The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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Nix and her father are sailors.But not typical sailors. Nix’s father is gifted with the ability to Navigate. Using a map, he can sail his ship across time , and that’s exactly what he and his crew do. But Nix’s father isn’t just sailing through time for fun. He’s looking for a way to save Nix’s mom, who died in 1886. Nix is torn between wanting to help her father and preventing a reality in which she might not even exist. In their quest, a series of adventures ensues, including pirating, waking an army of stone soldiers, and picking up new, fanciful crew members along the way.

Wow! I LOVED this book! The plot is a unique one; I was fascinated with the idea that Nix’ dad could sail off the edge of one map and into another. I also appreciated the way the author mixed elements of reality and magic into the story. The characters are funny, well thought out, and nearly every one is lovable in their own way. I’m sad that I can’t go and join this crew myself! Definitely give this one a try if you’re looking for a new fantasy/supernatural/time travel read.

*YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2017

Rating: 5/5

 

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

 

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The conclusion of the adventures of the peculiar children finds Miss Peregrine and the other ymbrynes held captive by Caul, Peregrine’s evil brother. The children discover that Caul is looking for a way to access the forgotten Library of Souls and make himself the most powerful peculiar in the history of Peculiardom. With help from unlikely sources, and adventures in unimaginable loops, Emma and Jacob must find a way to stop Caul before he succeeds in his mission. If they fail, it could mean the end of peculiars.

Though this wasn’t the best book I’ve read in a while, it is a solid end to a great series. I thought Jacob’s new power was a fantastic idea, and I loved seeing him gain control of it. I did think the book was a bit long  (we see the same kinds of conflict over and over), but my love for the characters made up for the parts that could be cut. I know this is supposed to be the last book, but I could totally see a spin-off series popping up — we’ll see! Also, don’t forget that the movie just came out!

Rating: 3.5/5

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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

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In the second book of the Peregrine series, Jacob has eschewed his once-normal life in favor of helping the peculiar children attempt to save both Miss Peregrine (who is trapped in bird form) and their world. As Hollows abound, the children find out that the Ymbrynes in other loops have been taken captive, and peculiar children are similarly being kidnapped or murdered. As Miss Peregrine is trapped in her bird form, Jacob and the other children must find the last free Ymbryne in hopes that she can help Ms. P turn back into her true form. Along their journey, the children find new loops and peculiars, all while narrowly avoiding Hollows and Wights. They must find the last safe loop and bring Ms. P back to herself, or risk losing the peculiar world forever.

This book had a crazy awesome beginning and an even better ending — the middle, not so much. But, as meh as the middle was, the end was totally worth it. There’s a serious cliff-hanger that’s making me reach for the next book … now. As with the first book, I just can’t get on board the Emma/Jacob ship. Just can’t. Too weird. But, if that doesn’t bother you, you’ll enjoy getting to read their story. If you liked the first book at all, give this one a try. The ending makes everything worth it!

Rating: 3.5/5

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Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

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The conclusion of the Ruby Red trilogy finds Gwen struggling, as ever, with discovering the secret of the Circle of Twelve and her love for her time-travelling companion, Gideon. In the final installment, Gwen must attempt to secretly discover the count’s plans, after finding out that Gideon had been manipulating her from the beginning. But as Gwen draws closer to the truth, nothing in her life turns out to be as it seems and it appears that closing the circle will only be the beginning of Gwen’s true journey.

So I was pretty disappointed in the second book of the trilogy, Sapphire Blue, but this one makes up for it. So. Many. Twists. I consider myself a pro when it comes to predicting plot twists in YA novels, but some of these really surprised me. Aside from that, I loved seeing more of Xermius, and imagining myself in Gwen’s dresses. As with the second book, I didn’t like how helpless Gwen was or how much she depended on Gideon. I miss the Gwen from the first book — the one who made her own decisions and took action! Other than that, this book was a solid finish to the series and I recommend them all!

Rating: 4/5 

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Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

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The second installment in the Precious Stones trilogy finds Gwen attempting to juggle her new life as a time traveler, her impossible crush on Gideon, and her ability to talk to the dead — all while keeping up with school work. This new chapter of the series has some hilarious new characters, and, of course, new twists in the time-travel saga. Most importantly, Gwen must begin to realize who around her she can really trust, and whether or not the Circle of Twelve should really be closed.

I have to admit I was a bit disappointed in the second book. I really loved Ruby Red and had high hopes for this one, but it just wasn’t as good. Mostly it was just Gwen wearing pretty dresses and following Gideon around. I did, however, enjoy Xermius’ presence and Leslie is always fun. I’m not giving up on the series, but this one was only so-so. And, of course, I want all of the dresses.

Rating: 3.5

*VOYA Perfect Ten, 2012

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Though a time traveling gene runs in Gwen’s family, everyone believes it has been passed to Gwen’s cousin, Charlotte. Charlotte is trained in the secrets of the Montrose family, learning the art of time travel survival and prepped for the mission she must help complete. As the family’s hopes are vested in Charlotte, naturally everything goes awry when Gwen starts suddenly throttling through time instead of her accomplished cousin. Unprepared, untrained, and paired with smug co-traveler, Gideon, Gwen must replace Charlotte as the next time-traveler – the Ruby – and complete the family’s dangerous quest.

I tend to skip the books that get a lot of hype (they usually turn out disappointing), but I was surprised with how good this one was! It’s got action, intrigue, romance, mystery — I had trouble putting it down! While some of the characters are flat, and I did feel that Gwen was a bit too dependent on her male, co-time-traveler, the story really was interesting and entertaining. I’ll be checking out the next two in the series, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green for sure. Pick this one up if you’re at all a fan of time-travel books or adventure!

Rating: 4.5/5

*YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012

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