While young adult novels are one of my guilty pleasures, this series is another. I love the characters, I love that it's supernatural fantasy, and I lWhile young adult novels are one of my guilty pleasures, this series is another. I love the characters, I love that it's supernatural fantasy, and I love that while the main character is not classically powerful, she's a clever and inventive woman who has to go toe-to-toe with monsters.
Mercy Thompson is the daughter of Coyote, a trickster god of the native Americans. Sharing the ability to shape-change, her mother gave her over to be raised by werewolves. Recently, werewolves & fae/fairies have revealed themselves to be real to the general population, while vampires still hide their existence, fearing a full-out war with humans who would not tolerate them.
In this book, Mercy has been kidnapped by one of the oldest & most powerful vampires in Europe. While she works to escape on her own, her werewolf husband & a small delegation must try to use diplomacy to have her safely returned.
I enjoyed Briggs moving the setting out of the US, allowing her to explore other myths, such as golems. I'd love to see her do this more in additional books & thought that this one really benefited from it. I can't wait for the next one!...more
I very rarely give 5 stars, but this was an exceptional book. My friend suggested it to me. She has faced & come to terms with death through her lI very rarely give 5 stars, but this was an exceptional book. My friend suggested it to me. She has faced & come to terms with death through her line of work, but the horrors of war are too raw for her to face. Somehow, being able to view the Holocaust through the lens of comics and mice, she was able to handle reading about it & suggested I pick it up. It's tough material, but I think I'm going to have my girls read it, too. It doesn't leave anything out, but the illustrations themselves are not gratuitously graphic.
Art Spiegelman's parents both survived Auschwitz-Birkenau. Art writes not only about his parent's lives in Poland, but also about his relationship with his father as he was gathering material for his book. He tells about his mother's suicide, the terrible way his father & step-mother treat one another, his impatience with his father and his odd internal rivalry with an older brother who died during the war as a small child. He writes about his father's impressive ability to have made deals during the war, even smuggling contraband in Auschwitz, and his nearly pathological miserliness as an old man. It was an amazing story and a window into what life was like before & during WWII. I can't highly recommend this enough. ...more
When twin brothers TamAfter reading Barnhill's book The Girl Who Drank the Moon, I thought I'd look into her other works. This one didn't disappoint.
When twin brothers Tam & Ned plan on riding their homemade raft to the sea, it ends in tragedy...Tam is dead & Ned nearly so. Their mother, a witch who guards the last piece of magic in the world, cannot bear to see both her children die, so she stitches Tam's soul into Ned's body. As he grows, Ned finds that he can no longer read, he is nearly unable to speak due to a crippling stutter, and every night he dreams of his lost brother Tam. Unbeknownst to Ned's peaceful kingdom, who believe that the world simply ends after the mountains past the dangerous enchanted woods, a tyrant is plotting an invasion to regain the magic that had been stolen from his ancestors.
It was a well done children's book & a fun read. I think the girls will like it....more
These compilations never fail to satisfy. It's an eclectic collection of stories by wonderful illustrators, with some stories a continuation from an eThese compilations never fail to satisfy. It's an eclectic collection of stories by wonderful illustrators, with some stories a continuation from an earlier book. It's a delightful read and I'd highly recommend this series....more
This is a collection of multiple stories, starting with Oracle faking her own death. The stories were fine, but I had no emotional investment in the cThis is a collection of multiple stories, starting with Oracle faking her own death. The stories were fine, but I had no emotional investment in the characters & none were really elicited from the stories. Meh. I don't even want to give a synopsis. I wonder if a lot of my unhappiness at the book boiled down to there being entirely too much T&A and the artist having a poor grasp of human anatomy. (Legs are attached by joints, not kind of flapping around on some skin & muscle. Women actually have internal organs!) If you're already a fan of the Birds of Prey, know all their background, and love loads of cheesecake, I'm sure this is a very enjoyable book....more
A well-done version of Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman. He's a wonderful author & he fleshed out the "why" of the children's abandonment in theA well-done version of Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman. He's a wonderful author & he fleshed out the "why" of the children's abandonment in the woods, but there were no surprises or bizarre twists. Others might like the illustrations, but they were all black, grey, & white...they didn't do much for me. I was glad I picked it up because I'm always curious about Gaiman's work, but there's nothing to really get excited over....more
This a young adult novel but one that I would also recommend to adults. Set in the 70's, it's a story from the point of view of Frannie, an 11 yr oldThis a young adult novel but one that I would also recommend to adults. Set in the 70's, it's a story from the point of view of Frannie, an 11 yr old black girl who lives on the 'wrong side' of the tracks with her deaf brother and a loving mother & father. It's the middle of winter & the school year when a new student enters their all-black school...a pale white boy with long curly hair that the class quickly nicknames "Jesus." It focuses on Frannies' reflections on life, relationships, and how we must take hope and live life in each moment. The book is short, so it doesn't fully explore those themes, so it could feel truncated or jerky in places. I feel like it would be an excellent book for a book club or to discuss with friends of different cultures & upbringings. ...more
This book was recommended to me due to the supernatural element & as I started reading it, I didn't want to like it. I didn't find either of the mThis book was recommended to me due to the supernatural element & as I started reading it, I didn't want to like it. I didn't find either of the main characters very sympathetic...I leaned more toward supporting the husband rather than the protagonist wife...and it honestly fell more into the 'soap opera fluff' category than the sci-fi/fantasy that is my normal fare. But to be honest, by the end, I was moved by the writing & ended up enjoying it to some extent. (edit: Ah, I see that it's categorized as 'romance' and 'chick lit.' This likely explains my general irritation with it.)
Georgie is a writer in Hollywood & has finally gotten that big break. Someone wants to produce her show & she has a little over a week to write a pilot & several episodes, but it's Christmas & she's promised her family to travel to her husband's family home for the holidays. As she always does, she chooses her career over her family & her husband takes the children without her. Fearing for her marriage, she mentally spirals out of control & thinks she's hallucinating when the landline in her mother's home connects with her husband from the past...when he was in college & immediately prior to their engagement. It was another instance when he'd left her and had gone to his parents home over Christmas. Up until now, his actions during that week had been unknown to her.
For what it is, it's well written. A bit predictable, but satisfying nonetheless....more
This is a story about finding your true self, lying to loved ones, and standing up for what is right even if it requires sacrifice.
Every year, the wiThis is a story about finding your true self, lying to loved ones, and standing up for what is right even if it requires sacrifice.
Every year, the witch of the forest demands the youngest infant to be left outside the city walls to appease her and to ensure the safety of the Protectorate. But this year is different. Unlike every other mother before her, this year's mother screams, wails, and fights for her child, rather than quietly accepting her child's fate. A young boy being trained for the Council, the group that benefits the most from having a subdued and compliant people, sees this injustice and starts questioning it. He is haunted by the memory of the distraught mother and slowly seeks to understand what is exactly happening in his town. And outside the walls is the forest, where the infants are left to die, where no one truly knows what hides among the trees....
I really liked this book. I truly didn't know where the story was going to take me, even though it is written for a young adult audience. I definitely liked it & will be giving it to the girls to read....more
I love Aaronovitch's writing style, the voices he gives his characters, and all the twists & turns he puts into his plots. I am always impatient fI love Aaronovitch's writing style, the voices he gives his characters, and all the twists & turns he puts into his plots. I am always impatient for his next book.
Peter Grant, a young police officer, has found his way into joining the very small task force that deals with the supernatural in police matters...so small, that it consists of him & his senior officer. After a young girl shows up dead from drug overdose, the god of the river Thames asks Peter to make sure her daughter stays out of the police reports. As the investigation progresses, Peter finds that his ex-police partner Leslie & the Faceless Man, a powerful & unlicensed wizard, are somehow involved. I really hate to write much more because I don't want to spoil anything & highly recommend you go & read these books. My only complaints are the huge amount of acronyms that are used (which wouldn't be surprising to people who know police matters, I imagine), and the fact that to truly appreciate every part of these books, a knowledge of London history & geography is essential. Since I don't have either, I'm a bit bummed & I'm sure I'm missing out a bit.
This book contains the Reichs 4 novellas: Bones in Her Pocket, Swamp Bones, Bones on Ice, and Brennan's origin story, First Bones. The individual storThis book contains the Reichs 4 novellas: Bones in Her Pocket, Swamp Bones, Bones on Ice, and Brennan's origin story, First Bones. The individual stories are available on ebook, but they're all bundled in this hardcopy, if you prefer paper like me.
I would recommend reading this book after book 17, Bones Never Lie, as there are a few clues to some spoilers. Reichs did pretty well in not giving too many details, but there are hints. I've reviewed 3 of the novellas independently, so this is just about "First Bones."
It's Brennan vs AIDS! In this novella, we get to see Brennan still married to Pete, the first time she meets Slidell, Larabee, and others. It's interesting & I wouldn't mind a few more stories set in this part of her life. Intertwined with the story of how she started working for the police & medical examiner is the tragedy of watching a coworker die from a gunshot wound. Why she killed this character, I don't know, nor is it obvious when in storyline this even occurs (this was published after book 18, which I haven't read yet). Perhaps she needed to pad the story a bit? ...more