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The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox by Nigel Quinlan ARC {3 Stars}

The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox by Nigel Quinlan is a fun middle grade adventure featuring weather magic and, you guessed it, a magical weatherbox ;-). The magic of The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox was unique, especially for a middle grade, however the writing lacked the humor or whimsy that I need to really enjoy a middle grade story. If you know a kid obsessed with weather though, this is the perfect book!

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox by Nigel Quinlan ARC {3 Stars}

The Maloney's Magical Weatherbox by Nigel Quinlan
Published by Roaring Brook Press on July 28th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Neil and Liz measure their lives by the regularity of the seasons, until one year when autumn doesn’t arrive and all weather breaks loose.

Neil and Liz Maloney have a secret: Their father is the keeper of the Weatherbox, a magical phone booth that rings four times a year, signaling the changing of the seasons. But this summer when the family gathers to send off the season, the phone doesn’t ring and autumn does not arrive. Instead a mysterious tourist of magic shows up at their doorstep, along with two nonsensical hags and one cat-shaped bog beast. The only one not taken by surprise is their neighbor Mrs. Fitzgerald, who seems to be able to make the elements of weather itself do her bidding.

Now it’s up to Neil and Liz to discover the source of Mrs. Fitzgerald’s power and restore order to the climate.

3 Stars

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Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci ARC {4 Stars}

Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci is the sequel to Tin Star, but where Tin Star was lonely and introspective, Stone in the Sky is action-packed and addictive. I am so glad that I took the advice of other reviewers (Christina!) and dove into Stone in the Sky because once I was past the chapter of info-dumps, I couldn’t put Stone in the Sky down. I stayed up until 3am reading when I had meant to read just a few chapters and then I finished the next night :D. If you are a fan of space adventures and hard sci-fi with romance, just jump right into Stone in the Sky, no real need to read the first book!

Note: I received an advanced copy of Stone in the Sky from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci ARC {4 Stars}

Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star #2)
Published by Roaring Brook Press on Feb. 24th, 2015
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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After escaping death a second time, Tula Bane is now even thirstier for revenge. She spends much of her time in the Tin Star Café on the Yertina Feray—the space station she calls home. But when it's discovered that the desolate and abandoned planet near the station has high quantities of a precious resource, the once sleepy space station becomes a major player in intergalactic politics. In the spirit of the Gold Rush, aliens from all over the galaxy race to cash in—including Tula's worst enemy.

4 Stars

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The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien ARC {3 Stars}

The Vault of Dreamers is the story of a near future world where an art school transformed its program into a reality show to overcome financial struggles, but as Rosie competes to make it at school, she finds there is much more going on during the twelve hours of drug-induced sleep all students experience. The Vault of Dreamers is definitely the most unique premise I’ve read in a long time and I can see fans of more contemporary YA enjoying The Vault of Dreamers along with sci-fi YA fans.

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Vault of Dreamers from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien ARC {3 Stars}

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
Published by Roaring Brook Press on Sept. 16th, 2014
Genres: Sci-fi, Thriller, YA
Page Length: 432 pages
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The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

3 Stars

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Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci ARC {3 Stars}

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci is the story of a girl stranded on a space station during a time of great unrest in the galaxy. There are a lot of schemes and political intrigue taking place in the universe around Tula, but she spends most of the book isolated on an out of the way space station with no way of getting off and getting revenge. Tin Star has a plot and writing style that goes back to the classic sci-fi, but with a teenage character, therefore I think it might be good for sci-fi fans that want something a little different than all the action-packed, dystopian stories they’ve read lately ;-).

Note: I received Tin Star from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I read an ARC and some things may have changed in the final version.

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci ARC {3 Stars}

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star #1)
Published by Roaring Brook Press on Feb 25th, 2014
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 240 pages
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On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy. All is going well until the ship makes a stop at a remote space station, the Yertina Feray, and the colonist's leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station.

When three humans crash land onto the station, Tula's desire for escape becomes irresistible, and her desire for companionship becomes unavoidable. But just as Tula begins to concoct a plan to get off the space station and kill Brother Blue, everything goes awry, and suddenly romance is the farthest thing from her mind.

3 Stars

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