The Castle Glower is part of the Glower family, or they are a part of the Castle Glower. Either way, the castle seems to have a mind of it's own. It sThe Castle Glower is part of the Glower family, or they are a part of the Castle Glower. Either way, the castle seems to have a mind of it's own. It sprouts new rooms and corridors and you can tell if it likes you or if you aren't it's favorite. Celie is the youngest sibling in the Castle Glower and the Castle seems to like her the best. When the King and Queen are traveling one day, they are ambushed and go missing. Many claim that they are simply dead, but their children won't believe it. Then some of the neighboring princes come to the castle to "show their respect". The children think that they are up to no good however. With the help of the Castle it's up to the kids to defend their home and find their parents.
What a fun book. I want a Castle Glower of my own. It has such personality so a building. Each of the family members treat the Castle exactly as they should and the Castle respects them for it. You wouldn't think that you could tell much from a castle, but this one is special.
I loved Celie and her inquisitiveness. It came in very handy many times throughout the story. Each of the siblings had their own strengths and luckily together they did well. It was nice that they got along pretty well, because otherwise I fear what could have happened to them and the Castle.
There were a few times that I thought I had sorted some things out, but I often turned out to be incorrect. It was nice that it kept me guessing. The villains were not quite as evil as they could have been, but they helped give the story a lighter feel to it even when things looked grim.
This story sort of reminded me a bit of Howl's Moving Castle, both the Castle and the atmosphere. This is a great read for middle grade, young adults, adults, boys and girls; pretty much anyone who loves a great story. With a fun cast of characters. This was a very fun read and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of the next tale in the Castle Glower.
First Line: "Whenever Castle Glower became bored, it would grow a new room or two."
Favorite Line: "Celie didn't know how she knew, but there was the strangest feeling that something, some part of the stones was just gone."
Finn and Autumn were the best of friends until middle school. That's when they seemed to grow apart. Finn was with the popular crowd and Autumn was wiFinn and Autumn were the best of friends until middle school. That's when they seemed to grow apart. Finn was with the popular crowd and Autumn was with the not-so-popular crowd. Their moms were still friends and they were still neighbors, so they saw each other most days. Autumn has Jaime now and they have been going out for practically forever. So what if she feels a pang in her chest when she looks at Finn. She's happy with her new friends and her new life...right?
Love this book. This will most likely be my favorite for the year. Laura Nowling just gets it. Everything is just completely brilliant in this novel. The characters are totally great and the story is heartbreaking and just so honest. "I want to savour this wonder, this happening of loving a book and reading it for the first time, because the first time is always the best, and I will never read this book for the first time ever again." She also totally gets being a reader. It always draws me into the book when the character is a big reader too.
Finn and Autumn were the best characters. I always wanted a friend like Finn. I wanted that kind of easy friendship where the line between two people is blurred. It was devastating to me to see them not together. I could feel the pull in Autumn's chest each time she saw Finn. Even though she was happy with her other friends and Jaime, she wasn't as happy as she could be. Her heart still wanted more. It crazy how such a small little thing could drive people apart without them even realizing why. A simple miscommunication and two lives are left incomplete. It's awful, but I'm sure it happens all the time.
Jaime was an okay character. I think I loved Finn too much to really give Jaime a chance. It seemed a little bit mean at times, but nothing too bad. He just wasn't a good fit for Autumn's eccentricity. Their little group seemed to function like any group of friends and they all seemed to work okay together.
The only bit that I wasn't crazy about is when we read Autumn's story that she wrote. She was supposedly this really wonderful author, but the story was fairly juvenile. It wasn't bad it was just kind of basic and plain.
This book is everything I want my realistic fiction to be. Just beautiful and honest. I knew how it was going to end early one, you kind of know from the first few pages. Regardless, you are still wishing and hoping that the outcome isn't what it seems to be. It was awful in a good way—in a I don't ever want this book to end kind of way. It made me laugh, it made me bawl my eyes out, it made my chest hurt and it made me close the book and immediately want to pick it up and start from the very beginning. It made me feel everything as if it was my own story.
First Line: "I wasn't with Finny on that August night, but my imagination has burned the scene in my mind so that it feels like a memory."
Favorite Lines: "No one is perfect."
"'I think we're supposed to experience as much beauty as we can.'"
"The icy wind burns through my gloves and my fingers ache until they fall numb and silent."
"I can feel them in my mouth like three smooth pebbles."
Another great story in the Young Sherlock Holmes series. At first I thought this one was an alternate part from the book, from when they go to meet MyAnother great story in the Young Sherlock Holmes series. At first I thought this one was an alternate part from the book, from when they go to meet Mycroft. After reading along a bit further I realized that it was actually it's own little bit. I'm always a sucker for a story that takes place in a mental institute. I wished this could have been a bit longer, but any amount of Sherlock is better than no Sherlock.
First Line: "It was one of those rare days in London when the sun shoe on clean streets and the air did not smell of rotten vegetables and horse dung."
Favorite Line: "He was bald, apart from a fringe of black hair running around the back of his head like a small curtain."
Cath writes fanfic. Her and her twin sister Wren head off to college and Wren decides she wants more space. She doesn't want to be just a twin. Cath wCath writes fanfic. Her and her twin sister Wren head off to college and Wren decides she wants more space. She doesn't want to be just a twin. Cath wants to keep writing Carry On, Simon and she really wants her sister to be her friend again. What she doesn't expect is a roommate that she doesn't mind, or a boy that she starts to like. What she doesn't expect is that maybe there is more in life than Simon and Baz.
My first question is: Why are there 30 more pages in the hardcover? I guess this is just a ploy to get me to re-read it. This ploy is inevitably going to work so...yeah.
I loved this book though. LOVED it. I read it so slowly, as slowly as I could stand. I just wanted to savor it for as long as I could. The last few chapters I rushed through though, because I wanted to see what happened to the characters.
I loved Cath. She was such a real character. She and I could be friends if either of us were any good at making friends. Then there was Wren. I didn't much care for her. Why was she so daft? There was Nick and Levi too, except let's not talk about Nick. Levi seemed like a lot of fun. I appreciate that he wasn't overly romanticized. Sometimes it's really nice to have a real person to fall in love with instead of a super human. Reagan was surly but a good person. I appreciate her character and how she interacts with everyone else. Rainbow Rowell just has a way of writing very realistic characters that I can relate to and love or hate.
This was a great story about finding who you are when you don't have anyone holding your hand every step of the way. It's also about letting things go and being happy. Cath isn't perfect and she will never be, but slowly she can let herself be happy.
I loved the Fanfic part of this. I have never read any fan fiction, but I can definitely see the appeal. I think I'm going to need some fan fiction for Fangirl. I'm not ready to be done with these characters. I want to see them re-imagined to death. I want different scenarios for them and I want the outcome that I wanted. I can see why Cath was so obsessed with Carry On, Simon. I am in love with this book. I only had these characters for 400 pages or less, but already I want more of them forever.
If you haven't read anything by Rainbow Rowell, I'm not sure what you are waiting for. She is completely brilliant and I can't wait to get my hands on more novels by her. Do yourself a favor and go out and by this one. I really loved Eleanor & Park, but it wasn't even half as amazing as this one.
First Lines: "This article is about the children's book series. For other uses, see Simon Snow (disambiguation)."
"There was a boy in her room."
Favorite Lines: "'The whole situation is too rapey.'"
"She tried to tell herself that is was kind of cool to have a twelve-story building to herself. Like being trapped in the library overnight. "
"'Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow,' he said." ...more
I don't feel like I need to write a summary for this novel, because you either have read this or are not going to.
Nick Carraway was an interesting chaI don't feel like I need to write a summary for this novel, because you either have read this or are not going to.
Nick Carraway was an interesting character, not a great writer though. His story jumped around a lot and sometimes it was confusing about how these random events fit together. (I suppose this is really Fitzgerald's doing, but I feel they could be one in the same.) Beginning of chapter four lists a bunch of names for quite a few too many pages. I understand that it's supposed to show all the various types that attended Gatsby's parties, but it just seemed dreadfully boring to me. They weren't even really people, so it didn't really seem all that important. I did love picture Gatsby's parties and his huge house. Gatsby and Nick were such real people. Even though Gatsby was very mysterious about his past, his present was endearing. You could hear the emotion in his words, even if he was cool.
There was plenty to like about this novel and I liked all those bits. There were a few slow parts though and a few parts I just didn't understand. Maybe a second read through will make things more coherent. Luckily this is a short novel, so it's one that you can stop and re-read parts of without taking a very long time to finish it. It was an enjoyable read for the most part.
Gatsby. He was a unique fella and so in love. So crazily, stupidly in love. I feel so awful for Gatsby. He tried so hard. He felt so much. In the end things don't always work out for people who may deserve it, even when the ungrateful hordes dance in the sun. That's what I took away from this novel. Is rich people get richer, while the poor get poorer. It doesn't matter if it's money of life. There are always grateful people and ungrateful people. Dreamers and those content to have life always be the same. We need those dreamers though, otherwise we wouldn't have any inventions and still just be cavemen.
I won't say much more; Gatsby is Gatsby. This novel is definitely worth the read, if only so you know that book that people mention now and again when they are trying to sound sophisticated. Who knows, maybe you'll love it...
First Line: "In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind since."
Favorite Line: "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."