My thoughts...(tehehehe) I love reading a series when I am behind. I am able to jump from book to book without pause. It's kind of an adrelenine rushMy thoughts...(tehehehe) I love reading a series when I am behind. I am able to jump from book to book without pause. It's kind of an adrelenine rush (ok... an adrelenine rush for bookish nerds such as myself). I am going to keep this spoiler free in case someone else is behind on this series.
The characters have grown a great deal in this book. Megan developed a stronger understanding of herself, her magic, and the realms beyond her imagination. The other beloved characters still did what they did best. Ash, remained dark and brooding, living under the thumb of his mother and the Unseelie Court. And Puck, faithful to the end, still shined, even in the dark. The love triange still forged a powerful part of the story. One that made my heart ache. Readers get another glimpse of a powerful character, Ironhorse. He had a strong impact on me.
The story did not lack any umph in the action department. The world-building in the first book laid a solid path for the second book. There was something for everyone. Action, romance, grief, and of course tricks and treats from the beloved Fae.
Overall, book two did not disappoint. I am already half way through book three (The Iron Queen) and loving every second of it!...more
My thoughts...Kat, Incorrigible will be a hit for readers of all ages.
Filled with magic, mystery, and mischief, young Kat will steal the hearts of reMy thoughts...Kat, Incorrigible will be a hit for readers of all ages.
Filled with magic, mystery, and mischief, young Kat will steal the hearts of readers and have them cheering her on by the end of the story. Kat, while only twelve years old is very feisty. She is very believable and true to her age. Her decisions are sometimes impulsive and there is a vulnerability to her character that feels genuine. We also meet Kat's older sisters. Elissa is the oldest. She loves Gothic novels and has a strong sense of duty when it comes to her family. The middle child, Angeline, is just as headstrong, but she has some interests that could cause her to get into big trouble. All of the characters, good and wicked, were memorable and enjoyable.
One of the most unique aspects about this book was the time period. Old England was a time of proper manners, fancy dresses, arranged marriages, and dowries. The characters live within a set of rules and not following etiquette was simply frowned upon. These social rules would be hard for anyone, especially a twelve year old tomboy. Women especially had a hard time due to what was "expected" of them and their behaviors. Another great aspect of the plot was the magic. The world felt well developed and thought out. The magic seemed to jump off the page and bring you along for the fun.
While Kat, Incorrigible is a middle grade book, I recommend it to readers of all ages. Fan of Harry Potter or Jane Austin should be especially delighted with the story. I can not wait to read book two, A KAT, INCORRIGIBLE: RENEGADE MAGIC coming in April of 2012 to the US.
My thoughts...This is a daydream of mine. Rifling through an old, dusty box of books and finding something magical. Tessa finds more than she bargainsMy thoughts...This is a daydream of mine. Rifling through an old, dusty box of books and finding something magical. Tessa finds more than she bargains for when she discovers an old tome and a eerily beautiful tapestry with a glorious unicorn shining in the threads.
For me, Warped was a refreshing tale, full of wonder and imagination. Not only was the story original, but the action kept me turning pages. Parts of it were sweet, some were scary, and others were heartbreaking. The writing was very colorful and gave me great images of the characters and magical locations.
I instantly connected with the characters. There was a strong pull between Tessa and Will, one that at times left me frustrated. These two have a connection that goes well beyond physical. Another set of interesting characters were the Fates, introduced in the beginning of the story. They are creepy and add an intriguing element to the story. While they play on the sidelines, they definitely have a lot of pull.
Overall, I enjoyed this magical tale by Maurissa Guibord. I would recommend it to readers of all ages. I will be watching for more works by this talented author.
My thoughts...Change Of Heart is an incredibly heart wrenching story that will entice readers of all ages.
I think many of us are afraid of something,My thoughts...Change Of Heart is an incredibly heart wrenching story that will entice readers of all ages.
I think many of us are afraid of something, spiders, heights, deep water, the usual stuff. I think all of us, deep down are afraid of illness. Our body suddenly shutting down, failing us, leaving us helpless and weak. I am. The main character, Emmi, is a seemingly healthy teenager. She is smart, pretty, athletic, then the unthinkable happens and her heart gives out. Just thinking about the scenario weaves tendrils of fear through my mind. What would you do?
Shari Maurer does a brilliant job of taking the reader through this emotional journey with Emmi, her friends, and family. I found my self laughing one minute and on the brink of tears the next. The story felt well researched and I could imagine the pain and frustration the characters dealt with daily. I also thought the story sent a message to readers about life. My interpretation left me with a reminder of how precious each day of our lives is and not to take anything, especially your health for granted. ...more
My thoughts...For me, reading The Crazy School was a bit like riding a roller coaster. It has its ups and its downs. Let me start with what I liked abMy thoughts...For me, reading The Crazy School was a bit like riding a roller coaster. It has its ups and its downs. Let me start with what I liked about the book. The plot of this story contains a huge mystery to be solved. This mystery is written in a way that you have no idea who can be trusted, who is lying, or manipulating everyone in the story. I second-guessed everyone. The characters were interesting. It is my understanding that the school portrayed is based on an actual institution. In today's society it seems to be a stretch that places like this exist, however the book takes place in 1989. While shocking at times, I found it believable, scary but believable.
The Crazy School has quite a bit of shock value. I was shocked by the way the students and the teachers conversed. I was shocked by the language and innuendos. Initially (mainly due to the cover), I thought this was a YA story. It's not. I stumbled through parts of the story because I wasn't sure if certain parts were an attempt at crude humor or a display of the twisted reality of this school. Overall, I liked the book. Cornelia Read has a unique writing style that won't appeal to everyone, but would entertain a wide range of readers. ...more
My thoughts...I read this book orally with my 6 year old, who is a very proficient reader for his age. This is the start to an very exciting series. MMy thoughts...I read this book orally with my 6 year old, who is a very proficient reader for his age. This is the start to an very exciting series. My only frustration was that I had to stick to the chapter or two a day rule, because he did not want me to read without him. Each chapter dripped with suspense and mystery and I wanted to keep reading. The two main characters, young Amy and Dan embark on an adventure that is as much dangerous as it is exciting. Parts of the book were intense, borderline scary for my son, but he just curled tighter into my arm and said "Keep reading Mama.".
The best part of the book for me as a parent and a teacher has been the infusion of history and geography. We purchased a large world map and we tracked the characters from Boston to Philadelphia to another international destination. Benjamin Franklin also played a role in the story. We took the opportunity to learn more about his inventions and his life. This is a great series for independent readers and for a read along with a parent. This is great for boy or girls. It is a PG rated story, fun for all everyone. We have already started book two, One False Note....more
My thoughts...I have been drawn in, twisted around, and wrapped up in the magic of Maggie Stiefvater's writing. I do not have much experience with booMy thoughts...I have been drawn in, twisted around, and wrapped up in the magic of Maggie Stiefvater's writing. I do not have much experience with books of the Fae, but this one could be described as wonderful. The plot of the story held a typical situation: girl crushes on the wrong guy. The magic here is in the writing. It is eloquent, romantic, poetic, and holds a magic that captured me. One thing I noticed were the use of all of the senses, it used full imagery. The story took me through a range of emotions that I was not expecting. Parts of the story were scary and made me glance around my room into the dark corners. The book was much more than a typical tale about faeries.
I enjoyed the characters in Lament. I found the heroine Deirdre very likable and easy to relate to. She made some reckless decisions, which I think would be typical of someone in her situation. And of course, she fell for the bad boy, don't we all have a soft spot for that type of character. Speaking of which, Luke was full of mystery and secrets. I had a hard time trusting him and constantly wondered about his ulterier motives. My favorite characters were the faeries. While they were described as beautiful, graceful, and mesmerizing, their evil lurked just beyond the surface. For me, Faeries are the creepiest type of paranormal creatures. The ones in this story were no exception.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It would be a great read for YA fans of all ages. I am jumping right into Ballad, the second book in the Books of Faerie series....more
My thoughts...Whooo Baby. I bought these books a while back and since I am hosting the Bottom's Up challenge, I decided they were a great place to staMy thoughts...Whooo Baby. I bought these books a while back and since I am hosting the Bottom's Up challenge, I decided they were a great place to start. Plus, Angie is coming to do an interview in February to celebrate the release of the third book in the series. So, I don't know why I waited so long to read this, I loved it!
So let me start with the characters. The Biker Witch gang, which is led by her long-lost Grandmother, made me laugh through the whole entire book! They are a wild, crazy, and very spirited group of Harley riding, rhinestone wearing, spell slingin', old people. They make these roadkill magic spells, which they store in mason jars, to do strange things like giving people the giggles and freezing underwear. What a bunch! Next we have Dimitri-YUM! He of course, is the tall, dark, and furry hero who sweeps the heroine off her feet. Yes, I did say furry, he is a griffin. The leaves me with Lizzy and her dog Pirate. I adored Lizzy immediately because I can identify with her so well. She was a preschool teacher who tried very hard not to swear and live an organized, planned life. As you guess from the title of this book, plans change. Angie Fox did a brilliant job with the characters in this book. They are all very memorable, even the secondary ones, and very likable.
Of all the paranormal creatures, to me, Demons are the scariest. So while this book was funny and action packed, parts of it were dark and scary. The story line takes you all over the country on the back of a Harley and straight to the underworld. The plot was fast paced and exciting. It kept me guessing about the integrity of the characters and the choices Lizzy made in each situation. The story wrapped up nicely, but it left a nice lead into the next book, The Dangerous Guide for Demon Slayers. I would recommend this book for anyone who loves paranormal stories for adults.
The cons...I can't think of anything negative about the book. I am really looking forward to the rest of the series, I guess the con is that beyond book 3, I will have to wait. ...more
My thoughts...While Shadowed Summer is geared toward younger readers, I think paranormal fans of any age would enjoy this tale. Iris and her best frieMy thoughts...While Shadowed Summer is geared toward younger readers, I think paranormal fans of any age would enjoy this tale. Iris and her best friend Collette live in a very small southern town. Their entertainment consists of calling up spirits and writing spells in their secret notebooks. During one of their rituals, Iris calls up a real ghost by the name of Elijah who is very persistent with his demands for help. The story is about the mystery of Elijah's death. Shadowed Summer will put you on the edge of your seat.
The writing in this story is exemplary. Mitchell does a great job of writing the voice of 14 year old Iris. The characters feel genuine. They experience a wide array of emotions including jealousy, betrayal, and love-each one of them believable. The character of Elijah is unpredictable. One moment you feel bad for him, the next you are afraid of him.
The plot of Shadowed Summer moves at a rapid pace. I can honestly say that the book made me want to keep the light on. It has that "what's lurking under my bed" creepy quality to it. The mystery element will appeal to both genders. It is a good mystery: tons of suspects and tons of clues. There is a bit of a love story woven into the action, just enough to satisfy. This is a great one for the summer reading list. ...more
My thoughts...I LOVED THIS BOOK. It has been days since I finished it and it is still dancing around my brain. First, it is original. I am a huge fanMy thoughts...I LOVED THIS BOOK. It has been days since I finished it and it is still dancing around my brain. First, it is original. I am a huge fan of all the things that go bump in the night, but Pirates, not done very often. Second, the writing style of A.S. King lent itself to this type of adventure story. There is quite a bit of jumping around in time which sounds confusing, but it's not. The transitions flow very smoothly, leaving the reader with a mindful of thoughts and ideas about the plot. Third, this book is not afraid. It is violent, scary, intense, and sad. It left me biting my nails, wanting to jump into the pages with the main character. I loved every second of it.
This is one of those books I could forget just so I could read it again. The main character Emer, has lived the lives of 100 dogs before finding herself in a human body. As you can imagine, her outlook on life, people, and history is well developed. She is a strong heroine with a longing that stretches years behind her. This story takes an incredible journey through the eyes of the character.
I don't want to give anything away, so I will just say "read it". You won't be sorry.
The Dust Of 100 Dogs offers something for everyone (I think the boys will enjoy this too). Just a warning, it is bloody, very violent, and there is some foul language. These are pirates were talking about after all. ...more
My thoughts...This book has been on my list for quite a while. I don't know why I waited so long to read it, but I am glad I finally did. After finishMy thoughts...This book has been on my list for quite a while. I don't know why I waited so long to read it, but I am glad I finally did. After finishing the first chapter, I was instantly drawn into Noel's world and did not stop until I reached the end. The heroine, Ever, is not your typical teenager. She suffered from profound lost and significant changes to her life. Then we meet Damon. He is tall, dark, handsome, mysterious, and magical. They share a magical connection that I was not expecting. The language of the story flowed nicely. Ms. Noel does a beautiful job telling the story, I really felt like I was seeing and feeling things from Ever's point of view.
This book seemed to be a cross between Twilight, Dead Until Dark, and Blue Bloods, three of my favorite books. I saw significant character growth in Ever throughout the story. And while a few of the characters were a bit annoying, they added to the story structure, creating more drama. There are some important themes in the story such as friendship, love, trust, and dealing with grief. The only con I found was the very end. It wrapped everything up, but rather quickly. I felt it needed a few more details. Other than this, I enjoyed the book and I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. ...more
My thoughts...Wow, this was a fast-paced novel. I could not put it down because the action did not stop, at all. For me, this was a refreshing change.My thoughts...Wow, this was a fast-paced novel. I could not put it down because the action did not stop, at all. For me, this was a refreshing change. There were no vampires, no werewolves, no supernatural creatures, just bad guys, with guns and bombs. The main characters are in hiding until they realize that they are being hunted by a very dangerous criminal. They don't know who to trust, or if their actions will endanger their friends and loved ones. Gerber left me on the edge of my seat, afraid for the characters.
This book should appeal to YA readers of all ages and genders. Death By Denim offers readers intense action, adventure, danger, mystery, and a bit of romance. There are some mild kissing scenes, nothing that would offend. I will definitely be reading more from this author. ...more