More people need to read this. It doesn't have that many ratings and it's part of a series. I'm worried that the publishers won't do the whole series.More people need to read this. It doesn't have that many ratings and it's part of a series. I'm worried that the publishers won't do the whole series. It's happened before and I think it is exceeding unfair to both the readers (mainly me) and author. If you are at interested in fantasy and strong heroines please give this a try. It doesn't have a sweeping romance but it's got a bunch of adventure, world building with cultural dynamics, friendship/comradeship and some combat. ...more
Levana's point of view was difficult to read because she is a broken character. I expected that but her rationality about some things is so distortedLevana's point of view was difficult to read because she is a broken character. I expected that but her rationality about some things is so distorted and twisted. (view spoiler)[Like when she forces Evret to have sex with her by using her Lunar manipulation. Call it what you will, I think it is rape. And then she basically forces him to marry. She rationalizes this by telling herself that she is positive that Evret loves her even when he says he doesn't quite adamantly. And than she kills Evret because she needs to marry Prince Kai in order to rule the world even though she thinks she loves him. Can rulers not get divorced or something? Evret would've been happy with a divorce. (hide spoiler)] Levana is seen as a more human character who could've been different had she had someone to care about her early on -you see her when she is growing up from a young girl. However, I like that you don't feel it gives her a pass for her actions and I don't thinks it's supposed to. I did get a better idea behind her anger and her thirst for power. I think that was the point-to get a better idea about Levana herself.
One thing I did enjoy-and Levana's story was interesting in itself-but one thing I did enjoy was seeing Lunar. Most of the time we just stay in the palace but Levana gives insight into Lunar politics and how twisted it is. Every time some of the characters from Cinder, Scarlet, or Cress are mentioned I got so excited, though the glimpses are fairly fleeting so if you want to read the book to see more of them you will be disappointed. I'm looking forward to Winter and seeing more of Lunar and course Cinder. ...more
I can see why some people might not really get excited about a book like this. The writing style is different from what most authors do now. Usually fI can see why some people might not really get excited about a book like this. The writing style is different from what most authors do now. Usually for a character like Eff there would be a chapter dedicated to back story, then they would jump right into the juicy stuff. I'd say maybe 60% of the book might be considered back story. However, if you think about real life this is how it is. Your life doesn't feel like a back story until this one important event in your life happens. It's got moments throughout that are noteworthy and that is what most of this book felt like. We follow Eff from when she is five years old until she is a young woman. Near the end there it feels a bit more like an adventure. Believe me I like that kind of story with suspense and excitement but this was a good change of pace.
Eff is definitely a unique character. She thinks very practically and you know characters who are practical and you can tell they are sad about it. Eff never questions her nature. Sure she has her fears, she gets angry and frustrated but doesn't question if she is adventurous enough and pretty enough. The biggest criticism she has on herself is that she will bring bad things to her family, which is what her relative told her when she was five years old. I liked the family dynamic. Her parents seem like very wise people and her siblings give the book a new dimension.
One aspect I didn't fully understand was magical part of the story. How does it work exactly? It's not as if I need a how to book but it was hard to keep track of all the different kinds of magic and how they work. Some of them use special equipment and some don't use any at all, even the powerful stuff sometimes.
So all in all it was interesting read and surprisingly I liked Eff. I've been trying to start reading the second book in the series but other books and life is getting in the way. ...more
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. ThiThis 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....more
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 bookI 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).
I 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 the 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. ...more
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 iPretty 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. ...more
So this is more Anglo-saxon history than fantasy but it does dab at the fantastical. I only have a limited knowledge of anglo-saxon history from read So this is more Anglo-saxon history than fantasy but it does dab at the fantastical. I only have a limited knowledge of anglo-saxon 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....more
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 beEnchanted 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. ...more
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, whatI 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. ...more
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 thThis 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. ...more
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 thatShould 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 have 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. ...more
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 theirOur 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. ...more
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. ThThis 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. ...more