I've never read any Robin Hood retellings or any Lawhead books so this was pretty new for me. I had no standards for this book because of it, so I wasI've never read any Robin Hood retellings or any Lawhead books so this was pretty new for me. I had no standards for this book because of it, so I was neither disappointed nor pleasantly surprised.
In the beginning of the book it wasn't that hard to get into. There is action within the first chapter. It continues this way for a while, switching between boring details and action. The boring details take forever and consume almost half the book. You learn the whole history of Great Britain to the present. There are the British of course, the Saxons, the Normans, then Welsh and another one that starts with a F (I assume they are French). You have to keep up with all of them, what land they own, what land they are trying to get, and how they are planning to get it. The French and the Welsh are the most active during the course of the book but the British are presented often enough. I guess some background is necessary but I’m used to the YA books with a lot less detail. However, I did like the action parts of the book and those did keep me interested.
Bran starts out as a womanizing, selfish, narcissist. He doesn't give a rat's... butt about anyone but himself and has no sense of duty, at least in the beginning. As the story progresses he does follow through -he has to, he's Robin Hood for goodness sakes! I hope the second book has him in a better light. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for 3 dimensional characters but I tend not to like the book as much if I don't like the main character; I do not like womanizing, selfish, narcissists. You don't get a lot of Bran though. There are a whole bunch of other characters that you have to keep up with throughout the whole book too. I don't particularly like any of the other characters either, but if I had to choose it would be Little John. Hes pretty much the exact opposite of Bran, loyal and selfless.
I'll read the second because I do want to know what happens next and I did enjoy reading this book despite what my review might suggest....more
First off I should say that I really like the story line, with the curse and all that. However, the author doesn't really go into depth with the charaFirst off I should say that I really like the story line, with the curse and all that. However, the author doesn't really go into depth with the characters. It's not that the characters are unlikeable, you just don't get the full idea of who they are.
I probably would've liked the book more if I hadn't watched the movie already. There were no surprises and the book pretty much follows the movie.
I liked the book, but if you already watched the movie you aren't missing out on much. ...more
My Fair Godmother is very entertaining. It is definitly interesting; especially how the author portrays the princes and princesses and how they mightMy Fair Godmother is very entertaining. It is definitly interesting; especially how the author portrays the princes and princesses and how they might actually have been-personality wise.
In the beginning I couldn't completely sympathize with either of the sisters. Jane stole Savannah's boyfriend but Savannah seems to be way too superficial. However, I did feel a bit more simpathetic towards Savannah because she is the one who got dumped. But what a better way to get over your ex then to be magically transported to the middle ages as Cinderella, then Snow White, and finally to save a guy. It would keep you occupied for sure. In the end I was happy for both Jane and Savannah.
The best part of this book is how funny it is. Not just smile funny, I mean laugh out loud funny. There is a message to the book but its mostly just for entertainment. Read it if you want a good laugh....more
I had never heard of the song Scarbourgh Fair until I read this book and after hearing the song I really liked the fact that the author decided to makI had never heard of the song Scarbourgh Fair until I read this book and after hearing the song I really liked the fact that the author decided to make a story out of it. Lucy seems to be a girl who has it all; even with her mother being insane. So this curse is really a 180 for her but she handles it well. I really did not know how she was going to do the impossible tasks. I mean they are called IMPOSSIBLE tasks so I was stumped. I didn't try too long to figure them out though because I knew that she would find out a way so I just read the book.
I enjoyed all of her relationships. Her relationship with her parents, they help her so much and she appreciates all they do for her. Her friend gives Lucy space when she needs it and helps when she can. And Zack is a great guy. I really enjoyed the romance in the book. Each relationship develops during the course of the 9 months.
Lucy grows so much which is only to be expected. She discovers what she is capable of giving, recieving, and sacrificing to have the best for her daughter....more
I loved this book. I was a bit worried about the poem structure and I was also worried because it was about Lady Elaine. But I really could admire ElaI loved this book. I was a bit worried about the poem structure and I was also worried because it was about Lady Elaine. But I really could admire Elaine and her courage. And I could follow the book just fine. I really liked that the men were very chilvaric and honorable. The few women that were in the story were not pathetic and swooning all the time. They actually played a big part in Arthur's success. Elaine helped in a realistic way during that period in time. After I finished reading it I was smiling from cheek to cheek. Although I think that this book is more for girls, which is fine with me.
I am so glad that Hale decided to do the third book with Razo. He is just so...likable. I like that Razo dosen't have water speak so its doesn't lookI am so glad that Hale decided to do the third book with Razo. He is just so...likable. I like that Razo dosen't have water speak so its doesn't look like you have to have "powers", so to speak, to have an adventure and make a difference. The ending is a happily-ever-after kind and I really like that....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
This is the thing I love about rereading books, you know you're going to like it. After reading so many nice but kind of disappointing books I was staThis is the thing I love about rereading books, you know you're going to like it. After reading so many nice but kind of disappointing books I was starving for something that was great. Thank goodness Book of A Thousand Days is available on e-book at my library.
The voice of Dashti is so unique and so different from other Hale characters or heroines in general. She is so capable, unpretentious, courageous, and optimistic throughout the book. And you know Tegus, yeah I adored him. Sure it’s fun to have mysterious daring men but it's so nice to have an earnest upstanding guy. I like the latter better most of the time.
And it wasn’t just the characters (though that is usually a deal-breaker for me) but it was also Dashti’s world. It was a huge part of the story and it would not have been the same if it wasn’t in this setting.
There are two parts of the tale and the second part is my favorite and I think it’s easy to see why. The book is in journal form and I think it worked out well. I like the illustrations or Dashti's sketches.
After reading Dairy Queen and The Off Season by this same author I really had no idea what to expect in this book. The transition to fantasy seemed eaAfter reading Dairy Queen and The Off Season by this same author I really had no idea what to expect in this book. The transition to fantasy seemed easy. I still enjoyed this book after the second time I read it. I like Ben and enjoyed seeing her grow from a self-pitying but soft-hearted girl to a determined ruler.
I've always liked fairy-tales and if anything this book has made me like them even more. Ben is a dynamic protagonist. She was not raised as a real princess so she is more relatable. And although she is uncooperative and self-piying in the beginning I could understand, because she lost her parents and is just thrown into her new princess duties without warning. Plus she is not treated with much sympathy.
There are a few tidbits of other fairy tales such as sleeping beauty, the princess and the pea, and jack and the beanstalk. There's also magic, a prince, disguise (my favorite) and so much more....more