“Serafina and the Black Cloak” is an Endearing Middle Grade Mystery Full of Magic and Suspense

Serafina and the Black Cloak Author: Robert Beatty Release Date: July 14, 2015 Publisher: Disney Hyperion Genre(s): Middle Grade, Mystery, Fantasy, Historical Fiction Rating: ★★★★☆ Review Spoilers: Low GoodReads | Amazon We don’t review many middle grade books on Nerdophiles so when we do you can be sure that they are basically going to be awesome. […]

“Trollhunters” is an Entertaining Enough Young Adult Adventure

Trollhunters Author: Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus Release Date: June 30, 2015 Publisher: Hot Key Books Genre(s): Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Humor Rating: ★★★☆☆ Review Spoilers:  Low GoodReads | Amazon Trollhunters is a hard book to categorize. Online it seems to be generally considered a ‘young adult’ book but when I was reading it […]

Rockstar Book Tours: ‘An Inheritance of Ashes’ is a Delightful Standalone Fantasy

An Inheritance of Ashes Author: Leah Bobet Release Date: October 6, 2015 Publisher: Clarion Books Source: Rockstar Book Tours, Clarion Books Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction Rating: ★★★★☆ Review Spoilers: Low Goodreads | Amazon |BN | iBooks I’ve really been enjoying the recent resurgence in young adult fantasy. As someone who grew up with Harry Potter, fantasy […]

Rockstar Book Tours: Liz Braswell Talks to Us About Her Relationship With Disney and “A Whole New World”

A Whole New World Author: Liz Braswell Series: Twisted Tales #1 Release Date: September 1, 2015 Publisher: Disney Press Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy GoodReads | Amazon | BN | iBooks Most of us grew up on classic Disney movies. We rooted for Robin Hood in his fight against the cruel Prince John. We cried with Simba as […]

“Talker 25” Somehow Makes Dystopian Fiction and Dragons Work

Talker 25 Author: Joshua McCune Release Date: April 22, 2014 Series: Talker 25 #1 Publisher: Greenwillow, HarperCollins Genre(s): Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy Rating: ★★★☆☆ Review Spoilers:  Low GoodReads | Amazon I have never been a fan of dragons-related fantasy in general. I don’t know why, I’ve just never really been that interested. While all my nerdy friends […]

Monsters and Adventure Abound in “Darkmouth: The Legends Begin”

Darkmouth: The Legends Begin Author: Shane Hegarty Release Date: April 21, 2015 Series: Darkmouth #1 Publisher: HarperCollins Genre(s): Middle Grade, Fantasy Rating: ★★★★☆ Review Spoilers:  Low GoodReads | Amazon Monsters are awesome. Far more awesome and diverse than something simple like zombies or vampires. In the world that Finn lives in, hunting monsters is just sort of […]

‘Boo: A Novel’ is Even More Heartrending as an Audio Book

Boo: A Novel Author: Neil Smith Release Date: May 12, 2015 Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries, Audible Studios Genre(s): Middle Grade, Fantasy, Afterlife Book Rating: ★★★★☆ Narration: ★★★★☆ Review Spoilers:  Low GoodReads | Amazon | Audible Some books just seem meant to be experienced as audio books and Boo: A Novel is absolutely one of them. I am usually pretty […]

Harrow County #1 is the Start of a Harrowing Tale

Harrow County #1 Author: Cullen Bunn Artist: Tyler Crook Release Date: May 13, 2015 Publisher: Dark Horse Source: Dark Horse DRC Genre(s): Horror, Southern Gothic, Fantasy Rating: ★★★★☆ Review Spoilers:  Mild Dark Horse Digital | Things From Another World With a good ol’ fashioned country town hanging, Harrow County introduces us to a new southern gothic fairy tale […]