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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
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 Farfield Curse - Kaleb Nation 2.5/ 3 stars

This was a pleasant, but overly long middle-grade fantasy offering. Kaleb Nation wrote it as a teen, which is always quite an accomplishment, but I do believe that it could have really used some editing. The pacing is slow, with a plot that needed more elucidation. Characterization is a bit blatant - more telling than showing. Still, there were glimmers of a much more accomplished author in there and I hope he continues to write and improve.

The story is pretty basic. Orphaned boy, taken in by not-so-nice people (though Sewey was oddly kind at times), curse/great destiny/fate attached to said orphan and after discovering the magical world surrounding him and the magical heritage that is his, he has to go defeat the big, bad villain. Also, young friend, also magical, and magical creatures. The magic was fun, I found Bran's adopted family occasionally hilarious, and there was some humor throughout.

There is a sequel coming out this fall:[b:Bran Hambric: The Specter Key|8719969|Bran Hambric The Specter Key|Kaleb Nation|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51maHQx9KsL._SL75_.jpg|13592884].