I quite liked this book. On the surface it’s a somewhat light-hearted, simple story. Boy and girl in high school fall in love, but there are complicatI quite liked this book. On the surface it’s a somewhat light-hearted, simple story. Boy and girl in high school fall in love, but there are complications. But it’s those complications that make the book deeper and gave it more meaning. It deals with issues that are larger than what would be considered normal high school problems. Of course, teenagers emotions can be crazy since they’re not sure what they’re doing or if they fit in, which can make them do crazy things. But this book dealt with an issue that was slightly larger than normal high schoolers problems of fitting in and getting good grades. And the way that Summers dealt with it was done really well. It allowed me to see sides of the characters that I wouldn’t have been able to if not for those issues.
That’s probably the main reason why I liked the book so much. It’s the characters that make the book. I’ve said this in other reviews, but a story line can be lackluster and have amazing characterization, and I will love the story. But a story that has an incredible story with lackluster characters—it’s rare that I like that kind of book. This book was one of those books that has a good story and characters. I loved the characters in this book. They all felt so real. Their emotions and actions felt like how real people would act. I especially loved the relationship and banter between Keeley and Talon. They had me laughing a few times, especially near the end when she plays the prank on him with their phones…So funny! Loved it.
Keeley developed a lot throughout the novel. She kind of went through the process of deciding who she wanted to be, and all the events in the book helped shape her into that person. I just really liked her character. She was relatable, mature, made conscious decisions. I also liked her twin brother, Zach. Even though they had their struggles, they worked through them. Zach at first came off to me as a little possessive. He seemed like he needed his sister to be able to do anything. But he wasn’t a terrible person, and at the end he showed his growth too by how he reacted to the situation he was in.
In the end, this was a fun, cute book that had some deeper messages in it that was written and developed really well. ...more
This book made me so happy. I didn’t even know it existed before a few days ago. I started reading it today, and three hours later, I finished it. It’This book made me so happy. I didn’t even know it existed before a few days ago. I started reading it today, and three hours later, I finished it. It’s just so fantastic! It has all the charm and wit and elegance of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but then it has humor and a slightly modern feel at times, made possible through the manga drawings. Which, by the way, were extremely well drawn.
There were times when I laughed out loud at the antics of the characters, and at some of the drawings that told so much more than words could ever say. Especially when it involved Mr. Darcy, since in the original novel we never really get into his head.
First, Mr. Colllins. Oh dear, he’s always just made me cringe with his awkwardness and weirdness. But in this manga, ha! When he asked Elizabeth to marry him and she said “no” which he found “fashionable,” he kept popping up all over the place, asking her to marry him. One picture had his head sticking out of a pot and Elizabeth spewing tea. So funny! Oh my gosh.
Then when Elizabeth visits Pemberley and she remembers that Mr. Darcy owns it, there’s a picture of Darcy looking like a king: wearing a cloak, holding a scepter, head held high. Basically the opposite of his quiet, don’t-look-at-me character. Bahaha! There were also little modern things like the words “ha ha” and “awkward” in certain pictures. Very much not a Jane Austen thing.
The drawings added so much emotion. And most of the time they were just subtle things, like Darcy reaching for Elizabeth then retracting his hand, and Darcy rubbing the back of his head when talking to Elizabeth about something that made him nervous. The emotion and characters’ inner feelings were done so beautifully.
Ah, I just love this book so much! It’s the most fantastic thing. It’s perfect. Now, to get my hands on Manga Classics: Jane Eyre, which is sure to be just as delightful. ...more
The Merchant’s Daughter gave me the same feeling as did The Healer's Apprentice. Melanie’s stories of love and Christianity are beautiful in their simThe Merchant’s Daughter gave me the same feeling as did The Healer's Apprentice. Melanie’s stories of love and Christianity are beautiful in their simplicity that manages to sing out with perfect love. Love of Christ that urges the characters to strive to live and better their lives and help others, and the love between the two main characters that make me smile and sigh and ache for them to be together, to love completely with no hindrances. I realize this book, as a Christian story, will not appeal to many readers, but as a Christian myself, I delight in stories like these. That are full of soul and love and are clean.
I’ll admit I didn’t read this book for the outstanding plot, or the brilliant execution thereof. The plot is a little weak, some of it I didn’t quite care for, some scenes could have been elongated, shown more emotion, or just dismissed. But it was the characters that livened up the story, that gave me the desire to read to the end and see their happily ever after. And the romance. I love a good love story, and this one was beautiful, so sweet and romantic and fun. It had me smiling, and had my heart aching for Ranulf and Annabel and for their blooming love that had a hard time fully manifesting.
This tale is based on Beauty and the Beast, and reminded me slightly of Heart's Blood, (which is an incredibly brilliant novel that you should read.) Fairytale’s are one of my favorite kinds of stories, and this rendition was most beautiful. Ranulf made a great beast, scarred and misshapen with a sad past and a cold, angry demeanor. Annabel was a strong heroine who was sweet, shy at times, but not afraid to love that which most people fear.
The ending was a little rushed. It certainly could have used more substance (even so, it still had my heart dancing at their romance). But all in all a beautiful end to a wonderful book. I believe anything Melanie writes, I will wholeheartedly love.
This arc was provided by the publisher via Netgalley. ...more
Danielle is a thief. It’s her whole life, the only thing she’s known. She moves from place to place with her mother who teaches her how to steal. ThenDanielle is a thief. It’s her whole life, the only thing she’s known. She moves from place to place with her mother who teaches her how to steal. Then they get to Heaven, a small town that Danielle starts to see as more than just the next place to steal from. And she meets Greg…Greg. A cop that she should have nothing to do with, because thieves and cops, they don’t mix. But Danielle likes Greg, and she can see that he likes her. She tries to break it off, tries to cut off all feelings she has to Heaven and Greg. And then their last thieving job doesn’t end the way its supposed to, and Danielle has to fix things, has to decide how she really wants to live her life. And Greg never gives up on her, he's always there for her.
I really loved this book. It was a nice, cute read, that at some points just tugged at my heart. I laughed, I smiled. And Greg, SO completely swoon worthy! He’s funny and charming, but is nervous at times and shy. And he’s so sincere. He really cares about Danielle. I loved their interaction, their banter. It was really entertaining. I loved Danielle, she wants more in her life than thieving silver and never knowing where they're going next. She's uncertain about things, and she just wants to live a normal life where she can have a real job, and have friends, and go to school. And I just love Greg :D So yeah, this was a great light book, it’s not the best, kind of simple and perhaps not the best explained at spots, but I still loved it....more
Okay, I’m giving this book four stars because it made me laugh…a lot. And smile. If it didn’t have those sweet, funny moments, it would be three starsOkay, I’m giving this book four stars because it made me laugh…a lot. And smile. If it didn’t have those sweet, funny moments, it would be three stars for it’s unoriginality. Now I did like it. I liked the story and the characters, I enjoyed reading it. It’s just nothing praise worthy. It isn’t a brilliant, beautifully written, extremely well executed, thought provoking novel. Rather it’s a sweet, funny, ah, clichéd story.
Bad girl Jen, bets her friends that she could turn a geek bad. She sets her sights on Trevor, a nerdy, cute guy who is ever so polite, buttons his shirts to the top button, is extremely organized. Then she gets to know him. The incredibly nice, sweet, good boy he is. And she starts to like him. Instead of her turning him bad, he’s rubbing off on her. The star trek movies, trampoline jumping, bowling, ’geek’ stuff, starts to appeal to her. And then SHE starts to change. She tones down her Goth, dark appearance, doesn’t party. And they start to fall in love, awhh! After a time though, with this nagging guilt of lying to Trevor, he finds out about the bet, and he is beyond angry. He doesn’t want anything to do with her, and she’s crushed. Cue the zombie.
She feels that she won’t survive without him, she loses her appetite, becomes pale, depressed looking, and everyone knows and sees it. But she does survive! Yeah, there’s those kind of aggravating moments when she’s depressed, pinning, bemoaning her loss (nothing new there), but she pulls out of it. She realizes that she can survive without him and be happy, even if her heart will always have a crack there, that only he can mend. This hurt, angered stage lasts a while, with no reconciliation. I wish Trevor hadn’t held onto his anger for so long. Yeah, she did something hurtful, but that was when she was bad, he knew what she was like before, and he knew the person that she started to become after they started dating. He should have been able to look past that, and forgive her, because she was truly sorry, and honestly just because of his kind, polite character.
Jen’s transformation wasn’t drastic. As the reader, we don’t really see a great change, besides her looks changing from Goth to normal, and being told about her previous partying and bad actions. We never really got to see her ‘bad side’ before she started changing. She does start to look at life differently, and really does want to change, to become someone else, someone who deserves her foster family, who deserves Trevor. I liked seeing how her attitude on life changed, I guess I just wish that we could have seen some of her bad moments, like her at a party drunk or something before she decided to bet after Trevor. Then maybe the transformation would have been more meaningful.
Alright, nitpicky points aside, I really did enjoy this book. Nearly every page had me laughing out loud, or smiling. This book is really a just for fun novel with a sweet romance and a swoon worthy guy (up until he refuses to forgive or do anything with Jen that is, that kind of killed my crush for him there, even though I still liked him at the end). There are some messages in it that were done nice, but they’re not really deep. And I will say that the romance wasn't insta-love. It was brought on slowly, a very nice change from the immediate attraction/true love that happens in practically every young adult novel. If you read Geek Girl don’t expect something incredible, or an amazing story with superb characters. Expect a light, cute story, some cliché, some sappiness, and maybe some smiles and laughs if you’re like me. ...more
There’s a kind of holiness to love, requited or not, and those people who don’t receive it with gratitude are arrogant beyond saving…I held fast to thThere’s a kind of holiness to love, requited or not, and those people who don’t receive it with gratitude are arrogant beyond saving…I held fast to that fact too, held fast and then, in the last seconds, let it go. I released my thanks into the air like birds, with the hope that, if they didn’t find Martin, they’d at least add themselves to whatever accumulation of goodness might be out there.
Love Walked In wasn’t what I was expecting, I was expecting something sweet and cute, and it was, but it was so much more. This is the type of book that you read for a light read, that has fluff and sweetness, but you come away with so much depth. It was achingly beautiful, smile inducing, thought provoking, with beautiful messages that delved into my mind. I just loved this book! It was such a beautiful treat, scrumptious and elegant, inquisitive, mouthwatering in its grace and beauty soaking the pages, infused in the characters minds that just bled onto me, melting my heart.
This book wouldn’t have made such an impact if not for the endearing, lovely characters. They were all so superb, with so much emotion and depth and feelings that I felt so acutely. I loved Cornelia for her look on life, for her love for the people around her, for her spunk, for her big heart inside her little body. I loved Teo for his, hmm, swoon worthiness, for his shyness, for his quality of listening to people and not saying what is expected, but letting them know that what they feel is right, because it’s what they feel, and to not be afraid to show it. And I loved Clare, for her sweetness, for her childlike nature, yet her adult like look on life. She see’s deeper than other eleven year olds, but her heart still cries out for her mother like any other child, despite what the mother does to them. Such a natural, binding feeling and instinct between any mother and daughter. I ached for Clare for her loneliness and pain, but I smiled at her for her strength and determination and love.
This book slowed me down markedly. Because I found the captivating need to savor every single word Marisa wrote. Each carefully constructed word chosen with such care. The prose was beautiful, strung into an oh so beautiful story that captured my heart. The writing was just so incredible, stellar, shining like a star in the bleak trials of life, shedding light into the characters lives, giving them something to love, to look forward to, to have a reason to not give up.
Marisa has a round about way of getting to the point she’s trying to show, but she does it skillfully, amazingly. I didn’t mind one bit her veering off course a little because of the added information. I became engrossed with these little details and stories, I lingered on every word, and when she finally got back to what she had started talking about before she went off on a tangent, the added details made the point she was getting to more meaningful, giving the point some background, supplying the reader with information that the character knew that we would have to know to really understand the point.
This book is just beautiful. It’s lovely, and sweet, and heartbreaking. It isn’t a stunningly brilliant read, nor does it have incredibly deep messages that will change your life. But it does have it’s moments of inspiration and depth, and so much love. It really is based on love, and that is partly what made the book so endearing to me. The love the characters felt and showed, the love they already had and knew, and the love that grew in their hearts as they met someone new. Hence the title. Love Walked In. Because love does walk in, several times in the course of the book, in different ways. Each character is affected by it, and made stronger and better because of the love walking into their life.
Content warning- There is swearing (almost to the point of taking the enchantment out of the story for me, as incessive swearing usually does when I read it in any book), and some talk of sex, but nothing explicit....more
Mistborn was everything I was hoping it to be, and so much more. It is truly an utterly brilliant fantastical novel that stunned me with its intricateMistborn was everything I was hoping it to be, and so much more. It is truly an utterly brilliant fantastical novel that stunned me with its intricate world building, vivacious characters, and creative plot executed with amazing talent that few authors possess. It is quite long, but this is so that Sanderson can explain in detail the art of Allomancy, Mistborns, the land Luthedel, the characters lives and pasts, and the rebellion and overthrowing of the Lord Ruler’s reign that they are planning. I didn’t mind at all the detail, and the perhaps slowness of the plot at times. The original, intriguing plot and characters that I came to dearly love made up for the length. I don’t know if I can say how much I love this book, or how brilliant Brandon Sanderson is, but I will do my best.
There are some books that can have amazing characters that I love, and a not so great plot or world building, that I end up really liking, if not loving. Believable, endearing characters often make up for the lack of a well rounded plot or a concrete execution that impresses me. Sometimes I read a book that has a really intriguing plot, and is written well, but has flat characters, and I just can’t connect with the book. I may be impressed with the writing or world building, but if there aren’t characters that I can connect with, I feel no emotion while reading the book, and I end up indifferent when I finish it. Neither of these cases happened while I was reading Mistborn. Because Mistborn has it all. It has the brilliant plot and world building, astounding unveiling and execution of the plot, and characters who were real and well rounded, who showed emotion, and who I came to love.
Sanderson created a vivid world with a magic system that is intriguing and believable, and makes you feel like you’re right there, living among these people. I loved the idea of Mistborns, that they burn metal in their stomach to become super human. They’re able to move metal, or push off of them, throwing themselves into the air. They can alter people’s emotions, become inhumanly strong, and enhance their senses, so they’re able to hear people from far away. Our heroine, young Vin, finds out that she is a Mistborn, which is quite rare. Vin is such a strong woman. With a shady background of abuse and living on the streets as a runaway skaa (a slave), she is shy and distrustful of everyone. But through Kelsier and his help in training her in Allomancy, she becomes a strong woman, who slowly learns to trust people, and finds long lasting friendships in them.
I loved this one part with Kelsier and Vin.
“Yes,” Kelsier said, “it’s probably best that you avoid Venture completely. Try to offend him or something. Give him a couple of those glares you do.” Vin regarded him with a flat look. “That’s the one!” Kelsier said with a laugh. (pg. 235)
There’s Kelsier for you.
Kelsier, was probably my favorite character. He was strong, confidant, commanding, humorous, charming. I loved his personality, and presence that demanded people look right at him when he enters the room (which is usually late). He was always smiling, which was mostly to be more defiant of Lord Ruler, and I loved that. While I knew their age difference, I thought that Vin and Kelsier would form a romance. But the romance led somewhere that I wasn’t quite expecting, and I think I probably liked this way better. Partly because I love Elend, but partly because I loved the relationship that formed between Vin and Kelsier. He became like a big brother to her, or a father figure. Which meant so much to Vin because of her life living with her real brother, who abused her, physically and emotionally. But now, here is someone that Vin finally lets herself care for. That she trusts. I loved seeing Vin’s transformation, and her growing trust in people.
Kelsier was the savior of this world. He was the symbol of hope for the people who had given up. He exuded compassion and love for them, he let them know that he was valiantly striving to save them from the tyrant destroying their lives. Kelsier was incredible. He spent years planning the scheme that would take Lord Ruler’s reign down, and save the skaa, and dethrone the nobles. And it was with his ingenious mind that everything was able to come together in the end, making it possible for them to succeed. They failed at times, they doubted, but Kelsier always got back on his feet, and formed a new plan, or pushed people on. And while I’m here, let me just say something about Kelsier that is completely spoilery if you haven’t read the book. (view spoiler)[I was kind of thinking that he would die. I guess it just seemed right, with what his life had been like, that he was basically alone (no family), and with what his end goal was, to kill the Lord Ruler. But when he actually died, I was still surprised. Especially with the way it happened. I cried. I’m unashamed to admit it. That scene was so sad, yet it was so powerful. And I loved it despite his actually dying. I loved that he died with a smile on his face. Because that was basically his whole life. Smile, show defiance, take what the Lord Ruler thinks only he can have. Happiness. (hide spoiler)] This sentence Kelsier wrote could just about sum him up.
It was a fun job, wasn’t it?...remember that. Remember to smile. Now, move quickly. (pg. 585)
When I was first introduced to Elend Venture, I liked him immediately. But I didn’t really think that he would play a big part, besides being just an acquaintance Vin would sometimes meet at the balls. But then he showed up more, and I liked him more each time with his quick wit, love of reading, and all around charm and swoon inducing nature.
“Elend Venture,” she said, standing up. “There is something I’ve been meaning to tell you for some time.” She paused, blinking away her tears. “You read too much. Especially in the presence of ladies.” (pg. 643)
Oh yes, I do so love Elend.
And there’s so many other characters that I loved, that I can’t spend time talking about or this review would be way, way too long. But suffice it to say that even the minor characters were fleshed out and I cared for them. There was this one conversation, that was completely pointless, but utterly funny and confusing. When Kelsier and Spook start talking in Spook language, teasing Breeze, and then Dockson joined, dumbfounding Breeze. It was hilarious. And I still can't really understand Spook's strange talking.
Spook frowned. “Niceing the not on the playing without.” “I have no idea what you just said, child, “Breeze said. “So I’m simply going to pretend it was coherent, then move on.” Kelsier rolled his eyes. “Losing the stress on the nip,” he said. “Notting without the needing of care.”
You see? It's just so wierd.
Seriously, this man Sanderson can write. His writing, in itself, isn’t starkly beautiful with imagery, but it is deft, it portrays what Sanderson is trying to convey, and paints the land vividly in your mind. He creates these complex worlds with every little detail attended to. Yeah, maybe I’m a little jealous. I wish I could concoct a book even half as amazing as this one. My life would be complete. This book is brilliant, Sanderson is a genius. I loved it completely, and I highly recommend it. Enjoy.
Just some other little thoughts- Those Steel Inquisitors were creepy! Spikes stuck through their skulls, replacing their eyes, and pointing out the back of their heads...YIKES! I would never want to face one of those things. And the Pits of Hathsin is such a dark, depressing place. It gave me chills as I read about it, and the man crawling inside the dark cracks in the ground.
And one more thing. This would make an epic movie. It would be absolutely fantastic....more
M. K. Hobson doesn’t fail to shine in this sequel to The Native Star. The Hidden Goddess was just as brilliant and intriguing and incredible. Hobson iM. K. Hobson doesn’t fail to shine in this sequel to The Native Star. The Hidden Goddess was just as brilliant and intriguing and incredible. Hobson is a brilliant author. She skillfully weaves history with magic, suffusing brilliance into every intricately worded page. Once again I was astounded at the storytelling, and the research that must have gone into writing this piece of fiction set in New York in the 1870’s.
This book is just so enchantingly real. The characters, the setting, the plot, the emotion portrayed as these characters go through these troubled times that fester and grow every day; everything is just fresh, ringing with a note of truth, overshadowed with tendrils of doubt and suspicion and anger. And Emily’s and Dreadnought’s relationship is not exempt. But what can you expect from a willfully strong witch and a stubbornly infuriating warlock? Certainly that’s a recipe for disaster. But, truly, they do mix well, exceedingly well, but there are always those bumps in the road, or trenches, or gaping abysses that halt, and possibly shatter people, their feelings for each other, their trust. Emily and Dreadnought have a beautiful, powerful love, its almost too good to be true. But in creeps doubt, and later, secrets unveil that tear them apart, and almost succeeding. But in the end, their love for each other triumphs.
I love Emily and Stanton together. They have a fun, trusting interaction, and some moments made my heart flutter, (mostly because of Dreadnought Stanton's charm and affection towards Emily). I wished there had been more of those moments, because I am a hopeless romantic at heart, and any swooning romance is perfect with me. But alas, that was not to be. This is not a romance book, yes, there’s romance, but there is so much to the story, so much magic and adventure and secrets and impending doom and a possible apocalypse that to focus more dominantly on the romance would make the plot seem not as important, or not so dangerous and intriguing. So I was perfectly fine with the story and plot. I’m all for a fantastic, magical adventure that doesn’t need true love to further the plot. I just wish there was more of Stanton, because he is in my top list of literary crushes.
The writing shines fantastically with wit and intellect and intrigue. Hobson just has this way of crafting words together to create a stunningly powerful picture in the reader’s mind, doused with the emotion shown clearly though the characters, accompanied with Emily‘s snarky attitude and stubborn persistence. There were some moments though, that didn’t shine so brilliant, that somehow lessened the enchantment some. Emily is a strong willed witch with a mind of her own, independent, fearless, who doesn’t care about fashion and formal gatherings. I can certainly understand her dressing more finely, as she is in Stanton’s high society circle as his fiancé with a fabricated background to make her sound more attractive. She’s told to act more demure and soft spoken at times, to play it up, or to make people agree with her. Sometimes she acted a little too demurely, and I wished to see more of her fire and passion. That isn’t to say that she didn’t show those qualities often, because she did. And the rest of the novel was just so brilliant that I’m not angered or disappointed at these slower moments.
And I’m thrilled that this isn’t the end of this world! Hobson has plans for future works to be a part of this series, but that focus on different people, one of which I know is (view spoiler)[Emily’s and Stanton’s child (hide spoiler)]. So while Emily and Stanton’s part may be over, hopefully there will be more visits to this magical world. Do yourself a favor and read The Native Star and The Hidden Goddess. They are incredible works of art that hopefully will WOW you and leave you breathless. Give them a whirl, dive deep into the enchantment and magic and history. I really hope you love them like I do. ...more
The Native Star is a breathless, intriguing adventure that drew me in utterly with its magical allure, and historical appeal. It shone to me so brightThe Native Star is a breathless, intriguing adventure that drew me in utterly with its magical allure, and historical appeal. It shone to me so brightly, shining brilliant radiance into my mind and soul, pulling me straight into this old western tale, suffused with old as time magic. Hobson expertly crafted a truly enlightening tale, weaving history and science and the old west with intrigue and magic and a dash of romance. I am truly astounded with how amazingly well this story was told and plotted! It was nothing short of ingenious. I can’t imagine the type of research and knowledge it would take to even think of such a story, but to mold it into the stunning brilliance of The Native star! It’s purely brilliant. I can’t seem to stop using that word, but that’s just what this book is. It radiates brilliance with every turn of the page, every new twist or peril, every light of truth and dawning love and burst of magic it exudes.
And I couldn’t stop smiling as I read. The interaction and banter between my two new favorite characters was amusing and smile inviting. Which leads me to Stanton. Dreadnought Stanton. Hmm. He surely is a puzzle. A jaggedly cut, oh so appealing puzzle. When first he stepped onto the page he executed the perfect portrayal of an indifferent, superior, arrogant Warlock that did what he wanted, when he wanted, and wasn’t afraid to say what he thought, though he did it a proper manner that showed his classic and intellectual mind and form. He managed to be a rogue, while still being a gentleman. He indeed is alike in manner of a certain classic literary figure that, ever since he was crafted into existence, has had all of us females swooning over. I am of course talking of Mr. Darcy. But while Darcy is proudly silent, Stanton is proudly insufferable. Darcy is standoffish, and Stanton is brash. But oh, is Stanton swoon worthy. Just like I can’t help swooning over Mr. Darcy and Mr. Rochester, despite their rudeness, I can’t help falling for Stanton. He has an endearing romantic side that is subtle, but passionate.
And Emily, she is one strong heroine. She never backed down, never let Stanton get the better of her. She fought with a fiery determination to save those people she cared about. But she still showed her soft feminine side, and slowly realized she was in love with the very man she found so unappealing from when she first met him. The love story was not a predominant part of the book. Rather it was a slowly evolving magic that stole quietly into their hearts, subtle even to the reader, showing itself in small doses, never taking the spotlight from the real plot. Their romance, nonetheless, reminded me of other couples in books I love. Once again, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice, and then Sydelle and Wayland North in Brightly Woven. Romances that start out rocky and bitter and full of spite, but then transforming ever so slowly into something truly beautiful and magical. Just as it is done in the Native Star.
Now the writing. It was utterly amazing. Hobson wove her words so carefully, yet powerfully into each sentence, which captivated me, and honestly, broadened my writer’s mind with the finesse of it. It was enchantingly real, intellectual, breathtakingly beautiful. That Hobson was able to weave such beautiful words together, and create such an astounding storyline and executing it perfectly, is just unbelievable. It is truly inspiring.
The Native Star is a true piece of art. This is the type of story that should be recognized and praised for the jewel it truly is. So many great novels are shoved aside to make room for the frilly, nonsensical novels that are put together with hardly any deep meaning to them, that don’t deserve the hype they get. The Native Star deserves that place. It deserves to be known and loved by many. To remind people what a truly stupendous novel can be. ...more
Tiger’s Voyage captured my heart, ensnared my soul, and left me breathless and so so in love. I love this book, this series, with a passionate, heartTiger’s Voyage captured my heart, ensnared my soul, and left me breathless and so so in love. I love this book, this series, with a passionate, heart soaring, brilliant love that consumes me, and I become so invested in the story and Kelsey and Ren and Kishan’s lives that their pain is my pain, their love my love, and I dread the end, because it means I must finish this part of their story, and wait, and wait, for the next part. And Colleen Houck doesn’t give you a happy, perfect ending to stay your anxiety, no, she, the evil witch she is, slams the worst of cliffhangers into your face, and you turn the last page to find it blank, and you’re so desperate to find out what happens, but that’s it. That’s the ending, and you must wait, for eternity, to find what happens next. For this reason, I hate her. And yet I love her because she writes such a fantastic story with possibly my favorite romance that I have read. And that is because of Ren. The drop dead gorgeous, tall dark and handsome, Indian Prince of ultimate perfection. Not that he doesn’t have his faults, because he does, but there is no man who has me swooning more, than he.
I loved how dragons were incorporated into the story. That Kelsey and her two tigers had to find five dragons that would eventually lead them to Durga’s Necklace, which would bestow upon Ren and Kishan more time that they can be humans. Each of the dragons were unique and interesting. I thought the development and execution of the plot was excellent. There was adventure and danger and fantasy and heart stopping romance and laughter. One of my favorite parts was when the trio met the dragon that wanted to play a game with them that turned out to be like an old fantasy story with knights and dragons and princesses. I thought it was fantastic ;)
Now the romance. Oh my, the romance! Never has any romance been so sweltering hot and swooning inducing than what goes on between Ren and Kelsey. Every time Ren stepped onto the page and said something, or did something, or kissed or touched Kelsey, or Houck described what he was wearing, I was swooning, and falling for him hard. Which was like every other page. And he’s not even real! Yeesh Erica, get a grip. He is my dream man, next to Apollus in the Tennis Shoe Series, and all my classic men crushes. (If I had to choose between Ren and Apollus, I don’t know who I would choose. Because Apollus, strapping young Roman soldier with a strong spirit and so incredibly good looking, come on!) *pause as I fan myself from all the hotness going on here*
Anywho, where was I? I also like Kishan in this novel. I liked him more in Tiger’s Quest, where he was more himself: roguish, charming, bad boy that he is. In Tiger’s Voyage his personality is watered down some, but I think he’s showing the more tender, calmer side of him who truly loves Kelsey. It shows us a different side of him that lets us understand his love and devotion to Kelsey, and that he won't take her from something that she desperately wants, even if that means giving her up to Ren.
I don’t usually like love triangles. It’s just a way for authors to add words to their story, and angst and kisses with two different guys and bemoaning of the girl that she loves them both and she can’t choose who she wants to be with, blah blah blah.
But here, here is love triangle that I can say tops every one of those contrived romances, and soars above with stark emotion and true love that wraps around my heart and I love it. I love the two men vying for Kelsey’s heart, I love the changes she inspires in them, I love the sizzling moments and beautiful moments Ren and Kelsey have, I love the sweet tender moments Kelsey and Kishan have. I know there are people who don’t like it, who don’t like Kelsey and the decisions she makes, and who found something lacking in Ren and Kishan in this novel. And I understand that, and at times agree. I wish Kelsey and Ren could just be together already, and I wish that Kishan could find someone who he can come to love more than Kelsey, and realize that Kelsey will always be happier with Ren than with him. It cuts my heart to see Kishan suffer, but Ren and Kelsey are meant to be together. I think it’s time for the love triangle to stop. I hope that in Tiger’s Destiny, Kelsey finally firmly decides to stay with Ren forever, no matter what, though doing it gently and lovingly so that Kishan isn’t crushed.
And I’ve got to say that I loved Wes. I loved that Colleen put him into the story. He was sweet and charming, and wasn’t vying for Kelsey (though he kind of pretended to), but he still managed to put both of Kelsey’s overprotective tigers at unease and in modes of jealousy. I loved it :)
I guess these books are just my guilty pleasure. I’ll love them no matter what happens, (although if Kishan dies I will destroy the book. After I’ve read it all and loved the rest of it, that is.) I can understand why people don’t like these books, two of my sisters hate them for the same reasons. The writing, Kelsey’s bad decisions, the love triangle. But those things don’t bother me as much as they do most people. I feel the writing is getting better. I feel that Kelsey is growing, and learning, and becoming a stronger person. I may not have made some of the same choices she made, but I can understand her, can understand the dilemma she’s in, that the love of her life doesn’t know her, and she has this other incredible man who loves her, who is waiting for her. I have no idea what that could possibly feel like. As if you’ve lost the man you love, though he’s standing right in front of you. Though I think that I would never let him go, no matter if he doesn’t remember or want me, and I would fight to the world’s end to have him again. But that’s just me.
I just can’t help but love these books to death. They are treasures in my treasure chest of most beloved books. I don’t expect people to understand my love of them, which is perfectly fine, because I sometimes don’t understand the love people have of other books. To each their own, right? But let it be known I will always love these books, and I see Colleen as a wonderfully gifted storyteller. ...more
So incredibly heartbreaking. I don’t know if I’ve ever cried so much while reading a book. The ending just.. It broke my heart and trampled on it. WhySo incredibly heartbreaking. I don’t know if I’ve ever cried so much while reading a book. The ending just.. It broke my heart and trampled on it. Why?! Why did it have to happen? I hate it when authors do this to us readers. But, I can’t help but respect and love Colleen Houck for creating such an emotional ending. It’s books like this that I love utterly, books with real, endearing characters that latch onto my heart so securely and refuse to leave, no matter how well the writing is, or how well the story is executed. A book could be lacking a bit in those aspects, but if there are characters that I come to love, I don’t care how amazing or not so amazing the rest of the book is. The characters are enough. This isn’t to say that Tiger’s Quest was lacking. It had adventure, mythology, magic, intrigue, danger, adventure, romance, so much more than I could have asked for. Aside from perhaps the beginning (I'll get to that), this book is incredible, breathless, utterly amazing, leaving me with the same feelings as in Tiger's Curse and that unbearable cliffhanger it left me with. But this cliffhanger, in Tiger’s Quest, is so much more horrible, I’ll die if I don’t find out what happens.
I won’t say this book is for everyone. There are some who will find more problems with it than I could, things to nitpick at. But for me, I loved this book entirely, because of the emotions I felt while reading it. The emotions portrayed were so believable and real. The characters, oh, I just loved them all. Kelsey is one of my favorite heroines. She’s strong, determined, loving, would fight to her death to save the man she loves. And the love triangle is intense. But it is most possibly the best executed love triangle I’ve read about. Most of the love triangles in YA books are fickle and annoying and reincarnations of Twilight. Tiger’s Quest though, while it may bear some resemblance to Twilight, it was not nearly enough for me to be annoyed at, and it is so much more believable and well written than Twilight and so many other novels.
I have never felt so torn between the two male love interests before. Well, I guess I can’t necessarily say that. Ren and Kelsey belong together, I know that, I want it, anything else and I wouldn’t like it. I love Ren, he is so perfect for Kelsey, his love for her is undeniable, never ending, as it is with her love for him. But I can not help but mourn with Kishan that he can’t have Kelsey. I loved Kishan in this book. He is just so unbelievably charming, and handsome, and endearing, and, I just want him! I do not want him to be in so much pain. But what I love about him is that he loves his brother so much that he wouldn’t take Kelsey from him, unless Ren didn’t want her and Kelsey didn’t want Ren. But, Kishan and Kelsey had chemistry. It sizzled, it made me swoon. And that kiss..! Oh my gosh! But I loved the moments with Ren and Kelsey so much more, because not only did it sizzle, it shone brilliantly with such love and adoration that melted me completely.
I hope you’re sensing at least a little bit of my dilemma, and Kelsey’s (especially with this ending that could possibly shatter everything for Kelsey if they don’t find a way to rectify it). I love Ren, I love Kishan, I love Ren with Kelsey, but I want Kishan to have what he wants, which is Kelsey. Jeesh, Colleen, are you watching this turmoil you’ve given me? Thanks a lot.
Because I’m a hopeless romantic, and I love a good love story in any book, the romance is more of what I focus on. But this book isn’t just the trying romance. The adventure was intense and adrenaline rushing, especially at the end. I think it would make a fantastic movie. Well, at least a movie that I would love and enjoy, what with the adventure, mythology, were tigers, monsters, magic, romance (with the kissing…alright, so I swoon at kiss scenes, so what?) Oh yeah, I would so love if this series became movies. (oh, and I totally loved the divine scarf, and the magical qualities it possesses.)
One gripe I may have is with the dating part in the beginning when Kelsey was trying to forget Ren by dating other guys. She went on several dates with three guys, one that she actually liked (but only as a friend) who liked her a lot in return. But then Ren entered the picture, and Kelsey didn't want anyone else. Because Ren wanted Kelsey to be sure of her decision of what and who she wanted, Ren wanted to date her, and have her still date this other guy, Li. Honestly, I didn't quite like the way this was handled. Ren and Kelsey were playing a game, to see who would cave under love and need first, and Li was just a pawn that Ren wanted to pummel for even thinking about Kelsey, and that Kelsey didn’t mind playing with. She liked Li, but she obviously didn’t think about his feelings when she agreed to do to do this whole dating thing that Ren wanted. How could Li even stand a chance against someone like Ren, especially when Kelsey still undeniably loves him, and only ever felt friendship with Li?
Girls, if you’re dating two guys, and you’re in love with one, don’t lead the other guy on. It’s cruel to him, unfair to the one you do love, and only messes with your mind and possibly destroying the chance you could have had with your love. When this plot was resolved, I actually didn’t hate it as much as I was kind of originally starting to. It ended nicely (obviously, since she chose Ren, and had some moments that melted my heart, mmm-hmm), and I can understand that it was to help Kelsey firmly cement her decision. Because of her indecision she ended with in Tiger’s Curse about her relationship with Ren, there had to be something like the whole Ren/Li thing to push her in the direction that was right for her. And the rest of the book was so incredible that I can forgive this more readily.
And the ending, it’s so awful. How can Houck put her characters though this? And me for that matter. You’re killing me Houck. And I have to wait until November 1 to read Tiger's Voyage?! Oh, I may just die. Dang it, I hate endings like this, hate hate hate. But I stupidly love them for making me feel the way I do. Wouldn’t the world be a better place without heartbreaking cliffhangers in books? I wouldn’t be reduced to a pathetic sobbing mess, I wouldn’t be wasting all my energy anxiously awaiting the sequel. You know what, this is kind of what I feel with The Lost Hero, with its stupid unbearable cliffhanger. Not as bad as Tiger‘s Quest, but still the same. Colleen, do you think we could speed up the publishing process a bit? *wishful thinking, I know :( *
Sorry this review is so long, I really had no intention of rambling on like that....more
March 26 2011. I just found out Diana Wynne Jones died today. The day I start reading my first book of hers. I don't know much about this author, I'mMarch 26 2011. I just found out Diana Wynne Jones died today. The day I start reading my first book of hers. I don't know much about this author, I'm unfamiliar with her works, but I can feel people's loss, the fans of her writing. And I can still thank her for becoming the well known and loved writer she apparently was. She contribruted to the literary world that I love, and any author who can do this and write amazing fantasical novels earns my respect.
My review 3/27/11
Howl's Moving Castle is a fun, engaging, magical story. It’s unique, kind of strange, but a very enjoyable read. It sounded like the kind of book that I would love, and I did end up loving it. Just one thing, I didn’t think the writing was stellar. It was good, it has a good pacing and is engaging, but it’s not the best writing. I would have liked more emotion in the characters shown through the writing. Aside from this, I loved the rest of the book. Before I read it, I knew that it had been made into an anime movie, which I have not see yet, but as I was reading, I could so picture the story playing out in anime! Now I have to watch the movie :0) But I would like to see the book made into a live action movie, not animated; it could be epic and fantastical. Something like Stardust, maybe, which I love.
The characters were superb. Howl was a hoot, (reminds me of Stanton in The Native Star, or the other way around, which ever you happen to read first I suppose). And oh but do I love Sophie! She’s snappy and stubborn, and acts just like an old lady does, even though she’s really a young woman under a spell. She’s possibly my favorite heroine I’ve read in a book. I loved the interaction between Howl and Sophie, their fighting and bickering. It was funny. I would have liked to have the romance played out. It’s obvious that they end up together at the end, but I would have liked the book more if there was more romance. Which would have been interesting to read, because Sophie’s an ’old’ lady, and Howl is a strapping young man. I would have liked watching Sophie start to fall in love with that insufferable man, but still having her dominant snarky attitude as she denies her feelings because she doesn’t want to like him, (or something like that)… Well, in any case, I still loved the story. I’m excited to read the sequels and have more of Howl and Sophie.
One last thing; I really enjoyed the chapter headings, they amused me :D...more