Young Janine plans on spending the long, hot, sticky summer stuck inside because her ailing brother is not allowed outside by a somewhat over-protecti...moreYoung Janine plans on spending the long, hot, sticky summer stuck inside because her ailing brother is not allowed outside by a somewhat over-protective mother. But when a interesting, very skinny strange comes to visit, their lives may change forever.
Poetically written, this book will not appeal to the masses. You need to find that child that is incredibly cerebral; someone who will understand the metaphor of Mr. Lunas.(less)
Jason leads a normal 14-year-old life. He goes to school, plays baseball, volunteers at the zoo and gets nervous around girls. One day while cleaning...moreJason leads a normal 14-year-old life. He goes to school, plays baseball, volunteers at the zoo and gets nervous around girls. One day while cleaning the hippo tank at the zoo, Jason hears strange music. As he leans in closer to hear better, he is swallowed by the hippo!
He finds himself sitting atop a hollow tree in a strange land and can still here the strange music. Finally he finds the music is coming from a barge that is carrying musicians that are playing to their death...literally. They are playing until their barge falls over the waterfall. Jason tries to save them but becomes a wanted person for interference.
Jason takes off on a journey to find a way back to his own world. The first sign of civilization outside of the river procession that Jason encounters is the Repository of Learning. The Loremaster (man in charge of the Repository), cannot help Jason get back, but he invites Jason to stay for a short while. During Jason's short stay he finds a forbidden book. This book contains the first syllable of The Word. It is believed the Word will destroy the evil Lord Maldor.
Despite how much he wants to go home, Jason decides to take on the challenge of finding the other 5 syllables of this Word. His decisions begins an adventure that rivals Alex Rider and The Ranger's Apprentice.
With characters who willingly and temporarily lose body parts, frogs the size of elephants and a battle of wits with an evil chancellor, this book is a fantastic read!
Give to fans of The Rangers Apprentice, the Last Apprentice, the Warriors, Gregor the Overlander... Essentially any adventure lover!(less)
Two-Eyes, named for her two eyes on her face (as opposed to her sisters: One-Eye and Three-Eyes), is considered different because she only has 2 eyes....moreTwo-Eyes, named for her two eyes on her face (as opposed to her sisters: One-Eye and Three-Eyes), is considered different because she only has 2 eyes. Her sisters only allow her to eat leftover scraps from their meals. But one day, while Two-Eyes is walking the goat, an old woman who floats through the air, appears to her. Upon hearing of why the girl is upset, the old woman teaches her a rhyme that makes a table-ful of food appear. And when she's finished the table disappears with another rhyme.
Well, her sisters quickly become suspicious when Two-Eyes no longer is eating her leftover scraps. One-Eye decides to follow her the next day. The old woman appears again to teach her how to put her sister to sleep so that she can eat. But then Three-Eyes decides to follow her. Two-Eyes tries the same rhyme on Three-Eyes and doesn't realize that it doesn't work the same. So Three-Eyes now knows that Two-Eyes says a rhyme and the goat makes food appear. The sisters get rid of the goat.
Well, not to be outdone, the old woman gives Two-Eyes a seed and tells her to plant it. The seed becomes a huge silver apple tree. When her sisters try to climb it the apple boughs stay out of reach. Suddenly, a knight in shining armor shows up requesting an apple. But of course, the sisters can't reach it. So they have to let Two-Eyes out of the barrel they've shoved her into. Once the knight sees her he's in love. Having been able to get an apple for him by way of magical rhyme, Two-Eyes has been taken away from her awful sisters to become the knights wife and live in a castle.(less)
Katerina Carver is a wood carvers daughter. She has learned all she knows about carving from her father. But when her father dies from the sickness in...moreKaterina Carver is a wood carvers daughter. She has learned all she knows about carving from her father. But when her father dies from the sickness in the village, Kate is left on her own to fend for herself in a town distrustful of her. Kate finds a way to survive for a few years on her own.
Eventually a stranger comes to town; a stranger with no pigment in his skin; an albino. His name is Linay and he wishes for Kate to make him a new bow. He tells her that if she will make him a new bow and give him her shadow, he will grant her greatest wish. Kate settles for 5 pieces of silver which she believes a better price. Well, Linay is not to pleased with that.
When strange things around town begin to happen and Kate seems to have better luck than her fellow villagers, the townspeople become very distrustful of Kate. It becomes so bad that a villager destroys Kates' stall in the market. She must leave the town. She goes to Linay to seek help getting out. Linay convinves her to sell her shadow to him for supplies needed for traveling and her greatest wish at that moment. Her greatest wish at the moment happens to be that she does not want to travel alone. Presto chango! Her cat Taggle can talk! Now that she's not alone Kate takes off, not wanting to find out what the villagers will do if they catch up to her.
Along the way she runs into a traveling group of gypsies who agree to take her with them for a short while during which they will decide if she shall stay with them longer. She gains friends and the first sense of family she's had in a long time. But it isn't to last. When her Romani friend Drina is taken for a witch and seriously injured, Kate is thrown out to fend for herself again.
Alone and scared, Kate is again discovered by Linay who takes her in and sets her on the path to recovery. Kate hates being with him again but it does give her a chance to finally figure out what's been going on in the land. A strange sleeping sickness is coming over people that eventually causes them to die. While she is with Linay, Kate learns that he is responsible for creating a ghost-like creature that takes on a life of it's own and is causing the sleeping sickness.
But what's his reason for creating this monster? What does he intend to do with it? When Kate finds out the truth she feels she has no choice but to help stop Linay's evil.
I am really enjoying this series. However, unless you have a knack for remembering complex plot lines from years back, these books need to be read clo...moreI am really enjoying this series. However, unless you have a knack for remembering complex plot lines from years back, these books need to be read close together. The author does not do a good job of giving quick explanations for characters, creatures and events in the previous book. For example, readers are introduced to Nick, the Lymrill, but it is not explained what he is until several pages later.(less)
I loved "Before I Fall" by this author and was excited when I saw she had a children's book out. However, it was boring. At least for me. The story me...moreI loved "Before I Fall" by this author and was excited when I saw she had a children's book out. However, it was boring. At least for me. The story meandered and it took me a long to read.(less)
Even though this is a new trilogy that takes place 20 years after "The Black Magician" trilogy, the transition is seamless. Most characters have retai...moreEven though this is a new trilogy that takes place 20 years after "The Black Magician" trilogy, the transition is seamless. Most characters have retained well-established roles (Rothen), other characters are being given the chance to grow (Regin), and minor characters (Savara) show up in places that make sense. Fabulous! So few series' authors can do this with skill. Canavan does and does it beautifully!(less)
Aldwyn is an alley cat. And he's very good at being an alley cat. That's not to say he's never gone hungry but most of the time he knows how to get by...moreAldwyn is an alley cat. And he's very good at being an alley cat. That's not to say he's never gone hungry but most of the time he knows how to get by. But when a well-calculated morning fish run goes horribly wrong Aldwyn finds himself the target of the cities most hated and accurate bounty hunter. A long and involved chase ends in Aldwyn ducking into a shop for wizards. More specifically, young wizards in training who need to choose their Familiar; the animal that will act as their companion and guide. Aldwyn finds himself hiding in a crate while a young boy travels around the store looking at all of the different animals that are available. Animals like a pocket dragon that breathes fire, chameleon crabs that provide camouflage or a riding dragon which is exactly what it says it is.
The young boy skips all of these creatures and focuses on Aldwyn. Uh-oh. He's not magical at all but he feels a connection with this boy, Jack. Aldwyn is officially chosen and removed from his cage. He goes with Jack and his mentor and travel far away from Aldwyn's hometown of Bridgewater.
In his new home with Jack Aldwyn meets Skylar and Gilbert. These two familiars belong to 2 other wizards in training in his new home. Aldwyn is not sure how to broach the subject of his lack of magical powers but he knows he has to at some point. Very quickly he encounters evil like he's never seen before and his inability to magically assist in any way soon becomes a common suspicion.
When the mentor wizard is killed and all 3 of the wizards-in-training are kidnapped, it's up to Aldwyn, Gilbert and Skylar to save them. How is this going to work when Aldwyn has no magic?(less)
Morgan's family is devout Catholic. So her mother becomes rather incensed when she learns that Morgan is interested in Wicca. However, as much as her...moreMorgan's family is devout Catholic. So her mother becomes rather incensed when she learns that Morgan is interested in Wicca. However, as much as her mother rants Morgan can't help herself. She finds herself drawn to Wicca and Cal, the new boy at school who actively practices.
To complicate matters, Morgan is quite infatuated with Cal. She's never felt like this for any boy. But she also feels very unworthy; she feels she is surrounded by girls much more attractive. However, her best friend Bree, also declares her undying love for Cal. Morgan keeps her mouth closed and tries to keep her distance from Cal. Cal himself seems much more interested in Morgan than in Bree, making it hard for Morgan to keep her distance.
The first in a long series of shortish books, Cate Tiernan writes a very compelling read, though not well-written. Think Twilight for short-attention spans.(less)
With each chapter being 2-4 pages long I thought this book would move quickly. Alas, I got halfway through and was still waiting for something to happ...moreWith each chapter being 2-4 pages long I thought this book would move quickly. Alas, I got halfway through and was still waiting for something to happen. Also seems very childish for a young adult novel with a 14-year-old main character.(less)