Island of Silence – Lisa McMann – #2
Fantasy , The Unwanteds / January 12, 2019

The magical barrier between the dreary land of Quill and the fantastical world of Artime is gone. Now residents of both places are free to mingle, but tensions are high. The artistic warriors of Artime struggle to forgive those in Quill who condemned them to death, while the Quillens attempt to recover from the shock of Artime’s existence, the loss of their leader, and the total collapse of their safe orderly world. Alex Stowe has recovered from his physical wounds since his death-defying role in Artime’s victory, but his confidence is shattered. He battles self-doubt after Artime’s beloved mage, Mr. Today, makes a stunning request, which is further complicated by the mysterious arrival of two silent orange-eyed teenagers. Meanwhile in Quill, Aaron is devastated by his fall from grace. Spurred by rage, Aaron devises a masterful plan of revenge that will return him to power… if no one gets in his way. (Description taken from the book: Island of Silence. Story — Violence/Scariness — People have these spiky thorns weaved into their neck, Meghan, Lani, and Samheed all scream when they get thorns weaved into their necks, they also get stinging eye drops, people die including Mr. Today. Language —…

The Unwanteds – Lisa McMann – #1
Fantasy , The Unwanteds / January 7, 2019

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their graves. On the day of the Purge, identical twins Alex and Aaron Stowe await their fate. While Aaron is hopeful of becoming a Wanted, Alex knows his chances are slim. He’s been caught drawing with a stick in the dirt–and in the stark gray land of Quill, being creative is a death sentence. But when Alex and the other Unwanteds face the Eliminators, they discover an eccentric magician named Mr. Today and his hidden world that exists to save the condemned children. Artime is a colorful place of talking statues, uncommon creatures, and artistic magic, where creativity is considered a gift… and a weapon. (Description taken from the book: The Unwanteds. Story — Violence/Scariness — Children think they are being sent to die in a lake of boiling oil, there’s a war, people are killed, injuries, father kills son. Language — Name calling, people say stupid a couple of times Sex/Love — Hand holding, a thirteen-year-old kisses another thirteen-year-old on the cheek. Drugs/Alcohol — N/A Other Info Title — The Unwanteds Author — Lisa McMann Series…