Not a good number of books this month but three of them were above average.
How To Train Your Dragon 9 How To Steal A Dragon's Sword by Cressida Cowell has my favorite Viking hero, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, save the world from the Dragon invasion. It's touch and go but he manages with the help of his pals Fishlegs and Kamikazi. There's a bunch of good villians and some dragons and some fighting and sneaking about. I've been enjoying this series a lot. It started a bit more lighthearted and over the 9 books it's gotten a bit darker. Not too dark, still a good bit of humor. Book 10 is out and 11 is due in a couple of months. Both are going on my library queue.
Darke - Septimus Heap 6 by Angie Sage has the castle nearly overtaken by some darke magic. Septimus, a wizard in training, joins his boss Marcia Overstrand, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, in stopping it from taking over the whole city. Another good series that continues to entertain. I like the characters and the writing is good. The writing is clever and moves the story along pretty quickly. I'd recommend this series, there is a 7th, as well as Angie's Arminta Spookie series.
The Walton Boys And Gold In The Snow by Hal Burton is a Whitman book published in 1958. I like the Whitman books. When they were new they were illustrated hardcovers for under a buck. I had a lot of them when I was a kid. A lot of the Whitman books featured Disney characters. They have plenty of illustrations. Three teen brothers are off to the mountains for a vacation. They get mixed up in a mystery with a gold mine and some crooks. There's some small amount of danger, they get shot at, but the guys come through it all pretty much ok. Not a great book, readable, but I wouldn't keep it other than for it being one of those Whitman books I like so much. I got it and a couple of others in the series for a couple of bucks each. Once I get past some of the library books that have been coming in I will get around to those.
Flora's Dare by Ysabeau S Wilce is the second book in the trilogy and probably the best of the books this month. It's full title is: Flora's Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room) and that pretty much sums up the novel. I really like Flora. She narrates the story and is an entertaining character. Even though she doesn't always think it though, she does get the job done. There's plenty of stuff going on and plenty of characters doing interesting things and plenty of places to do it in. There's magic. I'm glad that I didn't find this series when it started. The first book was 2007 and the second arrived a year later. The third came out 4 years later. I have it already and will pop it into my noggin soon.
The Second Circle Of Heck - Rapacia by Dale E Basye has Milton and Marlo sent to the second circle of heck where they destroy the place. I'm kind of liking the two main characters but I'm finding that the story drags on too long. There's plenty of stuff going on but sometimes it lingers on scenes and I find myself skimming some paragraphs. I have the 3rd book coming from the library and I hope it gets better. I'm glad I didn't buy this.