Fantasy Book Reviews by Students

Castilleja Middle School students have recommended some of their favorite novels for you! All of these books are available at our library.

Fantasy with Princesses, Castles, and Knights

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella is born into a noble family and at birth is visited by Lucinda, a fairy whose blessings are curses.  Ella is given the ‘gift’ of obedience, and must do anything anyone tells her to do. But Ella does not accept this. She sets off on a quest involving, ogres, giants, stepsisters, fairies, and handsome boys; all to break her curse and for once earn her freedom.

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Based on the popular fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Rose and her sisters are forced to dance every third night in an underground palace with the twelve sons of the King Understone, and are growing weaker every day from it. Soon they will die if someone does not break their curse. Another curse prevents them from speaking of it, so princes are called to their rescue from all over. May try and fail, returning back home, and dying by the next full moon of some tragic ‘accident.’ Galen is a soldier returning from war, and on his way home he gives an old woman food. In return she gives him  white and black yarn to make an invisibility cloak, along with knitting needles. When Galen meets Rose he contemplates trying to break the curse, but will he do it for the complications they acquire?

Fantasy with Magical Creatures

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Aislinn has always been able to see faeries and knows how evil they can be, but it’s too late. Keenan has been searching for his Summer Queen for centuries. She is the only one who can save summer, but she has to put everything on the line. She must sacrifice even her mortality to please the one thing she has been scared of her entire life. Mortals, fae, love, and forbidden friendships come together in one page-turner that will always keep you on your toes.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Sophie Mercer discovered she was a witch and had a pulled a few pranks with her newfound skill. But when she goes too far at a prom-night disaster her powerful warlock dad deals out her punishment, exilement to hex hall, a reform boarding school for magical creatures of all shapes and sizes. Sophie’s not the most popular at school, what with her three supermodel enemies, a roommate who happens to be not only the only vampire on campus, but also the most hated person in school; a ghost following her every move, and a crush on the most gorgeous boy in school. Soon she learns that students have been disappearing, and that her only friend is the sole suspect. Through the mysterious disappearances Sophie strives to uncover the secret, all while facing the biggest threat she’s ever known. A sly society setting its sight on destroying all prodigium, including her.

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

5 sisters live at a grand castle called Piscul Draculi, next to a mysterious wood filled to the brim with secrets. Jenna and her sisters travel every full moon through a portal in the castle to the Other Kingdom, a magical land where they dance all night once a month with a variety of friendly magical creatures. But when their beloved Father falls ill and goes to the south realm to recover, they start to see the dark side. Jenna’s cousin Cezar takes over the manner with dark intentions for the winter, her sister falls deeply in love with a mysterious and possibly evil  creature from the Other Kingdom, Jenna’s enchanted frog has some odd thoughts, everything is at stake. As Cezar’s grip tightens on the girls, Jenna must uncover the mystery of what’s really happening, while saving her family, friends, and everything she’s ever known in the process.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis

Set in another world called Narnia, this is a fictional story about four ordinary children, Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan,  who go into a new world through the end of a wardrobe. They meet a friendly lion named Aslan, who is under the power of the evil White Witch. They all work together to save Narnia from the witch, and become the new kings and queens of Narnia.

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every other day, the seemingly normal teenager Kali D’Angelo turns into a fierce demon-hunter. When she spots a mark of death on her fellow classmate, she takes a risk to try and save her, figuring out what she really is in the process.

Fantasy with Quests and Adventures

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)

A hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets of to an adventure to reclaim the land of the dwarves. Along the way, he finds a magical golden ring, and makes 11 new friends, all of them dwarves. He faces many foes, and Gandalf the Grey, a kindly wizard, helps him along the way.

Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

Harry Potter is the boy who lived. He survived a killing curse that was attacked on him when he was a baby from a powerful wizard, Voldemort. 12 years later, Harry was going to attend Hogwarts, a school of witchcraft and wizardry. There he meets his best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger and his worst enemy, Draco Malfoy. He finds himself facing voldemort every year at school, and takes steps on his way to destroying him.

The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman

When Tucker Feye was 13 years old, his father vanished, only to return an hour later with a strange girl with him. The Reverend Feye said that he no longer believed in a God, but gave no explanations as to why, or where the girl came from. Following this, Tucker’s whole life crumbles, as his mother slips into madness, and his father draws away from his family. But then both of his parents disappear. He comes into the care of his wild Uncle Kosh, and suspects that the disks of shimmering air he frequently see, one right on top of the roof, are the answer to bringing his family back together. And when he dares to step into one, he’s launched on a time-twisting journey. His adventures take him on an adventure from a small Midwestern town to a futuristic hospital and from the death of an ancient prophet to a forest at the end of time. Tucker’s actions change the past and the future, and his world forever.

Recommendations by Katie M. ’18, Esveide G. ’18, Flora H. ’18, and Izzi H. ’18.

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