This is a fantasy series and takes place in a world that is divided by a Wall. On one side you have The Old Kingdom, which is a place where there is mThis is a fantasy series and takes place in a world that is divided by a Wall. On one side you have The Old Kingdom, which is a place where there is magic, necromancers, and the undead. On the other side is Ancelstierre, which is a separate country where magic does not work…I would say the technology there is akin to the early 1900s. Sabriel is a strong heroine who is on a quest to find her father, a necromancer also called the Abhorsen, as she knows something terrible has befallen him. As the story progresses, it becomes obvious that Sabriel is being hunted by an evil force from Death. On the way she encounters, Mogget, a magical talking cat and Touchstone, a man with a mysterious past.
I first read these books many years ago from my school library (this was around the time of the Harry Potter craze) and have always wanted to reread it at some point. Having first read this so many years ago I did not remember any of the story but I knew it would be good because I remember really liking it the first time I read it. This is one older YA series that does not get old with time. ...more
Reading books about real historical figures always gets me curious about them and I end up looking them up online to find out more about them. So thatReading books about real historical figures always gets me curious about them and I end up looking them up online to find out more about them. So that’s exactly what I did with Emily Dickenson. MacColl’s version of a young Emily Dickinson is an intelligent young woman with a thirst for life and knowledge. Not content with staying at home and doing housework all day, Emily would much rather spend her time outdoors and writing poetry. After reading up on Emily Dickinson online, I could see why she wouldn’t like doing chores all day and I could picture her with a hidden notebook in her dress for jotting down snippets of poetry.
Emily’s two encounters with Mr. Nobody leave such a strong impression on her that when he is found in her family’s pond; dead under mysterious circumstances, it nags at Emily as she knows that there must be more to his death. Emily’s younger sister, Vinnie, is described by Emily herself as the pretty sister, who is more studious in her chores and also more popular at school. At first it led me to think that she was going to be the “Lydia Bennett” type but boy was I wrong. Its great to see sisters get along. She ends up being Emily confidant and helps Emily in solving the mystery of Mr. Nobodys death.
On the cover there is a heading along the top that says “A NOVEL OF INTRIGUE AND ROMANCE” and well I certainly found there to be intrigue, it was lacking in the romance department. That aside, I could tell that Nobody’s Secret is a very well researched book with a mystery that will keep you guessing and hopefully readers will be able to learn more about one of the great American poets....more
City of Lost Souls picks up where City of Fallen Angels left off. After an extensive search for both Jace and Sebastian with no further clues, the ClaCity of Lost Souls picks up where City of Fallen Angels left off. After an extensive search for both Jace and Sebastian with no further clues, the Clave has decided to deprioritize the search for the two. Not agreeing with the decision, Clary, Alec, Isabelle, and Simon decide to take things into their own hands and are willing to risk everything in order to get Jace back.
The different perspectives are growing on me. My one complaint about this is that every time that something exciting or tense happens it would switch to another character and I would have to wait to find out what happens. Many of the main characters are getting paired together romantically—Jace/Clary, Alec/Magus and others. There’s sure to be one pair (or more) that you’ll find yourself rooting for…I know I did. I also loved how Clare ties Magus’ past with the characters from The Infernal Devices by mentioning Will Herondale and it also drives Alec crazy because Magnus doesn’t like talking about his past.
Can I just say that it is so hard to write about this without being spoilery. If you love Cassandra Clare and her books then definitely read this if you haven’t already.
We finally get to see a little of what life is like on the Moon under the rule of Queen Levana. We are introduced to Ze’ev (Z) who has been chosen toWe finally get to see a little of what life is like on the Moon under the rule of Queen Levana. We are introduced to Ze’ev (Z) who has been chosen to join a special unit of the Queen’s army. He and others undergo modifications with that of a wolf and are then are put together in packs to train. From the beginning we see that Z is different from the others—he has a more compassionate side and never truly lets the wolf in him take over.
I would love to see more of what life is like on the Moon and how cruel/brutal Levana has made it. I would suggest reading Scarlet before reading this one as there are some spoilers about a certain new character. ...more
Glitches is a prequel story set before Cinder. It shows how Cinder was first adopted by the Linh family and her first days after waking up from her cyGlitches is a prequel story set before Cinder. It shows how Cinder was first adopted by the Linh family and her first days after waking up from her cyborg surgeries. We meet the familiar characters from the Linh family, including Garan (Cinder’s stepfather) before he passed away. Cinder tries her best to fit into the family but is constantly reminded by how different she is from them. We see Peony’s acceptance of Cinder and also Adri and Pearl’s dislike of her from the beginning and how that will carry into the first book. This is a short read that gives us a bit more insight into the Linh family and Cinder slowly adapting to being a cyborg....more
In this book we are introduced to Scarlet, Marissa Meyer’s take on Little Red Riding Hood. She’s frantically searching for her grandmother who has disIn this book we are introduced to Scarlet, Marissa Meyer’s take on Little Red Riding Hood. She’s frantically searching for her grandmother who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. And with the help of Wolf, a street fighter, the two are out on a mission to track down her down. Scattered throughout are chapters about Cinder and Kai so readers can keep tabs on what they are up to too.
In the original, Wolf is supposed to be the “big bad wolf” so I was wary of him and his motives from the beginning. Scarlet is no Cinder but going forward I would love to see how their relationship will develop and with the two other fairy tale princess we have yet to meet as well.
Before starting Scarlet, I was so worried that there would not be enough of Cinder for my liking. I would say that this book is ¾ Scarlet and ¼ Cinder and Kai which was just enough to tide me over. I love how there are parts of Scarlet and Cinder’s storylines which intertwine until it gets to the point where you can’t wait until these two finally are able to meet up.
Scarlet was a great follow-up to Cinder and one which will have you flipping the pages as there’s never a dull moment, with different things happening to Scarlet, Cinder and Kai....more
After reading The DUFF last year I knew that I would be reading whatever Kody Keplinger writes next…and that next book happens to be Shut Out.
After thAfter reading The DUFF last year I knew that I would be reading whatever Kody Keplinger writes next…and that next book happens to be Shut Out.
After the death of her mother, Lissa takes it upon herself to look after her family. Making sure that everyone is healthy and safe and eventually that even applies to Lissa’s boyfriend Randy. She’s getting annoyed at how the rivalry between the two sports teams is getting in the way of her relationship and when a freshman soccer player gets hurt, ending his season entirely—enough is enough.
What first attracted me to Shut Out was the girls vs. boys rivalry as I wanted to see how that would all play out. Lissa comes up with the plan to end the rivalry but through the process finds out which of the player’s boyfriends are genuine and which are not. As for Randy? Well you’ll have to read the book to find out. But there’s another guy in Lissa’s life. Cash, who is on the soccer team. He works at the library with Lissa, he’s sweet, and he reads (bonus points!!).
Shut Out has an engaging storyline that doesn’t shy away from the topic of sex and how it affects teens today and has everything I love in a good contemporary read....more
Seraphina is new at court being chosen as the new assistant to the ailing court composer. At court she tries to blend in as best she can and not attraSeraphina is new at court being chosen as the new assistant to the ailing court composer. At court she tries to blend in as best she can and not attract any attention. But all that changes when a member of the royal family is murdered and all fingers point to dragons as the culprit. With her knowledge of dragons, Seraphina is drawn into the ensuing investigation but she’s hiding a secret herself, one that can ruin her and her family.
Seraphina has a great talent for music; something inherited from her mother, but is content with staying out of the spotlight and keeping a low profile. Because of the huge secret she is hiding, she’s stuck in a hard place. The book features an array of characters—from the people at court, to dragons and Seraphina’s own family. Her relationship with Kiggs didn’t feel forced or rushed. He wasn’t around in every scene but what made that great was that every time he appeared I paid attention because it probably had to do with something important.
The world building is so rich—from music to religion and dragon culture. You can tell that Hartman put a lot of thought into it. Some of the draconian terms can get confusing as they are not fully explained so the glossary at the back was helpful.
There’s so much that I want to know more about from the dragons, to Seraphina and well just everything. Overall, this book is a real treat for fantasy lovers. ...more