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The Rising
Kelley Armstrong
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
Ana Juan, Catherynne M. Valente
The Mark of Athena
Rick Riordan
Princess of the Silver Woods
Jessica Day George
The Serpent's Shadow
Rick Riordan
The Demigod Diaries
Rick Riordan
Scarlet
Marissa Meyer
Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty
Jane Yolen
The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie
William Joyce
Perfect Scoundrels
Ally Carter
The Unwanteds - Lisa McMann I gave this a try because I wanted to see what McMann could do with an MG and a fantasy(lite) one at that, after the mess of her Wake and its sequels. Which showed promise. A bit.

This was for me an extremely juvenile book. And I do not use that term in a pejorative sense. Only that I think it will appeal mainly only to MG readers. I tried and was put-off by the tarty, treacly magical world the kids get shipped off to and the fact that everyone they left behind so willing accepts a system that supposedly is murdering your kids for having an imagination or artistic talent and they are just cool with that.

Government: So, we are killing Timmy for drawing in the dirt. And Sam here was humming. Clearly, they are bad eggs and must die for such heinous crimes.

Timmy's Dad: All righty, then. Off to go garden. (Never looks back.)

Sam's Mom: Well, darn nabbit. Always had a feeling he was a good for nothin'.

Timmy and Sam: We deserve this. We are so awful.

[All names have been changed.]

What?! Seriously? I am expected to take this story even remotely seriously? Not after that and certainly not once we arrive in the land of magic and goodness and extremely unhelpful adults keeping secrets and not ever trying to actually help their world. It annoyed me how they never tried to correct the kids who were mean to the others. The magic was frankly underwhelming. Argh.


On the other hand, my younger sister read this and did not hate it, so I think there may be something in our age gap that explains it.