction. But this is not her only problem; a growing blight is slowly consuming the realms of the faeries, and unless it is stopped, the world of humans will be next. Read the rest here.
New Starburst review. The second book in the Jonathan Stroud’s young adult series Lockwood & Co series (the first, The Screaming Staircase, is here), about teenage paranormal investigators and ghost hunters.
Soon after Lockwood, Lucy and George uncover an old grave containing a corpse bound by all the trappings to contain a malevolent spirit, the excavation site is robbed and a mirror of bone that kills whoever looks into it is stolen. With thieves, thugs, scavengers, murderers and opportunists all searching for the mirror, not to mention the trio’s sanctimonious rivals from a huge ghost hunting agency, there is little time to track down one of the most dangerous objects ever unleashed. Also, the mysterious skull in a jar hidden away in Lockwood’s basement has begun talking to Lucy, and it seems the spirit may know more about what’s going on than anyone. Read the rest here.
New Starburst review. A young adult fantasy co-written by Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black and Mortal Instruments author Cassandra Clare, about a trio of teeagers selected to study at a school of magic where they learn to control their growing powers. No, it’s nothing like Harry Potter.
The sole survivor of a massacre when he was a baby, Callum Hunt grew up taught by his father that magic is dangerous and mages cannot be trusted. Despite his best efforts to be rejected, he is selected to study at the Magisterium, the school of magic where fledgling mages are taught to control their power. Along the way of learning the basics of mastering elemental forces, he also discovers a mystery surrounding his very existence. Read the rest here.
New Starburst review. This is young adult fantasy/horror novel The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud, featuring teenage paranormal investigators, a pseudo-Victorian steampunk atmosphere, and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of ghosts.
After accidentally burning down a client’s house on a routine operation, professional ghost hunters Lockwood, Lucy and George run the risk of going out of business until a wealthy industrialist miraculously turns up on their doorstep with a lucrative offer that could save their careers. Only problem, the assignment is to clear the most haunted building in the country, and it’s pretty much a suicide mission. Read the rest here.