Book Nook: February



A Court of Thorns and Roses
By Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fiction
Age: 14 to 17 years old

Reviewed by REBECCA OLSEN

At just nineteen, Feyre is responsible for the livelihood of her entire family, who all depend on her skill with the bow and arrow to keep them fed and clothed. But when she kills a wolf, that is anything but, there is a high price to pay. She must forfeit her life to protect her family in payment for her crime. Prisoner to High Fae, Tamlin, she finds herself a mere mortal in a land of magic, the rules of which she is just beginning to understand. When the magic begins to go awry with a blight that threatens to destroy the Fae world and the human one it abuts, Feyre must decide whether to honor her word and stay or escape to save her family. Be warned, while this fantasy reads like a fairy tale, there is some mature content contained within its pages!

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TodHunter Moon: Book One, PathFinder

By Angie Sage

Genre: Fantasy

Age: 8 to 12 years old

Reviewed by LISA S.T. DOSS

For a book lover, it’s a wonderful moment to discover a beloved series continue forward. After seven books and getting to know the world of Septimus Heap, the story picks up seven years later. Readers meet the intelligent and resourceful Alice TodHunter Moon, a young girl of 12 who insists on being called Tod. The story begins with Tod attending her first MidSummer Circle with her father, the leader of the Pathfinders. To the great delight of readers, the Dragon ship holding Queen Jenna and the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Septimus, passes overhead. (At that moment, there is a sense of relief to relish a new story while enjoying much of what is already known.) In this seaside fishing village, many of the town’s men, women and children disappear, including Tod’s father, Dan. When Tod’s closest friend, Oskar, learns Tod will be next, he arrives just in time. The two go on an adventure of secret passages, sailing ships and “hubs” to “slip time” and space. Readers will love this page-turning adventure. Do not fear, book two is already out!

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Loose Tooth Trouble

By Melissa Bixby

Genre: Fiction

Age: 5 to 7 years old

Reviewed by VONDA HENDERSON

Loose Tooth Trouble, by Melissa Bixby, summarizes what a child with his first loose tooth might think about. At each opportunity, Bobby mentions that he has a loose tooth, which hurts, to each adult and friend he contacts during the day. It’s a real dilemma for any child facing how the tooth will finally come out and whether it’s going to hurt. The suggestions from everyone range from the basic, such as eating a particular food, to the imaginative, mostly in the suggestions of his friends. His friends aren’t sharing their experiences, only ways he can get rid of his tooth. The constant reference to one food might backfire, since it’s a healthy food choice, even though it’s the less-painful option mentioned. In the end, Bobby’s tooth comes out when he is distracted by the note he finds. He discovers that worry built up fear about something that, in the end, wasn’t such an issue after all!

 


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