Category 4 Stars

The Seven Songs of Merlin, by T.A. Barron

Title: The Seven Songs of Merlin Author: T.A. Barron Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy Edition/Pages: Ace Fantasy, 2000/285 pages Rating: ✭✭✭✭ Short & Sweet Synopsis: After discovering his magical powers and traveling to the enchanted land of Fincayra, young Merlin must save the land and its people from the evil ogre Balor by mastering the Seven Songs of […]

The Valley of Horses, by Jean M. Auel

Title: The Valley of Horses Author: Jean M. Auel Genre: Historical Fiction Edition/Pages: Bantam Books 1982/544 pages Rating: ✭✭✭✭ Short & Sweet Synopsis: Cro-Magnon girl Ayla must fend for herself after being cast out by the Clan. Before reading: Check out my review of book 1 of the Earth’s Children series, The Clan of the Cave […]

The Clan of the Cave Bear, by Jean M. Auel

Title: The Clan of the Cave Bear Author: Jean M. Auel Genre: Historical Fiction Edition/Pages: First Edition (1980)/495 pages Rating: ✭✭✭✭ Short & Sweet Synopsis: A Cro-Magnon girl must learn to live in the world of Neanderthals in pre-historic, Ice Age Europe. *Note: Although I have tried to post this review with minimal spoilers, by necessity […]

The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson

Title: The Girl Who Played With Fire Author: Stieg Larsson Genre: Crime/Mystery Edition/Pages: Knopf, July 2009 Hardcover/503 Pages Rating: ✭✭✭✭½ Short & Sweet Synopsis: The second book in the Millenium Trilogy, in which Lisbeth Salander gets accused of a triple homicide…read the first book (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and all in this review shall […]

Gideon the Cutpurse

The Time Travelers (UK: Gideon the Cutpurse), by Linda Buckley-Archer

Title: US: The Time Travelers, UK: Gideon the Cutpurse Author: Linda Buckley-Archer Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction Edition/Pages: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, June 2006/404 pages Rating: ✭✭✭✭½ Short & Sweet Synopsis: When two British children get sent back to 1763, they must learn to survive in the 18ᵗʰ century and deal with the various friends & […]

Wicked

Wicked, by Gregory Maguire

Title: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Author: Gregory Maguire Genre: Fantasy Edition/Pages: Harper Collins, December 2000/406 Rating: ✭✭✭✭ Short & Sweet Synopsis: Wicked gives the backstory of many of the characters in The Wizard of Oz, centering on the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba.