I have to admit i had check this out from the library about a month ago and was on the verge of returning it unread. I picked it up out of boredom an I have to admit i had check this out from the library about a month ago and was on the verge of returning it unread. I picked it up out of boredom and started reading it. And read almost a 100 pages in my first shot. After that i couldn't go to bed at night before i had read at least two chapters. I finished it last night. Late. Even though i knew i had to get up early to go to work the next day. Merely because i had to see how it ended. Now i'm admittedly not that familiar with the whole "Steam Punk" genre of things. Therefore it took me a little while to take what i know about the real historical Victorian era with the Steam Punk one. Once i did i was hooked. Gail Carriger brings to life a witty girl that at times i forgot was only thirteen years old. Sophronia Temminnick is a heroine that all young girls should look up to. She's smart,resourceful, brave, and loyal. She's not above being girly and even finds that she starts to enjoy the more feminine side of life. She is not about to become some simpering miss whose only goal in life is to marry and procreate. She is going to make something of herself and you find yourself believing it. The side characters in the story also makes for an interesting combination. You have Dimity who is very feminine and then you have Vive who is a complete tomboy. Along with a host of extras you find yourself intrigued and captivated by their characterizations as well. Plot wise, i'll give Gail a break. This is her first foray into the YA genre after writing solely adult books. The plot when too fast and sometimes too slow. There really never were an in between. It was like she had trouble deciding how to venture from one thing to the next. There's editing and then there is too much editing at times. I have to wonder if there was more too the book than what was published Hopefully the next novel in the series will fix this issue and will be more fleshed out.
Overall i fairly enjoyed the book and plan on procuring a copy of my own. It also made me want to try her adult series again. I had tried to read the first book once years ago, but never got through it. I'm going to have to find a copy and try again. ...more
**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** WOW! I was a bit doubtful about this book, but WOW. I jadored it! The idea for the ranger apprentice series isn't all that original**spoiler alert** WOW! I was a bit doubtful about this book, but WOW. I jadored it! The idea for the ranger apprentice series isn't all that original and it's certainly not without its problems. Still it left me wanting more. More likely i think because it brought a sense of wistfulness back to me. Mainly because it reminded me of the Jedi Apprentice series by Jude Watson. In fact i'm quite curious if the JA series did inspired John a bit. I know he said he wrote this book for his son, but it so reminded me of Jude Watson's work.
The story takes place in the kingdom of Aruluen. The make believe place is your typical action adventure kingdom with Knights, lords and ladies, and in addition "Rangers". Rangers are sort of like the Navy Seals/cost guard mixed with a bit of special forces/Jedi. So far it seems like they're a boys only club (No female has been mention as of late. Neither in the Knights or Rangers). Now Baron Arald, Lord of the Redmont Fief, has a special soft spot for orphans and takes them into his care. He then helps them get apprenticeships with the various tradesman, governmental offices, Knights, or sent to become farmers. Now Will has always been a bit "special" and after being tricked into committing a break in to see his skills he gets chosen as Ranger Halt's apprentice. So the story begins.....
Now as i said earlier the book isn't without its failing. Most of the failings fall from the fact it should have been longer. John spent such a long time setting up the story and characters that the main plot felt rushed. Not that i'm complaining really since i love the setting up of characters and stories, but i really wished it could have been longer. In face i don't really understand the title at all. It really should have been called "The KalKara Beasts" since the ruins were barely present. All in all very solid writing with a very solid characters. Made me really really want to read 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. ^^