In Into the Wild Sarah Beth Durst brings to life all those fairy tale characters that we all grew up with. Only they aren't the way that we remember tIn Into the Wild Sarah Beth Durst brings to life all those fairy tale characters that we all grew up with. Only they aren't the way that we remember them. For one thing, these fairy tale characters have escaped their stories and are now living among us. They have also captured The Wild - which is the mythical forest which had held them for centuries. The Wild is a vine like thing that is currently being kept under Julie's bed and kept under control by Julie's mother, Rapunzel or Zel for short.
Only The Wild is tired of being contained and somehow manages to escape, growing quickly and devouring up the town that Julie has grown up in and reclaiming not just the fairy tale characters that escaped but claiming new ones in the town residents. It is then left to Julie and her brother Boots, that's Puss in Boots, to try and rescuing her mother, the other characters and her town.
Overall, this was a story that I enjoyed. I have always been a fan of fairy tales and this was a new take on them. Though at times its hard to image the characters that I knew and loved as a child living ordinary lives with jobs, bills and divorce. There were times when the pacing was a little slow but once the Julie really started to travel in the Wild things did pick up. I think the thing that kept me from loving this novel is that it falls more on the younger side of the young adult spectrum. That side the writing was solid and the world building was creative and interesting. This is a series that all those who enjoy fairy tales will probably enjoy and I will definitely be checking out the follow up to this titles, Out of the Wild.
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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is a book that I was really eager to read so I was very happy when I picked up a copy at ALA MW. This was one book that I cHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is a book that I was really eager to read so I was very happy when I picked up a copy at ALA MW. This was one book that I couldn't wait to read and I started it almost immediately. And let me tell you that it was love from the first page. I was instantly drawn to the character of Sophie. I loved her voice. It was so fresh and unique and sounded so very real. Sophie is smart and she doesn't put up with anything from anyone. She enters Hex Hall at a bit of disadvantage from the others in her school as she wasn't raised in the magical world. But she doesn't let that disadvantage slow her down. Nor does the desire to learn all she can about being a witch mean that she's willing to compromise knowledge for what is right. Sophie has a clear head on her shoulders and its refreshing to see.
Hex Hall was a delight to read and I hated to see it end. Trust me on this one, when you read the ending you'll feel the same. Hex Hall is part of a trilogy so there is a bit of a cliff hanger to the ending. Which I have to say I hate! I so prefer books that could also work as stand alones. But at the same time the fact that I can't wait for the next book is a testament the amazing story and world that Rachel Hawkins has created. I loved the world that Hawkins created. She is a gifted writer and knows just the right moments to drop in a little bit of history that will add to the moment but not distract the reader with too much detail. Hex Hall will be available on 02 March and if you like strong heroines and a hint of magic and mystery then this is a story that I would recommend that you check out.
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I wasn't really sure what to expect when I decided to sign up for the Losing Faith tour on TravelingAs originally posted on my blog Ticket to Anywhere
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I decided to sign up for the Losing Faith tour on Traveling ARC Tours. I had heard some discussion surrounding the book and so thought hey why not? The book begins shortly before Brie's sister Faith is found dead of apparent suicide. However, despite how things look Brie doesn't believe that her sister killed herself. Brie and Faith might not have been the closest of sisters but there are some things that you just know about someone else. And so as a way to deal with the grief of her sister's...or avoid dealing with the grief...or both...Brie decides to investigate the events leading up to it.
Losing Faith is the sort of book that is perfect for a lazy day of reading. Its great for sitting out on the balcony, curling up on the couch on a winter's night or relaxing on the beach. Its not a book that is filled with car chases or gunfights or overly intrinsic plots. Its a book that is filled with following words that you just fall into. The plot itself is a bit slow moving but I loved the beauty of the words and so I didn't mind that it took awhile for events to develop. I also didn't think that the cult in the synopsis was an actual cult - although it certainly has the earmarks of the beginning of a cult. Hey, even cults don't grow to David Koresch bigness overnight.
I really loved the character of Brie. She was a genuine girl who was dealing with the loss of a sister and only really got to know her after it was too late. As with many Young Adult books Brie's parents were almost non-existant but they were seen on the peripherals. But what you saw of them showed that they each dealt with the grief and horror of losing a child in very realistic ways. Which left Brie in a weird state of limbo. It also didn't help that those Brie thought of as friends weren't really friends and those that Brie didn't were the ones that provided a pillar of strength. Also, a special shout out to Alistair (aka Alis) who is a wonderfully sweet boy that I think many will swoon over.
There were some scenes that were cliched but over all there was a realism to the story that its hard not to enjoy the prose of the words. Losing Faith is a story about love, loss, and having faith in the world around you. Its a story that reminds you how easy it is to lose track of those that we should be closest to and so hopefully those that read Losing Faith take it to heart that people are only here for a brief moment and you should hold tight to your loved ones for as long as you can. I really enjoyed Losing Faith and its one that I will be recommending to others.
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