Quick-moving, fast-paced installment. Rarely put it down. A lot of surprising twists. Some enemies become friends, some friends turn out to be other tQuick-moving, fast-paced installment. Rarely put it down. A lot of surprising twists. Some enemies become friends, some friends turn out to be other than they said they were. Can't wait to read the finale....more
Clary Fray just wants her life to get back to normal; to go back to the way it was. But there is no more normal, and certainly no going back. Only theClary Fray just wants her life to get back to normal; to go back to the way it was. But there is no more normal, and certainly no going back. Only the continual trying to move forward. With her family in tatters and her friendships suffering from the new world she lives in, no day comes easy. But when Valentine reappears, with a newer, viler plan to bring about his dark dreams, things go from bad to worse. Neither Clary nor her friends are sure what to do, and it seems they might be on their own in their efforts to forestall doom for another day....more
Clary Fray's first hint that she might be different comes when a normal night out at the club turns into anything but; after following a cute blue-haiClary Fray's first hint that she might be different comes when a normal night out at the club turns into anything but; after following a cute blue-haired boy and three others into a store room, finding herself in the midst of a wholly unexpected scene, she's left to grapple with the encounter on her own, upon realizing that neither her best friend nor the bouncer can see what she sees.
Not soon after her mother is suddenly and unexpectedly trying to get Clary out of town, and when Clary storms off in a huff, taking off with Simon for a night out, little does she know from that moment on, nothing will be the same....more
Kendra and Seth are not looking forward to staying with their Grandma and Grandpa Sorenson during their parents' cruise. Almost none of the family hasKendra and Seth are not looking forward to staying with their Grandma and Grandpa Sorenson during their parents' cruise. Almost none of the family has ever been to the Sorenson house; they barely know them. They expect the worst. And when Grandpa Sorenson lays down the ground rules: stay in the yard, stay out of the woods, it seems their fears might be right. Sure, the playroom is magnificent, but what kid doesn't want to explore? Seth, whose curiosity often gets the best of him, breaks the rules, and stumbles upon a discovery he shouldn't have. But due to some unforseen circumstances, their punishment is only confinement for a day. And the adventure is just beginning....more
It occurred to me the other night after I'd finished this book, that Holly Black reminds me of Francesca Lia Block, in that they both spin worlds wherIt occurred to me the other night after I'd finished this book, that Holly Black reminds me of Francesca Lia Block, in that they both spin worlds where the every day, and the magical day, coexist in harmony.
I read through this book in the span of one afternoon, give or take, which impressed me, since I had just spent a couple of weeks reading a book not all that much longer. The world of Val and Ravus and the underground of New York City raced along like one of the trains often barreling down the tracks near their homes.
The story begins when Val arrives back at her house one night to find her boyfriend entangled with her mother, and quickly turns right back out the door to disappear. She has tickets for a Rangers game, so she goes, and not wanting to face home again, spends the night in a train station. But when she's awoken by two police officers, her plan to hop the morning train changes into another disappearance. Ending at a coffee shop, where she meets Lolli and Dave, this disappearance becomes permanent, as she goes to live with them beneath the streets.
Following Dave one night on a delivery, after spending the day scrounging the trash for things to sell, she encounters things she thinks can't be real. And to prove it to herself, and her friend, she takes off toward a supposed Troll tunnel, only to come face to face with said Troll. As this means trouble, she vows to serve him in order to free her friend, and from there it only gets more interesting.
While the idea of exiled faeries and magical beings living in NYC ought to seem implausible, the story rings true, and any fantasy lover is sure to enjoy it. Even the more realistic readers would probably appreciate it, as the only real difference between Ravus and any other guy is age and eyes and skin.
And since I enjoyed it so much, I'm now going back to read her first, and much acclaimed book, Tithe....more
As a late-comer to the Artemis Fowl phenomenon, I'm glad I did eventually pick it up. These books are really fun and highly entertaining. The Opal DecAs a late-comer to the Artemis Fowl phenomenon, I'm glad I did eventually pick it up. These books are really fun and highly entertaining. The Opal Deception didn't disappoint.
Here we are, all mind-wiped and uncertain, everything under and above ground going crazy all at once, but still the heroic group pulls together to fight yet another battle. And quite the group at that: 14-year-old Artemis, his behemoth bodyguard Butler, the dwarf-thief Mulch Diggums, and the ever-fiesty fairy, Holly Short.
This book may have been the best read yet--with the missing memories and an unbelievable scenario taking place, the excitement was high. And instead of just sinister plots and attempts to survive, in this story we also get friendships forming, and personalities shaping. And of course the leanred-the-hard-way lessons: you can never be anyone but who you are, and be careful what you wish for, you might not like it when it comes true.
Since we were left with a wide-open opportunity for more at the end of the book, I for one am hoping to see yet another Artemis adventure in our futures....more
When her sister Azalea is exchanged with a Changeling, suddenly the stories Poison has read all her life become real. With the help of Fleet, the onlyWhen her sister Azalea is exchanged with a Changeling, suddenly the stories Poison has read all her life become real. With the help of Fleet, the only person in the marshes to understand her, Poison sets off to get her sister back.
So begins a journey from the realm of man to the realm of phaerie, from certainty to illusion, from youth to…
Along the way, unlikely friendships are formed and enemies are earned, and the many mysteries Poison has always puzzled over slowly unravel into an even more mystifying reality....more
Faye has always felt different. Being asian and blonde already set her apart, but throughout her childhood she has friends no one can see and experienFaye has always felt different. Being asian and blonde already set her apart, but throughout her childhood she has friends no one can see and experiences no one can understand. But her friends aren't imaginary--they're faeries.
When Faye suddenly has to move back from Philadelphia to her hometown, she feels alone. Though she tries to contact her old childhood friends, she gets no response, and believes they've abandoned or forgotten her. So instead she tries to reconnect with old best friend, Janet. Sadly, her first night out proves to be disastrous.
In an old abandoner warehouse, they meet up with the crew. Kaye, feeling uncomfortable, takes off to explore. On an upper floor she finds an old carousel horse. Its legs are missing, but she loves it just the same. When she props it up to ride, Janet's boyfriend Kenny spots her. He says he saw it stand up.
When he moves from questions to hitting on her, Faye takes off. Walking home through the rain, she hears a noise in some woods off the road. It sounds like someone in pain, so she heads off to investigate. What she finds is a man with a branch through his chest. In actuality, he's a gentry faery, who's been shot with an arrow. Though he is suspicious of her, she manages to help him pull the arrow out, then, following his instructions, calls a Kelpie to aid him on his journey back home. He becomes all she thinks about.
The next day she receives a message in an acorn from her old friends, telling her to stay away from the Dark Knight, and that they need to see her. That night, they come to her room, and take her to see the Thistlewitch. While they explain to her that they need her help, the truth of her strangeness is finally revealed. She isn't an odd human at all---she's a pixie.
Of course, being a curious teenager at heart, Faye does exactly what her friends recommend against, and removes the glamour that's been passing her off for human her whole life. The new sights and sounds, smells and taste, the green skin, are all too much for her. She turns to Janet's brother Corny, who helps her to remove the rest of her glamour, and then to try to research the new things she's leard of. The Unseelie Court, pixies, the Tithe. None of it bodes well. And as they seek to learn more, things only become more entangled.
Again, Black's blend of fantasy and reality remind me of Francesca Lia Block. A powerful style, a compelling story.
In this sequel to Faerie Wars, we pick up right where we left off. Mr Fogarty has settled into his duties as Gatekeeper of the Realm, Pyrgus is acclimIn this sequel to Faerie Wars, we pick up right where we left off. Mr Fogarty has settled into his duties as Gatekeeper of the Realm, Pyrgus is acclimating to his position as Emperor Elect, and Henry is back at home missing the Faerie Realm. So when he finds out he’s been invited to Pyrgus’ Coronation Ceremony, he’s perfectly happy to except. On top of that, he finds out he’ll be receiving some magical help in sneaking away–even better!
But not for long.
In the Realm, Lord Hairstreak has struck a deal with the now resurrected Purple Emperor, putting Comma on the throne, with himself as Regent. Comma then releases his crazy mother from the West Wing, after banishing Pyrgus, Blue and Fogarty. Henry lost his original portal maker and had to make himself a new one, and isn’t at all sure he got it right, though he does eventually realize what’s actually going on.
Much more action in this one, since the plots are thicker and the twists more numerous. Very enjoyable and quick read. Can’t wait for the next one!...more
Henry Atherton thought he was living a pretty normal life. Sure, working for Mr. Fogarty could be strange, as the man was completely paranoid, but allHenry Atherton thought he was living a pretty normal life. Sure, working for Mr. Fogarty could be strange, as the man was completely paranoid, but all in all things were good. He even made his cardboard pig fly–and that’s no mean feat. But when he comes down to breakfast to find his Mother acting strangely, and his father turns up acting even stranger, he starts to get the feeling something is amiss.
He mulls it over on the ride to Mr. Fogarty’s with his father, and bites the bullet when he gets let off, and asks his father if he’s having an affair. The answer he receives sends him reeling. So, while cleaning out Mr. Fogarty’s shed and realizing the cat has caught a miniature person with winds, and NOT a butterfly as he first suspected, he captures the thing in a jamjar and takes it to Fogarty, sure things can’t get much weirder.
At home later, he starts to think he must have been crazy to believe in faeries, even if he had been just talking to one. But he knows it was real. When he arrives the next day to find Fogarty with a youth about his own age, things get better and odder all at once.
As promised, Pyrgus has returned to his actual size.
Pyrgus and Henry break into Henry’s school to gather components needed to build a portal to enable Pyrgus to get back home, where he’s certain plots against his father are unfolding. After delivering the parts, Henry’s bit is meant to be done. He’s promised never to see Mr. Fogarty again. But after many days of unanswered calls, he can’t take it anymore, and heads to Fogarty’s to make sure everything is all right.
By this time, Pyrgus has disappeared through the portal and no one’s sure where he is, and his father has come through and gone back with Mr. Fogarty in tow. Henry manages to find the clues left behind and open the portal himself to get through.
After arriving at the Purple Palace, things take one unfortunate turn after another. Only though a stroke of imagination does Henry manage to turn things back around....more
When I started reading, I immediately regretted having read Tithe and Valiant so long ago. Although it’s probably more all the stories I read in betweWhen I started reading, I immediately regretted having read Tithe and Valiant so long ago. Although it’s probably more all the stories I read in between that filled my head up so that I forgot some of the important pieces to this one. But once the story starts to pick up, you get past what you might not remember.
After a brief prologue explaining Roiben’s beginnings at the Unseelie Court, we jump to his present, where he’s about to be crowned its King. Immediately after his coronation, things take a turn for the worse. Kaye, egged on by some ill-wishing faeries, makes a declaration–something she doesn’t fully understand–and Roiben sets her an impossible task, which she takes to mean he doesn’t love her. Of course he means it in an entirely different way, but since they can’t talk until she completes her task, there’s no great way to discover that fact. Shortly after this, the court is attacked and must flee.
Back in the human side of things, Corny has gotten himself cursed, and Kaye has informed her mother that she’s a changeling and is really a pixie, not a human girl. The result is not quite what she had hoped, which leads she and Corny to take off in search of the Fixer, who’s said to be able to lead them to Silarial, who has requested an audience with Kaye.
Upon arriving at the Bright Court, Kaye quickly realizes that what Silarial wants is her help in controlling Roiben, which Kaye could provide, as the one living being to know his true name. She has absolutely no intention of using it against him that way, of course.
After a lot of unwanted adventure, and a few further mishaps, the gang figures out a few key answers, and stumbles upon some good luck. Will it be enough to save the day?...more