Book review

Bite sized review – The Twelve by Cindy Lin


Usagi can hear a squirrel’s heartbeat from a mile away and soar over treetops in one giant leap. She was born in the year of the wood rabbit, and it’s given her extraordinary zodiac gifts. But ever since the mysterious, vicious Dragonlord hunted down her parents and all those with zodiac powers, Usagi has been very careful to keep hers—and those of her rambunctious little sister, Uma—a secret.

But when Uma grows too bold with her powers, she is captured by the Dragonguard. Usagi barely escapes, and does so only with the help of the mysterious Heirs of the Twelve, a mystical group of skilled warriors who once protected the land.

As new mysteries unfold, Usagi must decide who she stands with and who she trusts, as she takes on deadly foes on her path to the elusive, dangerous Dragonlord himself



Is it possible to get hurt in a middle grade fantasy?

Usually ? no.

When Cindy Lin writes a book ? Yes

Then she realized they were home—a new one.

Usagi lives with her sister and her friend in the forest after her parents were murdered and they were orphaned in the war. The blue dragon’s rule is strict and every person with even the hint of zodiac power is taken away. What will Usagi do if the one thing matters the world to her is taken away?

First and foremost , if you’re familiar with middle grade fantasies .. this book will be a big surprise for you.

The twelve is actually perfect and offers the tropes we’ve been asking for.

  • A teacher who’s like a parent to the students and actually cares.
  • Proper training before jumping in and risking life
  • Found family

The twelve actually elevates from middle grade and serves as a bridge between young adult.

The characters were actually youngsters and behaved such.

The pacing was fast and plot kept up .

My heart. I loved the twelve.

Best for readers who love

  • Middle Grade
  • Chinese myth geeks (or any myth geek like me)
  • Who wants to try epic fantasy in a low age level.

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