First I would like to start with a few nonsensical words: zOMG, bang, pow, woohoo, and finally yay.
Wildefire is gripping, action filled and a great boFirst I would like to start with a few nonsensical words: zOMG, bang, pow, woohoo, and finally yay.
Wildefire is gripping, action filled and a great book for girls and boys alike. While the boys will cling to the action bits that keep you on-the-edge-of-your-seat, the girls will love the inner struggle that Ash is dealing with and all of the drama.
The book has all of my favorite things, boarding schools, gods, and smores. The writing is on the whole great and the plot unfolds at a fantastic pace. While the setting is fantastical the book has a contemporary feel that I completely adored.
Ash and Eve’s story is tragic at best, of course all of the godlings had their share of bad luck before they were brought together. In this novel there is depth, death, and mayhem. Honestly it’s the perfect beach read for those who are adventurous enough to dive into the ocean where there are living things ready to bite/eat/claw/attach to you.
The release date is July 26th so mark it on your calendars adventure seekers and get ready for a wild fiery ride....more
Let me start this review by saying that I have read tons of Tudor literature. From Weir’s actual histories, to Jean Plaidy’s historical fictions and mLet me start this review by saying that I have read tons of Tudor literature. From Weir’s actual histories, to Jean Plaidy’s historical fictions and much more in the realm of Tudor and not once have I ever read a book that no matter how much I loved it or thought the book was a fantastical representation have I ever thought that Elizabeth’s voice was so truly portrayed.
In the moonlight, the scaffold appears to be made of bleached bones from one of the leviathans that wash up on our shores from time to time to general alarm, for what godly world encompasses such creatures? The platform is raised high above the crowd of gray shadows gathered around its base. A woman climbs slowly, carrying the weight of her anguish and fear. She holds her hands clutched in front of her, asthough in prayer. Stepping out onto the platform, she steps into the beast’s gaping maw and is devoured. Sometimes the woman in my vision is my mother; other times she is I.
I felt that Weston’s writing and dialogue were so true to how I imagine Elizabeth that I was instantly drawn into her novel and I stayed interested all the way through. If you know my blog at all you will know that I am in no way a fan of mash-ups. I really dislike the concepts of most and laugh at the ridiculousness of the elemental plot, and have tried to read several usually abandoning them by page twenty or so.
The beginning of this novel takes a young Elizabeth through her coronation and shows us the start of the Golden Age as it began. However Elizabeth is immediately met with a supernatural problem that will affect all of her beloved England in the form of Mordred the bastard son of Arthur who did not die on the battlefield when he slayed his father as historical accounts portray. He was in fact given a choice for eternal life and has waited thousands of years for Elizabeth, an actual descendant of Morgaine le Fey to be born so that he can turn her and rule England always with his eternal queen.
A king cannot afford to show weakness. I learned that from my father, who learned it too late to save himself. I was his weakness, as it happens. Arthur loved me despite my failings, so he claimed, when all I wanted was to be loved for them. Tant pis, as the French say. Too bad.
Elizabeth being Protestant has some immediate issues with Mordred’s offer. How can she risk her immortal soul even if Mordred promises her he can make England the capitol of the world and save her from her mortal enemies such as The Pope, and her Spanish brother-in-law? She is captivated by Mordred’s beauty but as she learns the twisted vine he has wielded to make sure she became Queen some day and what people in her life were sacrificed by him to make that an assurance her will to defeat him becomes even stronger. Even with her slaying powers will it be enough to defeat the ethereally gorgeous King of the Vampire?
The characters that Weston has used in this fictionalized Elizabethan Age are a perfect pick, the book moves quickly while building on suspense and giving you just enough details and back story as you go to keep you hooked. The book was slated for release in early January but the release was bumped up to today! So you can grab a copy for yourself and one for a friend for Christmastime! I highly suggest that you do so whether you are a fan of the mash-up or like me a skeptic of the sub-genre....more
Emma Donoghue has created such a fascinating and provocative story inside the pages of her latest book Room that I am loathe to try to review it. SeeiEmma Donoghue has created such a fascinating and provocative story inside the pages of her latest book Room that I am loathe to try to review it. Seeing everything from Jack’s eyes, I am almost certain I have never truly fallen in love with character until now. Jack is brave and strong and he is scared and this is the most amazing chance for any reader to get lost in rediscovering the world from the eyes of a child.
I found myself angry with Jack’s Ma in the last third of the book. All he has ever known is her and Room and she becomes increasingly selfish through-out the novel. However I can’t say that I would do anything differently if I was in her shoes. So the fact that I was angry with her made me angry at myself and I began to think about the ways I interact with my own children. Am I setting them up for some kind of mental fall out later in life? Those impossible questions that can’t be answered until you are slapped with the therapy bills I suppose.
Jack is a fantastic narrator, growing up in Room with little to do but read and count he is fantastically ahead with his mental capability for learning. I love his voice, and the way he explains everything in his world to his reader. I love that Dora is his friend inside of Room just like she is the friend of so many children outside of Room.
At 8:30 I press the button on TV and try between the three. I find Dora the Explorer, yippee. Ma moves Bunny around and real slow to better the picture with his ears and head. One day when I was four TV died and I cried, but in the night Old Nick brung a magic converter box to make TV back to life. The other channels after the three are totally fuzzy so we don’t watch them because of hurting our eyes, only if there’s music we put Blanket over and just listen through the gray of her and shake our booties.
Today I put my fingers on Dora’s head for a hug and tell her about my superpowers now I’m five, she smiles. She has the most huge hair that’s really like a brown helmet with pointy bits cutted out, it’s as big as the rest of her. I sit back on Bed in Ma’s lap to watch, I wriggle till I’m not on her pointy bones. She doesn’t have many soft bits but they’re super soft.
So there you can get a great sense of Jack and his narration skills from that quote from early on in the book. As the story progresses and we see the ‘games’ that Ma and Jack play are really Ma trying to get the neighbors to notice them and escape the book becomes a bit harder to read. I have shed many a tear during the reading of Room and it is not a book that I am going to forget any time soon.
Thank you Emma Donoghue and Jack for giving me such an amazing gift of a book that will stay with me as time progresses and that made me feel so much.
This story is beautiful and haunting and many other adjectives that I could continue piling onto this sentence. Pick up a copy and read I promise you will not be disappointed....more
This is the third book I have read and reviewed by Julie Kagawa. I recently learned that this series is continuing and I couldn’t be happier. With eveThis is the third book I have read and reviewed by Julie Kagawa. I recently learned that this series is continuing and I couldn’t be happier. With every book I read I am more entranced by the world that Kagawa has weaved with her unique look at technology and her stunning use of Fey lore.
Kagawa is a masterful story teller and I am so happy to have found her series. Meaghan has grown so much since the first book and I feel as I have watched her grow up and into the kind of heroine that deserves to win the fight and the boy. In this latest installment of the Iron Fey series all is decided but not without friendship, love and sacrifice.
Meaghan realizes that it might just be that even though her and Prince Ash are exiled from the Nevernever she still may never be able to go home to her human family. The False King is hunting Meaghan down, he wants what he believes she stole from him, the Iron Glamor, the power of The Iron King Machina that Meaghan battled and killed with the wooden arrow and her Summer magic.
I can’t go into very much detail without ruining the plot of the story so just rest assured fans of the Iron Fey series that you will be once again blown away by Kagawa’s plot and torn into a million pieces by Puck and Ash. Each book in this series continually shapes the characters and is even more impressive than it’s predecessor.
I am waiting on tenterhooks for the next book titled The Iron Knight and all Goodreads has as information on the book is two words “Ash’s story.”, and a release date of 2011.
If you enjoy Faerie lore or fantasy at all and haven’t picked up the first book in this series The Iron King, or the second The Iron Daughter do so now you will not be disappointed!...more
It is not very often that a book from the contemporary genre grabs me. I like the genre but it isn’t my favorite to read. I read Choker in three hoursIt is not very often that a book from the contemporary genre grabs me. I like the genre but it isn’t my favorite to read. I read Choker in three hours and I was so surprised at the ending that I guffawed so loudly my husband asked me what was wrong with me!
Choker follows Cara who is quiet and shy and not so well liked in school. When she was small she had a best friend Zoe who her parents didn’t really like because she was from a bad home and Cara’s parents were afraid of her playing there. In fifth grade Cara’s parents moved with her to a new city and Cara began to forget about Zoe until one night when Zoe shows up in her room dirty and needing a place to stay. She said her step dad was abusing her and she had to get away.
Cara lets Zoe hang out in her room and keeps her hidden from her parents. Cara continues being made fun of in school and it worsens after she chokes on a carrot. Then everyone starts calling her ‘Choker’ and mimicking her choking on a carrot.
The two worst tormentors wind up dead and Cara has to decide if she can trust Zoe or if Zoe is killing these girls, or it could be Ethan the guy she always wanted and never thought he would give her the time of day.
When I saw Pegasus in a catalog I didn’t even need to read the description. I whipped out my laptop and I emailed Penguin and practically begged on haWhen I saw Pegasus in a catalog I didn’t even need to read the description. I whipped out my laptop and I emailed Penguin and practically begged on hands and knees to please send me Pegasus. They did and I have to give a huge thank you.
McKinley builds a world so fantastical that you want, no you need to step into it. She creates a desire in you to slow down and savor her words and to reflect on every passage for there may be something secret lurking there for you to find. It has been over a week since I first read Pegasus and usually I finish a book of this size in five hours. It took me six days and seven days later I still have her world floating around in my mind.
I think of her world as the Lake District in the UK. It is possibly the closest thing on this earth as beautiful and as lush and as magical as the one Robin McKinley describes to you in Pegasus. The book opens on such a beautiful paragraph:
BECAUSE SHE WAS A PRINCESS SHE HAD A PEGASUS. This had been a part of the treaty between the pegasi and the human invaders nearly a thousand years ago, shortly after humans had first struggled through the mountain passes beyond the wild lands and discovered a beautiful green country they knew immediately they wanted to live in.
And live in this country they did! Immediately the magicians and the king of the humans signed a treaty with the pegasi shaman’s and their pegasus king and they were allies against the dark beasts that plagued the lands and were driving the pegasi race to extinction.
Humans had stronger hands and better weapons while the pegasi’s bones are brittle and their hands while deft are very small and can’t work around a lot of things.
Princess Sylvi was bonded on her birthday to Ebon. He was a black pegasus which is a rarity and seemed very haughty. Of course the pegasi are so beautiful they seem haughty all the time and the language barrier is so hard to over come being as how only magicians can speak to the pegasi and even then so much gets lost in translation. However Ebon walked up the isle to Sylvi and said words in her mind and she heard them. The magicians began the bonding ceremony and Sylvi began to panic because it felt like they were stripping Ebon away from her not bonding them together.
This day starts a friendship that spans the next four years and a tough four years it is. Ftoom the head magician becomes an enemy because Sylvi can speak directly to her pegasus and he does not like it. Her father sends him to the library to find records of a human being able to talk freely with their bond-mate.
The mythical creatures that the humans thought were under control seem to be making a comeback and everything is happening so fast. The story progresses and the ending is such a delicious stab of a cliff hanger that I am waiting ever so patiently for a sequel. When that day draws closer I will be emailing a furious please oh please letter to Penguin once again. One last quote from the book where I marked 17 pages. This is McKinley describing the pegasi in their natural habitat.
Although Ebon was the only black, the pegasi were variously coloured, from white to cream to gold to copper-red to dark, fresh-ploughed-loam brown and a deep shadow or sliver gre, and the three groups that made the three circles, six or eight spokes around each central boss, seemed to be creating some pattern with some meaning beyond the simple fact of preparation for the flight to come.
If you haven’t read Pegasus pick it up now! ...more