Wings of Arian (Solus Trilogy #1)
By: Devri Walls
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Heat Rating: 1 Flame
Wings of Arian is a superb young adult/fantasy novel. In a town where magic has been hidden from the people, young Kiora discovers she is a Solus and she is destined to save the entire town from evil, but first she needs a Protector. Unfortunately for Kiora, her Protector is none other than Prince Emane. These two characters provided several moments for humor and laughter, while readers are taken through a whirlwind of emotions as the battles between good and evil begin.
Filled to the brim with non-stop action and light-hearted personal moments between characters, this book will surely have readers entranced and smiling. The satisfying conclusion of this story sets-up the intrigue of what could occur in the next book. Wings of Arian will be a must-read for any fan of young adult/fantasy books.
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars
Category Archives: Young Adult Books
A Grey Magic Story. By Erin Elizabeth Long. Format: eBook. Read: August 2012.
This is a short story that accompanies the first book in the Isenland Trilogy. It takes place during Grimoire’s stay with the traveling actors. This is a cute story that gives readers a deeper insight into the personalities of the group of actors. It foreshadows a few events that occur later in the main novel. “The Command Performance” is a nice bonus material for fans that have read Grey Magic.
As an avid reader, I love when authors write short stories to accompany their novels. Short stories allow the readers to gain more insight into scenes or characters, that would have slowed down the main story. Do you have a favorite author that writes short stories that compliment his/her novels?
Note: To learn more about this story and the author visit her website.
By Rick Riordan. Format: Hardback. Read: May 2012.
This is the second installment in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series. Percy Jackson is back in the midst of chaos, but he doesn’t remember anything from his life. His new friends, Hazel and Frank, have vital secrets about their pasts. The mythological worlds from Greek, Roman, and Chinese histories are condensed into a fun-filled, easy-to-read adventure. Rick Riordan has a gift for mixing the modern world and the mythological past from various cultures into action packed stories that will spark children’s interest. This is another amazing book, with an ending that will have fans counting down the days until the release of the third book.
Rick Riordan is an unbelievable story-teller, and one of my heroes in modern-day literature. He has a talent for giving children stories that interest them, and teaching them about the world of mythology at the same time. Tell me, do you have a modern-day hero of literature? Why is that author your hero? Do you have a preference for mythological stories?
By Cynthia Leitich Smith. Format: eBook. Read May 2012.
Cynthia Leitich Smith provides it all in this short story. Vampires, ghosts, a few humans, mystery and romance are all packed nicely in roughly twenty pages. The plot contains many twists and turns, sure to leave a reader’s head spinning. Haunted Love is written for fans of young-adult, supernatural intrigue. I recommend this story for any reader looking for an exciting, fast read.
I will read just about every subject available. I prefer a story that is well told, no matter the subject or length. As for young-adult books, I think the subject needs to be either relatable or popular. There seems to be a growing trend in young-adult books: vampires/supernatural beings. I don’t mind the popular theme, because it means the next generation has found a subject they want to read, and that is important. Are you a fan of science-fiction/fantasy books? Do you prefer paranormal romances, or paranormal mysteries? Or are you like a few people that I know, that want their books strictly human?
By J. K. Rowling. Format: Hardcover. Read: July 2012.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a fairy tale book from the Harry Potter series. Fans who have read all seven books in the series, will know about this book and be very familiar with one of the tales. There are five tales total: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump” and of course “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” Each tale is similar to a regular fairy tale, in the sense that there is a lesson to be learned, however Rowling adds her own magical flare to each. This is a must-read for all the Potter fans in the world.
I must warn you that this book contains spoilers from the series, so please (for my own peace of mind) read all seven Harry Potter books first. I have two favorite tales from this book. The first “The Fountain of Fair Fortune” has a wonderful life lesson, while “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump” made me laugh out loud. Rowling has co-created a charity called Children’s High Level Group, and Scholastic has donated the net proceeds from the sales of this book, which is another good reason to go out and purchase this book. After you have read the book, let me know which tale is your favorite.