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The Cat in the Cradle (Loka Legends #1)

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Dueling with mad magicians, battling possessed beasts, and surviving endless hostile landscapes? Easy. Loving someone you weren't supposed to? That was hard. A faceless killer terrorizes the five lands, extinguishing from great distances the lives of even the most powerful men. It is from this murderer that Dylan is forced to flee. Only Tyjinn, a brash and unpredictable bo...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 257 pages
Published March 24th 2010 by Swimming Kangaroo Books (first published March 23rd 2010)
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Michael
5 very, very solid stars. I predict that by the end of 2010 this book will have many YA Literary, GLBT YA Literary and GLBT Literary Awards mentioned on the cover of it’s future editions and on it’s website.

The Cat in the Cradle is a thrilling adventure filled with suspense, likable characters, a consistent imaginative world and plenty of twists and turns. Wrapped in all of this is a coming out story written with such heart that people from all walks of life will appreciate it.

The three main cha...more
DarienMoya
Sep 17, 2010 DarienMoya rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: To fantasy lovers, and those looking for a magical wonderful read!
^^ SIMPLY MAGICAL!^^

4.5

The Cat in the Cradle is a wonderful tale about friendship, beautiful magic, and the momentous feeling that is love. This is a wonderful magical read, filled with imaginative creatures and a deeply woven plot. The world created is just spellbinding, and the illustrations provide an eye-catching look worthy of its chapter. I was just blown away and all types of impressed with this book, it is a story not to be missed.

We meet Dylan the main narrator, he is bored with his ov...more
Kassa
4.5 stars

Maybe it’s just me but I had the Harry Chaplin song “Cat’s in the Cradle” in my head EVERY single time I picked up this book. While the title is fitting to the book, it also evoked a catchy song that drove me insane when it wouldn’t leave my head. Despite the whole “little boy blue and the man on the moon” mental repetition, The Cat in the Cradle is an utterly delightful, whimsical fantasy filled with a creative imaginative plot, great characters, solid writing, and eye catching art wor...more
Jenre
The story follows Dylan, who is the son of the blue Oligarch. Each Oligarch owns a Loki, a special stone which grants a particular power. Dylan's father controls water with his. Dylan decides to go on an adventure which goes badly wrong when he witnesses the death of another Oligarch, this leads the Dylan, along with his talking cat, on an adventure to prevent more deaths. Along the way he meets Tyjinn, another young man who Dylan finds very attractive.

I pretty much loved this book which combin...more
Jim
Just Finished the Cat in the Cradle.

Having read Something Like Summer only a few days ago, I decided to read this book and now this author has rocketed to my number 1 slot for fiction writers.

The breadth of Bells capabilities as a writer is astonishing, The Cat in the Cradle proves beyond a doubt that he is as accomplished a Fantasy novelist as he is a Romance writer. The world you are thrown into from the first few pages was at times bizarre and at others preposterous, but in an ingenious way a...more
Shana
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ttg
Really enjoyable YA fantasy. Bell is a great writer--I wouldn't qualify his style as "simple," but uncluttered and unburdened, easy to read and imagine, nice flow. He's very adept at creating believable, balanced characters, and writes both younger and older voices well. (You know sometimes when an adult writer writes from a child or teen perspective and it totally doesn't sound real? Bell doesn't have that problem.)

There are some nice romantic elements included as well. I think for teens, espec...more
Salsera1974
3.75 stars.

This novel features well-written, engaging characters, includes a (mostly) compelling hero's quest, and offers a dash of sweet romance on the side. It was a lot of fun!

The Five Lands, which are the setting here, are ruled by powerful magicians -- the Oligarchs -- and all of them possess a uniquely-colored stone called a loka, which serves as the repository for a vast set of powers. Possessing multiple stones would allow the owner to rule over the entire nation. The action in the story...more
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I loved this book. The world building, to me, was incredibly complex while still easy to follow and instead of making this a really long review, I suggest you read Kassa's review. She did a great job on trying to explain what the world was like.

Besides the fact that I loved the fantasy aspect of the book, I really liked the plot and the characters. While the world was complex, the plot was easy to follow which made it all the more enjoyable. I liked the fact that the world was built around color...more
Alex
Stars: 4.5/5

Overall
I've had this book on my to-read list for a long time, and I kept promising myself that it would be next. But I kept putting it off because I'd heard such good things and I hate when my fantasies (no pun intended) are dashed. At one point I started it, but was distracted by a sexier, faster moving book. I didn't know what to expect from this book going in, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I found there. Although the writing isn't amazing, it isn't distracting from the st...more
Sarah
I absolutely loved this book. When I first started it, I thought I would never finish. It just didn't work for me, but after the first couple of chapters, things changed and I was sucked it.

I would categorize this as an adventure saga more than a romance. Yes, there is a little bit of romance, but the adventure is what makes up the story and why I loved the book.

The story takes place on a world that is ruled by 10 Oligarchs. Oligarchs are individuals with power and magic and their power is nota...more
Gabi Garcia
I'm felling really stupid for not have read this one before! But well now I finally did and I'm trilled, amazed and in love with the Loka series and cant wait to read the next one!

Jay Bell is one of my favorite authors and in this book once more he shows me why! I cant believe how into this magical worlds of the five lands I got myself. It's like I thought Jay would stay with just the Blue Loka and red, but suddenly you're dragged around the the lands to meet all Oligarch and all of them are inc...more
Anyta Sunday
3.5

This was weird. Good weird, but yeah . . . I loved the ideas and imagination in this, I just wish there'd been more tension. It all happened in such a whirlwind without giving me time to process and feel the emotions.

Still, the writing was fluid and I enjoyed the read.
Stephen
Thi light hearted book deals with a magical fantasy world, imaginitive characters and a budding same sex romance in a positive way. The main characters are likeable and easily understood if at times whimisical. Add in one talking cat and we have a uniquely enjoyable reading experience.
Chris
4.5 stars. Very good young adult gay fantasy (with romantic elements) about a young man and his talking cat who head out to experience more of life than what they've seen during their sheltered existence. They achieve that in spades.
Fehu
4,5 stars!
It was a young adult book and it had the feel of it or maybe I've just grown up to much to fully appreciate it.
Which is not to say that the book is not for mature reader! Also I have to admit I liked the pictures inside the book, which you never find in the ones for grown up.
The style of the book did remind me of Pierce Anthony, so reading it was a bit like a trip back in my childhood, reading again of fantasy and adventure with caracters who still believe everything is possible and th...more
Caitlin
This was a good book. I enjoyed myself reading it, enough that I finished it in one day. The story was cute and engaging enough to hold my interest. There were a few problems I had with it, though, first and most importantly it's need to have been proofread one last time before publishing. It is riddled with grammatical and typographical errors, and that's just unfortunate. Second, the title has very little at all to do with the book, and only served to constantly get that annoying song stuck in...more
Lena Grey
Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! a Chimera, a werewolf, and a Pegasus too. These were but a few a few of the creatures encountered by Dylan, the main character of 'The Cat in the Cradle' by Jay Bell on his fantastical quest to restore order to his world.

Jay Bell did a good job of presenting Dylan's progress from a spoiled older boy to that of a competent young man. With each achievement Dylan grew in stature, gradually became more responsible and decisive. An important development in Dylan's...more
Seregil of Rhiminee
The Cat in the Cradle was a very pleasant surprise for me and I enjoyed reading it. It's a charming and easily likeable fantasy book, which handles difficult subjects in a sensitive and engaging way.

The Cat in the Cradle is a story about a young man called Dylan. He's the son of the Blue Oligarch and lives in the Lakelands. Dylan decides to travel away for a few days, because he's a bit bored with his life (he decides to visit his friend, Rano, who's the son of the Yellow Oligarch). When Dylan w...more
Furio
There are some children classics that possess the undefinable but very real quality of speaking both to children and adults who will find in them a depth that involves them emotionally. This is not one of those wonderful books but, all in all, I liked it and enjoyed reading it or, at least, the kid in me enjoyed it thoroughly. I may agree with a critical reviewer on some points but not in his/her dismissing the novel as nearly worthless.

What the author was aiming at is not clear: the setting is...more
M.E.
I have never been mind fucked before. But this book did it for me. Let me say that I had a lot of trouble with this first installment. The unfortunate truth is that I felt COMPLETELY disconnected from the main characters. ALL OF THEM.

My sympathy and interest was placed in the side characters, the other Oligarchs. I wanted to know more about them, and felt terrible when they got hurt or killed.

I'll also say, that this book gave me a good dose of realism. In a way that I didn't enjoy. There is o...more
Bobbi
2.5 stars

I don't have much to say about this book other than that I was extremely disappointed by it. It made for a quick and simple read, which is not always bad, but in this case it was because it could have been so much more!

The concept of lokas was fascinating to me and kept me reading, but the story itself seemed simplified. I had a hard time making myself continue at some points and I really only finished the book because I wanted to see how the author would end it. I was disappointed with...more
Justin
I'm really surprised how much I enjoyed this book. A cheap fantasy book with gay characters - well, I think I would be forgiven for assuming this wouldn't be the best work of literature I had ever read. And while this book is definitely no Brothers Karamazov, it's an engaging fantasy story with a memorable plot, engaging characters, and engrossing style. Bell does a great job at worldbuilding, makes us care about his characters, and never falls into being overly melodramatic. I also liked how th...more
Sprite123
4.5 stars

Loved this book- it dragged me in after the first couple of chapters. I haven't had that happen in a looong time.
The romance elements are rather low-key, but I have a feeling that this book was aimed towards young adults in the first place. Anyways, what exists is rather sweet.
The fantasy in this book was really nice. It made me remember why I read this genre. I loved the world building as well, and the writing was excellent.
Some elements in the story didn't seem to amount to anything...more
Maria
This book is both a coming out and a coming of age story, set in a the fantasy world of the Oligarchs and their powers. Dylan, the son of an Oligarch, has to find the mysterious murderer who is stealing away other Oligarchs' power with the help of Kio, his talking cat, and Tyjinn. All of them are likeable characters and the boys' evolution, especially Dylan's, is remarkable. It's a real page-turner and the plot is full of nice turns you don't see coming. Self-acceptance and courage are two essen...more
Lexi Ander
This is a well written and vibrant young adult adventure. Though at times it was at time a little wordy which caused it to drag here and there but that didn't take away from my involvement in the story. I loved Ty who at times was more mature than Dylan even though he wasn't much older. Dylan was a typical teenager with a mouth to match. Overall, the world was unique and enjoyable. I had totally guessed the wrong person for the villain, who was really well done. I look forward to reading more by...more
Gene
While obviously a first novel that needed extra editing and proofreading (and professional type design), this fantasy book gets an additional star for having a gay main character. The writing starts off awkward and stilted, but gains confidence as the book progresses. The modern slang of some of the characters seems anachronistic at first, but eventually charms through consistency. While some POV jumps mar the plotting a bit, the story is strong enough, with twists and turns to keep it engrossin...more
cory
Great

this was a great departure from the very heavy yet amazing something like... series. I thoroughly enjoyed the more adventure based plot. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of these books
Blaine
Feb 25, 2011 Blaine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes a adventure, fantasy and love
I absolutely loved it. I loved the idea, the characters, the wonderful drawings and the beautiful ambiance that Jay Bell painted us.
It's funny, serious, crazy and sad at times, but the story drags you in and doesn't let you go until you've finished it.
I can't wait for more YA titles from this author.
Now if I could only get my boys to read more ... I think they might just love this one!

ps: the only reason it took me ten days to read it, is because I only had time to read just before bedtime ... a...more
Roclaf Alter -Ego
This book is a very strong 4 and maybe a five - but I'm always reluctant to give a five.

The story is a fantasy gay coming of age tale aimed at young adults, but can be read by adults as well. It is a good solid story that moves along and has enough adventure and suspense to keep a person's interest. What I especially enjoyed were the unexpected plot turns that kept the story from being too predictable.

I do hope the notation in the title that this book is the first of a series proves to be true...more
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Jay Bell never gave much thought to Germany until he met a handsome foreign exchange student. At that moment, beer and pretzels became the most important thing in the world. After moving to Germany and getting married, Jay found himself desperate to communicate the feelings of alienation, adventure, and love that surrounded this decision, and has been putting pen to paper ever since.
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