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Teen SRC 2022- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Contains minor spoilers!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo is about an orphaned girl that lives as a soldier in a world where war is evident. There are regular soldiers and then there are Grisha, the country’s magical military. The Grisha are seen as higher and more important than the regular soldiers of the Second Army, treated better and living lavishly. The orphaned girl, Alina Starkov, is an apprentice cartographer, and is wary and scared of her first time crossing the Shadow Fold, a massive area of land that is covered in darkness and teeming with monsters. When she crosses into the Fold and her group is attacked, Alina discovers a power that she did not know she had. This power saves her group from the darkness and captures the attention of the Darkling, the infamous leader of the Grisha soldiers. After being questioned, Alina is sent to train with the other Grisha, where she learns to harness her power and control it.

Teen Book Review – The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

The Unwanteds

In Lisa McMann‘s fascinating fantasy series, The Unwanteds, twins Aaron and Alexander Stowe are forced to be separated, in a land of unfair and unjust rules. In the land of Quill, children are separated into Wanteds, Unwanteds or Necessaries. While being an artistic is a death sentence, Aaron is treated like royalty as a Wanted and sent to university. I absolutely love Lisa’s stories because the detail and creativeness that goes into her stories is incredible. A fantasy series filled with magic, art, and wonder is just my cup of tea. With magic and creativity, Alex and his friends bring the stories to life with their special talents and unique ideas. If you love magic and fantasy, I definitely recommend this spectacular series.