I finished! I've been listening to the HP audio books for over a year and I'm finally finished! Admittedly, I didn't listen to them everyday, but I diI finished! I've been listening to the HP audio books for over a year and I'm finally finished! Admittedly, I didn't listen to them everyday, but I did it! I'm done! Now, what to listen to next...?
I read urban fantasy/paranormal romance for the most part, but every now and then I like to venture outside my chosen genre and read something a littlI read urban fantasy/paranormal romance for the most part, but every now and then I like to venture outside my chosen genre and read something a little different. In this case, it was good old fashioned fantasy. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Brightly Woven. I would pick up my library copy with every intention of reading it for only a short time, only to find that while reading it, more time had passed then I realized. The story’s general premise is fairly simple. Two kingdoms are on the brink of war when one kingdom suspects the other of assassinating its King. It turns out that a rogue wizard is the one responsible for the King’s death and the main character Sydelle, a weaver by trade, is whisked away on a journey across the country with the reckless, young wizard North to stop the war before it even begins. It should be noted, however, that in the beginning Sydelle is an unwilling participant. In exchange for ending a drought in Sydelle’s village, North requests that she accompany him on his expedition, and her father is all too willing to hand over his only daughter, if only to keep her safe and far away from the soldiers of the enemy kingdom.
As readers, we don’t learn North’s motives for dragging Sydelle along until much later in the novel, but we are given plenty of clues. One clue that we are given in the beginning is that Sydelle is able to repair North’s cloaks, which he uses as talismans to channel magic. Each cloak represents a different element, and the ability to repair a talisman without destroying its effectiveness is very rare. Sydelle quickly becomes his assistant, and by learning about magic and its history, how to make elixirs, as well as the source of North’s dark past and painful childhood, she slowly discovers the truth about whom or what she really is.
I enjoyed seeing how their relationship developed throughout the novel. While, North was never entirely honest with Sydelle, and withheld important information from her on more than one occasion, it was obvious that he cared about her and that her safety was of the utmost importance. I didn’t appreciate, however, how North kept abandoning her in inns and pubs while he ran off on some mini adventure or duel. The girl isn’t fragile! I think she has proven more than once that she smart, resourceful and perfectly capable of holding her own. She isn’t some delicate flower that needs to be locked away in a cupboard at the slightest hint of danger! All in all, this was a very enjoyable book with some surprising twists and a sweet, innocent romance between two people who never expected to fall in love. ...more
When I went to ALA in Washington D.C. I did not intend to pick up this book. I stood in line for another author, Lucy Christopher, and when I reachedWhen I went to ALA in Washington D.C. I did not intend to pick up this book. I stood in line for another author, Lucy Christopher, and when I reached the little booth to purchase my copy of Stolen, the woman selling the books asked if I would like a free ARC of Plain Kate. The author, Erin Bow, was also signing, and while I didn’t recognize the title, I was drawn to the beautiful cover and gladly accepted. It took me two days to read this book and I can say with all honesty that it is my favorite book that I picked up on my trip. It is such a beautiful, moving story and by the end I felt so content and so touched and so grateful to have read it.
This is the story of a girl who struggled to live and be brave and find a place where she could belong. She is Plain Kate, a carver, an orphan, and a survivor. Her cat Taggle is her only companion and he loves her despite that she is as plain as a stick and has witchy, mismatched eyes. When a true witch seeks Plain Kate’s Shadow in exchange for her deepest wish, Plain Kate must flee the town that was never entirely her home and start a journey that is both painful and heart wrenching to read, but also full of love and hope, and an unwavering friendship that I wont soon forget. I cannot recommend this book enough! ...more