This series is really great, I can see how kids are drawn to these books. The story has enough danger, and adventure to keep you reading. Though I am...moreThis series is really great, I can see how kids are drawn to these books. The story has enough danger, and adventure to keep you reading. Though I am not really in love with the drawing style I do love this story and how the two mediums work together. I can't wait to read this whole series but I wouldn't want to pay full price for them. These graphic novels will never be enough for me. I can read this in under an hour and honestly I need more. (less)
This is an older book series about a young orphan who goes to live with his uncle. He is new, not very athletic, and with his love of reading while ea...moreThis is an older book series about a young orphan who goes to live with his uncle. He is new, not very athletic, and with his love of reading while eating candy he is overweight. He finally makes a friend and clings to him despite the light verbal abuse from him. When his friend's interest starts to lag, Lewis promises him that his uncle will perform real magic. With an uncle who is a wizard magic pervades the house and an evil warlock and his wife had lived there before him.
His friend isn't that impressed with the magic he sees so Lewis promises, and succeeds in raising the dead. Unfortunately the dead person he raises is only interested in the clock that has been ticking in his uncles wizard house. (less)
Despite starting slow and the beginning going exactly how we all thought this book picks up and runs. There is a lot of world, society, and character...moreDespite starting slow and the beginning going exactly how we all thought this book picks up and runs. There is a lot of world, society, and character building. We have to be introduced to almost everything in this world, and about the first fourth is doing this.
Darrow is 16, he has rage and impulse in his heart. Through a series of events he is brought to a secret society that is trying to break the rigorous caste system that has enslaved the galaxy. He has to transform (though it is done super fast) in every way possible. Not all of the changes are ones that I fully understand. I don't really get the whole red wing gold wing on the hand deal.
Darrow has to get into a special school, and then be the best of the best so that when he gets out he will have a high position from which to destroy society as he knows it. I do find it crazy that Pierce Brown plans to tell this whole story in just three books, since we spent about half of the book in the special school area. I loved the whole Roman gods as proctors/ overseers of their houses. I think that was interesting and clever. Though I feel like it should have played a bigger role, the people in each house taking more of the characteristics of the Roman myths. I also super loved the mythological titles, names that were a big part of the series. Persephone, and Eo, and Pegasus. I'm sure there is going to be a paper or two that could be written about the behind the scenes second story being told through the mythological names picked out as well as the historical names.
For people 14 on up who liked Hunger Games, Ender's Game, Battle Royale, and other sci-fi, military, revolution older teen books. (less)
My complaint for almost all graphic novels will be that I go through them too quickly. This is the second book in this series I have read, and when I...moreMy complaint for almost all graphic novels will be that I go through them too quickly. This is the second book in this series I have read, and when I found out this was the last one I was shocked and devastated. There is so much more story to explore. Strong and for an older group than you might think. I can't wait to find more.
Amelia is on the cheerleading team, in the superheroes club, and has to figure out where her favorite aunt is at. Pulled in many directions is hard but with her friends to help she is able to figure out a little bit of life and make way for her future.
For girls about fifth-eighth grade who like realistic fiction. Boys would like this also if they don't mind reading about a girl. (less)
This was one of those books, that would be better if there was more expansion. Paige is feeling displaced, her mom pretends everything is perfect, bas...moreThis was one of those books, that would be better if there was more expansion. Paige is feeling displaced, her mom pretends everything is perfect, basically there is a lot going on. The ending was rushed and didn't really solve any problems. So I wish this was about four books so we could really see how deep some of these problems go and how working through them is more of a process and less of the thing that could happen in one small discussion.
Paige was moved from her town to New York City, she has to navigate high school, and decide if being an artist is what she loves. One of the too fast for me parts was her making friends. Basically she goes to school sits alone and immediately three people sit by her and they are instant friends for life. Paige has some great drawings and I would have love to have seen her being in a class, especially an art class. This book just needed to expand.
Beyond my need for more this book was a quick read and I'm happy I finally was able to read it. I don't think I would have been too happy if I had paid the 15 ish dollars for it but the 5 I paid at the library book sale was worth it. But I also feel like I would have been happy just to have borrowed it. I will read it again, but I don't really have any pressing need. (less)
This is a book that is totally adorable mostly because of Mr. Frodo and Kady Bug my two corgis, who are so full of personality and sass, and I have to...moreThis is a book that is totally adorable mostly because of Mr. Frodo and Kady Bug my two corgis, who are so full of personality and sass, and I have to mention of course Flapjack who is such a little prince.
I got this book for only two dollars and will be looking for the rest of the series. There aren't any words, so I don't think that this is something that I would have ever have bought full price though I am extremely pleased I have this. I feel that books like this are made to have a child tell you the story. Have them explain what is happening in each picture and see where they can take the narrative. (less)
Part of my problems with graphic novels is how short they seem. I started and finished this in about twenty minutes and found myself wishing for more....morePart of my problems with graphic novels is how short they seem. I started and finished this in about twenty minutes and found myself wishing for more. I know I'm going to be on the lookout for more by this author, and wonder what more there can be. The ending was fun and sort of a 'don't you wish your older sibling was as amazing as this'
This book was amazing.Pulling me back into this world, even though I haven't read the first one in about a year or two. Sometimes I have to go back to...moreThis book was amazing.Pulling me back into this world, even though I haven't read the first one in about a year or two. Sometimes I have to go back to a series and completely re-read them all in order to remember the people and events. This book made it so that I don't have to do that. Hale made a second book that reminded me of the past book without bludgeoning me on the head with it. Miri and the other mountain girls are invited to the castle far from their mountain home. Miri is invited to go to the university there while others find positions around the castle where they grow and learn new skills to take back home after their year.
Miri befriends a new boy even though her home town crush is also in the city learning new carving techniques. The new boy is so smart, and he takes her to meet nobles who are plotting against the new princess and the king. Is revolution the way to change the kingdom? Does blood have to be shed?
The one thing I didn't truly love was the quarry speech becoming a sort of mind reading power. But beyond that this book was great. I will buy this if it ever comes out in paperback. But I can wait to read this again. (less)
This is a great little book that starts off the Rowan series. Rowan is a slight boy who is sensitive and is ostracized by his community for it. He hid...moreThis is a great little book that starts off the Rowan series. Rowan is a slight boy who is sensitive and is ostracized by his community for it. He hides his loneliness and spends his days watching and caring for the cattle-esk beasts of his world. These animals only drink the sweet mountain water and when that water dries up the village decides to send a group to climb the mountain and discover the cause. Rowan doesn't want to go but the witch woman who gives them the map makes it impossible for Rowan to say no.
--Seven hearts the journey make. Seven ways the hearts will break--
Such an amazing little couplet that starts the witch woman's warnings for the group to survive the mountain. Will Rowan and the others make it to the top, and can they save their village?
My only real complaint is how similar the names are it made all of the villagers mix together for me. This is a series I will continue to read, but I don't think I would ever buy.(less)
This was pretty good, I can't say I love the style but the story, and the world is really great and I can't wait to see where it all goes. I won't be...moreThis was pretty good, I can't say I love the style but the story, and the world is really great and I can't wait to see where it all goes. I won't be buying these books new, or full price but I am going to keep an eye out for them. For kids fifth grade on up. (less)
This is an extremely interesting book, one that made me cheer for the bad guy, and wish for a world with super powers. Following two stories on mad ge...moreThis is an extremely interesting book, one that made me cheer for the bad guy, and wish for a world with super powers. Following two stories on mad genius who is in prison, again. He is recalling his life and how he went the way of evil, and how regardless of his planning, he was foiled until finally caught. He has been treated differently all his life, he has felt alone all his life, and when he accidentally creates the worlds greatest super hero what's an ignored genius to do but turn to making the world recognize him for his greatness. The other story is that of a woman who had been in a terrible accident. She is given a second life and turned into a bionic woman, and she wants to fight crime. She remembers growing up and worshiping the very league that she is asked to join. They had been disbanded for years but they reform when one of their own goes missing. She feels misplaced amongst her heroes and isn't really sure about their motives. After all they were just people once upon a time (less)
I don't think that I would have ever read this if my friends didn't suggest it, and if it wasn't like $1.99 as an ebook. Horror isn't really my genre,...moreI don't think that I would have ever read this if my friends didn't suggest it, and if it wasn't like $1.99 as an ebook. Horror isn't really my genre, and I find it to be touch and go as far as books are concerned. I really only read them if someone I trust with these things has endorsed it.
Horns is about a man who wakes up one day with horns on his head. As he tries to figure out if people can see them he realizes that the horns make people tell his their darkest wish. Then they ask him if they should follow through with it. He is confused at first and has to decide if he should give in to the power and make people do their darkest wishes or if he should try to steer them away from it.
He is also struggling with the murder of his beloved girlfriend and the entire town thinking that it was his fault. Through flashbacks and confessions under the influence of the horns he tries to come to terms with his grief and outcast status.
A book about what it means to be a monster. Not truly horror, but it is looking at people's darkest desires.
--side note, I didn't like the casual killing of all the snakes, I really disliked that (less)
I love this series. It's strong, unique, so much to learn and understand. I can't wait to read the third one, and will most likely be buying all three...moreI love this series. It's strong, unique, so much to learn and understand. I can't wait to read the third one, and will most likely be buying all three of these books again in paperback. I will look for them first at book sales, and the like, but I doubt anyone will be giving these books away they are amazing.
After getting back through the golden door the group of heroes have to decide their next move. Who all needs to go through the silver door to rescue the second brother? What will be on the other side? Will this door hold the key to freeing their ever shrinking city from extinction?
Rye, still isn't sure what all of the items do that he has been entrusted with, but he has to learn fast if he is to free his middle brother Sholto, and save his city. Honestly I haven't been this excited for a series for a while, Percy Jackson doesn't count!!
For boys and girls who love action adventure and fantasy fifth grade to tenth. (less)
This book makes me want to write, it makes me wish that there would be a new Harry Potter series, and that there would be more and more like what Rick...moreThis book makes me want to write, it makes me wish that there would be a new Harry Potter series, and that there would be more and more like what Rick Riordan has accomplished. Several amazing series that brings in your favorites.
This book is an interesting look at what it means to be a teen and going off to college and what the expectations you have and how that might clash with what others have. It looks at being alone, and messing up, and having to fully understand your life.
I really enjoyed this book I found it to be amazing I had to force myself to stop reading at 3 am because I had to work the next day.
The ending though, unless there is going to be another book or two this ending was a total let down, I really wish that it had some sort of conclusion. For teens, young adults ( for that is truly who this is for) who love realistic fiction, and have read Harry Potter. (less)