It is a touching and realistic portrayal of family and relationships as Freya sorts through her memories in an effort to find truth and identity. Her...moreIt is a touching and realistic portrayal of family and relationships as Freya sorts through her memories in an effort to find truth and identity. Her relationships with her mother and her aunt; one a plain and serious wife, the other an unpredictable woman living a rollercoaster existence of brilliance and misery, are explored. Freya must reconciled her feelings for these two most influential people in her life and discover the truth about her past before she is able to find acceptance of who she is and who she has become, in order to move on with her life.
I greatly enjoyed this book. It was a pleasure to read.
This book made me fall in love with literature all over again. I very much enjoyed the Icelandic language and myths that are woven very beautifully throughout this story, enriching Freya’s emotional journey through her past and looking forward to her future. A lovely book to curl up with. (less)
I fell instantly in love with this book. It's beautifully illustrated with a cute and whimsical story based on the Cottingley Fairies. If you know not...moreI fell instantly in love with this book. It's beautifully illustrated with a cute and whimsical story based on the Cottingley Fairies. If you know nothing about the Cottingley Fairies I suggest you look it up to find out. In this story a little girl named Angelica Cottington has the ability to see fairies, and loves nothing more then to spend her days, squashing them between the pages of her books. It's a wonderful book for anyone in love with fairies or fairy art, and would make a wonderful gift or special treat for yourself.(less)
Faeries have always existed in the Oak; it has been their home for hundreds of years, long before the humans and their house. But there are no longer...moreFaeries have always existed in the Oak; it has been their home for hundreds of years, long before the humans and their house. But there are no longer as many faeries as there once were. They are fading, dying. Their magic is all but gone, and no one can say why.
There are a few simple rules all faeries must live by, obey the Queen, never go outside, and above all else stay away from humans. These rules are made to protect the Oak and its faery inhabitants. But what if it is these rules that are slowly killing the faeries?
No faery would dare to disobey the Queen, but when one faery has the chance to leave the Oak, to discover the truth of the faeries past; will she be able to save her kind, finding a way to restore the faeries magic? Or will she bring the destruction of the faery world down upon them all in her quest for the truth, and be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice?
I have been looking forward to reading this book for a while, and at first I feared it would never live up to the expectations I had built up. But lucky for me it was everything I expected it to be and more.
Knife is a story of adventure, danger, secrets, love and faeries; a magical world to lose yourself in. This is the kind of book you can read again and again, with something in it for everyone. It is surprisingly touching and more involving then first appears. The first in a series, this book is a must read.(less)
If you can get over the fact that it was not written by J.K. Rowling, and forgive the fact that is was written by an American, then you might just fin...moreIf you can get over the fact that it was not written by J.K. Rowling, and forgive the fact that is was written by an American, then you might just find something worth reading. It’s an enjoyable read with an exciting plot and a very Potter-ish overtone. If you enjoyed the original books and are willing to give a very good fan fic a chance then you won’t be disappointed.(less)
Julian Carax was once heard to say that we only exist as long as there is someone to remember us. According to all reports Julian Carax had died many...moreJulian Carax was once heard to say that we only exist as long as there is someone to remember us. According to all reports Julian Carax had died many years ago, but thanks to a small boy, Julian Carax is about to exist once more amongst the living.
Awoken in the night by the cries of his young son Daniel, a father makes a decision that will change his son's life forever. Daniel is introduced to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, and it is within these numerous dust filled shelves that Daniel discovers Julian Carax, and a mystery that will haunt him and bring danger to everyone he loves.
From the moment Daniel picked up the book The Shadow of the Wind at the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he became enthralled with the author Julian Carax. The only problem was that no one seemed to know much about how to locate any of his other books, if they still existed, and even less was known about the man himself.
Determined to discover all he can about the man whose books mean so much to him, Daniel embarks on a journey into the past. Hidden beneath secrets and around dark corners, Daniel is slowly able to put together the life of Julian Carax, a life that is not so different from his own, but will he live long enough to see it through to the end of the story.
This is a story about first loves, and true loves, and loves of literature. This is a story about danger, and murder, and wars; a story of secrets and mysteries. In this story madmen roam the streets with all authority and characters escape the confines of their pages to walk amongst their readers. This is a story about The Shadow of the Wind. In this, you will be taken in, unable to escape the mystery that burns within; a brilliant and unforgettable read.(less)
Rosemary was planing a birthday dinner for her younger sister, Iris. The Guest list was set; it was a small intimate party of seven friends. They char...moreRosemary was planing a birthday dinner for her younger sister, Iris. The Guest list was set; it was a small intimate party of seven friends. They charged their glasses in a toast to Iris; it would be a toast they would never forget, and for one of them, they would never survive. Rosemary took a sip of her champagne, turned blue, and collapsed, dead. Suicide they said, caused by post-flu depression. But not everyone was convinced.
An anonymous letter presents doubts. Rosemary did not commit suicide. It was murder. But no one seems to believe this, or wants to. For if it was murder then it could only have been one of the dinner guests that murdered Rosemary. But Who? Everyone had a motive, even George himself. A trap is set for the killer. But things don't go as planed.
Although intriguing and stumping, and a great read, it was also a little lacking in clues, and somewhat disappointing that the killer is someone who seems to come out of no where. How could anyone guess it was ... I challenge anyone to correctly guess the murder without cheating and reading the last page.
I am a great fan of mystery novels and, despite its shortcomings, this was one of the better who-done-its I have read for a long time. It's easy to see why the woman is rated one of the best writers of her genre.(less)
Lia stands in the rain, she stands in grief, she stands beside her family, but she stands alone. The grave has taken her last parent and now she is tr...moreLia stands in the rain, she stands in grief, she stands beside her family, but she stands alone. The grave has taken her last parent and now she is truly an orphan, with no one to guide her and no one to turn to.
Lia stands on Alice's right as she always has, but she will no longer look on her sister as she once did, and she will no longer stand beside her sister as she once had. Lia is changed, marked, and she learns no one is as they seem; including herself.
A book has been found; The Book of Chaos. It is an ancient book by its look, containing only a single page, written in Latin. Translated it is discovered to be a tale of angels, or demons. A tale of Gates and Guardians, a tale of twins; twins like Lia and Alice.
Lia discovers that her destiny has long been written in a prophecy, the Prophecy Of The Sisters. As evil approaches she must make a choice, but is her choice the right one, and will her choice turn her sister, her best friend, against her forever?
The Prophecy Of The Sisters is a tale of two sisters, twins, who are as dissimilar in mind as they are similar in looks. A dark world of destiny, duty and demons sets the backdrop for this dangerous tale of loss and possibilities. A tale in which an angel is charged to lead the demons of hell to bring about the end of the world.(less)
Welcome to the small town of Bon Temps in Louisiana, where a mid twenty, blonde, blue-eyed waitress named Sookie Stackhouse calls home. But she's no o...moreWelcome to the small town of Bon Temps in Louisiana, where a mid twenty, blonde, blue-eyed waitress named Sookie Stackhouse calls home. But she's no ordinary waitress, she has a disability. She's a telepath. This makes life a little difficult for Sookie, especially the dating part. Imagine ‘hearing’ all your dates thoughts, not always a desirable thing, especially if there scrutinizing you.
Then one day a stranger arrives in town. He is tall, dark and handsome. And the best part is that, unlike everyone else, Sookie cannot hear his thoughts. But he is not perfect; he is pale, fanged and dead. Enter Bill Compton, vampire.
What follows is a fun and entertaining story, mixing romance, mystery and vampires, as Sookie and Bill begin a relationship, attempt to solve a number of murders that have coincidently occurred with the arrival of Bill into town, not to mention land her brother in jail, and also begins for her a new, and somewhat unwanted, career with the vampires of Louisiana.
It’s an enjoyable and effortless read, however due to its violence and adult themes; this book is definitely for adults only.(less)
Sookie and Bill are set for their next adventure. After the unexplained murders of a number of women in the small town of Bon Temps in Louisiana had b...moreSookie and Bill are set for their next adventure. After the unexplained murders of a number of women in the small town of Bon Temps in Louisiana had been solved by Sookie, she finally hoped that things might settle back down to normal. Well, as normal as you can get with a vampire for a boyfriend. But with the discovery of a new dead body and a promise to keep, things were going to be far from normal.
A body has been found, dead, and its not just any body, it's a friend of Sookie's, and she's determined to use all her skills, her telepathy, to find out who the murderer is. But there is little time to dwell on this matter as Sookie must fulfil a promise to the vampires, a promise that leads her to Dallas, to kidnapers, murderers, traitors and sadists. And that's just the humans.
As with the first book it’s enjoyable and light, however it does seem to lose its way. The books start and ending dealing with the murder seems somewhat tacked on to the bulk of the book as an extra or afterthought. The intrigue and mystery of the initial murder is overshadowed, and then lost, as this murder is quickly forgotten about in favour of a new story line, and although it is well thought out and terribly interesting, it feels out of place with the main story.(less)
Sookie is asked once again to use her gifts to help the vampires find one of their own who has been kidnapped. Yes another kidnapping; only this time...moreSookie is asked once again to use her gifts to help the vampires find one of their own who has been kidnapped. Yes another kidnapping; only this time it is her own vampire Bill that has been taken. Or has he?
Is it possible Bill has decided to leave Sookie for another woman, another dead woman. Either way Bill has disappeared and Sookie has decided that no matter how or why he left her, she was going to find him. Whether she would wrap her arms about him in a loving embrace, or to tear his throat out with her bare hands, she wasn't sure. But she was sure she had to find him.
In the mean time there was a new temptation for Sookie. A very tall, green eyed, good looking temptation. Not to mention the ever increasingly persistent Eric. Would Sookie leave Bill? Can their relationship survive temptations, secrets, unfaithfulness, torture, attempted murder, actual murder, rape, abuse, and just a good old fashioned beating? Only time will tell, as Sookie's gonna need some time to heal her many wounds, not to mention her heart, before she can decide if Bill is still the one she wants to be with, or if its all over for good.
Another fast paced, entertaining and action packed book.(less)
Fourteen years ago Knife left the Oak in search of the truth, she became a foster mother to a newly hatched faery and she was sent to live with Paul a...moreFourteen years ago Knife left the Oak in search of the truth, she became a foster mother to a newly hatched faery and she was sent to live with Paul as human among humans. However, she continues as the Oak's defender and protector while its inhabitants continue to live without magic and their numbers continue to dwindle. For although Knife had found the truth she did not succeeded in returning magic to the Oak.
Queen Amaryllis was dying, after 350 years she had lived a full life and now the end was near. But before she passes she has some unfinished business, to name a successor and to appoint an occupation to the youngest faery of the Oak, Linden. But at only fourteen years Linden is yet too young to take up the task appointed her, and yet if nothing is done soon it will all be too late.
On a chance opportunity Linden risks all, leaving the safety of the Oak in search of other faeries and the possibility that they might find a way to restore their magic. But the world outside the Oak is vast and full of dangers, where friends offer only their backs enemies offer salvation, albeit at a price. And all hopes rest on the shoulders of the youngest of their kind, naive and ill-equipped for such a task, with only her strong will and pure spirit to guide her, and a little glamour too.
Rebel faeries are gathering as an old enemy emerges and Linden has walked right into the middle of trouble. But one determined little faery will have a great and powerful impact as strength and friendship are woven together in a tale where only faith will see the conclusion a happy one. A gorgeously imagined story that enchants and delights leaving you wanting more.(less)
Coraline is a girl, small for her age, alone with no siblings, and surrounded by adults too busy to play with her. But there is one person desperate f...moreCoraline is a girl, small for her age, alone with no siblings, and surrounded by adults too busy to play with her. But there is one person desperate for Coraline to play to with them forever, and ever, and ever...
When Coraline and her parents move into a new home, Coraline decides to explore. Coraline loves to explore and what she finds is a door, in a wall, that leads to nowhere. That's because it's bricked up. Disappointed, Coraline decides to explore the garden. But as the rain settles in she is forced once again indoors.
Strange noises and shadows in the night cause Coraline to become curious. Obscure and ominous warnings are given to Coraline, but still her curiosity gets the better of her. Once again she is drawn to the door, in the wall. Only this time the bricks are gone. Eager to explore Coraline enters.
What Coarline finds is a world not unlike her own, with a few differences. The home is almost identical to her own. There are parents here too who are almost exactly the same as her real parents, only with one small difference. Their eyes. The other mother and other father have no eyes, only shiny black buttons where theirs should be.
Scared, Coraline tries to return home, but home is not the same anymore. The other mother of this strange world has decided she wants to keep Coaline, and never let her go. She's decided Coraline should have shiny black buttons where her eyes should be. Is Coraline brave enough to find a way to save herself and find a way back home, or will she be trapped, with black buttoned eyes, with her other mother forever?
What a great story. Neil Gaiman is an excellent writer and has delivered yet another fascinating and eerie tale, with dark humour and an intriguing plot. Coraline is such a likable character and she is surrounded with such a quirky and strange cast of characters that you can't help but enjoy this book.
I know it's a children's book but I enjoy a good book no matter the target age. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down.(less)
Hannah Cheshire is a young lady of Quality living in London, and the daughter of a Gentleman. Arthur Cheshire is an important businessman, and wants o...moreHannah Cheshire is a young lady of Quality living in London, and the daughter of a Gentleman. Arthur Cheshire is an important businessman, and wants only the best for his daughter. Hannah is used to having the best, fine dresses and jewellery, food and servants. Hannah has grown up with no mother and, apart from her father, has no one else in her life besides her tutor.
Thomas Behr has filled Hannah's head with history, poetry, and mathematics as well as languages, animals and stories; much to Arthur Cheshire's dismay. It was not necessary nor desirable for a young lady of Quality to know such things, Hannah's father would say. But still Thomas Behr loved to tell his story and Hannah loved to hear them. Her favourite story was that of Scatterheart.
One day Hannah finds her life turned upside down, and all her troubles seem to start with the dismissal of Thomas Behr as her tutor. Quickly afterwards things seem to turn from bad to worse, and Hannah finds herself imprisoned. "A series of misfortunes and calamities...", as Hannah puts it, has brought her to trial and despite her insistence of innocence; she is sentenced to "Parts Beyond the Seas", other wise known as New South Wales.
It is upon the seas and beyond that Hannah holds dear to her the stories told by Thomas Behr; she is haunted by the story of Scatterheart and the white bear. Along with the stories is the memory of the man she has become so fond of. Once she had considered him well beneath her, a servant, a commoner. Now she thinks of him more and more. But will she ever see him again?
Scatterheart is a fickle and selfish girl who accepts the offer of marriage from a white bear, not because she loves him but because he can offer her a castle to live in and beautiful dresses to wear. Hannah begins to wonders if she is not so different, willing to consider marriage to a man she detests for the chance to have a grand house with carriages, and fifty servants, and jewels and beautiful dresses.
Like Scatterheart, Hannah must endure a long and dangerous journey, to discover what is truly worth having, finding growth and learning and love; all the while searching for her own Mr Bear, 'East O' The Sun, West O' The Moon'.
Scatterheart is a wonderful story that mixes reality with fantasy, and truth with illusion. It's a story that portrays the ignorance and selfishness of the wealthy and the harsh reality of life for the poor living in London and Australia in 1814. Scatterheart is a fairytale that's actual and realistic.(less)
Sookie and Bill are taking some time apart. Far apart. To Peru, apart. Its looking as though this separation may be permanent.
It's New Years Eve and S...moreSookie and Bill are taking some time apart. Far apart. To Peru, apart. Its looking as though this separation may be permanent.
It's New Years Eve and Sookie has just finished work. She was expecting to arrive home to an empty house, expecting to spend the next few hours sleeping in her safe warm bed. What she wasn't expecting was to see a naked man running down the road as she dove home. A naked dead man. It was the vampire, Eric.
Eric has lost his memory. He is as helpless as a puppy, a puppy with very sharp fangs, and will trust no one but Sookie. Sookie now finds herself the babysitter to a very dangerous vampire who can't remember a thing, and not to mention has a number of very dangerous people out looking for her 'baby'.
This is just the beginning of Sookie's problems. Her brother has disappeared, a new threat has moved into neighbourhood, and there is the law to deal with. Sookie is left to deal with this all on her own as all the men in her life seem to have felt her in some way or other.
But Sookie isn't the only one with problems, the vampire and the Weres are dealing with a new enemy that will see them go to war, unfortunately for Sookie she seems to be right in the middle of it. Will Sookie be able to avoid becoming involved in the bloodshed, not to mention the attempts on her life? And will her brother be found, alive?
But it's not all bad for Sookie, there is a marriage proposal of sorts, two in fact, not to mention a large sum of cash for her trouble.
Another well written, actioned packed mystery full of twists, dangers and new supernatural beings. Best of the series so far.(less)