It’s no secret that Sundew wants to destroy the HiveWings. It’s her life’s mission to exact revenge on the tribe that tried to wipe out the LeafWings and ripped every tree from the surface of Pantala.
Every tree, that is, except the wild and dangerous Poison Jungle, where the surviving LeafWings have been hiding since the war. Hiding, plotting, and waiting for a dragon like Sundew, who is uniquely qualified to bring down the Hives.
There are dark secrets in the jungle, though-some that Sundew is keeping, and some that she’s only just beginning to discover. And now that a new war is upon them, Sundew and her friends must unearth the oldest secret in the jungle-even if what they find has the power to destroy them all.
Review: The Poison Jungle is the 13th book in the Wings of Fire series. This latest story arc is set in a distant land where the Hivewing queen controls the Silkwings and have driven the Leafwings into hiding. Sundew’s Leafwing sect is ready to take out the Hivewing queen at any cost. But the rest of the Leafwings want to live in peace. But the Leafwing queen has been keeping a secret, with consequences that could destroy everything.
Sundew and her friends are another group of fun and engaging characters. This latest installment is full of danger and suspense. Somehow, this series hasn’t gotten stale at all. The stories continue to evolve and become more complex, adding new characters along the way. It’s a quick read that I always wish was a bit longer. And the climactic ending leaves off with a big cliffhanger.
Ex-Omnistellar prison guard Kenzie and her superpowered friends barely made it off Sanctuary alive. Now they’re stuck in a stolen alien ship with nowhere to go and no one to help them. Kenzie is desperate for a plan, but she doesn’t know who to trust anymore. Everyone has their own dark secrets: Omnistellar, her parents, even Cage. Worse still, she’s haunted by memories of the aliens who nearly tore her to shreds—and forced her to accidentally kill one of the Sanctuary prisoners, Matt.
When Kenzie intercepts a radio communication suggesting that more aliens are on their way, she knows there’s only one choice: They must destroy the ship before the aliens follow the signal straight to them. Because if the monstrous creatures who attacked Sanctuary reach Earth, then it’s game over for humanity.
What Kenzie doesn’t know is that the aliens aren’t the only ones on the hunt. Omnistellar has put a bounty on Kenzie’s head—and the question is whether the aliens or Omnistellar get to her first.
Review: Containment is the sequel to last-year’s scifi thriller Sanctuary. Kenzie and the teenage, escaped Sanctuary prisoners are on the run from Omnistellar and deadly aliens. It seems like they should take their chances with Omnistellar, but no one seems to believe them when they say more of the aliens are coming.
The feel of this sequel is a little less intense than before, mostly because they aren’t stuck on one claustrophobic ship. Sanctuary felt like Alien meets X-Men. But this sequel had more story and character development. With plenty of suspense, intrigue, and dangerous foes – this novel is an exciting thrill ride that doesn’t stop. Despite the size of the book, I read it quickly. I appreciate that there isn’t cheesy, insta-love, but relationships that seem genuine – which develop through the story as well. And there are several surprises along the way. I look forward to the next in this heart-pounding series.
PBS’ American Masters is airing a documentary of SciFi/Fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin this Friday, August 2nd at 9/8c! The film is called the Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin and will be available to watch live on PBS and available to stream live on pbs.org/americanmasters and the PBS app. You will also be able to stream it for 28 days after for free as well.
Synopsis: Ivy Gamble was born without magic and never wanted it.
Ivy Gamble is perfectly happy with her life – or at least, she’s perfectly fine.
She doesn’t in any way wish she was like Tabitha, her estranged, gifted twin sister.
Ivy Gamble is a liar.
When a gruesome murder is discovered at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, where her estranged twin sister teaches Theoretical Magic, reluctant detective Ivy Gamble is pulled into the world of untold power and dangerous secrets. She will have to find a murderer and reclaim her sister―without losing herself.
I’ve been in the mood for murder mysteries lately, so this was a great pick.
Ivy is tough and smart private detective. She’s hired to find a killer at a school for magic. Though Ivy doesn’t have magic, she has a connection to the school through her sister. The murder itself was done with magic, so regular police weren’t able to assist.
This magic-laden murder mystery is a lot of fun, despite the darker subject matter. Full of danger, suspense, drama, teen angst, and a bit of romance – this was a thrilling read. And I loved that the final twist was unpredictable. This is a character-driven story that kept me engaged till the very end.