I have been quite a bit hit and miss (mostly miss) with fae books and retellings as of late. So I was very pleasantly turned around by this one. Yes iI have been quite a bit hit and miss (mostly miss) with fae books and retellings as of late. So I was very pleasantly turned around by this one. Yes it is a retelling, sort of. I mean, it has the basic skeleton of Beauty and the Beast - in that the girl has to go live with the scary Beast man to atone for something and her presence is needed to break a curse, which she knows nothing about. Also, there is a library. That's sort of where the retelling part takes off and becomes its own intricate story, spun by a talented author.
I kind of break the book into two parts in my mind. The first part, is the pretty (and pretty damn scary) fairy world and all the frolicking and living in captivity, but really not you're free to roam. But really - don't go outside - because scary things. The first part, while really getting me on Team Fairy, kind of dragged because nothing actually happened, except for painting, and frolicking, and getting to know the fairy world - which is as dangerous and brutal as we expect.
Then the second half - the part when Feyre finally catches on and realizes she's the key to helping everyone - that's where it just takes off. Because of course she is, silly weak mortal human girl who grew up hating the fae - of course she's the one to have to save them all. That's how fairy curses work. The second half of the book was beautiful torture. I don't know how else to describe it, because it was so brutal, and yet so beautifully written and so, so vivid. The trials were so horrendous, I certainly would not want to play the LEGO video game version of this book. Or would I...
I agree about the main character with what is said above. She does not listen or follow the rules. She's more like the rebellious teenager who, when told don't do this or that cause it might get you killed, thinks "thanks for the suggestion". But she comes through, in true heroine fashion.
The audiobook is fantastically narrated to draw you in and keep you cringing. I really think the audio added to my enjoyment of this read. Definitely a 4-star book....more
I love Hawaii. I love the island culture, the delicious breeze that always smells like coconut, and the beautiful landscapes. So reading this book wasI love Hawaii. I love the island culture, the delicious breeze that always smells like coconut, and the beautiful landscapes. So reading this book was a little bit of a nostalgic vacation for me, and that made it a fun selection.
I enjoyed the descriptions of the lands and the people, as well as the ancient curse and Kahuna magic. The relationship between the islanders and the animals was lovely, and the spirit animal aspect was interesting as well.
This story is about two brothers, sons of a King, and an ancient curse that threatens the people. Nahoa is the firstborn, the expected heir with his tough-guy demeanor and ego. Ailani is the younger of the brothers, who is driven to do the right thing and to protect the precious sea creatures as well as their lands and people.
There is a lot of sibling rivalry in this book - it got to be a bit much for me. They are both still young, so it makes sense their antics would be so juvenile, but sometimes it felt like the conflict between the brothers was driving more of the book than the main conflict of the ancient curse.
I did like Ailani and his determination to dig into the problems and bring them to light and be the savior. I did wonder at why the Kahuman sent Ailani on such dangerous journeys alone. Surviving and succeeding would certainly help him overcome his insecurities and build his character should he become King one day, but he is still just a boy.
An issue I had with the book is the pacing. So much happened in this short book, and many things felt rushed, while some scenes seemed to drag. The ending, specifically, just happened so fast. While the main conflict was resolved, not all the ends were tied up. I did later find out this is meant to be a series, but while I was reading, I thought this book was a standalone debut.
I read the audio of this book and thought it was well done. The accents added to the cultural experience of this read, which is always a fun thing.
I overall did enjoy this book but felt like there were a few scenes that would benefit from some more storytelling and plot development....more
I just finished reading this wonderful book called Frugal Family Fun: The Ultimate Family Resource with Over 300 Budget Friendly Activities. 300 activI just finished reading this wonderful book called Frugal Family Fun: The Ultimate Family Resource with Over 300 Budget Friendly Activities. 300 activities! Come on now; surely we can each find something to take away and be able to use with our families, right?
Frugal Family Fun contains ideas for any activity you can think of - indoor or outdoor, active or relaxing, educational, seasonal and holiday, and the list goes on.
I especially liked how the book guides you through making the decisions for family time as a family unit, and not as the parental unit. We are reminded to consider our family's unique make-up and needs, and consider how many activities we want to attempt. I suggest we start small and grow from there because shaking things up with a significant change can sometimes be difficult.
The great thing about the suggestions in the book Frugal Family Fun is just that - the ideas are budget-friendly. We don't have to spend a fortune on a family vacation to have a meaningful time and make special memories. Memories are made, and hearts are bonded over shared experiences and emotions....more
What I loved most about Every Last Word is it took me completely by surprise. Even knowing that our main character has OCD and is highly obses4.5 star
What I loved most about Every Last Word is it took me completely by surprise. Even knowing that our main character has OCD and is highly obsessive, I didn't predict the extent or really see how the plot was going to play out. I could compare a lot of this book to a very famous movie, but then that would cause too many spoilers, so I won't.
I loved Sam's double personality - Summer Sam and Samantha of the popular girl crowd. I loved how she wanted to be one of those girls, her clique of best friends (who are really more mean girls than true best friends) but deep down knew she wanted better. I loved how she became stronger with her experiences and became empowered to make the changes she needed.
I really liked AJ, I mean, he plays the guitar. Nuff said. But he's not perfect either, and his tendency to strum with an invisible guitar pick really helped him get Sam. He's definitely keeper material, someone who won't run off when things get weird.
I loved the secret poetry club, from the quirky members and their fun, deep, silly, moving, poems, to the founder herself and the role she played in the way the plot unfolded.
I listened to the author afterword on the audio book and really appreciated how much research and effort went into making this story real and believable.
This was my first book by this author, but I've seen her before at Teen BookCon and she has been on my to-read list for a while. I'll be reading more by her for sure. The audio was also nicely done. A great read thanks to SYNC....more