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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows August 24, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Fantasy.
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Cheyenne
@  Ferndale
In the last Harry Potter book it showed how Harry was losing some of the people he most cared about and he felt it was all his fault. After losing Dumbledore, Harry, Ron and Hermione decide not to return to Hogwarts but look for Voldemort’s horcruxes instead. The three’s journey starts just after everyone get crucial news at Fleur and Bill’s wedding. They have lots of tough times but make it through as friends throughout all of it…

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Book 1 by J. K. Rowling August 10, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Action, Adventure, Fantasy, week 8.
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Summerhippee

Deming
This is the second time that I have read the first Harry Potter and I loved it a lot. I decided to read it after I saw the sixth one and just new that I had to read the series again.
Harry Potter may seem like an ordinary kid at first glance. Floppy hair, lanky. But if you got to knew him you would know he was different. Up until Harry is eleven he has lived with his aunt and uncle and cousin Dudley because his parents died in a car crash when he was one. But on the night of his eleventh birthday a strange, large man appears and changes Harry’s whole idea of the world. Harry soon finds that he has magical powers and is wisked of to Hogwarts, a school for witches and wizards. Soon Harry befriends Ron and Hermione and seems to generally fit in at school. But soon strange things start to happen to Harry and the kids at Hogwarts.
This is a suspensful and thrilling book filled with magic and fun. I loved it and I am in the process of reading the second.

Wicked by Gregory Maguire August 10, 2009

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Lannigirl

Bellingham

This is a great book, and shows the classic story the Wizard of Oz in a whole new way. This book follows the story of Elphaba (the “Wicked Witch of the West”) as she grows up and goes to school at Shiz University. There she is room mates with the snnobish Galinda (Glinda, the Good Witch of the North). Being the girl with green skin, she is shunned, an outcast from society. Slowly, Glinda and Elphaba become friends, and are later joined by Elfie’s sister Nessarose, later known as the Wicked witch of the East. One of the girls teachers, the Goat Dr. Dillamond, is an Animal rights activist. There is a big difference between an Animal and an animal. An animal is the type of creature that we know– incappable of speech and rational thought. An Animal is exactly the same as us, except, of course, they look like animals. Dr. Dillamond was working on a way to prove that Animals and humans have no differences except for their appearance. Elphaba takes kindly to the old Goat, and agrees to help him with his study. But when the good doctor is found dead, Elphaba heads to confront the Wizard, convinced he is evil. Although we all know the tragic end, this is such an amazing book that I could not put it down. While very political in its root, Wicked is a great story that shows another, more deadly side of the shinning Oz we all know and love. This book totally changed the way I view the Wizard of Oz, and I think it shows another, more softer side of the villan we all believed to be completely evil. I have to say that Elphaba is one of my favorite characters of all time, and I’m sure that anyone who has read the book will agree with me. For those who don’t want to have the image of a flawless Oz ruined, then I feel sorry for you. You truly do not know what you are missing.

Thorn Queen, by Richelle Mead August 2, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Fantasy, Week 7.
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Thorn Queen, by Richelle Mead, is the second book in the Dark Swan Series. This book is the sequel to my favorite novel (Storm Queen), and it was just as suspenseful, humorous, and romantic. Eugenie Markham is a shaman with her own banishing business. After her last battle on Otherworld turf, and killing King Aeson, she has inherited the new Thorn Land, and become the Thorn Queen in the process. But Eugenie has always been taught the gentry are evil, and doesn’t want this land for herself. Now, young gentry girls are being stolen from her villages, and the kidnapper seems to hold a personal grudge. Eugenie, as always, is trying to avoid the prophecy of her first born destroying the human race, while her kitsune boyfriend, Kiyo, is occupied with his pregnant ex. Dorian, the sexy fey Oak King, always poses a dangerous distraction; and as tension starts to build in Eugenie’s relationship with Kiyo, Dorian always seems to be there  for her, and is the only one who realizes what it’s like being Eugenie Markham. Although Eugenie is reluctance with her queenship, she has sworn to do her duty, even if it means facing the darkest side of her nature…
A spectacular book about power, love, and magic. If ever anyone asked me what to read on any day, I would right away suggest this series. Although, if you are uncomfortable or squeamish about erotic scenes, I wouldn’t recommend this novel.

Magyk by Angie Sage July 28, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Boring, Didn't like it, Fantasy, Week 7.
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Lannigirl
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All in all, this was not the best book. One night, a seventh son of a seventh son disappears, supposedly dead. The same night, the baby’s father finds a baby girl lying in the snow. But what really happened? This book is kind of confusing and not very entertaining. In my opinion, the series gets proggressivly worse as it moves on, to the point where I stopped in the middle of the third book. It’s not the best, and I would not recommend this book.

The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill July 28, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Best All Time Reads, Fantasy, Week 7.
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This is one of my all-time favorite stories. Princess Thirrin Freer Strong-In-The-Arm Lindenshield, Wildcat of the North, is forced to lead the small country of Icemark when her father is killed in battle. With the brutally strong Polypontian Empire to the south, and the terrifying Land of the Ghosts to the north, Thirrin has a lot to handle. But when the Empire’s fiercest general, Scipio Bellorum, threatens to invade, she must turn to old enemies for any chance at survival. But when that’s not enough, she must travel farther than she dared dream before, in hopes of once and for all finding an ally strong enough to defeat Scipio. It will take all her courage, strenth, and will, but in the end, will they survive?
This book is beautifully written, and Thirrin is an admirable heroin. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

Wicked Lovely July 27, 2009

Posted by Aubri in A Favorite, Fantasy, Week 7.
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I just finished reading Wicked Lovely… again. I read it last summer, but the writing was so amazing and spontaneous I had to indulge in it a second time. Aislinn can see the fey world. She has always been able to, just like her mother, and grandmother before her. There are three rules: Don’t stare at invisible faeries, don’t speak to invisible faeries, and don’t ever attract their attention. Her best friend Seth (and maybe something more..??) is her only outlet from this world. But what happens when the rules Aislinn has abided by her whole life, mean nothing anymore? As Aislinn gets sucked into a very dark, old game suddenly everything she has ever cared about is at risk, and there is only one thing she can do to stop it…
A very modern faery tale, about love, intrigue, and expectations, I highly suggest this novel (and the following ones)!

The Ranger’s Apprentice #2: The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan July 27, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Action, Adventure, Fantasy, week 6.
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Lyndeskier
Lynden Library

I loved this book so much, no matter how much I hated some of the things that happend in it. This is the second book in the series (The Ranger’s Apprentice) about a boy named Will who goes from being a Fief Orphan to a Rangers Apprentice, being that his Master, the famous Halt, took him in to become what he is now. There is a war brewing between the kingdom and the infamous Morgarath, who has been up in the Rain and Night Mountains building an army of fowl beings called Wargals for over 15 years now. While Will, his friend Horace, and another Ranger named Gilan are sent south to go to find the Celts (people in a different kingdom), they encounter some major surprises, taking them all on the wildest adventure of their lives. You should definitely read this book!

Ingo by Helen Dunmore July 21, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Adventure, Fantasy, suspense, week 6.
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Polka_Dot

Lynden Branch

I just finished Ingo by Helen Dunmore. This book is fantasy but filled with adventure! It is about two siblings named Conor and Sapphire who stumble upon two other siblings who are half people and half seals or Mer. They take them to a place called Ingo, after Conor and Sapphires dad mysteriously disappears. They love Ingo but later in the story find that although it is a beautiful place it is filled with danger. This book was good, creative and sometimes suspenseful. It is a little strange but i do recommend it. I couldn’t put it down!

Pendragon July 18, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Family/Friendship, Fantasy, week 5.
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summerhippee
Deming

Pendragon: Black Water Book 5 by D.J. MacHale

Warning: May contain spoilers for the previous book.
This book is the fifth in the series Pendragon. After Bobby lost his first territory, Veelox, he is off you find his friend Gunny who is on Eelong. But what Bobby finds their throws him for a loop. Instead of humans being the dominating creature they are cats called klees and humans, who are called gars, are considered animals. As Bobby tries to find out what the turning point is for this territory he begins to think it is the fact that the klees are starving and are about to resort to eating the gars, which were previously their slaves. But what Bobby doesn’t know is that his friends back on second earth, Courtney and Mark, know what is actually going on. The only way they can tell Bobby what they know is if they disobey his orders and go against what they had previously believed was right. Saint Dane had said that the rules had changed and so they have. Courtney and Mark are now able to flume to see Vo Spader on Cloral and there they make their decision.

In this book Bobby is forced to make many desicions that will either make or break their fight and will put many of his friends in danger. Not to mention tell someone he is now the traveler of Eelong who doesn’t want to be.