I spy Youth Fiction

I spy these fiction books for youth.
They all cover a variety of topics!
Check them out today.

Zoe Washington isn’t sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she’s never met, hadn’t heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who’s been in prison for a terrible crime?

A crime he says he never committed.

Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Everyone else thinks Zoe’s worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship and proving to her parents that she’s worthy of auditioning for Food Network’s Kids Bake Challenge.

But with bakery confections on one part of her mind, and Marcus’s conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn’t know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: Everyone lies.

An enchanting fantasy adventure about the importance of bravery, resourcefulness, and following your heart from a debut celebrity author.

The most important rule to follow when you hunt for hat ingredients is this: keep wildness in your wits and magic in your fingertips.

In Cordelia’s London, magic is real and is woven into objects created by the five Maker families: the Hatmakers, the Bootmakers, the Watchmakers, the Cloakmakers, and the Glovemakers. Growing up in her father Prospero’s footsteps, eleven-year-old Cordelia Hatmaker has learned the family’s ancient skills and secrets so she can one day make her own enchanted hats.

When Prospero and his ship are lost at sea during an important ingredient expedition, her grief-stricken aunt and uncle must turn their attention toward fulfilling a decree to create a Peace Hat for the king. But Cordelia refuses to accept that her father is gone for good and desperately begins making plans to find him. Then, the Peace Hat is stolen―along with the Peace Boots, Watch, Cloak, and Gloves―and Cordelia realizes that there is a more menacing plot against the Makers’ Guild, and that Prospero Hatmaker’s disappearance may be connected. Cordelia must uncover the truth about who is behind the thefts if she is to save the Makers and find out what really happened to her father.

It’s been a hard year for Maisie Cannon, ever since she hurt her leg and could not keep up with her ballet training and auditions.

Her blended family is loving and supportive, but Maisie knows that they just can’t understand how hopeless she feels. With everything she’s dealing with, Maisie is not excited for their family midwinter road trip along the coast, near the Makah community where her mother grew up.

But soon, Maisie’s anxieties and dark moods start to hurt as much as the pain in her knee. How can she keep pretending to be strong when on the inside she feels as roiling and cold as the ocean?

When 12-year-old Billy Chan finds out his parents are sending him to a language and culture camp in the middle-of-nowhere China, he can’t imagine anything worse. He’s not expecting to become friends with fellow campers Dylan O’Donnell, Charlotte Bell, and Liu Ling-Fei. And he’s definitely not planning to meet any dragons. But when the four kids accidentally open a crack in an ancient mountain, they become involved in an ages-old struggle of good versus evil. Now it’s up to them to save the Dragon Realm—if they don’t, the world as they know it might disappear forever.

A must-read for young feminists, The Prettiest is an incisive, empowering novel by Brigit Young about fighting back against sexism and objectification.

THE PRETTIEST: It’s the last thing Eve Hoffmann expected to be, the only thing Sophie Kane wants to be, and something Nessa Flores-Brady knows she’ll never be . . . until a list appears online, ranking the top fifty prettiest girls in the eighth grade.

Eve is disgusted by the way her body is suddenly being objectified by everyone around her.
Sophie is sick of the bullying she’s endured after being relegated to number two.
And Nessa is tired of everyone else trying to tell her who she is.

It’s time for a takedown. As the three girls band together, they begin to stand up not just for themselves, but for one another, too.

Beatrice Miller may have a granny’s name (her granny’s, to be more specific), but she adores her Mamaw and her mom, who give her every bit of wisdom and love they have. But the summer before seventh grade, Bea wants more than she has, aches for what she can’t have, and wonders what the future will bring.

This novel in verse follows Beatrice through the ups and downs of friendships, puberty, and identity as she asks: Who am I? Who will I become? And will my outside ever match the way I feel on the inside?

A gorgeous, inter-generational story of Southern women and a girl’s path blossoming into her sense of self, Reckless, Glorious, Girl explores the important questions we all ask as we race toward growing up.

Covet by Tracy Wolff

  • Author : Tracy Wolff
  • Date: March 2, 2021
  • Hardcover : 600 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled Teen

SUMMARY:
I may have reached my breaking point. As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn’t stressful enough, my relationship status has gone from complicated to a straight-up dumpster fire

Oh, and the Bloodletter has decided to drop a bomb of epic proportions on us all…

Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?

And the hits just keep coming. Jaxon’s turned colder than an Alaskan winter. The Circle is splintered over my upcoming coronation. As if things couldn’t get worse, now there’s an arrest warrant for Hudson’s and my supposed crimes―which apparently means a lifetime prison sentence with a deadly unbreakable curse.

Choices will have to be made…and I fear not everyone will survive.

My Review:
Okay I admit I loved this story. It made me feel things. Oh my gosh. I felt Grace’s emotions all over the place. I felt upset, frustrated, happy, worried and sad. Gosh! What a roller coaster ride. I actually placed myself in Grace’s shoes in this story. Imagine how you would feel if this happened to you and what was going on around you and to your friends.

Where do I even began? The whole Jaxon and Hudson thing with Grace was conflicting and heartbreaking. It kind of reminded me “Vampire Diaries” just a tiny bit. I did like the connection between the three of them. Jaxon and Hudson are so different and yet so similar. Their affections to Grace was pretty amazing. I even thought when they argued was interesting too. They just all click in a different ways. Hudson and Grace throughout the book just kept trickling sexy steam which was awesome. Yes I squealed at some parts in my head. I am pretty sure you will too if you read it.

Which vampire do I like better? That’s a tricky question for me. I may be able to figure that out at the end of the fourth book, unless I can like them both?

While the story continues at the academy, Grace and her friends eventually go on more adventures. Some of the places they go are to the home of the Giants, the area where Dragons are at and the prison. All these places were so interesting to read about. Let me tell you why I thought these places were so interesting.

The Giants were just so fun. I loved how they are trying to track down the blacksmith where it leads them to the Giant’s territory. I loved how Hudson tells Grace she has a connection with Mother Earth. On page 212, you’ll see how this is true. Oh and the author does mention that Grace had always had a fascination for redwood trees.

The trees, carvings and being related to Mother Earth was amazing in this story. On page 214 “The building which is made from gorgeously polished wood is probably close to fifty feet tall on its own, but it’s dwarfed by the trees surrounding it on all sides.” Can you see this? Imagine a building of wood so tall and so magical! So rad isn’t it? Okay I think trees are cool so sue me. I want a tree house. Imagine.

While they are at Giant’s territory, they see amazing things and eventually meet’s the blacksmith wife, Falia who misses her husband so much who’s been gone for a thousand of years. She knows he’s still alive by the fact she’s wearing a promise ring given by her husband, Vander. My heart was aching at this point for Falia. I was pretty sure Grace was feeling that too. With new information about Vander and what had happened, they kept on going. They were not going to stop their task to get the Crown.

Okay so Flint ends up inviting Grace and everyone to a dragon event called Wyvernhoard that takes place in New York City! Talk about fancy! New York City is a fast paced city and there is always something going on there. (I visited that place years ago and loved it. One day I’ll visit again). Anyways while everyone is at this event, they learn how it works which is pretty damn cool. I love how the author came up with this event and how rich it really is. I want to go to this event! Oh oh and everyone gets dressed up! Can you imagine being dressed up in a fancy dress and all that jazz? Oh when Hudson sends tons of dresses for Grace and her cousin Macy to choose from. I love that. Psst page 331! You’ll love the note that Hudson sends. And which dress does Grace choose? It was so fun to see how that went down. *Swoons*

Into the belly of the prison. That is one risky move to do and such an emotional toll on some. The prison set up is really strange. I tried to keep picturing it as a town? I don’t know how to describe it but it’s a whole another world but there are various supernatural characters in it which makes it more fast paced and interesting. Flint, Hudson and Grace meet two new characters, Remy and Calder who are their cellmates. I like Remy quite a bit which reminds me of Gambit from X-men style for some odd reason. I keep picturing him like from the movie ‘Wolverine.’ Gambit was played by Taylor Kitsch from that movie. The banter between Remy and Hudson is hilarious. While in the prison Remy knows everything about the place and helps them achieve their mission but it is not easy. There are some tasks that Flint, Hudson and Grace go through which will leave you gasping, laughing and freaking out. You’ll have to read the book to find out what they go through and learn something pretty interesting about Grace during this time.

Now I have to say towards the end of the book…oh my… I was so downhearted. There was a death. I am not giving it away because just no. Spoilers not allowed. Death and sacrifice towards the end. I felt like screaming no at the story. (I couldn’t cause my children were sleeping. It was 1 am by the way when finished the book!) Then when I just think the story was going to end there, I was wrong. So wrong. I was in shocked. I did not see this coming at all. I managed to breathe but then again another shock hit me from the story. You know what I was thinking “You bet Grace is not gonna back down now.”

I know I am jumping all over the place about my review (it’s kind in order) but these are some of the things that stayed with me while reading this book. I can’t cover it all without giving the story away so go read it. Like now. Go get it.

The story ended but in my book (I bought it), it had Hudson’s perspective on one of the chapters which was really cool to get a feel how he was handling things. I loved it. His perspective and thoughts. Wow! That was a nice little gem.

I want book four now please!

Review – My Wild Irish Dragon

Wild

 

Dragon shifter Chloe Arish is hell-bent on becoming a Boston firefighter. She uses her Irish charm and fake documents to score an interview, knowing she has to work every bit as hard as a man―harder if she wants their respect.

Born into a legendary Boston firefighting family, phoenix shifter Ryan Fierro can’t possibly let someone best him on the training course or the job. He’d never hear the end of it. When a feisty new recruit comes along who’s determined to do just that, Ryan plots to kick her out―until their sizzling chemistry turns explosive…

My Thoughts:
I managed to snag this book from the book sale.  The cover caught my eye and I recognized the author.  The cover screamed Phoenix to me.  Then I took a peek at the summary to see if my thoughts matched the cover.  Well I was half right!

It took me about two days to read this.  I loved how Chloe stands up for herself and wanting to go for her dream of being a firefighter.   The moment she meets Ryan, sparks fly.   They compete for the same spot and yet somehow they get the funding to be in the same station.   At first Ryan thinks he can overcome Chloe but eventually he wants to treat her right because she’s a woman.  Chloe even told Ryan that she wants to be treated as one of the guys.  Eventually they stick through it.   The other guys from the firehouse give Chloe a hard time but in time they realize she’s got it to be a firefighter.  Ryan kind of wants to protect but then he backs off letting Chloe handle it.

I loved, loved how Chloe and Ryan had to keep their paranormal side a secret.  That was fun to read.  I loved how Chloe knew so much more of the paranormal side than Ryan. I also loved when Chloe found what what Ryan was!  That was so epic.  I was not expecting that at all.   When Ryan explains what he is, she then tells him what she is.  I loved how they share stories.  It is so awesome.   It was really a cute story.

One thing I will point out,  Mother Goddess shows up in this story and she is hilarious!  Sassy!

I”ll be finding the rest of these books to read!

I Spy Youth Books today

 

Christmas Genie by Dan Gutman

CHRISTMASGENIE

It’s the last day of school before Christmas vacation and Alex, Chase, and the rest of Mrs. Walter’s fifth-grade class couldn’t wish more for that final bell to ring.

But the day takes a crazy turn when a mysterious meteorite crashes through their classroom window and a genie pops out. He will grant just one wish for the whole class to share. Be careful what you wish for!

Dragon Masters by Tracey West and Graham Howells

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This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

DRAGON MASTERS has it all! Dragons, a Dragon Stone, a king, a wizard, and magic! In the first book in this fully-illustrated series, 8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland’s soldier and taken to the castle. He is to be trained as a Dragon Master. At the castle, he is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo. The Dragon Masters must learn how to connect with and train their dragons–and they must also uncover their dragons’ special powers. Does Drake have what it takes to be a Dragon Master? What is his dragon’s special power?

All Paws on Deck (Haggis and Tank Unleashed) by Jessica Young

ALLPAwsTank is a clumsy, outgoing Great Dane. Haggis is a dapper and grumpy Scottie dog. In the first book in the series, Haggis and Tank set sail as pirates. At first, Haggis doesn’t see what Tank does–that an adventure awaits them with just a little imagination! But soon, Haggis joins in the fun and the two friends go on a pirate adventure. They talk like pirates, swab the deck, and even search for buried treasure. This series is full of clever wordplay and homophones that make Haggis and Tank’s adventures even more fun!

Suitcase of Stars  by Pierdomenico Baccalario

Enchanted

Have you heard of Cinderella’s glass slipper? What about Sinbad the Sailor’s Flying Carpet? In this world, there are many magical items—but only one place where they’re safe: the Enchanted Emporium. For centuries, seven families have competed for ownership of the Emporium—and some of them are willing to do whatever it takes to get their hands on the powerful items housed within. Only Aiby Lily and her friend Finley have what it takes to stop the Emporium from falling into the wrong hands.

So these are the books that I spied today!  Take your time to check them out!  They all look interesting to me and I wonder if my children would read them.