Fantasy, Juvenile Fiction

Myth Conceptions by Robert Asprin

Aahz and Skeeve managed to score an easy relaxing job as the magician to the king of a nearby kingdom, the first task in their easy job? Defeat an entire Army by themselves. They go to the bazaar at Deva to try and hire some mercenaries, and Skeeve accidentally hires 5 people with all of their money. So now it’s down to strategy to figure out how to win.
I really enjoy these books, they’re quick and easy read but the solutions are often a quirky twist that have a lot of real life in them. Plus they’re funny, and you actually get to see the characters grow!


Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Juvenile Fiction

Little Miss Evil by Bryce Leung and Kristy Shen

Fiona’s father is an World Famous villain, she wishes she could just be a normal kid at school, but that’s not going to be. On her 13th birthday her father gets kidnapped, and she gets a message saying if she doesn’t deliver the NOVA (a doomsday device) in 24 hours he will be killed. Fiona doesn’t want to be evil, but she has to embrace that side of herself if she wants to save her father.
This was a quick fun read that I really enjoyed. It plays with tropes and cliches without getting stuck in them.


Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Young Adult

Wires and Nerve volume 1 by Marissa Meyers and Douglas Holgate

After Cinder has become Queen of Luna, she has some trouble with rouge soldiers who refuse to leave earth and return to Luna. Iko, feeling rather useless volunteers to go hunt them down. As an android she has an advantage of most when it comes to taking a pounding. She’s doing really well, but she can’t get all of them, and one charismatic Alpha has begun gathering those who escaped her. Their demands are to be returned to human, and they won’t believe Cinder when she says it is impossible. After Iko takes some pretty serious damage, a concerned Cinder orders her to take a break and visit with Cress and Captain Thorne, and then sends Liam Kinney to help her. Liam and Iko clash over his refusal to believe she is anything but a robot, but Iko can’t help the growing feelings she has for him.
This is the first graphic novel of 2 (I think.) I liked the story and seeing the characters again, but the art left something to be desired.


Fantasy, Young Adult

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

In the sequel to Renegades Nova and Adrian’s relationship grows, despite how much she wish it was it wouldn’t. Her Uncle, Ace Anarchy, needs her to get close to Adrian to using. Agent N is unveiled and distributed to the Renegades, Nova and Adrian both express concern about the potential for abuse to just give out the ability to take away any other prodigies powers. Adrian finds a protective amulet that lets him be in Maxes presence safely, and Nova realizes she will need to steel it to protect her from Agent N when she puts Nightmare’s mask back on. Meanwhile Adrian tattoos the amulet on his chest over his heart so he won’t need it to give his little brother a hug, and also contemplates the pros and cons of letting the Sentinel stay dead. Nova also gets a job in the archives at Renegade HQ so she can try to steal Ace Anarchy’s helmet.
In short a lot happens in this book. I look forward to the next one, although I wish the author was better at making stories that stand up by themselves. I really enjoy her books, but they’re more like serialized mega novels than a series.


Fantasy, Young Adult

Another Fine Myth by Robert Asprin

Young Skeeve is training to be a magician, although he really wants to be a thief. In an effort to put the fear in him, Garkin (Skeeve’s master) summons a demon, but then is killed by an assassin. It turns out the “demon” is a magician from another dimension named Aahz, unfortunately Garkins last act was to play a practical joke on his friend leaving him stripped of his powers. The rest of the assassins are still out there, and Aahz reveals that their employer is a madman trying to conquer all of the dimensions. Aahz takes Skeeve on as an apprentice and with Aahz’s knowledge and Skeeves limited power, they make a halfway decent magician. They manage to find an old friend of Aahz’s and set out to stop the madman.
This is such a funny series! I’ve read scattered books throughout it but this is the first time I’ve gotten my hands on the first one. I look forward to traveling this series the way it was meant to be, even though the books are very self contained and worked fine on their own.


Fantasy, Graphic Novel

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – The Battle of Tull by Robin Furth

This hardcover graphic novel is a compilation of 5 Marvel Comic’s series of monthly issues based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower novels. It is plotted by Robin Furth, scripted by Peter David, and illustrated by Michael Lark, Stefano Gaudiano, and Richard Isanove. Stephen King is the Creative and Executive Director of the project.

Set in Mid-World the Gunslinger stops in the town of Tull in the middle of the desert while following The Man in Black, who are both headed towards the Dark Tower.


Fantasy, Historical, Juvenile Fiction, Mystery, Short Stories

The Arabs in the Golden Age by Mokhtar Moktefi and Veronique Ageorges

This book describes the Arab civilization during their golden age during the 600’s-1100’s AD.


Other books:
Improve Your Survival Skills- Usborne (non-fiction)

With Two Hands- Rebecca Davis
Mary Slessor- Janet and Geoff Benge

Donald J. Sobol Encyclopedia Brown series (a favorite):
Finds the Clues
Case of the Two Spies
Case of Pablo’s Nose
Case of the Treasure Hunt
Case of the Secret Pitch
Solves Them All
Cracks the Case
Saves the Day
Tracks them Down
Case of the Disgusting Sneakers
Boy Detective
Case of the Sleeping Dog

John D. Fitzgerald Great Brain series:
The Great Brain
More Adventures of the Great Brain
Me and My Little Brain
The Great Brain at the Academy

Gertrude Chandler Warner Boxcar series:
Boxcar Children
Mystery of the Spider’s Clue
Surprise Island
Also: The Boxcar Children Beginning by Patricia MacLachlan

Other random fiction books:
Wild Man Island by Will Hobbs
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene d Bois
Stuart Little by E.B. White
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
The Story of Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting
Animal Inn by Paul Dubois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender
Belle Prater’s Boy by Ruth White
Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum by Ashley Bryan
A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
King of the Wind by Marquerite Henry
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Barbara Cohen and Bahija Lovejoy

Fantasy, Juvenile Fiction

The Magic Misfits: The Second Story by Neil Patrick Harris

In this book we learn a little about the ever positive Leila’s past. She has a key from her birth parents and a lot of dark memories from the orphanage before she was adopted by the Vernons. A woman from her father’s childhood magic group arrives in town, a famous psychic who is acting a little strange. And someone keeps trying to steal a ledger book from Mr Vernon. Then two people come forward saying they are Leila’s birth parents and would like her back, but there’s something off about them. Leila and her friends find themselves knee deep in the mystery that keeps coming back to Mr. Vernon’s old magic group.
I love the way this book is written, it has asides to teach magic tricks, it’s full of codes and ciphers with a key in the back so you can work them out for yourself, and sometimes the author talks directly to the reader, and he’s always nice to you!