This is the first retelling of the ballad ‘east of the sun and west of the moon’. Basically it’s about a girl whose family is having a hard time. ThenThis is the first retelling of the ballad ‘east of the sun and west of the moon’. Basically it’s about a girl whose family is having a hard time. Then a polar bear walks in (well it’s more like barging in but he’s a bear so it’s excusable) and says that if the girl, Rose, will come with him then things will improve for the family. If you don't know how the rest of it goes than I'm sure not going to spoil it. It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out that this was not a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. But beast and polar bear are kind of close and he does have a castle so I wasn't way off the mark.
You see the point of view from Rose's bother and father, the bear, the troll queen, and Rose of course. With the changing of characters I can see why some would be bothered by this but I liked the fact that you could see the family dynamics while Rose was away. You can see how much she is loved and so many authors sometimes don't include siblings because it’s easier that way. This is fine but I like it when family is included in books occasionally.
I feel like I'm constantly repeating myself with all my favorite books but I loved the protagonist Rose. She is definitely a determined girl with a backbone, common sense, and heart. She learns so much as she is at the castle, on her journey, and when she is 'east of the sun and west of the moon.' She just works so hard on her journey. The journey she endues is demanding, both physically and mentally. She has some close calls but she never wavers from her goal without being so overbearing about it. To her it was just something she had to do to set things right. And this would bring me to my next point which is that I loved this retelling the most of three currently out. I thought Rose's motives are nobler and she worked harder at it than the other two. But I don’t want to lessen the other two retellings. Both Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow and Ice are unique and great reads as well.
In the end I was overjoyed because Rose deserved her happy ending, without a doubt in my mind. And how she gets to be the hero was completely amazing. I look forward to reading this book over and over again. ...more
I'll admit that I read this book after watching the movie and I love them both, though they are both very different. I own the book, now all I have toI'll admit that I read this book after watching the movie and I love them both, though they are both very different. I own the book, now all I have to do it find the movie. The first time I read this book I was confused at a few parts but the second time around I got it which let me appreciate the book even more. It was fun to be able to look for the hints all along the way.
Sophie is turned into an old woman by the witch of the waste. This sets Sophie on her journey and finds herself being the cleaning lady to Wizard Howl. I love love love Sophie. She is the real reason I thought it was worth the reread. She is an unlikely protagonist with her pessimistic view of herself; being the eldest of three she is bound to fail at seeking her fortune -or is she? Howl is exceedingly shallow and half the time you don't know what he talking about but he is funny and a unique character. Calcifer is funny too if not needy and Michael is a responsible but lively young man.
I like it that as an old woman Sophie has more fun than when she was young. The romance in the story is different from what you'd expect but I liked it; it was more of the things they did rather than what they say. I can't really think of what else I can say because I'm afraid that I might give away too much of the story. But I'll say I thought it was unique and I was in a great mood after reading it. ...more
It took me foooreeeeeeeeeeveeeeeer to finish this book. 6 months I’d guess. It wasn’t exactly that I didn’t like it. I just didn’t like it as much asIt took me foooreeeeeeeeeeveeeeeer to finish this book. 6 months I’d guess. It wasn’t exactly that I didn’t like it. I just didn’t like it as much as some other book I might be reading. It is also that this sort of book isn’t exactly my cup of tea. This is hard core fantasy. I can take a lot of fantasy as long as there is something that I can hold on to that is similar the real world. This book didn’t really have anything for me to hold onto. The book basically starts right were Eragon left off.
I should start with the beginning but I actually don’t remember a lot of it now. What I remember is that there were a lot of politics going on in the Varden that Eragon played a big part in it. This part I struggled with. It wasn’t exactly that it wasn’t interesting; it was just that ever little decision that anyone made was this huge, giant, massive, colossal deal. Make one wrong move and boom you’ve ruined someone’s life, offended someone in power who can do some damage, killed some people, or changed history forever (don’t worry no pressure). This is the first half of Eragon’s story but you also get to see some of Roran’s. Roran has to deal with the aftermath of Eragon’s departure. The Raz’ac are after him and so he has to deal with so much from the village to his love, Katrina. There were times that I was more interested in Roran’s story than Eragon’s (especially when Eragon was with the elves).
The second half of the book has Eragon learning the Ways-of-the-Riders. I don’t know about anyone else but I thought it was pretty aggravating that Eragon had to call his teacher “master”. And was anyone else annoyed with the elves because they really really annoyed me. They do yoga (they call it something else but its yoga), they are vegetarians (nothing is really wrong with that except that think they are better than other species because of it), they are super strong, super fast, vain, can do magic, and did I mention live forever. To top it all off they think they are pretty much better than all other species as I said before. They think humans are slow and uneducated. Dwarves are irrational as well. It’s not the cocky kind of better either it’s the “I’m better and I know it” kind. It’s like a given fact to them; there is no question in their minds that they are the best. And they are actually pretty boring other than their spectacular abilities.
Eragon makes all these mistakes and Saphira isn’t the best all the time either. Arya is irritating and I wouldn’t mind if Eragon all of a sudden changed his mind and stop groveling over her. Arya is actually not as interesting as I thought she would be. Once you find out her “secret,” which really wasn’t that surprising, she doesn’t give you much else. She is basically just another problem on the list of problems Eragon has. And it’s not just him, its everyone who has problems. To be honest it was kind of hard to keep up with them. There were a few characters that I liked such as Orik (the dwarf), Saphira, Roran, and Nasuada.
It isn’t a light read and there was little to no comic relief. If nothing else I saw real character development in Eragon, Roran, and Saphira. The book was interesting and I’m going to read the third book I think because despite being annoyed with the elves, the details, and some of the characters I want to know how Eragon’s story ends. This is why I try to avoid series because I always feel compelled to read all the books and sometimes the library doesn’t have them all or you have to wait forever for the next book to come out. However the ending of Eldest I think gave a fairly good setting for the third book Brisingr. ...more
I've never read a book quite like this. I could hardly put the book down. It's an incredible story of survival and I can't wait for the sequel.
I canI've never read a book quite like this. I could hardly put the book down. It's an incredible story of survival and I can't wait for the sequel.
I can understand Katniss. She is in survival mode; her first objective is to live and despite circumstances, I still felt that she had a heart. I can't describe the book much without giving some of the things away.
I was amazed at how haunting this future world was to me. I can't compare this book to any other that I've read....more
I know I'm late in the game in reading this book. I kept putting it off but I told myself I was going to read it this year for sure and I'm glad I didI know I'm late in the game in reading this book. I kept putting it off but I told myself I was going to read it this year for sure and I'm glad I did.
Pausch uses everyday problems and gives them a whole new meaning. If your not into cliches then the book may get annoying. He says things like 'people are more important than things,' and 'don't sweat the small stuff,' etc. However I am pretty okay with cliches (he loves them by the way).
I think you can take what you want out of this book. Some things he presents may apply to some people and some things may not. Some of his advice I can't do (i.e. keep $200 on me all the time). Pausch is the biggest surprise of the whole book. Call me prejudice but I always thought the techy teachers that I had weren't nearly as lovy-dovy as Pausch was about his friends and family. He tells some really warm and affectionate stories about his family.
I'm afraid to say that if Pausch was my professor, I'd most likely drop the class the first week. He is way to into being creative and group work. These are two things I am not very good at. And I know he is all about doing the impossible but honestly for me, being in a group isn't impossible, just more of a headache.
One thing that I thought the book was missing was Pausch's mistakes. He mentions that he was a bit of a jerk in college but other than that you basically only see his triumphs. And those are good no doubt about it but I think we all know that we learn from our mistakes as much -if not more- as our success. That was the only thing I think was missing in the book. ...more
I wanted to read this before I watched the movie and since I usually don't watch the new movies right away it wasn't a problem to wait for it to comeI wanted to read this before I watched the movie and since I usually don't watch the new movies right away it wasn't a problem to wait for it to come from the library and read it through. I heard most people don't like the movie if they've already read the book, but I try to read the book first if I can.
Quick overview:Percy the main character of this story. He has been in and out of trouble all his 12 years of life, and he can't understand why. He finds out the truth and then is sent out on a quest to retrieve a stolen lightning bolt -Zeus's master bolt to be exact. All along the way he has his two friends by his side, while they encounter monsters and gods and all other kinds of mythological stuff.
I've heard a couple of times that this series is compared to Harry Potter, but honestly if I hadn't heard about it I probably would not have noticed any similarities between the two. The mythology part of it kind of escapes me at times since I didn't really pay attention in school about all the gods, but it's explained enough that I could follow along without too much trouble. It was kind of fun really and it was kind of funny too.
The action in the book was fun but a bit predictable because Percy somehow has a knack for feeling danger brewing and then sure enough something goes wrong. I'll say one thing; Riordon is very...giving...when it comes to hints. But maybe that's because it's geared towards a younger audience. Or maybe Riordon just likes giving hints. I don't know. I can't complain too much. I didn't have any trouble reading it what so ever. Percy isn't half bad and he has some good friends. Will be reading the next one. ...more
A short classic, during the holidays, well why not?
The only problem I had with the book was that I had to really concentrate on the writing. I didn’tA short classic, during the holidays, well why not?
The only problem I had with the book was that I had to really concentrate on the writing. I didn’t have to drag along like I used to when I read books like this but I don’t think I could enjoy the book as much because I was confused at what Dickens was trying to say some times. With all the semicolons and commas sentences are very long and it was difficult for me to keep up. I’ll say that I didn’t feel smart all the time. I also couldn’t fully understand how the first ghost was supposed to look like either. He’s supposed to look like an old man but young too?
However, I did get the message of the book. I think it helped that I already knew what was going to happen -obviously. Scrooge of course does a complete 180 and I could see how and why. Compared to the movies (I haven’t watched the latest one out) the original story is pretty much the same, with Marley and the three ghosts. The message is not lost in the movies. I might have helped that the story isn’t 500 pages long and it happens all in one night.
Loved, loved, loved the ending. But then I’d expected that anyways. And I can say “Yeah, I read that book,” when and if the topic comes up. Don’t you just love win-win situations?...more
This is my first Nicholas Sparks book but I'm not unfamiliar with his style of writing. If the few movies that I've watched and this book are any indiThis is my first Nicholas Sparks book but I'm not unfamiliar with his style of writing. If the few movies that I've watched and this book are any indication then he writes predominately beautiful tragedies. This usually isn't my type of book but trying new styles sometimes give pleasant surprises.
I won't say that I'd gladly recommend this book but it had a lot of meaning in it. Landon is a likeable character even with his minor flaws; he really is a good guy. He is funny at how he talks about people and describes how the town is. Landon is really just a regular guy who I could relate to.
Jamie on the other hand is really way too nice. Landon is nice but Jamie is nice on a whole other level. Although I liked her I probably would've been along with every other kid in town thinking that she was a little weird. She truly is a saint though and you've got to give her credit for being such a good person.
Landon is a perfect example of a kid who grew up, truly loved, and became that much better of a person because of the person he loved. There was one thing that eructed me though and it was the ending. For a second it left me with hope but then I got the feeling that Landon never really moved on. I don't know if this gave away the ending but Landon gives hint and clues as the book progresses.
Can you think of how to outdo the first book? Just think about it, in the first, Percy saved Zeus and Poseidon from being at war and involving all theCan you think of how to outdo the first book? Just think about it, in the first, Percy saved Zeus and Poseidon from being at war and involving all the other gods to take sides, therefore saving the world from WWIII. So how exactly do you out trump that? Well Percy and his friends have to find a way to save camp half-blood (the only place Percy has ever felt really at home) by finding the golden fleece in the most dangerous waters known to man and hero alike, the Bermuda triangle. I'd say that could make things interesting.
And it certainly did. Instead of running across America they have to sail into the Atlantic. There are new monsters, new friends, and some old/new enemies. Percy is still his sarcastic funny self and he never fails to see the irony in everything. One thing that he has learned from his first quest is that if it feels wrong than it usually is, but somehow he and his company just can't seem to avoid trouble.
I liked that it seemed to have all the elements in the first that I enjoyed; such as the fast pace, humor, friendships, and of course discovering more about the world of gods and heroes. It’s a fun read and not any less satisfying than the first. You see a more ominous horizon approaching, I just hope things don’t get too serious too soon. There are three more books left after all. ...more
Really this series has thus far been very dependable. I wasn't let down by The Titan's Curse at all and for an in between book it was very entertaininReally this series has thus far been very dependable. I wasn't let down by The Titan's Curse at all and for an in between book it was very entertaining.
Mission: Save the goddess Artemis, Annabeth, and find a deadly creature that could possibly destroy Olympus.
The Team: Percy (obviously), Grover (wouldn't have it any other way), Thalia (inevitable), and two huntresses called Zoe and Bianca.
It's just as funny as the other two and still full of action. The hints in this book are a bit more subtle but I could still kind of tell what was going to happen and the ending wasn't a huge surprise. The ending was a cliff hanger.
Percy is now ready to take the prophecy on and though his growth and development has been very minor it didn't bother me. I still like it that he can see humor. It keeps the book light and fun.
Already I can't wait to start reading The Last Olympian, just have to wait for nine other people to read it first at the library. That's no time at alAlready I can't wait to start reading The Last Olympian, just have to wait for nine other people to read it first at the library. That's no time at all right? I'm trying to reassure myself.
This is my favorite of the series so far. It was slightly less funny in this ones but its totally made up for by all the action and gods and characters. I mean gosh, there are a lot more gods, monsters, and heroes than I gave mythology credit for.
We see Percy come out and act like a real true blue hero though he hasn't changed much more than the fact that he can kick some serious monster butt. Annabeth is in charge and she proves to have some things she is holding back on, I'm pretty sure I know what but I won't say here just in case it isn't as obvious to everyone. Grover is as lovable as ever though with a little more knowhow. Tyson makes a reappearance and I certainly missed him. And us mortals play a role in accomplishing the mission. Yeah!
I realize that this review probably isn't very helpful but really I loved the book. That's about it. ...more