Heart- and gut-wrenchingly good. I just ordered the sequel although still have 14 new books waiting to be read. The plot: Tomboy D.J. Schwenks is 15 gHeart- and gut-wrenchingly good. I just ordered the sequel although still have 14 new books waiting to be read. The plot: Tomboy D.J. Schwenks is 15 going on 16, lives on a dairy farm and does almost all the hard work. In fact she is even flunking grades in order to get the barn clean and the cows milked and fed. Her father has an injured hip, started doing housework instead of farm work and just loves to complain about his daughter's working style. D.J.'s real passion is American football, but her school does not have a girls' team. Trying out for playing is not recommended anyway when you consider what happened to her older brothers, both famous quarterbacks at college. They dared to tell their father that they did not want to inherit the farm and were thrown out past Christmas. So D.J. has decided to shut up and do what is expected from her. Same seems to work for her younger brother Curtis, who does not talk at all, helps her on the farm, collects animal skulls and seems to enjoy his visits to the dentist. D.J.s view of her own situation gets shook up during summer holidays, when the football coach of the enemy school sends his quarterback Brian over to help on the farm and get trained by D.J. He sneers and calls D.J. a cow who just swallows what has been thrown into her trough. My opinion: This is the kind of story that sticks. I cried several time reading this novel. It was so sad but heart-warming to live through D.J.'s self-reflection, her learning to think for herself, the slow meltdown of the whole family never talking problems thoroughly through and the bitter-sweet experience of falling in love for the first time. What got to me hardest was D.J.'s parents' attitude towards her running the farm and messing up her grades in school for the family's sake. It is even more shocking when you take in mind, that D.J.'s mom is the principal of the local primary school....more
Better faerie book than most. I almost lost heart after reading a lot of faerie stories that didn't suit my taste in the least like "Wicked lovely" orBetter faerie book than most. I almost lost heart after reading a lot of faerie stories that didn't suit my taste in the least like "Wicked lovely" or the "Faerie Path" series. But this urban-fantasy-teen-love-story-mix was really enjoyable. The characters come straight out of Midsummer Night's Dream, but have their gate to the Otherworld in Central Park, NY. The beautiful heroine is likable, the plot fun and romantic. You can keep track of the flying between worlds; it is more imaginable than the writing in "Wicked Lovely" for instance. I would have liked to have the hero, human Changeling Sonny Flannery, to be painted in more detail. We know about his long hair, his silver eyes and his feelings. But that is almost all. The other faerie book I liked in the recent past was "Blackbringer"....more
Much better than expected I got this book in a book-swapping-deal. Afterwards I found out, that the novel was awarded with a Christian literature awarMuch better than expected I got this book in a book-swapping-deal. Afterwards I found out, that the novel was awarded with a Christian literature award and grew a little apprehensive. For when I read a novel, I do it solely for fun and not for being "instructed" or preached to. Then I started to read and was in for a positive surprise. The story is genuinely good. And the display of faith on both the hero's and the heroine's side is just the result of a "normal" amount of hope, trust and prayer for people in trying situations, especially those three hundred years ago. The plot, including the hesitation of the bridegroom and his imported bride in getting intimate with each other, felt to me as being more realistic than the quick stripping out of complicated gowns and romping around with strangers in many historical romances. The description of the surroundings and side-characters could be more colorful and intricate though. Summa summarum: If you do not crave panting ladies and pulsing body parts in each chapter, count this review as a recommendation....more
Faunblut is Thrilling, lovely and romantic. I hope for you all, that this piece of german fantasy will be published in English soon. Fierce heroine, iFaunblut is Thrilling, lovely and romantic. I hope for you all, that this piece of german fantasy will be published in English soon. Fierce heroine, interesting world, a lot of mysteries and a two-sided but adorable hero. I want to buy it and hope to keep myself from spending money before used copies are sold at a reasonable price ......more
*** Finished for the first time on August 2. 2009 *** Waaaagh, such a cliff-hanger ending ... and I will have to wait for the second volume at least u*** Finished for the first time on August 2. 2009 *** Waaaagh, such a cliff-hanger ending ... and I will have to wait for the second volume at least until May.
Kelley Armstrong's first attempt at the young adult genre worked just fine. It has wonderful, believable characters (who doesn't applaud Armstrong for creating someone like Derek in an era full of unblemished, irresistable heartthrob heroes?), supernatural elements and is thickly layered in thrills: Ghost-seeing Chloe Sanders lands in a closely monitored, posh boarding-school for mentally ill teenagers and is quickly diagnosed as being schizophrenic. When getting to know her fellow inmates and their unique problems better, she starts to doubt anybody attending Lyle House is really ill. Can it be coincidence that all six teenagers have supernatural tendencies or is somebody playing down things deliberately and using their otherness for his or her own mysterious means?
In contrast to funny and down to earth mediator Suze (Cabot), who I adore as well, this book's heroine really is living through hell. She believes herself sick, takes her medicine, is confined to a house with a sound alarm system and no one sincere enough to trust, does not know how to deal with ghosts repeating their death scenes over and over and is afraid her friends in school have noticed her freaking out and being shipped off to hospital.
An interesting, imaginative plot with an unlikable heroine.
I bought this book because Kim Harrison, author of the wonderful Rachel-Morgan-Series, praiAn interesting, imaginative plot with an unlikable heroine.
I bought this book because Kim Harrison, author of the wonderful Rachel-Morgan-Series, praised it to no end. She even said that she can relate to the heroine very well. Well... I can't. The plot is refreshing and more often unpredictable than not, but Marla Mason, cool but selfish, arrogant and brutal chief sorcerer of Felport, is someone I would not like to get to know. She saves her sidekick's life only because a seer prophesies that he will be crucial for reaching her goal, which is primary saving her own ass under the premise of being the best and irreplaceable ruler of her city. In addition, Marla simply trusts nobody but herself without exception, is not very attractive (she sends dandruff flying each time she fingers her scalp) and her humour is so dry that it is almost nonexistent - but entertaining though. As I mentioned: the story kept me reading. I could easily imagine the blade-runner-like atmosphere of narrow, dumpster-packed, smelling streets in the rain, the hotels and Chinese stalls of San Francisco. But I guess my expectations were set too high. I will read Poison Sleep, if it falls into my hands, but I will not buy it....more
This series gets better and better with every book. Can't wait for volume four being published in paperback. In Germany the publishers seems to have sThis series gets better and better with every book. Can't wait for volume four being published in paperback. In Germany the publishers seems to have stopped translating after volume 2 though. Sad business....more
It's quite entertaining, but I will refrain from reading more by Lynsay Sands. ChickLit with a vampire twist.... Didn't work for me with Queen Betsy eIt's quite entertaining, but I will refrain from reading more by Lynsay Sands. ChickLit with a vampire twist.... Didn't work for me with Queen Betsy either. Single White Vampire is funny and easy going, but very, very predictable. And the solutions to problems are easy-going as well. Maybe they should be in the genre. I don't know. "Shall I become a vampire have everlasting love but give up my parents and sisters? Difficult. Oh... you are right. I always can write to them and observe the from a distance. I did not consider the possibility. O well, please turn me. Now!"...more
Pretty hard stuff, but keeps you reading. The second book in the Heir Trilogy is sometimes not easy to swallow. An orphan wizard who suffers magicallyPretty hard stuff, but keeps you reading. The second book in the Heir Trilogy is sometimes not easy to swallow. An orphan wizard who suffers magically sent nightmares, mind control, bullying, dying friends and physical punishment. A boarding-school headmaster who is gladly walking over dead students' bodies in order to build his wizard army. A rebel seeking to overthrow the magical hierarchy of wizards and the "servant classes" while sacrificing to get to know his own child. A kept reading on and on because the suspense is very skillfully built up and I badly wanted Seph to succeed. What I missed was a little bit of humour now and then. Some small scenes to relax in-between. Even the glimpses of romance are part of rather dangerous scenes. I 'd like to read "Warrior Heir" and "Dragon Heir" as well, now. The respective heroes have been introduced in "Wizard Heir". Their story seems to be worth being told....more
I want more of this! Why does it have to be a debut novel? If it weren't I would now be hungrily browsing titles at my favourite online bookshop orderI want more of this! Why does it have to be a debut novel? If it weren't I would now be hungrily browsing titles at my favourite online bookshop ordering every single thing Miss Cashore published - although about twenty books are awaiting their turn to be read. I did not feel that happy and exhilarated after reading young adult fantasy since "City of Bones" by Cassandra Clare. What a strong and lovable heroine Katsa is! And I fell for Prince Po (a silly name when you know what po means in German) with his cockiness, his vulnerability and his silver and gold eyes right away - even before Katsa was won over. And the suspense - oh my! Perfect, perfect, mindblowingly perfect. I cannot concentrate enough to write a summary at the moment. Maybe later when I am calmly into reading the next book.
Review written after reading 'Graceling' for the first time back in 2009 or 2008. Rereading it in 2013 I noticed that my love for story, characters and writing has not been diminished the slightest bit. A true favorite....more