I don't know why I wasn't expecting this book to be very good, but I really liked it. It's Kelley Armstrong's first young adult novel, and I think sheI don't know why I wasn't expecting this book to be very good, but I really liked it. It's Kelley Armstrong's first young adult novel, and I think she really nails it. It was interesting enough that it can captivate an adult audience, but wasn't too mature that it would turn off some of the younger readers.
I enjoyed the story line, and I remembered that it takes place in the Otherworld, the same as her adult series about half way through the book... and it all made sense then! I wonder if we'll see any of the Otherworld adult cast in this series?
I found the characters and the situations believable (as believable as can be... maybe read-able would be a better description?). The action and plot was perfectly timed, and the writing, as always, is very good.
I would definitely recommend this book to people over the age of 16. There is no smut of any kind (although there is implied fooling around, but no one is actually doing so), so unless your 16 year old scares easily, this is a pretty safe teen read. This heroine is at least tolerable and you wouldn't have to worry about your daughter turning into a simpering fool after reading this book! :o)...more
**spoiler alert** To be honest, I love the concept of the Twilight series, and the stories themselves. I like the tug of war between Edward and Jacob.**spoiler alert** To be honest, I love the concept of the Twilight series, and the stories themselves. I like the tug of war between Edward and Jacob. I like that Bella had to chose between them. I think it all works well.
What I don't like is Bella's personality in this book (or in New Moon, either). She's so co-dependent and manipulative in Eclipse. I think I would have enjoyed this book so much more had I not fallen off my chair several times from rolling my eyes so hard. It's not that Bella's actions are unbelievable (oh, I think that Meyers has an 18 year old girl who's in love down pat), but I am so annoyed at her inability to look beyond the Edward Future. Sure, she has glimpses of it, especially at the end, but it's always followed by "I'd die without Edward", which is a ridiculous thought.
Honestly, I am reluctant to have this book available for my daughter to read. I certainly won't encourage her to read it, and if I thought it would work, I am sure that I would ban the book from our home. Oh, I am fully aware that one book isn't going to change my daughter's personality... but when there are so many other GOOD heroines to look up to, I would hate to see my kid look up to Bella.
Also, I know that there is no sex in this book, but there is too much tension that I am comfortable with for a YA book. I know that it's not up to the author to censor that stuff because young people might be reading her books... but I am uncomfortable with Bella's demands for sex, knowing that 12 year old girls are reading this series.
I didn't hate this book. I don't mind the writing style, I could definitely identify with Bella in parts (honestly? I'm not an Edward fan. I don't get it. I would NOT chose cold and hard over warm and yielding), and the overall story arc is quite great. I didn't love it, either. I'll definitely read Breaking Dawn, just to see how the series pans out... but I'm not holding my breath (nor am I buying in to the hype that is the Twilight Franchise)....more
What did I learn from this book? I learned the snogging scale in German, that Masimo is even worse at English than I thought, and that I am far FAR toWhat did I learn from this book? I learned the snogging scale in German, that Masimo is even worse at English than I thought, and that I am far FAR too attached to fictional cats.
This is another spot-on installment about Georgia Nicholson. I laughed a lot in this book, and I might have even cried a little. But it was still incredibly over the top, and reminds me of being a teenager. Good times! ...more
I think I would like to give this book 3.5 stars. I more than "liked" it, but it wasn't "really good". I think it's possible that I am NOT the targetI think I would like to give this book 3.5 stars. I more than "liked" it, but it wasn't "really good". I think it's possible that I am NOT the target audience for this, although I seem to be able to enjoy teen books in general.
I thought that the narrative was pretty good, although there was an over use of the word "hustle". I liked the characters well enough, and thought that they were well written... I just didn't really identify them.
My only complaint, really, is that I found this book to be very superlative. Nathan is VERY good at martial arts, he's VERY good at playing the violin. Kelly is VERY good at not freaking out. When bad things happen, they are VERY bad, and the good solutions are VERY good. I felt like the book was really extreme, but I suppose that if it was all mediocre, it wouldn't have been as interesting or as intense.
I liked how the book tried to promote good morals without getting too preachy (although I thought that some things were a little repetitive, it did flow with the story and the protagonists point of view).
Over all, I think this is a great example of how Christian fiction can exist without being "HEY LOOK, I WANT TO TEACH YOU SOMETHING BECAUSE THIS IS A CHRISTIAN BOOK!" Also, the book didn't try to tell you about Jesus, which is ok in Christian fiction - the majority of people who pick Christian fiction up already know about Jesus.
Anyway, over all, I did like this book, and I think that I will probably pick up the second (and I believe that there is a third coming out eventually?) book in the series.
I think that this book would be good for middle-teen's, as well as adults who enjoy fast-past, adventure driven stories about time/dimension travel....more
A Wizard of Earthsea is a older children's book that I had picked up on recommendation of one of those "top 100 fantasy books" lists. I saw it at a usA Wizard of Earthsea is a older children's book that I had picked up on recommendation of one of those "top 100 fantasy books" lists. I saw it at a used bookstore for very little money, and thought I would add it to my collection. Truthfully, I do look forward to building a fantasy collection that I can enjoy with my children, and that they can enjoy again when they're old enough to read on their own.
I found this book easy to read, evenly paced, and interesting. I could see many children relating to Sparrowhawk in his different changes in life, and I could see adults relating to him in his adulthood.
I love Guin's simple choice of language. Even in the words that do not fit into the English language, she has made them easy to recognize, pronounce and remember. Some days I feel like fantasy writers take it on themselves to see how many constenents they can fit into a word without vowels, and see how many people stumble trying to pronounce the words. This wasn't a book I would have to stumble through to read aloud.
I enjoyed A Wizard of Earthsea, and I am looking forward to reading it to my daughter when she's old enough!...more
First things first: Did anyone else want to run out and take up sword fighting/archery/erm, dragon riding after reading this, you know, just in case?First things first: Did anyone else want to run out and take up sword fighting/archery/erm, dragon riding after reading this, you know, just in case? :)
I rarely enjoy Christian fiction. Typically, I find it to be sub-par and just too about Christianity, and not so much about plot. Wayne Thomas Batson obliterates this pattern (for me). Both The Door Within and Rise of the Wyrm Lord were excellent, but for some reason, the final book in the series really blew it all out of the water for me.
There was nothing lacking in this book. I usually like to bring up one thing that annoyed me or that I didn't like... but I can't even think up one thing. Not even that the series is ended! It ends so perfectly. I may or may not have even cried a little at the end (I'll never tell).
I will also mention (again!) how beautiful, absolutely beautiful these books are. The publisher (Thomas Nelson) went above and beyond the call of duty in to produce these hardcover books. The cover art is still photo-shoppy, but at least it's unique and interesting. The interior of the book is done in monochromatic colour (everything is green in this book, it's beautiful!). The alternating fonts depending on what we're reading (things like prophesy or scripture show up in a different font, so as not to mistake these things). Even the pages where the characters transfer between The Realm and The Mirror Realm (our world) are distinguished and beautifully done. The maps are also just great. Honestly, I'm not sure that TN could have done a better job with these books.
I liked the Door Within, but this book just blew the first one out of the water. I can't believe how good it was. I almost immediately got up, went toI liked the Door Within, but this book just blew the first one out of the water. I can't believe how good it was. I almost immediately got up, went to my bookshelf and grabbed the third one. The only reason I didn't, is because I have to do a blog tour book next.
If you haven't seen this trilogy in real life, I recommend looking for it at your local bookstore. Tommy Nelson (publisher) did a marvelous job with this book. There is colour like I have never seen in a book before. The graphics, fonts, colours, everything is amazing.
These books are definitely worth owning, and are a wonderful allegory to Christianity (I believe they were written with that intent), but are striking fantasy on their own (if you chose to not make the connection).
Due to some scary themes and scenes, I would vote this trilogy be reserved for those over the age of 14 (depending on the teen's maturity level). ...more