The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

There’s a used book store near where I live, and that is where I got this book. My friend read the back, handed it to me, and said, “you should read this.” So, I picked it up and did. And I loved this book a lot, devouring it in a few days.

This book takes place in Britain at the beginning of World War II, and follows David. After the death of his mother, they move to a house of his father’s new wife in the country side. His room is basically a library, and he falls into the world of books, with struggling to death with his new step mother and half brother. Then, he starts seeing things. Then, he gets trapped in a magical world.

There are a lot of things nicely done in this book. The imagery is wonderful, and it blends and mixes fairy tales in a way that is new and I just really, really loved. This book is written for adults but in a way that appeals to them and teens. I made my mother read this and she said at first it felt a little young but then she fell in love with it.

There is fantasy violence, some dark themes, and other content similar. I would say 13+. I highly recommend.

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Half Upon a Time by James Riley

This is a great first book to a fascinating series. This book is based off fairy tales and is in a world of magic. In this book, you meet Jack, a poor farm boy living in a small kingdom with his grandfather. His grandfather was a great adventurer and his father is missing ever since an incident with a beanstalk and giant. Jack’s grandfather keeps trying to get Jack to go out and find a princess. Problem is, Jack hates royals. Then you meet May, a girl from our time who falls from the sky out of a ring of fire at Jack’s feet. She’s wearing a punk princess shirt and so everyone assumes she’s a princess. She, along with Jack and Prince Phillip, is looking for her grandmother who Jack thinks is Snow White. They go on an adventure to find an rescue May’s Grandmother, facing giants, fairies, and others straight out of fairy tales. I loved this book because of the adventure and comedy of it.

This is the first book is the first in a trilogy that is great. On his website, it says ages 8+, which I agree with. Even if your older than that though, you will still love it. This is a thicker book, and has some violence, but not a lot. I do highly recommend.

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Now, if you guessed that this series is based off Brother’s Grimm fairy tales, you are entirely right. This book is about Hansel and Gretel as they go through their own and 8 other stories. This book is very funny the way it is created, and there are 2 others so far in the series. The books don’t follow the same main characters, but follow the same world and some other minor characters in the series.

This book starts and ends with Faithful Johannes, the king’s most faithful servant. When the king falls in love with a picture of a princess, and goes and marries her. This princess is kind of cursed, so every man she marries dies. Johannes hears from three ravens how to stop both of them from dying, but if Johannes told anyone he would turn to stone. The last of which is for involves the blood of her lips and his. The king sees this, misinterprets it, and sentences him to death. Johannes tells the king everything and turns to stone. A little while later, Hansel and Gretel are born. One day, the king, still feeling guilty, hears Johannes talking to him. Johannes says if he cuts of his kid’s head, then he will come back. The king does, and the kids come back to life as well as Johannes coming back. The kids hear what happens, and thinking their parents don’t love them, run away. This starts their adventure.

This book is rather violent and gory at times (I mean, their dad cut off their heads!). A lot of blood. I would say 11+. The next two books are ‘In a Glass Grimmly’ (starring Jack and Jill), and ‘A Grimm Conclusion’ (starring Jorinda and Joringel). This series is seriously awesome.

The School For Good And Evil By Soman Chainani.

The first book in The School For Good And Evil series, is a great book. The two main characters are Agatha and Sophie. Sophie is the antagonist, but thinks she’s Good, and Agatha is the protagonist, who is called a witch. They both live in Gavaldon, a small town surrounded on all sides by woods. All Sophie wants to do is get carted away to the School For Good by the Schoolmaster to become a princess. All Agatha wants to do is stay in Gavaldon and for her mom to have more business. This doesn’t happen with Sophie being sent to the Evil tower and Agatha to Good.

After a while, they figure out that to be sent home, Evil (Sophie) needs to find love and have a true loves kiss. She ‘falls’ in love with Tedros, son of Arthur and Guinevere, and has to get him to fall for her. Eventually, Sophie starts having Nemesis Dreams over Agatha. At the same time, Tedros and Agatha start falling for each other. There is a battle, and the Schoolmaster and Sophie both die. Agatha gives her a goodbye kiss, and Sophie comes back to life, and they’re sent back to Gavaldon. Tedros doesn’t want her to go, and reaches out his hand, but she doesn’t take it.

The story overall is well written. The characters are unique and different. The setting is new and creative, and there are great details. The book is probably good for kids ages 12 and up, due to it being a thick book with violence and fighting. There is slight romance, but it is slight. It is a really good book that is great for fairy tale lovers, like me, and so far there are two books in the series.