I tend to enjoy Diana Wynne Jones's work, but never more than that; her stories about "Howl's Moving Castle" moved me with its simpleness and yet comp...moreI tend to enjoy Diana Wynne Jones's work, but never more than that; her stories about "Howl's Moving Castle" moved me with its simpleness and yet completely new world of familiar and new magic, but the two sequels to the first book always felt a bit odd to call sequels as they never had Howl and Sophie as protagonists but always as minor characters which were to help the different protagonists rather than lead the stories.
“All she heard next of the strange conversation behind the sofa was Mrs. Pendragon saying something about sending Twinkle (or was his name Howl?) to bed without supper and Twinkle daring her to 'jutht TRY it.”
Saying I enjoy Jones's writing is true, also when it comes to "House of Many Ways" which is a witty written novel about a different kind of magic than the previous ones; one that can bend and bind times in small house on the country. The protagonist in this story is a grumpy and spoiled child named Charmain; her parents just let her to be with her books which means she does not know how to do the most simple things in her everyday life at the Wizard's house when she is to look after it for him. She gets grumpy at every character and every adventure she comes by, but also grows with these as she cannot just be in her books but also have to live her life fully. However this book feels more like a children's book compared to the previous books in the series. (less)
So apparently J.K Rowling was working on writing a prequel to the Harry Potter series but only she was not. If I did not know that this was suppose to...moreSo apparently J.K Rowling was working on writing a prequel to the Harry Potter series but only she was not. If I did not know that this was suppose to be a scene from the prequel I would not have liked it to be called a prequel but instead something like 'random scene.'
That said I thought it was great to get a sneak peak into James and Sirius' friendship and traits. They are must similar to the Weasley twins which made my heart ache a little, however, I thought the descriptions were just perfect. The thought of James and Sirius being rebellious teenagers fitted perfectly. The example below shows it all:
“We’d have loved to stop for a chat,” said the boy in glasses,”only we were trying-” “Don’t get smart-you two are in a heap of trouble!” snarled Anderson. “Names!” “Names?” repeated the long-haired driver.”Er-Well, let’s see. There’s Wilberforce…Bathsheba…Elvendork…” “And what’s nice about that one is, you can use it for a boy OR a girl,” said the boy in glasses.
Seriously, what is not to like? I only wished J. K. Rowling would finish the prequel about James, Sirius, Lily and all the others. Pretty much anything Rowling could write about her magical universe would make my heart flutter. Even if she wrote a toilet scene of one of her characters. (less)
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to get a sneak peak into the world Fenoglio created? The magical journey continues in Inkspell by Co...moreHave you ever thought about what it would be like to get a sneak peak into the world Fenoglio created? The magical journey continues in Inkspell by Cornelia Funke where the author gives the reader an opportunity to walk around in Ombra, meet the Blue Jar and the Black Prince and his bear, meet some of the most heartless queens and a man made of glass. Meet Dustfinger's family and feet the fairies with breadcrumbs. There is nothing to lose, but everything to miss. Read the book!(less)
If you thought the first book was bad,you do not want to get near Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins. No one likes books where the author seems to try too h...moreIf you thought the first book was bad,you do not want to get near Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins. No one likes books where the author seems to try too hard to write a excellent young adult novel about impossible love. Authors just need to understand that Shakespeare was the very last to write such a novel where it actually worked.
It really annoys me to constantly read books that seem to have at least some kind of potential, and yet the author smashes everything to the ground by following some unofficial guide on how-to-write-bad-books-like-Stephenie-Meyer. In other words: find something else to read. This is not worth the time and even takes forever to get started. Also, Cal, the caretaker of the school, can never be described as hot after the author compared him to Hagrid in the first book. (less)
The Tempest by William Shakespeare really shows how Mr. Shakespeare knows how to do magic, and not just because this play contains magical spirits and...moreThe Tempest by William Shakespeare really shows how Mr. Shakespeare knows how to do magic, and not just because this play contains magical spirits and some bibbity bobbity boo here and there, but this is also his farewell to the stage, and therefore it is hard not to admire him for Tempest, which I believe was a terrific goodbye. (less)
I did enjoy reading The First Truth, but The Hidden Truth didn't get me over the moon. I kept waiting for action to begin and the romance to bloom, bu...moreI did enjoy reading The First Truth, but The Hidden Truth didn't get me over the moon. I kept waiting for action to begin and the romance to bloom, but nothing really happened. I like what Dawn Cook has created, I adore the covers and the beginning of the very first book, but this one was simple boring; you don't really get to see new characters, you're almost in the castle all the time and what I remember the most was Alissa cleaning and cooking. Hopefully the third book in the series will get me somewhere, maybe not over the moon, but at least of the the castle. Hopefully...(less)
What i liked about this book: - The very first chapter. Great start. - The monster kitties. - The monster theme in general.
What I didn't like about th...moreWhat i liked about this book: - The very first chapter. Great start. - The monster kitties. - The monster theme in general.
What I didn't like about this book: - The very, very long prologue. - The happenings. (Fire waking up, Fire going to sleep. repeat) - How long it took for the book to take action.
Reading this book was surprisingly difficult compared to how much I enjoyed Graceling by the same author, Kristin Cashore. Fire takes for ever to get into, and to be honest I never really manged to do so. What I remember the most from reading this book was Fire going to bed and waking up again and that's basically it. There's oh so many passages where that's the only thing which happens. It's so boring I felt my eye bleed from time to time, even though I'm a fan of the author's imagination. I might try sometime to read the Danish translation of the book, but I doubt that will make the experience any different. However I'm really excited for Bitterblue. The final book in the trilogy. Do not disappoint me, Cashore!(less)
As usual I'm very torn about the rating when it comes to these books. Faefever by Karen Marie Moning are very well written; the author has a way of de...moreAs usual I'm very torn about the rating when it comes to these books. Faefever by Karen Marie Moning are very well written; the author has a way of describing things in a way I only thought I would describe it. It's like she gets the way I think, however, I do think there's a lot of passages which I found terrible irrelevant. These passages made me want to pull out my hair and yell at the main character. Mac's looking for the murder of her beloved sister, who carried a lot of secrets mac needs to find answer to herself. This is why she flew to Dublin in the first place, and I think both Mac and the author forget that sometimes. Also I'm getting a little tired of these 'death-by-sex'-fae.
Don't get me review all wrong, because I do think this Fever series is the best in its category; I like how the author keeps the relationship between Barrons and Mac on the edge. The writing style is brilliant; sometimes Mac speaks directly to the reader and she's really great with words. Nice one, Karen Marie Moning! (less)
Since the INK trilogy I've been a huge fan of the author, Cornelia Funke's, work, so I thought this book would be easy peasy to fall in love with, lik...moreSince the INK trilogy I've been a huge fan of the author, Cornelia Funke's, work, so I thought this book would be easy peasy to fall in love with, like I did with the INK trilogy, only I did not fall in love with Reckless
The book has such a great potential; it has a lot of retelling elements such has Sleeping Beauty and magical creatures such as dwarfs and faeries. The universe behind the mirror was a brilliant idea, but unfortunately I did not find the universe appealing at all. To me it was too devided; magical creatures vs. the real life people living in the sweet-old-fashioned village.
As I already said, the book has got great potential, but there's something about the writing style (I read it in Danish, unfortunately)that was all wrong, also Jacob was way too annoying to get a long with.
So what do I do know and should you read the book at all, you might wondering. Yes. I do recommend Reckless but only because of the great adventure and realling elements, because these parts are absolutely great. (less)
As you might be able to tell from the few hours it took me to read this book, I must have liked it which I did and which is also way I give the book t...moreAs you might be able to tell from the few hours it took me to read this book, I must have liked it which I did and which is also way I give the book two stars.
Here goes my explanation: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep is in many ways a typical young adult book. It actually reminded me a lot of Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins only with Greek mythology instead of witchcraft, however, despite the many parallels between these two different series, Touch of Frost does have some things that makes it sounds out a little different: the blond bimbo, which appears to be just as stupid as she's blond, turns out differently from the typical cliché of the heroine's nemesis. I found this part very pleasant. The heroine is also gifted, but her power is very different. She does not shoot lightning bolts out of her hands or makes people act a certain way. She touches things which gives her a hint of emotions. This part made me clap my hands together in enjoyment. Gwen's power is original. A fresh touch.
The ending, without spoiling anything, reminded a lot of The Vampire Academy/Rose and Dimitri. I don't know how I feel about this part. I think I do know where the author wants to go with the characters. That part seems very apparent, but besides that I don't know where the author will take the readers in the next book, Kiss of Frost. I also have to mention the titles of the books. I just love them and the covers.
The writing style reminds me a lot of the already mention books, Hex Hall and Vampire Academy. It's nice, straightforward but not something that makes you feel over the moon.
Last but not least a huge thanks to the publisher, Kensington Publishing Corporation, for sending me a copy all the way from the states to Denmark.(less)