ACK!! So good, just finished and wanted to tell every YA lover to PICK THIS UP ASAP! Fantastic storytelling, paired with a witty and charming narratorACK!! So good, just finished and wanted to tell every YA lover to PICK THIS UP ASAP! Fantastic storytelling, paired with a witty and charming narrator on top of a complicated love life and mythological magic. Oh, and lots of gorgeous merpeople.
Definitely one of my favorite YA books of 2012!! MORE PLEASE. ...more
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Marillier is a fantastic storyteller. She weaves in beautiful language, imagery and a distinct voice tOne of the best books I've read in a long time. Marillier is a fantastic storyteller. She weaves in beautiful language, imagery and a distinct voice that keeps you reading.
This is a retelling of a classic fairy tale but detailed so much you can't help but smell the forest and hear the calls of the Fair Folk.
Sorcha is the seventh child, a daughter of a seventh son. Her life knows only peace and happiness, her six brothers each their own character and protective of her. lt is when her father brings home an evil sorceress that she experiences evil and comes to terms with the hard path set before her. The sorceress curses her brothers and to break the spell Sorcha must remain silent, no matter what happens to her.
We follow her narrative, from the lush mysterious lands of Erin to the harsh clean country of the Britons. Many plots and stories are woven together, each character, object, event giving it's own life to the story.
Marillier has made a story so intricate and touching, you can feel everything Sorcha feels and her world is yours. She is a character that truly inhabits your brain and heart as you journey with her through her trials.
The book is long and there is some uncomfortable scenes but everything is well intended and adds to the depth and character development.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves fantasy, a good story or wants something that will truly touch their hearts.
This book holds such truth in it; absolutely crafted in a way you will never forget the tale of Sorcha and her brothers. ...more
Absolutely stunning. Suzanne Collins has taken a serious and dark series and created such a complicated, realistic and heart breaking story.Amazing.
Absolutely stunning. Suzanne Collins has taken a serious and dark series and created such a complicated, realistic and heart breaking story.
A lot of the complaints about the book are some of the deaths/events that happen - but really, the Hunger Games could not end any other way. The book showed the true brutality of war, the darkness and death that envelopes the characters and shows us how humans can still prevail even when the worst is yet to come.
Do not read this book if you're expecting sunshine and loveliness. There is so much hate, so much fear in this book its amazing. Suzanne Collins has truly captured every aspect of human life; our flaws, our fears, our selfishness, our love and our brutality. Each character came into their own, each one evolved with self-realization and plot.
The way the book went was a perfect end to the Hunger Games. ...more
There is something about this series that really got me. First off the heroine isn't some unfathomably nice, kind vampire; she kills and she kicks assThere is something about this series that really got me. First off the heroine isn't some unfathomably nice, kind vampire; she kills and she kicks ass. But she is so much more than just a one dimensional butt-kicking vampire; Sita has such a big past, and so many longings for love and family.
Thirst IS a little different from most vampire books, and it is very fast paced; almost like watching a television series. But if you like something different, fast paced and moving in an unexplainable way then I suggest you read this!...more
Wow. I just have to say this was a fast and an amazing read. The thing about Richelle Mead's writing is that it grows, and the character grows.
Last bWow. I just have to say this was a fast and an amazing read. The thing about Richelle Mead's writing is that it grows, and the character grows.
Last book we left off with Rose dropping out of the academy and running off to kill her love Dimitri, Blood Promise is the story of what happens.
This book was very different from the others, first off it is more adult and has a much more grievous tone; second off it is not as fun and thriving as the other books, there are a lot more moments where you want to yell at Rose and just shake her - but, the story works out and you don't hate Rose or anyone for anything.
So if you are a VA fan you should definitely read this, I can't guarantee you will like it because it IS very different from the others but it is a good read with a lot of action and surprises. ...more
This is an amazing coming of age graphic novel (comic). It explores the uncertainties of a young adult and his first love. What is faith? What is god?This is an amazing coming of age graphic novel (comic). It explores the uncertainties of a young adult and his first love. What is faith? What is god? What is a girl? There are many issues explored in Blankets from parent relationships to peer relationships. Blankets makes you laugh (pee fight anyone?), it makes you go "awwwh" at the moments where love is truly illustrated and it can make you feel like a hole is torn in your insides.
The synopsis? A smart, pretty, very tall loner senior joins a poetry class to kill time. The result is one teacher she can't ignore; he is everythingThe synopsis? A smart, pretty, very tall loner senior joins a poetry class to kill time. The result is one teacher she can't ignore; he is everything she sees in a man and their love affair is a tension-building, romantic fantasy come true. "Giving every notion of right and wrong" their affair takes a tumble after Mr. Mann leaves her and marries. The result? A compulsive obsession with extreme focus. The protagonist is Carolina "NINE" Livingston. A young woman who is super focused and practices observation as an art. She is bright, different and has one friend, Schuyler. Her mind is a work of pulleys, levers, cogs and thoughts of stars and galaxies. She is fast, linear and you are reading through her thoughts. The affair begins as a tension filled friendship, playing cat and mouse with much uncertainty but once their union is complete it is obvious that this is ...love. She can't help it, this is what it is... I have so much feeling about this book. I can't begin to describe it. Firstly the protagonist, Nine, is so fast paced, so eloquent and technical and such a dreamer. She is so focused, almost to an OCD level. She is amazing. And what starts as a crush develops one can see how multi-layered Nine is. Mr. Mann the teacher is an amazing subject as well. He plays real, he seems fair and the way it is told he does seem perfect... no he is perfect. He's beautiful and loving; sweet and manly. Nine and Mr. Mann REALLY love each other and that is what gets me. This book is so intense, fast paced and catastrophic in every page. I think what I love about this book is the truth it holds; the wonders it tells of how a human works. We can become obsessive about what we believe we love or about what we care about, what we hold important. We see justification in our insane actions and rambling thoughts. We have love and it leaves us, for better or for worse. Mr. Mann and Nine's relationship is so extremely different from that of any book or movie I've seen. It is so real and fresh and scary and intense through the pages. I can feel their love and passion, I can see their tension and relate to a feeling so indescribable, yet Nelson executes it perfectly. Mr. Mann and Nine's relationship totally got me... I don't know what it is. The unfairness of how it ended... how he loved her and it was true. How simple it was for them to join-- but in one swift mistake it was all gone. No explanations, just a bitter, empty and changed Nine. This book makes me cry when I think about it. Nine is so passionate and truthful. She explains her hurt so well I can feel as if it is happening to me...that I am Nine. I feel her pain and her despair. I see the justice in her actions, the wrong of it all. She loves him, isn't it all that matters!? Honestly I cannot believe how much this book impacts me. Nine shows just how desperate we humans get when we do not want to believe, when we can't take something in and when we have last hopes that leave us empty. I can feel with Nine, I am scared with Nine. I can write more and more about how I feel. This book is an amazing piece.