While putting a fresh color on an old concept, Locke & Key uses horror elements to explore the mysteries of death and the bonds of family ties. Th...moreWhile putting a fresh color on an old concept, Locke & Key uses horror elements to explore the mysteries of death and the bonds of family ties. The first installment centers around the Locke family's recent move to Keyhouse, a residence filled with dark flavors reminiscent of Barker and Gaiman. At Keyhouse, Bode, the youngest of the Locke's, initiates a sequence of events that begins to expose secrets surrounding the family's past which, I suspect, will ultimately serve as the series' backbone. You'll find no bright colors in these pages. The illustrations really bring the gothic elements to life, as for example, you'll notice strands of hair shaping of unnatural accord. For those queasy of stomach, this collection contains some graphic illustrations and sexual content. 9.27.11
Was visiting a friend when her partner made a run to BN for the fourth installment. It's high praise when a couple must feed their need and purchase a copy rather than wait for their hold to arrive at the library. 9.26.11 (less)
"Don't let my face fool you; it tells the worst lies. A girl can have a face of an angel but have a horrid sort of heart." Briony Larkin claims to be...more"Don't let my face fool you; it tells the worst lies. A girl can have a face of an angel but have a horrid sort of heart." Briony Larkin claims to be evil and a witch, two deadly combinations that will lead to a hanging if the residents of the Swampsea find out. Her memories and actions are riddled with inconsistencies that offer several mysteries. Embedded within Billingsley's mythical world, is an original offering on family abuse. For Briony this means re-learning to identify her love for her family and friends, and most importantly, for herself.
I gobbled up the lush descriptions of the Swampsea and play with language. Billingsley's world is patiently explained at a pace that won't appeal to the bulk of teen readers. The withheld details will heighten the mystery for some, while confuse or bore others wanting a solid explanation. There are some truly curious characters and beings, but none held a candle to the mysterious Briony. "The wind slapped at the ancient trees. It slapped at me too, but I slapped back and pushed ahead." (89) Briony has more perserverance than she credits herself. Now I've to find Billingsley's earlier work. (less)
The problem I have with reading action graphic novels with cool ideas is that my expectations are set high in the hopes that there's going to be a suc...moreThe problem I have with reading action graphic novels with cool ideas is that my expectations are set high in the hopes that there's going to be a successful blend of genres. This effect in We3 fell a little short in its exploration of emotions wrought by war through the lives of these three ex-pets. I also felt cheated with the ending. It was abrupt and too easy in its resolution, so I subtracted a star. (less)
This pick was a disappointment. The cover, blurb, and prologue promised awesome airborn adventures, a kick-butt heroine, and more political intrigue t...moreThis pick was a disappointment. The cover, blurb, and prologue promised awesome airborn adventures, a kick-butt heroine, and more political intrigue than it was able to fess up. And while yes, there were some air pirates and some steampunk in the details, I was left wanting more. A lot more. So what does the first in this series have to offer? I wish I could say I cared for the characters. There were crucial moments when Briar or Ezekial could have defined themselves. Instead the author didn't allow them to stand on their own and assistance conveniently came to their aid. Overall Boneshaker left millions of questions unanswered. Okay, maybe not millions, but a damn good many concerning the war, origins of the Blight, Dr. Minnericht explanations, ect. Maybe these issues will be addressed in subsequent books. At this point, +400 pgs later, I don't care.
But Amanda, you gave it three stars and haven't said anything positive. After writing this, I'm questioning my rating as well. Indeed it lives up to Westerfeld's review as having a "rollicking pace." This page turner's action and fabulous one-liners, "Whether or not they spoke English, they spoke gun", will appeal to teens and kept me going. There's alot of potential here that I do look forward to hearing what others say about the author's other novels. (less)