At the start of Kyle Demore and the Timekeeper's Key all I felt was missing was a lightening bolt scar, although there is so much more to this story.At the start of Kyle Demore and the Timekeeper's Key all I felt was missing was a lightening bolt scar, although there is so much more to this story.
My catch phrase as a little kid was "What's happening now Mom, what's happening now?" That is how I felt about this novel, what will happen now? What happened was a well paced, humorous novel with just enough adventure to keep it away from the likes of the Pee Wee Scouts.
Kyle Demore was well developed and grew as a character throughout the book. I first pictured him as a docile mouse, but as the novel progressed reminded me of Katy Perry's "Roar" song.
I felt the ending went by in a blip. There was so much to conclude and it seemed squeezed to me, although as I saw my kindle edition slowly ebb towards the 100% mark I wasn't sure how the author could wrap it up. Samuel J. Vega wrote a wonderful young adult novel that was more than a pleasure to read.
I loved Snow White when I was little, I dressed up as her on a regular bases, held Snow White themed birthday parties and learned how to work a VCR (yI loved Snow White when I was little, I dressed up as her on a regular bases, held Snow White themed birthday parties and learned how to work a VCR (yes I'm that old) and when I wasn't watching it, I could recite it word for word. Okay, so I was obsessed with Snow White like Nikki Minaj is obsessed with American Idol contestants. But I had never read the Grimm's fairy tale.
First I should say that the copy I ordered from the library (not the one shown) turned out to be a "freely translated" Snow White, I was a bit disappointed but soon realized it wasn't the story he changed but the phrasing for younger readers. Oh well. I still loved it.
As the Disney version is so well known, I thought I'd do a compare/contrast between Disney and Grimm.
So both compare Snow White as beautiful, the fairest in the land and the Wicked Queen's beauty pales in comparison. Although, each request different anatomy to prove her death. Disney asks only for her heart where as Grimm wants her liver and lungs "just to make doubly sure". She means business. Both huntsmen get a conscious and allow Snow to flee to the seven dwarfs Disney Snow White merely sleeps in the dwarf's beds and does a little cleaning; Grimm Snow White eats their food (take a little from each plate so its even) and sleeps in their beds and because she's a beautiful princess doesn't need to do anything to repay.
Now we get to the part when Snow White is an idiot and after being told by the dwarfs not to let anyone in, she does it anyway, and in the Grimm fairy tale she does it three times. Some people never learn. And I'm sure if the apple hadn't lodged in her throat Queenie would be back again. So obviously the apple did the trick for Disney but Grimm added a corset (which if she's the fairest in the land why would she need one?) which sucks the breath out of her and the dwarfs have to cut her lose. She then tries with a poisonous comb which really wasn't trying at all because it simply had to be pulled out of her hair. Then, the famous Apple, the forbidden fruit.
I liked Brother's Grimm ending much better as instead of being awoken by true Love's first kiss the apple is dislodged while the prince attempts to move the glass coffin. The Queen is given a much more painful death then falling off a cliff; she is forced to dance in Iron slippers over a hot coal fire until she drops dead. Now that's punishment. The moral of the story; don't talk or take candy from strangers.
Disney will always hold a soft spot in my heart, but I am so glad I read the original, like Snow White's beauty there was no comparison to the Queen's. ...more
I lived on Fairy Tales when I was younger with Snow White being my favorite. Of course I grew up on the sanitized Disney version, my room was an adverI lived on Fairy Tales when I was younger with Snow White being my favorite. Of course I grew up on the sanitized Disney version, my room was an advertisement to the Princess and learned how to work the VCR for a constant loop of Snow White and her seven little men. All in my Snow White dress of course. As for Rapunzel, when I was ten I belonged to a creative writing club at my elementary school and remember writing a short story on her. I had an artistic moment and added pop-ups and used yarn for her hair -- I was very proud of myself. I am not sure why I chose that particular fairy tale, perhaps it was because I had Rapunzel-esque hair at the time.
The Fairest of Them All starts out ordinary enough, with the classic elements of Rapunzel and her long hair but with the entrance of Snow White, mixes the two like a strong cocktail. Carolyn Turgeon does this so effortlessly showcasing a wonderful story-teller. I loved the writing, if it hadn't been for the slightly more mature subject matter, The Fairest of Them All could have read like a child's tale with its simplistic elegance. Carolyn Turgeon has given Rapunzel a unique, refreshing voice, pulling you in to a mystical land, lavished with details.
As I said before, I grew up with watered-down fairy tales but began reading the originals a few years ago. Therefore, I was enthused that a nod was given to the Grimm Brothers. Examples being Rapunzel becoming pregnant out of wedlock and dreaming of dancing on coals, an element taken from Snow White. Although I think the biggest, and most known is the magic mirror, the connector that adjoins the erector set with a simple click.
My one complaint is that I didn't think there was a designated villain. Yes, Mathena was not all that met the eye but it felt like such a blip at the end with the problem simultaneously solved, thus it had no effect on me whatsoever. Rapunzel, who in Snow White fashion was suppose to play out the role of evil step-mother, I didn't find that evil either. If anything she was all vanity and finds redemption in the end, wearing stiletto heels rather than iron slippers. In my opinion, there wasn't a singular character that could claim the role.
Overall, I closed The Fairest of Them All with satisfaction, I was enchanted by its originality and look forward to reading more by Carolyn Turgeon.
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings."
Interpreted to mean that fate is not what drives men to their"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings."
Interpreted to mean that fate is not what drives men to their decisions and actions, but rather the human condition.
At first, my lack of Shakespeare knowledge just assumed it was meant literally, but after further examination (and a little help) realized it was the complete opposite of said quote as cancer is unfortunately in our main characters stars.
Is it wrong to laugh while reading a book about Cancer? Because I was. John Green took a serious topic and made it uplifting, inspirational and eventually heart-breaking. Hazel has cancer of the lungs. Her mother, feeling that Hazel is depressed over her condition forces her to go to a support group, with Hazel going grudgingly. On one such meeting her friend Isaac, who has eye cancer, eventually going blind brings a friend Augustus Waters, who has bone cancer. Like a good young adult novel there is an instant spark between the two, with Hazel thinking support group many not be so bad after all.
Hazel and Augustus become enamored with the novel An Imperial Affliction written by Peter Von Houten. They feel that he real fits the Shakespeare quote written above and dedicate themselves to meeting him. Hazel has foolishly used her Make A Wish to go to Disney World by Augustus has been holding out on his. Thus using it to go to Amsterdam to meet Peter Von Houten. It turns out that he is a complete ass. Showing that life as a cancer patient does not always fill your wish and gives a taste of other harnesses outside of the cancer ward.
Strangely, while reading this novel I was reminded of one of my favorite movies, 1939's Dark Victory starring Bette Davis. What you say? Let me explain.
Firstly, I will note that the two main characters persona's are completely different, Hazel is a realist understanding the gravity of her condition, where as Dark Victory's Judith Traherne lives a carefree throws it into the wind.
Now for the comparisons. Despite knowing that they will someday meet their maker Judith and Hazel go about as normal as possible and also meet their true loves through the medical field, Judith falls in love with her brain surgeon and I have listed Hazel and Augustus' star-crossed eyes above. While throughout the novel/movie everyone has a hopeful facade but on the inside are trying to cope with the reality of it all. There cannot be a happy ending, Judith loses her sight and battle with her brain tumor and Hazel someone very close to her.
As I began with a quote from Shakespeare, I feel this quote from Dark Victory sums The Fault in Our Stars.
"Nothing can hurt us now. What we have can't be destroyed. That's our victory - our victory over the dark. It is a victory because we're not afraid."...more
Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem is an interesting take on the classic Snow White because it is told from the Magic Mirror's perspective, looking ovSnow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem is an interesting take on the classic Snow White because it is told from the Magic Mirror's perspective, looking over Snow White like an overprotective Father. As a baby Snow White, or Cat as she is known in this rendition flees from the Evil Queen with her oh too trusting father, deposited into his brother's arms as Daddy moves forward (and ultimately eating by wolves...) But that's another story.
Her uncle Barney treats her like a princess, despite Cat not knowing her own birthright and instead is happy to stay in the apple orchard with her only disgruntle being her uncle's firm foot refusing to let her to go to market. Eventually, a boy from the village is hired to help Cat in the orchard and ultimately, convinces her to leave. This is where the storyline we all know and love kicks in.
Cat runs away under the pretence that "it will just be for a while" until Jermey, her true love comes back for her. Of course he stands her up and gets the dwarfs all pissy. Meanwhile, Trevor, who is a complete douchebag (and the dwarfs like even less) tries to seduce her but with ulterior motives.
I thought Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem was okay, not great but enough for me to keep reading. The story became repetitive, and not because it's a retelling, I just got a little bored with Trevor's consistent courting failures and Cat under the delusion that one day her Prince would come. It came off like a mooning teenage and just got really annoying. The ending had an unexpected twist, so I will give it that, but otherwise Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem bit the apple and died....more
Fairest was a cross between Singin' in the Rain and Snow White.
Aza, our Snow White is not beautiful as she is described in fairy tales but is actuallFairest was a cross between Singin' in the Rain and Snow White.
Aza, our Snow White is not beautiful as she is described in fairy tales but is actually described as a dog with a beautiful personality and singing voice. Unfortunately, it is difficult for people to get past her ugly face and see the wonderful person she is.
That is until she accompanies a duchess (as her ladies maid) to a royal wedding catching the eye of the new queen and promoted to Lady in Waiting. There is an ulterior motive. Queen Ivi can't sing worth shit (a very important asset to the community) and asks Aza to sing for her ventriloquist style, after threatening her family Aza is forced to do her bidding.
This is where I felt the Singin' in the Rain vibe. Debbie Reynolds must lip-sync for a silent picture star and with the transition to talkies her annoying voice would ruin her career. Of course Jean Hagen is exposed as a fraud and Debbie is hailed. The only difference is that Aza snags a prince.
After her husband becomes gravely ill, Evil Ivi is pronounced ruler. She disposes everything which annoys her, short of music. When her "talent" finally uncovered Aza is sent (supposedly) to her death. The premise after her escape is well known. She lives with gnomes instead of dwarfs and is one day addressed by an ugly hag. This hag not only offers her an apple but string laces and a comb, both are the other two attempts in the Grimm fairy tale, and I really liked that Gail Carson Levine added that touch. In the end Aza chokes up the apple and she and her true love Prince Ijori live happily ever after.
I personally, thought the middle was a little slow but overall I like this retelling. Fairest was sweet and unique and had a great moral; that inner beauty is more important the outer. ...more
I loved the Janie books when I was younger. I first read The Face on the Milk Carton when I was 10 (so 1995) but it was first published in 1990.
CarolI loved the Janie books when I was younger. I first read The Face on the Milk Carton when I was 10 (so 1995) but it was first published in 1990.
Caroline B. Cooney released the fifth and last Janie book this year, Janie is now 20 and in college with all the modern amenities of 2013. Remember how I said it started in 1990? I can actually recall Jennie Spring's birth date being 1970 something. How did we go from Janie using a payphone to call her Connecticut parents to "Hi I'm Janie, I have an iphone, ipad, ereader and a Facebook page." Either Caroline B. Cooney did the math wrong (timeline wise it should be mid 90s) or Janie was a super-senior several times over. This child from the 90s found it irksome.
So the storyline, Janie goes to college going under the name Jane and running as far away from her kidnapped persona as possible. That is until she receives a letter from a true crime writer who wants to write a book on Jennie Spring.
Jane flees to the comfort of her new boyfriend Michael who is not at all what he seems despite Janie thinking he is "the one". That is one thing that bothered me about this last installment, I always knew Janie was a limp noodle but I got a 1950s vibe from her, that the sole point of going to college was to find a husband, have a passel of kids and let your degree collect dust on the shelf, setting the women's movement back several years. Then the inevitable happens, Janie breaks-up with Michael after learning he's in cahoots with the true crime writer and gets engaged to her rebound -- Reeve Shields.
Remember Reeve? The guy who sold her out to further his career in radio? Well, she took him back. The rest (or majority) of the book is Janie running around like a chicken with her head cut off, planning a wedding in ten days. All while having an identity crises, should I get married as Janie Johnson or Jennie Spring?
Another thing that bothered me was Jennie choosing her biological family and dropping her "kidnapped" parents. I think it's great that she reconnect with the Springs but to turn a 360 and drop the Johnsons like yesterday's news came off as poor taste and Janie looking like a bitch.
Hannah is also part of the narrative, therefore giving the reader more depth into the kidnapping, really tying up lose ends. Crazy, delusional Hannah held some of my favorite parts in the book and wish there had been more of them.
Everything is neatly tied in a bow, Hannah is caught and Janie Johnson becomes Jennie Spring, who becomes Jennie Spring-Shields.
At the end of Janie Face to Face, "Janie Johnson vanished for good". As did my enthusiasm for this book. ...more
Snow in Summer, (which is actually the poor girl's name) begins with the burial site of her mother and stillborn brother. Her father is distraught, anSnow in Summer, (which is actually the poor girl's name) begins with the burial site of her mother and stillborn brother. Her father is distraught, and any happiness Snow may have had is over with her widowed father going into a five year depression. Every evening, Daddy goes to his wife's grave site and one evening comes back with an enchanting wife with a bewitched husband.
Snow's step-mama is a little off but unconcerning. That is until Snow in Summer gets "The Curse" and after becoming a woman Step-mama takes her to a tent church, Snow in Summer feels threaten, and runs for her life. Cue dwarfs. One of which is normal size and off at college. Do I hear wedding bells? Everyone lives happily ever after.
I wasn't sure what to think about Snow in Summer. Despite it taking place in the 30s it had more of a 2000s generation and not like a Snow White retelling at all. In fact, the Snow White storyline doesn't come into play until the last 30 pages, almost like an after thought. (Oh yeah, this is a Snow White retelling, better throw that in). Actually, I think it would have been better without it (and this Snow White fan pains to say it) but a general Young Adult novel instead. I enjoyed Snow's normal life (if you could call it that) and keep the dwarfs out of it. Maybe more of an elaboration of the cult tent church and have that be the action sequence? I don't know, but the book felt very stilled like trying to smash a puzzle piece in the wrong spot....more
Finally, I read Cress, and it was everything I had hoped it would be! Not to cheap out in review format as it was one hell of a ride, but my internetFinally, I read Cress, and it was everything I had hoped it would be! Not to cheap out in review format as it was one hell of a ride, but my internet service is a little slow thus I shall lighten my cursing at an inanimate object and top thirteen it instead.
I loved the return of all the characters in the Lunar Chronicles and thought the beginning had a “Star Wars” vibe to it with Cress’ message being reminiscent of Princess Leia’s “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi you’re my only hope.” Cress’ daddy issues were meh, predictable and corny but still worked well in the plot. Cress is the kind of girl who could do it in heels and better than Throne. Throne comes down from his high horse and becomes an actual person. It is amazing what a little dependence will do to a person. Even though it is part of the original fairy tale I liked the nature of which Throne became blind and it allows Cress to come into her own. Cinder is as badass as ever and becomes smarter with each book/ Kai is a lame duck who needs Dick Cheney to guide him. I almost feel sorry for the Commonwealth and wonder what Cinder sees in him. I thought the development between Scarlet and Wolf was great and enjoyed seeing the growth of themselves independently and their romance blossoming. Levana, if possible, is even more of a tyrant and a character I love to hate. Sybil is blinded by power and is truthfully similar to a thaumaturge only better dressed. I liked Meyer’s take on human or Shell trafficking. I thought it was original and added flare rather than just a kidnapping. We get a sneak peek at Winter (aka Snow White) my favorite fairy tale, and Disney Princess too. Cliffhanger ending:
"You said yourself that the people of Luna need a revolutionary. She lifted her chin, holding his gaze. So I'm going to start a revolution." ...more
I usually don't go for books that involve terrorist bombs I unamericanly find them overdone; and usually once I see those two words on the back coverI usually don't go for books that involve terrorist bombs I unamericanly find them overdone; and usually once I see those two words on the back cover I set them down. But for some reason I decided to keep My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece in my hand.
Rose was killed in a mass bombing when she was ten; leaving her parents, twin sister Jasmine and little brother Jamie to pick up the pieces. Speaking of, very few pieces were ever found of Rose. Her parents fought over where to lay them, so they split them in half, half in a grave to visit and the other lives on the mantelpiece.
Five years have past, Rose's mother has left for a man she met in a support group and her father has turned to the drink to cope with the unbearable. Jasmine and Jamie are left to fend for themselves. Jas, who is now fifteen looks nothing like her sister Rose and has developed a personality of her own. Her parents unable to handle the fact they cannot see Rose now through the green hair. Jamie who was five at the time and remembers nothing of his sister is expected to be in perpetual mourning with his sister Rose as his hero.
Somehow life moves on, until Jamie, Jas and Dad move and the kids change school; and Jamie befriends a Muslim. And Muslims killed his sister.
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is like a reality show, exploring how one deals with grieve and judgement of others. It was not at all what I was expecting; I thought I would be walking into a sobfest, but instead found it a little uplifting, probably because it was told from a ten year olds innocent mind. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece was an unexpected gift at an unexpected time.
Most people would become emotional over the subject matter but not I, I became emotional over the death of Jamie's cat. I believe it is because of the symbolism behind the cat; a fresh start with the hopes of getting past the pain. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece was a treat to read and was only saddened with I turned the last page....more
I thought Scarlet was much more modern than Cinder, meaning it had more of a 2013 feel to it rather than Cinder which is clearly futuristic. I thoughtI thought Scarlet was much more modern than Cinder, meaning it had more of a 2013 feel to it rather than Cinder which is clearly futuristic. I thought Scarlet was a little self-centered and obsessed with finding her Grandma completely blind to everyone else around her. So much so, that she couldn't see how shady Wolf was. From the moment he said he didn't know what a tomato was I knew something was fishy. He seemed like the kind of guy that would substitute egging a house with tomatoes. It has always been questioned whether tomatoes are a fruit or vegetable and I found Wolf's alliance questionable too.
Okay, so enough with the tomatoes already! Like I said before, this was a fun, fast-paced read. I felt the fashbacking between the storylines was well done. Sometimes I think flashbacks can be incohesive and hectic and did not find this the case, everything flying perfectly down a ski slope. Really (and this may sound silly) my only complaint is that not enough was shown from Kai's point of view. I do not have a fictional crush on the Emperor in any shape or form, but would have thought it interesting to learn more of the war against Earth that way rather than the 24 hour news coverage. It would have felt more first hand. Otherwise, I would very much recommend this book and a great second helping to the Lunar Chronicles. ...more
Splintered has a pretty cover. That's about the only good thing I can say about it.
Splintered is the story of Alyssa, the great-great-great granddaughSplintered has a pretty cover. That's about the only good thing I can say about it.
Splintered is the story of Alyssa, the great-great-great granddaughter of Alice Liddell who has totally fucked over any future female relations with her trip down the rabbit hole. Alyssa's mother Allison is currently in an asylum, dressing in the likeness of Alice and only eating/drinking out of teacups. Madness runs in the family. distraught over mom being given electric shock treatment Alyssa (who did I mention can talk to insects) gets a bug in her ear to revisit Wonderland and set things straight. Thus she walks through a looking glass to retrace her great-great-great grandmother's steps.
Did I mention that Alyssa selfishly wishes her hot, BFF, teenage neighbor-boy to come with her? Well she did, and did I feel sorry for him, Jeb goes out on a limb for her, wadding through a sea of tears and being a chevirous bodygaurd and it all bites him in the ass. I really felt he was only there as a romantic interest, an accessory if you will. Morpheus (the bug in her head) is the hippie hookah Caterpillar and when not blowing smoke out his ass is described as quite attractive and would have been a good substitute for Jeb. But then there's that thing about Morpheus being a jerkwad and Jeb the knight in shinning armor...
So we hit all the memorable Aliceesque sequences i.e. eat me, drink me, paint the roses red and a mad tea party but once we went past the familiar there really wasn't anything there. By the time I got to Alyssa vanquishing the volpar sword at the bandersnatch I could have cared less. I had read the sentence about Chessie the Cheshire cat so many times I was starting to get a mad expression on my face. I just wanted to get the hell out of Wonderland.
The thing that bugged me the most is that A.G. Howard portrays Alice Liddell as a crazy person at the end of her life. I understand it is fiction and was creative licencing, but the real Alice, no matter how crazy the stories, she herself was not. I think I would be more obliging if Alice Liddell was truly a fictional character, but she was not and I think to change that essence of her life degrades this novel.
Overall, Splintered did not contain seven impossible things before breakfast....more
Cinder is a retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella, but is completely different from any other retelling I have yet encountered. It is futuristic andCinder is a retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella, but is completely different from any other retelling I have yet encountered. It is futuristic and this Cinderella is cyborg.
I like to pride myself, that I am pretty good about figuring out plot twists ahead of time, I had Cinder's true hidden identity (even to herself) pegged 100 pages into the book. I get on my high horse and gloat but once I come down from the horse I realized that it doesn't matter, its all about the journey.
Cinder is a mechanic, Prince Kai happens upon her booth wanting his out of date robot fixed and a teenage crush begins to metastasize. Of course Cinder has two step-sisters and step-mother. Peony wants to be friends and is a stereotypical valley girl whose annoyance drove me insane. Therefore when she came down with the plague, the epidemic that is sweeping the Commonwealth I did not shed a tear. I found her evil step-family much more developed and interesting, what is Cinderella without a few evil relatives in it? Anyway, after being blamed for Peony's illness her step-mother Adri and step-sister Pearl volunteer her as a guinea pig to find a cure to the disease that is sweeping the nation.
From here on out, all is shed in mystery with awkward teenage love mingled in between. It is cute, endearing and all too true. Due to its originality I sometimes forgot that I was reading a Cinderella inspired novel. I believe this is due to the fact that it was not your run of the mill fairy tale. Earth is in jeopardy, and the united nations are racking their brains to find a solution. Can a trusty cyborg mechanic save the day? The conclusion is at a ball that ends in disaster and is far from a teenage girl's dream, but must be attempted for the common good, but on her dance and dash our spunky Cinder loses her leg with her secret being reveled (I'm a cyborg, no one could love me). Cinder ends with all the elements of the fairy tale we have all grown to know and love with a wrench at the end. I typically am not a sci-fi futuristic fan, but read so many great reviews on this novel that I had to give it a try. Now I'm hooked and await with baited breath to read its sequel. ...more
Farmer Boy is the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder's husband Almanzo Wilder. As much as I love the Little House books I don't recall ever reading this inFarmer Boy is the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder's husband Almanzo Wilder. As much as I love the Little House books I don't recall ever reading this installment of the series. Farmer Boy was really interesting and a different look at that time period (1860s) in upper state New York. It mainly focused on farming which was the families bread and butter/fortay.
I don't posses a green thumb, everything I touch seems to die. I am aware of the basics, like a virgin on her wedding night, but that's about it. Thus, the Wilders gave me a "farming for dummies" course. I knew there was a science to planting/harvesting crops but the fashion it was written kept my eyes from glazing over, describing the procession and teamwork it required if anything goes amiss, a situation akin to the I Love Lucy Candy Factory episode.
Even though Almanzo had to wake at 5am each morning to tend the cows,horse and general chores you could tell it was in his heart especially when he interacted with his horses, treating them with such a tender heart, almost as if they were his children.
While I found life on the farm very informative, I found their trips into town just as entertaining. There is one particular time during a fair in which Almanzo has enter his prized pumpkin in a contest (winning first place) it was so cute to see his excitement and anxiety to the verdict. Also, on two seperate occasions he is given spending money, once from his father which he spent on a pig and another from a begruging man after returning a lost wallet, putting the two hundred dollars in the bank showing a sensible mind. I felt it showed his character 360.
Farmer Boy was a delight to read, as sweet as pumpkin pie....more
It begins with a lie. A lie can be a powerful tool, and like a good piece of gossip if spread around enough fiction can warp into fact. That is what aIt begins with a lie. A lie can be a powerful tool, and like a good piece of gossip if spread around enough fiction can warp into fact. That is what a coniving Baboon and a simpleton Ass have done. Someone is impersionating Obama er... Aslan -- and getting away with it! So the last King of Narnia, Tirian and a reunion of the Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve go about saving Narnia a land not only they but all readers of these chronicles have taken into their hearts.
Well, not all of the Daughters of Eve return, Susan is conspicuously absent with the explanation given by past companions:
Peter says that she is "no longer a friend of Narnia" Jill Pole -- "she's interested in nothing now-a-days except nylons and lipstick and invitations." Eustace Scrubb -- "What wonderful memories you have! Fancy you still thinking about all those funny games we used to play when we were children," Polly Plummer -- "She wasted all her school time wanting to be the age she is now, and she'll waste all the rest of her life trying to stay that age. Her whole idea is to race on to the silliest time of one's life as quick as she can and then stop there as long as she can."
Is this suppose to signify anything? That girls are vain and conceited creatures, but then we have valiant and kind Lucy so it can be perceived as unclear what role they play. Personally, out of all the characters and mysteries of Narnia I think Susan is one of the greatest of them all, as all the other Kings and Queens of Narnia have a completed story.
The Last Battle, while it gives closure to a magical world with a solid ending was very bittersweet as I would have loved for it to go on and on and to step through the Wardrobe myself. One could wish this all they like but eventually Turkish Delight must come to an end. C.S. Lewis has done this and more throughout all his chronicles with a tear-dropping, spectacular ending....more
There are two Nancy Drews! After being delivered a letter to a Nancy Smith Drew, Nancy commits a federal offense and opens someone Else's mail. This lThere are two Nancy Drews! After being delivered a letter to a Nancy Smith Drew, Nancy commits a federal offense and opens someone Else's mail. This leads to the discovery that the other Nancy Drew has recently inherited a large sum of money. This leads Nan to find her along with the excitement of a new mystery.
I really liked this installment of the series because it had a race against time aspect to it not only to find Nancy Smith Drew but also to stop her from marrying a gold digger. This almost felt like a episode of The Dating Game gone wrong; a contestant being yanked off stage. As for the gold digger himself, he came off like Max Bialystock from The Producers asking little old ladies to make their checks out to CASH. Of course Nancy solves the case but only after she is drugged, blacking-out and nearly missing a very important plane flight to New York. But all ends well with Miss Drew being given lots of warm fuzzys and a glint in her eye awaiting her next mystery....more
I really didn't see The Secret of Red Gate Farm as much of a mystery, not because there wasn't something to be solved but because it dealt more with cI really didn't see The Secret of Red Gate Farm as much of a mystery, not because there wasn't something to be solved but because it dealt more with cults. However loosely used, a group of people run around flapping their arms to a tribal dance during the full moon, dressed in white sheets that I pictured akin to the KKK. I do not mean to say that they participated in the same actions but using pillowcases/sheets as garb reminded me of it.
The gist of the story is Nancy helping (yet again) a newly found friend and her grandmother save their farm and catch 1930s style Halley Comet Cult people (anyone remember that from the 90s?) Anyway, the mystery's conception started when a bottle of perfume Nancy's friend Bess bought sprayed all over Nan and she was mistaken for someone else, with Nancy exclaiming her catch-phrase "It must be a clue!" From there, the whole thing snowballed into Nan's favorite hobby -- solving mysteries. Nancy is the sweet, charming innocent person and becomes a good-doer by solving the case, everyone is happy. The End.
What set this apart from the others I have read thus far, is the cult aspect. It was an interesting new development because they also showed a character who obviously wanted out but was trapped against her will, I just thought it was interesting that Keene included that snippet, showing what a scary prospect it could be. Also, the whole time I was reading The Secret of Red Gate Farm, I kept thinking how advanced it was for preteen girls. Would they really have understood the definition of the word, even in the thirties? I thought, between saving the farm from being repossessed and the cult thing this was a very mature book....more
Okay, so Nancy finds a diary during a house fire and believes there could be a clue in it to find the arsonist. (hence, the title) while leaving the sOkay, so Nancy finds a diary during a house fire and believes there could be a clue in it to find the arsonist. (hence, the title) while leaving the scene, her car is in an accident and meets Ned Nickerson -- Yay! He falls head-over heals in disgusting puppy love and will do anything to help solve the case. As in every Nancy Drew book she has a charity case, The Swensons, whose father/husband has gone on the job hunt and not sending money! Of course this sends Nancy on another case --Yippee and in turn helps with the first, the mysterious house fire of the disliked Raybolts. Then the Nancy Drew normal happens, the charity case goes all "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi you our hope" minus the cinnamon-bun hair-do. Nancy saves both intertwining case and all is right in the world again.
I liked this installment, I didn't love it but it was a good read-in-a-day book. I really liked that Ned has come into the picture now, someone who will probably be on the same level of mystery-solving instead of her friends George and Bess, who basically follow Nancy around and take the incentive. The Clue in the Diary was clever, well thought-out and an enjoyable read. Carolyn Keene is starting to branch out from a "Clue" kind of mystery crime solving i.e. Mr. Mustard, in the library with the revolver; giving a deeper storyline and developing Nancy' character. She is not just some girl who runs around solving mysteries, but a thought provoking, intelligent wanna-be-your-best-friend kind of girl....more
While visiting Shadow Ranch, with her friends Bess and George, (surprise surprise) a mystery turns up. The ranch is supposedly haunted by the outlaw DWhile visiting Shadow Ranch, with her friends Bess and George, (surprise surprise) a mystery turns up. The ranch is supposedly haunted by the outlaw Dirk Valentine, who died leaving a hidden treasure to his sweetheart said to be on the property of Shadow Ranch. Not only does Nancy take this case but also a young girl's who's father is missing. Nancy Drew -- two mysteries for the price of one! So immediately this became a game of clue for me, all the ranch-hands, owners and even Alice's father became suspects; as it is always the little details that make you go oh, that makes perfect sense. So I led a watchful eye and got about half of it right.
The thing I liked about this mystery is that the clues involved antiques, of which I have been surrounded with throughout my life, by various family members; so the fact that the first clue was an antique watch and the second, an old bottle made me very intrigued. This gave the book a vintage feel (although it was written in 1931 so in sense was already) anyway, I really enjoyed that aspect.
At one time or another I thought any or all of the ranch hands were involved and at another I suspected Alice's father and Bess and George's Uncle Ed or even Alice's father as like I said above "it is always the little details that make you go oh, that makes perfect sense." I won't give it away, but only one is the culprit.
I understand that she is fiction and therefore perfect, and "living" in the 30s, a completely different era to begin with, but there is something so sweet about her, she is polite but stern enough to get her way, with just a little eye-batting involved. I have yet to understand how she has been push aside as a role model in way for Hannah Montana. ...more