Haunting and well crafted, this is the story of a young girl, Tea who is gifted with dark magic. Tea accidentally raises her brother from the dead, when her feelings of grief overwhelm her. With her newly discovered powers, Tea and her brother, Fox, are brought to a different land to learn the ways of the Asha so that she may fight the monstrous daeva that plague the country. But dark asha are feared, and rightfully so as they can control the monsters. The story starts slowly and builds towards a cliff hanger. Beautifully written with Asian mythology and cultural influence, the book weaves an intricate tale of a young girl trying to find her place. Recommended for grades 8 and up.
Nina and Artemis are twins who live in a secret conclave of Watchers. Artemis gets all her mom's attention and all the training, while Nina becomes a medic, and dwells in the fact that her mother hates her and doesn't understand why. Everything changes the day that Nina realizes she is a Slayer and the last Slayer at that, because of what Buffy did. Now she needs to figure out how to be a Slayer and fast, because something evil is out there killing people and she needs to stop it.
Based in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe, this book is a nonstop action filled thriller of a ride. You don't have to have knowledge of the Buffy show to enjoy this book. The action is solid, the characters are interesting. Nina can get a little too whiny at times, but overall the book is fun and you will want to continue the series. Recommended for grades 7 and up.
Raquel and Sasha have been best friends since Kindergarten when they bonded over a pair of plastic shoes. Then cancer happens and Sasha is terminal. They spend all her last days together, and then just like that Sasha is gone. However, Sasha had been planning for this and she send Rockie a letter and asks her to go on an adventure with Elijah a complete stranger and secret Sasha had kept from Rockie. The letters keep coming and as they adventure together they get to know one another.
I loved this book. Sasha's character and the supportive family throughout the story were so wonderful. The adventures are heartfelt and while some may question all that happened, overall this is a sweet story about a remarkable girl whose life was cut way too short. Recommended for grades 7 and up