I believe I watched the movie a few years ago but I forgot for the most part what happened. Since I wasn't a big reader when I was a kid I feel like II believe I watched the movie a few years ago but I forgot for the most part what happened. Since I wasn't a big reader when I was a kid I feel like I missed out on some great experiences (aka books). Sure you can always read a book like this when you are older but it won't have the same magic as if you read it when you are 7.
That being said I read this book trying to put myself in the mindset of my younger self. I don't think I was completely successful. It seems like a good deal of readers grew up loving this book but I believe my younger self would not have had the patience to keep reading it. Even now the story didn't grab my attention.
It was a sweet book and the kids (Bobbie, Phyllis, and Peter) are quirky and kind. Their adventures are realistic enough that I wasn't bothered by it and could just enjoy their heroics. One thing I liked was the relationship the kids had with each other. How they gave each other a hard time about certain stuff. I feel like siblings and best friends are the only ones really willing tell you that you are being annoying, unbearable, cocky, harsh, etc. They tell it like they see it.
However, at times I thought the kids were just too well behaved for their mother, and the mother was just unrealistically patient. It was just too perfect of an ending and if you know me you know a like happy clean endings but this one didn't suit me. Maybe because I didn't feel the struggle -the adversity- the characters had to go through. Sure it was stated, I just didn't feel it. This I know is completely subjective, but nevertheless it did dampen my enjoyment of the book just a little. ...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
It's hard for me decide whether or not I want to give a 4 or 5 (4.5). On one hand I liked how some of this book rang true while still making me feel hIt's hard for me decide whether or not I want to give a 4 or 5 (4.5). On one hand I liked how some of this book rang true while still making me feel happy. The setting was in middle America which doesn't happen very often unless it's set in a rural part with only a Taco Bell for teenagers to hang out. This was not that kind of book, which is a nice change. I'm also loving this New Adult genre that is getting popular. You know how authors sometimes kill off a parent or something just to get rid of them. College students are away from their parents so this is a perfect solution and nobody has to die.
Cath is great, a completely socially awkward girl with a lot of issues but a lot of heart. Cather's mom walked out on her, her twin sister, and there mentally unstable dad when they were young. On top of that, Wren (her twin) doesn't want to be with Cath for their first year of college. She wants to 'meet new people.' Family issues for sure, and Cath is pretty lonely in the beginning. I liked how the family dynamic was a big part of the book.
Fanfic has a lot of page time too, Cath is supposed to be a major internet sensation with Simon/Baz fanfiction. I gotta say I'm not a huge fan if it, but after reading Cath's passion for it I can understand why people like it.
Here is my take on Books and Fanfiction (you can skip). The way I see a book is like a person. 5 stars are like a best friends that I will never tire of reading/hang out with. If you love a person/book so much then why would you go about manipulating it and changing it to your whim and pleasure? I feel like it is not the way the books were meant to be. But I know that is not the way some readers see fanfic. The way Cath sees it is not like that I know.
The author gave a good amount of environment even with Cath venturing out so little. I like how Cath grew as a character without having this one climatic event that changed her all of a sudden because that is not how things usually go. The second half of the book surprised me, in a mostly good way. I can't go into it though. I guess the other hand got lost somewhere....more