Review: A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes

a-time-to-dieA Time to Die
Nadine Brandes
Enclave Publishing

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Seventeen year-old Parvin Blackwater has less than one year left to live. Her Clock started counting down the moment she was born. Until now, Parvin has hidden from that fact, burying herself in sewing projects and sleeping late. Now, with only months left to live, she wants her … Continue reading

Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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Kristin Cashore
HMH Books for Young Readers

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Katsa’s gift makes her beloved of a cruel king and feared by his people. She is Graced with the ability to fight beyond ordinary human strength and skill. Forced to serve her ruthless king, Katsa spends her days dealing punishment on behalf of the Middluns king. Unbeknownst to … Continue reading

Review: Two Renegade Realms by Donita K. Paul

two-renegade-realmsTwo Renegade Realms
Donita K. Paul
Zondervan/HarperCollins

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Cantor and Bixby have spent the last few years serving as Realm Walkers. They cross through portals to other worlds to keep peace and protect anyone in need. Now they join forces again to stop two realms on a collision course with their homeland. The Realm Walkers Guild stands mired in corruption, … Continue reading

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press

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Every year the deadly capaill uisce emerge from the sea. Lucky riders will capture one of these bloodthirsty water horses and ride in the Scorpio Races, competing for a prize purse – it’s enough money to change a life. And it’s exactly what Puck Connolly is hoping to achieve. If she can … Continue reading

Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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Rachel Hartman
Random House

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Seraphina has lived a carefully unnoticed life. Even as a talented musician, she’s always avoided the spotlight in order to protect a terrible secret that, if discovered, will threaten her life and that of her family.

When a prince of Goredd is murdered, rumors circulate that a dragon is the culprit. These rumors threaten the uneasy peace between humans and … Continue reading

Review: A Plague of Unicorns by Jane Yolen

a-plague-of-unicornsA Plague of Unicorns
Jane Yolen
Zondervan/HarperCollins

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A failing abbey’s one hope is the golden apples in its orchard. Unfortunately, a herd of unicorns devours the apples each year. The abbot calls for heroes, but to no avail. No one can stop the creatures. When the duke’s son James is sent to the abbey for further … Continue reading

Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

these-broken-starsThese Broken Stars
Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Disney-Hyperion

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It wasn’t supposed to happen like this. A product of the greatest engineering minds, the Icarus luxury spaceliner unexpectedly drops out of hyperspace. Wealthy passengers and military personnel race to escape. Lilac LaRoux, daughter of the wealthiest man in the universe finds herself trapped aboard an escape pod with Major Tarver Merendson, a charity case … Continue reading

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

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Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic, Inc.

Blue and her Raven Boys (Adam, Gansey and Ronan) continue their quest to find Glendower, the Welsh King who will grant them a wish for waking him. Leaving behind only a cryptic note, Blue’s mother Maura disappears on a quest of her own. Blue worries and grieves, turning to Gansey for solace. This is forbidden.

They just talk. But it’s clear both want more, a more she can’t allow herself to give. She’s seen his death, seen his departed soul … Continue reading

Review: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

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Arwen Elys Dayton
Random House Children’s, Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Quin is proud of her family’s legacy. She comes from a line of Seekers, warriors who protect the weak and bring justice to the world. Along with two other initiates – her best friend and the boy she loves – she prepares to take an Oath that will brand her a Seeker forever.

Upon her initiation, she discovers that nothing is what she thought. Now it’s too … Continue reading

John Davidson Takes Us Behind-the-Scenes in His Debut Novel

Bricks banner Today on The Story Sanctuary, John Davidson, author of Bricks, is here to give us some behind-the-scenes information about the development of his thought-provoking debut novel.

A story is often inspired by a question. What question inspired you to write this novel?John D author

What a great question. For BRICKS, I think it would be: When the pieces of your life are shattered, where do you begin to put them back together? I think the answer for me was family, … Continue reading

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