**spoiler alert** I don't know what has kept me from reading this book before, but i'm glad i finally checked it out of the library. Wow! I can't wait**spoiler alert** I don't know what has kept me from reading this book before, but i'm glad i finally checked it out of the library. Wow! I can't wait to get my fingers on the next. Now I have to admit i had my reservations. Usually when i'm flipping through potential books and i see lines about how hot a guy is i'm like "Great another girl has a crush on hot guy. Course he's going to fall madly in love with her". I blame Twilight. It ruined so many YA books for me. Yet, the cover snippet had me intrigued. So i checked it out. Alina is no Bella. Mal is no Edward. And the Darkling is one sexy villain. The plot takes place in a country called Ravka that seems pretty based on mother Russia. The country is always at war with its neighbors and within itself in the "Shadow Fold". People are split up as peasants, nobility, and the magic wielding or more "Benders" Grisha. Alina and Mal are orphans from the peasant fold. At least thats how it appears to be for Alina. After a trip into the monster and darkness filled "Shadow Fold"; Alina has proven that she is Princess Celestia. Bringer of the Sun. I kid. I'm a My Little Pony withdrawal. Alina pretty much does with Celestia does though. Brings out the sun! This is the rarest of all Bender powers and makes her pretty much wanted by everyone. Alive or Dead depending on what country the feelings is coming from. Ravka and more specifically "The Darkling" wants her alive. And thus takes her to the seat of Ravka's power. And our story begins.... I might be in the minority here, but i was rooting for Alina and the Darkling to get together. Sure... he's evil. And manipulative. And power hungry. But he's sexy and he knows it. *does a dance*. I don't know. I felt more chemistry between Alina and the Darkling. I know the author wrote it so that Alina feels a pull to him. All Grisha do. But still. Mal and Alina were stale to me. They felt more like brother and sister. I was kinda of rotting for Mal to die at the end. Then Alina could pull off a Sailor Moon and defeat the darkness inside of him. Then she and the Darkling could live happily ever after. Perhaps next book....
Final rating. 5 stars. Another book i must get my own copy of. ...more
Hmm... Usually when i finish a book in one day it ends up in my absolute favorites section, but this one didn't quite make it. Perhaps it's the fact tHmm... Usually when i finish a book in one day it ends up in my absolute favorites section, but this one didn't quite make it. Perhaps it's the fact that i'm a twenty five year old reading a book made for those half my age. Perhaps i set my hopes too high. I don't know. That is not to say the book is bad per say. It's a pretty solid four. Just not good enough to be a five and absolute favorite.
The book is basically the story of Alex stowe who on his thirteenth birthday was deemed "unwanted". See in the world of Quill a person is either Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Those who are deemed "unwanted" are sent to their death. Basically to possess a creative mind is to be unwanted. It would seem that Alex's fate was set except it wasn't really. Marcus Today aka The Death Farmer aka the great mage of Artime saves every being deemed unwanted by transporting him to his made up world of Artime. There all kinds of magically creatures live and the residents learn "Art" based magic. The thing is that Quill doesn't know about Artime and it must stay that way. Otherwise Quill's army would attack. And it does. Take in some evil twins, sometimes eye rolling names, and a kiddier friendly version of Harry Potter and you get this book.
In a way i think in some area the author was trying to hard. The cover reads "The Hunger Games met Harry Potter" and it really isn't. It may have some similar features, but it isn't comparable. It's miss-leading and perhaps raised my expectations way! too high. Some of the names are just plain dumb "Claire Morning" and i find myself rolling my eyes a bit. I think take ten years off my age and i would find this book fabulous. It's completely kids friendly and has no "black magic" per say. That is not to say it's Winnie the Pooh magic. More of Classic Disney magic. People die, things happen, but completely kid friendly.
Final rating. 4 stars. I was a bit bored with it at some times, but i'll come back for the next book.
**spoiler alert** So last Thursday night I saw the final Harry Potter movie and theaters and have been morning the end of my teenage years ever since**spoiler alert** So last Thursday night I saw the final Harry Potter movie and theaters and have been morning the end of my teenage years ever since. Therefore when i saw this book sitting on top of my library pile i immediately grabbed and started reading it. I barely even remember picking it up, but i obviously did. Anyways, i started this book yesterday evening and finished it less than 24 hours later.
This was the first book of James Patterson despite the fact my sister has his "Maximum ride" series just sitting on her book shelf. I have to say i was immediately engrossed by the story line. I've seen "Witch and Wizard" on the shelves of the book section, but have never felt the desire to even pick it up. I now rather regret that decision. I couldn't put down this book.
The story goes back and forth between the narrative of Whit and Wisty; brother and sister extraordinaire. A new government regime has just taken over and they're determined to rid the world of everything that does not follow their order. This includes anyone that dare defies them, rule breakers, and those practice magic. Whit and Wisty unbeknownst fall into the last category. It isn't till the night that they're kidnapped that their magic powers start to manifest. It soon becomes apparent to them that they are truly a witch and wizard as the "New Order" is claiming them to be.
The story is supposed to take over a period of time, but only covers a few days of the siblings life. Along the way they get trapped in prison, the ghost of girl friends past helps them escape, they find an underground all kid movement, end up back in prison by their own hand, and help orchestrate a mass escape.
It's apparent from the story line that Wisty is the one with the real power between the two. Something i rather enjoyed since it's so often the guy is the one with all the power. The girl is just second rate. I also have to say i enjoyed Wisty's charater ten times more than Whit. He's constantly bemoaning of his now dead girlfriend Ceilia got old. Quickly. I don't care if she can come back as a ghost/shadow. She's dead.. DEAD DEAD DEAD. Get over it. I would say the same thing if the roles were reverse.
The one thing i will say is that non of the side characters are really developed. Then again most are around for a page or two. I'm rather looking forward to Bryon's character in the next book after his joining the duo at the end of this one. That is to say i will be getting the next one. ^^
Final rating. 4 stars. I really only reserve 5 stars for books i jadore. I liked this one, but didn't jadore it. The characters weren't really developed all that well and a lot of the scenes went way! to fast. Plus the writing was weak in some areas. Still i was glad to have picked it up and look forward to reading the next book in the series. ...more
**spoiler alert** So i finally got to read this one! I pre-ordered it, but amazon took a week to ship it. It then took a few more days to get to me. S**spoiler alert** So i finally got to read this one! I pre-ordered it, but amazon took a week to ship it. It then took a few more days to get to me. So in the end i was left staring at my sister reading her copy she bought at wallmart wondering why i didn't do the same.
The wait was well worth it. Not only was the book extraordinarily good, but i do say Riordan seems to be getting better and better each story he puts out. When i heard that Riordan was making a sequel to the Percy Jackson series i was a bit weary. I wasn't sure how well it could be pulled off or how he would do it. It was sheer genius though the way he did. I thought he was going to make the Roman Gods/goddess different entities. Instead he made them the same "being", but with multiple personalities disorders.
We pick up in the stories a few months/year ( i forget) after "The Last Olympian" takes place. Jason wakes up on a bus not knowing who he is, where he is, or who this girl and boy sitting with him are. Not long he finds himself being attacked by Venti, finding out his couch is a fawn/satyr,he can apparently fly, and he's a demi-god. Jupiter/Zeus's son in fact. Jason gets called on by Hera/Juno to come save her and along with Piper and Leo he's off for the adventure.
As I said earlier this book was amazing and that Riordan's writing keeps getting better in better. In the Percy Jackson books i couldn't stand Annabeth. Still can't. I was so extremely glad that Piper isn't like her. Piper really reminds me a lot of Sailor Venus (cookies if you know who i'm talking about) minus the occasional ditziness that Minako had. She is strong, smart, and can pull her own weight. And she does so in a way that is not obnoxious like Annabeth. She has her failings, but she pulls through. She makes you really want to root for her. The thing is that i think she is going to become a new "Helen of Troy" because Riordan seems to be hinting at it. I think she would do good with Leo though. There is some subtle hints that them getting together might lead to something bigger. Plus Jason has a possible "Reyna".
Speaking of Jason; he's no Percy. I'm quite glad for it. I find it amazing how Riordan made him distantly roman compared to Percy's distinct Greekness. I quite liked his character and might even like him more than Percy. I think the best thing about Jason is that he never gets up. He knows something bad is going to happen, but he pulls through as well. Plus i think there is more to him than meets the eye. I'm a thinking that Hera might have given him more than just her sponsorship.
Leo, now this is how you write a third wheel in to the equation. He wasn't the stupid sidekick that Grover was. He was an equal. He had his own powers, abilities, and he was actually funny. Thing with him i think his wanting his mother back might tip him over to Gae's side. He's definitely the character you pay the most attention to his actions. Mainly because he is the one that is most able to be influences. Something I think Piper is going to have a major role in keeping him on the good side.
Side note..... Thaila is back and looks to become a bigger character! No Nico though. *sad face*. Also with the ending.....WHAT KIND OF ENDING IS THAT!!! I Have to wait a whole freaking year to read what happens! DAME YOU RIC RIORDAN!!! I haven't wanted to read the next book in a series so bad since Harry Potter. *Pouts* The new Kane Chronicles book better come out in the spring....
Final Rating: 5 stars, plus gold glitter, band stand, and fireworks. I loved everything. ^^
**spoiler alert** Hmmm I hate starting reviews. I always have trouble on what to say. I will say this "HOLY FREAKING FAMILIAR BATMAT THIS BOOK WAS AMA**spoiler alert** Hmmm I hate starting reviews. I always have trouble on what to say. I will say this "HOLY FREAKING FAMILIAR BATMAT THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!".
I know it took me awhile to read this book, but it was not from lack of interest. It was merely because my work schedule and training kept my occupied. Seriously i cannot emphasize how good this book was.
First thing first: This book is directed towards the kid/YA crowd. The writing is simple and sometimes just silly at some points. Some adults may not like its. Seeing that i'm secretly a child inside i rather enjoyed it.Don't let that keep you from reading the book though. It does contain elements such as death and attempted murder.
The Familiars tackles themes such as believing in yourself, friendship. honesty, and hard work. Aldwyn started out as an ally cat and only got picked up as Jack's familiar by mistake. Soon after he is taken the grand Kalstaff's house three shooting stars fall indicating a new prophecy. Kalstaff like the queen believes that the stars indicated that Jack, Dalton, and Marianne are the new heroes. The difference being is that the queen comes and tries to kill the trio. She is prevented from doing so when Kalstaff uses the last of his life force to put a protective spell over the trio. It becomes up to the three familiars to save their masters.
Their adventure is filled with challenges that leads them to discovering more about their world and themselves. Aldywn even discovers that he has magical powers.
The twist for the villain is simply brilliant!! I loved it completely. I'm only going to leave a picture at the end of the post as its hint.
The Familiars is really a new Harry Potter for a new generation. That is if Harry Potter stared Crookshanks, Hedwig, and the other animals. I'm highly looking forward to the next installment. ^^
This book held great promise. A lot of promise actually. The first part of the story held my interest greatly. It was intriguing fast paced. Then thinThis book held great promise. A lot of promise actually. The first part of the story held my interest greatly. It was intriguing fast paced. Then things hit a wall. The plot got and story got weaker. Things started to lag. Pretty soon i'm yelling "edit" at the book every five minutes and unable to enjoy the story. I think this is because looking at the authors other stories this type of book is not her forte. She usually writes children's or young young adult books. Most of the dialog in this seemed forced. I find it hard to write out a complete summary of the plot since i'm not even sure what it was really. It was so lose that i'm surprised it didn't fly out of the pages. So props to Margaret for trying something out of her comfort zone, but it didn't work for me. ...more
**spoiler alert** "CUPID CATS SHELTER: Bring a little magic and love into your life. Adopt a cat" goes the opening page of the Cupid Cats anthology. T**spoiler alert** "CUPID CATS SHELTER: Bring a little magic and love into your life. Adopt a cat" goes the opening page of the Cupid Cats anthology. This book did bring a little love and magic into my life for two out of the three stories. Since this book was an anthology I’m going to review each story individually. It only seems fair that way. One thing to note though is that the shelter “Cupid Cats” is not the same “Cupid Cats” in every single story. They’re different shelters, run by different people, and in different states. I’m going to start with the opening story which is Unleashed by Katie MacAlister.
I have to say before I read Unleashed I had never read a Katie MacAlister book. After finishing this story I wondered why I haven't because I loved it! This story was easily my favorite of the three and one I really wished Katie had made into a full novel.
The story stars Jacintha aka Jas Ferreira, who is known as the “kitty whisper” from her work with big cats at the Fish and Wildlife Department in Washington state. One day she gets a call from the “Cupid Cats” shelter saying that there is a large cat lounging in their lobby. Jas along with her visiting sister Cora make way to the shelter. There Jas discovers a large jaguar drugged on the floor. Jas at first believes it is a runaway from someone’s private, but illegal collection. That is until the large cat starts talking to her in her mind….
Avery Scott is having a hellish day. He was sent by his brother Paen to investigate why rare animals keep showing up on a game reserve in Scotland. His brother believes that a group called the “Leshy” is responsible and so he infiltrates the group. Unfortunately the leader’s daughter wants him to marry her and she does not take kindly to his refusal. Avery wakes up to find a strange woman talking to him and calling him a jaguar. Something Avery knows isn’t right because he’s a Moravian. Moravian’s don’t turn into jaguars that’s because they’re what mortals call vampires.
As I stated earlier, this story was my favorite out of the three. Something that people who know me might find odd since I’m not a fan of the “I love you after one day of knowing you” and this story literally takes place in one day. I overcame this aversion because the story was just so funny and witty. You could just feel the chemistry flowing off of Avery and Jas. Another plus was that Katie takes digs at the “Twilight” series many times. I am not a fan of the series and therefore every time a dig was made, I would crack up. The story came off brilliantly and it’s a real testament to the author that I want to read more of her work. Something I believe is one of the main points of anthologies. So final scores are:
Rating: 5 (Excellent) J’adored it and recommend it to everyone.
The next story in the anthology is Cat Scratch Fever by Connie Brockway. This was easily my least favorite story in the anthology. In fact I found it hard to finish.
The story revolves around Jim Curran, his five year old daughter Chloe, and Dr. Edith Handelman. Chole wants a cat so Jim decides to take her to the Cupid Cats shelter. There Chole becomes absolutely convinced that his old cat, Ishy, is the one her dead mother used to own. During the first visit, Jim is there with Chloe and his sister Melissa. Edie comes into mop the floor and thus the story begins.
IIf the summary sounds dull that’s because the story was as dull as rocks to me and aggravating. Edie is supposed to be this super genius that works at Jim’s company and is also the director of that particular cupid cats. She speaks like a droid. Think Data from Star Trek without a personality. There, you have Edie. She was so dull, monotone, and talked so high ended that I couldn’t stand her. Jim only seems to be looking for a mother to Chloe and a person to be with since he's lonely as a single parent.
The author wants us to believe they like each like each other and are compatible. Instead I found myself with the same opinion as my namesake in the book, and that is to say they’re all wrong for each other. Edie deserved a super genius that could talk about why love is only a combination of pheromones, chemicals, and appeasing scents. Jim deserved someone with a personality.
The last story in the anthology is A Cat’s Game by Vicki Lewis Thompson and is where the delightful opener came from. Having read a book by Vicki before, I can say I was not the least disappointed in this story and it was up to her usual standard. In fact this book was having a duel with Kate’s story over which was my favorite. Kate’s story won over all because I was not too fond of the end of this one.
The story revolves around Kate Archer who agrees to watch over her sister’s Maggie Bed and Breakfast while she is gone for a week on a cruise. The job sounds easy enough until Kate finds out her ex-boyfriend and current Hollywood leading man Jon Ramsey has rented out the whole place for the week. This does not sit well with Kate since Kate hates Hollywood and everything to do with it. Her Hollywood star parents' marriage troubles and subsequent divorce haunted her childhood and her very public breakup with Jon in high school made things worse. She agrees believing that she is over Jon and because she feels that her sister truly deserves a break. Helping her sister out to her car she discovers a flier for “The Cupid Cats” shelter and decides to take a visit. Due to the nature of her job as a primatologist, Kate has never been able to get a cat. Yet something is compelling her to visit the shelter and look around. She goes and meets Esmeralda a very kind, yet strange woman. At the shelter she meets gorgeous silver and black tabby named Darwin that has black squirrels and a heart shape on its back. Kate falls in love and immediately agrees to take him. Thus the story begins for Kate…
Jon Ramsey is a Hollywood superstar and just recently missed winning the Oscar. He decides to go to his favorite getaway for a vacation. He learns from the owner that she not be there, but instead her sister/ his ex-girlfriend will be. Jon believes he is fine with this. The problem is that moment he lays eyes on Kate carrying a cat to the Inn he realizes he’s never truly gotten over her and still loves her. Thus the story begins for him as well. As I mentioned earlier I really liked A Cat’s Game and thought it was just as good as Unleashed. I really liked how Vicki gave Kate and Jon a history and their romance seemed less rushed because of it. The story was perfect for the anthology format and might have suffered if it had been any longer. The side characters were great and Darwin really fit the bill for “That Darn Cat”.
Rating: 5 I wasn’t that fond of the ending, but it was still wonderful. ~ Melissa...more
Ok... So this is another book i didn't finish. Mainly because i was more than half way through the book and the story was still getting set up. When iOk... So this is another book i didn't finish. Mainly because i was more than half way through the book and the story was still getting set up. When i'm reading a book i want the adventure/story/plot to be reaching midpoint climax when i'm in the middle of the book. I don't want it to still be setting things up. This book held much hype but i was bored because nothing was happening. There wasn't even plot points being set up or things like that. I would give is leverage if the book was a long one, but its only 369 pages. It held no excuses. I can't even write a proper review because nothing happened. Josh, Sophie, and Flammel met an young/old woman and then venture to another even older person. Flammel's wife gets taken by "bad guy". Then end. That's was all that happened. It's not even worth reading to the end for me since i'll probably end with "actual plot starts in book two"..... Goodness i was glad i got this one from the library. ...more
I did not finish this book. The one type of paranormal i won't read is stuff about demons. The girl is one. So didn't finish. From what i heard i'm noI did not finish this book. The one type of paranormal i won't read is stuff about demons. The girl is one. So didn't finish. From what i heard i'm not missing out on anything but not doing so. ...more
That book was awesome! Seriously. The best YA book i've read in a long time. Dear i say it i enjoyed it more than the last Rick Riordan book. There haThat book was awesome! Seriously. The best YA book i've read in a long time. Dear i say it i enjoyed it more than the last Rick Riordan book. There has better be a sequel to it. I have know what happens next. The author just can't leave me hanging...
Anyway without spoiling anything (cause you have to go out there and read it for yourself) Tasmin is a young girl in her last year of high school whose family has been witches and i guess warlocks for centuries. They only difference is that most people only contain one "talent". On her birth, Tasmin's grandmother said that "she will be a beacon for all" and be the most powerful of the familu. Problem is that Tasmin is powerless. Or so it appears on the surface. A chain of events start to unravel when a man comes into the family bookshop and mistakes Tasmin for her older sister Rowena. He wants her to find a clock that was "taken" from his family a century ago. Tasmin tired of being the underdog of the family never bothers to correct him and says she'll do it. Bad choice. Together she and Gabrielle (where can i get one ~o^) go on a miniature quest through modern and past times and that's all i'm going to say. I refuse to spoil anymore of the book. ^^
What to say about the "Goblet of Fire"... I have read this book over a dozen times. Each reading beings something new that i missed. Whether i be a r What to say about the "Goblet of Fire"... I have read this book over a dozen times. Each reading beings something new that i missed. Whether i be a reaction, a sentence, or a new interpretation of a situation. Still no matter how many times i read it; i still love the book. This book truly is the the conclusion of Act 1 and beginning on a much darker Act 2. So many things are set up that play out in the new three books.
In regards to this actual book; i find it hard to say anything that hasn't been said over a thousand times before. It was the biggest book i had read up to that time and i was hooked every page. Favorite characters come back into play. New secrets are learned. And the magic continues to happen.