Your journal entries and books you write at school are all tales of dragon friends. The back of your homework is covered with diligent Charmanders sitting behind desks, learning. Just like you.
You've got a waiting list for your magic spray that you want to create that will bring your dragons to life.
You're in first grade now, and you're six and a half years old. You're at that point where you're no longer a baby, but you haven't yet made it into the tween years. Everything is magic and the possibilities stretch endlessly before you. You care about feelings and justice and the ways we interact with our environment. If you ruled the word, everyone would be kind and stop hurting one another.
There's something mystical about how you use your love of dragons to draw in your friends and create intricate games and circles of companionship. You've engaged your friends in being the parents of hatchlings and explored what it would be like to be a dragon. Your personality brings out the imagination in others and takes them through the worlds you've created and hold dear.
As you begin to navigate the rest of your life, you'll find there are people who want you to focus on the differences you see in humanity. They'll insist that the things that make you different from other people create wide chasms that cannot be crossed. Those who are different from you are like dragons—enemies that must be vanquished.
But, you know better. You know that dragons are often misunderstood. Dragons can be loyal, kind, and friendly. They have families that look like yours and ones that don't. You know that dragons are important and should be protected and loved.
No matter what happens, keep writing letters to dragons and creating connections with everyone you meet. Don't lose sight of the things that make you similar to those around you and recognize and celebrate the differences. And don't forget about the dragons.
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I listened to this audiobook on a road trip from Utah to California. First, the narrator's voice has a distinct teenage girl quality. I have to admitI listened to this audiobook on a road trip from Utah to California. First, the narrator's voice has a distinct teenage girl quality. I have to admit that it wasn't something I liked at first. But, by the end of the book, I appreciated the vulnerability that Cassandra Lee Morris's voice brought to the story. It just took some getting used to.
There were some distinct upshots of The Fixer. It has a Veronica Mars and Scandal flavor, but definitely on a larger scale than I would have expected for a YA novel. Having a conspiracy that goes all the way to the highest levels of government partially uncovered by teenagers makes for a good, but implausible story. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I feel like the convenience of having every suspect or plot point relate directly to Tess's small circle in Washington, DC, felt contrived.
But, it was a fun, easy listen and I'll most likely pick up the sequel....more
Part magical realism, part romance, and part mystery, The Weight of Feathers has it all.
There is something really special about this book and the way it reads. Each chapter heading has a Spanish quote, and the book is filled with phrases that are both Spanish and Italian. Sometimes the context tells you what the quote means, other times it doesn't. There is a thread of culture and oldness that gives this story such a distinct feel and flavor.
Breaking it down this is what you'll get from this story:
Feuding families divided over years of hatred, misunderstandings and superstitions. It's very Romeo and Juliet without the cringe-worthy romance.
The cultural diversity mentioned above. Lace and her family speak Spanish. Cluck and his family, Italian. Like oil and water.
Both are families of performers, the women in Lace's family are mermaids, Luc's family are birds/faeries. It's seriously so perfect it hurts.
Beautifully written lines. Honestly, the imagery here is incredible and you can feel the magic wafting off each page.
One of my favorite parts:
The sting reminded her she was a body knitting itself back together. It was why she liked his hands on her. His wrecked fingers knew how to handle something ruined.
It isn't just Lace's burns or Luc's ruined hand that's damaged. It's their families, even the town they are both performing in. And somehow the romance that shouldn't be between these two is the thing that cracks it all wide open.
I can't say enough good things about this book. I'd recommend this book for fans of The Bone Gap, The Night Circus, or Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
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This review was originally posted on Emily's Reading RoomAudio Review: I feel like this is a little redundant from my other reviews, but Elizabeth EvaThis review was originally posted on Emily's Reading RoomAudio Review: I feel like this is a little redundant from my other reviews, but Elizabeth Evans nails the narration in this book. It's a behemoth at 20 hours long, but I was consistently hooked by not only the story, but the lovely dimension that Evans brings to all the characters. This book took me a month to listen to (especially since I had an unfortunate accident where I accidentally lost disk number 14 in the gap between my cd player and the dashboard. I had to go to the place that installed my stereo and they had to take off my dashboard to retrieve it. Oops). Anyway, it's worth listening to on audio, even though it takes forever. I felt like I was immersed in the world and I got a whole month to experience it.
Review: What to say about this book. I feel more sheepish than ever about my initial reluctance to this series. I misjudged this series as candy fantasy and severely underestimated its depth. These books keep getting better and better.
One of the things that I look for in a fantasy series is attention to detail. It means that the writers I like are typically not "pantsers." This means they don't dump a manuscript on the page and fix it later. (There isn't anything wrong with this, don't feel bad if this is your method of writing). I have googled to see if Sarah J. Maas is a plotter or a pantser and I haven't been able to find the answer. Anyway, I suspect she's a plotter. Here's why: everything that happens in this book means something. Conversations or little throwaway actions by minor characters end up coming into play later. There isn't much more as a reader that thrills me than this. (Yes, I'm a nerd). But, to really feel invested in a series, I like knowing that each book builds out the world bigger and bigger and that each character has something to contribute. As an added bonus, this level of detail makes the series EVEN BETTER when you re-read it.
I mentioned this in my review of Crown of Midnight, and it still applies here. I can't believe the limits Maas pushes her characters to. It's clear she knows them, their fears and their weaknesses. And while no death or event feels cheap, this is a book that will pull all kinds of emotional and empathetic strings.
One of the things I was absolutely not expecting, was the addition of Manon and the witches. This is a storyline that I can't wait to follow and explore, because it's incredibly rich. As one of the main points of view in this novel, I was initially puzzled at Manon's presence. She's very unlikeable. But, the relationship and the tiny fissures I'm seeing in that character are exciting. And, it's another hallmark of good, compelling writing. Manon is not the main character, but I feel just as invested in her story arc as Celaena's.
One last thing, Chaol. At the end of Crown of Midnight, I knew pretty firmly where I stood with his relationship to Celaena. Spoiler for Crown of Midnight: (view spoiler)[Once the incident with Nehemia happened, along with Celaena's reaction, I knew their relationship was over. (hide spoiler)] As I went throughout this book, I'm further solidified in my resolve. There are some things that a relationship doesn't recover from. And while I could be dead wrong, I feel like I understand Celaena enough at this point to say I think it's too late. Of course, the series isn't over, and a lot can change, but there you have it.
Essentially, if you love high or epic fantasy, this series is a winner. I'm stamping my seal of approval (Oooh, I should make one of those) on it....more