Anna Rose's Picks

WOW!! This is my new favorite Middle Reader book - hands down!! Amari Peters is a fantastic character full of spunk and determination, a great role model. This is a fun, addictive book, filled with many twists and turns. Where is book two?!?


AHHHH!! READ THIS BOOK!! From a swashbuckling sea woman to a harbinger of death (and crows) and a glorified sun priestess - this book has it all! I want to get lost in this book. More importantly, I want Serapio and Xiala to have a happy ending...


I honestly am speechless... I could not have asked for a better conclusion to one of my favorite series. This book broke my heart - I cried AT LEAST five times. This book proves there is hope; there is a sky beyond the storm, even during such dark, divided times.


OMG! I was hooked by the first sentence! The title is perfect for this book. I loved how brutal the magic in this story is and how every ounce of power must be earned or taken. That last line of the book left me SHOOK. I can't wait for book two!!


Anyone who read the first book and appreciates The Matrix and SAO will want this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the character development Wade experiences during this book and LOVED the fight scenes. SO MUCH pop culture knowledge crammed into this!


Welcome to the wonderful new world of Cornucopia! Rowling has created a masterful new fairytale about a perfect kingdom plagued by corruption and a fearsome monster. Fun story and a great message.


Every time I dive into the Mirror Quartet's outstanding world, I leave more of myself within the pages of these books. The writing is phenomenal! The characters are complex. Emotions are felt with every word. I love this series deeply.


Swashbuckling adventure from Adrienne Young has surpassed her previous novels. The only thing saltier than the sea in this book is the cast of the hardened, unruly crew of the Marigold. This book will have you hooked from page one - filled with treachery, danger, and untold treasure. Be prepared to be immersed in a savage world of maritime adventure, where love is more deadly than a sharpened knife and unyielding sea. Young has outdone herself with the sensational tale of Fable.


This ragtag crew of criminals is hell-bent on escape and personal vendettas. When a jailbreak goes south, they are endowed to the Warden's service, who sends these so-called criminal masterminds on a mission to recover some magical keys. Tensions are high in this fast-paced space adventure. The biggest danger in their path to freedom is their self-destructive tendencies. This book will drag you through the emotional highs and lows of the cast. This book is a fun read!


This is about a deadly competition in a brutal dessert. Winner claims the throne. With untold dangers, vicious rivalries - Zahra is forced into the race as the sacrifice that must accompany the potential heirs as they fight for her possession and race to claim their throne. The characters are passionate and driven, filled with potential and diverse motives. In a world controlled by the most powerful and esteemed individuals, kindness might be the sharpest weapon or deadliest poison.


This book was an itch that crawled under my skin and gnawed at my heart. It demanded my attention - I couldn't put it down! The world-building is phenomenal; the characters are fierce and diverse. The magic, emotions, and descriptions are audacious and well-developed. The main characters are dynamic and driven - carving their own path in a demanding world. It is Avatar: The Last Airbender meets The Gladiator. What more could you ask for!


Words fail! I loved this book - I started reading; the next thing I knew, my day was gone! Larkwood has changed the game for fantasies - this book indulges in classic high fantasy tropes while peppering in fresh notes of science fiction elements (Hello, inter-terrestrial travel!). The world-building is expansive, and the characters are complex and original. This is a complex tale of gods, games, and confidants with high stakes, epic rivals, and wizard duels! This book is unputdownable.


This is a fun, spunky romp in a technologically savvy world. Diz and her fellow band of insurgents are the best heist-mongers for magic, in their sad, industry-controlled city. With their last official heist complete, Diz faces her nightmare of losing everything she cares about. In efforts to retain her loved ones, she ends up mucking up everything a losing more than she bargained for. A dazzling story about friendship that is relatable and emotional.


Life is not easy for the Dark-Lord-to-be when you cannot cast magic. Wix is undeniably a dork - which is one of his most personable qualities. Stuck in middle school, Wix has to figure out a way to save his kingdom and take claim to the Grim throne. This is a wild and unique story told from the "bad guys" perspective. It is relatable and humorous. This is a story about the discovery of oneself and embracing who you truly are. This is a fun read! I want to be a "Dork Lord" too! :)


This is The Hunger Games and Jurassic Park together with a splash of Roman and South American history. The world and characters filled with diversity, complexity and brutal. Cade is a brilliant, passive teen who has been thrown into a world of monsters. He soon happens upon some of his classmates in the unfamiliar world, who are quite possibly worse than any monster. Unknowingly thrown into a brutal competition, Cade must figure out a way to survive fatal obstacles and allies. Brilliant!


Dive into a world filled with terrifying demons, unique gods, and kick-butt warrior heroes. Faryn is an outcast from the Jade Society. She and her brother have been isolated and uneducated from the rest of their peer group. During Chinese New Year, Faryn defeats a terrible demon and is chosen as the Heaven Breaker. No one believes that a girl can be the chosen one. Faryn, along with her brother and frienemy go on a quest to prove themselves. What an engaging and interesting book!


Tyler was the best pilot and was going to get the best squad. Instead, he gets stuck with a crew of outcasts and sociopaths. Together they head out on a mission and discover a stow-away in their hull. They are left to save the universe from certain destruction, if they don't kill each other first. With the odds stacked against them, this squad can do no wrong! (Expect maybe declare an intergalactic war on the Terran Defense, The Unbroken, The Galactic Assembly and their own Aurora Legion...


I LOVE this book! <3 This book is fiercely beautiful and powerful. The imagery is outstanding - the culture is rich with colors, clothes, food, and people. Every word will engulf you in the emotions and strengths of the characters as they deal with religious, cultural and supernatural threats and differences. This book will teach you the power of names and the importance of finding and defining yourself.

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If I could jump inside of a book and live alongside the characters, it would be this one! This book is rich with imagination, magic, darkness, and love. What happens when you stick the two best assassins, a deadly huntress, an elite warrior, and a perfect immortal together on the darkest island with the most corruptible magic and evil and a goal to retrieve a lost book? Only chaos, maybe murder, and definitely an abundance of quick jabs, sarcastic remarks, and a load of bitter, brooding angst.

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I love Middle Eastern inspired fantasies, this is no exception! Simplistically, this is a story about a soldier hunting down an assassin, but it ends up being much more. The characters are former friends, raised worlds apart from each other, in a dying kingdom under a false ruler. The events that unfold test them both morally and physically, and they are both forced to make decisions that will change everything they know. This book is sensational and breathtaking.


Don't let this book's size detour you! It is an epic fantasy like no other and well worth the read. This book is fierce and dangerously enticing! Words are inadequate to describe it. In a queendom of strict rules and pious religion, magic and dragons are seen as upbringings of evil. When the leader of the Dragonic army starts stirring, the foundation of the queendom is shaken. They must turn to that which they fear to defend themselves against the Dragonic beasts.


How much would you sacrifice to save the ones you love? To find light and hope even in the darkest of places? To be strong and fight for your survival? Mehr's life changed forever when she called upon the dreams of the Gods to help her during a storm. She was forced to marry a servant bound to the cruel and cunning Mahn for her mistake. Despite the Mahn demands, Mehr and her husband resist him in every possible way they can to fight for their freedom. Great characters, message, and development.


This book is addictive! Spensa, the strong and stubborn female lead, has everything going against her. She is branded a coward because of her father, and an unwanted outcast because of a "defect" that runs in her blood. Despite everything, she finds the strength to pursue her dream of being a fighter pilot. The humans, locked in an intergalactic battle, are losing; can Spensa and her crew save them all from extinction? You will never see the plot twist coming at the end - ripping till the end!


Intergalactic, Middle Eastern-inspired fantasy saga! Amani is forced to serve the cruel rulers of her world as a double to the loathed princess. Her life depends on being somebody else. To survive, she has to abandon her culture, religion, and thoughts; or so she thinks. The cultural influences of the society clash with each other in the most perfect manner; one cruel, sharp, precise, and violence; the other, beautiful, poetic, warm, and persistent. This book will have you glued to every word.


A riveting medley of magic and machines! This is a mash up, steampunk, high fantasy adventure filled with twists, turns and engrossing imagery. This book is clever. It is filled with emotions and struggles of surviving a world controlled by powerful money hounds with the ability to alter reality. When a secret war is waged within the city, all hell breaks loose. In order to survive, a motley crew must join forces and minds to stop the ever-perpetual doom that looms over their society.