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The Young Adult fantasy Cursebreaker series by Brigid Kemmerer

Grading Brigid Kemmerer’s amazing ‘Cursebreaker’ series

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter April 13, 2022

Books 40, 41 and 42 for the year are none other than Brigid Kemmerer’s legendary “Cursebreaker” series. The dark fantasy series will indeed continue as Kemmerer has announced the spin-off “Forging...

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

My top reads of February 2022

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter March 16, 2022

February was a great month for new books, especially for the fantasy genre. From starting series that are already out, to fantasy debuts, this month has been very exciting for reading. With my book count...

Six of Crows is the fourth book in the Grishaverse series.

Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Six of Crows’ is fantasy genius

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter February 23, 2022

*Spoilers ahead!* A month and a half into the new year, and my book count for the year is already climbing. I am currently on my 25th book: “Rule of Wolves”, the seventh book in the Grishaverse...

Leigh Bardugos two-book series Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows was made into a Netflix series. The differences between the books and the show hurt the overall feel of the Netflix series.

‘Shadow and Bone’: Netflix show vs. books

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter November 10, 2021

After rewatching the hit Netflix young adult (YA) fantasy series based on the two-book series “Shadow and Bone” and “Six of Crows” by author Leigh Bardugo, I noticed many differences between the...

Author Brigid Kemmerer’s new young adult book Defy the Night was released on Sept. 14. The page-turner will surely have fantasy fans eager to read.

‘Defy the Night’: an iconic example of world-building

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter October 6, 2021

In a previous article “Fall 2021 Anticipated YA Book Releases,” I listed “Defy the Night” by young adult (YA) fantasy author Brigid Kemmerer as an anticipated September release. The book has been...

The cover of White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson. Young adult book fans are anticipating its release on September 14, 2021.

Fall 2021 Anticipated YA Book Releases

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter September 15, 2021

With summer coming to a close, many young adult (YA) book lovers anticipate the fall 2021 releases. Fantasy fans are looking forward to many books coming out in September and October. Here’s what fans...

Raya and Sisu the dragon share a moment together. One of the movies focuses is developing friendships.

Disney offers strong female lead in “Raya and the Last Dragon”

Bridget Janis, Managing Editor March 17, 2021

A strong female lead is always something to look forward to in a movie. In Disney’s latest Disney+ release “Raya and the Last Dragon,” a fantasy warrior princess steals the screen in her role as...

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