The story starts with William Shackley, a precocious teen who would rather play than take lessons and practice at being a proper gentleman. He’s not gThe story starts with William Shackley, a precocious teen who would rather play than take lessons and practice at being a proper gentleman. He’s not given much of a choice, however, as he finds himself out in the woods thrown to the wolves.
Alone and injured, he’s rescued and held prisoner both by a band of merry men. There William becomes Will Scarlet. Finding himself bonding with a few of the merry men, namely Much (a young boy who’s got a huge secret that we are in on, but the men are not) and Rob (the drunkard), Will attempts to make himself useful by offering up knowledge about the castle he’d gained as a resident. And off they go on a mission to find treasure. Will’s got ulterior motives. He’s going home to settle a score with the more feared man in all of the land. The man who ruined his happy home.
I must admit that when I got this book, I felt a little Robin Hood’ed out. Needless to say I got about 25% in and I just needed something new. It’s taken me quite a long time to get back to it. Either it really was my burnt out feeling or the story just really picks up at about 30% because it was much easier to get into this time around. From about 30% on, that’s the real story. The time when William becomes Will. The time where Will really sees his old life for what it was and his new one for what it can offer.
The first part of the story was too boring for me and I’d have given it 2 stars but the rest if much better, I averaged it at about 3.5 but bumped it up to a 4 but it does lean a little closer to 4 than 3.
* Disclaimer: I received this book at no cost in order to review it. I offered no guarantee of a positive review, though I only request books I think I'll like because why read a book you think you’ll hate?...more
Perri wasn't a perfect child. Her homelife was far from perfect. What she did have was a sketchbook, imagination, and talent. Through the years she'dPerri wasn't a perfect child. Her homelife was far from perfect. What she did have was a sketchbook, imagination, and talent. Through the years she'd created and added to her awkwardly comfortable land. Just as she's leaving Awkward behind for her new college bound life, she's in a car accident with her best friend and that friend's brother (a bad guy in the land of Awkward thanks to a juvenile attempt to tease her years earlier). As the car goes under Perri re-discovers Awkward and is forced to re-think some things.
This is not a perfect book. The younger kids, who would most benefit from a book like this, may not be ready for some of the topics (eating disorders, alcoholism, war, discussions about sex... Etc). Older kids might find the story a bit cheesy and not go for the fairytale theme. Still, for the right audience this is a cute fast read with a message or two....more
I really liked the first book a lot. This sequel was just okay.
This book had very little going on, namely the following: - Does he love me? - Doesn't hI really liked the first book a lot. This sequel was just okay.
This book had very little going on, namely the following: - Does he love me? - Doesn't he know how I feel about him? - Because the bad guys are after me, I should save the world, even though I totally don't know anything about anything. - Even though I am a novice, I should be allowed into meetings with high rankings officials because they might mention me.
I didn't hate the book, but really there's just not much substance to it. The entire story boils down to good guys vs bad guys, yet those scenes where the two sides came face to face felt very rushed and minor.
I'll likely read the next book, but I'm not going all fan girl counting the minutes on this one....more
So before this book I had read only one Jennifer L. Armentrout book (Obsidian). I liked that one book, so when this popped up in my library, I thoughtSo before this book I had read only one Jennifer L. Armentrout book (Obsidian). I liked that one book, so when this popped up in my library, I thought why not? Oops. More than one reason as to why not...
1. Seems like a vampire store masquerading as a fae book. I've not read a lot of fae stories, but none felt so vampy. Creature (mostly) of the night who hangs (mostly) at a nightclub where hot humans are let in not for the dancing but so the fae can glamour them then use them as a snack. You'll need a good stake to fight these bad creatures (iron, not wood, of course).
2. Most of what I just wrote doesn't even matter because we don't see the fae so much as we see our main character Ivy. She's a member of the Order. She's taken out of any real action early in the book. Still, she's one of the few members who is trying to be "normal" so she doesn't have to be all action. Her night job with the order isn't enough. She's a college student by day (kind of, she rarely attends classes). Still, none of that really matters either because Ivy spends probably 95% of the book going back and forth between the only bf I ever had died so I cannot love again and OMFG this new to the area guy Ren -- he's totally hot. I hate him. No no, those abs, I lust for him. Wait, no, I can't lust for him because of that bf who died three years ago. But Ren touched me, OMG WHAT DO I DO?
3. So predictable that I wasn't at all surprised by the twist or two. I often just read and don't figure out who will be the bad guy. I'm still surprisable. This time, though, I didn't even blink when that bad person was outed. Then the even bigger end twist hit and I thought "duh, obviously"
The only thing I really liked in this book was "Tink", Ivy's smart ass house guest brownie.
I'd read more books by this author based on the Obsidian book I had read. Based on this book? No way. So torn. I think I will eventually read more of her other series, but this one, probably not so much....more
Artwork: 5/5 stars. Like the movie, this both know what should have a darker more gothic look and what should look bright and cheery. All of it is donArtwork: 5/5 stars. Like the movie, this both know what should have a darker more gothic look and what should look bright and cheery. All of it is done in a cutesy way that just works. I cannot imagine any other artist / art telling this story any better.
Story: 3/5 As for the story, it’s just okay. Kim’s granddaughter confronts her mother about what happened so long ago. While the two fight, a new generation has emerged from the castle to cause fear into the townsfolk. It’s not bad, it just feels like it could have been more.
Overall a 4/5. It’s definitely for fans of the movie, but new fans could enjoy it as well (though they will only get a quick hint of the backstory).
* Disclaimer: I received this book at no cost in order to review it. I offered no guarantee of a positive review, though I only request books I think I'll like because why read a book you think you’ll hate? ...more
I gave the first book 3 stars. This book is better. So much better that you can probably skip the first book. While I thought the first book was wellI gave the first book 3 stars. This book is better. So much better that you can probably skip the first book. While I thought the first book was well written, it just felt like it was lacking something. Everything good about the first book is in this book and then some.
Told from Adam's point of view, we're led through the accident's aftermath. While both Mia and Adam have reached a level of success that most people would envy they've also dealt with their losses in very different ways. Mia is the happy go lucky girl who decides to put on a brave face, leaving Oregon and everything in it behind her. Adam is the brooding rock star who used his pain to write the lyrics that would change his life.
A not so chance meeting leads the duo on a farewell tour of NYC. Face to face, they eventually have to talk through their history and decide if they can be parts of each other's futures.