So, after reading and nearly loving Knightley Academy by Violet Haberdasher I read the sequel The Secret Prince... and I did not love it as much. It w...moreSo, after reading and nearly loving Knightley Academy by Violet Haberdasher I read the sequel The Secret Prince... and I did not love it as much. It was good, parts of it I absolutely reveled in. However, it's not as great as the first book.
Henry and co. at Knightley are concerned about the Partisan school. When Henry was there months earlier he discovered a secret, illegal combat room. Worried that the Nordlandic students are planning a war the students at Knightley form a secret battle society to learn to defend themselves. Things come to a head when Francesca, the headmaster's daughter, goes missing. Henry and Adam sneak of to the Nordlands to spy on them and all manner of hell breaks loose.
It's a rather curious book. Actually... it feels like 3 books smashed into one. That's part of the problem. Part one feels like book 5 in the Harry Potter series... a lot like book 5. The second chunk is interesting but long... terribly... long. The whole thing could have probably been trimmed down a 100 pages and I would have been happier. I found myself growing bored and losing interests in spots. As much as I liked these characters I could have stood with less of them.
That said, I liked the twists and turns of this book. It definitely feels a lot more of a fleshed out drama than the first book. This one took all of the characters on a roller coaster. I will definitely read another one... despite this one's problems.
3.5 stars. Out of 5. I wanted to love it. I'm hoping the third book is better.
I started Lisa Cach's Wake Unto Me yesterday morning and I just finished it up. It was okay. The book started out with such promise but fell kinda fla...more I started Lisa Cach's Wake Unto Me yesterday morning and I just finished it up. It was okay. The book started out with such promise but fell kinda flat two-thirds through.
Caitlyn has always felt out-of-place in Oregon. She studies the past, art and history, like some girls study fashion magazines and pop culture. A good evening to her is reading a book of fine art while listening to Chopin. When she gets an opportunity to study at a prestigious boarding school in France she jumps on it, forsaking America and everything she knows for castles, and fine food, and a chance to immerse herself in culture.
At first the book is a Gothic ghost haunt. Caitlyn sees visions of the past, of the Medici family and Europe of the past. But the book devolves to a Templar treasure hunting story and with it went my attention span. I don't do Knights Templar very well, I'm afraid. Parts of the mythos intrigues me, but overall the bits of knights in the service of God... yeah, my attention veered to say the least. I wanted more of Catherine de Medici and Rafael and the hauntings, and my interested was ill rewarded. Just like that. My interest quite literally deflated in the final 100 pages. I skimmed the latter part of the book.
While not for me, this may interest people for the Gothic quality of the story. And the characters in the school are all intriguing, though a bit flat dimensioned.
3 out of 5 stars. I wish I didn't have to resort to skimming the end.
I read Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins a while back. It was fun, and just what I wanted on vacation. This week I turned my attention to the recently releas...more I read Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins a while back. It was fun, and just what I wanted on vacation. This week I turned my attention to the recently released sequel, Demonglass. I'm pleasantly happy to pass on that the second book is just as good as the first.
Sophie Mercer is a demon, one of two. When her demon powers went awry she stopped using them and has decided to have them removed. Her Father, the head of the Prodigium Council, makes her a deal - come to England to stay with him for the summer and decide if she wants to go through the removal. Sophie accepts his offer and flees to England with Jenna and Cal in tow, but there is more waiting for her than Sophie expected. A pair of demon teens are staying with dear old dad, and the Eye is still after Sophie. Which means Archer Cross is still after Sophie.
The Hex Hall series is becoming a very regular "must have" book experience. They're fun, they're light, they get the job done for all things magical. At this point I wonder how many books Hawkins has in her bag of tricks. She can go on for ages or cut us off at three or four, and I don't think I'd mind either way. More misadventures in the wise cracking world of Sophie and co. are always welcome.