Read on

Read onMy previous post was a book haul of some of the fantastically silly books I’ve read in the last few months. But those laugh-out-loud adventures are not at all like my upcoming book, The Dreamer’s  Tears, which is a tad more serious. Seeing as my book comes out in March I thought I would give you a few other books to read that are in a similar tone. These are for 10 – 14 year olds.



The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

My son has declared that this series is better than Harry Potter. Even though I don’t agrU123ee it was still a great read. The world that Lisa McMann has created is incredible and the idea of using art as a weapon is the very reason I bought the book. Magical soliloquies that put you to sleep? Foot stomping tap routines that freeze you on the spot? SplatterPaint that incapacitates? Yes, thank you, I’ll take it. It’s definitely innovative.

You can get hold of the Unwanteds series here

You can find out more about Lisa here


18077836The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

I interviewed Jaleigh earlier this year because I enjoyed the book so much. It’s a streampunkish, post apocolyptic, fantasy adventure with beautifully thought out characters and a train! (I may have mentioned how much I love trains) With rich characters, wonderful world building and a deep mystery to uncover, this book is a brilliant read.

You can read my interview with Jaleigh here

You can find out even more about her here

You can go on a train adventure in her book, here.


The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey9780062049285_zoom

This is a book I picked up because of the cover – *blush* – but I was also intrigued by the first page. A family of thieves – one of whom has the ability to thwart magic with combinations of herbs! – cause chaos and then have to fix it because of the terrible consequences that they cause. It’s soooo well written and the main character Jaxter is so smart and brave. I really enjoyed this one – some lovely concepts, brilliantly executed. I can’t wait to read the rest in the series.

Check out Brian’s website here

Buy the book here


Those are all relatively recent reads but there are also some great series that are slightly older:

The Harry Potter series

The Mortal Engines series

The Edge Chronicles

The City of Ember quartet


Yes, I know there are so many others but I figure that should do you well for the moment.

It is holidays after all… go check one of these out the library or buy it from your local indie bookstore and read, read, read!


Keep writing (and reading.)






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