Pirates pulled me into the story through the narration of Nancy whose beautiful, rhythmic fFull Review of Pirates! can be found at Mom-Musings
Pirates pulled me into the story through the narration of Nancy whose beautiful, rhythmic flow of language hooked and captured me. For the narrator took her time with ease and smoothness to tell us her story - this is truly what kept me reading.
While I enjoyed Nancy' tale, at times I felt the pirate world was a bit too contrived, a bit too convenient, a bit too "G" rated. Yet, life portrayed on land was not “G” rated as there were some brutal situations and life struggles. The story of life as a female and as a slave was not sugar-coated.
The ending, while appropriate, left me thinking… “Nancy, what will become of you?” and many other thoughts that I will not write here as they would spoilers.
Overall, Pirates was a exciting story of action and adventure....more
How should I start? Well, first off, I read this book because my soon to be 12 year old, ED, read this book. She loved it. MFull Review at: Mom-Musings
How should I start? Well, first off, I read this book because my soon to be 12 year old, ED, read this book. She loved it. Matter of fact, she has read the whole series in under two weeks. She desperately wanted me to read this series. So, I decided to give it a go as I have also read raving reviews for Uglies.
Initially, I thought, this story is nothing special. It started off slow. Yet, I kept reading as this new type of world had intrigue. Tally had intrigue. I am glad I kept reading for the story did pick up in pace, action, adventure and fascination. Now that I am finished, I am glad for the slow start as it gave me an understanding of the world Tally lives in. It gave me a deeper insight to the brainwashing that had occurred.
Now for the meat of the story. Wow! To live in a world where the government controls its citizens through a mind-controlling process. By controlling their minds the government controls their thinking. The people are submissive. Frightening!! There is a group of people who live away from the cities. They have not turned “pretty”. They do not live under the government control and let me tell you….the government is not pleased as The Smoke represents a rebellious faction that could potential over through the government. I found myself wondering. "Would I be brave enough, sure enough to take such a minority stand against what I thought was wrong?" "Would I be able to stand against my government if I thought they were doing absolute wrong against its citizens?" "Would I be able to recognize the wrong in the first place?" My answer to all the questions would be - "I sure hope so. However, by myself...not so certain. With a group, more certain."
The other meat of this story that stands out to me is the fact that someone becomes a traitor to the "rebels" – The Smoke. This is done out of fear for oneself way of thinking. Yet, truth comes to the forefront and so the traitor tries to make right what has been wronged. I do not think Tally was comfortable with her initial response to be a "spy". She really believed that her life would be worthless if she was not a "pretty". She was raised to believe this. When she learns the truth she does try to right the wrong. Since I do see the overall story and Tally's choices along with her initial deep-seeded beliefs, I could tolerate the lying even though it made me uncomfortable. In a sense, the traitor's story is one of redemption.
The ending was very satisfactory. Uglies is part of a trilogy but you could read this one by itself. I love it when an author gives its story closure when it is part of a series.
Uglies is full of action, adventure and intrigue. It is fascinating YA science-fiction read. I look forward to reading the second book - Pretties
Why? The imagination of the faery world drew me in. Their society was different, their structure was followed with out question by all the faeries. Ahhh...but one wee little mite questioned what the outside world had to offer. She was Byrony and as she grew she became Knife for she grew in strength, courage and smarts. She did her duty with complete loyalty but fate would bring her into the human world. While in the human world she started to learn that some faery beliefs were mislaid. She started to learn compassion, trust, sacrifice and love. She started to question the astray beliefs that she grew up listening to.
Spell Hunter brings you into its faery world immediately. The characters all elicit feelings of emotion - they are compelling, have depth and meaning. Each character has a well written role.
The story itself is written beautifully and flows rather well throughout. Many truths of life are spoken. We see great lessons of life be learned and put forth into action. Lessons of speaking truth. Lessons of putting others ahead of your own needs. Lessons of trust. Lessons of love, companionship and community. Lessons of obedience, wisdom and ability to see where one may be wrong.
The ending was bittersweet and very endearing. The ending brought a sigh of emotion from my core....more
This is a wonderfully written story. It is intricate in that the story's tales are woven throughout...the tales of superstition, myths, beliefs, truths, discovery, loss, love and sadness.
The Sight is broken down into three parts. The first part was rough...it was a hard, dry, slow read. I think it was because so many of the wolves generational stories of superstition, myths and beliefs were told. These stories are very important to the larger story of The Sight but regardless, it was rough going. EM encouraged me to keep reading. I did because she so loves this book and has thrust the book into my face many times to read. I kept reading because it was important to EM and because she said that part 2 becomes far better and the reading goes quicker. She was so right. Keep yourself reading through part 1 because part 2 and part 3 are so worth the read. ...more
Let me be brief with the book description... it is best this way.
Katsa is a Graceling, she is someone who has a special skill, a skill that is rare - killing. Gracelings can have many different skills but they are all set apart by their eyes, they have different colors. Katsa is isolated from others as they fear her while her Uncle Randa, King of Middluns, exploits her grace to do his biddings of punishment towards those in his kingdom that go against his will. The punishments can be death, cutting off ones finger, beating the pulp out them, etc. To offset her dislike of hurting others, she forms a council throughout the 7 Kingdoms that does good for others who cannot . The council is formed without King Randa's knowledge, it is formed in secrecy. Katsa's life is changed after she and a few of her council members rescue the father of a King. She is spun into a world of learning more about her grace, the 7 kingdoms, etc. ...more
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. ...more