Book Review: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Book Review: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

She is myth. She is history. She is gone.

THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE takes the concept of time travel but puts a unique and exciting spin on it. The travel occurs by means of a pirate ship and through the use of maps; not just any ordinary maps but maps found in dusty rooms long forgotten, private collections, and museums where they are sequestered for safety. Fabled maps of long lost places such as One Thousand and One Nights and historical places such as such as 1868 Honolulu. There are adventures trips to modern day New York and as far off as ancient China. Trips to the historic and the fantastic; each held me breathlessly in anticipation.

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The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary

The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary

Diverse and beautifully written, The Night Parade offers something wonderful to children's literature.

When I first saw the cover for The Night Parade, I fell in love with it. After reading it,
I had all those warm satisfied feelings you get of a story well told. A story filled with odd and strange creatures straight from Japanese folklore. Beautiful family traditions blended with dark enchantments, and young heroine, one that is a bit spoiled and self-centred, who ends up on a quest to right a curse she unleashes and along the way discovers the importance of family and honoring traditions. 

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Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Weaving historical details, political intrigue, and mythic fantasy, Eleanor Herman's young adult debut, LEGACY OF KINGS, boldly introduces a teenager Alexander the Great and reimagines those first early steps he takes before becoming one of history's greatest emperors. 

With LEGACY OF KINGS, Eleanor Herman creates a historical setting touched by magic and where the gods still linger. Vivid and touchable, it becomes obvious that Ms. Herman is a historian as she deftly writes in delicious period details. The magic itself feels like a character  - ever present and almost tangible. 

Surrounding sixteen-year-old Alexander is a cast of fascinating characters, each with their own viewpoints, moving the story into a broad swath across empires while giving readers a look at a the bigger story to come. 

Alexander is the brave warrior prince. He hides his vulnerabilities behind a mask of daring and charisma. Readers can imagine easily the turbulent life Alexander lived, his steely determination to rise above his father's legacy and what lies behind his secret desire to search out the mythical Fountain of Youth. 

Katerina is an ordinary peasant girl, or is she? Determined to discover the mystery behind her mother's murder, Katerina finds herself embroiled within the deadly clutches of court life...and the queen. 

Jacob is the childhood friend of Katerina who binds himself to a dangerous group in hopes of saving her. Heph's friendship with Alexander begins to be tested as danger seems to be closing in. My one disappointment was in how little page time Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander's unmet betrothed, has in the story. Yet, with the ending and the deadly Spirit Eaters hinted at, I'm hoping for a greater role in EMPIRE OF DUST.  

I can't resist a nasty villainess and LEGACY OF KINGS has one. Using dark magic and witchery, this villainess ensures more than a few gasps. Royal machinations and sibling rivalry are not to be missed either.

LEGACY OF KINGS mixes ancient Greek history and myth in an entertaining way. I personally find this time period fascinating and enjoyed this reimagined version of a young Alexander the Great. Readers who like the bigger picture that multiple points of view can give and who enjoy history mixed with a touch of magic may want to grab this one up. I'm looking forward to EMPIRE OF DUST as this tale is just beginning to put the epic into the storyline!

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These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

The only thing more dangerous
than a gentleman with deadly superpowers
is falling in love with one.

What a breath of fresh air! Fun, adventurous, and entertaining - These Vicious Masks did not disappoint. The description of "Jane Austin meets X-Men" is a good pitch as These Vicious Masks takes elements of the paranormal in the form of extraordinary super powers and gives readers plenty of manners and etiquette as the protagonist Evelyn tries not to die of high society boredom while chasing villains and rescuing her sister. 

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