The capstone of the Chaos Walking trilogy captured and ended everything I loved about the series.
What I loved: -the epic Harry vs. Voldemort/Luke vs....moreThe capstone of the Chaos Walking trilogy captured and ended everything I loved about the series.
What I loved: -the epic Harry vs. Voldemort/Luke vs. Darth Vadar battle -his depiction of war -how Todd stayed true to himself -Viola and Todd's relationship. Ness wrote romance right. Two strangers go through hell, learn how to depend on each other, know they must save each other, and eventually realize that it's love. Versus the other way around--strangers fall in love and then go through the plot twists. This innocent yet deep romance restored my faith in teen fiction. -how he didn't kill EVERYONE off (I wouldn't have put it past him) -how he gave a hint of the happy ending 150 pages before the end so that the last page isn't spent summarizing the future. -the villain; one of the most complicated antagonists I have ever had the pleasure to understand. His gray personality and eventual redemption will stick with me. -his expert differentiation between characters. He switched off between THREE characters this time and I never had a problem knowing who was speaking. He had titles and assigned fonts which certainly helped--but each character had an entirely different voice. I was never confused. -Wilf -the big picture: this is an age of information. You can choose to entirely immerse yourself in it and become one with the world, or you can try and control it. We aren't reading each other's thoughts quite yet, but with social media we can broadcast whatever thoughts we want to the entire world. Are we afraid of that? Or do we embrace it? Do we use all of the communication available to us to influence the world for good or for evil? For war or for peace?
I am going to buy these novels and place them on my re-read bookshelf because I know that Ness has even more lessons beneath his plot. I want to discover them. :)(less)
I've read a lot of dystopias lately. Paranormal romance has finally taken a back seat with the success of the Hunger Games trilogy.
You can make as c...moreI've read a lot of dystopias lately. Paranormal romance has finally taken a back seat with the success of the Hunger Games trilogy.
You can make as complicated a world as you want and I'll give it three stars--I liked it. What makes this book a five star are the characters. Emotionally involved since the first page. Haven't we all wondered at some point what it would be like to talk to animals? Ness captures that question, along with many others, in this imaginative and original novel.
This book follows Rachel, a girl who was exiled to Kaluapapa, Molokai, because of "leprosy" (Hansen's disease)when she was 7 years old. She is ripped...moreThis book follows Rachel, a girl who was exiled to Kaluapapa, Molokai, because of "leprosy" (Hansen's disease)when she was 7 years old. She is ripped from her family and has to make a new life in the quarantined community. She always dreams of returning to her family in Honolulu as one by one her island family dies from the unpredictable disease. This was a new way to see the inventions of the turn of the century and a section of history I had never heard of before.
I really enjoyed Molokai. I was hooked by the violent and sad beginning and kept reading despite its depressing middle because the setting was so new to me. At one point I considered quitting because it seemed as if there was no point; Rachel kept getting older and everyone kept dying. But in the end it was all worth it. A moving book and a story I'll never forget.(less)
I thought to first book was only ok. It kept me reading, but I didn't think it was that original.
The sequels however are very unique. I loved...moreAmazing.
I thought to first book was only ok. It kept me reading, but I didn't think it was that original.
The sequels however are very unique. I loved them. One of those books I wished I hadn't read yet so I could read it for the first time again.
Clary travels to Idris, the Glass City, to find the cure for her mother. At the same time, the Clave is meeting in the Hall of Accords. Valentine figures it is a perfect time to release demons and kill everyone. We learn why Jace is so awesome and their relationship takes a turn for the better.
I love Jace and Clary. Their relationship is so complicated. In some books I would find their little fling annoying, but Clare writes it perfectly.
Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)'s life mission is to record the unfortunate lives of the Baudelaire triplets. Th...moreThe most clever series I've ever read.
Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)'s life mission is to record the unfortunate lives of the Baudelaire triplets. Their parents died in an unfortunate fire. From that moment, their lives are just a series of unfortunate events. The author (under his pen name) works himself into the storyline, so you are reading not only the Baudelaire's history, but his own.
These books are full of irony and witty repartee that have had me laughing since I started them as a kid to a a teenager when "The End" was released. Unfortunate to all ages!(less)
One of my favorite fiction books. It is based on John 19:23-24.
Marcellus Galleo was the Roman centurion that won the robe of Christ. Upon touching the...moreOne of my favorite fiction books. It is based on John 19:23-24.
Marcellus Galleo was the Roman centurion that won the robe of Christ. Upon touching the robe he feels a divine power that brings him to his knees. He then embarks on a journey to find out more about Jesus, talking to people who witnessed his miracles. For instance, a man who was one of the 2000 that ate the bread and fish. Galleo is eventually converted and in the end makes the ultimate sacrifice.
This book is simply amazing. There is one specific chapter that I have dogearred. Every time I read it I feel uplifted and encouraged to be a better person.
I heard the movie was horrible (I've never seen it) but don't let that stop you from reading the book!
The Hunger Games went out with a bang. I got it the first day it came out and finished it in six hours.
The Capitol is in disarray and the districts i...moreThe Hunger Games went out with a bang. I got it the first day it came out and finished it in six hours.
The Capitol is in disarray and the districts in unrest thanks to Katniss' previous escapade. She and her friends disappear to the mysterious District 13 so as not to be abolished by nuclear bombs via the Capitol. But they can't hide forever. With the help of the leader of District 13, Katniss and co. break into the city to kill Snow and save the world. Their path is full of loss. People die. Limbs get blown off. And Katniss seriously considers killing Peeta. She never does exactly what she's told and she pulls a fast one on the leader and the reader in the end.
The epilogue is frustratingly vague. Three pages of sadness. I was extremely disappointed at first. But when I read it the second time I saw Collins' genius. This book is about war and how it changes people. How you can never be the same after seeing your little sister blow up and one of your friends get eaten by creepy dogs.
Mockingjoy played its role as the crowning jewel of the Hunger Games Series.
I grew up with harry. I was 6 when the first one came out. I started reading them when I was 8 upon the release of the Prisoner of Azkaban.
I eagerly a...moreI grew up with harry. I was 6 when the first one came out. I started reading them when I was 8 upon the release of the Prisoner of Azkaban.
I eagerly awaited my Hogwarts letter and I was extremely disappointed when June 28 2002 passed without any owls.
By the time the Order of the Phoenix came out the books had become extremely popular. I went to the midnight launch parties for the last three books.
Harry and I were both 17 when he embarked on his final adventure. The Deathly Hallows was my absolute favorite.
The hardest part for me was when Hedwig died (was that really necessary?) followed by Dumbledore. The rest are all equally painful. The characters, even more than the amazing magical world, are what make these books so rememberable.
I will read these books over and over again and I hope someday my kids will enjoy them too!
Easily one of my favorite series. One of those that kept me up reading all night...the second time through!
Katniss lives in a dystopia controlled by a...moreEasily one of my favorite series. One of those that kept me up reading all night...the second time through!
Katniss lives in a dystopia controlled by a tight-fisted government. Every year they hold the "Hunger Games", where two children are randomly chosen out of each of the 13 districts to participate in a gladiator-like arena. Only one child can survive--and only by killing everyone else. Katniss finds herself in the games and decides not to follow the rules.
Collins' imagination is incredible. The arena is both disgusting and incredibly unique; you never know what is coming.
The characters are so developed. I cried (and I'm not a leaky faucet).
I'll read it over and over again and I can't wait for the sequels!(less)
The Sight is written from the point of view of a wolf. I picked it up after reading Watership Down and decided to give it a try. If bunnies can be int...moreThe Sight is written from the point of view of a wolf. I picked it up after reading Watership Down and decided to give it a try. If bunnies can be interesting, wolves must be awesome, right?
Right. This book isn't about just about wolves running around killing animals and marking their territory. It would make a fantastic fantasy book as well.
A wolf pack is cursed when they refuse to let Morgra, an old outcast wolf, join their pack. Larka, the white wolf, is born and the pack begins to fulfill an ancient prophecy. The pack does its best to stick together, but only Larka can truly save her family and all the Lera (animals).
Sounds a little sketchy--if you have never read an animorphic book (I think that's what they are called) then it is hard to understand how they can feel...real. But Davies' characters are so developed, you cry when they die and rejoice when they are reunited.
Plus, it has a tragic ending. My favorite kind!(less)
This series takes place in an alternate time and multiple realities. The main character, Lyra Belacqua, is torn between her mother and father, both eq...moreThis series takes place in an alternate time and multiple realities. The main character, Lyra Belacqua, is torn between her mother and father, both equally ambitious and arguably evil people. She and her daemeon, a personal animal counterpart that mirrors your personality, find themselves the only beings who can save the world(s).
I received "The Golden Compass" for Christmas 5 or 6 years ago and I was quickly taken over by the plot, characters, and overall ingenuity of the series. They are one of my favorite series and I've read them each multiple times.
As I got older and read them, I noticed that there were also subtle messages about the social, political, and religious systems in the world today, which fascinated me further.
In 2007, The Golden Compass became a movie (an extremely disappointing one). In the months leading up to its release, I received multiple chain mails about how Philip Pullman is an atheist (which he is) out to destroy Christians. How we, as Christians, should band together and boycott the movie so they wouldn't have money to make the sequels. It made me angry that so many would listen to these emails and join the crusade without bothering to read the books.
Pullman is definitely making a statement through his books, but I think that it can be interpreted in different ways.
I love this series and I think that everyone could gain something from it. Highly recommended.