**spoiler alert** This is the sequel to Ghostgirl.
In this one, Charlotte has crossed over. Not quite sure if the place her and the Dead Ed kids are in**spoiler alert** This is the sequel to Ghostgirl.
In this one, Charlotte has crossed over. Not quite sure if the place her and the Dead Ed kids are in is heaven or just another on the way stops. Where ever they are though they are required to work in a call centre for troubled teens.
Charlotte's phone never gets called.
All the other kids are reunited with dead loved ones or dead people they loved and are sent to live in different locations. Charlotte is left alone with some other dead chick we've never heard of named Maddy (Matilda), together they are placed in a dorm which is multi-storied and they are the only residents on level 17.
Charlotte starts spending most of her time with Maddy and sitting around in her cubicle waiting for someone to call.
Meanwhile in the world of the living, Scarlet's bitch of a sister Petula is berating some pedicurist lady whilst having a pedicure who happens to accidently cut her foot. Days later Petula is left abandoned by some date in a pool of her own vomit in a coma from a staph infection.
Scarlet takes it upon herself to visit the spirit world to find Charlotte and locate her sister Petula. This also make it appear that Scarlet is in a coma too, she she is laid out on a hospital bed right next to her sister. Poor Damen is distraught.
So Scarlet makes it to the Dead Ed classroom hoping someone will be able to help, but finds that in order to get to Charlotte she must also cross over.
So she eventually meets up with Charlotte in Call Centre Heaven, they both set out to find Petula, Maddy says she will come along. On their epic quest on the paths between life and death they are split up. Scarlet going one way because she doesn't like Maddy and Charlotte and Maddy on the other.
Further down the line Maddy tries to convince Charlotte to permanently possess Petula's body, because it would be everything she ever wanted.
Twists and turns.
Scarlet is now roaming the afterlife with Charlotte's Dead Ed classmates who know that Maddy is a bad egg and are trying to get there in time to stop some huge disasters occurring.
Meanwhile Damen concocts a plan to bring Scarlet back, thinking the only way to get her to come back is if Petula comes back. He simply thinks that kidnapping Petula's body and taking her to homecoming will do the trick. This part is all quite humorous.
Charlotte has to make choices again.
Everyone says I love you.
Ending isn't so bad either. More love ensues....more
**spoiler alert** This was a really cute book that is packaged very nicely aimed toward the 'Emo' crowd. I still liked it's quirks.
Basically the story**spoiler alert** This was a really cute book that is packaged very nicely aimed toward the 'Emo' crowd. I still liked it's quirks.
Basically the story is set in a typical American high school, the main character Charlotte might as well be wearing an invisibility cloak because no one knows she exists.
She has this massive crush (what she thinks is her being in love) with this jock, who is different from all the other jocks his name is Damen Dylan. He is dating the head cheerleader (Petula) who just so happens to be king bitch as all those high school set head cheerleaders usually are.
Petula also has these two ninnies who supposedly worship the ground she walks on and do everything that she does because she is 'Cool'. They are the Wendy's. (When I was in school we had the Carlys') *So her scheme to spend more time and get closer to Damen Dylan starts working in her favour then all of a sudden she chokes to death on a Gummy Bear.
She becomes a ghost. But being dead has all these other responsibilities like going to class and graduating. So she goes to Dead Ed, and eventually figures that the only way she can graduate (cross over) is to go to the Fall Ball with none other than the Damen Dylan.
Turns out Petula’s ridiculously cool younger Emo sister Scarlet can see Charlotte, they develop a friendship. They trade places and all kind of shenanigans ensue.
Meanwhile Emo-Goth Scarlet is secretly falling in love with the jock Damen Dylan; turns out he’s this really awesome lad who plays guitar and listen’s to the same ‘Emo’ bands as Scarlet. So he dumps the bitch Petula.
Now Charlotte and Scarlet are both vying for love and affection from the same guy and Damen is continually surprised by Scarlet’s multiple personalities.
Near the end at the Fall Ball Charlotte has to make some epic choices, and all ends nicely. ...more
**spoiler alert** This third and unbelievably awesome sequel to Dragon Keeper starts off with Ping and Kai temporarily lodging at Beibai palace, home**spoiler alert** This third and unbelievably awesome sequel to Dragon Keeper starts off with Ping and Kai temporarily lodging at Beibai palace, home to Princess Yangxin and her husband the Duke of Yan.
Determined not to become too lethargic Ping and Kai decide not to prolong their comfortable stay and leave, on their epic quest to find a safe place for Kai to live out his years in peace away from humans. With only cryptic clues left behind from Kai's father Long Danzi.
Liu Che, is invading Beibai palace because he knows that Ping and Kai are hiding there. Duke Yan makes a treaty with the northern barbarians known as the Xiong Nu and they team up and fight the imperial guards away.
So Ping and Kai leave on good terms with the Duke. Not very far down the road Kai spots something with his super awesome dragon vision. Turns out the Emperor Liu Che has been severely wounded in battle and left for dead.
Ping finds it in herself to help him and learns that Liu Che being left for dead has finally come to his senses and realises that the quest for immortality is a waste of time and resources. He offers Ping his heart, she however declines although she did love him once. She sends him to Beibai palace with the guards the Duke gave to escort her. Finally alone together Ping and Kai journey west along the Great Wall of China. They are then captured by some imperial guards. She is then kidnapped by the barbarians, although at the time she does not realise they are rescuing her.
She then renames the barbarians the Ma Ren (horse people) because she thinks they aren’t really barbarians after all. They give her a horse and tell her how to find a way back into the empire through a hole in the wall.
Ping and Kai get lost in a dust storm and end up entering the empire via a big gateway into a market place. Ping has an urge to follow some pretty lady to a jewellery stand and after conversation learns that she needs to go to a place called Tinkling Village.
Drama ensues in the market place, and then some stranger says that he is Pings master and she his slave and he’ll take care of it. It turns out the stranger is Jun and he has grown up completely unrecognisable as the weedy kid who was appointed imperial dragon keeper over Ping. So Ping and Kai accept Jun into their travelling party and head further west to find Tinkling Village.
Before they reach Tinkling Village they notice a white dragon circling above. Much excitement and hopes are now building that Kai may not be the last dragon after all.
When they reach Tinkling Village they pretend to be imperial officers wishing to purchase Jade Ornaments and Jewellery for the Emperor. They eventually find a very old man name Lao Longzi who was for a time Long Danzi’s dragon keeper. He had to retire though because he went partially deaf.
Lao Longzi travels with them to show them where the dragon haven is. He dies within in sight of the Serpents Tail.
At the serpents tail Ping and Kai must leave Jun behind, because it is not Jun’s destiny. They together climb this ridiculously terrifying cliff face behind a waterfall. At the top is the Dragon Haven Plateau. All they find here are piles of bones.
Just moments after arriving at their much awaited destination a Yellow dragon swoops down out of the sky and takes Kai away. Ping is devastated and in a half dead state trudges along follow the invisible thread that binds her to Kai.
Eventually in her half dead state a dragon swoops down and takes her to Kai.
They are now in the real Dragon Haven and it is filled with eight other dragons – Kai makes it nine, which happens to be an auspicious number.
While at the dragon haven the other dragons teach Kai how to be a wild dragon. He eventually challenges this rogue black dragon named Hei Lei to honour his father. He beats Hei Lei and after having the blood of his first battle it changes his scales from green to 5 colours. Kai is a five coloured dragon – he was born to lead the cluster.
Before winter they come to the conclusion that Ping must now leave the Dragon Haven. For she has completed her task, and really isn’t required anymore. She leaves on good terms with all the dragons.
She embarks on a solo adventure with no idea or purpose now. She ends up in a half dead state yet again, with barely the will to care because she feels she has no purpose. The black dragon Hei Lei who has made peace with his inner demons finally saves her and takes her to a hill closer to people and leaves her.
Ping doesn’t understand why this hill. Eventually she trudges on and into a village – she fortunately ‘bumps’ in to Jun again and they live happily ever after on his mulberry farm eating mulberries for all eternity.
This series was unbelievably well written, I’d even put it in my top 5 best series ever written which so far consists of Harry Potter.
Carole Wilkinson’s writing has so much depth, which literally takes you on Ping’s adventure across China in search of her own destiny.
I love it, it made me laugh, it made me cry – I’ll remember it for many years to come and if I have children I’ll read it to them.
Thank you Carole Wilkinson, for creating such powerful characters and such a wonderful adventure. ...more
This book was exceptionally brilliant. The story of main character Ping is compelling, her development through out the series is inspiring.
Carole WilkThis book was exceptionally brilliant. The story of main character Ping is compelling, her development through out the series is inspiring.
Carole Wilkinson's writing is writing at its best, the content is rich and very well researched and the mythology very believable compared to a lot of 'popular' books books on the market these days. (you all know the story i'm talking about :P)
In the beginning of this book Ping is living on the mountains of Tai Shan which pretty much is forbidden, so she figures it will be a safe place for her and the baby dragon Kai she is in charge of raising. Until plot spoiling things happen and she is forced to leave and then captured.
Overcoming many struggles and character building dilemmas concerning her destiny, Ping manages to defeat one of the 'baddies'.
In a world where there is little trust in others the story ends with a sense of momentary security, but then again the trust issue arises and is surely going to set the third book marvelously.
**spoiler alert** In this epic novel Ayla is now on her own and travelling north in search of her own kind. She notices winter is soon approaching and**spoiler alert** In this epic novel Ayla is now on her own and travelling north in search of her own kind. She notices winter is soon approaching and looks for a cave.
She finds one in a most bountiful valley (the valley of the horses) here she must stock up on grains and food so she can make it through the winter. She decides she needs to hunt something bigger, so she figures the steppe horses would be her target. After setting her pit trap and reveling in her victory she finds a foal orphaned by the mare she has just brutally slaughtered for dinner and jackets.
She adopts the baby horse. Her and the horse become best friends and do everything together (Ayla does not realise she is in fact training the horse to do what she wants, she just thinks the horse is very nice and helps of her own free will) like riding long distance, hunting, transporting epic bounty back to the cave.
Meanwhile some blonde hunk of man beef (Jondalar) is travelling the country side with his younger brother (Thonalon) following The Mother (a massive mother of a river) just to see if they can follow it all the way to its end. Lots of destiny fulfilling shenanigans ensue.
Thonolan meets the lady of his dreams, marries her and decides to become part of her tribe ending all further travelling endeavours and then tries to make babies with her. She unfortunately doesn't carry any of them full term and then dies in childbirth.
Meanwhile Ayla is soldiering on in isolation, then happens to adopt a baby cave lion and names it Baby. It is her Baby and she loves it and cares for it and nurtures it into a whopping great beast, that doesn't mind if she pushes him away from a meaty antelope or deer or whatever he is snacking on so she can get some.
Thonolan is so epicly devestated by the death of his great love he decides to keep travelling. Jondalar is so love filled for his brother he is obligated to follow him to the end of the world if necessary.
So whislt hunting a lioness decides she wants the deer Thonalon just killed, but him not caring whether he lives or dies anymore follows it to it's secret cave lion hideout. She leaves and he goes in thinking he can retrieve his spear and a deer steak. Ooops!! Extremely wrong decision.
Baby brutalises Thonalon to death as a good cave lion should, then while Baby is severely wounding Jondalar, Ayla just happens to be passing by and jumps in to the rescue saving the first human she has ever seen.
After getting Jondalar back to her cave and stitching him up they have issues communicating. Ayla eventually starts to learn his words and then has her recurring dream then miraculously wakes up knowing how to talk like an English graduate. They learn from each other and shenanigans.
After Jondalar overcomes his disgust of Ayla being unclean and filthy nasty yukkness from living with the 'Flatheads' (the Clan, from the previous book) and giving birth to her little abomination Durc. He falls head over heels in love with her, because she is so freaking awesome and ridiculously beautiful.
The book ends with some awesome 'Pleasures'
All in all I liked this book a lot. It did get a little draggy in thee middle switching between the two plot lines because you knew they were going to merge somewhere. I just wanted the merging already! Luckily my patience won over my impatience because it was definitely worth the ending. I can't wait to get a hold of the next book. ...more
Who would have thought cave men could be that interesting? I did indeed research bits and pieces while reading, because I was all wowee this is so soWho would have thought cave men could be that interesting? I did indeed research bits and pieces while reading, because I was all wowee this is so so interesting. Much to my dismay and mostly to my pleasure all the cool stuff is fictitious, but it's not like I didn't enjoy it. I even learned stuff from the research. Yay CAVEMEN!!! Except Broud, no yays for him ever ;P
Big thumbs up to Renay, GREAT RECOMMENDATION :)...more
So I finished reading Dead Until Dark sometime last night. What a predicament I found myself in this Monday. The morning was spent Adventuring to findSo I finished reading Dead Until Dark sometime last night. What a predicament I found myself in this Monday. The morning was spent Adventuring to find this book as fast as possible.
On arrival home, I started the book at lets say lunch time and promptly finished it just after I watch Top Gear.
Is it possible to say this one was equally as interesting as the previous, I am keen for the third.
I read this book a few years back when it was first released and I loved it then, I was totally unaware the author had written 2 sequels. So I hastilyI read this book a few years back when it was first released and I loved it then, I was totally unaware the author had written 2 sequels. So I hastily borrowed Dragon Keeper from the library and placed reservations on the following 2 novels.
So this book starts with a nameless girl who has been sold into slavery by her parents.
After being blamed for the death of one imperial dragon by her master, and witnessing him hacking the animal to pieces and pickling it she then begins to take care of the remaining dragon.
The remaining dragon Long Danzi however has other idea about staying a captive of the emperor. So he and reluctant Ping set out to carry the dragon stone to the ocean which is a gazillion miles or so away.
Ping is the only one who can understand Long Danzi speech, and is left handed. Long Danzi is slowly training her to be the very last Dragonkeeper. Except Ping does not think she is the right person for the job and struggles to believe in herself.
Meanwhile they are being chased across the country by a dragon hunter, they old emperor has died and a new 15 year old boy has become the emperor. He and Ping become friends. Somewhere in the mix a psychotic Necromancer is introduced and he is not so nice.
Ping must betray her friend the emperor who has just appointed her the new imperial dragon keeper by 'stealing' his last dragon. Long Danzi does not wish to remain an imperial dragon and he wants Ping to still accompany him to the ocean.
More adventure unfolds - the dragon stone is a dragon egg, if you hadn't already guessed.
Long Danzi leaves to the Isle Of The Blest. Ping is left to raise a baby dragon on her own. ...more