My Thoughts: The Arctic Incident is another cleaver, energetic adventure about Artemis (boy genius), Butler and the Fairies of the underground. Holly, the fairy captain, finds herself entangled again with Artemis as the elves try to figure out who breeched their security system which leads them into an alliance with Artemis and his plan to rescue his father from the Russian Mafia. There is alot going on, throw in some goblins, a dwarf and a few scheming elves mixed in with the Russian Mafia and we have action - lots of action with wit and smarts thrown into the mix.
I read the first book in the Artemis Fowl series and truly loved it! I was thrilled to read more of Holly and Root the elf Fairies. I really, really like those characters. Holly, an intelligent, fly-by the seat of her pants type of girl who is not afraid of bending rules if it means the rescue or safety of someone. She is witty and charming. While Root, intelligent he is but all commander do not mistake. He is in charge yet he has compassion and understanding. The sidekick is Foaly, the very smart centaur who is the LEP's technological genius. He adds interest to the plot with his sub-story. (less)
There is no way that I can adequately describe all that goes in this novel...all the twists and turns. I will say that The Time Traveler's Wife certainly grabbed me, it gripped me and would not let me go until I read my way through the last page. There was much emotion.
Time travel - was it believable? Yes, I thought so. Although, I must admit, if I thought about it too hard my mind would start to rebel. Also, I must admit, I love time travel stuff so as long as it is not too hokey...I am there, willing and ready to read.
The events - in the beginning the events were a bit difficult for me to keep track of because Henry would be located in one time-travel period and then he would leap to another time-travel period. His traveling did not necessarily happen in chronological order. It, however, did not take long for me to get my bearings and once I did, the book timeline made sense. For me it flowed.
I liked many of the scenes but I must admit...the whole naked thing upon entry into a period was a bit umm...unsettling. Seriously, can you imagine being dumped into a time you do not live in naked!?!
I found myself really liking these books. They are a easy read type of book. Nothing landsliding but so very enjoyable. However, they are geared to th...moreI found myself really liking these books. They are a easy read type of book. Nothing landsliding but so very enjoyable. However, they are geared to the young adult crowd - mostly 12-17 years old. Anyways, I thought, wow! I love these books but am I the only adult that does?
The Host has a very intriguing storyline premise with a spunky girl who is not an easy push over for a body-snatching soul invader. For the most part, this premise kept my interest throughout the read. The reading was easy and had a nice and steady pace. It contained enough twists and turns to keep me reading, to keep me wanting more, to keep me wanting to know what will happen. Even so, it did have a few moments where the storyline dragged a bit and when it dragged - it dragged.
Even though, overall, I liked the story - I had a problem. My problem was with the characters. I felt a disconnect and disappointment with several of the characters. I need a strong connection to one or more of the characters in a story I am reading. This is a must for me to truly experience and become absorbed into the story. I found that The Host fell a bit flat in character development.
Overall, was The Host good? well...no....it was an OK read. Did I enjoy the read? Well...Yes I did. Is The Host an adult or YA read? It is classified as an adult read but honestly, I think this book should be put into the YA category. Seriously, it was a clean read meaning that there was no sex, no foul language, and the violence was not very graphic. I will allow my older girls to read The Host.(less)
First Sentence... "THE FIRST TIME I SAW THE SIN EATER WAS THE NIGHT Granny Forbes was carried to her grave."
That night when Cadi first laid eyes on the...moreFirst Sentence... "THE FIRST TIME I SAW THE SIN EATER WAS THE NIGHT Granny Forbes was carried to her grave."
That night when Cadi first laid eyes on the Sin Eater would forever change her. Cadi - a 10 year old girl, living in the Great Smoky Mountains in the 1850's - was carrying a great burden. She was leading a life with guilt. Cadi was weighed down with grief...with burden... she felt as if she was doomed. She was very much afraid of God because of her feelings of guilt. Seeing the Sin Eater for the first time set Cadi on a mission. A mission to seek the Sin Eater, unload her guilt and be forgiven.
Elizabeth's book choice for the month of September.
Elizabeth says that this book is good - "It is the kind of book I like to read." She enjoyed the ma...moreElizabeth's book choice for the month of September.
Elizabeth says that this book is good - "It is the kind of book I like to read." She enjoyed the main character - Zoe who is a 10 year old. She felt Zoe did not belong which she feels is sort of like herself. She described this thought with the kind of socks she likes to wear whereas the other kids in Elizabeth's class like much different shorter type of socks. That is the most she would 'review' the book for me.
This is a simple book that follows a girl through a brief period of time in her life. It is an enjoyable easy read. While being enjoyable, this book brings home the truth that not all children fit in the crowd and that is OK. Actually, it may be better than OK because you when march to your own beat you can be better off than following the crowd. I loved how this young girl loves her dad and appreciates him. I love how she accepted a boy into her life even when she first felt he was intruding into her relationship with her father.