I've reviewed Anthony a bunch of times before, & I always have such mixed reactions to his stuff. I adored him as a kid/teen/young adult, and AnthI've reviewed Anthony a bunch of times before, & I always have such mixed reactions to his stuff. I adored him as a kid/teen/young adult, and Anthony is the reason why I love to read today, as an adult. It's a bond I share with my dad - he handed me my first "adult" book (Golem in the Gears, by Anthony, part of the same Xanth series) in the summer before I started my forth grade year, and I've never looked back.
I enjoyed this one a bit more than the last one in the series; it's not as filled with puns (he explains in the author note he wrote this one ahead of schedule so there was less time for his mailbox to fill up with puns from fans; I always think it must be so nice that his fans write half his story for him). Puns are a part of Xanth as yarn is to a knitter, but the puns do get a bit old sometimes. Ironically, I missed the puns in this one, so I think I like them more than I think I do.
There's the usual sexual commentary Anthony always seems to make - maidens about to get raped, and then laughing about it two seconds after it almost happens - it bothered me a lot in his last novel, but I read it this time more as he meant it - social commentary / a parody.
I am thrilled to see that Anthony has finally introduced a gay character, too - it's about time, and kudos Piers Anthony!
- free copy from netgalley in exchange for my honest review...more
The premise behind this book is my perfect mix - a nice blend of magic, mystery, drama, and all in a YA book.
The book starts off with a bit of world aThe premise behind this book is my perfect mix - a nice blend of magic, mystery, drama, and all in a YA book.
The book starts off with a bit of world and character building, but a lot of stuff is thrown around - details - that aren't really explained. I like knowing the back story behind things, I kept feeling like I was missing a lot of information as the story unfolded slowly.
Unfortunately, the story continued to unfold slowly. Page after page after page of examining every thought that came Lorelei's way, before a few - all too brief pages - of action.
There's a lot of angst and will she or won't she when it comes to the romance story line- all too typical in a YA book - with some lies thrown in for good reason. I kept hoping the pace would pick up and that the story would start to progress, but the pacing just seemed too slow for my liking.
Why am I rating 4 stars? I really liked Lorelei and I really liked her healing abilities and the herbal remedies, and I really felt for her throughout the book. The book was well written, and there's a lot of nice description in the pages, so you can really see what's going on. I also really liked the fact that she was a healer who passed out at the sight - and smell - of blood - a little fact in a novel that just made Lorelei seem a little more real.
I received an e-book as part of the blog tour, in exchange for participating in the tour & for my honest review. I was not paid for my review....more
I'm not sure exactly how to review this book, except to spell out the good and the bad like I usually do.
I want to say I'm biased; I love Piers AnthonI'm not sure exactly how to review this book, except to spell out the good and the bad like I usually do.
I want to say I'm biased; I love Piers Anthony & I love the Xanth books, but unfortunately, that's not really true, either. I USED to love Anthony & I LOVED the books as a kid; still love the earlier ones - I even reread them ever so often.
But seriously - Anthony's a dirty old man - 78.
In one way, the books are clean, though they aren't as clean as his earlier books. He doesn't spell out adult scenes or use adult language, instead writing "bleep" or "bleeping". It's amazing, however, how often his characters lose their clothing, show their underclothes, refer to sex, or otherwise get involved in adult situations. Perhaps it's just me, but I don't remember his characters in earlier Xanth novels actually engaging in adult behavior, just casual mentions of "summoning the stork". Board Stiff is very different.
Regular Xanth readers will want to know about the puns. Once again, I have to say, I enjoyed how he used puns in his earlier books, but after the first dozen or so, he seems to just try to cram as many puns as possible into a given book, without trying to have them actually make sense.
Most of them in this book aren't that bad, and I don't think there's as many puns as some books, but a lot of them just don't really fit into the story. There's a particularly bad one involving women who miscarry that's just horrifying - to me, there's just certain things you don't make fun of, and certain miscarriages is one of those topics. It's just crass, especially when it was just so random. There's several other puns that are equally as bad.
But what about the story line and the plot? In a way, this book has a better plot than some of the other books, but most of the adventures are triggered by a sequin falling off of a dress - as in, a sequence of events (I hear a groan). It was funny the first few times, but Anthony repeatedly uses this plot device in every chapter, to get the characters to the next part of the story.
My other big pet peeve was EVERY new character the "quest" group met up with, had to be reintroduced to the group and to their mission. I'm not a writer & don't pretend to be, but you're telling me Anthony couldn't figure out another way? He couldn't have just written, just once, "And Ease caught so and so up on their adventures so far"?
My last complaint is typical - you know how the book is going to end, and it ends exactly that way, and all in the 2 pages.
So what's my rating? Well... after all of my complaint, I still enjoyed reading Board Stiff. It's a fun, Xanth romp after all, and that's what it's meant to be, a fun, fast, don't take things too seriously and just enjoy it kind of book. You are supposed to read a Xanth book & groan throughout it, but if it makes you forget about life for a little while, then the book is doing its job. I'll continue to read Xanth books, maybe not every one, but every one I happen to come across by random chance, and I'll continue to appreciate the books for what they are.
I received a review copy of this book from Edelweiss/the publisher....more
I've been attached to Sookie for a long, long time now - Anita Blake was the first paranormal series I fell in love wiThe last Sookie Stackhouse book.
I've been attached to Sookie for a long, long time now - Anita Blake was the first paranormal series I fell in love with, the series that got me hooked on vampires, werewolves, and witches OH MY! And Sookie was the second.
Kudos to Harris for choosing to end this series before it got stale and tired (unlike the Anita Blake series, which I keep on reading and complaining about).
I finished this book a couple of weeks ago, but had to sit on the review because I honestly didn't know how I felt about the book. It was a quick read, like all the Sookie books, but I didn't want a quick read - I wanted to savor the last book. You knew the last book was going to be all about resolving Sookie's love life, which pretty much was exactly the point of the last book. Yup, there's other stuff going on, but those other story lines didn't really seem to be terribly well developed/thought out/well written, and just seemed like an afterthought - something to help keep the book going, something to help keep the book from being only 50 pages long.
So what DID I think? Well... I was disappointed. The last Sookie book, ever? Well, you just expected a lot... you expected great things, amazing things... and, well, the series concluded exactly like you knew it would, with exactly no surprises. And that just seemed like Harris cheated us a little bit. It just seemed like Harris wanted to make the long time readers happy, let's finish up the series, and be done with it.
So... that's the bad stuff. What was good about it? * you find out who Sookie ends up with. * it's the last book of the series * Umm.
And there you have it. I think the fact that I can only come up with one good thing about the book, helps me to realize I rate this 3 stars. Why 3 stars? Because honestly, I knew all along she was going to end up with who she ended up with, and Charlaine Harris delivered that, as horribly badly as she did so.
There are a LOT of other reviews on this book, though annoyingly, most of the reviews start with "I didn't read this book, but I read other reviews, and I think" blah, blah. How do you review a book without actually reading the book? ...more
I was asked to read & review this book quite some time ago & sadly, it took me quite some time to actually do so, I really fell off the reviewI was asked to read & review this book quite some time ago & sadly, it took me quite some time to actually do so, I really fell off the review bandwagon with this one. I say this very, very often on my blog, but I really don't like jumping into the middle of shows, books, series, etc., and I won't review a book) or read on my own a book that's in the middle of a series if I haven't read ALL the previous ones (I'm like that with everything: books, movies, miniseries, tv shows, and chocolate chip cookies!). I didn't realize this book was part of a series until I had read the first few chapters & knew I had gaps in the storyline, went online, & sure enough, this is book three.
Trish Milburn, the author, does a great job in trying to give the backstory of what happened in the previous books, without boring the audience who had read the first two, but I did find myself lost more than once in the story, or wishing I knew more & wondering if I had read the others, I would know the whole story - or perhaps "get" more out of a particular scene if I had.
All of these things being said, I did enjoy the book. I enjoyed reading about the relationships between all of the main characters, and I also enjoyed the fact that the two main teenagers, Jax and Keller, have a very age appropriate relationship - they kiss, but no hanky panky. I give the book 4 stars because though I didn't really love the book, I did enjoy reading it & I know I would have loved this title & series fifteen years ago....more
Sanna has all of my favorite things - knitting, magic, witches, young adult, fantasy, & in a vaguely historical setting. Author RoxieI love Sanna!
Sanna has all of my favorite things - knitting, magic, witches, young adult, fantasy, & in a vaguely historical setting. Author Roxie is a knitter, and you can tell this in the book, from how Sanna fixes injuries by "knitting" the bones (love the pun), to knitting magical self-heating socks & mittens to keep a friend warm. Sanna & her classmates are a bunch of girls, just out to have a good time, who are just happening to attend a magical school.
There's a bit of a mystery, there's a bit of romance, but all in all it's just a good fast read.
I only have one negative about the book, which isn't really a negative at all. I felt a couple of parts - especially the ending - were written a little abrumptly for my tastes, but I think it's more written for young adults, which of course, this book is. As an adult reader, I would love liked to have seen those parts a little more fleshed out, but I completely understand why Roxie wrote those parts the way she did.
I was thrilled to pieces to find out that there is another book in the series, too!...more
I very kindly received a review copy of this book, & unfortunately it sat until I had a chance to read it. Once I did, I quickly read & finishI very kindly received a review copy of this book, & unfortunately it sat until I had a chance to read it. Once I did, I quickly read & finished it. The book starts you off immediately into the main character's life, and as you can tell from summaries of the book, she quickly turns into a vampire. It's tough for her to adjust to her new reality, but she starts learning & training about how to become a vampire.
All in all, I enjoyed the book & will probably read the next book in the series.
I give the book 4 stars instead of 5 for two reasons: 1) I did not fall in love with any of the characters - I did enjoy reading about them, but I did not fall in love with them & I only give 5 star reviews to books when I both love the book & love the characters
2) Without spoiling you, I felt that the final climax of the story was too much of a stretch. If throughout the book, the main character doesn't like another character, doesn't trust her, feels something is "off" about her, then why would you put yourself into a situation when you are alone with her? And then wonder why you got yourself into this mess? ...more
I actually give this book 4.5 stars, for just one reason. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this fast paced book.
Princess Nalia's whole life changes iI actually give this book 4.5 stars, for just one reason. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this fast paced book.
Princess Nalia's whole life changes in an instant when she learns she isn't really the princess, but a stand in. Her life quickly - sometimes very abrumptly (hence the 4.5 stars, as the abrumpt changes drove me nuts) kept changing, and she always adapted well to her new circumstances (which also drove me nuts - as she was a little *too* perfect, if you know what I mean. Especially a perfect 16 year old). She starts life living in the palace, then with her aunt, then tries to go to magic school, and ends up an apprentice to a crazy witch, all in a very short time without each location really coming to life in my mind.
The book however, settles in nicely about halfway through. I admit, I wasn't sure who the bad guy was until the end, though I had my guesses.
There's a smidge of romance, but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen to read. I'm not a fan of straight romance books, but I enjoyed reading how the false princess eventually realized her best friend was the man of her dreams.
All in all, I greatly enjoyed the book & read it in just one afternoon, and I would be interested in reading what else O'Neal may write.
I received this book to review as part of a book tour. My opinions are entirely my own....more
I received this book for Christmas last year, and started it right away. And struggled to get into it. Piers Anthony was my favorite author as a kid/tI received this book for Christmas last year, and started it right away. And struggled to get into it. Piers Anthony was my favorite author as a kid/teen/young adult, and the Incarnations series has been a favorite of mine for years. I was thrilled when this book came out, and was even happier when I finally got my hands on a copy.
That being said... the book was just disappointing. In my mind, there are a lot of reasons for that. A lot of it was just rehashed from earlier Incarnation books, a lot of it was just weird things that really didn't make much sense, a lot of it was sex every 4 pages (not always terribly graphic sex, and Anthony always did have a lot of sex in his books, but this book was to the extreme). A lot of it was the overly complicated time lines, that seemed to exist just to stretch out the book & make it longer.
All in all... I have to say, I had to force myself to finish reading the book, and I did so only my skimming most of the second half. Normally I keep any Anthony books on my shelves as a permanent fixture, but this one I'll list on my paperbackbookswap.com account....more
I picked this book up for 75 cents at work! I mean, seriously, how can you beat a new paperback for 75 cents? This book is some fantasy, some mystery, I picked this book up for 75 cents at work! I mean, seriously, how can you beat a new paperback for 75 cents? This book is some fantasy, some mystery, and some laughs. The main character, Slwyn, gets convicted of a crime he didn't commit, and loses his girl, all at the same time - sound familiar? The twist is, the dead man helps to prove his innocence. Yup, the dead man comes back to life, in the form of a bat, and later in the form of a songbird. In the end, the murder's been solved, Selwyn is free to live another day, but doesn't get the girl.
Not bad for a quick read, I give it 3 stars. Worth reading, but I wouldn't bother reading again. ...more
I saw a review of this book on another blog - sorry, original blogger, I didn't save the post - and since I'm an obsessive knitter & obsessed withI saw a review of this book on another blog - sorry, original blogger, I didn't save the post - and since I'm an obsessive knitter & obsessed with vampires, witches, fairies, and the like, I immediately requested the book from interlibrary loan.
You'll saw my huge library pile I got last week, this book was in it. Well, it was the first one to be picked up from the stack (even though I was reading 3 other books at one time), and I absolutely laughed out loud - literally made my cat cross eyed with me - from the very first page. Obviously Bretton was sincere in her desire to make a GOOD knitting fiction book; it's been done before, but usually the knitting references are done in passing, and it's obvious the writer has no real connection to knitting (an exception is The Shop on Blossom Street, by Debbie Macomber). The addition of paranormal elements made me just giddy. There's a bit of romance, which I'm not a huge fan of, but the book is so well written, I felt myself rooting for the relationship between Chloe & Luke all the same....more
I actually have read this book a couple of times, and most recently last year. I'm trying to post reviews for books I've read & enjoyed in the pasI actually have read this book a couple of times, and most recently last year. I'm trying to post reviews for books I've read & enjoyed in the past.
Because of the tv shows, I decided I wanted to reread the series & catch up on the books I hadn't read yet. The first book in this series is still one of my all-time favorite books, ever. Fantasy & a big, fat, long book starting a series? This makes my heart beat a little faster :).
Anyways, this is one of those books that start slow. There's a lot of character development in the first half. I enjoy the whole history aspect of the book & how it ties together at the end. I love the Sisters. I'm sick of Kahlan whining uncharacteristically, and after rereading this book, I remembered that that was why I gave up on the series the first time....more