This book I just picked up because my sister checked it out. I didn't have a notion of what to expect from this book except what the blurb showed. Thi...moreThis book I just picked up because my sister checked it out. I didn't have a notion of what to expect from this book except what the blurb showed. This book reminded me of a more traditional YA fantasy. And by traditional I mean when I was new reader and they only had one shelf for YA. I guess I mean what I consider traditional fantasy. Maybe it was the nostalgia or maybe this is a great book but I truly loved reading it.
I can see how this book isn't more popular because there isn't a lot of epic fight scenes and there isn't a sweeping romance, but I was still hooked. Ellin is a Southlander (which are despised by Northlanders) who goes to the Northlands with her father to help heal the Northlander king. There is unrest between Southlanders and Northlanders, more than even Ellin could've expected and she hates Northlanders.
What I liked about this fantasy is that there was magic, plot, tension, and all that but there was a great deal of focus on Ellin's relationships. Her relationship with her father, and new friends. It wasn't focused on a romantic relationships which I always see as a pleasant surprise. I could feel myself expecting it, and though there is a hint of it, it's more of a sub-sub plot. I could even get over the fact that the author did the cliche of killing off the mother thing because I loved Ellin's relationship with her Dad.
I know that there is a sequel, and I want to read it. I saw the cover though and it is uuuuugly. Thank goodness that this cover wasn't that ugly or my shallowness might've won out and I wouldn't have read the book.(less)
I kept thinking after I finished, I have to give it 5 stars! I have to! It's a Riordan book! But then I had to be honest with myself and rate the book...moreI kept thinking after I finished, I have to give it 5 stars! I have to! It's a Riordan book! But then I had to be honest with myself and rate the book for itself, not because I love the characters (because they are great) or the author (because I trust his writing).
The still really enjoyed it immensely but I couldn't get into as much as the others before. I thought maybe it's because it feels like similar stuff but that is not true at all. The characters are the same but they develop, especially Leo (view spoiler)[ and Nico admits that he is in love with Percy (hide spoiler)]. I got to see Hazel do some clever tricks too. Percy and Annabeth are just so great and they're together even if it's just in the worst circumstances. Percy starts to see beings (people/minor gods/etc.) that he's met in this past that he has been neglecting and starts admitting he could try harder to be a better hero.
There is so much bravery and sacrifice that my heart just went out to some characters. As always can't wait for The Blood of Olympus. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Pretty fun read; nothing way too in depth but a feel good comfort read. I always have to give authors kudo points for making me laugh because I find i...morePretty fun read; nothing way too in depth but a feel good comfort read. I always have to give authors kudo points for making me laugh because I find it hard enough to make people laugh even with voice inflection and facial expressions.
Each character’s personality stood out from one another, but I can't help but feel that it was more because they were cookie cutter stereotypes than really just letting the characters sink in (if that makes sense?). I know one of the lessons to the book was to be yourself and that everyone has some depth, which is a great lesson (I think that is true too), but I didn't really feel it. None of the characters really surprised me with hidden depth. For example, the cheerleader likes some indie bands and she likes some unconventional books, so now she must have some hidden depth. I couldn't completely buy into it.
Another goodreads reviewer mentioned how the death of Delaney's mother felt more like a bad breakup rather than a deep loss. Delaney mentioned how it was always her and her mother against the world, the loss of someone like that I would think calls for a little more page time,especially since it is so recent.
One the other hand I really liked the relationship development between Delaney and her father. There are too many YA authors who just leave the parents as an afterthought. They both own up to some of their misgivings through the process of the book and I always looked forward to some of their father daughter time. The magic included in the book added to a lot of the humor, and the romance in the book was very sweet. (less)
So this is more Celtic history than fantasy but it does dab at the fantastical. I only have a limited knowledge of Celtic history from reading a few...more So this is more Celtic history than fantasy but it does dab at the fantastical. I only have a limited knowledge of Celtic history from reading a few passages of Beowulf: A Dual-Language Edition but I recognized a few things that I heard of so that was exciting. The author obviously knows more about it than I do. Also it was interesting to see a different world that might've been however many hundreds of years ago. Not many authors set their stories during this era, probably because of the limited information.
I had a hard time liking Hild, and it was mostly because she is an entitled spoiled girl who has lived in a palace all her life. It’s done in a way that doesn't seem over the top though. It felt like it is just part of how she was raised. She has good intentions and wants to make a difference so I didn't dislike her. The way she evolves throughout the story is minor (until near the end) in my opinion but I'm glad Hild sticks to her guns most of the time. Near the end I could start to see her potential.
What made up for it is the adventure. Which is different because there is a definite climax but as I was reading along I kept wondering what the climax was going to be about, more anticipation for me I suppose. The adventure aspect of the book is what kept me reading and had me finish this book in one day flat. It isn't as funny as I expected this middle grade book to be. It is probably due to Hild's bitterness of her situation. Also, there are serious problems that Hild's has gotten herself into and the issue of possible war. It doesn't drag necessarily but it isn't action packed either. There are instances where there is some action but it isn't a huge part.
It's a shame that I haven't read The Coming of the Dragon because I love seeing cameos in companion books like this. I want to read The Coming of Dragons and hope to read more by Barnhouse.(less)
Enchanted taps on a lot of fairy tales from the dancing princesses, jack in the bean stalk, cinderella of course, princess and the pea, to sleeping be...moreEnchanted taps on a lot of fairy tales from the dancing princesses, jack in the bean stalk, cinderella of course, princess and the pea, to sleeping beauty. I might've actually missed some becuase I wasn't looking for them.
Sunday is the seventh daughter of a the seventh daughter. It's good that the sisters were named one after the other by days of the week starting with Monday; even though Sunday is the real start of the week. Every once in a while a sister is mentioned I don't remember the age or at least the order so that helped. Some of the sister didn't act older than others, like Friday acts younger than Sunday. I liked when the sisters showed up and I thought that each sister had there own personality. It would've been great if there was more with the sister's relationships. The father-daughter relationship was sweet too. I almost forgot her fairy brother Trix, always quick with a smile. He by far is her closest sibling.
The most promonant relationship is between Rumbold (aka frog/prince) and Sunday. I've gotta say the beginning is fast with the romance but just like another reviewer mentioned, I think it makes up for it in the later half. Sunday is a pretty good protagonist though at the end she does things slightly uncharacteristic. Rumbold is endearing and a somewhat tortured soul with his forgotten past. The first night Rumbold and Sunday meet after he is a man again was sweet.
Despite appearances there is more than just the romance to the book. There is a secret that two very powerful people are hiding, the king, and a fairy. While our two protagonists figure out what is going on, they find that someone's life is hanging in the balance.
At times things felt a bit abrupt and it was difficult for me to follow. This was minor however and didn't trouble me while reading too much. It makes sense later so that was good and the magical aspect gave this retelling a different feel.
One last compliant, the climax fell a little flat for me. It wasn't a poor execution but it seemed to stress things that I felt made the story lose momentum. Though I believe this is just me. (less)
I feel like I might be too bias to give this book an objective rating, but then again my ratings are never objective. It's all opinion. Anyways, what...moreI feel like I might be too bias to give this book an objective rating, but then again my ratings are never objective. It's all opinion. Anyways, what I mean to say is that I like the characters way too much to just not want to see more of them. After all we've been through, especially with Percy and Annabeth. Add to that an attention grabbing plot how could I not give it 5 stars?
So as you probably know now the seven are together and heading straight for Rome. A lot is at stake here. You know the usual: their friends, family, future, and the world.
We get various points of view in this book which makes it pretty long but I noticed that it is only the Greek demigods (Annabeth, Percy, Leo, and Piper) that we hear from. There is tension between the demigods. I was surprised that the characters creating the most personal drama where the guys. I was so worried it would be the other way around and it would fall into stereotypes. It didn't and I'm glad. I have to say I was ecstatic that Annabeth got some limelight in this one. It is only in the second half but still it's pretty good.
I knew there was going to be a cliffhanger ending but I didn't think was going to be that bad. It's like the young version of Catching Fire kind of cliffhanger. Oh these authors, I hate them and I love them. (less)
This is an intro to a book called Fox and Phoenix. It's pretty short and normally I don't really enjoy short stories but since it's an intro I know th...moreThis is an intro to a book called Fox and Phoenix. It's pretty short and normally I don't really enjoy short stories but since it's an intro I know there is more to come. Kai is a smart alec kid who isn't always the brightest, and isn't always the nicest but he is the sponkiest. He is the leader of a bunch of street kids and has a plan to get some money. He has to pose as a prince and do three impossible tasks, this will give him money and the princess's hand in marriage. Kai isn't really interested in the princess but he's all over the money.
There is a distinct beginning, middle, and end so that is a plus for a short where it sometimes feels like it is just left wide open. I think its supposed to be set somewhere in Asia in the past but with magic. The magic system was different from what I've usually seen but I couldn't get the full grasp of how it works completely. Kai is pretty likeable in that sarcastic way. His members are fun too. Fox and Phoenix should be good. (less)
Should I be embarassed that I read books like this for fun even though I'm technically an adult? Probably, but since this is the internet I'm not that...moreShould I be embarassed that I read books like this for fun even though I'm technically an adult? Probably, but since this is the internet I'm not that worried. Everyone who knows me in real life on this site already knows I'm a huge dork who can't seem to grow up properly.
So, I as I mentioned above if you like Rick Riordan's stuff I really think you should give this a try. He kind of has that silly satire that I love. If you are the kind of reader that can't take slow paced stories, than this is definitely the book for you. I was feeling exhausted for these characters about half-way through the book because there is never a break. Wait, there is maybe one near the beginning, I lied. Poor Jack, because to be honest how many times can a person get beat up and still be moving? It takes push-yourself-up-and-try-again to a whole new level. You know when the Hulk (in the Avengers) just grabs Loki like a rag doll and flings him back and forth? It’s like that, just done maybe five more times. The body can only take so much, but I assume since Jack is an Eye he can take a few more hits?
Twice Upon a Time takes place about three months after Half Upon a Time finishes. The first should be read before this one. May, Phillip, and Jack are all still together trying to find out who May’s parents are but low and behold it’s not that easy to just walk into fairy land and just ask. Some way or another they end up meeting King Pan (or Peter Pan), a bluebeard pirate, King of the World, and a mermaid princess with a past.
I might’ve given the book 5 stars if it wasn’t for May. I thought I’d warm up to her by now and I have but I still find her a bit exasperating. May is no longer sarcastic, but she does a lot of threatening which got tiring because she hardly ever follows through. It's not that I think she should kick everyone’s butt, but it seems like she is more bark than bite.
The ending I loved but I’ll keep the details to myself. (less)
Our brave Percy is back, but without memories from his past life, same as Jason. But Percy is different from Jason. They were both frustrated of their...moreOur brave Percy is back, but without memories from his past life, same as Jason. But Percy is different from Jason. They were both frustrated of their ignorance but Percy actually remembers one thing from his past and that is Annabeth. Very sweet isn't it? And Riordan's book dedication, To Becky, who shares my sanctuary in New Rome. Even Hera could never make me forget you. Come on, so sweet.
I'd be good to have a friend like Percy with his easy going nature and humor. But now we get introduced to two new characters, Hazel and Frank. They are both having problems as well and we get to see their point of view. I kind of like it and kind of had a problem with it. It made the book longer but it also made me see that Percy isn't the only hero in this book. Everyone looks at the leader or head guy but with a team (like the 7 heroes the prophecy mentions) every single member counts and I'm glad Riordan made me pay attention to that.
This next quest is in the last frontier, ALASKA! Riordan has touched so much of America from New York of course and California, to Nevada, Missouri, Washington, etc. This time they even went through Canada.
Riordan still has it, the end battle had me laughing and cheering simultaneously. (less)
This seems to happen quite a bit when I read one of Jessica Day George's books. At first I get all excited and can't wait for the book to come out. Th...moreThis seems to happen quite a bit when I read one of Jessica Day George's books. At first I get all excited and can't wait for the book to come out. Then I get the book and start reading it as soon as possible. The beginning is great and I start believing this is going to be her best book yet. Then somewhere near the end it gets a little weird. I think it may have to do with the magic of the world. Sometimes it doesn't make sense, like it wasn't fully fleshed out or something.
This is the third book in the twelve dancing princess series featuring Petunia (the youngest). She goes to Westfalin but on her way there she encounters bandits-one of them being Oliver. This however, is not her only problem. The new King Under Stone and his brothers are still out to get the sisters.
I'm glad I got to see more of the sisters, though it is mostly Petunia and Oliver in the beginning. Oliver kind of reminds me of Robin Hood so that was cool. Almost like a retelling for both main characters.
I like all the princesses that have been featured in this series by George for different reasons. Petunia is spunky (I suppose that is what you call a short girl that has a backbone), though she has her vulnerability. Petunia and Oliver are a charming duo. I'd say cute but usually leave that reserved for puppies and babies.
I'm not a huge fan of love at first sight in books, most of the time it seems the guy/girl just seems to think the person is beautiful/handsome and that is mostly what they base there love on from there. In most cases I'm okay with it and this one handled it well enough, it's not exactly love at first sight.
Too bad this is the last of the series, but it ended well. I recommend the series to fairy tales lovers. (less)
The title of this book I like. The cover is good too.
But moving on, Riordan is definitely getting better at the cliffhangers. Gosh I don't know if I...moreThe title of this book I like. The cover is good too.
But moving on, Riordan is definitely getting better at the cliffhangers. Gosh I don't know if I like it or not. Wait a minute, I do know-I don't like it. I don't enjoy having to wait but now that The Son of Neptune is out I don't feel as bad as I would've.
Jason is quite a strange character since he already knows all these things about monsters and gods (by there Roman names) but somehow he doesn't know his last name. Than we have Piper and Leo as his two friends. I thought it was good to put in there background stories though it did make the book longer. My favorite new character is Leo.
You know the whole time your reading this book that there is this big thing that none of the characters know, and of course it involves Jason. There are some hints along the way and if you are one of those savvy people who try to figure things out than you can figure it out but as for me when the hints were presented I just thought, that is probably an important clue. oh well, it'll clear up later.
It took forever for the quest to start, not that there wasn't any action before the quest but I just kept waiting and waiting for them to get going. There are so many things going on like how Zeus has shut off Olympus, people are missing, the camp is different, and of course the quest to save Hera makes this book have eveything come into play with all the humor Riordan is good at.
It took me a whole month to finish this book and usually that would frustrate me to no end. It was frustrating but I knew it wasn't the books fault and it was well worth the time to finish. (less)
This is not a book that I just could ride out. I had to do some work and some thinking in order to keep things straight. This is almost straight up YA...moreThis is not a book that I just could ride out. I had to do some work and some thinking in order to keep things straight. This is almost straight up YA fantasy.
It took me a while to finish and after I did I had a headache. I thought, That's not a good sign…but I really did like it. There could've been a number of other reasons for having a headache like sleep deprivation or the heat. I think the biggest struggle I had with the story was that it took so long. It felt like it dragged. I'd hoped that it would be faster pace. But looking back on it I realized that if I had read this when I was younger I might've liked it better but I'm so used to fast ADHD paced YA now that this felt that much slower. Or maybe I'm just remembering it wrong.
This fantasy has a sort of mystery to it. No one is who they seem (including Digger herself) and Digger has no idea what she is in for. During the middle of the book secret after secret is revealed which just made me more confused and I could never figure out what was what until right before or when Digger figured it out herself. That part was both fascinating as well as frustrating. The last quarter is when things start to pick up and begin to clear up.
Digger as a character I could enjoy because she was not a completely stereotyped super tough girl. She doesn't feel uncomfortable in dresses because she is a girl. She is very practical though curious. One thing is that Digger isn't necessarily likeable but she does have a good side and I was rooting for her the whole time.
The other characters are well developed too like Lady Lyll, Meri, and someone who shall not be named for spoiler reasons were my favorites.
The characters I could never really get into. Not Amelia or her cousin or her friends or even her love interest. I didn't hate any of them but they ju...moreThe characters I could never really get into. Not Amelia or her cousin or her friends or even her love interest. I didn't hate any of them but they just didn't work for me. Amelia seemed a bit too immature acting so gleeful at 'misbehaving'. I know she's 16 and I could say okay maybe that is why but than she also says she loves Nathaniel which I think requires some maturity.
I'm not a huge fan of love at first sight and this is definately one of those. There were one too many hand brushes, lustful glancing at each others lips, and not enough actual getting to know each other for me to believe it's love. Sounds more like just lust to me.
The magical elements of the book kind of take a backseat or at least they didn't seem like that big of a deal until maybe near the end. There wasn't as much peril as I thought there was going to be. Sure there are some haunting moments but I didn't feel the antcipation for most of the book. It was really focused on the romance and since that didn't do it for me I felt their were lulls at some parts.
That being said I loved the concept of the book. It was entertaining and I did like seeing the era of the late 1800s again. Amelia does a little bit of growth.
Near the end things started picking up and the magical elements do play a significant role in it so I still think it has some good qualities in it.(less)
I am so grateful to this book. It was so fun and just what I was looking for. Rallison doesn't disappoint with this one if you've read My Fair Godmoth...moreI am so grateful to this book. It was so fun and just what I was looking for. Rallison doesn't disappoint with this one if you've read My Fair Godmother. It's just as funny, if not more, but with a different girl, different problems and different wishes. Companion novels are always exciting to read but this isn’t exactly a companion since it is still following Chrissy the godmother. Chrissy is getting worse I think than she was before but that may be subjective. Things get truly bad for Tansy. And this time more people are involved.
I could get Tansy's resentfulness about her parents’ divorce. Rallison gave you just enough insight of Tansy’s past to get me thinking, "Yeah that does suck." The voice of Tansy was great and I like her. I could believe it was a teenager's voice without it sounding immature or whinny like other YA is.
The love interest was great and you see some uncomfortable situation come from magical incidents. The relationship between him and Tansy is not the only one developed though. Lets not forget her dad and her new step family; they aren't left in the dust either.
The book was larger than I thought it would be. There is a bit of a lull around the middle which made it a bit longer than I expected but hey I still enjoyed it so that can tell you it doesn’t last. And other than this it was spot on. I snorted and laughed and sighed.
The whole message of the book is touching and I was just so satisfied with the ending; just so satisfied. I highly recommend it to people who go for happy endings. (less)
Jacobs mentions at the beginning that the tales in this book should be read out loud but I think parents should probably read the tales before they go...moreJacobs mentions at the beginning that the tales in this book should be read out loud but I think parents should probably read the tales before they go and blab it to their kids. Not to say that their are a whole bunch of brutal killings but its not all sunshine and daisies all the time neither. I know that fairy tales are really not as sugary sweet as they are in Disney or any of the retellings that I love.
There is a repetivness to the tales. There were more Giants than I expected and can recall only one fairy story. Lots of Jacks too, and royalty (kind of knew that though).
Some of the tales were very familiar (ex. Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs) though they were a tad altered occasionally. But there were new ones I hadn't heard of before, but I'm no fairy tale expert. I pretty much stick to the Disney movies and book retellings that are out there.
One of my favorites that I never heard of before was Nix Nought Nothing. Now that I think is just screaming for a retelling. And Earl Mar's Daughter sounds like it could be really something. But that is the thing. I thought some of the tales were silly, some were interesting, some boring, and some were good but in the ones I believed were good I felt should have been full blown stories.
I did learn why some parents read fairy tales to their childs before bed. Almost evey time I started reading the tales I'd start getting sleepy. I'd be reading it in the middle of the day and I'd start nodding off. I don't know why because sometimes I was actually interested in the tales and there is no way I was too tired since I'm on vacation. It makes no sense.
I just found this out (from another book) that there are a lot of Jacks in fairy tales. If someone where to ask you a trivia question like this "What...moreI just found this out (from another book) that there are a lot of Jacks in fairy tales. If someone where to ask you a trivia question like this "What was the name of the boy who went to seek his fortune in the fairy tale..." Jack should be your answer.
So this Jack is having trouble with princess rescue training, he failed. But then what do you know, a real princess falls out of the sky. She needs help and so an adventure is set in place. With all number of creatures and fairy tales coming out of every chapter of the book, I was afraid I'd get whip-lash trying to keep up with everything. The book had no lulls that is for sure.
I can't even remember all of the tales in it and if I mention all of them then I might be giving some stuff away. There are twists in the book that I didn't see coming.
The reason I wanted to read this book was because my sister read it and just kept laughing. She'd flip a page 3...2...1..and 'hahaha'. After a couple of minutes of this I thought, that's it I'm going to read it. I thought it was funny too. (less)
More people need to read this. Really it’s such a great book. The writing was unique in a way that I liked. It wasn’t overly flourished, using big wor...moreMore people need to read this. Really it’s such a great book. The writing was unique in a way that I liked. It wasn’t overly flourished, using big words and lenghty sentences to convey a message and yet it added to the story’s magic. When people scoff about YA and middle grade books I think of these kinds of books. They are worth reading even though it’s written for a younger audience. I just don’t know how authors can do it.
In this book we have Solveig who is the second daughter of the king but because she isn’t pretty enough to be of use with marriage like her sister, she feels inadequate. The setting is in a fortress that is surrounded by mountains and they are trapped for the winter. There is a war going on outside these mountains and they were sent there for protection but they soon discover that it’s anything but safe. There is a traitor in their midst.
I would say who my favorite characters are and why but I might give something away. So I’ll just say my favorite characters are Solveig and her little brother, who is also the heir to the throne, Herald. He is easy going and has a playfulness that still belongs to young boys. Herald has an effortless way with people, but he is still young and wants so much to prove himself. And Solveig, Solveig, Solvieg, who doesn’t love an underestimated underdog? She has to discover her self-worth during this winter. She has to be stronger than ever now and realize her talents.
The Berserkers are big thug looking guys that at first sight seem barbaric but Solvieg has a way of seeing the best in people. I grew to care about them as Solveig does and she grows to love everyone in the fortress even though she knows one of them has betray her, those she loves, and her poeple. Everyone is a suspect (only Solveig and Herald you are sure about) and when they are revealed Solveig is more sad than angry because it doesn’t matter, she still loves them. I was left guessing right up until the reveal, but that isn’t a surprise I’m not usually one of those reader who figures out the twist and tries to look for clues.
With self-discovery, betrayal, twists, treachery, love, Nordic myths, forgiveness, and even a little action there is a lot to look forward to in this book. Please try it if you are at all interested in fairy tales. (less)
I couldn't wait to read this book. It sounded so fun and magical; plus I'm a fan of Jessica Day George. Though most of her young adult books can borde...moreI couldn't wait to read this book. It sounded so fun and magical; plus I'm a fan of Jessica Day George. Though most of her young adult books can border middle grade this was the first one with an actual girl of middle grade age. Though my 9-12 years are kind of blur to me I think the heroine Celie sounded just right.
Princess Celie is a spirited young girl who lives in this castle. A castle that changes halls, rooms, and closets seemingly on a whim and the one who knows the most about this castle is Celie. With the disappearance of her parents (the king and queen of Glower) Celie and her older siblings are in trouble. They will have to keep their wits about them and may need the castle's help more than ever.
I think younger readers would like this story. I'd love to live in a castle like that as a kid, with secret passages and a slide. Yes I said a slide, in a castle. It's the best castle I've come across in a book (at a close second is Princess Ben's). As castles go anyways, they can be quite dreary. So there is a fun castle but that is not all. Celie’s brother is in danger. We get to see Celie and her siblings put the grown-ups in their place. I personally liked the interaction between the siblings too. Oh, and the secondary characters made me laugh.
There is one thing I want to say, and that is I appreciate that this book has an ending. Let me clarify that. Pretty much every single series I've read lately has cliff hangers and though sometimes I'm good with it, it's getting on my nerves a bit. Tuesdays at the Castle is part of a series but you know what, no cliffhanger and I still want to read the next one—imagine that, it can be done.
It has humor, fun, treachery, and magic so please don't pass it up if you are looking for middle grade or children fantasy.(less)