After reading Jane Eyre I found it hard to find a new book to read. I picked up several, then when I couldn't get into them I put them aside and picke...moreAfter reading Jane Eyre I found it hard to find a new book to read. I picked up several, then when I couldn't get into them I put them aside and picked up another book. When I eventually picked up Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher I found that I just couldn't put it down.
Academ's Fury is the second book in a series and all I can say is WOW. This book blew me away. I thought that the first book of this series, Furies of Calderon, was good but in comparison to Academ's Fury it sucked. Everything about this book is just so much better. The characters. The Plot. The Villains. The story just sucks you in from the first page and then just takes off like a rocket.
Tavi is now studying to be a Cursor at the academy in Alera Imperia while also working as a paige for Gaius Sextus, the First Lord. He has made many new friends at the academy including Maximus "Max" Antillus and Ehren. He has also made some new enemies, in the form of school bullies. Though despite the occasional run in and fight life is going pretty smoothly for the former farm boy.
That is until word of a new threat, one greater than any previously faced in Alera, comes to him. The Vord, a changeable group of creatures, who have only one purpose - attack anything non-vord that they come into contact with and wipe them out. Part of what makes the Vord so frightening is that they can also inhabit their victims, taking control of their bodies and abilities.
Around the same time Bernard, now a Count and ruler of the Garrison in Calderon Valley, comes into contact with the Vord as well. Soon its not long before epic battles are being fought both in Calderon Vally and in the heart of Alera Imperia itself! Unlike in Furies of Calderon, Tavi and company aren't just fighting for their homes, now they are fighting for the very survival of the Aleran people!
Just when I think that Sarah MacLean can't top her last book she goes and does it. I loved this story more than her others. I loved the tension betwee...moreJust when I think that Sarah MacLean can't top her last book she goes and does it. I loved this story more than her others. I loved the tension between Bourne and Penelope. I love how with MacLean's books there is always a bit of a doubt on weather or not the MCs will work things out in the end. I love how her characters are always so real and flawed and despite those flaws you just fall in love with them. Penelope is a strong female lead - not quite as feisty as Juliana (but really, who is?) but not quite on the shelf spinster as Callie either. She is a product of her environment and I enjoyed watching her learn to break the walls that surround her. And Bourne...totally broken and totally swoon worthy male lead. What is it about the ultimate bad boy that just makes a girls heart melt? Whatever it is, MacLean excels in writing it. I think Bourne might be her most broken and irredeemable hero to date (I say to date as there are 3 other fallen angels that we have yet to hear the back story on). All in all this one was a solid win. It kept me up at night and then made me late to work the next day. It made me forget all my planned tasks for the evening just so that I could read and savor the story. I am already dying for book 2 and book 1 hasn't hit the shelves yet...this is not good for impatient me. Not good at all.(less)
I so wanted to love this one & initially I really enjoyed all the nostalgia moments. But in the end I think this one tried too hard to be in the 9...moreI so wanted to love this one & initially I really enjoyed all the nostalgia moments. But in the end I think this one tried too hard to be in the 90s. Emma became really annoying with her obsession with trying to change the future as well as how she handled her present. I was also in high school in the 90s and so there were things mentioned that I am not entirely sure were possible in 1996.
Prior to BEA 2011 I had never heard of this book and I only stumbled upon it as I attended the book signi...more**Originally posted on tickettoanywhere.net**
Prior to BEA 2011 I had never heard of this book and I only stumbled upon it as I attended the book signing of another author and afterwards we all got to talking over at the Flux booth. Nick started to describe his book but once I saw the blurb by James Dashner I knew that it was something I had to check out. I'm not usually one to be swayed by blurbs (and to be honest I don't usually read them) but I've met James several times and so he's an exception.
From the start of this book all the way until the last page I was sucked into the story. I love the world that Nick created which was a bit sci-fi with a wee addition of dystopian mixed in. I loved how he gave a brief history of how the world came to be what it was without being dry or weighing down the story. He made a believable futuristic world where resources are scarce and humanity has been divided into factions as they fight for survival.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book as well. This was very much a boy book with the majority of the main characters being boys. There was a couple of token girls tossed into the mix but they didn't always come across as very girly to me and were a bit stiff and awkward at times. But overall I really enjoyed all of the characters. I liked how Jessie was more your typical boy then anyone overtly special. He wasn't the best in his class, he was more likely to be the one who was messing up. But given the circumstances that he was thrust into he came into his own and turned his ordinariness into something more.
I really enjoyed this story and all the possibilities that it raised for the rest of the series. The writing was strong and I was really invested in the story. I wasn't surprised by some of the twists and turns. And there were times when I thought some events were a bit far fetched. I liked how there were active adults in the story - although their were times where they came across as a bit stiff as well. But what I like best about the book is the potential for what is to come. As a first in a series it hit all the right notes in building a world and characters that you want to know more about. I am really looking forward to the second book and you will as well once you give this one a try.(less)