Fables: Animal Farm is the second trade installment of the fabulous fairy tale world of Fables. All of the characters we know from our childhood like...moreFables: Animal Farm is the second trade installment of the fabulous fairy tale world of Fables. All of the characters we know from our childhood like Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf are now living in our “mundie” world. They had to leave their homelands to escape The Adversary who took their lands from them by brute force. The fables are split into two main groups: the human-type and the animal-type. The human-type live amongst humans, and the animal-type are segregated to an upstate farm where they will not be discovered. Of course, this causes descent from characters like the Three Little Pigs and Shere Khan. That’s what volume two is about
Because of previous transgressions, Rose Red and Snow White are heading upstate for a visit and to hopefully bond. When they get there they find that something is amiss in The Farm. From there it gets slightly gruesome, with brutal murder and some talk of beastality. (Ew!) But it’s the dark moments that make this sugar-coated world so cool. Where else could you see Goldilocks as the face of a revolution? Nowhere.
It’s a good series so far. Really good. I love all the characters and how despite being fantastical they are still real. If I were a pig that could talk I wouldn’t want to be segregated to a farm without contact to the outside world. I would rebel. Goldilocks was an ass-hat, and I wanted to punch her for her smugness but still liked what she brought to the story.
This is a cute, short read. Paige is a little more than annoying at first but quickly becomes someone you can root for. The development in the two mai...moreThis is a cute, short read. Paige is a little more than annoying at first but quickly becomes someone you can root for. The development in the two main characters, Zach (through his journal) and Paige (through reading Zach’s journal) is pretty impressive for such a short story. I would have given it a four star review but Paige and her inability to figure out normal idioms (like ball and chain – instead of ball and cord) just got on my nerves too much so it gets three. (less)
This is my second Alex Flinn novel and I loved it just as mucha s the first, Cloaked. It's funny, the characters are real despite being epically magic...moreThis is my second Alex Flinn novel and I loved it just as mucha s the first, Cloaked. It's funny, the characters are real despite being epically magical, and it always has a positive message. The worst person has a chance to become good and redeem themselves.
Jack is a slacker, loser-boy, with no real affinity for anything, at least in the beginning. Also in the beginning, Talia was the biggest spoiled brat-princess you ever encountered. But both evolve and because of that they become characters that you really enjoy to watch.
One of the positive messages that I liked was "Parents screw up." Every parent who reads this review is going "woah! scratch this off the to-read list." But it's actually really positive because sometimes parents do, in fact, screw up. This happens when they are trying to do good and children, especially teens, can see them as horrible parents when truly they are trying their best. This book shows how parents and teens alike see each other as villains and what can come of that.
Last but not least I loved having the story told from both Jack and Talia's perspective. It's fun to see what a 21st century boy thinks and compare it to a 316 year old princess :D
I think I need to get ahold of Bewitching soon but I want to wait for the audiobook...(less)
Here are things you should already know about me: 1. I love Alice in Wonderland 2. I love Gena Showalter (at least her YA reads) 3. I love hawt alpha dud...moreHere are things you should already know about me: 1. I love Alice in Wonderland 2. I love Gena Showalter (at least her YA reads) 3. I love hawt alpha dudes
Now, do I love this book? Well, if you’d read my list and know anything about this book you would respond with a resounding “duh!” I loved it. It has replaced Cinder by Marissa Meyer as my fave of the year.
Ali has got to be one of the greatest characters of the year. She’s witty and sassy even when she’s melting or being torn apart inside. I love that she stands up for her self verbally and physically. Not only does she fight zombies but she flat out lays some girls out! Love it! (They totally deserved it – well, most of them)
Cole is a bad boy, through and through with some definite alpha male, demanding qualities that we all love. Especially when the girl stands up for herself. Personally I hate it when it’s a weak willed girl with an overbearing man, regardless if he’s sexy. And that was not the case in this one, oh no it wasn’t! The only thing I disliked about Cole was his tattoos. I just pictured them as prison tattoos. And when you have 30 of your own, if a character you like is going to have tattoos you want them to be pretty.
The other characters elicit strong emotions but I won’t go into it in this review, it’ll just get too long.
Last note: perfect mix of romance and action(less)
Wow. It was predictable but very, very awesome. I love Cinder and her love interest, Kai. I’m really excited to find out what happens in the second in...moreWow. It was predictable but very, very awesome. I love Cinder and her love interest, Kai. I’m really excited to find out what happens in the second installment. I’ve heard it’s better than the first one. I don’t know how that’s possible but maybe Meyer will surprise me.
The best part of this is the creativity that Meyer used to rewrite the classic tale of Cinderella. Not only only is Cinder a mechanic but a cyborg mechanic. So awesome.
Cinder, Iko, Kai, Peony and even the good doctor are all really likable characters. Audrey, Pearl, and Queen Lavana are all really despicable and you’ll really love to hate them. (less)
I was super pleased with this. I wasn’t actually expecting much and I think it’s because I saw the preview for the movie Beastly. I mean it looked ok...moreI was super pleased with this. I wasn’t actually expecting much and I think it’s because I saw the preview for the movie Beastly. I mean it looked ok but nothing spectacular. Well, I found this book and gave it a try despite not expecting much out of it. I was stupid because this and Alex Flinn are AWESOME. I’m going to go add all of her books to to-read list on Goodreads after this.
It was funny and quirky with a light-heartedness that you often don’t get. It was just pure enjoyment. I’ll add that I finished it today, a day I was attending a wake and it brightened my day to some extent.
It sort of reminds me of Going Bovine by Libba Bray which I finished recently as well. It’s not quite as epic or thought-provoking (well the end of Going Bovine was) but still right along side it on the “Awesome Shelf.” (less)