ceony wants to be a smelter, a magician who works with metals. but much to her dismay, she is told that because there is a dearth of folders she willceony wants to be a smelter, a magician who works with metals. but much to her dismay, she is told that because there is a dearth of folders she will instead be apprenticed to magician thane to become a paper magician.
soon ceony finds herself intrigued not only by paper magic but also by her mysterious teacher. when thanes past catches up to him with violent intent ceony knows she is the only one who can help.
this was a lovely, cozy read with lots of adventure and thrills. it reminded me very much of "howl's moving castle". can't wait to continue to book 2!
so, the original is still better but this was surprisingly interesting because of the gender flipping...suddenly the vampires andmore like 3.5 stars
so, the original is still better but this was surprisingly interesting because of the gender flipping...suddenly the vampires and werewolves were matriarchal and while meyer didn't really get into that idea...at all...probably because she was busy with her goal of making critics see bella differently by changing her into beau. the matriarchal/patriarchal thing was still fun to think about for this cultural anthro/women's studies major though...so, if you liked the original and are intrigued i'd say try this one out...but if you weren't big on the first one then no need to bother.
some of the genderswapped names were REALLY forced though...bwahahahaha!...more
i was curious about this one...lit fic author meets ya seemed like a good start and the premise was interesting but in the end i feel like meg wolitzei was curious about this one...lit fic author meets ya seemed like a good start and the premise was interesting but in the end i feel like meg wolitzer had a half formed idea and wrote a rather thin story overall. i was excited at first and i did enjoy the book enough to read it basically in "one sitting" over the course of a workday but it just didn't pay out enough for me...it seemed too easy, too pat. the various threads all wrapped into little neat bows. i love a happy ending but it just didn't work here because it was almost too easy and felt preachy to me at times. and while i'd say it's recommendable it's not going to be one of the first books i reach for....more
when kera, a former marine, is murdered she never expects to come back to life thanks to a norse goddess but when she does she finds herself thrust inwhen kera, a former marine, is murdered she never expects to come back to life thanks to a norse goddess but when she does she finds herself thrust into a strange and violent world of clans, politics and some really kickass new sisters. running into the guy she thought was a ptsd suffering vet who is actually a member of another clan? well that just adds to the fun! now, if she can just figure out who is stealing ancient artifacts, killing people and why they're doing it, kera might be to really enjoy her second chance at life!
as always laurenston has created a world full of strong, badass, sexy women and given them men that match! hilarious banter, adventure and steamy sex abound! ...more
Cassie's team finds themselves dealing with yet another active serial killer after a young college student is found murdered. Could it be tha4.5 stars
Cassie's team finds themselves dealing with yet another active serial killer after a young college student is found murdered. Could it be that this killer also has ties to their team? And who is the stern new agent and does she want to help the Naturals? Or end their program?
Appologies in advance, this is a sort of disjointed and unedited review of this book...
Rainbow Rowell is a dangerous author for me...I think I will haAppologies in advance, this is a sort of disjointed and unedited review of this book...
Rainbow Rowell is a dangerous author for me...I think I will have to assume that her books will make me stay up most of the night reading, no matter what time I'm supposed to get up the next morning!
So, I am always a bit leery of the realistic fiction, it hits too close to home sometimes, or I just feel too much empathy for the characters. In many ways it just isn't relaxing for me to read, I worry about the people in the book, I fret over how they will resolve their problems or if they will resolve their problems. I cringe when the characters get into awkward situations. I feel myself blushing and having my stomach drop. In short, I read realistic fiction with my hand ready to cover my eyes, with my shoulders hunched protectively, with one foot ready to run. However, Rainbow Rowell has taken care of me twice now, so I feel like she's trustworthy with these stories. The problems she brings up are fully formed and realized but, happily, never tip over into the realm of melodrama. She may give her characters challenges but she doesn't torture them, which I (and I'm sure they) appreciate.
Cath and Wren are identical twins heading off to college. After 18 years of living out of each other's back pockets Wren has started to pull away. She doesn't want to be roommates, she's changed her appearance and seems, in general, to want to differentiate herself from Cath in all ways, including leaving behind their fannish life in the world of the Wizard Simon and the Vampire Baz...two characters in a book series that they wrote fanfic for. Cath, though, is not ready to change. She finds herself suddenly adrift and alone. Slowly Cath finds herself making unsteady friendships and falling into a comfortable routine. But, she soon finds herself worrying, about her father's ability to cope, about her sister's new habits, about her feelings for her roommates boyfriend and the return of her mother who left when she and her sister were 8. Does Cath have to give up everything she loved to move forward? Does she want to try and keep things from changing? Or can she find a blend of the old and the new...
Sophronia is back at it with her friends at Miss Geraldines! This time the school has visitors from St. Bunson's, the boys school for evil geniuses, aSophronia is back at it with her friends at Miss Geraldines! This time the school has visitors from St. Bunson's, the boys school for evil geniuses, aboard and they're all off on an adventure to London! But, who is trying to kidnap Dimity and why are all of Sophronia's friends suddenly shunning her? With the always charming Soap and a new young man in her life Sophronia can hardly keep up with all the plots and games going on around her...
Fabulous follow up to the first book!!! Our favorite supernatural friend Captain Niall is back and an appearance (hopefully the first of many) of the always outrageous Lord Akeldama makes this series a wonderful companion to the Parasol Protectorate. Carriger writes her women with intelligence and fun and this series makes me all the more excited to read Prudence's books.
a fun thriller about a small town librarian who decides to shake up her life which brings a new man into her world. then she inadvertently stumbles aca fun thriller about a small town librarian who decides to shake up her life which brings a new man into her world. then she inadvertently stumbles across a murder.
astrid jones doesn't feel like she needs her love, so she gives it away to the passengers on the planes that fly over her house. she gives her love awastrid jones doesn't feel like she needs her love, so she gives it away to the passengers on the planes that fly over her house. she gives her love away to the unknown people so it can't be controlled, by her mother, her best friends and their secrets or even by her own secrets. but astrid is getting tired of keeping everything inside and one night of fun suddenly brings everything out into the light. with some help from her newfound friend socrates, astrid starts to question all the rules that made her feel like she had to hide who she is.
i really liked astrid, i did get frustrated with her at times but i got frustrated with almost all of the characters in this book at one point or another. there were certain things that occured that i wanted to be dealt with a bit more head on, but in the end i found this book really satisfying.
these are the sorts of books that i end up really enjoying but while i'm in the middle of them they make me SUPER stressed out. more stressed than fantasy adventures or science fiction apocalyptic futures. i can't explain why this is but i think it's because they're real problems and so the consequences even though it's just a story feel more imminent.
In the final book of the Divergent trilogy Veronica Roth lives up to the dauntless mantra "be brave".
In this volume Tris, Four and a group of their fIn the final book of the Divergent trilogy Veronica Roth lives up to the dauntless mantra "be brave".
In this volume Tris, Four and a group of their friends manage to leave Chicago with the help of a new group, the Allegiant, who have formed in response to the destruction of the faction systems. They hope to see what is outside the city. What they find sheds light on what has been going on in their city but it also causes them to question their entire world view. We see the group and especially Tris and Four really begin to think about what their divergent status (or lack thereof) means to them and to the way they view eachother. Meanwhile, they discover that both in the outside world and within the city there are revolutions brewing that have the potential to destroy the entire structure not only of the city but also of the areas outside the city.
I found some parts of this a bit heavy handed but overall it was a really excellent wrap up to the series and Roth made some extremely bold decisions about her characters that were a bit devastating but also completely necessary for the story. So even though it broke my heart a little, I really respect her. I appreciate that she really made sure that her characters were thoughtful about their actions and about the way they interacted with each other. ...more
Delicious ending to a wonderful series. I was so sorry to leave Deryn and Alec behind. They were smart, brave and so interesting. I really loved the mDelicious ending to a wonderful series. I was so sorry to leave Deryn and Alec behind. They were smart, brave and so interesting. I really loved the mixture of fantasy and actual history Westerfeld mixed together in these books. Alan Cumming was perfect as the reader of the audiobooks and I found that as desperate as I was to hear what would happen next, I was also putting off listening at times so that it wouldn't be over.
I like endings that leave me with a sense, not that the story has ended completely but rather that we're at a pause in the character's lives. A place where they are able to stop and just be for a moment before heading off onto more adventures. That's what Westerfeld managed to do. The final scenes made me gasp, and laugh and ultimately put me in such a wonderful mood that i cannot recommend this series highly enough!!! Go! Read it...or listen to it!!!