Julia's father is crazy over-protective. When he finds out she's been sneaking out of her bedroom window he puts bars over it. Then someone breaks into the house while she's alone and trashes it. When she and her father come back in to check (minutes later) everything is perfect. This leads her father to break some news to her: they come from a long line of shapeshifters. She and her father can both shift into white tigers. Plus, they're really from a country called Ossai and the corrupt government is trying to kidnap and/or kill Julia.
I quite enjoyed this one. Julia's a good character: independent but not over the top about it. She deals with her dad's over-protectiveness pretty well. Not to mention, pretty much everything about her life she finds out is wrong in one way or another. That is not an exaggeration either. It really should be titled shapeshifter's secrets. Plural. Pretty much the whole first half of the book is the dribbling out of her actual life/circumstances. Something I thought was interesting was the setting. I've read lots of books set in other worlds. A lot of times those other worlds are technologically behind ours. Narnia, Middle-Earth, Alitheia, Westeros, all pretty much pre-electricity. Pan-em had technology but basically just for the rich, most people didn't have that type of stuff. So that makes Ossai fairly unique. Its technology is on a par with ours with just a couple of differences: 1)it's supplemented with magic and guns have been outlawed because they're usually cursed anyway. It makes for a very nice change of pace. I really like the mix of modern and magical.
Her Wiccan, Wiccan Ways by Traci Hall middle school & up
Rhiannon is a fairly typical girl: she likes cute clothes, cute boys and is perpetually emb Her Wiccan, Wiccan Ways by Traci Hall middle school & up
Rhiannon is a fairly typical girl: she likes cute clothes, cute boys and is perpetually embarrassed by her parents. She's also upset because her family has just moved from Las Vegas to a small town named Crystal Lake. The atypical part of Rhiannon? Her parents follow the Wiccan religion and she herself has the power of telekinesis.
I greatly enjoyed this book. It is such a nice change of pace to have Wicca treated as a valid religion. Usually, Wiccans are mocked as weirdos or accused of devil worship. This is so much better. All of that aside, I thought the book was well written. Perhaps Rhiannon is slightly too well-adjusted but still an interesting character. One slight negative: all throughout the book I kept having the feeling that I was missing out on something. I double checked to make sure I was reading the first book in the series. (Okay, so I triple checked. I can't stand reading series books out of order.) There is some backstory that never quite got cleared up that causes my confusion. It just felt like there should have been another book before this one. But then again, I fully intend to read more in the series, so I guess it works. ...more
Young girls will enjoy this series I think. It is light and fluffy but still interesting. Some of the facts and details of Greek mythology are left ouYoung girls will enjoy this series I think. It is light and fluffy but still interesting. Some of the facts and details of Greek mythology are left out or twisted. That bothers me but wouldn't affect the intended audience. All in all; if you've got a tween girly-girl they will love this book....more
Katsa is a girl known as someone who has been graced with the ability to kill. She killed her first man (accidentally) at age ten.high school & up
Katsa is a girl known as someone who has been graced with the ability to kill. She killed her first man (accidentally) at age ten. Since then her King has used her as his personal enforcer. Katsa does not enjoy being ordered to hurt people but obeys her king. One night she meets a man who can almost match her in a fight. This is so unusual that she is very intrigued and she decides to accompany him on a quest to find out what has happened to the Queen & Princess of a nearby kingdom.
Another butt-kickin' chick. Love those. Katsa is put into a moral dilemma by her King and she solves it the best she can. She is ordered to break bones and frighten people but chooses to secretly help others. She is tortured by the thought that maybe that isn't enough. She is afraid that her Grace means she is a monster with no way to redeem herself. I loved seeing Katsa's character growing from someone who despises herself to someone who actually feels that she might have some worth after all....more
I was so happy to be done with this trilogy. I mostly loved the characters, but they never seemed to learn their lesson. They begged the Inkweaver toI was so happy to be done with this trilogy. I mostly loved the characters, but they never seemed to learn their lesson. They begged the Inkweaver to write words that would solve all their problems. Never mind that it was usually written words that had got them in trouble in the first place. Still, that minor annoyance aside, I enjoyed the story. (I do wonder what happened to all Elinor's book though.)...more
I really enjoyed this book. I love Sookie, she is so funny to me. I wish I'd gone back and re-read the entire series before reading this book though.I really enjoyed this book. I love Sookie, she is so funny to me. I wish I'd gone back and re-read the entire series before reading this book though. With this being the 9th in the series, there was a lost of details to remember. ...more
I enjoyed this book but was very confused as to why the story did not seem to be wrapping up. I was under the impression that this is the third book iI enjoyed this book but was very confused as to why the story did not seem to be wrapping up. I was under the impression that this is the third book in the Inheritance TRILOGY. After I finished the book, there is a notice that the story is now the Inheritance CYCLE and will conclude in the next book. I suppose that makes it a quartet. I'll read the next book, because I want to know how the story ends, but that will be the last one I read. Even if Paolini does continue dragging it out. ...more