kate is an appealing but not overly-idealized heroine, and a smattering of eastern european and roma (gypsy) folklore and tradition gives the book sh kate is an appealing but not overly-idealized heroine, and a smattering of eastern european and roma (gypsy) folklore and tradition gives the book shape. mostly, though, it’s about human nature: suspicion, desperation, family loyalty, mob mentality. to an adult reader, it’s a mite predictable, but not in particularly frustrating way; it didn’t feel like kate was being daft by not putting things together, it just felt like the reader had a longer view of the situation. kate had immediate concerns to distract her; the reader is looking for the big picture. the only significant flaw is the ending; it feels a bit too neat, and there are enough sudden changes to make the reader feel a bit jerked-around. still, it’s a beautiful, gripping novel. [ thebooleyhouse ] ...more
it isn't necessarily because #1 and #2 of the obernewtyn chronicles were not this good, quite to the contrary. it took some time for me to truly comfo it isn't necessarily because #1 and #2 of the obernewtyn chronicles were not this good, quite to the contrary. it took some time for me to truly comfortably lose myself in carmody's writing and appreciate her books for their mostly complex characters (except the villains who seem to be cookie-cutter characters, pity that) and engaging plot. i'm pleased with the directions ashling took and can't wait to find out what happens next ...
secrets is a beautfully illustrated picture book, but certainly not only for children. minimal text passages accomany secret's pages. encouraging peopsecrets is a beautfully illustrated picture book, but certainly not only for children. minimal text passages accomany secret's pages. encouraging people to step outside & leave behind the real world.
“You’re all younger. Children, every one of you, running around like crazy so you won’t notice how soon you’re gonna die.” Max took a silurban fantasy
“You’re all younger. Children, every one of you, running around like crazy so you won’t notice how soon you’re gonna die.” Max took a silver case out of his jacket, opened it, and selected one of the cheap cigars he liked to poison the air with. ‘Take the way you idealize truth—telling it, finding it.” He snorted. “Finding it! As if it were lying around somewhere, waiting for you to pick up. Childish. People live by stories, not truth. What you really want are answers so you won’t have to figure things out for yourselves.” He pulled out his lighter. “I admit, thinking takes time.”...more
and here we go with the next fairy tale .. i did not even notice how much i like reading picture books until recently when i checked out my bookshelve
and here we go with the next fairy tale .. i did not even notice how much i like reading picture books until recently when i checked out my bookshelves. this edition retold by laurel long & jacqueline k. ogburn and illustrated by laurel long was particularly difficult to acquire and it was only a used one at that (grr)!
the author's note states the following:
this grimm's fairy tale is also known as "the singing, springing lark. [..] the story combines "beauty & the beast" and "east of the sun, west of the moon." our retelling condenses the action, but we chose to follow the dramatic spirit of the ending of "east of the sun, west of the moon" in our treatment of the villain.
plot: a merchant promised his three daughters to bring home gifts. pearls for the first, gold for the second and a singing lark for the youngest of the three. when he stumbles upon a castle's garden with a singing lark, he immediately climbs the tree to fetch the bird and instead ends up bargaining with the lion that he may keep the lark and his life but must give up whoever greets him first at home. of course, the youngest daughter then has to go to the lion. they spend time together, fall in love and marry. she discovers that he is in fact a prince who has been cursed because he refused to marry the wicked enchantress. not only is he a lion by day and a human by night, but if a ray of candlelight touches him, he becomes a dove, forced to fly across the world for seven years. the lady is the actual hero/ine of the story for it is she who rescues the prince (hee). [ side note: neither the lion/prince nor the lady are given actual names ]
the book is richly illustrated with a lot of ornaments. the attention and love to detail that went into it, are apparent with a single glance. the illustrations are very dark and moody with bright splashes of color. the lady & the lion has an abstract feel to it, you will know what i mean when you take a look at them. the characters are bleh, but what it lacks in characterization and heart, it makes up in breathtakingly gorgeous pictures. it also seems as though its setting is somewhere in persia or northern india.
plɹoʍ lɐǝɹ ǝɥʇ uı olǝɔɹɐɯ marcelo can be a bit naive, but not in an annoying way. he's naive in the way that makes you wonder how the hell you tur3.5/5
plɹoʍ lɐǝɹ ǝɥʇ uı olǝɔɹɐɯ marcelo can be a bit naive, but not in an annoying way. he's naive in the way that makes you wonder how the hell you turned out so bitter and question why the world can't be as simple or straightforward as someone like marcelo sees it. marcelo is just a great person and anyone would be lucky to have him as a friend. many of the people marcelo encounters at the law firm treat him like crap or act as though he's stupid. so being marcelo's friend would probably lead me to an aggravated assault charge or two, but marcelo is constantly running into people who need to get bitch slapped. [ fya | megan crane ]
some notes: the relationships were not fully fleshed out, but that was fine. i wasn't really that interested or invested (what i read about that anyway) in any of the other characters (parents, jasmine or the rabbi for example), but i appreciated them nonetheless. marcelo was an endearing literary character, i was glad i had the opportunity to meet.
his thoughts on religion, his internal music, various other opinion pieces and bible passages he discussed with the rabbi were the most enjoyable for me to read about.
3.5/5 really, really different. original. bit too corny, but cute nonetheless. how she finally seperated her strings to her father (view spoiler)[by tel3.5/5 really, really different. original. bit too corny, but cute nonetheless. how she finally seperated her strings to her father (view spoiler)[by telling him she loved him. (hide spoiler)] as simple and difficult as that.
for all the books i've dropped left and right, --some of them historical romances that i didn't even bother to put on the "dropped" shelf-- i sh2.25/5
for all the books i've dropped left and right, --some of them historical romances that i didn't even bother to put on the "dropped" shelf-- i should be walking the walk of shame..
stolen magic is one of the few i've actually been able to read cover to cover, despite the ridiculous unicorn-virgin aspect of it and a one-dimensional villain. now, leaving those complaints aside, there were some good scenes too that kept me reading till the very end, like this one where the heroine (rightfully!) opposes the decision to wed the book's hero:
What kind of life did she want?
More than anything, she wanted to be strong. It was good to be protected, but even better would be the ability to defend herself against a villain like Drayton without aid. That meant learning how to use the tantalizing magical abilities that seemed to be part of her. She wanted to be a woman equal to a man, which seemed possible among the Guardians if Lady Bethany was typical.
Next to safety, she wanted to belong somewhere—to be part of a circle of family and friends. Though she had been welcomed into the Guardians by Falconer and Lady Bethany, she still yearned to find the family that had produced her. She wanted a home where she was accepted by right of blood, not by charity.
If Falconer was right that her magical power made her a desirable bride in Guardian circles, did that mean that marriage between them might someday be seen as a reasonable match? Perhaps. But not now—she felt that in her bones. To accept Lady Bethany’s suggestion would be to lose her chance to find strength and equality.
If they were ever to wed—and privately she admitted that the idea was . . . appealing—it must be after she became a woman secure in herself and her power. She might never be Falconer’s equal, but she must be her best self, or she would always be humble and unsure around him.
“What can you give your parents and Toby for Christmas?” Suzie had asked me a few weeks earlier.
“I don’t mean a traditional present.2.5/5
“What can you give your parents and Toby for Christmas?” Suzie had asked me a few weeks earlier.
“I don’t mean a traditional present. More like, some way to honor them. Or honor the gifts they’ve passed on to you, as a person.”
I’d thought long and hard. It was the toughest shopping list anyone could hand me, but I wanted to do this.
For Toby, I emailed Emily Heinz to tell her I wanted to come back to help her run the Tutoring Club, and asked her to look for a student to match me up with.
For Dad, I bought an intermediate crossword book and started on the first one, with the goal of eventually completing every puzzle without looking at the answers.
For Mom, I began work on my first-ever portrait of someone I didn’t mind mangling in the process: myself. So far it was just a sketch of the shape of my face and my hair, done while leaning over a mirror on my bedroom floor. Don’t erase too much as you go, Mom said in my head. Let your hand channel your impressions of what you see.
as far as fairy tales go, this one includes the expected and disappointing flat, 2-dimensional cast of characters. not a whole lot of plot and t2.25/5
as far as fairy tales go, this one includes the expected and disappointing flat, 2-dimensional cast of characters. not a whole lot of plot and thus simultaneously sparse text. and of course the happily-ever after with the prince.
the raven girl is the product of a raven and postman who fell in love. she is born as a raven who cannot speak the human tongue, but neither can she fly like she's always longed to. the raven girl goes to college and there by chance encounters someone who might be able to correct that 'mistake' ...
ah, about the art. well, the illustrations have a horrifyingly, ugly quality (gonna scan a page or two to showcase and emphasize my point soon) which i know is a really weird thing to say, as i love the overall book design of raven girl. ...more
the only thing that i would say sets this apart from any other paranormal romance is the fact that it is set in the 1950s, but then again maybe1.75/5
the only thing that i would say sets this apart from any other paranormal romance is the fact that it is set in the 1950s, but then again maybe not as the narrative and diaologue are much too modern to make this believable and thus work in the hands of another author. other than that... the only other positive things i can think of are that there is no love triangle and the hero does not follow the current trend of being a brooding asshat. even the heroine's sister who's painted as vain, useless 'bitch' for most of the book gets some shades of grey fairly at the end of the book - alas, color me surprised by that as i did not really see that coming, thinking the author would let her be a black and white caricature till the last page....more